Senate Voting History

HF5: Senate Omnibus Capital Investment Bill (Special Session) (May 25, 2017)

Senate Floor Vote

The Senate Omnibus Capital Investment bill appropriates money for the acquisition and betterment of public lands and buildings, and other public improvements of a capital nature, whether from the proceeds of the state general obligation bonds, the general fund, or… Continue reading

How the Senate Voted

A “Yes” vote supports moving the bill out of the Senate, including the conservation-related appropriations listed above, and to the Governor for approval.

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SF550: Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund money appropriated (LCCMR) (May 11, 2017)

Senate Floor Vote

In 1988, 77% of voters across Minnesota passed a constitutional amendment to use proceeds from the Minnesota State Lottery to establish the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund. The Trust Fund is appropriated, “for the public purpose of protection, conservation,… Continue reading

How the Senate Voted

A “Yes” vote means that the Senate deletes the local planning related to climate data project, considers $10 million in future Trust Fund spending for CREP, and using up to 25% of the Trust Fund balance to loan small municipalities money for wastewater treatment plants.

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HF 707: Amendment: Restore Clean Water Legacy Funds to intended purposes (April 24, 2017)

Senate Floor Vote

Senate Legacy Omnibus Bill On March 30, the Senate passed a bill which cut base general funds for soil and water conservation districts administrative costs by $22 million. The Senate then shifted these costs to Legacy Funds by inserting them… Continue reading

How the Senate Voted

A “No” vote means the Senate bill uses Clean Water funds for administrative costs, and reduces funding for drinking water and water quality implementation.

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SF 723: Amendment: Remove language that would suspend certain water quality standards (March 30, 2017)

Senate Floor Vote

Senate Environment & Natural Resources Omnibus Bill The Senate Environment Finance Bill included a provision that would have weakened water quality rules by suspending certain water quality standards, including phosphorus standards for rivers, that were adopted after 2014. The Pollution… Continue reading

How the Senate Voted

A “No” vote means the provision is not removed and certain water quality rules would be suspended if the omnibus bill is agreed to the conference committee.

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SF 723: Amendment – Remove provision that would double the size of feedlots requiring environmental review (March 30, 2017)

Senate Floor Vote

Senate Environment & Natural Resources Omnibus Bill The Senate Environment Finance Bill included a provision that would have doubled the size of feedlots requiring environmental review. Current law requires environmental review for proposed feedlots or feedlot expansions with more than… Continue reading

How the Senate Voted

A “No” vote means the provision is not removed. If the omnibus bill is ultimately approved, only feedlots with more than 2000 animal units would receive review.

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