The Line: A Final “You Betcha!”

This week on the Line

Molly Pederson, Government Affairs Director

You Betcha, Gary!

Conservation Minnesota’s staff and board of directors extend our condolences for the loss of your dear friend and colleague, Sen. Gary Kubly. Gary will be remembered by us as a tireless advocate for the state’s land, air and water, and for the people whose livelihoods and way of life depend on their protection. As Senator Bakk so eloquently said, “He leaves us now with thousands of friends and not an enemy in the world.” Gary will be an inspiration to us all for many, many years.

A Musher with a Message

If you’ve been thinking to yourself, “Hey, I wonder what Frank Moe is up to since he left the Legislature,” you can find out on Thursday at 10:30 when Frank will arrive at the Capitol with his dog sled to deliver a “Message from the North.” On March 1, Frank and his team left Grand Marais for a 260-mile trek to the Capitol. With stops along the way including Finland and Duluth, Frank is raising awareness of the impact of sulfide mining pollution on our treasured lakes and rivers. He will deliver to Governor Dayton 10,000 petitions signed by concerned Minnesotans all over the state. Join Frank for a rally in front of the Capitol at 10:30 AM.

Caught at the Capitol this week

SF 270/HF 389 which makes it darn near impossible for citizens to halt large developments in their communities could be up for a vote on both the House and Senate floor. Ole says: Toss it back!

Speaking of impossible, HF 2084 is up in the House Civil Law Committee on Monday. Inverse condemnation for waste haulers will have a chilling effect on the ability of cities and townships to provide low cost, environmentally sound solid waste collection. Ole says: Toss it back!

SF 1567/HF 2095 Environmental permits efficiencies and environmental review modifications is up in House Ways and Means on Monday, and maybe on the floor in both the House and Senate this week. Ole says: Toss it back!

HF 2169 which no longer repeals all of the rules for five state agencies, but still has a host of burdensome reporting requirements, is up in State Government Finance on Tuesday. Ole says: Toss it back!

What is the Line? It’s Conservation Minnesota’s light, 100% Minnesotan look at conservation happenings at the Capitol as seen by me, a lobbyist who actually doesn’t go outside very much. Please don’t confuse the Line with the always enjoyable musings of the other, taller half of Conservation Minnesota’s government affairs team, John Tuma. You can (and should!) check out his blog here.

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About Molly Pederson

Molly brings expertise in communications and organization to us. She draws on her breadth of experience in the political, nonprofit and private sector realms to build broad support for issues. She’s a veteran of local and state campaigns Molly is an avid reader and has undertaken writing her own novel. Her interest in clean water and open spaces is a personal one as she enjoys sailing and cross-country skiing.
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