Monthly Archives:: May 2017

News Watch: May 30

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May 30, 2017 Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Clean Energy, Conservation, Mining, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish   Featured Articles: Public News Service: Environment bills on Governor’s desk (featuring MEP Executive Director Steve Morse) Austin Daily Herald: Dayton fends off attacks on buffer strips, environment board Winona Daily News: Todd Paddock: Minnesota legislators… Read more »

Letter to the Governor: Request for veto of Jobs Growth and Energy Affordability Bill (SF1456)

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May 26, 2017 Dear Governor Dayton, We, the undersigned organizations and the thousands of Minnesotans we represent, ask you to veto SF 1456, the Jobs Growth and Energy Affordability Bill. We greatly appreciate all you have done to improve this bill over its predecessor, SF 1937. Many onerous provisions were removed and we are enormously… Read more »

Letter to the Governor: Request for veto of Environment and Natural Resources Omnibus Bill (SF844)

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RE: Request for veto of Environment and Natural Resources Omnibus Bill (SF844) May 25, 2017 Dear Governor Dayton, Thank you for your commitment to justice and fairness, your strong work on behalf of Minnesota’s environment and natural resources and your unyielding interest in the public good. On many fronts, this session has been unlike any… Read more »

Press Statement: Legislative Session Delivers Rollback, Raids to Minnesota’s Environment

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Press Statement May 23, 2017 Media Contact: Sara Wolff 651-491-1229 Legislative Session Delivers Rollback, Raids to Minnesota’s Environment This legislative session is a disappointment for Minnesota’s environment. Steve Morse, Executive Director of Minnesota Environmental Partnership, said, “Unfortunately, the 2017 legislative session was about backpedaling. The legislature passed raids, rollbacks and restrictions to public participation that… Read more »

News Watch: May 18

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  May 18, 2017 Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Clean Energy, Conservation, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Pollinators, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish Events and Advocacy News: Sign up for the ongoing Water Action Daily events at Governor Dayton’s Residence  Check out the newly launched #KeepMNClean website for Daily Action Alerts Agriculture & Food Austin Daily Herald: ‘An incredible tool’; Conservation… Read more »

Letter from the Governor – Veto of Jobs and Energy Omnibus Bill

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May 15, 2017 The Honorable Michelle L. Fischbach President of the Senate 2113 Minnesota Senate Office Building St. Paul, Minnesota 55155 Dear Madam President: I have vetoed and am returning Chapter 64, Senate File 193 7, a bill appropriating money for jobs and economic development and making changes to commerce, telecommunications, and energy policy. The… Read more »

News Watch: May 15

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  May 15, 2017 Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Clean Energy, Conservation, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Pollinators, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish Events and Advocacy News: Sign up for the ongoing Water Action Daily events at Governor Dayton’s Residence  Check out the newly launched #KeepMNClean website for Daily Action Alerts Agriculture & Food Rochester Post Bulletin: Walz listens as Land… Read more »

Letter to the Governor on Pipeline Provisions in Energy Omnibus

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May 12, 2017 Dear Governor Dayton and Lieutenant Governor Smith, We, the undersigned organizations, respectfully request you veto any version of the Jobs and Energy Omnibus bill that contains provisions • removing pipelines from the current Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Certificate of Need (CON) process (including a newly defined category, replacement pipelines) (lines 189.32-190.2 and… Read more »

Letter to the Minnesota Legislature: Vote No on Jobs, Housing and Energy Omnibus Bill

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May 11, 2017 To: Members of the Minnesota Legislature; We, the undersigned organizations and the citizens we represent, respectfully ask you to Vote NO on the Conference Committee Report for SF 1937, the Jobs, Housing and Energy Omnibus Bill. This bill will roll back energy efficiency and solar standards, stifle Minnesota’s developing solar industry, discriminate… Read more »

Letter to Senators: Please Vote NO on Environment and Natural Resources Omnibus Bill (HF888)

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Note: This online version of the following letter has been changed to correct an inaccuracy printed in the letter distributed to members of the Senate on May 9, 2017. The letter distributed to Senators included a section titled:  “Seed Mixes / Buffer Law Suspension.” That section has been removed here to prevent further dissemination of that… Read more »

Letter to the House: Please Vote NO on Environment and Natural Resources Omnibus Bill (HF888)

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To: Members of the Minnesota House of Representatives May 9, 2017 Dear Representative: On behalf of the undersigned organizations and their hundreds of thousands of Minnesota members, we would like to thank you for your attention to our collective environment and the current and future generations who depend on it. The Environment and Natural Resources… Read more »

Letter to the Governor on the Environment and Natural Resources Omnibus Bill (HF888)

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The Honorable Mark Dayton Governor of Minnesota The Honorable Tina Smith Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota 130 State Capitol 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 May 3, 2017 Dear Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith: On behalf of the undersigned organizations and their hundreds of thousands of Minnesota members, we… Read more »

Letter: Bonding letter to the Governor and Legislative Leaders

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May 3, 2017 Dear Governor Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk Capital Investment Committee Chair David Senjem Capital Investment Committee Minority Lead Sandy Pappas Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman Capital Investment Committee Chair Dean Urdahl Capital Investment Committee Minority Lead Alice Hausman High… Read more »

News Watch: May 4

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  April 27, 2017 Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Conservation, Parks and Trails, Pollinators, Transportation, Waste & Recycling Water, Wildlife & Fish Event News: Sign up for the ongoing Water Action Daily events at Governor Dayton’s Residence  Featured Articles: Star Tribune: (op-ed) Is the Legislature serious about clean water? Then do these 3 things (written… Read more »

Letter: Legacy Omnibus Bill Conference Commitee

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To:  HF707 Omnibus Legacy Bill Conference Committee Members April 28, 2017 Dear Omnibus Legacy Bill Conferees: On behalf of the undersigned organizations and their hundreds of thousands of Minnesota members, we would like to highlight three provisions in the Omnibus Legacy Finance Bill (HF707) that are of great concern and interest for the environment and… Read more »

Letter: Omnibus Energy and Jobs Bill Conference Committee

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April 26, 2017 The Honorable Jeremy R. Miller Deputy Majority Leader Co-Chair, Omnibus Jobs and Energy Conference Committee Minnesota Senate 3107 Minnesota Senate Building 95 University Avenue West St. Paul, MN 55155 The Honorable Pat Garofalo Co-Chair, Omnibus Jobs and Energy Conference Committee Minnesota House of Representatives 485 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin… Read more »

Letter: Agriculture and Housing Appropriations Omnibus Bill Conference Committee

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April 25, 2017 Dear Agriculture and Housing Appropriations Omnibus Bill Conferees: On behalf of the undersigned organizations and their hundreds of thousands of Minnesota members, we would like to highlight a number of provisions in the Omnibus Agriculture and Housing Appropriations Bill (SF780) that are of great concern and interest for the environment and conservation… Read more »

Letter: Environment and National Resources Omnibus Bill Conference Committee

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To: HF 888 Environment and Natural Resources Omnibus Bill Conference Committee Members Representative and Committee Chair Fabian Representative Heintzeman Representative Swedzinski Representative Uglem Representative Ecklund Senator and Committee Chair Ingebrigtsen Senator Ruud Senator Westrom Senator Mathews Senator Tomassoni April 26, 2017 Dear Environment and Natural Resources Conferees: On behalf of the undersigned organizations and their… Read more »

News Watch: May 1

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  April 27, 2017 Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Conservation, Parks and Trails, Pollinators, Transportation, Waste & Recycling Water, Wildlife & Fish Event News: Sign up for the ongoing Marches at the Mansion for Clean Water and a Healthy Environment Featured Articles: Duluth News Tribune: Sam Cook column: Legislature showing little inclination to increase… Read more »