There are a few hearings related to the Protect Our Great Outdoors package up this week at the Capitol:
Clean Water Legacy is part of the House Environment Finance bill, scheduled for hearing tomorrow (Tuesday) in the House Finance Committee and Wednesday in the Taxes committee. The funding level is approximately 1/4 of the identified need.
Global Warming is expected to be one of the items addressed in Senator Prettner Solon’s omnibus energy bill (SF 145) and quite frankly I’m prepared to be disappointed. All indications are that her provisions related to global warming will be weak. We’ll find out when we see the text I guess. It looks like the bill will be unveiled Tuesday (likely in the evening) and is the topic of discussion for Thursday’s hearing in the Senate Energy Policy committee.
Let’s hope that the rumors are wrong though and that they pass a standup bill before the Global Warming Day of Action that will bring hordes of Minnesotans to the capitol on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.