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Kruse, O’Driscoll introduce school trust overhaul

A bipartisan group of state legislators announced legislation that would remove the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from its role in managing school trust lands. The move reflects simmering disappointment with the amount of money the agency is generating from timber and mining operations on the lands.

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Conservation group to release Legacy report

The advocacy group Conservation Minnesota next week will release a detailed accounting of state lawmakers' track record on Legacy spending. In it the group raises concerns that lawmakers are using Legacy funds in ways that voters didn’t intend when they agreed in 2008 to increase the sales tax to pay for outdoors and cultural projects.

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Basis for Thornton firing still murky

News that Susan Thornton, the chief staffer for the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), had been fired came as a shock last week to many state legislators and people who lobby on environmental funding issues.

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House GOP shakes up committees

The House Judiciary Policy and Finance Committee will no longer be a stand-alone committee and Rep. Steve Smith will no longer be a chairman, according to House Speaker Kurt Zellers. Also, Rep. Tom Hackbarth has been given a gavel on a new energy subcommittee.

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