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Mar 7, 2014

Bee boosters call for stricter pesticide rules

Catastrophic population declines among honeybees and other pollinating insects are spurring calls for greater pesticide regulation.

Apr 30, 2013

Frac sand limitations fail in Senate Finance Committee

The Senate Finance Committee turned down Sen. Matt Schmit's bid to amend frac sand legislation into the game and fish bill less than a week after it removed from the same bill by a different committee. However, Gov. Mark Dayton's administration has voiced strong support for Schmit's proposal, creating the potential for it to reemerge before session's end.

Apr 23, 2013

Lutheran coalition leader lobbies for poor, environment

The Rev. Mark Peters, executive director of the Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota, brings his denomination's faith-based mission to bear in the Capitol.

Dec 26, 2012

What to watch for in Minnesota’s coming legislative session

Here’s a guide to key policy matters that are likely to be addressed and heavily lobbied in the 2013 legislative session.

Apr 5, 2012

MN House passes omnibus environment bill

The state House on Thursday passed an environment policy bill 74-52 that drew fire from environmental groups.

Mar 23, 2012

House, Senate differ on land parcel at heart of Lessard-Sams bill

The House and Senate appear to be heading for a conference committee battle over the marquee land-acquisition proposal in this year’s Legacy bill.

Mar 14, 2012

House, Senate environment bills target invasive species

Although legislative leaders appear to be hastening to finish the 2012 session early, environment chairs in both chambers still have a number of policy issues to wrestle with before their work is done.

Feb 29, 2012

Surprise wetlands bill may get swamped

When it comes to battles over natural resources policy, efforts to change the state’s Wetlands Conservation Act (WCA) usually aren’t resolved overnight.

Sep 9, 2011

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.

Apr 29, 2011

State agency leaders criticize environment budget bill

Four state agency heads have weighed in against the environment budget bills that are currently in conference committee.

Mar 25, 2011

Controversy brews over environmental bills

Amid the flurry of big-ticket budget bills and spreadsheets that have overtaken the Capitol in the past week, the comparatively puny environmental budget bills moving through the Legislature have attracted little attention in most quarters.

Oct 1, 2010

MN Republicans and DFLers are polar opposites in Sierra Club scorecard

The Sierra Club's 2009-2010 scorecard for Minnesota legislators shows a lopsided record between Republicans and DFLers. Greater Minnesota DFLers also often scored lower than urban DFLers.

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