Minnesota Legislature: Natural Resources

House Speaker Paul Thissen said last week that he expected a "robust debate" on energy policy in the state Legislature this session. We'll start the conversation about what we can expect from lawmakers (The Daily Circuit, 01/14/2013)
Recycling is not only better for the environment, it's an integral part of a growing economic engine in the state. Experts say people are throwing away resources that those businesses need. (01/07/2013)
The Department of Natural Resources has set up a 15-member committee to provide advice as the agency ramps up its fight against aquatic invasive species like Asian carp and zebra mussels. (12/29/2012)
Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign a game and fish bill that raises new revenue for the Department of Natural Resources. The House and Senate gave final approval to the bill over the weekend. (04/30/2012)
The Minnesota House has approved moving up the start of this year's fishing season by one week, and the Senate may act on the issue shortly. (04/03/2012)
Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill designed to speed up the environmental permit applications process for businesses and local governments. (04/02/2012)
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it's making a lot of internal changes to meet efficiency goals set by legislators and Gov. Dayton last spring. (08/02/2011)
Minnesota utilities customers are saving enough electricity to power about 120,000 homes for a year through a rebate program that encourages energy-related improvements to homes. (06/21/2011)
Lawmakers will have to take up the $450 million spending measure in a special session. The House debated it up until the midnight deadline for adjournment without taking a vote. (05/24/2011)
Dayton promises to veto bill that would cut funding for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Natural Resources. (05/20/2011)
The money would have renovated the dam and expand it so it could also serve as a barrier against invasive species like Asian carp. The state Department of Natural Resources said Coon Rapids is the best location for such a barrier. (05/19/2011)
Angling and hunting groups seem to favor raising them to help the cash-strapped department; Republicans in St. Paul aren't so sure. (04/18/2011)
The state Senate voted Thursday to repeal greenhouse gas regulations that effectively blocked the development of new coal-fired power plants in Minnesota. (04/14/2011)
In the first biennium after the new sales tax was established, the money was divided -- 42 percent for state parks, 42 percent for metro area parks and 15 percent for a grant fund, most of which went to greater Minnesota trails. (04/12/2011)
Legislation authorizes mandatory inspections at or near water access points. If inspectors find an invasive species, they can require the boat or other equipment to go through a decontamination process. (04/08/2011)

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