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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.