Minnesota has made some progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but reducing greenhouse gases from vehicles faces some tough opposition.
Lawmakers included funding for a new state park in a second bonding bill they passed before adjourning Sunday night. The park along Lake Vermilion in northern Minnesota was one of Gov. Pawlenty's top priorities this session.
The idea of adopting California's rules to limit greenhouse gases from cars and trucks appears dead for this legislative session.
The final report of the Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group isn't even out yet, but it's already coming under fire.
Minnesota officials stepping up efforts against VHS fish disease.
Efforts to create a state park at Lake
Vermilion in northern Minnesota face more hurdles amid a sagging
economic forecast and differing opinions about how the state should
purchase the land.
Minnesota voters will decide this fall whether to raise the state sales tax to benefit the outdoors and arts.
Minnesota has made commitments to reduce emissions that contribute to global warming. Now comes the hard part.
There are more than a quarter-million all-terrain vehicles in Minnesota. Lawmakers have been haggling for years to figure out where those machines can and can't go on state lands. This past legislative session produced another set of new laws designed to reign in ATV use.
There's been a lot of grumbling about unattained goals and missed opportunities this legislative session. But energy policy appears to be an exception.
The state Senate has approved a constitutional amendment that will ask voters to approve a small increase in the state sales tax,
to pay for protection of hunting and
fishing habitats, as well as lake and river cleanup, and arts and cultural programs.
After a pair of tactical moves Wednesday,
Minnesota voters are closer to considering a constitutional amendment to raise the sales tax and set aside those extra dollars for environmental and cultural programs.
The Minnesota House has passed a bill that would establish a statewide program to recycle used computer monitors, televisions and other electronic devices.
Despite its high-powered sponsor and an army of
vocal supporters, a constitutional amendment that would set aside
sales tax money for environmental and cultural purposes suffered a
defeat Tuesday in a Senate committee.
With traces of industrial chemicals linked to 3M
Co. products turning up in more places, legislators are demanding
that state scientists step up their examination of health risks and
are allocating money for testing and drinking-water filters.