Playing a little catch-up from last session, the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee sent a land management bill out of committee on its first day.
Without dissent, it approved HF50, as amended, and sent the bill to the House Ways and Means Committee.
The bill would allow some acquisition and divestment of lands in accordance with the state’s land management goals. Provisions in the bill were passed by the House last year, and were part of a last-night conference committee report that was not acted upon.
“It’s an example and cleanup and catch-up and helps people in your district,” Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul), the committee chair and bill sponsor. He hopes to pass a land-use bill every year.
Lorie Klein, an attorney for the Department of Natural Resources, said the land-use bill is typically seen as non-controversial. Bill provisions were proposed by the DNR, counties and state agencies, she said.
Included are provisions that would: