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Rep. Haley Legislative Update (4/13)

Friday, April 13, 2018

Hello Friends and Neighbors,

Happy Friday!  Before the weekend, I wanted to send out a quick update with some news from St. Paul.

Last week, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) introduced a proposal that would have fined farmers out of compliance with our state’s buffer law up to $500 per linear foot.  This extreme penalty could have ended up costing farmers thousands of dollar annually for being just a few feet out of compliance across their entire property.  Due largely to public outcry from farmers statewide, BWSR rescinded the proposal yesterday afternoon.  Thank you to all of you that took the time to make sure your voices were heard.

I was firmly opposed to these excessive penalties and was disappointed to learn of the proposal, which would have placed an unnecessary burden on Minnesota agriculture.  Our farmers are among our state’s best stewards of the land, and it is important going forward that they are able to weigh in and have their interests considered prior to state agencies putting forth such significant proposals.


I was delighted to visit with Pam Fontem and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network during their visit to the Capitol to advocate for bills to prevent harmful tobacco use by our state’s young people.

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Southeastern Minnesota Superintendents

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Constituents from Carpenters, Laborers and Engineers Day at the Capitol

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Jessie Diggins, Minnesota native and Olympic Gold Medalist in cross country skiing, was honored at the Capitol yesterday.  Jessie is the daughter of Deb and Clay Diggins, owners of the Red Wing Slumberland Furniture store.

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Xcel Energy Day at the Capitol

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Had the opportunity to hear the priorities of advocates at the Dyslexia Day at the Capitol Rally earlier this week.

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Staying in Touch

If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding anything related to state government, please do not hesitate to contact me at or 651-296-8635.

Have a great weekend.


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