Legislative Wrap-Up 2017

Summary

This legislative session failed to do more to protect the resources that Minnesotans value. Download the full MEP Legislative Wrap-Up 2017.

Dozens of detrimental provisions were advanced. Through a tremendous effort by citizens across the state, many were dropped. But others became law. The legislature also missed opportunities to protect pollinators, invest in water protecting crop research, and adequately fund transit and transportation.

Initiatives

Minnesota Environmental Partnership (MEP) priorities for the 2017 legislature included:

  • Forever Green: Provide long-term funding to the University of Minnesota.
  • Protecting Pollinators: Support the MN Department of Agriculture’s goals
  • Transportation: Pass balanced, comprehensive funding that increases long-term state-wide investment in all modes of transportation.
  • Capital Bonding: Funding for clean-up St. Louis Estuary Area of Concern, modernize aging drinking and waste water systems, and the Conservation Reserve Easement Program

Defense

Numerous proposals passed and will move Minnesota backwards, while many other harmful proposals were approved by either the House or Senate, but did NOT become law; MEP and member organizations – working with citizens from across the state — successfully blocked these proposals.

Download the full MEP Legislative Wrap-Up 2017.

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