www.mnaction.org Saturday, October 25, 2014  

Restore Minnesota 3.0

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Issue

The Reform 2.0 agenda is going backwards

Background

Repeal all Health, Air and Water Protections? Votes Expected on the House Floor this Week!
Sen. Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria) and Rep. Beard (R-Shakopee) introduced S.F.1922 and H.F.2169. These bills make it difficult to enforce and challenging to defend state policies that protect our health, our air and our water. The bills single out the Rules (policies) enforced by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Department of Natural Resources, Board of Water and Soil Resources, Environmental Quality Board, and Minnesota Department of Agriculture. This is the rotten egg bill-of-the-year so far. We expect this bill to be on the floor soon and are asking the Governor to veto it.

Defending Community Rights – Votes Expected on the House and Senate Floor this Week!
Rep. Beard (R-Shakopee) and Sen. Vandeveer (R-Forest Lake) introduced H.F. 389 and S.F. 270, bills that weaken township and community rights and make it more difficult for citizens to work through their local units of government to make sure large-scale developments don't harm the well being of their communities. The proposals weaken the power of local governments to enact interim ordinances (also called moratoriums). An interim ordinance allows local governments to quickly put a temporary freeze on major development. This power is essential when the community is caught off-guard by unanticipated and potentially harmful proposals, especially those from corporate interests and outside investors, such as frac sand mines or large-scale factory farms. After a project applies for a permit the local unit of government has a narrow window of time in which to enact an interim ordinance. If it misses that window, then the proposed project is exempt. The clock starts running before any public hearing takes place. By the time there is a hearing, the clock could be run out.

Renewable Electricity Standard Rollbacks– Moving through the Senate.
Minnesota’s Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), which requires the state receive at least 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025, faces a new threat this legislative session. A bill introduced on Monday would allow utilities to meet the RES with large scale hydropower imported from outside of Minnesota. The RES was written not just to increase the amount of renewable electricity, but also to stimulate new jobs and economic development in the state. And it’s working: to date, over 100 solar energy manufacturing and installation businesses call Minnesota home, and at least 2,000 jobs in the state have been created by Minnesota’s wind energy industry. As Minnesota meets more of its electricity needs from renewable sources, we can expect those numbers to go even higher. Legislators need to protect our Renewable Energy Standard to grow clean energy business investment and jobs in Minnesota and vote “no” on S.F. 1906 and H.F. 2190.

Rollbacks for Environmental Protection Permits – Vote Expected on Senate Floor this Week (maybe the House Floor too)!
Heading into our second month at the State Capitol, bills like S.F. 1567 and H.F. 2095 that muddles permit protections for our air and water are on their way to the Floor. Community leaders testified in opposition, but bill authors Sen. Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria) and Rep. Fabian (R-Roseau) received help from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to push the bills through. Though cleaned up a bit, these bills weaken feedlot permits that protect our water and put unnecessary burdens on the state when businesses don't submit the necessary information to issue timely permits.

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Don't give in to corporate special interests!


Dear Governor,

Don’t give in to corporate special interests! I want stronger laws and better enforcement to protect our health. I am writing to ask you to vote “no” on the many bills expected to reach the floor soon that decrease public input and weakens policies that protect our health, our water, and our air.

• Vote “no” on bills that weaken our ability to protect our water, air, and health like S.F.1922 and H.F.2169, which are expected on the floor soon. These bills make it difficult to enforce and challenging to defend state policies that protect our health, our air and our water. The bills single out the Rules enforced by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Department of Natural Resources, Board of Water and Soil Resources, Environmental Quality Board, and Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

• Vote “no” on bills that weaken township and community rights. H.F. 389 and S.F. 270, which are expected on the floor soon, weaken the power of local governments to enact interim ordinances. This power is essential when a community is caught off-guard by unanticipated, potentially harmful proposals, especially those from corporate interests and outside investors, such as frac sand mines and large-scale factory farms. After a project applies for a permit, the local unit of government has a narrow window of time in which to enact an interim ordinance. If it misses that window, then the proposed project is exempt. The clock starts running before any public hearing takes place. By the time there is a hearing, the clock could be run out.

• Vote “no” on bills like S.F. 1567 and H.F. 2095 that make it harder to protect our air and water are on their way to the Floor too. These bills weaken feedlot permits which puts our water quality at risk; and muddle the permitting process when businesses don't submit the necessary information to issue timely permits.

Minnesotans like me want bold leaders who will Restore Minnesota!

Sincerely,

Your name and address here


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