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S.F. No. 150 - Explicit Legislative Authorization Required for Light Rail Transit Projects (Second Engrossment)
 
Author: Senator David J. Osmek
 
Prepared By: Priyanka Premo, Senate Counsel (651/296-3914)
Alexis C. Stangl, Senate Counsel (651/296-4397)
 
Date: March 9, 2017



 

S.F. 150 requires specific legislative authorization for political subdivision expenditures on a light rail transit project. The requirement includes study, project development work, and construction. It covers new lines as well as line extensions.

Section 1. Legislative approval of light rail projects. Prevents a regional railroad authority from spending any funds for study, project development, or construction of a light rail transit project, unless the project is specifically authorized by the legislature.

Section 2. Legislative approval of light rail projects. Prevents Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington counties or any of the cities in those counties, except for Northfield, Hanover, Rockford, and New Prague, from spending any funds for study, project development, or construction of a light rail transit project, unless the project is specifically authorized by the legislature.

Section 3. Legislative approval of light rail projects. Prevents the Metropolitan Council from spending any funds for study, project development, or construction of a light rail transit project, unless the project is specifically authorized by the legislature.

Section 4.  Appropriations.  $5,000,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2018 from the general fund to the Met Council to be distributed to the opt-out providers.  $5,000,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2018 from the general fund to the Met Council for planning and development of bus rapid transit corridors.

Section 5.  Application.  Sections 1 and 3 apply to counties in the metro area.

Section 6. Effective date. This bill is effective the day after enactment. 

 
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