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Environment, Climate, and Legacy Committee
Thursday, March 9, 2023
3:00 PM, 1150 Minnesota Senate Bldg.


Present: Senator Foung Hawj - Chair, Senator Jennifer A. McEwen Vice Chair, Senator Justin D. Eichorn, Senator Steve Green, Senator Grant Hauschild, Senator John A. Hoffman, Senator Mary K. Kunesh, Senator Andrew R. Lang, Senator Kelly L. Morrison, Senator Nathan Wesenberg

Absent: No Members Absent

Senator Foung Hawj called the meeting to order at 3:00p Senator McEwen takes gavel at 3:01p Senator Hawj takes gavel at 3:56p

Call to Order

S.F. 2570: Senator Hawj: Provisions modification for snowmobile registration.

Testifiers: Bob Meier (Assistant Commissioner, DNR)


A1 - Senator Hawj moves, adopted by voice

Senator Hawj moved that S.F. 2570, as amended, be recommended to pass. - MOTION PREVAILED.

S.F. 1983: Senator Hawj: Water and soil conservation provisions modifications.

Testifier: John Jashke (Executive Director, BWSR)

Be laid over and maybe considered for omnibus bill.

S.F. 542: Senator Dahms: Floodplain management appropriation.

Testifier: Kerry Netzke (Executive Director, Area II MN River Basin)

Be laid over and maybe considered for omnibus bill.

S.F. 1710: Senator Johnson: Portable stands permanent permission in certain wildlife management areas.

Testifiers: Eric Simonson (MN Deer Hunters Association)

Senator Eichorn moved that S.F. 1710, be recommended to pass. - MOTION PREVAILED.

S.F. 2111: Senator Hauschild: Requirements modification for conveying easements and leasing state lands.

Testifiers: Lorie Klein (Attorney, Division of Lands and Minerals - DNR); 


Senator Hauschild moves A2 - adopted by voice


Senator Eichorn moves A3 amendment as amended - adopted by voice

    - oral amendment to put the amendment in line with the A2 amendment - adopted by voice

Senator Green moved that S.F. 2111, as amended and referred to the Finance Committee without recommendation. - MOTION PREVAILED.

S.F. 2170: Senator Wesenberg: Northwoods Regional ATV Trail System appropriation.

Testifier: Perry May (Trail Administrator, Norwood Trail System)

Be laid over and maybe considered for omnibus bill.

S.F. 1526: Senator Morrison: Requirement modification for certain owners of farmed Cervidae.

Senator McEwen moves to take SF1526 off the table - motion prevails by voice


***Note that this is a continuation from the hearing on this bill from 2/21/23, no further testimony was taken during this hearing other than a discussion of the A5 and A6 amendments


Senator McEwen moves the A5 amendment - adopted by voice


Senator Hoffman moves the A6 amendment - adopted by voice


Senator Wesenberg moves oral amendment: page 6, lines 2, 7, and 14: delete "or cervidae semen" 

        - Wesenberg requests a roll call vote - motion fails by roll call 4/5 (Aye: Eichorn, Green, Lang, Wesenberg; Nay: Hawj, McEwen, Hoffman, Kunesh, Morrison; Absent: Hauschild) 



Senator McEwen moved that S.F. 1526, as amended, recommended to pass and re-referred to the Agriculture, Broadband, and Rural Development Committee.

S.F. 1982: Senator Hawj: Conservation reserve program state incentives provision appropriation.

Not heard.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:51p

Senator Foung Hawj, Chair
Maikao Vue, Legislative Assistant