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PAGE 16 June 2, 2016 Legislative Update for May 24, 2016 By Michelle Fischbach Department of Natural Resources. tax bill. Proponents of the bill say Minnesota State Senator • $479,000 to the Board of Water that House File 848 provides for The 2016 legislative session and SoilResources. more than $800 million in tax ended on May 23 when both the • $4.433 million in Fiscal Year 17 relief for students, families, and House and Senate adjourned sine to the Department of Agriculture. veterans. die. Under the Minnesota State • $6.1million in Fiscal Year17 to Some notable provisions in Constitution the legislature is pro- the Department of Public Safety. the bill include: an expansion of hibitedfrompassinganylegislation •$11.721millioninFiscalYear17the Working Family Credit which on the final day of session. For this to the Department of Employment increases the phase-out thresh- session that meant no bills could be and Economic Development. old and the maximum credit for passed after midnight on Monday, • $1.75 million in Fiscal fliers with no children; an expan- May 23. During the final week of Year 17 to the Housirlg Finance sion child and dependent care session, legislative leaders were able Agency, including $750,000 for credit; the creation of a student to reach compromises on a number the Workforce and Affordable loan debt credit; a reduction for of important issues, including the Homeownership Development the statewide property tax that Supplemental Budget bill and the Program. exempts up to $100,000 of com- Omnibus Tax Bill. • $74.66 million in Fiscal Year mercial and industrial property Supplemental Budget Bill 17 to the Department of Humanvalue; an expansion to the current On Sunday, May 22, the Services. This money is the result past military service tax credit; the Supplemental Budget Conference of shifts funds from the Health creation of a College Savings Plan Committee finalized the confer- Care Access Fund to support tax credit and exemption for fam- ence committee report for House General Fund spending, flies that contribute to 529 savings File 2749, the omnibus supple- The bill includes a number ofplans; and, a permanent increase mental budget bill. The con- policy provisions in addition to toLocalGovernmentAid. ference committee report was the appropriations, including; a Drug Sentencing Reform adopted by the House and Senate Military Pension tax credit; lan- On May 16, the Senate passed on Sunday and the bill was passed guage modifying the water per- a drug sentencing reform bill, in both chambers as amended by mits held by the city of Cold Spring Senate File 3481, which many the conference committee. House that will allow for an increase in called the biggest reform bill in File 2749 has been presented to the amount of water withdrawal 30years.Severalsentencesforcon- Governor Dayton, who has said from three of the city wells; and, trolled substance crimes for sale that we will decide whether he will authorization for the city ofand possession were decreased or sign the bill into laworveto the bill St. Cloud to issue an on-sale wine no longer have a mandatory min- bytheendoftheweek, and malt liquor license to the imum sentence, while others for Some notable appropriations in St. Cloud State University, which "kingpins" were made mandatory. the bill include: would allow the university to sell Thresholds were also changed so • $35 million from the gen- beer and wine in the Herb Brooks that to commit high levels of drug eral fund in Fiscal Year 17 for the National Hockey Center. crimes, it will take less marijuana border-to-border broadband fund Omnibus Tax Bill but more cocaine or methamphet- account. House File 848, the omni- amine. Other changes were also • $2 million to the Minnesota bus tax bill, was passed by both included to spend more money on Office Higher Education for the the House and Senate Sunday, chemical dependency treatment state grant program. May 22. The bill, which had been and utilize more alternative pro- . $2.62 million in Fiscal Year 17 in a conference committee since gramming in prison. The bill was to the Pollution Control Agency. last session, includes provisions sent to the House and passed on • $2.269 million in Fiscal Year 16 from the 2015 House and Senate May 20. Governor Dayton signed and $14.432 in Fiscal Year 17 to the tax bills as well as the 2016 Senate the bill into law on May 22. .... ..... .......... ? y Capital lnvestmentBill amended. Since the bill was On Sunday, May 22, the amended by the Senate, it would Capital Investment Conference have had to go back to the House Committee was able to reach to be passed again with the new an agreement on the Capital language. However, there was not Investment Bill. The bonding bill time for the House to consider compromise included additional the bill before the midnight dead- funds for transportation projects line meaning that the last min- throughout the state and made ute amendment adopted by the appropriations to the trunk high- Senate effectively killed the bond- way fund. ing bill. The bill, House File 622, was Governor Dayton has been passed in the House with strong called upon by some legisla- bipartisan support and then sent tive leaders to call a special ses- to the Senate for a vote. When sion so that the legislature can the bill was being considered in pass the original compromise. On the Senate, a DFL senator offered Monday, Governor Dayton said a controversial amendment to that he would come to a decision the bill that was adopted by voice on whether to call a special session vote and the bill was passed as within the next48 hours. Crash with injuries May 24 before coming to rest in the from yard Tuesday, May 24, at 10:17 a.m., The of a private residence. The car caught Stearns County Sheriff's Office along fire. Fleck was pulled from the vehicle withSartellPolice, St.StephenFireand by several good Samaritans.. He was Gold Cross Ambulance responded transported to the St. Cloud Hospital to a motor vehicle crash with inju- and later aidifted to Hennepin County ries near 41054 CR I in Brockway Twp. Medical Center where he was treated Aaron Fleck, 28, of St. Cloud was driv- for burns and other injuries. The acci- ing north when his car left the road- dent remains under investigation by way. The car struck several trees theStearnsCountySheriff'sOffice. Grant allocation for justice assistance The Stearns County Sheriff's for people and items in open areas. Office and the St. Cloud Police The St. Cloud Police Department have been invited Department intends on purchas- to apply for a Justice Assistance inganall-terrainvehicletobeused Grant to share in the amount of in large gatherings and searches. $32,386. They also intend on using a por- The Stearns County Sheriff's tion of the funds for crime preven- Office intends on purchasing tion materials. equipment to outfit new drug Members of the public are detecting canine units. A portion invited to submit comments on of the funds would be used to pur- the grant to: sheriff@co.stearns. chase a drone to be used to search PROTECT THE HOME THAT :BRINGS YOUR DREAMS TO CA/LME AY. Thomam Ehflngor/~K~/, Inc. 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