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Groundwater, environmental infrastructure, air pollution among topics slated for presentations.
(Published Jan 11, 2013)
The committee with jurisdiction over spending on environmental, natural resource, and agricultural agencies and programs held its first meeting today. The House Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee, chaired by Rep. Jean Wagenius (DFL – Minneapolis), met to introduce members and staff to each other. The chair also explained that she intends to hold a series of hearings where there will be testimony from invited science experts on specific topics. These will occur over the next few weeks until the committee receiving the Governor’s budget and starting work on that.
The first hearing will be on January 15 and will be a joint hearing of this committee with the Capital Investment and Legacy committees to hear about using current science to plan and improve decisions on how to invest public funds. Future hearings will cover groundwater supply issues, how we decide when and where to build public infrastructure, and the status of Minnesota in complying with changing federal air quality standards related to ozone and fine particulates (PM2.5).
The House Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee web site will be a good place to watch for hearing schedules, amendments, and copies of the current versions of bills being acted on in that committee.
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