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Last week, Rep. David Bly (D-District 20B) was a co-author of House File 230, which is being called the Industrial Hemp Development Act.
The short description of the bill: Industrial hemp industry development and regulation, and possession and cultivation of industrial hemp defense provided for; rulemaking authorized, and marijuana definition modified.
According to the bill's text, this is the act's purpose:
The legislature finds that the development and use of industrial hemp can improve the state's economy and agricultural vitality and the production of industrial hemp can be regulated so as not to interfere with the strict regulation of controlled substances in this state. The purpose of the Industrial Hemp Development Act is to promote the state economy and agriculture industry by permitting the development of a regulated industrial hemp industry while maintaining strict control of marijuana.
Rep. David Bly (D-District 20B) of Northfield
AuthorShort Description HF0230 1 01/31/2013 Kahn Industrial hemp industry development and regulation, and possession and cultivation of industrial hemp defense provided for; rulemaking authorized, and marijuana definition modified. HF0165 2 01/28/2013 Slocum Students in approved recovery programs additional funding sources created. HF0143 4 01/31/2013 Persell Minnesotan American Indian veteran plaque authorized for placement in the court of honor on the Capitol grounds. HF0136 1 01/22/2013 Hansen Campaign finance and public disclosure law public official definition expanded to include judges and county commissioners. HF0127 2 01/22/2013 Halverson School district current year aid payment shift percentage restored to 90. HF0126 3 01/30/2013 Faust Property tax refund modified, threshold percentage decreased for the homestead credit refund for homeowners, and percentage of rent constituting property taxes increased. HF0125 1 01/17/2013 Radinovich Minnesota investment fund money appropriated. HF0124 1 01/17/2013 Mahoney Minnesota Trade Office modified, and money appropriated. HF0095 6 01/31/2013 Lillie Labor agreements and compensation plans between the state of Minnesota and employee associations ratified. HF0083 4 01/24/2013 Freiberg Military service member notice of rights required, lender required to provide a single point of contact, mortgage lender prohibited from beginning or continuing a foreclosure proceeding while considering a request by a borrower for a mortgage modification, and mortgage lender required to participate in and pay for mediation if the borrower requests mediation. HF0076 2 01/17/2013 Laine Minnesota Health Plan; all necessary health care guaranteed to be available and affordable for every Minnesotan; Minnesota Health Plan, Minnesota Health Board, Minnesota Health Fund, Office of Health Quality and Planning, patient advocacy ombudsman, and inspector general for the Minnesota Health Plan established; and money appropriated. HF0066 6 01/24/2013 Hansen Drainage system provisions modified.
Bly is Vice Chair of the Housing Finance and Policy Committee and also serves on the Education Policy; Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance; and Judiciary Finance and Policy committees.
Follow him on Twitter @dbly.
Tweet of the week: Climate change: Right here, right now http://www.minnpost.com/events/climate-change-right-here-right-now#.UQw2UPrgmRU.twitter …
Sen. Kevin Dahle (D-District 20) of NorthfieldBill
AuthorShort Description SF0183 2 01/31/2013 Dahle Eminent domain buy the farm provisions modification; utility appraisal fee awards and contiguous land power of condemnation modifications SF0174 2 01/31/2013 Dahle Dan Patch commuter rail line restrictions repeal
Dahle serves as the Vice Chair of the Education Committee and also serves on the Commerce, Finance—E-12 Division, and State and Local Government committees.
Follow him on Twitter at @KevinDahle.
Tweet of the week: Excited to be leading the Ed. Committee's Taskforce on Student Eval. and Testing. Our schools need to be teaching to students, not a test.
Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-District 58B) of Farmington (represents Dakota County)
AuthorShort Description HF0255 1 01/31/2013 Atkins Commissioner of commerce directed to assess federal progress in developing a permanent repository for high-level radioactive waste, reports required, and actions to be taken specified by commissioner of commerce and Public Utilities Commission. HF0187 2 01/31/2013 Hortman Residential high school for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics established. HF0164 1 01/24/2013 Norton Radiation therapy facility construction provisions modified. HF0136 1 01/22/2013 Hansen Campaign finance and public disclosure law public official definition expanded to include judges and county commissioners. HF0059 3 01/22/2013 Dettmer Military retirement pay income tax subtraction provided. HF0014 2 01/14/2013 Kieffer Minnesota Constitution; amendment method changed, and constitutional amendment proposed. HF0013 3 01/17/2013 Norton Minnesota Constitution; amendment method changed, and constitutional amendment proposed.
Garofalo serves on the Energy Policy, Property and Local Tax Division, and Taxes committees.
Follow him on Twitter at @PatGarofalo.
Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 58) of Lakeville (represents Dakota County)
Thompson is Assistant Minority Leader and serves on the Education, State and Local Government, Taxes, and Taxes-Tax Reform Division committees.
Follow him on Twitter at @ThompsonSenate
Tweet of the week: Summary of today's Tax Committee: Governor can raise taxes by $3.7 billion, but nobody will pay more taxes. #DavidCopperfieldMath