In less than one month, lawmakers will be back in St. Paul, Minnesota to begin a new state legislative session. Ag lobbyist Bruce Kleven says there is restructuring taking place. “Senator Torrey Westrom from Elbow Lake was the ag finance chair last time and he’s also the ag finance chair this time, but the Senate leadership combined this committee with the ag policy committee. That used to be chaired by Senator Bill Weber from Luverne and he’s moved to the property tax division. Westrom will have both policy and finance. The same thing happened in the House.” COVID may limit the session agenda, but right now, a key issue for agriculture is the budget. “Other than that, there’s not a lot the agriculture groups are bringing collectively. We may be working on state patrol roadside stops and we’ll play defense on property tax gains.” The session is scheduled to begin January 5.
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