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MN Senate passes Green Acres Reform

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC-DT) -- For those who have had problems with the Green Acres program, fixes may be on the way.

The Senate passed a measure this afternoon that would reform the Green Acres program 53-8.

Senator Jeremy Miller, who introduced the bill, says the changes made to the law in 2008 caused an undo hardship on many Minnesota farmers by raising their property taxes too high.  He says this bill will correct that mistake.

"We're gonna eliminate the covenant, the 8 year covenant that's currently on rural preserve, we're gonna eliminate the conservation plan and we're gonna bring back the rural preserve program to match the Green Acres program," says Sen. Jeremy Miller.

The MN House passed it's own version of the Green Acres reform last week.

Now the House and the Senate will have to come together in conference committee to pass one final bill.

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