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Mayo's DMC bill takes another step forward

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Destination Medical Center bill was passed by the Senate Committee on State and Local Government Wednesday night.

The bill was passed on to the Senate Committee on Taxes.

The committee in Wednesday's hearing only looked at parts of the bill that would create a seven member board that would have control over how and were up to $585 million in bond money would be spent.

The board members would be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate. Board members could not live in Rochester or have a financial interest in the Mayo Clinic.

There would be a Rochester group called the Medical Center Economic Development Corporation that would provide ideas to the board, but it would not have the authority to allocate money.

At Wednesday's committee hearing, some members of the committee spoke in favor of the DMC initiative.

Others raised concerns that the bill creates a system that is unprecedented in Minnesota and perhaps the country, and by passing the bill, the legislature would open up that system to other developers across the state.

Many at the committee hearing said much of the work on the bill would be done in the tax committee, which is were the bill heads next.

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