ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a bill that would have allowed Enbridge Energy to bypass the state Public Utilities Commission and proceed with replacing its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. Dayton carried through on his veto promise. Dayton said in a letter to House Speaker Kurt Daudt that the bill "pre-empts the long-standing PUC process." The commission is scheduled to vote late next month on whether the project is needed, and what route it should take.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers have wrapped up their work for the year, but much of the session scorecard will hinge on Gov. Mark Dayton and whether he follows through with threatened vetoes. Dayton and Republicans clashed all year over key issues including tax conformity and school funding. Dayton has threatened to veto two major bills that could upend much of the Legislature's work.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota farmers have taken advantage of some of the best weather all season to catch up on spring planting after a late start due to the cold, wet spring. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Minnesota farmers had 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork last week, the most they've had in a week all season. Minnesota corn planting is 77 percent complete, just three days behind the five-year average.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers have moved to stall implementation of the state's proposed rule for reducing nitrate levels in groundwater supplies in farm country. The GOP-led House and Senate agriculture committees voted this weekend to block the state from finalizing the rule for at least another year. But the resolution may not be the final word. Committee leaders say they'll let the rule go forward if Gov. Mark Dayton signs a separate agricultural policy bill.
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