| Highlights of the Bill
Health and Human Services
It would prohibit a woman from receiving an abortion unless she provides
informed consent, which means she must have received specified information at
least 24 hours before the abortion is scheduled to occur.
In another provision, welfare recipients who fail to follow job hunting
rules for six months may be forced to forfeit their checks after a fair hearing
In the end,
lawmakers adopted an amendment on a 116-12 vote that would require counties to
monitor children in families that have gone under a 100 percent sanction to make
sure they had adequate food and clothing.
A late-coming amendment would require the Department of Agriculture to
develop plans and timelines for moving the department outside the Twin Cities by
June 30, 2003, when its current lease expires.
About $10 million is spent on other agricultural initiatives in the bill
over the next three fiscal years, including about $3.6 million for ethanol
Other provisions include expanding the state meat inspection program,
increasing funding for the pseudorabies program and increasing funding for
one-on-one assistance for Minnesota farmers who face crisis by a natural
disaster or financial problems.
Environment and Natural Resources
The bill requires the director of the office of long-range planning to
study the possibility of spinning off several divisions of the Department of
Natural Resources into a freestanding state agency. They would be the divisions
of fish and wildlife, forestry and enforcement.
Another amendment that was adopted would prohibit the DNR from opening
state parks later or closing them earlier than scheduled. Some lawmakers believe
the DNR closes small parks first during budget shortfalls.
Carlton County would get $79,000 for expenses incurred during several
homicide trials that have been held there in recent years. Ramsey County would
receive $250,000 for a domestic abuse pilot project.
The bill also would match $3.8 million in federal disaster relief funds,
increase fines for petty misdemeanors and misdemeanors, and create a felony for
offenders convicted of a fourth or subsequent DWI charge. The Office of
Ombudsman for Corrections also would be eliminated.
The most controversial piece of this portion would increase the governor's
salary to $150,000 from $120,303, while expanding ethics and conflict of
interest rules to include the governor. This could limit his ability to make
money from some outside sources.
The bill also would scale back offices in his administration, trimming $9.5
million total in state government spending. That includes a $2 million reduction
for the state planning agency.
It also would eliminate the Office of Technology and Office of Citizenship
One provision would cap fees paid by the mutual fund industry at $25
million. Another would exempt unspent gift certificates from being turned into
the Commerce Department as unclaimed property. A third would extend the
application period for Upper Red Lake tourism business loans by six months.
Source: Associated Press