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SF 3174

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 04/05/2016 02:23pm

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underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to agriculture; establishing Minnesota emerald ash borer suppression
program; appropriating money; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 17.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [17.855] MINNESOTA EMERALD ASH BORER SUPPRESSION
PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner of agriculture shall work with all necessary state agencies to
develop and implement the Minnesota emerald ash borer suppression program. The
program must include a matching grant component. A county, home rule charter or
statutory city, town, school district, park district, or other municipal corporation or
political subdivision of the state authorized by law to enter contracts is eligible for a
matching grant under the program. Activities eligible for partial reimbursement with state
money include sanitation, including removal of infested trees and stumps; protection
of ash trees using lowest risk treatments; and other integrated pest management and
suppression activities such as slow ash mortality strategies. Additional activities eligible
for inclusion as the local match but not for reimbursement include development of public
tree inventories, surveys, and response plans; removal and replacement of ash trees
damaged by or lost to emerald ash borers, including the purchase price of replacement
trees; and public education. The Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee shall advise
the commissioner regarding all matters covered by the program and the commissioner
must consider the committee's advice.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $13,000,000 in fiscal year 2017 and $13,000,000 in fiscal year 2018 are appropriated
from the ... fund to the commissioner of agriculture to develop and administer the program
under Minnesota Statutes, section 17.855.
new text end