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SF 1906

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/20/2019 03:39pm

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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; establishing response program to support control of
emerald ash borer; appropriating money; proposing coding for new law in
Minnesota Statutes, chapter 88.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [88.83] EMERALD ASH BORER RESPONSE; MATCHING GRANT
PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin The commissioner must establish a program to provide
state matching grants of up to 75 percent of costs associated with community responses to
emerald ash borer infestations in ash trees.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Eligible applicants. new text end

new text begin Matching grants provided under this section are available
to:
new text end

new text begin (1) cities, counties, regional authorities, joint powers boards, towns, and parks and
recreation boards in cities of the first class that are responding or actively preparing to
respond to an emerald ash borer infestation; or
new text end

new text begin (2) a Minnesota nonprofit corporation that operates a biomass-fueled district heating
system.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Eligible expenditures. new text end

new text begin (a) Costs associated with the following activities are
eligible for a state matching grant:
new text end

new text begin (1) inventorying and planning work to identify infested ash trees and develop prescriptions
to address an emerald ash borer infestation;
new text end

new text begin (2) treating infested trees, when appropriate, using the least environmentally harmful
chemicals available;
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new text begin (3) removing and replacing trees that are infested or at risk of being infested with emerald
ash borer; and
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new text begin (4) disposing of or using ash material, including processing wood waste into usable
biomass fuel.
new text end

new text begin (b) Money appropriated for grants under this section may be used to pay reasonable
costs incurred by the commissioner of natural resources to administer this section.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $13,000,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $13,000,000 in fiscal year 2021 are appropriated
from the general fund to the commissioner of natural resources for the emerald ash borer
response program under Minnesota Statutes, section 88.83.
new text end