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2017 Minnesota Session Laws

This document represents the act as presented to the governor. The version passed by the legislature is the final engrossment. It does not represent the official 2017 session law, which will be available here summer 2017.

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CHAPTER 15--S.F.No. 218

An act

relating to transportation; governing mowing and haying in trunk highway right-of-way; establishing a temporary moratorium and requiring a recommendation to the legislature.


Section 1.


Subdivision 1.

Permits moratorium.

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), the commissioner of transportation must implement a moratorium until April 30, 2018, on enforcing permits under Minnesota Statutes, sections 160.232 and 160.2715, or any other Minnesota statute or administrative rule, to mow or bale hay in right-of-way of a trunk highway.

(b) This subdivision applies regardless of date of any permit issuance. This subdivision does not apply to right-of-way in which adjacent land is under the jurisdiction of the state or a political subdivision.

Subd. 2.

Recommendation to legislature.

(a) No later than March 1, 2018, the commissioner of transportation must recommend to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over transportation, agriculture, and natural resources establishment of a permit or notification system to mow or hay in trunk highway right-of-way. The recommendation must be developed with input from agriculture and environmental groups.

(b) The recommendation must contain at least the following elements:

(1) ease of permit application or notification;

(2) frequency of permits or notifications;

(3) priority given to the owner or occupant of private land adjacent to a trunk highway right-of-way;

(4) determination of authority to mow or hay trunk highway right-of-way in which adjacent land is under the jurisdiction of the state or a political subdivision; and

(5) recognition of differences in the abundance of wildlife habitat based on geographic distribution throughout the state.


This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Presented to the governor April 6, 2017

Signed by the governor April 7, 2017, 2:44 p.m.

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