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2005 House Bill 814: Hubbard, Lake and Wabasha Counties Land Sale
Introduced by Rep. Tony Cornish (R), Rep. Jerry Dempsey (R), Rep. David Dill (DFL), Rep. Larry Howes (R) and Rep. Dennis Ozment (R) on February 7, 2005 To sell state land for private use in Hubbard, Lake, and Wabasha counties (SF896 Companion Bill).   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee on February 7, 2005
Reported by Rep. Tom Hackbarth (R) on March 22, 2005 From the Environment and Natural Resource Committee with amendements and the recomendation that the bill pass as amended. As reported, all of the provisions of the bill as introduced were deleted. As amended, the bill would: 1) allow certain tax-forfeited and surplus state land adjacent to public waters to be sold, notwithstanding specific statutes. The land described in the bill is in parcels in Aitkin, Hennepin, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake, Roseau, St. Louis, Wabasha and Washington counties. 2) mandates the procedures be the same as for wetlands for wildlife management purposes, where the local county board has 90 days to approve or disapprove, with possible further resolution by the Land Exchange Board, 3) permit possible hunting, trapping, and fishing in scientific and natural areas when the designating document allows it, or the commissioner of natural resources does so in accordance with notice and hearing as provided under the outdoor recreation act statute for this type of designation, 4) allow Itasca county to spend money in the county environmental trust fund to acquire certain land, and 5) delete a certain area of about 100 acres in Wright and Sherburne counties from the Mississippi River recreational land use district established by the wild and scenic rivers act. The report was adopted.
Motion by Rep. Tony Cornish (R) on March 29, 2005 That HF814 be re-referred from the General Register to the Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee.
The motion passed by voice vote in the House on March 29, 2005
Reported by Rep. Dennis Ozment (R) on April 6, 2005 From the Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee unamended with the recommendation that the bill pass and be re-referred to the Ways and Means Committee. The report was adopted.
Motion by Rep. Jim Knoblach (R) on April 20, 2005 From the Ways and Means Committee unamended with the recommendation that the bill pass. The report was adopted.
Referred to the House Rules and Legislative Administration Committee on April 20, 2005
Reported by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) on April 27, 2005 From the Rules and Legislative Administration Committee unamended with the recommendation that the bill pass. The report was adopted.
Amendment offered by Rep. Mike Jaros (DFL) on May 20, 2005 To allow St. Louis County to sell a "no-build" easement through a piece of tax-forfeited land.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 20, 2005
Amendment offered by Rep. Patti Fritz (DFL) on May 20, 2005 To allow for the private sale of tax-forfeited land in Rice County.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 20, 2005
Amendment offered by Rep. David Dill (DFL) on May 20, 2005 To allow for the private sale of tax-forfeited land in Lake County.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 20, 2005
Passed 129 to 4 in the House on May 20, 2005.
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To: 1) allow certain tax-forfeited and surplus state land adjacent to public waters to be sold, notwithstanding specific statutes. The land described in the bill is in parcels in Aitkin, Hennepin, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake, Rice, Roseau, St. Louis, Wabasha and Washington counties. 2) mandates the procedures be the same as for wetlands for wildlife management purposes, where the local county board has 90 days to approve or disapprove, with possible further resolution by the Land Exchange Board, 3) permit possible hunting, trapping, and fishing in scientific and natural areas when the designating document allows it, or the commissioner of natural resources does so in accordance with notice and hearing as provided under the outdoor recreation act statute for this type of designation, 4) allow Itasca county to spend money in the county environmental trust fund to acquire certain land, and 5) delete a certain area of about 100 acres in Wright and Sherburne counties from the Mississippi River recreational land use district established by the wild and scenic rivers act.
Motion by Rep. Tony Cornish (R) on May 23, 2005 That the House agree to the amendments made by the Senate and repass the bill as amended. As amended, the bill would authorize the sale of a variety of surplus lands, and modify requirements for the designation of scientific and natural areas. Among the provisions, this bill: 1) requires county approval for designation of scientific and natural areas, 2) limits hunting and fishing in scientific and natural areas to those where the designating papers allow it, or the DNR commissioner allows it (regardless of when designated), and 3) allows for private sale of surplus or tax-forfeited land in Scott, Aitkin, Beltrami, Hennepin, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake, Rice, Roseau, St. Louis, Wabasha, and Washington counties.
The motion passed 127 to 7 in the House on May 23, 2005.
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Signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty on June 3, 2005 To authorize the sale of a variety of surplus lands, and modify requirements for the designation of scientific and natural areas. Among the provisions, this bill: 1) requires county approval for designation of scientific and natural areas, 2) limits hunting and fishing in scientific and natural areas to those where the designating papers allow it, or the DNR commissioner allows it (regardless of when designated), and 3) allows for private sale of surplus or tax-forfeited land in Scott, Aitkin, Beltrami, Hennepin, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake, Rice, Roseau, St. Louis, Wabasha, and Washington counties.

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