Bill Tracker

During each session of the Minnesota Legislature we track key bills affecting parks and trails.
Updates on these key bills are posted here.

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2018 Legislative Session

Allows the operation of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in Hayes Lake State Park Campground and Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Min State Park Campground, and directs the commissioner of natural resources to provide ATV access routes to said campgrounds. Allowing ATVs in state parks would be unprecedented, is opposed by state park visitors, and would create safety and noise concerns.

Bill Numbers: HF 3142 & HF 4211; SF 3063

House Authors: Fabian; Heintzeman; Poston; Ecklund
Senate Authors: Ingebrigtsen; Johnson

Update: HF 3142 was heard in Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance on 3/6/18 and laid over for possible exclusion in omnibus bill. HF 4211 was introduced on 3/26/18 and will be heard in Government Operations and Elections Policy on 3/29/18. Senate File was introduced on 3/8/18 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance.

Appropriates $800,000 for construction of a bridge over Albert Lea Lake, connecting Hayward to Albert Lea via the Blazing Star State Trail.

Bill Numbers: HF 1296SF 276

House Authors: Bennett
Senate Authors: Sparks

Update: House File introduced 2/16/17 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. Senate File introduced on 1/23/17 and referred to Capital Investment.

Appropriates $2,843,000 for a grant to the Cannon Valley Trail Joint Powers Board to construct the renovation of and improvements to trail access facilities and storm water infrastructure along the Cannon Valley Trail.

Bill Numbers: HF 3228 & SF 2916

House Authors: HaleyLillie

Senate Authors: Goggin

Update: House File introduced on 3/1/18 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. Senate File introduced 3/5/18 and referred to Capital Investment.

Appropriates $2.25 million to complete construction and paving of phase one of the Chester Woods State Trail from the city of Rochester to Chester Woods Park in Olmsted County.

Bill Numbers: HF 1494 & SF 1176

House Authors: Pierson; Davids
Senate Authors: NelsonSenjem

Update: House File introduced on 2/20/17 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. Senate File introduced on 2/20/17 and referred to Capital Investment.

Appropriates proceeds from the State Lottery deposited into the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Park and trail projects include:

  • $2,500,000 for development and enhancement of Minnesota state trails
  • $2,500,000 for Minnesota State Parks and Trails land acquisition
  • $250,000 for forest restoration in Minnesota State Parks
  • $2,000,000 for local park, trail, and natural area grants
  • $600,000 for development of the Mesabi Regional Trail
  • $235,000 for land acquisition for the Harmony-Preston State Trail extension
  • $550,000 for development of the Mississippi Blufflands State Trail along the Red Wing riverfront
  • $100,000 for the Superior Hiking Trail
  • $2,254,000 for development of the Swedish Immigrant Trail extension through Interstate State Park

Bill Numbers: HF 3352 & SF 2934

House Authors: HeintzemanEcklundLueck

Senate Authors: WestromIngebrigtsenDahmsTomassoniDziedzic

Update: House File was passed in Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance on 3/29/18 and referred to Ways and Means. Senate File passed Environment and Natural Resources Finance on 3/29/19 and referred to Finance.

Appropriates $710,000 for a grant to the city of Faribault for development of the Northern Links Trail, creating a connection between downtown Faribault and the Sakatah Singing Hills State Triail.

Bill Numbers: HF 4089 & SF 3699

House Authors: Daniels

Senate Authors: Jasinski

Update: House File introduced on 3/21/18 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. Senate File introduced 3/21/18 and referred to Capital Investment.

Adjusts the boundary of Frontenac State Park to include an additional 160 acres of restored blufflands.

Bill Numbers: HF 3130 & SF 2776

House Authors: Haley

Senate Authors: Goggin

Update: House File introduced on 2/22/18 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. Senate File introduced on 3/1/18 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance.

Appropriates $3 million for acquisition and development of the Gitchi Gami Trail, including engineering and design of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail priority segments: to Lutsen from Ski Hill Road, at Silver Creek, Silver Bay to Tettegouche State Park, and Cutface Creek  Wayside to Cascade State Park.

Bill Numbers: HF 2850 & SF 2718

House Authors: Ecklund; Lillie; Lueck
Senate Authors: Bakk; Senjem; Tomassoni; Wiger

Update: House File introduced on 2/20/18 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. Senate File introduced on 2/26/28 and referred to Capital Investment.

Appropriates $750,000 for the construction of a Visitor and Trail Center in Glendalough State Park.

Bill Numbers: HF 2910 & SF 3074

House Authors: Nornes
Senate Authors: Ingebrigtsen

Update: House File introduced on 2/20/18 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. Senate File introduced on 3/8/18 and referred to Capital Investment.

Appropriates $1,300,000 for acquisition and development of the Goodhue Pioneer State Trail from Zumbrota to Red Wing

Bill Numbers: HF 2978 & SF 2502

House Authors: HaleyLueckEcklundLilliePoston

Senate Authors: Goggin

Update: House File introduced on 2/22/18 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. Senate File introduced on 2/20/18 and referred to Capital Investment.

Appropriates $1.5 million to extend the Harmony-Preston State Trail to the Iowa border, including a connection to Niagara Cave. This project is included in Parks & Trails Council’s 2017 Legislative Agenda.

Bill Numbers: HF 161 & SF 67

House Authors: Davids; Pierson
Senate Authors: Miller; Nelson

Update: House File introduced on 1/11/17 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. Senate File introduced on 1/11/17 and referred to Capital Investment.

Appropriates $500,000 for predesign, design, and construction of an extension of the Heartland Trail from Itasca State Park
to Park Rapids.

Bill Numbers: HF 2730 & SF 2543

House Authors: Hausman; Lillie

Senate Authors: Utke; Eichorn

Update: House File introduced on 2/20/18 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. Senate File introduced on 2/22/18 and referred to Capital Investment.

Appropriates $5 million for matching local park and trail grants.

Bill Numbers: HF 1270 & SF 689

House Authors: PostonHoweJohnson, C.Murphy, E.LienNornes

Senate Authors: RuudIngebrigtsenEkenNelson

Update: House File introduced on 2/15/17 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. Senate File introduce on 2/6/17 and referred to Capital Investment.

Appropriates $15,000,000 for improvements and betterment of the Metropolitan Regional Park and Trail System in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.

Bill Numbers: HF 3187 & SF 3308

House Authors: Lillie, Hanson, Wegenius, et al.

Senate Authors: PappasPrattBighamOsmekHall

Update: House File introduced on 3/1/18 and scheduled for hearing in Capital Investment on 3/11/18. Senate File introduced 3/14/18 and referred to Capital Investment.

Appropriates $1 millionf or acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of the Mill Towns State Trail between the cities of Faribault and Waterford.

Bill Numbers: HF 2803

House Authors: Bly; Lillie
Senate Authors: 

Update: House File introduced on 2/20/18 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance.

Appropriates $350,000 for predesign and design of the Mississippi Blufflands Trail between Red Wing and Lake City.

Bill Numbers: HF 3748 & SF 3501

House Authors: Haley; Lillie
Senate Authors: Goggin

Update: House File introduced on 3/14/18 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. Senate File introduced on 3/15/18 and referred to Capital Investment.

 

Additionally, HF 2823 & SF 2504 would appropriate $9,490,000 is appropriated from the bond proceeds fund  to the commissioner of natural resources for a grant to the city of Red Wing to design and construct segments 2 and 3 of the Mississippi Blufflands State Trail/Red Wing Riverfront Trail project, along the western bank of the Mississippi River.

Appropriates $5 million to extend the Blufflands State Trail System to connect Preston, MN with Forestville State Park.

Bill Numbers: HF 162 & SF 66

House Authors: Davids
Senate Authors: Miller

Update: House File introduced on 1/11/17 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. Senate File introduced on 1/11/17 and referred to Capital Investment.

Appropriates $3 million to renovate Minnesota’s State Trails, following the recommendations outlined in Parks & Trails Council’s State of the Trails Report.

Bill Numbers: HF 2582 & SF 2266

House Authors: Lueck; Lillie; Urdahl; Hausman
Senate Authors: Senjem; Dziedzic

Update: House File introduced on 4/5/17 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. Senate File introduce on 3/28/17 and referred to Capital Investment.

Appropriates $2,500,000 for a grant to the city of La Crescent for a trail bridge and safety improvements, connecting downtown La Crescent to the Mississippi River.

Bill Numbers: HF 3102 & SF 2923

House Authors: Davids

Senate Authors: Miller

Update: House File introduced on 2/26/18 and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance. Senate File introduced 3/5/18 and referred to Capital Investment.

Past Years' Bills Below

2017

There were a few disappointments in the 2017 session, but overall parks and trails fared better than had been feared a few weeks before the end of session. A big thank you to everyone who reached out to their legislators and gave parks and trails a voice.

Summary of bills introduced

The following bills were passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dayton during the 2017 session.

 

2016

Summary of bills introduced

The following bills were passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dayton during the 2016 session.

 

The following bills were drafted and introduced into the legislature, but for various reasons they were either not passed by the Minnesota Legislature or not signed into law by the Governor. They could attempt to be revived in subsequent years.

 

2015

Summary of bills introduced

The following bills were passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dayton during the 2015 session.

 

The following bills were drafted and introduced into the legislature, but for various reasons they were either not passed by the Minnesota Legislature or not signed into law by the Governor. They could attempt to be revived in subsequent years.