While the main news coming out of the State Capitol yesterday was on the historic vote in the House on the same-sex marriage bill, lawmakers are still busy working on a number of bills that impact Minnesota's parks and trails. In addition to the Legacy bill (see P&TC email from 5-9-13), lawmakers are working on: a) the general fund appropriation to the Parks and Trails division of the DNR and b) bonding for state trails.
With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, legislators are engaged in a strategic chess match – shifting political capital from one place to another. Key bills that impact Minnesota's parks and trails remain caught up in the political process. The Parks & Trails Council's government relations team remains actively engaged with legislators and is relentlessly working to advance the Parks & Trails Council's legislative agenda.
For the past three years, parks professionals from Greater Minnesota have been working together to better represent their system of parks and trails at the Capitol. They have made important strides in coordinating their efforts across vast distances. And now they want the Legislature to make their efforts official through the creation of a representative Commission appointed by the governor.