We have received notice of the next meeting of the Senate Rural Task Force. Those readers who have become interested in the activity of the group might consider attending, since no audio, video or minutes are kept of the group's meetings.
|Monday, December 8, 2014
Rural Task Force
Rural readers have asked how they might get on the agenda of the task force, since they're uncomfortable that the task force members might believe that rural people agree with a proposal related to permitting (see embedded pdf below) that would appear to eliminate local control by townships and counties.
Moreover, as we reported in Co-founder of Senate Rural Task Force (est. 2014) attacks MPCA Citizen Board (est. 1967), the Republican co-founder of the task force has attacked the respected owner of a 320-acre farm as not being part of "real ag."
We suspect that we'll be hearing during the session that rural people concur with the task force about changing permitting, despite the fact that the task force hasn't heard public testimony from anyone representing local government on this issue. Funny how that works.
Does the task force agree with the suggested changes?
Is there a reason this (and the head of the Agri-Growth Council) has been the only testimony they've decided to listen to about permitting?
Bluestem has been told that the task force intended to only take up matters about which they agreed. Do they all agree about this change?
We've asked Senator Saxhaug's office how rural citizens concerned about this new interest on the part of the task force might share their concerns with the eight senators on the task force. We'll share the answer when we get it.
The proposal about changing permitting is found under item 5 in the pdf below:
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