Beyond the Bill: Legacy funding’s complicated road to the House Floor


With less than two weeks left, the Minnesota House of Representatives is putting in long hours to get bills passed off the House floor. But, at least one bill, expected to be taken up early in session, has remained noticeably missing from House floor action. That could change on Friday, however, when the omnibus legacy finance bill is scheduled for consideration by the full House.

The bill would appropriate money for the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. Passed by state voters in 2008, The Legacy Act, as it is often referred to as, increases the state sales tax by three-eighths of 1 percent until 2034 to fund preservation measures.

We examine why the road to the House floor for the omnibus legacy finance bill has been a difficult one.

Beyond the Bill is an occasional feature that takes a closer look at the issues driving legislation in the House.