Legislative Update – May 8, 2012 – 2

The Senate amended the bonding bill Monday night, so the House had to either concur or head to conference committee to work through the differences in the two versions of the bill. The House just concurred with the Senate changes by a vote of 97-33 so the bill now heads to Gov. Dayton for consideration.

Author of the bill, Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, explained the Senate amendments. $500,000 was taken from the $50 million business development through capital projects grants for the South St. Paul floodwall extension, and $2 million was taken from the same grant program for the Maplewood Harriet Tubman Center. Also language was adopted in the Senate that includes permissive language for the installation of solar energy systems with construction or major renovation of a state building.

The solar energy language reads: “a project for the construction or major renovation of a state building, after the completion of a cost-benefit analysis, may include installation of “Made in Minnesota” solar energy systems of 40 kilowatts capacity on, adjacent, or in proximity to the state building.”

As a reminder, included in the bill for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is $94.7 million in general obligation funds, or $132 million with user financing included. The bill can be found at: www.revisor.mn.gov/bin/bldbill.php?bill=ueh1752.1.html&session=ls87.

Thank you.

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