Separate versions of the Omnibus Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Finance and Policy Bill have been passed off the Minnesota Senate and House floors, but significant difference exist between the two bills. Those differences will be handled by a ten-person conference committee, with equal representation from both parliamentary bodies.
Murdock Democrat Andrew Falk will co-represent the House version. Falk says funding for the various agencies represented in the bill is important. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are among the governmental offices with their budgets determined in the bill.
Elbow Lake Republican Torrey Westrom will be among the five Senators in the conference committee.