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Legislative Update June 30, 2017
I hope everyone is making plans for a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend to celebrate our independence and freedom!
Happy 4th of July! See you at Funfest!
[Clearly, this was sent out before the 4th of July weekend! -webmaster-]
Our community has one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in the state, and I hope to see you at Eagan Funfest! This is a time to celebrate our democracy and the sacrifices of those who fought for the country we have today. I'll be seeing many of you in the parade and other festivities. You can make plans by checking Funfest details here: http://eaganfunfest.org/
Upcoming Hwy 13 Construction will include Overnight, Weekend Single-Lane Closures
It's road construction season! Beginning in July, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will be resurfacing both directions of Highway 13 in Burnsville from west of County Road 5 to Highway 101 in Savage.
The project is expected to begin the week of July 10, and will result in overnight and weekend single-lane closures in both directions.
Single-lane closures in both directions are expected from 7 p.m. – 7 a.m. on weekdays, July 10 – Aug. 14; AND from 7 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday the following weekends:
- July 14-17
- July 21-24
- Aug. 4-7
- Aug. 11-14
Additional information on this project is available online at www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy13
The New St. Croix Crossing
On Monday afternoon, I had the opportunity to tour the new bridge over the St. Croix. It is an impressive structure that is designed to last 100 years. It is about a mile long, about a hundred feet wide, and slightly over 100 feet over the water. The bridge connects Oak Park Heights, Minnesota with St. Joseph, Wisconsin.
The bridge should open later this summer. For more information, see the MN DoT website
The Stillwater Lift Bridge will be converted to bicycle/pedestrian use only.
Other legislators and staff joined me to see the new structure
Legislature Suing Governor Dayton
In a previous update I was optimistic that issues between Republican leaders of the Legislature and Governor Dayton would get resolved before they got to court. Regrettably, such was not the case. The case against Governor Dayton, brought on by the Republican House and Senate had its first hearing on Monday. Both the Governor and the Legislature agreed to continue the ongoing funding of the Legislature through October 1st, and the judge agreed to this while the case goes forward. You can read about the case in this Pioneer Press article
New Laws on July 1
July 1 is the state of the new Fiscal Year and with it we see many new laws coming into effect. You can read a short select list of new laws in each budget area from nonpartisan House Public Information
Summer Activities for Kids
Don't forget the YMCA is offering free summer access for area teens. Here's a great story
from the Star Tribune on that.
I hope you all have a safe holiday weekend with friends and family. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.