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Pawlenty vetoes outdoors bill; measure contained local provisions

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Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday vetoed the omnibus natural resources bill, a bill that contained several local provisions.

"Several provisions in this bill reflect legislative overreach by attempting to set arbitrary hunting and fishing management policy, despite the recommendation of the Department of Natural Resources experts," Pawlenty wrote in his veto letter.

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"Signing this legislation into law would condone an approach that establishes a harmful precedent for managing our natural resources and undercut public confidence of the process," he wrote.

Although Pawlenty didn't cite it, the bill includes a provision requiring the DNR to allow winter spearing on Cass Lake. The provision was authored by Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji.

Another Olson provision was also in the vetoed bill. It would have required commercial dock and boat lift installers to have invasive species training, if the training is available within 50 miles of their places of business and the cost doesn't exceed $10.

One case Pawlenty did cite are special regulations for angling on the Fish Lake Reservoir near Duluth, were Senate Environment and Natural Resources Chairman Satveery Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, maintains a cabin.

"... there appears to be no fisheries management reason to require this and there are reports tht this provision may have been improperly inserted into legislation," Pawlenty wrote.

Pawlenty also cited fishing regulations imposed on Lake Florida without a sound fisheries management rationale.

Also not consistent is a provision to close the season for smallmouth bass until the "Monday following the third Sunday in June" in four specific areas.

"Yet our natural resource management experts have indicated that the smallmouth bass population in these areas does not need special protection beyond what is currently provided in statewide regulation," Pawlenty wrote.

He does instruct the DNR to work with local units of government and use administrative powers where possible to assist in land transfer and sales issues.

Pawlenty also likes provisions for a pilot hunting walk-in access program, and asks agencies to further an operational plan.

Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, was on the conference committee for the omnibus bill. It passed 111-20 in the House and 61-4 in the Senate.

Y bswenson@bemidjipioneer.com

Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday vetoed the omnibus natural resources bill, a bill that contained several local provisions.

"Several provisions in this bill reflect legislative overreach by attempting to set arbitrary hunting and fishing management policy, despite the recommendation of the Department of Natural Resources experts," Pawlenty wrote in his veto letter.

"Signing this legislation into law would condone an approach that establishes a harmful precedent for managing our natural resources and undercut public confidence of the process," he wrote.

Although Pawlenty didn't cite it, the bill includes a provision requiring the DNR to allow winter spearing on Cass Lake. The provision was authored by Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji.

Another Olson provision was also in the vetoed bill. It would have required commercial dock and boat lift installers to have invasive species training, if the training is available within 50 miles of their places of business and the cost doesn't exceed $10.

One case Pawlenty did cite are special regulations for angling on the Fish Lake Reservoir near Duluth, were Senate Environment and Natural Resources Chairman Satveery Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, maintains a cabin.

"... there appears to be no fisheries management reason to require this and there are reports tht this provision may have been improperly inserted into legislation," Pawlenty wrote.

Pawlenty also cited fishing regulations imposed on Lake Florida without a sound fisheries management rationale.

Also not consistent is a provision to close the season for smallmouth bass until the "Monday following the third Sunday in June" in four specific areas.

"Yet our natural resource management experts have indicated that the smallmouth bass population in these areas does not need special protection beyond what is currently provided in statewide regulation," Pawlenty wrote.

He does instruct the DNR to work with local units of government and use administrative powers where possible to assist in land transfer and sales issues.

Pawlenty also likes provisions for a pilot hunting walk-in access program, and asks agencies to further an operational plan.

Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, was on the conference committee for the omnibus bill. It passed 111-20 in the House and 61-4 in the Senate.

bswenson@bemidjipioneer.com

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