Call or email Legislators about “Buy the Farm”

Filed under:Laws & Rules — posted by admin on April 29, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

blyGood news from our friends the Minars, of Cedar Summit Farms — “Buy the Farm” is in the House Ag Omnibus Bill!

HUGE HOLLERS OF CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS TO REP. DAVID BLY FOR GETTING THE “BUY THE FARM” CHANGES INTO THE HOUSE ENVIRONMENT AND AG FINANCE OMNIBUS BILL!  Let him know you appreciate his effort: rep.david.bly@house.mn

Now, QUICK, get on the Senators on the Bill’s conference committee to do the same:

Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) 651-296-8017
sen.david.tomassoni@senate.mn

Senator Tom Saxhaug (DFL-Grand Rapids) 651-296-4136
www.senate.mn/senatorsaxhaugemail

Senator Dan Sparks (DFL-Austin) 651-296-9248 sen.dan.sparks@senate.mn

Senator James Metzen (DFL-South St. Paul) 651-296-4370
sen.jim.metzen@senate.mn

Senator Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake) 651-296-3826
sen.torrey.westrom@senate.mn

Here’s a proposed message from the Minars (and a few edits) for the Senators:

I’m calling about the Environment and Ag Omnibus Finance Bill. As a member of the conference committee, I urge you to include language that restores the original intent of the “Buy the Farm” law. This is about justice. Family farmers didn’t have a choice about the CapX 2020 high voltage lines cutting across their land — it was forced upon them. The provisions in section 52 of the House bill would require that a utility taking land from farmers and landowners as part of the CapX transmission project to fully and promptly reimburse them for their land, and pay relocation expenses and lost business. Please include these provisions in the final version of the bill. It’s time for corporations to pay their fair share to landowners carrying the burden of transmission lines.

And next contact the House Ag Omnibus conference committee members — urge them to fight to keep Section 52, “Buy the Farm,” in the Omnibus bill, HF 976:

Rep. Jean Wagenius (DFL-Minneapolis) 651-296-4720
rep.jean.wagenius@house.mn

Rep. David Dill (DFL-Crane Lake) 651-296-2190 rep.david.dill@house.mn

Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul) 651-296-6828
rep.rick.hansen@house.mn

Rep. Andrew Falk (DFL-Murdock) 651-296-4228 rep.andrew.falk@house.mn

Rep. Jeanne Poppe (DFL-Austin) 651-296-4193 rep.jeanne.poppe@house.mn

OK, I’ve sent mine — it’s your turn!

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