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Senate Majority Leader Dziedzic: Governor Signs Into Law Sen. Foung Hawj’s Proposal to Put Constitutional Amendment on MN Ballot

Important Measure to Protect Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources will be on State Ballot in 2024

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Senate Majori­ty Leader Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapo­lis) said the has signed into law Sen. Foung Hawj’s (DFL-St. Paul) proposal to put a constitutional amendment on the 2024 state ballot to rededicate a percentage of state lot­tery proceeds to the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENTRF) and increase the amount available to be spent each year.

Majority Leader Dziedzic said if Senator Hawj’s ballot measure is approved by Min­nesota voters, it will designate additional lot­tery proceed funding for smaller non-profits, groups, and communities across Minnesota that have been left behind.

“For more than three decades, the ENTRF has used 40 percent of state lottery proceeds to provide a stable source of funding for Minnesota’s air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and natural resources,” said Majority Leader Dziedzic. “That will end in 2025 unless we reauthorize this constitutionally dedicated source of funding for the trust fund. By get­ting Sen. Hawj’s bill signed into law, we will ask our state’s voters next year to approve an amendment to our constitution to reauthorize that practice until 2050. It’s an important step in ensuring Minnesota’s environment and natural resources can be enjoyed by fu­ture generations.”

“Throughout our state’s history, Minneso­tans have valued our natural resources and environment as important to our state’s way of life. That’s why I authored this import­ant constitutional amendment,” said Senator Hawj, Chair of the Senate Environment, Cli­mate and Legacy Committee. “Since 1988, the ENTRF has played a central role in fund­ing the conservation of these important re­sources, and we need to allow Minnesotans to once again have a say in funding them for current and future generations.”

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