Dahms’ bill aids public TV

Pioneer Public Television of Granite Falls could be the recipient of $2,142,857 under a bill sponsored by Sen. Gary Dahms of Redwood Falls.

The bill appropriates $15 million for the 2020 fiscal year to be used for equipment grants to public television stations. If the bill passes, public TV stations will be required to submit a list of the equipment it would purchase before it receives the grant.

The bill passed out of committee and now awaits a hearing in the Capital Investment Committee.

SEN. DAHMS also introduced a bill last week to stop the Department of transportation from enforcing its permit rule to mow or bale hay in the right-of-way of a trunk highway until April 30, 2020.

Last year, Senator Dahms succeeded in getting a bill signed into law that required a one-year moratorium on enforcement of ditch mowing permits. His latest action to stop the Department of Transportation awaits a hearing in the Senate Transportation Finance and Policy Committee. I

N OTHER action:

•The senator’s re-insurance bill took another step forward when it was passed out of the Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee. The bill will now be referred to the Senate Finance Committee, where it awaits action.

The re-insurance plan, also known as the Minnesota Premium Security Plan, was not included in the Governor’s budget request.

“This plan has been credited with reducing rates in the individual market by 20 percent,” said Sen. Dahms.

The companion bill in the house is currently awaiting action in the House Health and Human Services Finance Division.

Sen. Gary Dahms

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