There's a bill that strips MPCA & DNR's rulemaking authority. It's one of a range of

Interested Party Minnesota House File HF 551

When I graduated from college, I didn't have a job lined up and somebody suggested to me that I should check out this particular temp agency that made placements with all the fancy creative firms. So I go there and they give me this big long form to fill out, including a checklist of skills. Well, arrogant little snot that I was, I checked off all of them. I had just graduated from the Ivy League--there was no way that I couldn't figure out how to operate a switchboard. How hard is it to answer a phone?

Let's just say my employment at a Madison Ave ad agency lasted less than 45 minutes after I accidentally transferred Helmut Lang to the company bookkeeper 3 times. And I don't mean a brand rep.... I mean Helmut Lang. He then went on to do that hideous resort collection with the sailor suits, so he probably deserved it.

Anyway, the point of all this is that some things are better left to the experts even if you really think you could do it better. Regulating the entirety of a states natural resources and environment falls in that category. But, setting the maximum thickness of residue permissible for the inner liner of a hazardous waste container to be considered empty for the purposes of federal compliance is a task too important for some GOP members of the MN House to leave in the hands of the MPCA's highly trained staff of technical experts. So they've introduced House File 551, a bill to strip the MPCA and DNR of all rulemaking authority and sunset all existing rules by 2022 unless enacted by the legislature.

I've got some thoughts (imagine that) on why this bill is bad but, more importantly, on the seemingly more innocuous but actually worse legislation that's it probably set up to provide cover for.

My analysis is posted here on the Friends of the Mississippi River legislative updates blog.

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