The Department of Transportation could offer the sale of excess trunk highway land to adjacent landowners at appraised market value, instead of through a bid or auction process, under a bill passed by the House Thursday.
HF859 would amend MnDOT’s procedure for transferring surplus highway land, as well as authorize the turnback of some parcels to counties and the Minnesota Historical Society.
Under the bill, MnDOT would also be authorized to sell excess land that remains unsold after an offer to the highest bidder to anyone willing to pay the minimum public sale bid amount, and would be authorized to use a real estate broker to sell lands once they are withdrawn from sale.
Other measures included in the bill would:
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
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