The “amazing” 5G cell phone technology offers data speeds as much as 100 times faster than current 4G service, said Rep. Marion O'Neill (R-Maple Lake), who sponsors HF739 that she says would help usher in a new era for business and communication with “regulatory certainty.”
It would establish a framework for telecommunications companies to place small wireless antennas on new or existing poles in the public right of way. It would also restrict local governments in areas such as permits, moratoriums and fees.
The House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee approved the bill, as amended, Wednesday and sent it to the House Floor. The companion, SF561, sponsored by Rep. David Osmek (R-Mound), awaits action by the Senate Local Government Committee.
A delete-all amendment offered by O’Neill won the committee’s support. She said it represents the closest agreement among wireless companies, such as AT&T and Verizon, and organizations representing local governments and small utility companies.
Amanda Duerr, government relations representative at the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association, said her organization is neutral on the bill; Laura Ziegler, senior intergovernmental relations liaison at the League of Minnesota Cities, said her group is opposed.
Ziegler said local officials consider right-of-way regulation a core responsibility, and many of the league’s member cities don’t want new restrictions in state law.
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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It was a day of selfies, swearings-in and standing ovations as the House opened the 2017-18 biennial session Tuesday.