MPR’s timely report, “Minnesota farm lobbyist flex new political muscle”

In the last blog post, “Pollinators: under attack by lobbyists and legislators alike,” one of the examples I cited was the adoption of a Senator Dahms amendment to delete key language supporting pollinators. According to MPR, Senator Dahms’ amendment to remove the definition of a “pollinatory lethal insecticide” from state statute “has the backing of the pesticide industry.” It seemed like the attacks on pollinator friendly legislation were coordinated. The MPR report adds weight to that observation.

The quote from Rep. Rick Hansen is further telling, “(t)he money is the pollution in the system here in the Minnesota Legislature and it’s getting worse.”