Disaster Relief Bill Passes 25 Aug 12

The Minnesota Legislature approved, and Governor Dayton signed a more-than $167-million flood relief package on Friday following a special session. State Representative Terry Morrow of St. Peter says that the money will be used to assist those whose homes and businesses were affected by severe natural disasters in northeastern and south-central Minnesota earlier this summer, including Sibley County. Dayton signed the bill just hours after it was approved on a vote of 60-7 by the Senate and 125-3 by the House. Accountability measures to ensure the funds are used properly were added into the legislation as well. The governor says he’s pleased the bill passed and that legislators kept their promise to limit the special session to just disaster relief.