Broadband bills introduced in MN House and Senate today

Broadband funding was introduced in both the Minnesota house and senate today:

In the House:
Today HF7 was introduced: Broadband grant program money appropriated.

Here’s the text:

A bill for an act relating to telecommunications; appropriating money to the broadband grant program.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Section 1. BROADBAND GRANT PROGRAM; APPROPRIATION.$35,000,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $35,000,000 in fiscal year 2021 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of employment and economic development for deposit in the border-to-border broadband fund account under Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.396. The appropriation must be used for grants and the purposes specified under Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.395.

Authors include: Ecklund; Layman; Sandstede; Sundin; Lueck; Baker; Davids; Lislegard; Sandell; Wazlawik; Noor; Cantrell; Hortman; Winkler; Lee; Schultz; Wolgamott; Huot; Lesch; Olson; Lillie; Persell; Fischer; Nelson; Gomez; Elkins; Brand; Lippert; Morrison; Carlson, A.; Mann; Kunesh-Podein; Long; Her

It was referred to Ways and Means

In the Senate
Today SF9 was introduced: Broadband grant program appropriation

Here’s the text:

A bill for an act relating to telecommunications; appropriating money to the broadband grant
program.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. BROADBAND GRANT PROGRAM; APPROPRIATION.

$35,000,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $35,000,000 in fiscal year 2021 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of employment and economic development for deposit in the border-to-border broadband fund account under Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.396. The appropriation must be used for grants and the purposes specified under Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.395.

Authors include: Koran; Simonson; Dahms; Westrom; Tomassoni

It was referred to Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Finance

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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