Your Legislators: Aquatic Invasive Species (February 19, 2015)


BEFORE WE WILL DO ANYTHING.
>>AND THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT  >>AND THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT
THE INVASIVE SPECIES ANGLE.   THE INVASIVE SPECIES ANGLE.
WE DISCUSSED THIS A COUPLE OF   WE DISCUSSED THIS A COUPLE OF
WEEKS AGO, AND THE VIEWER TAKES   WEEKS AGO, AND THE VIEWER TAKES
ON THIS LITTLE DIFFERENT.   ON THIS LITTLE DIFFERENT.
THEY WANT TO KNOW WHY THE STATE   THEY WANT TO KNOW WHY THE STATE
CAN’T PEN LICE THOSE   CAN’T PEN LICE THOSE
RESPONSIBLE.   RESPONSIBLE.
COMPANIES AND COUNTRIES COMING   COMPANIES AND COUNTRIES COMING
IN THE PORTS FROM LAKE SUPERIOR.   IN THE PORTS FROM LAKE SUPERIOR.
INVASIVE SPECIES MORE GENERALLY?   INVASIVE SPECIES MORE GENERALLY?
WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN IN THIS   WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN IN THIS
SESSION?   SESSION?
LET’S START WITH YOU.   LET’S START WITH YOU.
>>THE VIEWER IS CORRECT, A LOT  >>THE VIEWER IS CORRECT, A LOT
OF THESE, LIKE THE ZEBRA MUSSELS   OF THESE, LIKE THE ZEBRA MUSSELS
CAME IN THROUGH THE PORT OF   CAME IN THROUGH THE PORT OF
DULUTH, MOST LIKELY IN SHIPS,   DULUTH, MOST LIKELY IN SHIPS,
AND THAT’S WHERE THEY CAME FROM,   AND THAT’S WHERE THEY CAME FROM,
AND THE VIEWER IS RIGHT WE   AND THE VIEWER IS RIGHT WE
SHOULD BE PENALIZING PEOPLE THAT   SHOULD BE PENALIZING PEOPLE THAT
GET CAUGHT WITH THESE THINGS,   GET CAUGHT WITH THESE THINGS,
AND THAT’S TRUE.   AND THAT’S TRUE.
WHAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS   WHAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS
CONCERNED ABOUT IS THE LAW THAT   CONCERNED ABOUT IS THE LAW THAT
PASSED IN 2012, WHICH IS THE   PASSED IN 2012, WHICH IS THE
INVASIVE SPECIES STICKER AND   INVASIVE SPECIES STICKER AND
EDUCATION PROGRAM THAT WAS   EDUCATION PROGRAM THAT WAS
PASSED IN 2012, AND I THINK A   PASSED IN 2012, AND I THINK A
LOT OF PEOPLE ARE UPSET ABOUT   LOT OF PEOPLE ARE UPSET ABOUT
NEEDING TO TAKE THIS COURSE   NEEDING TO TAKE THIS COURSE
ONLINE, AND THERE’S A NUMBER OF   ONLINE, AND THERE’S A NUMBER OF
DIFFERENT ISSUES WITH IT, AND I   DIFFERENT ISSUES WITH IT, AND I
BELIEVE IT’S A 5-DOLLAR F FEE TO   BELIEVE IT’S A 5-DOLLAR F FEE TO
TAKE THE EDUCATION COURSE AND   TAKE THE EDUCATION COURSE AND
THEY MAIL YOU A STICKER TO PUT   THEY MAIL YOU A STICKER TO PUT
ON THE TRAILER.   ON THE TRAILER.
SOME OF THE PROBLEMS WITH THAT   SOME OF THE PROBLEMS WITH THAT
IF YOU LIVE IN IOWA, FOR   IF YOU LIVE IN IOWA, FOR
EXAMPLE, AND YOU ARE GOING TO GO   EXAMPLE, AND YOU ARE GOING TO GO
FISH IN CANADA, YOU HAVE TO HAVE   FISH IN CANADA, YOU HAVE TO HAVE
THIS COURSE AND HAVE THE STICKER   THIS COURSE AND HAVE THE STICKER
ON YOUR TRAILER AS YOU MOVE   ON YOUR TRAILER AS YOU MOVE
THROUGH THE STATE OF MINNESOTA.   THROUGH THE STATE OF MINNESOTA.
I THINK THAT’S WRONG.   I THINK THAT’S WRONG.
BECAUSE THE PEOPLE IN IOWA   BECAUSE THE PEOPLE IN IOWA
REALLY DON’T EVEN KNOW THAT   REALLY DON’T EVEN KNOW THAT
MINNESOTANS NEED TO HAVE THE   MINNESOTANS NEED TO HAVE THE
STICKER ON THEIR TRAILER.   STICKER ON THEIR TRAILER.
ANOTHER ISSUE IS NOT EVERYONE IS   ANOTHER ISSUE IS NOT EVERYONE IS
GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE THE   GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE THE
COURSE, AND I OWN A BOAT, AND I   COURSE, AND I OWN A BOAT, AND I
OWN A TRAILER, AND I HAVE THREE   OWN A TRAILER, AND I HAVE THREE
KIDS THAT MIGHT WANT TO USE MY   KIDS THAT MIGHT WANT TO USE MY
BOAT AND TRAILER, AND THEY DON’T   BOAT AND TRAILER, AND THEY DON’T
HAVE TO TAKE THE COURSE, AND   HAVE TO TAKE THE COURSE, AND
THEY DON’T GET THE EDUCATION   THEY DON’T GET THE EDUCATION
COURSE, AND THEY DON’T HAVE TO   COURSE, AND THEY DON’T HAVE TO
GET A STICKER OR PAY FOR IT, AND   GET A STICKER OR PAY FOR IT, AND
THERE’S NO CONSEQUENCES FOR   THERE’S NO CONSEQUENCES FOR
THEM.   THEM.
THEY DON’T GET THE UNDERSTANDING   THEY DON’T GET THE UNDERSTANDING
OR THE EDUCATION WHERE THEY ARE   OR THE EDUCATION WHERE THEY ARE
SUPPOSED TO LOOK FOR ZEBRA   SUPPOSED TO LOOK FOR ZEBRA
MUSSELS.   MUSSELS.
IT DOESN’T BENEFIT THEM IN ANY   IT DOESN’T BENEFIT THEM IN ANY
WAY.   WAY.
THERE’S A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT   THERE’S A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT
ISSUES THAT ARE WRONG WITH THIS   ISSUES THAT ARE WRONG WITH THIS
WHOLE PROGRAM.   WHOLE PROGRAM.
DNR DIDN’T THINK IT OUT WELL   DNR DIDN’T THINK IT OUT WELL
ENOUGH.   ENOUGH.
THE 5-DOLLAR FEE, I THINK   THE 5-DOLLAR FEE, I THINK
EVERYBODY THINKS IT’S ANOTHER   EVERYBODY THINKS IT’S ANOTHER
FEE THAT’S GOING TO GO TO THE   FEE THAT’S GOING TO GO TO THE
DNR, AND THE 5-DOLLAR FEE   DNR, AND THE 5-DOLLAR FEE
DOESN’T GO TO THE DNR AT ALL.   DOESN’T GO TO THE DNR AT ALL.
IT GOES TO THE VENDOR THEY HIRED   IT GOES TO THE VENDOR THEY HIRED
TO PUT THE EDUCATION PROGRAM   TO PUT THE EDUCATION PROGRAM
TOGETHER, AND YOU GO ONLINE,   TOGETHER, AND YOU GO ONLINE,
TAKE THE COURSE, AND PAY THE $5,   TAKE THE COURSE, AND PAY THE $5,
AND THE VENDOR GETS ALL THE   AND THE VENDOR GETS ALL THE
MONEY, AND THE PEOPLE THINK   MONEY, AND THE PEOPLE THINK
THAT — I’M TIRED OF PAYING THE   THAT — I’M TIRED OF PAYING THE
DNR ALL THIS MONEY.   DNR ALL THIS MONEY.
IT GOES DIRECTLY TO THE VENDOR,   IT GOES DIRECTLY TO THE VENDOR,
AND IT’S ON GOING.   AND IT’S ON GOING.
AND THE VENDOR PUTS THE PACKAGE   AND THE VENDOR PUTS THE PACKAGE
TOGETHER, AND HE GETS PAID   TOGETHER, AND HE GETS PAID
FOREVER.   FOREVER.
HE GETS FIVE DOLLARS, AND THE   HE GETS FIVE DOLLARS, AND THE
DNR GETS NOTHING.   DNR GETS NOTHING.
THIS VENDOR IS GOING TO BECOME A   THIS VENDOR IS GOING TO BECOME A
MILLIONAIRE FROM THAT.   MILLIONAIRE FROM THAT.
THIS FIRST DEVELOPED IN 2013 —   THIS FIRST DEVELOPED IN 2013 —
I’M SORRY.   I’M SORRY.
2011.   2011.
THE DNR PUT A SIMILAR PACKAGE   THE DNR PUT A SIMILAR PACKAGE
TOGETHER WHERE THEY HAD A   TOGETHER WHERE THEY HAD A
STICKER YOU HAD TO PUT ON YOUR   STICKER YOU HAD TO PUT ON YOUR
BOAT, AND THERE WAS A NUMBER OF   BOAT, AND THERE WAS A NUMBER OF
PROBLEMS WITH THAT, AND THE DNR   PROBLEMS WITH THAT, AND THE DNR
CAME IN 2012 AND SAID WE HAVE   CAME IN 2012 AND SAID WE HAVE
GOT TO GET RID OF THAT STICKER   GOT TO GET RID OF THAT STICKER
PROGRAM, AND THIS IS THE NEW   PROGRAM, AND THIS IS THE NEW
STICKER PROGRAM, AND THIS IS THE   STICKER PROGRAM, AND THIS IS THE
ONE THAT WILL WORK.   ONE THAT WILL WORK.
WE REPEALED THE 2011 LAW, AND   WE REPEALED THE 2011 LAW, AND
PUT THE 2012 LAW IN PLACE, AND   PUT THE 2012 LAW IN PLACE, AND
WE DON’T MAKE THAT EFFECTIVE   WE DON’T MAKE THAT EFFECTIVE
UNTIL JULY OF 2015.   UNTIL JULY OF 2015.
IN ORDER TO WORK OUT THE BOOKS.   IN ORDER TO WORK OUT THE BOOKS.
HERE WE ARE ALMOST JULY 2015,   HERE WE ARE ALMOST JULY 2015,
AND WE DIDN’T WORK OUT THE BUGS.   AND WE DIDN’T WORK OUT THE BUGS.
WE ARE FINDING OUT ALL THE BUGS   WE ARE FINDING OUT ALL THE BUGS
THAT IT HAS.   THAT IT HAS.
IT’S A REAL PROBLEM.   IT’S A REAL PROBLEM.
THERE’S QUESTION AS TO WHETHER   THERE’S QUESTION AS TO WHETHER
THE DNR HAD THE AUTHORITY TO LET   THE DNR HAD THE AUTHORITY TO LET
THE VENDOR COLLECT THE $5 FROM   THE VENDOR COLLECT THE $5 FROM
RESIDENTS.   RESIDENTS.
THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT   THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT
DON’T HAVE COMPUTERS, AND   DON’T HAVE COMPUTERS, AND
THERE’S A LOT OF PLACES WHERE   THERE’S A LOT OF PLACES WHERE
PEOPLE DON’T HAVE BROADBAND OR   PEOPLE DON’T HAVE BROADBAND OR
CABLE OR ANY WAY TO BE ON THE   CABLE OR ANY WAY TO BE ON THE
INTERNET IN THE FIRST PLACE THAT   INTERNET IN THE FIRST PLACE THAT
OWN TRAILERS, AND THERE’S A LOT   OWN TRAILERS, AND THERE’S A LOT
OF DIFFERENT PROBLEMS WITH THIS   OF DIFFERENT PROBLEMS WITH THIS
LAW THAT WAS PASSED, AND WE NEED   LAW THAT WAS PASSED, AND WE NEED
TO REPEAL IT.   TO REPEAL IT.
IT SHOULD BE GOTTEN RID OF AND   IT SHOULD BE GOTTEN RID OF AND
COME UP WITH SOME OTHER IDEA.   COME UP WITH SOME OTHER IDEA.
I ALSO WANT TO LET FOLKS KNOW   I ALSO WANT TO LET FOLKS KNOW
THEY ARE ALREADY PAYING $5 FOR   THEY ARE ALREADY PAYING $5 FOR
AQUATIC AND INVASIVE SPECIES AND   AQUATIC AND INVASIVE SPECIES AND
GOES TO A SPECIAL ACCOUNT TO   GOES TO A SPECIAL ACCOUNT TO
ADDRESS THE VERY ISSUES WE ARE   ADDRESS THE VERY ISSUES WE ARE
TALKING ABOUT.   TALKING ABOUT.
WE ARE GETTING $5, AND THEY DO   WE ARE GETTING $5, AND THEY DO
THE EDUCATION PROGRAMS WITH   THE EDUCATION PROGRAMS WITH
THAT.   THAT.
THEY PUT UP SIGNS THAT BOAT   THEY PUT UP SIGNS THAT BOAT
ACCESS, ET CETERA, AND PUT THE   ACCESS, ET CETERA, AND PUT THE
INFORMATION IN YOUR HUNTING AND   INFORMATION IN YOUR HUNTING AND
FISHING REGULATIONS AND ALL OF   FISHING REGULATIONS AND ALL OF
THOSE THINGS ARE IN PLACE.   THOSE THINGS ARE IN PLACE.
COULD WE DO MORE?   COULD WE DO MORE?
PROBABLY, YES.   PROBABLY, YES.
BUT WE ARE ALREADY GETTING THAT   BUT WE ARE ALREADY GETTING THAT
MONEY FROM THE BOAT LICENSES,   MONEY FROM THE BOAT LICENSES,
AND WE SHOULD JUST GET RID OF   AND WE SHOULD JUST GET RID OF
THIS LAW, AND I THINK THAT’S   THIS LAW, AND I THINK THAT’S
WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT TO SEE.   WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT TO SEE.
>>AND SENATOR SAXHAUG, INVASIVE  >>AND SENATOR SAXHAUG, INVASIVE
SPECIES.   SPECIES.
>>YEAH, FIRST OF ALL, IN ANSWER  >>YEAH, FIRST OF ALL, IN ANSWER
TO THE QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED   TO THE QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED
ORIGINALLY, WE REALLY WHACK   ORIGINALLY, WE REALLY WHACK
SOMEBODY THAT’S CAUGHT WITH THE   SOMEBODY THAT’S CAUGHT WITH THE
AIS.   AIS.
IF YOU FOUND A ZEBRA MUSSEL YOU   IF YOU FOUND A ZEBRA MUSSEL YOU
ARE UP FOR A 500-DOLLAR FINE.   ARE UP FOR A 500-DOLLAR FINE.
THIS IS ABOUT EDUCATION, AND THE   THIS IS ABOUT EDUCATION, AND THE
EDUCATION, AND THE 2011 BILLS   EDUCATION, AND THE 2011 BILLS
PASSED IS AN EDUCATION BILL, AND   PASSED IS AN EDUCATION BILL, AND
I THINK IT’S BEEN REASONABLE   I THINK IT’S BEEN REASONABLE
THAT IT HAS BEEN OR HAS DEALT   THAT IT HAS BEEN OR HAS DEALT
WITH EDUCATION, BUT THERE’S A   WITH EDUCATION, BUT THERE’S A
BILL IN THE SENATE RIGHT NOW,   BILL IN THE SENATE RIGHT NOW,
AND IN FACT I’M THE AUTHOR, AND   AND IN FACT I’M THE AUTHOR, AND
IT DOES A COUPLE OF THINGS, AND   IT DOES A COUPLE OF THINGS, AND
IT ADDRESSES A NUMBER OF THINGS   IT ADDRESSES A NUMBER OF THINGS
THAT TOM IS TALKING ABOUT.   THAT TOM IS TALKING ABOUT.
FIRST OF ALL, THE PERSON GOING   FIRST OF ALL, THE PERSON GOING
TO CANADA, ASSUMING HE DOESN’T   TO CANADA, ASSUMING HE DOESN’T
BACK HIS BOAT INTO A LAKE, HE   BACK HIS BOAT INTO A LAKE, HE
BUYS HIS BAIT AND EATS AND WILL   BUYS HIS BAIT AND EATS AND WILL
NEVER BE CHECKED.   NEVER BE CHECKED.
THE CHECKING FOR THE DECAL CAN   THE CHECKING FOR THE DECAL CAN
ONLY BE DONE AT THE LANDING, AND   ONLY BE DONE AT THE LANDING, AND
DECALS ARE FREE, AND THEY WON’T   DECALS ARE FREE, AND THEY WON’T
GO INTO EFFECT UNTIL 1/17, AND   GO INTO EFFECT UNTIL 1/17, AND
IF YOU DON’T HAVE A DECAL, IF   IF YOU DON’T HAVE A DECAL, IF
YOU GO ONLINE, A FREE DECAL WILL   YOU GO ONLINE, A FREE DECAL WILL
BE SENT TO YOU, AND IT IS A   BE SENT TO YOU, AND IT IS A
21-DOLLAR PENALTY.   21-DOLLAR PENALTY.
THAT BILL WILL BE ON ITS WAY TO   THAT BILL WILL BE ON ITS WAY TO
THE HOUSE, AND YOU CAN SEE WE   THE HOUSE, AND YOU CAN SEE WE
COME TO SOME CONCLUSION ON THAT,   COME TO SOME CONCLUSION ON THAT,
AND WE WILL BE BACK WITH THE 211   AND WE WILL BE BACK WITH THE 211
BILL.   BILL.
>>I DON’T SIT ON ANY COMMITTEES  >>I DON’T SIT ON ANY COMMITTEES
THAT HAVE JURISDICTION OVER   THAT HAVE JURISDICTION OVER
INVASIVE SPECIES, BUT I   INVASIVE SPECIES, BUT I
CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THE   CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THE
IMPORTANCE OF THIS ISSUE, AND IN   IMPORTANCE OF THIS ISSUE, AND IN
MY OPINION, IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT   MY OPINION, IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT
PRISTINENESS OF OUR LAKES AND   PRISTINENESS OF OUR LAKES AND
WATERWAYS AND FOR THAT MATTER   WATERWAYS AND FOR THAT MATTER
OTHER SOURCES OF INVASIVE   OTHER SOURCES OF INVASIVE
SPECIES, BUT ECONOMIC   SPECIES, BUT ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT, AND MAKING SURE   DEVELOPMENT, AND MAKING SURE
THEY STAY CLEAN SO A LOT OF   THEY STAY CLEAN SO A LOT OF
THESE, MAKING SURE THAT FOLKS   THESE, MAKING SURE THAT FOLKS
LOVE TO GO TO THESE RESORTS   LOVE TO GO TO THESE RESORTS
AROUND AITKIN AND CROW WING   AROUND AITKIN AND CROW WING
COUNTY, AND I THINK IT’S REALLY,   COUNTY, AND I THINK IT’S REALLY,
YOU KNOW, ABOUT THE EDUCATION,   YOU KNOW, ABOUT THE EDUCATION,
AND I THINK, TOO, WE NEED TO BE   AND I THINK, TOO, WE NEED TO BE
WORKING WITH LOCAL PARTNERS ON   WORKING WITH LOCAL PARTNERS ON
THIS MATTER, WHETHER THAT BE THE   THIS MATTER, WHETHER THAT BE THE
COUNTIES, THE LAKE ASSOCIATIONS,   COUNTIES, THE LAKE ASSOCIATIONS,
AND I HAVE SAT DOWN WITH A   AND I HAVE SAT DOWN WITH A
COUPLE LAKE ASSOCIATIONS, AND   COUPLE LAKE ASSOCIATIONS, AND
STAYING THERE A LITTLE FURTHER   STAYING THERE A LITTLE FURTHER
EAST OF DETROIT LAKES.   EAST OF DETROIT LAKES.
THEY WANT TO BE SEEING THE   THEY WANT TO BE SEEING THE
DECONTAMINATION SITES AT THE   DECONTAMINATION SITES AT THE
PUBLIC ACCESS SITES, AND WE DID   PUBLIC ACCESS SITES, AND WE DID
FIND, I BELIEVE IT WAS,   FIND, I BELIEVE IT WAS,
$10 MILLION PER YEAR IN THE 2014   $10 MILLION PER YEAR IN THE 2014
TAX BILL TO KIND OF GIVE THE   TAX BILL TO KIND OF GIVE THE
COUNTIES THAT HAVE A LOT OF   COUNTIES THAT HAVE A LOT OF
LAKES, HAVE THESE WATERWAYS, A   LAKES, HAVE THESE WATERWAYS, A
LITTLE MORE RESOURCES TO BE ABLE   LITTLE MORE RESOURCES TO BE ABLE
TO COMBAT THE AQUATIC INVASIVE   TO COMBAT THE AQUATIC INVASIVE
SPECIES, AND IT’S SOMETHING WE   SPECIES, AND IT’S SOMETHING WE
ABSOLUTELY DO NEED TO BE VERY   ABSOLUTELY DO NEED TO BE VERY
DILIGENT ABOUT AND I GUESS I   DILIGENT ABOUT AND I GUESS I
WOULD JUST LIKE TO SEE THOSE   WOULD JUST LIKE TO SEE THOSE
CONTINUED EFFORTS WORKING  

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