Howe's bill on power lines now law

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May 13, 2014 at 7:10 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) A bill authored by Rockville Republican Representative Jeff Howe that deals with the siting process for high-volatage power lines is now Minnesota law.

House File 655 stipulates that during the route-siting process for high-voltage transmission lines, that a preferred route not be designated. That would allow a pair of alternate routes to be mentioned during the permitting process--with neither being selected as the preferred route.

Howe says he authored the bill in response to the CapX 2020 high voltage transmission line in central Minnesota. Many landowners in Howe's legislative district are impacted by the CapX 2020 project and support the legislation.

Howe says his bill will allow for, "more openness and citizen participation" in dedicing where to put high-voltage power lines.

Governor Mark Dayton signed the bill into law on Friday. 

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