Today the Senate Majority Leader, David Senjem (R- Rochester) announced that Senator Joe Gimse of Willmar will be the chief author of the flood relief bill that will be the focus of a Special Legislative Session later this summer.

“As the Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and also serving as a member of the Capital Investment Committee, Senator Gimse has the perfect mix of experience and background to author this important piece of legislation,” Senjem stated. “In addition, Kandiyohi County that Senator Gimse represents has received some of the damage from the storms of last month. This brings the right mix together for Senator Gimse being the right person in the right spot.”

It is anticipated that the Legislative and Governor’s working group will meet early next week with a Special Session planned for later in the month of August. At this time, the State is receiving the final damage numbers and facts from the June severe storms and flooding in Minnesota. FEMA has announced approval of a Presidential disaster declaration for public assistance and hazard mitigation for areas affected by those storms and flooding.

Significant damage to public infrastructure resulted from the storms and those costs for replacing roads, bridges and other public infrastructure will be the focus of the legislation considered by the working group and the planned Special Session.

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