Outdoor Heritage Fund Allocations | SF 2732

Senate voted Yes
| May 17, 2020
About this Legislation
Chief Author

Each year, a council of legislators and citizens (the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council) makes recommendations for allocating dedicated Outdoor Heritage Funds created by the state’s Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment. The Legislature must then approve these recommendations

In 2020, the Lessard-Sams Council received project requests totaling $324 million, two and a half times the available funds of $137 million. The Council reviewed the projects through a public process and ultimately recommended 44 projects for funding. These projects include protection and restoration of prairies, forests, wetlands, lakes, and rivers across Minnesota. The Council’s recommendations are strongly supported by the conservation community.

A bill was introduced approving the Council’s recommendation, along with certain consensus adjustments necessary to adjust for declining revenue as a result of the state’s COVID-19 crisis.


The Senate approved the Outdoor Heritage Fund Allocation bill on May 17, 2020. The House approved the bill on May 15, 2020, and the Governor signed the bill into law on May 27, 2020.

What a yes means

A "yes" vote means the habitat projects recommended by the legislative-citizen council receive Outdoor Heritage Funds and may move forward. 

What a no would have meant

A "no" vote would have meant the projects recommended by the legislative-citizen council do not receive funding and cannot move forward.

Vote Tallies

All Votes R. DFL Ind.
Yes = 67 35 32 0
No = 0 0 0 0
Abstain = 0 0 0 0
Absent = 0 0 0 0