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Minnesota bill seeks to repeal invasive-species training

Legislation would repeal a requirement that boaters affix a special trailer decal they would get after completing a training course on invasive species.

A bill before the Minnesota House of Representatives would change a state law that is designed to require boat owners to receive training about how to identify and keep aquatic invasive species from getting into the state’s lakes.

The Associated Press reported that the House environment finance bill, slated for committee action today, would repeal a requirement that boaters affix a special trailer decal they would get after completing a training course on invasive species.

AP said the state Department of Natural Resources previously postponed the decal program, anticipating that the legislature would act. It was due to take effect in July.

The House bill would rely on an affirmation process for license holders to profess awareness of invasive-species prevention.

Minnesota has tried to keep zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and other damaging species from spreading into lakes and harming native fish.

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