Sen. Foung Hawj’s Bill to Ensure Proper Transfer Of State Lands Passes Senate Unanimously

Senator Says Measure Will Now Move to The Governor’s Desk to be Signed into Law

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Senator Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul), said the Senate has passed his bipartisan bill to ensure that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has the authority to properly transfer Minnesota county and state lands, including tax-forfeited lands.  The measure passed Monday after failing to be enacted last year.

“I’m very pleased that this important legislation from 2022 has gotten over to the finish line, after being approved unanimously today.” said Sen. Hawj.  “Minnesotans understand how important our state’s land resources are to our quality of life, so it’s important that we give the DNR the guidelines to ensure any transfers of state lands are done properly and according to statutes.”

Besides land transfers, the measure will authorize the DNR to make changes to improve our state park and recreation area boundaries.  After today’s Senate passage, the bill will now go to Governor Walz, who is expected to sign it into law.


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Foung Hawj represents District 67, which includes the east side of Saint Paul in Ramsey County in the central Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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