MN House approves $20M heating assistance bill

By KBJR News 1

February 25, 2014 Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 6:32 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota lawmakers returned to St. Paul Tuesday and wasted no time in getting to work.

Within 30 minutes of convening, the House unanimously approved a $20 million dollar heating assistance bill.

The money will come from from the state's General Fund and would help provide energy assistance to low-income Minnesotans.

The measure comes on the heels of this winter's propane shortage, which led to skyrocketing prices.

"Certainly, recently, we've seen some tragic news about the use of alternative heating sources and the dangers they cause to those homes. We want to make sure every Minnesotan, every senior on a fixed income and every young family across the state can keep their home warm and keep their family warm," said Rep. Joe Radinovich (DFL-Crosby).

The Senate Finance Committee will take up the bill on Wednesday.

Earlier this year, Governor Dayton declared a peacetime state of emergency in response to the shortage.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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