St. Paul- The Minnesota House of Representatives declared an urgency, suspending the rules last Thursday to take up and pass legislation (HF 2225) providing emergency funds to the Department of Agriculture and Board of Animal Health in order to better prevent and respond to the avian influenza outbreak that has devastated Minnesota turkey flocks. The House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of this measure.

To date, 14 counties in Minnesota have been affected by avian influenza including Ottertail, Roseau, Kandiyohi, Stearns, Cottonwood, Lac Qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lyon, Meeker, Nobles, Pope, Redwood, Swift and Watonwan.

“The avian flu outbreak is devastating for communities across Minnesota, which is why the House of Representatives led last week in providing emergency funds to respond. The legislature has a tradition of not adding unrelated provisions to disaster relief and emergency response bills. The House respects that position and urges the Senate to do the same. The House will not accept any provisions that do not relate to the emergency at hand. Minnesotans are struggling and our urgent help is needed,” said Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown).

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