Thursday, February 2, 2023

Senate Completes Action on Two DNR Bills

The Senate concurred in House amendments, completing action on two Division of Natural Resources bills, during Friday morning’s floor session. The bills are the first to be sent to the Governor in the 2023 regular session.

Senate Bill 161 would allow the DNR within the Department of Commerce to sell, lease, or dispose of property under its control. Legislative approval would need to be sought if the property is in a state park or state forest. The land in question would have to be deemed obsolete or unused by DNR.

Senate Bill 162 would allow the DNR to lease state-owned pore spaces beneath state forests, wildlife management areas and other lands under DNR’s jurisdiction for use in carbon sequestration projects, where carbon dioxide emissions are pumped underground. The bill prohibits  the DNR from leasing pore spaces beneath state parks.

The tandem bills are tools the state hopes can attract companies wishing to construct carbon capture and sequestration projects in conjunction with the state’s efforts to attract a regional hydrogen hub.

The Senate is adjourned until Monday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m.

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