Tense moments on oversight of Minnesota’s food supply as the House passed an agricultural policy bill shortly before adjourning the 2021 regular session Monday.   Aitkin Republican Dale Lueck argued putting a representative of tribal governments on the state Board of Animal Health leaves out other groups:

“Some unique things that apply to many people in the Islamic faith as to how their animals are dealt with, what animals are used, how they’re used.  (Also) the Jewish faith.”

Lueck asked, “where is this gonna stop…if we’re gonna be fair to everybody?”  Roseville Democrat Jamie Becker-Finn responded:

“Those of us who live off the deer that we harvest from our tribal lands,… it is protected by our treaties which… are the supreme law of the land.”

The ag policy bill is headed to Governor Tim Walz after the Senate passed the compromise measure Monday afternoon before adjourning.