The 2018 legislative session is still nearly two months away, but St. Louis County commissioners and state lawmakers whose districts include St. Louis County are already planning in an effort to make the most of the upcoming session. The groups will meet Tuesday at 4 p.m. at BoomTown Wood Fire Grill in Eveleth.
The meeting will include a discussion of the county’s legislative priorities, as well as perspectives from area senators and representatives about what to expect in St. Paul in 2018. Commissioners Beth Olson and Mike Jugovich worked to arrange the meeting. It will be the first time in recent memory that commissioners will gather with both the Duluth and Iron Range area delegations for pre-session planning.
St. Louis County’s top priorities for the 2018 legislative session include requests for state bonding money for:
. Renovations to the historic St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center (The Depot).
. A statewide request to build regional crisis facilities and permanent supportive housing for people with behavioral health needs.
. Upgrades to buildings that provide work training opportunities at the Northeast Regional Corrections Center (NERCC).
. Various other projects of regional importance.