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AIS training and trailer decal program postponed

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will postpone the new aquatic invasive species (AIS) training and trailer decal program that was due to launch at the end of the month while legislators consider changes to the program.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will postpone the new aquatic invasive species (AIS) training and trailer decal program that was due to launch at the end of the month while legislators consider changes to the program.

The AIS trailer decal law was adopted as part of the 2012 Environment and Natural Resources Policy bill. Under the bill, anyone trailering a boat or water-related equipment such as docks and lifts in Minnesota is required to take AIS training and display a decal on their trailer. The effective date is July 1.

"With the legislative interest in this educational program and ongoing discussions about possible changes, we are postponing the launch until we see if the Legislature acts this session to modify the program," said Bob Meier, DNR assistant commissioner.

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Proposed decal details

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Renewal: Every three years you need to complete training and get a new trailer decal.

Cost: Cost of the training material has not yet been revealed.

Where: You can only get the decal mailed to you after completing the training course. It is not available for purchase at DNR or Deputy Registrar offices.

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The DNR supports the education that would be provided under this law, but recognizes there are some concerns with the way the law is currently written. For example, people transporting boats on trailers through Minnesota to another destination are required to take the course and display a decal even if they don't put their boat in Minnesota waters.

Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, showed her support for the repeal of the AIS trailer decal law Wednesday in a statement.

"It appears the momentum to eliminate this trailer decal law has been noticed by the DNR," Ruud said. "I've heard from numerous constituents, sportsmen and women, legislators, and

interested groups who are very concerned with this program. I commend the DNR for hearing

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their concerns and postponing the program's implementation. It's now up to the legislature and the governor to change this law which has been recognized across the state as an ineffective method for combating AIS."

Since the training and decal are currently not required until July 1, the DNR wants to remind people that there will be time to see what happens legislatively and still take the course and receive decals.

The DNR will post any updates on trailers at www.trailers.mndnr.gov and alert the media if there are any program changes.

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