Democratic Senator Matt Schmit of Red Wing told Winona Radio News he is not tied to a moratorium just as long as lawmakers get the final bill right. Schmit's bill has had three hearings son far and passed two committees. It will next be taken up by the Senate Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Finance Committee.
A similar bill is moving through the House but it does not contain a provision for a moratorium. It does contain provisions giving local communities local control over the sand mining industry but with expertise provided by state agencies.