Pawlenty nixes Minn. bill with walleye rule change

Gov. Tim Pawlenty has rejected a bill containing a special walleye regulation sought by a state senator for a northeastern Minnesota lake where he owns a cabin.

Pawlenty's office says he vetoed the game and fish bill on Tuesday.

The Republican governor says in a veto letter that "this provision may have been improperly inserted."

State Sen. Satveer Chaudhary secured the walleye provision for Fish Lake by asking the bill's House author to insert it during a floor debate. It would have increased the stock of larger walleyes in the lake, likely through limits on the fish harvest.

Chaudhary, a Democrat from Fridley, has said he received inaccurate information that a majority of nearby residents wanted the change.

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