ST. PAUL, Minn. — Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, decides on hundreds of millions in spending for conservation and cultural projects funded under the 2008 Legacy Amendment.

Urdahl Is a former chairman and now leading Republican on the Minnesota House Legacy Committee. A history buff who authors more than legislation, Urdahl is in demand as a speaker at libraries and museums with programs and projects underwritten by Legacy funding.

But from the outset of his tenure on the influential committee, the six-term legislator says he set a hard rule — no Legacy money for personal speaking engagements.