Minnesota House of Representatives


State Representative Kelly Fenton

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Posted: 2018-03-09
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Legislative Update

Legislative Update from Rep. Kelly Fenton

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Here is the latest news from the Capitol.

Putting Minnesota Kids First

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Testifying before the Education Policy Committee this week.

This week in the Education Innovation Policy Committee, my legislation to clarify and strengthen state law surrounding teacher licensure received a hearing.

As I’ve shared in previous updates, the bill I am championing clarifies state law, prohibiting people with domestic violence offenses, criminal sexual misconduct offenses, embezzlement of public funds, or individuals convicted of felonies or gross misdemeanors involving minors from being licensed in Minnesota. With lapse of judgement by the Board of Teaching uncovered by investigative journalists last year, it was clear that we must make law changes and prioritize the well-being and safety of Minnesota students first.

KSTP did a story about the hearing on Tuesday in Education Innovation Policy which you can see here.

Instituting Penalties for Sexual Misconduct by Peace Officers

I was shocked to learn recently that Minnesota is one of the few places that does not have criminal penalties for a peace officer who has sexual relations with a person in custody. Police are in a position of authority over someone in custody, and something like this should never happen. A bill I introduced this week, House File 3371, would ensure that this provision is included in state statute.

At the Capitol

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Had a great discussion with high school students about the need for the Homes for Homeless initiative

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Met with high school seniors regarding my Voice Response Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Crisis Response Program bill


As always, if you have ideas about what you would like to see happen this session or need assistance on a matter of state government, I welcome you to contact me. Please don’t hesitate to call (651-296-1147), email (rep.kelly.fenton@house.mn) or stop by my office.



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