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I’m happy to report that my Day at the Capitol went extremely well. It was wonderful to have nearly seventy people join me for a legislative update, and tour of the historic capitol building. During the question and answer portion and over lunch, I heard from many of you as you talked about your legislative concerns. Hearing your thoughts helps me to stand firm in my commitment to you, the voter, to reform government, not raise taxes and bring efficiency to the delivery of government services. Thank to all those who attended!
Throughout my campaign and during this legislative session, I have heard from countless people for photo ID in regards to voting. Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer’s bill, House File 210, requires a photo identification card to be presented in order to be eligible to vote in the state. The bill even has provisions to provide those who cannot afford, or do not have access to a driver’s license, funds to give them a free, state identification card. Each and every Minnesotan deserves to know that the integrity of our election process is sound. It is a cornerstone of democracy and essential in preserving the voting process. I am proud to have voted in support of the bill as it passed the House with a vote of 73 to 59. The Senate has already passed a version of Kiffmeyer’s bill. It will now go to a joint House/Senate conference committee before being sent to Governor Dayton.
Tremendous measures for protecting life have passed in the House this week. I voted in support of two bills that protect the unborn and actively work to end taxpayer funded abortions. House File 936 outlaws abortions after 20 weeks (unless exemptions apply) illegal. As a co-author on the bill, I am proud to announce it passed the House with a vote of 82 to 46. I also voted in support of House File 201, which limits abortion funding for state-sponsored health programs. This bill passed the House with a vote of 80 to 44. I am always proud to defend the sanctity of life at all stages.
If you would like to discuss legislative issues and are available to visit me at the Capitol, please contact Melissa Hackenmueller at 651-296-9471 to schedule an appointment. I always enjoy hearing from my community.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please let me know. My office phone is 651-296-4244 or please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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