Progress as Chief Author on Bills
The legislative process moves rapidly. I’d like to share a few updates on bills I have co-authored and pushed through the legislative process in the past few weeks.
Legislation Requiring High-Rise Buildings be Retrofitted with Automatic Sprinklers
Last week, I introduced legislation in the House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee to require automatic sprinkler systems in nearly all existing high-rise buildings in response to a fatal fire in the Cedar High Apartments two years ago.
Our community lost so much during the fire and we continue to reel from it two years later. It has been my priority to ensure health and safety for all high-rise buildings. My new bill will work to ensure this tragedy does not happen again.
We owe it to the families of those we lost in the Cedar Apartments, and to the firefighters who have had to respond to far too many of these incidents, to take action. Sprinklers are a simple, highly-effective tool that should be fully-employed in all high-rises, new and old. Minnesotans deserve to feel secure in their homes – we can help ensure they do by being prepared and avoiding preventable tragedy.
The bill, which passed on a 11-7 vote and will be referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy for further action.
Legislation Prohibiting Credit Information Use By Employers
This week, I presented legislation in the House Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee to prohibit employers from requesting or using credit information as a condition of employment for hiring, firing, or compensation determinations, or in any way that affects the terms and conditions of their employment. The committee approved the bill which was referred to the Judiciary Committee for further consideration.
Can you imagine being denied a job because of your credit information, especially if you have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? This is truly an invasion of privacy. These violations disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous and other people of color, making it a progressive step towards equity protections for Minnesotans.