For more information contact: Mike Molzahn 651-296-1774
There have been a lot of exiting things going on at the Capitol. I’d like to update you on the progress of three bills I’ve been working on.
Today, HF 153 got a hearing in the Agriculture Policy Committee. This bill will provide grants to develop urban agriculture programs within metropolitan counties. The grants provided under this program will be for cities to establish urban agricultural zones with a minimum guaranteed life of 10 years. Additional grants will be made available to individual farmers and nonprofit organizations interested in farming the land. Priority will be given to grantees that demonstrate an ability to increase access to fresh and organic food for local residents.
With this bill we’re setting the framework for urban residents to establish farms on the land and provide much needed food for low income families. These farms are a step toward ensuring greater food security for so many urban residents who haven’t had access to fresh, affordable and healthy foods.
Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Workers
I’m happy to announce that the Senate companion bill to mine that ensures non-residents be granted drivers licenses and identification cards received a positive hearing in the Senate. This bipartisan bills has been in the works for nearly a decade. I’m confident that we’ll be able to pass some form of this legislation this year. It’s a matter of human rights that people working here be allowed to come out of the shadows and drive cars legally, open bank accounts and take part in the economic opportunities often denied without proper identification.
Housing Assistance for Abused Asian Women
Last week I had a hearing on HF 335, which would establish housing vouchers for Asian women and children who have been the victims of abuse, including domestic abuse, sex trafficking and forced marriage. Minnesota has a strong response to deal with abuse and sex trafficking, but we lack a strong culturally appropriate response for Asian victims. My bill would create a rental assistance program that focuses on working with community partners who can help victims in a culturally appropriate manner.
As always, feel free to contact me with your concerns as the legislative session moves forward. You can call my office at (651) 296-0294 or respond to this email.
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