This week we move on to conference committees, where we sort out the house and senate budget bills. Now that we have passed our budget bills we can focus on our policy bills. One in particular that I am focusing on is Emily’s Law, Representative Torrey Westrom is the chief author of this bill, and I am a co-author.
I am hoping that Emily’s Law will be able to be heard in the Public Safety Committee again, where new language would be amended to the bill. Emily’s law is in regards to Emily Johnson who was killed by her daycare provider’s son in 2006 in Fergus Falls. Emily’s law would lower the age an adolescent can be tried as an adult. We have modified language in negotiations with those who have previously opposed the bill. We believe we have language now that could be passed and signed by the Governor.
The Higher Education Conference Committee members have also been named this week. Members of the committee include: Rep. Bob Dettmer, Rep. Kurt Daudt, Rep. Pat Mazorol, Rep. Dave Hancock. Our first meeting was on Thursday to work out the differences between the House and Senate Higher Education budget bills.
I would also like to mention the annual Walk for Parks at Glendalough State Park is coming up April 30th at 9:00 a.m. You are welcome to take part...otherwise you can help by supporting the walk by making a contribution. The Friends of the Park have been very active over the years investing these funds in restoring historic buildings and generally improving this special park.
Governor Dayton also declared a state of emergency for several counties in Minnesota. Please check out this website for more information: http://mn.gov/governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=10399
Flooding information from MN Homeland Security and Emergency Management: http://www.hsem.state.mn.us/eoc/2011flood/index.asp
Below are the results of the survey. Thank you for taking time to participate in the survey.
1. Would you support limiting state government to the amount of revenues taken in?
Yes: 67.74% No: 27.96%
2. Many job creators have said they move to other states because the environmental permitting process in Minnesota is too long and too expensive. Should the permitting process be reformed to remove this obstacle to job creation?
Yes: 72.04% No: 23.66%
3. How important is building a new Viking’s Stadium?
Important: 36.02% Not Important: 62.37%
4. Do you support repealing the ban on nuclear power plant construction?
Yes: 66.67% No: 27.42%
5. Do you support an alternative certification plan to allow career professionals like engineers and scientists to become teachers?
Yes: 70.43% No: 25.27%
6. Do you agree with Governor Dayton’s decision to enroll Minnesota in federal health care program at a cost of more than $1 billion to state taxpayers?
Yes: 34.41% No: 63.98%
7. Should the state’s tax rate on business be reduced?
Yes: 54.3% No: 40.86%
8. Do you support a public employee salary freeze?
Yes: 65.59% No: 32.26%
9. Should Minnesotans be required to provide photo I.D. as a requirement for voting?
Yes: 74.19% No: 23.66%
10. Do you support repealing the 2008 changes to the Green Acres Program that drove up property taxes on rural land?
Yes: 57.53% No: 30.11%
Here is more background information on the people who filled out my survey.
Veterans: 8.6% Teacher or Student: 3.76% Pro-life: 10.22% Senior: 17.74%
Hunter/Angler: 10.75% Business Owner: 6.99% Parent: 12.90%
As always if you have any questions or need help with anything, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.
Visitors continue to come to the capitol to take tours and visit with local legislators. I would encourage folks to come to the Capitol for a visit. Please contact my assistant Chelsea Thompson to schedule a tour and visit by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can reach her by phone at 651-296-4946 or 800-336-8017.