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Legislative Update - January 29, 2019

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Dear neighbors,

We were sworn into the House of Representatives three weeks ago. Here is an update on some of what I’ve been working on.


Committee Hearings Begin

I am the chair of the Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division, a new committee and the first in our State’s history with climate in the title.  We will be focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping Minnesota adapt to the changes that are already happening.

We had a standing room only crowd of Minnesotans at our first two hearings. They came to hear scientists from the University of Minnesota tell us about the current and future impacts of climate change in Minnesota. You may watch or listen to the proceedings and read the detailed slides and notes that the scientists prepared here. I encourage you to do so. The U faculty sent a powerful message to all of us.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency told us where Minnesota greenhouse gas emissions were coming from in our third hearing. You can see a good description in the bar chart prepared by our nonpartisan fiscal staff here.

I also serve on Environment and Natural Resources Finance, Environment and Natural Resources Policy, Legacy Finance, and Ways and Means. You can find a full hearing schedule and information on these committees and more here.


Senate District 63 Town Hall

Senator Patricia Torres Ray, Representative Jim Davnie, and I invite you to join us for a town hall meeting on Saturday, February 2. We will provide an update on the first weeks of the legislative session and discuss our plans for the future in addition to answering your questions. All are welcome at this free event.

When: Saturday, February 2 from 10 to 11:30am

Where: Corcoran Park, 3334 20th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55407


Second Saturdays

I meet with constituents at Mayflower Church on the second Saturday of each month. Come for a few minutes or stay for the whole meeting! Contact Zach at 651-296-4121 with questions.

When: Saturday, February 9 at 9:30am

Where: Mayflower Church, 100 E. Diamond Lake Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55419


Stay Connected

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. You can reach me at or 651-296-4200. To schedule a meeting, please contact Zach at or 651-296-4121.

It’s an honor to represent our community at the Capitol.


Rep. Jean Wagenius

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