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Legislative Update - February 20, 2020

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Rep. Hanson

Dear neighbors, 

The first week of the legislative session kept me busy! I met with constituents, attended several events, introduced new legislation, and participated in public hearings.

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Last weekend I checked out Pheasant Fest, an annual event dedicated to the conservation of pheasants and other wildlife.

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On Monday, I met with Greg Bougie and Steve Romanesko to talk about Lifeworks, a nonprofit organization that serves more than 2,900 Minnesotans with disabilities and their families.

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I recently met with Olivia Stevermer, a high schooler from our community. Olivia is participating in the House High School Page Program! Click here for more information about this program, and please pass it along to any young Minnesotans who might be interested. 

New Legislation to Protect Pollinators

One of the new bills that I voted to advance last week would allow local governments to regulate pesticides that are lethal to pollinators. HF 1255 gives Minnesota cities the ability to pass ordinances that prohibit certain pesticides and require those who apply pesticides to put up warning signs in order to protect children and pets. The Star Tribune published an article about this proposal. You can read it here.

Latest Information about EAB

The Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee, which I chair, is holding a public hearing on emerald ash borer (EAB) today. Tune in here at 12:45 p.m. to hear the latest information about EAB.

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Community News and Events

South St. Paul Show Choir Event

The South St. Paul High School Show Choir is holding a taco feed and meet raffle this weekend. If you’re interested, stop by Croatian Hall (445 2nd Ave. S., South St. Paul, MN 55075) between 12 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 22.

Miss Mitchell Will Participate in WWII Event

The Miss Mitchell, a World War II era B-25 bomber that’s displayed year-round in South St. Paul, is one of the aircraft that will participate in the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover in Washington D.C. The event, which will take place on May 8, 2020, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. You can read more about the Miss Mitchell here.

Stay Connected

If you like to stay informed about what’s happening at the Capitol, House Public Information Services is a great, nonpartisan source for finding live coverage of floor sessions and public hearings, information about bills, and more. You can sign up to receive regular updates here or follow them on Facebook and Twitter for quick snippets and real-time updates. 

As always, please feel free to share your questions and feedback.


Rick Hansen
State Representative

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