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Legislative Update (Jan. 16, 2015)

Friday, January 16, 2015


We have passed our first bill of the legislative session, and we are off to a great start.

Tax Relief

As you may remember, the legislature stalled last year in passing tax conformity, and Minnesotans were forced to pay the price by having to file amended returns, pay twice for CPA services, and deal with a great amount of frustration and stress as tax deadlines approached.

Last night, the House unanimously passed HF6, a bill which implemented federal tax conformity. This was our first bill passed this session, because we know how important it is for you and your family to have the ability to plan ahead during tax season. This bill provides $19.9 million of immediate tax relief to Minnesotans in our district and across the state, providing a significant deduction to our students, our teachers, our homeowners, and even more Minnesotans statewide. I hope that the Senate will act quickly to pass this bill and send it to the Governor so that you can save time and money as you file your taxes.

Protecting Your Data

As Chair of the Civil Law and Data Practices committee, I have taken the lead in protecting your private data by authoring several bills that clarify the way data can be collected, stored and used. I believe that parents must be notified prior to students under the age of 18 being given surveys that collect personal details, including political or religious affiliations, close relationships with clergy, lawyers, physicians, family income, or other protected data. Additionally, I have authored a bill relating to the length of time and type of data that can be retained through automated license plate readers. With recent concerning breaches of private data, I am proud to have the opportunity to work diligently to protect you and your family.

Stay In Touch

If you’ll be visiting Saint Paul, please call my Legislative Assistant at (651) 296-5813 to schedule a time to meet with me in my office. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with your thoughts and concerns regarding any issue before the legislature by emailing me at If your friends and neighbors don’t get my email updates, encourage them to sign up to receive them at this link: I look forward to hearing from you this session!


Rep. Peggy Scott