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Legislative Update - February 21, 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020

Rep. Freiberg

Dear Neighbors,

The 2020 legislative session is underway, and things are already moving fast in what is typically the shorter session of the biennium. Last year, our work in the Minnesota Legislature mostly centered around crafting our state’s budget, and this session we’ll focus on passing investments in infrastructure and community projects, new policy initiatives, and unfinished business from 2019.

As chair of the Government Operations Committee, I’ve already heard several important bills, including one that would protect data and allow voters to opt-out of sharing their party preference in Minnesota’s upcoming presidential primary, of which I am a co-author. You can expect this bill, the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Alec Smith Affordable Insulin Act to be in the news more as we hit the ground running this year.


Great Start for All Minnesota Children Act

Another bill I’m proud to co-author is the Great Start for All Minnesota Children Act, which is an updated version of the very first bill the House DFL introduced for our new majority. Research shows that the biggest payoff comes in the earliest weeks and months of a child’s life. The Great Start for All Minnesota Children Act invests $500 million in early learning and child care that would positively impact thousands Minnesota children and families across the state.

Great Start Act

This is a bold and innovative solution that could close Minnesota’s achievement gap and better ensure every child and young family gets the support they deserve.


Community Town Hall

I’ll be joining Representative Lyndon Carlson and Senator Ann Rest for our District 45 Town Hall this weekend. There’s a lot of ground to cover this session in a short amount of time, and we want to make sure we’re open and responsive to your concerns.

Town hall

We’ll be at the New Hope City Hall from 9:30-11am this Saturday, and I hope to see you there. Regardless of whether you can join us this weekend, please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments you have on this year’s legislative process. You can reach me at and at (651) 296-4176. I look forward to hearing from you.




Mike Freiberg