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Friday, September 22, 2017

Dear Neighbor,

With the end of September quickly approaching I’m reminded of the multiple scenic drives we have here in Minnesota. I’ve included the following website link to Explore Minnesota which lists ten locations around the state. I highly encourage experiencing Minnesota’s beautiful Fall foliage!

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Rep. Lucero giving a legislative update to members of the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce.


I had the pleasure of attending the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce breakfast this week in which I was joined by Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer. We both had the opportunity to speak on issues important to our hard working business community. Senator Mary Kiffmeyer touched on transportation and tax cuts and I touched on commercial/industrial property tax reform and the adverse impact of regulatory uncertainty resulting from misguided policies such as the crushing new wage/benefit mandates imposed by the City of Minneapolis.

Changes in MN state policy are critical to producing a greater business friendly environment. A successful and thriving business community results in continued economic expansion, the creation of good paying jobs, growth of employee 401k retirement nest eggs, and overall better communities.

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Members of the Legislative Commission on Data Practices and Personal Data Privacy
discussing Rep Lucero’s Student Data Privacy bill.


For years I've been working to highlight how the law is not keeping up with technology. Insufficient updates to Education/Technology statutes since 1980 regarding privacy/security requirements limiting the collection, storage, data mining, third-party sharing, and breach accountability has left our children's Personally Identifiable Information (PII) vulnerable and at risk of unauthorized access and use.

With a new data breach headline seemingly every day such as the recent Equifax data breach, Minnesotans continue to become more aware of the importance of protecting private data and that’s exactly why I’m working hard to be proactive rather than reactive.

I am a member of the Legislative Commission on Data Practices and Personal Data Privacy and we met this week to focus on my student data privacy bill House File 1507, and to receive an overview of current federal and state laws governing access to student records.

House File 1507, which I am chief author of, seeks to enhance protection requirements of student private data and seeks to re-empower parents and their authority over their children’s private data. HF 1507 received a bill hearing in the Civil Law Committee last legislative session, and Chair Peggy Scott indicated to expect a full bill hearing on HF 1507 in front of the Commission prior to the start of next legislative session.

Thank you Linda Bell and Kerstin Schulz from Minnesota Advocates and Champions for Children and Ben Feist from the ACLU for the continuance of all their hard work and for coming to the Capitol to testify in favor of my bill. Both MACC and the ACLU are strong partners in this bi-partisan endeavor to protect the privacy of our children's data!

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Rep. Lucero invited to join Hanover City Council for the ground breaking of Hanover's new
14,000 square foot public works building to replace the current 3,500 square foot space.


As always please contact me to share any issues, concerns, or feedback you may have that will assist me best represent you.  The best way to reach me is by email at Rep.Eric.Lucero@House.MN or by phone at 651-296-1534.

Eric Lucero

State Representative
District 30B
Albertville, Hanover, Otsego, Saint Michael, and the Wright County portion of Dayton

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