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No April Fools in the MN House

Friday, April 5, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

April Fools Day was Monday this week. I wish I could say the hundreds of nightmare bills currently in the MN House to raise taxes, confiscate guns, make MN a sanctuary state, increase healthcare costs, eliminate the Electoral College, ignoring pervasive loss of tax dollars to waste, fraud, and abuse and MUCH, MUCH more was someone's idea of a bad joke, but the reality is the Democrat majority is serious in their damaging goals.

Rep. Lucero with Dayton City Council Member Dennis Fisher attending Gov. Walz’s State of the State Address Wednesday this week.

SEX OFFENDERS TO BE RELEASED INTO DAYTON

This week it was announced three Level 2 & 3 sex offenders will be released into the City of Dayton Monday next week after a years-long legal battle to stop the offenders from being relocated to Dayton. Colleague State Rep. Kristin Robbins and I each represent portions of Dayton and we share the significant concerns of city officials, local law enforcement, and residents about the impact of the offenders moving to our community and we issued a joint press release.

"As a nearly 20-year resident of the City of Dayton, I share the concerns many have expressed to me regarding the safety and security of the residents of our great community. I've been involved with this issue since our community received the first notice in 2016 including attending the community meeting held at Dayton Elementary, and it's very frustrating to say the least that Dayton residents have had this thrust upon us over our objections with little to zero regard from the State," said Rep. Eric Lucero (R-Dayton). "A small city like Dayton, which has limited police resources, should not be mandated by the State to shoulder this burden."

Both Rep. Robbins and I are committed to continuing to work closely with the City, residents, and our legislative colleagues in the Senate to monitor the situation and try to secure additional resources for the City to ensure adequate supervision and responsiveness. Moreover, we received a commitment from the Department of Human Services Commissioner to explore other locations for the offenders that might be more suitable - away from bus stops, parks, etc., when the current lease expires.

Rep. Lucero meeting U of M students visiting the Capitol this week.

DRIVERS LICENSES FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

The Democrat majority in the House this week passed a bill to issue driver licenses to those here illegally. A driver license is a gateway document which leads to other privileges and makes it even easier to commit potential voter fraud.

The law and the legal process matter and should be followed rather than turning a blind eye and in fact even encourage, incentivize, and attract further illegal behavior. Moreover, the bill that passed off the House Floor perpetuates our broken immigration system and for these reasons I voted NO to the bad bill. The next stop for the bill is the Republican controlled Senate where thus far the bill has had zero traction.

Rep. Lucero visiting with Pro-Second Amendment supporters in the Public Safety Committee Thursday this week.

GUN CONTROL IN PUBLIC SAFETY BILL

Several weeks ago, Democrats passed terrible gun control bills out of the Public Safety Committee as two, stand-alone bills. Because those two bills will not pass the Republican controlled Senate, Democrats this week changed their strategy to attack law-abiding gun owners by adding the two gun control bills to the Public Safety omnibus bill. My Republican colleagues and I on the committee fought hard and I voted NO, but in the end the Democrat majority was successful in muscling both gun control measures through. It’s expected the omnibus bill containing the gun control measures will be heard on the full House Floor the second half of April.

Rep. Lucero meeting Albertville constituent Michelle who was among a group of Teamsters visiting the Capitol Wednesday this week. Rep. Lucero has blue collar roots and is a proud six-year Teamster, and as State Representative is fighting hard to reduce taxes for working-class families all across Minnesota!

STAYING IN TOUCH

Each and every day I’m continuously humbled at the opportunity to represent and fight for the values and priorities of our great community!

Please contact me to share any issues, concerns, or feedback you have to 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.

Sincerely,
Eric Lucero

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

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