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Blessings On Palm Sunday & Easter

Monday, April 15, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Palm Sunday was this weekend where we commemorate Christ riding into Jerusalem presenting himself as Messiah and Resurrection Sunday is this coming weekend where we celebrate Christ’s triumph over the grave!

The Legislature is out of session this week due to the holidays returning Tuesday April 23rd. After we return, there will only be four weeks remaining this legislative session. I wish you, your family, and your loved ones many blessings this Easter as we remember the great work Jesus did for us on the Cross!

As a defender of Individual Liberty, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, Rep. Lucero’s pro-Second Amendment response in the House Public Safety Committee pushing back against Democrat goals to mandate government centralized gun registration with eventual gun confiscation went viral last week on social media with over 461,000 views and over 14,800 shares!

DEMOCRAT OMNIBUS BILLS PASS COMMITTEES

Last Friday was the Third Deadline in the Legislature, the date by which all bills must have been voted upon and passed out of all committees in order to be referred to the full House Floor for consideration. As such, all the Democrat omnibus bills have passed out of their respective committees. I’ve included a list of the respective omnibus bills below which we will take up on the full House Floor beginning April 23rd when we return.

  1. Agriculture and Food
  2. E-12 Education
  3. Energy & Climate
  4. Environment & Natural Resources
  5. Health & Human Services
  6. Higher Education
  7. Housing
  8. Jobs and Economic Development
  9. Judiciary
  10. Public Safety
  11. State Government Finance
  12. Taxes
  13. Transportation
  14. Veterans and Military Affairs

The first-ever image a black hole was released last week. The black hole is located more than 50 million light-years away in a galaxy called M87 captured from a world-spanning network of telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope.

DEMOCRAT BLACK HOLE

With tax day April 15th being today, Democrats last week released their tax bill demanding more than $12 billion in crushing, new tax hikes over the next four years accomplishing little more than causing health care, gas, and other goods and services to be more expensive despite the reality hard-working Minnesotans already over-paid on taxes creating the current $1 billion tax surplus.

In related news, the first-ever direct image of a black hole was released last week captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). Given the eerie similarities, one might mistake the black hole with the House Democrat tax/spend plan. The massive force of black holes devour everything within their gravitational reach and in identical manner Democrats force hard-earned dollars from our wallets only to be sucked into the waste, fraud, and abuse singularity of Democrat tax & spend government programs.

Rep. Lucero last week speaking on the House Floor.

HANDS FREE DRIVING

The “Hands-Free” driving bill passed both the House and Senate last week and Gov. Walz signed the bill into law Friday. I’m a strong supporter of eliminating distracted driving! Unfortunately, the bill that passed and was signed into law is not the best approach, leaves multiple questions unanswered, and does not move us closer to eliminating distracted driving but instead sanctions distracted driving. For these and additional reasons I was among those who voted NO to the bill.

The new law permits texting while driving, interacting with social media, browsing websites, etc. if done in a hands-free mode. I STRONGLY believe drivers should not engage in these distracting activities while driving because of the cognitive distraction. It’s a major false sense of security to believe texting and social media activity in a hands-free mode which creates significant cognitive distraction is somehow an improvement. Moreover, the new law fails to address any of the many other distractions while driving including eating, reading books/newspapers, putting on make-up, turning around to discipline children, etc. During the Floor discussion, it also became readily evident even the bill’s author and supporters were unclear if smart-watches, smart-glasses, and similar technology would be permitted or prohibited under the new law.

I’ve been fighting for increased penalties for distracted driving and for anti-distracted driving public awareness and education campaigns similar to the many other successful public awareness education campaigns. I’m also a co-author on HF 104 which seeks to increase penalties for distracted driving and I will continue the fight on both fronts.

Rep. Lucero invited to speak to an ACLU group last week on the topics of student data privacy, email privacy, genetic information privacy, digital misrepresentation, and digital data privacy as a Constitutional right.

Rep. Lucero joined by legislative colleagues Rep. Kristin Robbins, Rep. Peggy Scott, and Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka Friday evening attending the Minnesota Family Council Annual Dinner!

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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