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Legislative Update (Jan. 6, 2017)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Dear friends and neighbors,

We’re off and running in the legislative session. Floor sessions have started, committees are meeting, and we already passed a big bipartisan bill to help our state. Before the weekend, I wanted to pass along a quick update from St. Paul.

Committee Assignments

Last month, we received our committee assignments for the next two years. I’ll serve on the Agriculture Finance, Agriculture Policy, Capital Investment, and Health and Human Services Finance Committees. Our area is home to amazing agriculture communities, and has a long history of being a leader in medicine. These committees present me with an opportunity to further help the people of our district at the Capitol. We’ll meet on a more regular schedule next week, and I look forward to hearing and discussing bills in the committee process.

Capitol Reopens

Even during my first term, the Capitol complex has been undergoing a makeover. Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony was the big unveiling for most of us, and it was truly amazing to see. I’m thankful my family and loved ones were there for the ceremony and to take in the beauty of our state Capitol. If you have a chance, please line up a time with my office and come see this landmark for yourself.

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Early Business

Yesterday was the first day for bill introductions, and the House didn’t waste any time getting to work. We quickly passed a bill – on a unanimous 130-0 vote – to provide tax relief to 220,000 Minnesotans. Tax relief will continue to be a topic of discussion going forward, and I anticipate more relief is on the way for hardworking folks around the state.

The bipartisanship didn’t last long, though. As we tried to bring a bill forward to give aid to those struggling to pay for their health insurance, House Democrats blocked discussion of the bill. This legislation included $300 million in direct premium relief, and incorporated a number of common-sense healthcare reforms. Despite the delay, I expect to see this bill back on the House floor in the near future.

Please Contact Me

Please contact me to share your thoughts and ideas on any legislation introduced, or any matters where I can be of assistance. If you’ll be in St. Paul, schedule a time to meet with me in my office by calling (651) 296-4378, or email me directly at I’m sure I’ll be seeing many of you in the coming weeks, and can’t wait to hear your ideas for our state.

Lastly, please make sure your friends and family members stay informed by encouraging them to sign up for my emails here

Have a great weekend,

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