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Legislative Update (Feb. 24, 2017)

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dear Neighbors,

We had a productive week at the Capitol, and I’m grateful to have made it home safe to Rochester last night. If you’re traveling around the area - especially outside the city - be sure to be safe.

Beginning Farmer Bill

This week, I presented my bill, HF608, to the Ag Policy Committee. The legislation would provide a tax credit for beginning farmers for the purchase of land or rental of farm equipment. It’s really a great bill to help make it more affordable to start a career as a farmer. The agriculture industry is the backbone of Southern Minnesota, and we need to make sure, at the state level, we’re working to make it easier for these hardworking Minnesotans to put food on the table of families in our state and around the world.

Adoption Bill

I was also fortunate to receive a hearing for my legislation, HF1412. This bill would require the commissioner of human services to create a program to support adoptive and foster children and their families. The hope is that this legislation could reduce changes in a child’s placement, easing what can be a difficult situation. This is a bipartisan initiative with both Republicans and Democrats signing on.

Weekly Visitors

This week, Rev. Glenn Monson, Brad Natzke and Eva Colligan from my home church, Mount Olive Lutheran, came to visit as part of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition Day at the Capitol. I was thrilled to learn the church received the Interfaith Social Justice Community Award!

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Another highlight was speaking with FFA students during FFA Day at the Capitol. I grew up on a dairy farm, so it’s great to see these bright, young students taking an early interest in agriculture. Here’s a photo of me with Chatfield’s FFA participants.

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Please Contact Me

As always, please stay in touch if you have any questions or ideas. You can reach me at or feel free to call 651-296-4378.

Have a safe, enjoyable weekend,

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