It’s hard to believe that a little over a week remains in the 2018 legislative session. This week we began our conference committee work on the tax bill and omnibus bills that have been passed in recent weeks. This is the process of legislators from the House and the Senate working together to reconcile differences between bill versions that have been approved by their respective bodies. Following conference committee, the bills then head to the governor’s desk for final approval. We are working with the Senate to find compromise and advance a final package we believe will gain bipartisan support and the governor’s signature.
In some local news, I would like to congratulate GEOTEK in Stewartville for recently receiving a grant through the Job Creation Fund from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). This is great news for our area, as it will help GEOTEK expand, and allow them to continue investing and creating good-paying jobs in southeastern Minnesota.
Real ID Update
Earlier this week, Minnesota received federal assurance that a traditional Minnesota-issued driver’s license will continue to be sufficient identification to board domestic flights through October 1, 2020. We also passed a law this session that required the Dayton Administration to seek an extension for Real ID once it became available.
This is great news, and will ensure Minnesotans can continue traveling by air without unnecessary hassles or complications. In addition, Minnesota is set to start issuing Real ID-compliant licenses later this year.
At the Capitol
On Wednesday, I attended a rally for Second Harvest Heartland at the Capitol, and I am proud to advocate for such an important cause. $18 million in funding is currently included in the House bonding bill to help build a new statewide food distribution center. Food security is a growing and serious problem, and this organization makes a real difference serving Minnesotans in need.
I was delighted to meet up with this group of 6th graders from Dover-Eyota Middle School during their trip to the Capitol. They were engaged and eager to learn about state government.
Please Contact Me
Please continue to stay in touch to share your thoughts on the issues and legislation that will be coming before me on the House floor in the final week of session. You can reach me via phone at (651) 296-4378 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great weekend.