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Legislative Update (January 25, 2019)

Friday, January 25, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you have stayed warm with the colder temperatures we’ve experienced the last few days. The forecast indicates subzero high temperatures next week, including overnight lows as cold as 25 degrees below zero! Stay warm as we are hit with these cold temperatures and please be safe and take precautions if you are traveling.

Before the weekend, I wanted to fill you in on what’s happening at the legislature, including info about the March for Life and a hearing on Minnesota’s opioid crisis.

March for Life

On Tuesday, I joined thousands of pro-life Minnesotans at the annual March for Life as we gathered in support of pro-life legislation and to peacefully protest our nation’s abortion laws. I am inspired by the great number of supporters who took time out of their days and braved the cold weather to make their voices heard on this very important issue. As a strong supporter of the pro-life movement, I am proud to always defend life and stand up for the rights of the unborn.

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Opioid Hearing

This afternoon I attended an informational hearing of the Health and Human Services Policy Committee up in Onamia on Mille Lacs Lake. Committee members and I had the opportunity to meet with representatives from Minnesota’s Native tribes to hear their insight on our state’s opioid crisis. The focus was on the impact of opioid use around the state, successful local solutions to addressing this issue, and ideas for how state government can more effectively partner with local efforts to tackle the opioid crisis.

Minnesota’s opioid crisis continues to have a devastating effect on communities around our state. When discussing the matter with law enforcement, I’m often told that one of the things that makes the opioid crisis so challenging is that it hasn’t replaced other drug abuse problems. That is, it has been added to these existing problems and presents additional challenges. Because of this, it remains crucial that the legislature put forth solutions this year, and I am committed to working with my colleagues to combat the opioid crisis and most importantly, help save lives.

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Please Contact Me

If you have any questions or thoughts on any legislative issue, please feel free to contact me. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-4378 or by email at

Have a great weekend.

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