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Legislative Update - July 10, 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

Dear Neighbors,

I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July and have been able to get outside and enjoy the great weather so far this month. I wanted to share a list of some of the community events coming up, as well as some recent legislative information and media coverage.

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New Laws Effective July 1st

July 1st is the start of the new Fiscal Year and with it we see many new laws coming into effect. You can read a list of some of the new laws in each budget area from nonpartisan House Public Information here.

Sunday Sales: Starting July, 2nd Minnesotans will be able to purchase off sale liquor on Sundays.

State Park, Hunting and Fishing License Fees: Modest increases in fees in order to take care of our State Parks System and address the needs of those who hunt and/or fish.

Bonding: The funds secured for projects like the Rice Street / 694 interchange and short line rail improvements in Hugo will be made available. Projects can finally begin, and more Minnesotans can be put to work on improving our state.

Profile in Women’s Press: “Working Overtime for Minnesota”

The Minnesota Women’s Press recently wrote a profile on me titled “Working Overtime for Minnesota.” The profile goes over what it’s like to be a legislator, attorney, and mom. You can read the article here.

Interview on TPT’s Almanac

I was recently interviewed regarding the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus, and the aftermath of the shooting of Philando Castile. Here is a link to a clip from the show.

Local Events

Taste of Vadnais, July 18th at 5:30-8:00pm http://www.cityvadnaisheights.com/264/Taste-of-Vadnais

Slice of Shoreview Days, July 21st-23rd http://www.sliceofshoreview.com/ Including a parade on Saturday July 22nd at 10:am!

Information about Roseville's Discover Your Parks, which is every Wednesday evening at a different park and includes free bounce house, games, crafts, popcorn, ice cream and puppet show.

Free Concerts throughout the summer through Shoreview's Concert in the Commons series and Roseville's Live @ the Rog series in Central Park https://www.cityofroseville.com/documentcenter/view/23125

Fridays with Firefighters every other Friday in Roseville. Meet firefighters, have an ice pop, and try out the fire hose! https://www.cityofroseville.com/2994/Fridays-with-Firefighters-2017

Event for People with Disabilities and their Families

The Minnesota Department of Human Services wants to hear from individuals with disabilities and their families. There is currently a shortage of direct support professionals (PCAs, group home workers) and they want to hear your thoughts as they work to address this shortage. The meeting will be at the Maplewood Community Center on July 14th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

National Night Out is August 1st!

National Night Out (also known as Night to Unite) is on August 1st. There will be events throughout our district for this annual night of community and celebration.

If you want a Ramsey County Deputy to attend your event, you must register with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department by July 14th.

If you live in Roseville, you can also register directly with the city , but make sure to sign up by July 21st. By registering you can win a chance to have your event catered and can sign-up for a visit by the Police Department, Fire Department or McGruff the Crime Dog. You can find more information at Roseville City Website.

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I look forward to hearing from you throughout the summer. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns and suggestions for future community events to include on our list!

Jamie

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