We’re back in session after the Easter recess, and I’m excited to keep you updated on everything that’s happening in St. Paul. I wanted to say a quick thank you to all who have been so encouraging - when I see you at home on weekends or through emails during the week. I love hearing from you!
Now that we passed our budget bills, each will head to what’s called a conference committee. This consists of five members of the House of Representatives and five senators who come together to rectify the differences between each chambers’ bill. The governor and his staff should also play a very important part of this process early on, so we know his stance on these important issues. It really is exciting to see these committees start as we put together our final proposals. If you’re interested in learning more, non-partisan House Information put together a great tutorial on this process.
A week from tomorrow, Saturday, April 29, I’m holding three events in the district where you can come share your thoughts on the legislative session. These will be fairly informal meet-and-greets, but are a great chance for me to visit with you. Please see the graphic below for times and locations. I hope to see you there!
Now that session has resumed, I have the good fortune of seeing more groups here at the Capitol. Fifth graders from St. Joseph’s School stopped by this week …fun to visit with the kids and the grown-ups accompanying them on this two-day adventure to St. Paul.
I also met with Lutheran Social Services, Glennwood House residents from Grand Rapids. We had a very informative discussion, and I’m thankful we had a chance to meet in St. Paul.
Lastly, I met with John Nelson and Catherine Jensen – both of Hackensack – to discuss Water Action Day at the Capitol and an entire contingent from the City of Deer River here to testify at a Senate Tax Committee hearing. Thanks again to everyone who stopped by!
If you’re free this evening and close to a TV, I’m joining TPT Almanac for their freshmen legislative panel. You can watch live at 7:00 p.m. on your PBS channel, or click here to stream.
As always, please continue to share your thoughts and concerns. If you can’t make it to one of the 'Sit Downs with Sandy', you’re always welcome to call or email my office.
Have a great weekend,