I hope this finds you well and enjoying the cooler weather. It’s been a busy summer and fall.
Here’s an update from the Capitol:
Fighting Back Against Predatory ‘Robo-Calls’
We all have experienced it -- the perpetual buzz on our mobile phones from familiar numbers, with a local area code, that are actually “spoof” calls, commonly known as ‘robo-calls.’ These calls aren’t just a nuisance -- swindlers also use them to prey on senior citizens, vulnerable adults, and landline phone users, many of whom do not have caller-ID.
As the explosion of fraudulent robo-calls grows, we must demand a strong response that holds bad actors accountable, which is why I am proposing the toughest legislation in the nation to crack down on these predatory schemes. You can read more about my proposal from Minnesota Public Radio’s coverage here.
Climate Action Caucus
The House Climate Action Caucus, of which I’m a proud member, recently kicked off a series of public events with a conversation about transportation. One of our goals as a caucus is bringing people with different backgrounds and areas of expertise together. We’re holding these public hearings so Minnesotans can join legislators and experts at the table and be part of creating a bold plan to combat climate change.
The first community conversation was dedicated to transportation because it’s the largest source of Minnesota’s greenhouse gas emissions. There was a great discussion about this with several experts and the Minnesotans who joined us. Some of the potential solutions we discussed were expanding public transportation, supporting electric vehicles, and promoting biofuels. We’ll hear from housing experts on climate at our next public event on November 14, and start a much-needed discussion on future policy. Learn more details about it here.