My colleagues and I hit the ground running after returning from the annual Easter/Passover break on Monday. We’re working hard to develop a strong, equitable state budget that helps Minnesotans recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and thrive once it’s behind us. My goal is to ensure that the budget reflects our values as Minnesotans and addresses our community’s needs.
Hearing your thoughts as I work on the budget and other issues is very important to me. If you have questions or want to share your feedback, I hope you’ll participate in my virtual town hall this Saturday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. You can share questions ahead of time at http://bit.ly/April10Questions and join me on Facebook Live when the event begins.
Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault
Legal loopholes often make it difficult or even impossible for Minnesotans who’ve experienced sexual assault to get justice. For example, the Minnesota Supreme Court recently ruled that under current law, the definition of “mentally incapacitated” doesn’t include people who become intoxicated after voluntarily consuming alcohol or drugs. As someone who’s worked closely with survivors of sexual assault, this issue is very important to me. I’m co-authoring legislation that would close this loophole and strengthen Minnesota’s sexual assault laws. I’m also supporting related legislation, including:
Make Your Voice Heard
Respond to My Legislative Survey
Whether or not you’re able to participate in my virtual town hall, I want to make sure you have opportunities to provide input. If you haven’t already done so, I would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to complete my legislative survey.
Apply for Boards, Councils, and Commissions
The Secretary of State’s Office recently released a list of open positions on state boards, councils, and commissions. These roles are a great way to get involved and serve your community and state. I encourage you to check out the vacancies and consider applying for any that match your skills or interests.
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Please continue sharing your questions, ideas, and feedback and let me know if I can be of assistance. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-296-3018.