With just two weeks left in the legislative session, we’re focused on delivering results. In the House, lawmakers have finished passing supplemental budget bills and begun negotiating with members of the Senate. Our goal is to find bipartisan compromises that will improve Minnesotans’ lives.
I was appointed to the conference committee that will develop the final Environment and Natural Resources bill. I’m excited to be part of the committee and look forward to the work ahead.
I also had the honor of serving as Speaker Pro Tempore on Friday! I opened our floor session and presided over the singing of the National Anthem by John DeCausmeaker, the anthem singer for the Minnesota Wild. It was a great way to end a busy week at the legislature.
On Monday, my bill to allow Breeders’ Fund money to be used for the care and training of retired racehorses was signed into law by Governor Walz! I’m grateful to Senator Zach Duckworth for carrying the bill in the Senate and to the Minnesotans who worked with me to advance this legislation.
Ensuring Public Safety and Justice for All
Our Public Safety and Judiciary bill provides resources that law enforcement, local governments, and communities need to keep Minnesotans safe. It also makes our justice system more equitable and effective. Some of the highlights are:
Expanding Access to Health Care and Reducing Costs
A bill I authored is part of the Health and Human Services budget the House passed last week! This legislation funds stabilization grants for child care providers. The grants child care providers have received over the past two years helped many of them keep their doors open, but they’re set to expire soon. By continuing these grants, my bill will help providers continue serving children and families throughout Minnesota.
Other notable provisions will:
Fighting for Workers and Small Businesses
We want to build an empowered workforce and a thriving economy for all Minnesotans. That’s why we passed legislation to:
This legislation, which we approved last week, also includes a bill I authored to protect residents in homeowner’s associations. Under my legislation, HOA’s are required to give more details when issuing a fine or foreclosure.
Finding Solutions to the Climate Crisis
We’re investing in clean energy and initiatives that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy costs, and create jobs across Minnesota. Our Climate and Energy bill contains funding for:
The Climate and Energy bill also contains a bill I introduced to stop HOAs from passing restrictions that ban residents from installing solar panels on their own homes.
Supporting People Who Need It Most
House DFLers want to create new tax credits and rebates for those who need them the most. We’re focused on putting more money back in the pockets of people who are struggling to make ends meet and cover the rising costs of child care, housing, and other essentials. That’s why our Tax bill will:
Helping College Students
All Minnesotans deserve to get a world-class education. In addition to advocating for investments in E-12 Education, which I outlined in my last legislative update, House DFLers are providing support for college students. Our Higher Education bill delivers:
If you have any questions or feedback you’d like to share with me, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (651) 296-3018.