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Legislative Update - January 24, 2019

Thursday, January 24, 2019


In what has already been a busy start to the legislative session, I wanted to take a moment to update you on our work here in St. Paul. I am excited to be working for you and I want to thank you for your support. Together, I know we can accomplish amazing things for district 39B, our families and neighbors, and for Minnesota.  



I am fortunate to be serving on committees that have a direct impact on our district, and I look forward to sharing with you our work on the following committees:

  • Corrections Division
  • Education Policy
  • Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division
  • Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance Policy Division


Corrections Division Hearing

On Wednesday, January 30, the House Corrections Division will hold our committee meeting at the Stillwater Warden’s House. We’ll be hearing from Stillwater Warden Eddie Miles, along with other members of the Minnesota Department of Corrections. The committee hearing will start at 8:00 AM, and you’ll be able to watch it live here.


Highway 36 and Manning Avenue Interchange

The number one priority for Washington County this year is to fund a new interchange at Highway 36 and Manning Avenue. The new interchange would address the congestion and safety issues at this intersection while also preserving future mobility in this corridor. I am proud to be the chief author of House File 343 and House File 344, which are strong, bipartisan bills. I look forward to working with Sen. Karin Housley on her companion bills in the Senate.


Other Legislation

Many of my colleagues have introduced bills that I’ve been happy to cosponsor, and I wanted to share some of those with you. House File 2 would deliver much-need resources to our K-12 schools, such as mental health grants. House File 12 would put an end to the harmful practice of conversion therapy with children or vulnerable adults. House File 50 would ban cellphone use behind the wheel without a hands-free device. That bill had an especially emotional day in committee this week that you can read more about here.


Stay In Touch!

There are many ways you can keep up with our work at the legislature, and just as many ways for you to reach out to me. You can start by subscribing to my mailing list to receive more updates like this. You can also follow both my official Facebook page and Twitter account. My office is located in Room 577 in the State Office Building in St. Paul, and you can contact me there by emailing me at, or by calling me at (651) 296-4244. You might even hear from Alyssa, our legislative assistant. I look forward to hearing from you, and I can’t wait to see what we’ll be able to accomplish together.



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