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Legislative Update - February 5, 2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I hope everyone stayed safe and warm during our Polar Vortex last week. Things are heating up at the State Capitol as well, and there are some things I’d like to share with you.
Corrections Hearing
The House Corrections Division hearing at the Stillwater Correctional Facility has been rescheduled for this Wednesday, February 6, at 8 a.m.. I am looking forward to hearing this critical testimony from correctional officers, residents, Corrections Commissioner Schnell, and Warden Miles. I know how important a safe correctional facility is to our community, and I hope you can join us live to watch the hearing here.
Energy Policy & Climate Committee
Last week the Energy Policy and Climate Committee learned about our electrical power systems and the future of renewables, the future of electric vehicles, and the economic value of a new Green Energy economy. I look forward to hearing legislation this week on extending Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard. You can learn more about what's going on this committee here
Health Care
Shout out to Cindy and Kava from Lakeland who stopped by to discuss health care. Health care was one of the top topics at the doors during the campaign, and it will be a high priority the House Majority’s agenda. Stay tuned about progress on this front.


Lake Elmo Water
I visited with Lake Elmo Mayor Mike Pearson and City Administrator Kristina Handt about water issues. I am committed to helping find solutions to water quality issues in Lake Elmo and neighboring communities.

Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission
I am pleased to announce my appointment to the Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission, which advises on the management of school trust lands in order to ensure long-term economic returns so that every generation of public school student benefits from these assets. You can learn more about the LPSFC here.
Listening Session
I hope you’re able to join Majority Leader Ryan Winkler and myself as we host my first listening session on Wednesday, February 27th. We’ll be holding it at the Stillwater Public Library from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and I’ll be sure to remind you as we get closer to the event. This is a great time for me to give you an in-person update on what we have planned at the Minnesota House, but more importantly it’s also a chance for me to hear from you. I hope to see you there.
Stay In Touch!
I hope you find these updates insightful. If you haven’t already, you can join my email updates list by subscribing to them through my legislative web page here. As always, I want to hear from you. The best way to reach out to me is to either email me at or call me at (651) 296-4244. I look forward to hearing from you.


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