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Legislative Update - January 23, 2020

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Rep. Christensen

Dear Neighbors,

We’re just a few short weeks away from the start of the 2020 Legislative Session, and there are some upcoming events and topics I wanted to update you on, the first being tomorrow’s meeting of the Climate Action Caucus.

Climate Action Caucus Higher Ed

Our Climate Action Caucus has held informational hearings focusing on the intersection of climate and various other policy issues, such as housing, public health, and the environment. Tomorrow, we’ll be focusing on climate and our state colleges and universities. The hearing will begin at 10am, and you’re welcome to join us in St. Paul, or follow along on the live video stream at: For information on upcoming meetings, you can register to receive updates from the Climate Action Caucus here.


Community Conversation on Transportation

This year at the Minnesota Legislature, members are going to spend a lot of time advocating for infrastructure projects in their district. For our community, that includes the regional transportation updates we urgently need.

Christensen Transpo

I’ll be holding a Community Conversation on Transportation for us to come together and discuss the transportation needs of our district, especially when it comes to infrastructure projects along MN-36. I’ll be joined by Washington County Commissioner Gary Kriesel, and Rep. Fue Lee, the vice chair of the House Capital Investment Division. You can RSVP on or Facebook page here. I hope you’re able to join us!


Minnesota Presidential Primary

This year, Minnesota’s presidential nomination process has some significant changes, the biggest being that voters will have the ability to participate in a primary, separate from party caucuses. Minnesota’s Presidential Primary will take place on March 3, but early absentee voting has already begun! Here are some common FAQs on the presidential primary:

  • When will the presidential nomination primary take place?
    • March 3, 2020 (Super Tuesday) with early voting possible now.
  • Will all parties be on the same ballot?
    • No, each major party will have a separate ballot.
  • Will there be a place to write in a choice or vote for “uncommitted”?
    • If it is requested by the party chair. Party chairs will need to submit names of write-in candidates to be counted seven days before the primary.
  • Will any other offices be on the ballot?
    • No, only presidential candidates from a major party will appear on the presidential primary ballot. Other offices with a primary will be on the primary ballot in August.
  • Will parties have to abide by the primary results?
    • The presidential primary results must bind the election of delegates in each party.
  • Will there still be precinct caucuses?
    • Yes, precinct caucuses and local and state nominating conventions will still take place to conduct other party business.

If you have any questions about Minnesota’s presidential primary, or voting in general, I highly encourage you to contact the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State at or 1-877-600-VOTE to make sure your voice is heard.


Stay In Touch

If you can’t make it to the upcoming events, please feel to contact me with any questions or comments you may have on the legislative process. You can reach me at or (651) 296-4244.




Representative Shelly Christensen

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