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Legislative Update - March 08, 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019

Dear Neighbors,

It’s been another busy and productive week at the Minnesota State Capitol. Getting to meet with community members who take the time to visit is one of the most rewarding aspects of public service. This week, visits included students from Bethel University’s physician assistant program:

Advocates from the housing industry:

And constituents who work in area nursery and landscaping businesses:


Town Hall Meeting

Here’s another reminder about our Town Hall Meeting this coming Sunday, March 10. We will meet at Shoreview City Hall from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m., and we will be joined by special guest Rep. Ryan Winkler of Golden Valley who serves as the House Majority Leader.

I value your perspective and hope you can join us to share your thoughts and ask questions. Everyone is welcome!

Gun Violence Prevention

Tremendous progress has been made recently at the Minnesota House to address the epidemic of senseless of gun violence. HF 8 would expand criminal background checks on gun sales, closing loopholes which allow dangerous individuals to obtain guns via online dealers or through private sales. HF 9, would create “red flag laws,” allowing temporary removal of an individual’s access to firearms if a judge determines they may be a threat to themselves or others. Evidence shows this tool can prevent shootings, including suicides and homicides. 

Last week, the House Public Safety Committee approved both bills, and this week the Judiciary Committee followed suit. I was proud to vote in favor of both bills in these committees. As a prosecutor, I know all too well about the many senseless gun tragedies in Minnesota.  Minnesotans deserve to be safe in their communities, and families are counting on us to act. Minnesotans and people across the nation have waited long enough for overdue, common-sense legislation like this which will help prevent future tragedies and save lives.

Mitchell’s Law

This week, the House Transportation Committee unanimously approved HF 932, a bill I’ve sponsored to give Minnesotans the option to list emergency contacts on a driver’s license application. This idea was brought directly to me by Mitchell Radziej, a member of our community who was in an auto accident in North Dakota. We’re all thankful that Mitchell survived this crash, but he suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of it. After the crash, it took over eight hours for first responders to find out who from his family to notify. This bill, appropriately named “Mitchell’s Law,” will help connect others in situations like this to more quickly get connected with loved ones.

I’m tremendously grateful for Mitchell’s advocacy, and look forward to seeing this legislation advance in the law-making process.

Minnesota Values Podcast

I recently appeared on the Minnesota Values Podcast, hosted by my colleagues Rep. Liz Olson and Rep. Jamie Long, to discuss my initiative to strengthen protections for those Minnesotans who experience sexual harassment in the workplace or sexual violence. You can listen to the podcast on iTunesStitcher, or SoundCloud. I invite you to subscribe so you can hear behind the scenes conversations from the Capitol like this during the legislative session. 

Let’s Stay Connected

I am working on many important issues at the Capitol. Often I tweet about them or post them on Facebook. To see the bills I've authored and co-authored, please click here. To follow bills through the legislative process, you can use the MyBills service on the Legislature’s website. Additionally, Session Daily provides regular nonpartisan recaps of legislative activity. If you have any questions for me or concerns about issues, please feel free to email me or call to schedule a meeting. I'm also available at my monthly "Chats with Kelly" the fourth Sunday of each month during the session at Shore 96 in Shoreview. I also hope you can attend our Town Hall on Sunday.

It’s an honor to represent you at the Capitol.
Kelly Moller
State Representative