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Legislative Update- March 26, 2019

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Dear Neighbors,
I hope you had a great weekend. A lot is happening at the Capitol. Here’s an update:

Plymouth Creek Center Expansion

CCX Television recently ran a story regarding our community’s growing need to expand Plymouth Creek Center. I’m sponsoring legislation to improve and expand this space so all are able to enjoy this regional asset. You can watch the news segment here

Lifesaving Measures Receive Bipartisan Support 

Last week, the House passed two significant bills related to public safety and health. The ‘hands-free’ cell phone bill was approved on an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 106-21. All Minnesotans deserve to be safe on the roads, walkways and bike paths and with distracted driving deaths and injuries steadily increasing, it was time to take action. We also had the opportunity to address the opioid crisis harming our community and state. HF 400 funds addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services through a new Opioid Stewardship Fund, which would come from fees paid by pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors.

Governor’s Revised Budget & House Budget Targets

Governor Walz on Friday released his revised Budget for One Minnesota. His proposal is based on the February state economic forecast, which revealed a significant reduction in the state’s positive budgetary balance. The Governor’s supplemental budget proposal retains smart investments in education, health care, and community prosperity. You can read more about it here.
Minnesota House DFL leaders and legislators released the framework for their Minnesota Values Budget yesterday. The budget includes investments in affordable health care, education, and safe communities to build a Minnesota that works better for everyone. You can find more information here.

Ensuring Nutritional Health and Well-Being of Children

I appreciated meeting with leaders with the Minnesota School Nutrition Association yesterday. We discussed “Breakfast after the Bell” which is a program that includes breakfast for students in the classroom or grab-and-go options as they enter school for the day. Goals of the program include improved academic performance, better health, and improved attendance among students.

Keep in Touch

Please contact me any time with questions, comments, or concerns. I appreciate your input and value your perspective!
Ginny Klevorn
State Representative