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Legislative Update- March 3, 2020

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Rep. Edelson

Dear Neighbors,

Happy Primary Day! For the first time since 1992, Minnesotans can vote in the Presidential Nominating Primary. Some of you have contacted me with privacy concerns, which is why I supported legislation last week that gives voters the ability to opt-out of sharing their party preference in the primary. The bill also restricts the sharing of that data only to a national party representative, and only for the purpose of verifying participation in the primary. You can read more about this bill here.

Regardless of your party affiliation, I hope you’ll vote, if you haven’t already. You can find your polling location here.


Gun Violence Prevention

Last week, the Minnesota House passed two significant gun violence prevention measures; the first requires criminal background checks on all firearm purchases, and the second would enact red flag laws. I voted 'yes' to help keep Minnesotans safe at school, work, their place of worship, or any other public space. Both bills await committee hearings in the Senate.


State Budget Forecast

Last week, the legislature received an updated state budget forecast from the Minnesota Management and Budget Agency, showing a positive one-time balance. The forecast shows challenges for Minnesota, because costs go up and inflation is not accounted for in these twice-a-year forecasts. As a result, significant budget deficits are inevitable in the future, which undermine our ability to deliver a quality education, good roads, and health care for Minnesotans.

It’s essential for us to exercise caution, especially as federal uncertainty looms with foreign trade wars and the recent coronavirus outbreak. I’ll continue to advocate for wise budgeting and responsible fiscal management that prepares us for any future economic downturn.

Edina Visitors at the Capitol

It was great hosting Edina’s Green Machine Robotics Team in the Capitol Rotunda last week! The team aspires to create enthusiasm for our students in the field of science, technology, engineering and math. You can learn more about their great, award winning work here.


I also had the opportunity to meet with youth climate leaders and Parasole Hospitality advocates.


Keep in Touch

Please contact me anytime with questions, ideas, or input. I appreciate hearing from you!

Thank you for the honor of representing our Edina neighborhoods at the Capitol.


Heather Edelson

State Representative