Bill Introduced to Improve Reporting of Hate Crimes
Last week, my colleagues in the House and Senate announced legislation to expand and improve reporting of hate crimes in Minnesota. The bill, of which I’m a co-sponsor, requires updated training for peace officers on crimes motivated by bias, and directs the Minnesota Department of Human Rights to consult with the Board of Peace Officer Standards on proposed improvements. Watch a video replay of the announcement here.
Edina hasn’t been immune to these bias-based crimes, as we’ve seen recently with the anti-Semitic and racist graffiti at Edina public schools and parks. These hate crimes don’t just hurt the targeted group; they hurt our entire community. I’ll continue to advocate for this bill to help give our officers and community members more tools to improve reporting, so all our neighbors are empowered to fight against hate.
I was glad to visit with Jeff Jorgenson from Edina Public Schools recently at the Capitol. We had a productive meeting planning for several pieces of legislation we are working on for next session. Thanks for your hard work on behalf of Edina students and families, Jeff!
District 49 Town Hall Meeting
Please join Senator Franzen, Rep. Elkins and me for a town hall meeting in Edina on Monday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Edina Community Lutheran Church. We want to hear from you! We’ll be listening to community members and giving a brief update from the Capitol. Hope to see you there.
Keep in Touch
Please contact me anytime, on any issue important to you at 651-296-4363 or email@example.com. Don’t hesitate to let me know how I can be of assistance.
It’s an honor to represent our Edina community at the Capitol!