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Legislative Update- Mini Survey

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Dear Neighbors,

The snow and cold has not slowed us down at the legislature. In fact, we kicked the week off with an announcement from House Speaker Hortman, Senate Majority Leader Gazelka and Governor Walz of their commitment to continued efforts for an orderly end to the legislative session. These deadlines and bench marks will allow for an open, transparent process and to ensure decisions will be made in public. Minnesotans expect and deserve an effective state government with elected officials who will complete the peoples’ work on time.

Several bipartisan proposals are moving through committees. Read about them below.

‘Hands Free’

Last week, the Senate advanced the companion version of the ‘hands free’ cell phone bill out of committee. This means that the legislation is one step closer to a full vote in the House, and then to Governor Walz. As a co-sponsor of the bill, I’m looking forward to voting ‘green’ on this long overdue, and lifesaving measure.

Clean Energy

As an avid hiker and outdoorsman, I’m so grateful for all our state’s natural assets; our parks, waters, wildlife and four seasons. However, our weather is becoming more extreme, and it’s essential we make changes now to combat irreversible climate change damage.  

That’s why I’m proud to co-sponsor HF 700, which would increase the proportion of energy that must come from renewable sources, and set target dates for when these goals need to be achieved by power companies. Minnesota is endowed with numerous renewable resources, and investing in them would create jobs and slow down climate change.

Mini Survey

Many proposals have been receiving attention in the media. Of these three, which do you think should be a top priority of the Minnesota Legislature?

  1. Lower Prescription Drug Prices
  2. Paid Family Leave
  3. Cannabis Legalization

I would love to hear from you on these issues, and any others of interest to you and your family. Please don’t hesitate to reach out at 651-296-7803, or by email at

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I value your input. Thanks for staying in touch!


Steve Elkins

State Representative

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