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Legislative Update - March 1, 2019

Friday, March 1, 2019

Today marks the first day of Women’s History Month, and I hope you can take some time to reflect on the contributions of women in history and to celebrate the achievements of women today.
It also means that the legislative session is getting busier. I had a hearing this week on my “extreme risk protection” bill to keep guns out of the hands of people who might harm themselves or others. The bill passed through the Public Safety Committee and is on to the Judiciary Committee. You can listen to my interview on WCCO and learn more about this public safety initiative that will save lives and protect Minnesotans, here.
Questions, thoughts or concerns about any of the things we’re working on at the legislature? Join me at a town hall meeting on Sunday, March 10 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Harmon Park Neighborhood Center in West St. Paul. 

A bill that would promote the safety and vitality of our communities by making sure that all people can get a driver’s license had a hearing this week. Denying immigrants the right to a driver’s license means we’re denying people living in our communities access to jobs and opportunity, endangering public safety, and criminalizing families’ efforts to participate in civic life.

Meeting with Constituents
I had the chance to talk about supporting small and emerging businesses with constituents this week from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
A constituent with the Minnesota Truckers Association. We connected on their legislative agenda and the need for more employment pathways to increase licensed CDL drivers
I always love connecting with youth from the district and was excited to meet with Grey to hear her concerns. She also shadowed me in the Education Finance Committee
We had lots of representation from our district, as well as a great discussion, for our first ULBC Black History Month Screening of The Rape of Recy Taylor.
I’m proud to stand with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union just as they stood with family
Talking equity issues with constituents

If you need anything, please reach out to me at or by phone at 651-296-4192. Have a great weekend.


Ruth Richardson

State Representative – District 52B