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Legislative Update - January 24, 2020

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Rep. Richardson

Neighbors,

I look forward to starting the new 2020 legislative session on February 11. To make sure we are ready, a pre-session town hall with Rep. Rick Hansen and Sen. Matt Klein is planned for this Sunday. We hope you will join us and share your priorities for the upcoming session.

The town hall will be at Inver Hills Community College on Sunday, January 26 from 2-3:30pm. You can find more details and RSVP here

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If you can’t make it to the town hall, feel free to call or email me with questions or feedback at rep.ruth.richardson@house.mn or 651-296-4192. 

Community Highlights 

I enjoyed participating on a panel recently hosted by Educators for Excellence to discuss educational issues including the persistent school discipline disparities facing Black, Indigenous, and students with disabilities that we must address.

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Thank you to the Metro Deaf School for hosting me and some of my colleagues. We need to do more to support early access to language for children who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing.

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Early voting for the presidential primary has begun. For the first time in many years, Minnesotans will participate in a presidential primary, rather than a caucus. Here's a short Q and A in case you have questions:

When will the presidential nomination primary take place?

March 3, 2020, with early voting beginning on January 17th.

Will all parties be on the same ballot?

No, each major party will have a separate ballot.

Will there be a place to write in a choice or vote for “uncommitted”?

If it is requested by the party chair. Party chairs will need to submit names of write-in candidates to be counted seven days before the primary.

Will any other offices be on the ballot?

No, only presidential candidates from a major party will appear on the presidential primary ballot. Other offices with a primary will be on the primary ballot in August.

Will parties have to abide by the primary results?

The presidential primary results must bind the election of delegates in each party.

Will there still be precinct caucuses?

Yes, precinct caucuses and local and state nominating conventions will still take place to conduct other party business. 

 

I hope your year is off to a good start and look forward to working with you to build stronger communities together.

Sincerely,

Rep. Ruth Richardson