Session has been incredibly productive as the House DFL continues to deliver on our campaign promises. Minnesota faces several critical issues and we are taking action on all of these issues to meet the needs of all Minnesota residents. We are united in purpose and action and will continue to act quickly to improve our state. I encourage you to pass along my newsletter and Facebook page to your neighbors and community members so they can keep up to date with everything we accomplish.
Driving licenses for everyone
My bill to allow all MN residents to apply for and obtain their driver’s license, regardless of their immigration status, is still being considered by committees and will be heard on the House floor in the near future. This bill will make our roads safer while restoring justice and dignity to our immigrant neighbors. Thanks to all members of the community who made this law a reality. Watch my testimony on this bill here.
Adult cannabis law moving forward
HF 100, a bill to legalize adult cannabis passes committee hearings. Our bill creates a safe, well-regulated and legal marketplace, including best practices for consumer protection, health and public safety. It also includes a robust removal program so that people disproportionately caught in the criminal justice system for cannabis can move on with their lives. Along with delisting, it will prioritize providing aid and licensing to communities most affected by the ban.
The bill still has about a dozen stops to make in various committees before we vote for the House of Representatives. I’ve been working on this legislation since 2019 and we want to make sure the bill passes and is successful statewide.
Passage of the law PRO
The House passed the PRO Act that protects and guarantees Minnesota’s right to privacy for personal decisions about reproductive health. It also prevents interference from anti-choice politicians who try to create or defend medically unnecessary barriers to comprehensive reproductive health care. I am proud that we were able to pass this incredibly important and historic bill so early in the House.
The supplement to the PRO law, which repeals unconstitutional, outdated and burdensome laws that deny reproductive freedom and autonomy, has passed second committee and will continue to go through the process.
Tax compliance was signed into law
Recently, Governor Walz signed into law the federal tax compliance bill that I drafted into law. This bill will make several changes to bring Minnesota into compliance with federal tax law, resulting in more than $100 million in tax cuts for families and businesses, while simplifying future tax returns. The fact that we were able to get this critical bill out in the second week of the session is a testament to our commitment to efficient and smart governance. I look forward to continuing this momentum for the rest of the year as we aim to make it a historically productive session.
Restore the mood
Last week, the House Public Safety Committee held the second hearing for the “Restore the Vote” legislation, HF 28, a bill I co-authored. Restoring the freedom to vote for Minnesotans is key to ensuring that everyone in our community has a voice in our democracy. Minnesota has one of the highest rates of probation in the country and it is time to restore the freedom to vote for the 60,000 men and women who live, work and raise children in our community.
Public safety action
Last week, the Public Safety Committee approved HF 25, which will make one of the largest public safety investments in the state’s history. We will make a comprehensive investment of more than $300 million by 2023 in a variety of critical programs to improve safety across the state. We take a holistic approach and fund everything from violent crime investigations, community crime prevention, crisis response, criminal investigations and apprehension of criminals. This bill will have a real impact in the short and long term.
Other critical bills
There are a lot of important bills going through the House right now, here are a few particularly critical ones you should be aware of:
Other bills making their way through the process include the allocation of more than $300 million in federal funds for state infrastructure projects, equal rights amendment, voter protection and vote recovery.
Stay in touch
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