Dave Senjem update

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April 21, 2017 Dear Friends, Legislators returned back to St. Paul after a week-long Passover/Easter break. The House and Senate have completed their omnibus or committee bills. Now conference committees begin their work. They will determine the final content of bills that ultimately will make their way to the Governor. There is a lot of work ahead as we move into the final weeks of the 2017 legislative session. This week, the Senate got right-to-work by appointing legislators to conference committees. Committee membership is determined by the committee chairs with concurrence by the Majority and Minority Leaders, and ultimately by a vote of the entire Senate.  In most cases, they are comprised of members of both the majority and minority parties. I am serving on the Senate Tax …

Carla Nelson update

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April 21, 2017 Spring has finally sprung and the legislature is in full swing. Read on to learn about conference committees, teacher licensure and two new items in the Legacy Bill. Be sure to answer the survey question! Be sure to contact me with your thoughts on any legislative issue or if I can be of assistance on any state or agency issue. It’s a privilege to work for you! Serving you, Carla Conference committee All budget bills are off the floor and now sit in conference committees with the House budget bills. As chairwoman of the Senate E12 Finance Committee I join Rep. Loon, chairwoman of the House Education Committee, in chairing the Education Finance Conference Committee. Four additional members join us from the Senate and four …

Carla Nelson update

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March 24, 2017 In addition to the official beginning of spring, this week also ushered in significant progress on our work to prepare the state’s operating budget, with Senate budget targets released last Friday, Targets are broad spending and revenue levels set for each committee — the amount of money each committee is allowed to spend on programs and policies under its jurisdiction. They are based, in part, on forecasted state revenue and previous budgets. Following the release of the targets, committees began work on the vetting of their respective budget proposals, which includes lengthy committee hearings and much public input. I want to hear from you! As your state senator, it is my job to represent your interests, and your input will help guide budget decisions at …

Carla Nelson update

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March 17, 2017 It has been another busy, but fruitful, week at the Capitol. Just as quick as our first committee deadline passed, so did our second; this is the deadline by which most bills must have been acted on in the opposite body. The third, and final, committee deadline, — the date by which finance bills must be acted upon by a committee – is March 31. Business at the Capitol will only continue to gain steam as we pass the halfway point of session. Committee work will give way to longer floor sessions and budget proposals will turn to budget negotiations with the House of Representatives and Governor Dayton. As chairwoman of the Senate E-12 Finance Committee, I continue working with my colleagues on our education …