Senjem Legislative Update, April 26, 2019

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The legislature returned from the Easter/Passover break this week. Things will move quickly over the next several weeks until the adjournment date of May 20. I’ll continue to keep you updated! Below is briefly what the Minnesota Senate has voted on and passed:  Snow Day Relief Act, giving local school districts the flexibility to meet the required number of instructional days given this year’s unusually-fierce winter weather Disaster relief, expanding the disaster recovery loan program for farmers to help cover the costs of cleanup and repairs after a natural disaster ‘Hands-free’ cell phone use, prohibiting drivers from placing phone calls outside of hands-free mode. Toxic waste cleanup, providing funds to clean up a state-run toxic waste dump Highway 14 funding fix, making sure the construction on the Highway …

Senjem Legislative Update, February 1, 2019

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Dear Friends, Hello from the Minnesota State Capitol! We’re nearly finished with the first month of the legislative session. Committee work is ramping up and legislation is beginning to move in earnest as we continue the work of assembling the state budget for the next two years. We’re also in the midst of introducing our proposals for some of the big issues facing Minnesotans. Here’s a primer on where things stand: Remembering Duane Benson Last week on the Senate floor, I spoke to remember former state Senator Duane Benson of Lanesboro, who passed away last week. As I said during my remarks, Duane Benson was a mentor and an icon in the Minnesota Senate. He will be missed. Grants for rural childcare providers As I have written in …

Senjem Legislative Update, January 11, 2019

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Dear Friends,   The 2019 legislative session officially convened on Tuesday, January 8th. Over the next five months, the legislature will begin work on the state’s two-year budget – which the legislature must pass before adjourning in May.  As we work together on a responsible state budget, legislators will also be addressing some top priorities for this legislative session. In the coming weeks, legislators will focus on childcare, health care, mental health, government accountability, and taxes.     I’m glad to be back for another legislative session representing the people of Dodge and Olmsted counties. We’ve got a lot to work to do in making sure Minnesota families can thrive. We’re getting to work right away on bipartisan solutions that work for Minnesotans.    Early priorities include: Supporting mental …