Senjem Update, April 7, 2020

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    April 7, 2020     Dear Friends, The covid-19 pandemic is concerning all of us in every respect. Because of the impacts of necessary preventative actions many fear for their financial futures. At difficult times like this I understand that you are looking to your state government to lead and take all actions necessary and appropriate to ensure your safety.  Please know lawmakers are absolutely committed towards combating and eradicating the dreaded covid-19 and ensuring all Minnesotans will recover from whatever hardships this unfortunate viral disease outbreak has presented. Legislators and the Governor are working together and are committed to be the kind of public servants you expect and deserve during this difficult time. Legislative Activity: Earlier today, the Senate met for a session and approved …

Senjem Legislative Update: April 13, 2018

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April 13, 2018 Dear Friends, The legislature is back after a short spring recess – although it certainly doesn’t feel like spring! Next Friday, April 20, we’ll be at our third and final committee deadline, meaning most finance and policy bills must have made it through the committee process by that time. Until then, most committees will continue in earnest hearing various bills and budgets to supplement the comprehensive budget passed by the legislature last year. The legislature is constitutionally-mandated to adjourn by May 21. A number of other issues have come to the forefront this week. EMERGENCY MENTAL HEALTH CARE This week mental health initiatives were the focus. Mental health issues touch all genders, races, languages, and ages – including many of our loved ones. Minnesotans experiencing …

Senjem Legislative Update: February 23, 2018

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Dear Friends, On Tuesday, the legislature convened for the 2018 legislative session. We have much work ahead of us as we look to build on the success of last year’s historically-productive session. As committees begin their work and bills continue to be drafted, much of the week has been spent meeting with constituents and other stakeholders about some of the issues before us this year, including the state’s new licensing and vehicle registration system known as MNLARS, a potential bonding bill, school safety, tax conformity, and more. On Thursday, the House and the Senate both passed the first legislation of the session – restoring the legislative funding that was vetoed by the governor last spring. Without this funding – which Governor Dayton has indicated he will sign – …