Assistant Senate DFL Leader Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, released the following statement after the acts of terror in Christchurch, New Zealand, and ahead of the Muslim Coalition of ISAIAH solidarity gathering at Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center today in Bloomington, MN.
A bill to give county correctional officers the same rights during disciplinary hearings as local peace officers was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday. The bill, SF 1413, is chief authored by Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) to ensure correctional officers can have all of the information they need to defend themselves during the disciplinary process.
Minnesota’s firefighters will receive vital supplemental state health assistance thanks to the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program, chief authored by Senator Steve Cwodzinski (DFL-Eden Prairie) and Representative Cheryl Youakim (DFL-Hopkins). The bipartisan legislation, SF2264 and HF1782, addresses the alarmingly high incidence of cancer, cardiac issues and emotional trauma facing the state’s 22,000 firefighters.
Earlier this session, I introduced SF 619, a bipartisan bill that would legalize recreational cannabis for adults at least 21 years old.