Senate reaches committee deadlines
There has been a whirlwind of activity at the Minnesota State Capitol over the past several weeks as legislators worked to pass legislation through the committee process before the first deadline (policy bills had to be through the house of origin committee process before March 20). I am pleased to say that I successfully navigated several bills through the process that will have a big impact on our district. Of course I could not have done this without the help of my constituents, local leaders and my staff. I thank them all for their hard work.
One of my top priorities this session was to restore White Bear Lake to its proper water level. To do this, we created three bills to address the immediate problem and offer regulation solutions to ensure that this doesn’t happen again. I am thankful for the help I have received from Representative Peter Fischer, Senator Bev Scalze and Senator Roger Chamberlain, as well as all of our local officials on this important issue. I believe we have made some major progress on these bills.
This session I have worked hard to advocate for a significant investment in early learning with funding increases for Early Child Family Education programs and early learning program scholarships. We have had a great deal of moving testimony about the ability of these programs to close the achievement gap and put our youngest learners on a path to success.
I have also been working on several bonding bills that will invest in infrastructure needs in our district. This includes – Century College improvements, acquiring land for the Regional Public Safety Training Facility, investing in the Harriet Tubman Center (East) Regional Safety Service Center and Learning Institute, offering funding for the North Saint Paul Veterans Memorial Park and improving transit opportunities through the Rush Line Corridor.
Earlier this session, the Capital Investment Committee visited several of our projects on one of their Bonding Tours and I had an opportunity to discuss other projects in committee. The Senate’s Capitol Investment Bill will be unveiled in the coming weeks and I am hopeful that these projects will be included in the final bill.
Much of the discussion will now move out of committees and to the Senate floor. Continue to follow the Senate’s work at senatedfl.mn or http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/.
As always, please contact me with questions or suggestions regarding any issue. I encourage you to visit me at the Capitol, or let me know if you’d like me to stop by your home or apartment. Also, please tune in to my local cable TV show, “Your Capitol: What’s Up?,” which appears on public access channels 15 and 16. I can be reached by email at email@example.com and by phone at 651-296-6820.