May 2019

Senator Carlson Statement on HAVA Funding

After five months of legislative obstruction by the Senate, Saturday’s passage of the State Government Omnibus Budget bill included $6.6 million in Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funding to strengthen Minnesota’s election security.

Kent to Refuse Pay During Special Session

While budget negotiations stretched legislative work into a special session, Assistant Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, announced her plan to refuse per diem pay for work associated with a special session.

Picture of Senator Karla Bigham

Minnesota Hemp Industry Gets a Boost in 2019

Several new provisions benefiting Minnesota’s hemp industry moved forward in 2019 thanks to Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove). Three provisions carried by Senator Bigham were included in legislation passed in the Special Session to strengthen transparency, update the regulatory framework, and support this burgeoning industry for Minnesota.

Hayden Responds to Special Session HHS Bill

The health and human services omnibus budget bill passed the Minnesota state Senate in a special session today 67-0. Assistant Senate DFL Leader Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, released the following statement in response.