In preparation for a bonding bill-focused legislative session, Senator Matt Little (DFL-Lakeville) organized a Senate District 58 bonding tour Monday to meet with local leaders and tour several locations and projects that will be seeking state funding in the 2020 session.
Bipartisan Insulin Deal Reached: Sen. Little Convenes Negotiations Among DFL and GOP House, Senate Members
“It’s far from perfect, but this deal will save lives,” Sen. Matt Little (D-Lakeville) commented while announcing a bipartisan framework to provide emergency insulin supplies to patients in extreme need, “And every day we fail to act, another young person might die without emergency access to insulin. All we’ve got left is to hammer out the funding mechanism and we could pass this in a special session.”
On Tuesday, Governor Tim Walz held a ceremonial bill signing for legislation expanding Metro Mobility to Lakeville, an issue Senator Matt Little (DFL-Lakeville) began advocating for as the mayor of Lakeville six years ago and introduced a bill in the first week of the 2019 Legislative Session to make it a reality.
With today’s passage of the Transportation Budget Omnibus bill, Metro Mobility services will now extend to Lakeville. Senator Matt Little (DFL-Lakeville) has been a strong advocate for this service and releases the following response.
As negotiations on the compromise Health and Human Services Budget Bill continue between the House and Senate, it was announced that provisions for emergency access to insulin, the Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act, would not be included in the final bill. Senator Matt Little (DFL-Lakeville) called on legislators to get back to the negotiating table to ensure this bipartisan priority is included in the final bill.
“These bills could save many lives and tax dollars,” Sen. Little (DFL-Lakeville) previewed, “But they haven’t been given a single senate hearing. Our democracy isn’t supposed to work this way- it’s the worst kind of partisanship.” The fictitious ‘Senate Committee on Banned Bills’ will hold a very real hearing on April 1st at 9:00am in 1100 Minnesota Senate Building to review a variety of legislation that have been refused committee hearings in the senate. This committee hearing will be open to the public and people are encouraged to attend.