Senator Latz responds to the Commissioner Kelley confirmation vote

In a 33-31 vote, the confirmation of Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley was not confirmed, ending his service in this role to the state of Minnesota. Senator Ron Latz, DFL-Saint Louis Park, who sits on the Commerce Committee, releases the following statement: “I have known Commissioner Steve Kelley for a long time. He brought the right… Read More

Minnesota Senate Adjourns Fourth Special Session

Today, the Minnesota State Senate adjourned the fourth special session of the year. Following adjournment, Senator Susan Kent released the following statement: “COVID-19 continues to threaten the health and safety of Minnesotans. Since the Governor declared a peacetime emergency, Minnesota has taken strong steps to respond to and provide relief for COVID-19. With a serious lack… Read More

Senator Frentz pleased to see BUILD grant awarded for Hwy 14

Senator Nick Frentz (DFL-North Mankato) was the chief Senate author of legislation to provide funding solutions to finish the final stretch of Hwy. 14 to four lanes from Nicollet to New Ulm. The legislation passed last session and signed into law. The Frentz bill allowed MnDOT to apply for a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation… Read More

Senator Champion thanks Minneapolis police, the mayor’s office and Gov. Walz for responding quickly to the looting and violence in downtown Minneapolis

St. Paul, Minn.— Today, Senator Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) released the following statement in response to the unlawful and dangerous looting and violence in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday evening: “I would like to thank Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, and Governor Tim Walz for their swift action to protect downtown Minneapolis from further violence and… Read More

Senator Cwodzinski Statement on Senate District 48 Safe School’s Learning Plans

Following last week’s executive order giving local districts the final say on going back to school, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, and Hopkins Public Schools have all announced the adoption of a hybrid learning model, including full time distance learning for any families that request it. In response, Senator Steve Cwodzinski (DFL-Eden Prairie) released the following statement: … Read More

Restorative Justice for Minnesota’s Veterans

The Minnesota Senate passed legislation Wednesday providing alternative pathways for veterans who face criminal sentences, a move that will help ensure positive outcomes for those struggling to return to civilian life.  “Many of our veterans return to civilian life carrying traumatic experiences that manifest in post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues, which can lead… Read More

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Third Special Session Adjourns

Bipartisan work marred by political games ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Senate met Wednesday for the third special legislative session of the summer, passing bipartisan legislation to improve the lives of Minnesotan’s with disabilities and to provide court alternatives and support for Minnesota’s veterans. “The legislation we passed Wednesday will make real improvements for the… Read More

Minnesota Senate Adjourns Third Special Session

Today, the Minnesota State Senate adjourned the third special session of the year. Following adjournment, Senator Susan Kent released the following statement: “This short special session we passed bipartisan legislation that will support our veterans and disability service providers. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans continue to provide lip service when it comes to working together with DFLers.… Read More

Senator Greg Clausen

Sen. Clausen applauds Gov. Walz on appointments

Today, Sen. Greg Clausen (DFL – Apple Valley) applauds Gov. Walz appointments to two key cabinet positions. The first is the appointment of Jim Schowalter to replace Commissioner Myron Frans at Minnesota Management and Budget and the second the appointment of Brigadier General Shawn Manke to serve as Minnesota’s next Adjutant General – replacing Major General… Read More

Senator Pappas sends letter to Gov. Walz urging collaboration with Cuba

Senator Sandy Pappas (DFL-St. Paul) sent a letter (see attached) to Governor Tim Walz today urging him to consider collaborating and working with new partners in the fight against COVID-19. Specifically, the letter urges the Governor to collaborate with Cuba to take advantage and learn from their medical and scientific success in dealing with COVID-19… Read More