Addressing Minnesota’s Opioid Crisis

The Minnesota State Senate has taken a bold step in addressing the state’s opioid crisis today with the passage of HF 400. The bipartisan bill, which passed by a vote of 59-6, creates an Opiate Epidemic Response Account to fund treatment services and an Advisory Council that will decide how to best use these funds. Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) voted yes on today’s bill.

Bigham Votes Yes on Hands-Free Driving Bill

Minnesota is one step closer to safer roads thanks to the passage of HF 50 today. Modeled after laws present in 16 states and Washington D.C. the ‘hands-free’ cell phone bill passed off of the floor by a vote of 56-10.

Correctional Officers Bill of Rights Heard in Judiciary Committee

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.

Supporting Minnesota’s Hemp Industry

Minnesota’s hemp producers would be able to sell their products to the state’s medical cannabis industry thanks to bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove), providing increased economic opportunity for this growing industry.