Minnesota’s ‘hands-free’ cell phone bill passed the Minnesota State Senate on Thursday. State Senator Jim Carlson released the following statement after its passage.
I am sorely disappointed in the Senate Republicans and their refusal to act with the urgency or seriousness that our election security deserves.
This proposal takes the right steps on investing in our state’s infrastructure and transit needs and prioritizes what all Minnesotans told us they value in making sure our students get a good education and that people have access to affordable health care options.
St. Paul, Minn. – On Thursday, the State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee will be hearing SF 241 and SF 93, legislation allowing federal funding from the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to strengthen Minnesota’s elections security. Minnesota is the only state in the country that has not used the approximately $6.6 million in HAVA funding to upgrade security and protect election integrity.
“Safe and secure elections are fundamental to a healthy functioning democracy, and it’s vital that Minnesota move forward on authorizing the use of these funds to strengthen our election security from any foreign interference and to keep Minnesotans privacy safe,” said Senator Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan).
Legislative hearing on funding for improving election security and integrity
Room 1200 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
95 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, 55155
Thursday, February 7, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
Minnesota is one step closer to safer roads thanks to legislation introduced today prohibiting cell phone use outside of one-touch communications.
Giving Minnesotans the option to buy in to MinnesotaCare should not be a partisan issue – it’s an idea with broad popularity among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents of all ages.