Senator Karla Bigham

Karla Bigham represents District 54 in the southeast Twin Cities metro, including parts of Dakota and Washington counties. Learn more about Sen. Bigham. Read more news from Sen. Bigham.

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Tax credit for Minnesota brewers, liquor retailers, and wholesalers heard in Senate Taxes Committee

The Senate Taxes Committee heard legislation Thursday that would provide help to Minnesota’s liquor industry as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The bipartisan legislation, SF 2064, would provide a temporary tax credit for Minnesota’s brewers, liquor retailers, and wholesalers who had to buy back or dump their products, or purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies.

In wake of Daunte Wright death, Senate DFLers call for passage of further police accountability and criminal justice reforms

Following the police killing of Daunte Wright, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka announced that the Senate Judiciary and Transportation Committees would host “fact finding” public safety hearings in the next two weeks. Despite promising to discuss additional public safety, criminal justice, and police accountability measures following the passage of initial reforms last July, these hearings will be the first to discuss public safety issues in the 2021 Legislative Session.

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Senator Bigham introduces tax credit for Minnesota brewers, liquor retailers, and wholesalers

To help Minnesota’s liquor industry recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) has introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide a temporary tax credit for Minnesota’s brewers, liquor retailers, and wholesalers who had to buy back or dump their products, or purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies.

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Senator Bigham Statement on MPCA request to address statewide PFAS contamination

On Thursday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announced findings that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination exceeded health-based guidance values determined by the Minnesota Department of Health in groundwater at 59 closed landfills in 41 counties across Minnesota. To address this contamination, the MPCA has requested use of funds from the Closed Landfill Investment Fund to respond to this contamination, which requires legislative action.

Senate DFL women Senators demand equal rights under the law

The women of the Senate DFL gathered today virtually to rally for Minnesota to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The federal Equal Rights Amendment was originally written in 1923 and finally passed by Congress in 1972. Minnesota ratified the ERA one year later in 1973. After nearly 100 years, the ERA bill was passed in the Minnesota House in 2019, but did not make it past the Republican-controlled Senate.