On May 17, 2021, the Minnesota Legislature adjourned without passing a two-year state budget. Earlier this morning, Governor Walz, Speaker Hortman and Majority Leader Gazelka announced agreement on joint budget targets, a preliminary step that allows each budget area to begin the work of negotiating specific budget items. A special session to pass budget bills will be required to prevent a full or partial shutdown of state government on July 1st.
Assistant Minority Leader Frentz, Senator Kunesh, and Senator Port issue statements on passage of Senate Voter ID proposal
On a party line vote of 34-32, Minnesota Senate Republicans advanced a proposal imposing unnecessary burdens on Minnesotans and their right to vote, despite already being rejected by Minnesota voters when it was proposed as a constitutional amendment in 2012.
On April 14th, 2021 the Minnesota Senate passed SF 972, an omnibus finance and policy bill containing both commerce and consumer protection and energy provisions. After voting on the bill, Senate DFL Commerce Committee Lead Senator Melisa Franzen (DFL- Edina) and Senate DFL Energy Committee Lead Senator Nick Frentz (DFL- North Mankato) released the following statements:
It was announced yesterday afternoon that a guilty verdict had been found by the jury in the case of State of Minnesota v. Derek Michael Chauvin on all three of the counts of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
One source of cleaner, cheaper fuel lies at Minnesota’s doorstep, and we should be ready to open that door. Minnesota should increase its biofuel standard from 10 to 15 percent, increasing the blending in of corn and soybeans to our… Read More »Senator Frentz: Now is the time for E-15
Thank you for your work to ensure that all Minnesotans voices and perspectives are heard in our state legislature. As we work for the good of all Minnesotans, we write to strongly encourage you to support legislation that we will be introducing alongside Representative Hodan Hassan. This bill makes small changes to ensure that all Minnesotans have full access to the religious freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Minnesota.