Chair of the Senate DFL Clean Energy and Climate Caucus, Senator Nick Frentz (DFL-North Mankato), was presented with the 2021 Energy Efficiency Champion Award from the energy efficiency experts at the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE). This award is given “to recognize outstanding work in innovating and improving cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities in Minnesota.”
The Minnesota School Social Workers Association (MSSWA) has named Assistant DFL Leader, Senator Nick Frentz (DFL-North Mankato), its 2021 Legislator of the Year award alongside Representative Cheryl Youakim.
Friday, Minnesota state legislators gathered on the steps of the capitol to announce the formation of the Reproductive Freedom Caucus. This new caucus was formed to promote and protect the reproductive rights of all Minnesotans.
Senators Nick Frentz (DFL-North Mankato), Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton), and Foung Hawj (DFL-Saint Paul) were elected tonight by the Senate DFL to serve as their assistant leaders alongside their newly elected Leader, Senator Melisa López Franzen (DFL-Edina).
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.