Senator Sandy Pappas

Sandy Pappas represents District 65, which includes portions of Saint Paul in Ramsey County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Learn more about Sen. Pappas. Read more news from Sen. Pappas.

Legislation to end violence resulting from ‘Conflict Minerals’ passes Senate Floor

Legislation authored by Senator Sandy Pappas (DFL – St. Paul) that seeks to thwart death and violence in parts of Africa resulting from conflict minerals passed the Senate Floor today. The bill is part of an international effort to end horrific tragedies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and neighboring countries caused by fighting over minerals used in electronics including cell phones, laptops, and computer games.

Legislation to increase penalties for engaging minors in prostitution passes Senate Floor

Legislation authored by Senator Sandy Pappas (DFL – St. Paul) that increases penalties for those attempting to hire a minor for prostitution unanimously passed the Senate Floor today. In short, the bill effectively increases the penalties for those convicted of soliciting someone they reasonably believe to be a minor for prostitution and matches them to the penalties for actually paying a minor for prostitution.

Equity Subcommittee Holds First Hearing

The Senate Equity Subcommittee co-chaired by Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) and Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) convened its first hearing today on the anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 which provided for equal housing opportunities regardless of race, creed, or national origin.

Senator Pappas, Representative Hortman hold press conference on S.F. 3198

Senator Sandy Pappas (DFL – St. Paul) and Representative Melissa Hortman (DFL – Brooklyn Park) held a press conference today to discuss legislation that seeks a report evaluating fossil fuel investments by the State Board of Investment for public employee and teacher pension and retirement funds. The report is a first step toward evaluating Minnesota’s pension investments in fossil fuels, with the ultimate goal of divestment.