On Thursday, Senator Kent Eken (DFL- Twin Valley), Senator Lindsey Port (DFL- Burnsville), Senator Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton), Senator Putnam (DFL-Saint Cloud), Senator Johnson Stewart (DFL-Minnetonka), Senator Carlson (DFL-Eagan), Senator McEwen (DFL-Duluth), Senator Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley), and advocates from Fair Vote MN to discuss the need to enact Ranked Choice Voting in federal, state, and local elections. This press conference comes as Senate Republicans continue to work to take away local communities right to enact Rank Choice Voting.
On Sunday, April 11, 2021, Daunte Wright was killed by Brooklyn Center police. In response to this devastating event, Senators Isaacson, Wiklund, Johnson Stewart, Eaton, Pappas, Putnam, Dziedzic, Dibble, Carlson, Port, Murphy, Klein, McEwen, Kent, Cwodzinski, Wiger, and Marty release the following statement in support of the Minnesota Senate’s People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus members:
Yesterday evening, Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, died after being shot by police during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, later crashing his car several blocks away. Senator Ann Johnson Stewart released the following statement:
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.
Minnesota’s February Budget and Economic Forecast was released today and projected a positive balance of $1.6 billion. The forecast reflects higher revenues than previously projected, including a positive balance in the current fiscal year. In response to the February forecast, Senator Ann Johnson Stewart (DFL-Wayzata) released the following statement:
In recognition of ongoing discrimination against LGBTQI Minnesotans and the need to center gender equity in public policy, Senator Karla Bigham (DFL- Cottage Grove) Senator Ann Johnson Stewart (DFL- Minnetonka), Senator Jen McEwen (DFL- Duluth), Senator Jason Isaacson (DFL- Shoreview), and Senator Foung Hawj (DFL- St. Paul) have introduced legislation (SF 360) to address long-needed changes for Minnesotans in the LGBTQI community.