ST. PAUL, Minn. – On Monday, vice chair of the Minnesota Asian Pacific Caucus Senator Susan Pha (DFL-Brooklyn Park) spoke out on the caucus’s legislative agenda, alongside her colleagues Representative Ethan Cha (DFL-Woodbury), MAP Caucus chair; Representative Kaohly Her (DFL-St. Paul); Representative Liz Lee (DFL-St. Paul) and Representative Samantha Sencer-Mura (DFL-Minneapolis).
“Our top five bills that we’ll be working on this legislative session aim to increase equity and opportunities for our AAPI [Asian American and Pacific Islander] communities,” said Senator Pha. “We’re proud to represent our community and to address the needs of our communities and the issues that impact our communities most.”
The MAP Caucus’s top five priority bills this session are:
- The Stop Hate Bill (HF 181), chief author Rep. Samantha Vang;
- The English Language Learner cross-subsidy bill (HF 22), chief authored by Rep. Kaohly Her;
- An ethnic studies bill, chief authored by Rep. Samantha Sencer-Mura;
- Capacity-building grants through Propel Nonprofits, chief authored by Rep. Samantha Sencer-Mura; and
- A bill to support Asian American and Pacific Islanders veterans, authored by Sens. Foung Hawj and Susan Pha.
HF 181 has been referred to the House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee; HF 22 has been referred to the House Education Policy Committee. Other bills await introduction and referral.