Key Senate DFLers Say Push to Secure Drought Relief for Hard-Hit Minnesota Farmers and Ranchers Crosses Finish Line, Continued Support Necessary as Producers Hit by Widespread Storm Damage

Key Senate DFLers said today that their months-long push to secure disaster relief for Minnesota farmers and ranchers hit hard by last year's severe drought has passed the Senate and now heads to Governor Walz for his signature. This comes as recent widespread storm damage has impacted producers across Minnesota. Read More

Senate Approves Sen. Foung Hawj’s Bill to Establish a Task Force to Clean Up Pig’s Eye Landfill on St. Paul’s East Side

Senator Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul) said today that the Senate has passed his legislation to establish a task force to explore ways to accelerate the clean-up at the Pig's Eye landfill, and the measure will now be sent to Governor Walz to be signed into law.  Read More

Senate DFL Leader Melisa López Franzen Warns GOP Majority Not to Go Home Before Finishing The Work Agreed to Earlier this Week

Senate DFL Leader Melisa López Franzen (DFL-Edina) said today that the Senate DFL Caucus is ready to finish work agreed to earlier this week to provide tax relief, funding for priorities like schools, nursing homes, and public safety, as well as a job-creating bonding bill and she warned the Republican majority not to go home before doing so. Read More

Bill to Address Escalating Catalytic Converter Thefts Blocked by Senate Republicans

Today, Senator John Marty (DFL-Roseville) made a motion to bring a bill to address escalating theft of catalytic converters – an urgent problem across Minnesota, to the Senate floor for debate. Instead of giving the legislature the chance to debate and pass this bill, Senate Republicans blocked the motion. In response, Senator Marty released the following statement: Read More

Savage Area Legislators Statement on Arrest of Eagle Ridge Middle School Principal

In a news report Thursday, it was revealed that the principal of Eagle Ridge Middle School of ISD 191 in Savage was arrested on the suspicion of the sexual exploitation of minors. Thankfully, at this time there is no indication that any District 191 students were involved in the situation. Read More

Senator Scott Dibble Moves to Bring Debate on Statewide Ban on Conversion Therapy

In the debate on the Senate floor Thursday, Senator Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) moved to bring legislation to the floor prohibiting the barbaric practice of conversion therapy in Minnesota. The motion bringing his legislation, SF 1871, to the floor received enough support to pass under normal circumstances, but Senate Republicans chose to hide behind procedural games… Read More

Senator Bobby Joe Champion Helps Push Bonus Pay for Post-9/11 War Veterans Through Senate During Veterans Bill Debate, Urges Veterans to Apply for Bonuses

Senator Bobby Joe Champion (DFL – Minneapolis) said he joined with DFL Senators in successfully pushing a measure through the Senate to deliver pay for Minnesota’s veterans, or their beneficiaries, who served in the United States armed forces during the post-9/11 service period. While the Senate Republican version of the legislation did not include the bonuses,… Read More

Senate DFL Leader Melisa López Franzen Says Urgent Push to Ensure Reproductive Rights, Help for Mothers and Families Rejected by GOP Majority

Senate DFL Leader Melisa López Franzen(DFL-Edina) said DFLers made an urgent push on the Senate floor today to protect reproductive health care rights in Minnesota and to support the state's children and families with a series of bills that were all rejected by the Senate Republican  majority.  Read More

Senator Kari Dziedzic attempts to move bill relating to Stealthing 

Today, members of the Senate DFL attempted to move nine bills out of Committee and on to General Orders that would protect the reproductive rights of Minnesotans and support Minnesota’s families and children. One of the bills was SF 3780 authored by Senator Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis):  Read More

Senate DFL Leader Melisa López Franzen Says GOP Tax Bill Prioritizes Wealthy Tax Breaks, Shortchanges Other Minnesota Priorities

Senate DFL Leader Melisa López Franzen (DFL-Edina) said that the costly tax break bill the Republican majority pushed through the Senate today will send hundreds of millions of dollars each year to the wealthiest Minnesotans, while denying tax cuts to more than 540,000 Minnesota taxpayers because their income is too low.  The costly bill will also prevent… Read More