Senator Foung Hawj Testifies in Support of Transportation Equity Legislation

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Monday, March 11, Senator Foung Hawj (DFL- St. Paul) testified on three major pieces of legislation in the Senate Transportation Committee, which if passed – will address current gaps in transportation equity. They include SF 4056 which allows for a driver’s license agent at the Hmong Village Shopping Center to serve St. Paul’s East Side vicinity. SF 3257, which requires the Department of Public Safety to allow deputy registrars and driver’s license agents to provide bilingual services and materials. SF 3250 requires the commissioner to allow an open bidding process for the appointment of a replacement deputy registrar if an approved office location closes or permanently stops offering services.  

In response to testimony provided today, Senator Foung Hawj issued the following statement:  

“My legislative proposals are inclusive, improve quality of service, and build opportunities for communities to actively engage in resources available to them. Ensuring equity in access to information and services is important for a thriving workforce, a healthy economy, and active participation in our communities. Language diversity is prominent across our state and by removing barriers to accessibility, non-English speakers can receive the information needed to obtain a driver’s license. I look forward to seeing these legislative proposals pass with strong bipartisan support.” 

The March 11 Transportation Committee hearing can be viewed here.  

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Foung Hawj represents District 67, which includes the east side of Saint Paul in Ramsey County in the central Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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