The Minnesota Senate passed the compromise Public Safety and Judiciary bill early Wednesday morning. The bipartisan bill included funding for the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Human Rights, and the judicial branch, as well as criminal justice and police accountability reforms. The bill also included legislation, chief authored by Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) that would make doxing a member of law enforcement a misdemeanor.
In a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee meeting Monday, Senate Republicans stripped language from the omnibus jobs bill requiring petroleum refineries to employ only skilled and highly trained workers. The removal of the provision comes despite the overwhelming bipartisan support of the amendment on the floor, which was adopted last Friday on a vote of 50 to 17.
During the Senate floor debate Friday on SF 9, the Senate Omnibus Jobs Bill, Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) successfully offered an amendment with overwhelming bipartisan support to require petroleum refineries to employ only skilled and trained workers.
In light of her support and work for Minnesotans with disabilities, Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Minnesota Council on Disability. The Council’s mission is to advise policymakers and advocate for policies and programs in the public and private sectors that advance the rights of Minnesotans with disabilities.
The 2021 Legislative Session came to a close Monday without passage of the state budget. Despite the lack of final passage, legislative leaders have agreed to budget targets, and final passage of the budget will occur in a forthcoming special session.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced an enforcement agreement with 3M Wednesday regarding the company’s failure to properly record, store, inspect, and dispose of hundreds of barrels of hazardous waste at its manufacturing and waste incineration facility in Cottage Grove. As part of the agreement, 3M completed 15 corrective measures and paid $80,000 in civil penalties for its violations.