Sen. Carlson

Senator Jim Carlson Secures $6.89 Million in Funding for Local Projects in Bonding Package

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Monday, the Senate approved $6.89 million in funding for projects authored by Senator Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan) as part of a bipartisan bonding package. The package included $5 million to Dakota County for the Minnesota River Regional Greenway in Fort Snelling State Park and $1.89 million to revamp and revitalize the sacred native land of Oheyawahe-Pilot Knob. After Senator Carlson voted to pass the bonding package, Senator Carlson released the following statement:

Senate Passes Senator Jim Carlson’s Bill to Protect and Expand the Freedom to Vote

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Friday, the Senate approved the Elections budget Conference Committee Report. The budget will invest in Minnesota’s elections, protect and expand the freedom to vote, and increase disclosure of money in politics. The Elections bill, chief authored by Senator Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan), was incorporated into the State Government budget bill to create the State Government and Elections budget bill.

Senator Jim Carlson Secures Investment in a Pro-Democracy Elections Budget Bill, Early Friday

ST. PAUL, MINN. – On Thursday, April 20, the Senate passed the Elections Omnibus budget bill championed by Senate Elections Committee Chair Senator Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan). The bill includes provisions to make polling places more accessible, strengthen protections for election workers, establish true early voting with expanded hours for voters, expand the opportunity to run for office more accessible by increasing public financing for candidates, and explore how to further increase voter turnout and evaluate ranked choice voting. Following the floor debate, Senator Carlson released the following statement:

Senate Elections Committee Chair Jim Carlson Secures Historic Investment to Strengthen Minnesota Elections

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Monday, the Senate Elections Committee passed its omnibus budget bill (SF 1636), securing $10 million in funding to support elections in Minnesota, expanding voter access, and supporting the Secretary of State Office. Elections Committee Chair Senator Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan) is the chief author of the omnibus budget bill. 

Restore the Vote Heard Yesterday in Senate Elections Committee

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Yesterday, a bill that would restore the right to vote to Minnesotans who have been released from incarceration after being convicted of felony charges was heard for the first time in the Senate Elections Committee. Right now, these individuals lose the right to vote until after their probation or parole is completed. In response, Senator Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan), Chair of the Elections Committee, released the following statement: