Sen. Cwodzinski

State and Local Government and Veterans Committee Hears Bill to Streamline Commissioner Confirmation Process

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Tuesday, the State and Local Government and Veterans Committee heard testimony by Senator Steve Cwodzinski (DFL-Eden Prairie) in support of his bill (SF 1220) to create a timeline for the Senate to confirm commissioners in future legislative sessions. If passed, future senates would have 60 legislative days to reject an appointment, or the commissioner would be automatically confirmed.

Senator Cwodzinski and Former State Supreme Court Justice Testify in Support of Civics Graduation Requirement Bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. – On Wednesday, the Education Policy Committee heard legislation to require a course in civics for high school students. Education Policy Committee Chair Senator Steve Cwodzinski (DFL-Eden Prairie) is chief author of the bipartisan bill (SF 618), which amends high school graduation requirements to include one credit of civics study for Minnesotan high schoolers in 11th or 12th grade. Senator Cwodzinski testified in support of the bill alongside a student from Eden Prairie High School, where Senator Cwodzinski once taught civics; and the Hon. Justice Paul Anderson, who has served as chief judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Education Policy Committee Hears Testimony on Senator Steve Cwodzinski’s Bill to End Period Poverty in Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – On Wednesday, the Senate Education Policy Committee heard testimony on Senator Steve Cwodzinski’s bill (SF 50) to provide funding for free menstrual products in restrooms used by students in grades 4 through 12 in Minnesota’s public and charter schools. The committee heard testimony in favor of the legislation from a variety of speakers, including eight high school students and alumni.

Senate passes Legacy Finance omnibus budget bill

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Senate passed SF 971, the 2021 omnibus Legacy Finance bill, by a unanimous vote. In 2008, Minnesota voters took a bold step to preserve Minnesota’s legacy by investing in four key areas: clean water, outdoor heritage, arts and culture, and parks and trails. The Legacy Amendment generates funding to support projects in these four areas.