Sen. Franzen

SF2 is Partisan Politics in the Midst of a Major Health Crisis

Today on the Senate Floor the GOP introduced Senate File 2 which would restrict the Governor’s response to protect students and educators during unprecedented times of need. The GOP has pushed forward their agenda despite the opposition from education organizations including the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, Minnesota Association of School Administrators, the Minnesota School Board Association, and the Minnesota Rural Education Association. Senate File 2 does not create local control, but creates an unfunded mandate on local school districts by forcing them to take on a tremendous responsibility without any additional resources – and removes any future Governor’s ability to lead in an emergency situation.

Senate Republican Legislation Penalizes Local Government Aid

Today, the Minnesota Senate heard Senate File 749, a bill from Senate Republicans that would penalize Local Government Aid (LGA). The state distributes LGA to cities across Minnesota for general purposes, and it is used by cities to provide basic community services, such as public safety, fire and public works. It has also been used as a mechanism to offer cities property tax relief.

District 49 Town Hall

On Tuesday, February 9th at 7 P.M., Rep. Heather Edelson  (DFL – House District 49A), Rep. Steve Elkins (DFL – House District 49B), and Senator Melisa Franzen (DFL – Senate District 49) will host a town hall in coordination with… Read More »District 49 Town Hall

Senate DFL calls for passage of SR 21

Beginning in the first days after an attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, members of the Senate DFL have called for a resolution to condemn the violence at the U.S. Capitol and affirm the Minnesota Legislature’s support for democracy, rule of law, and free and fair elections.