Sen. Hawj

Senator Foung Hawj Says his Long-Time Push to Ban Dangerous “Forever Chemicals” Close to Being Enacted

Says Legislation to Ban Cancer-Causing PFAS Chemicals to be Named After Amara Strande, who Testified to the Dangers Before She Died Last Month

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Senator Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul) said his push to ban cancer-causing per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances, known as “forever chemicals,” is moving toward reality, and the legislation to do so will be named after Amara Strande, who died last month of PFAS exposure just weeks after testifying about its dangers in Sen. Hawj’s Environment, Climate, and Legacy Committee.

Minnesota Senate POCI Caucus Voices Support for Tennessee Lawmakers Expelled After Gun Reform Protest

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Thursday, April 6, Tennessee’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to expel two Black lawmakers, Justin Jones and Justin Pearson—just failing to oust a third representative, Gloria Johnson, by one vote—a week after the three Democrats led a gun reform protest in the chamber. This follows yet another mass shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville that left three 9-year-olds and three adults dead.