On April 20th, 2021 the jury in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin for the nurder of George Floyd declared the defendant guilty on three counts: second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Following the announcement of the verdict, Senator John Marty (DFL- Roseville) released the following statement:
Today, Senator John Marty (DFL-Roseville) offered a strong response to the problem of catalytic converter theft with an amendment that would make it a crime to possess a used catalytic converter that is not attached to a car, unless it is marked with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) from the car it was attached to.
On Monday, March 1, 2021, Senate Republicans brought a bill extending Minnesota’s “reinsurance” plan to the Senate floor. The reinsurance program subsidizes non-profit healthcare insurance providers, including $106 million in state funds and $77 million in federal pass-through funding with the goal of lowering insurance premiums on the individual marketplace. In addition, the reinsurance program also costs the state of Minnesota an estimated $100 million in federal funding for MinnesotaCare
As catalytic converter thefts impact increasing numbers of people, Senator John Marty (DFL-Roseville) is re-introducing legislation to prevent scrap metal dealers from buying catalytic converters from anyone other than an automobile repair shop, auto recycling business, or a vehicle owner that demonstrates proof of ownership.
Theft of catalytic converters from cars is a problem that few people were familiar with until recently. But the problem is large and growing drastically. In January, St. Paul reported more than twice as many converter thefts as they saw a year earlier, on top of similar increases in each of the last few years.
On February 11, Senator John Marty (DFL-Roseville) will hold a press conference to discuss legislation designed to prevent the theft of catalytic converters. Senator Marty will be joined by Senator Patricia Torres Ray, Representative Jim Davnie, and St. Paul Police… Read More »DFLers hold press conference on catalytic converter legislation