Sen. Murphy

Senator Murphy responds to Agriculture budget bill

Yesterday on the Senate floor, the omnibus agriculture and rural development budget bill (SF 958) passed. The bill includes $40 million for border-to-border broadband expansion and an additional $80 million if federal funds become available. The bill contains no new funding to support Minnesota farmers and people living in rural places as Minnesota emerges from a year long pandemic.

Senator Murphy supports the call to strengthen sexual assault laws in Minnesota

At a press conference today, a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House and Senate urged the swift adoption of legislation to comprehensively update Minnesota’s criminal sexual conduct code to address contradictions, loopholes, and other shortcomings which create barriers for survivors to receive justice. The push follows a recent Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that when prosecuting a sexual assault case, “mentally incapacitated” doesn’t include a person who became intoxicated after voluntarily consuming alcohol.

Senate passes the Paycheck Protection Program loan relief bill

The Senate passed Senate File 263 today on the floor – a bill that would provide tax relief for businesses in Minnesota who took out a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan in the last year. The PPP loan was created as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to allow businesses with fewer than 500 employees to qualify for a loan of up to $10 million.