Sen. Murphy

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.

Senate DFL women Senators demand equal rights under the law

The women of the Senate DFL gathered today virtually to rally for Minnesota to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The federal Equal Rights Amendment was originally written in 1923 and finally passed by Congress in 1972. Minnesota ratified the ERA one year later in 1973. After nearly 100 years, the ERA bill was passed in the Minnesota House in 2019, but did not make it past the Republican-controlled Senate.

Senate Republicans penalize communities that have Local Government Aid

On the Senate floor today, Senate Republicans passed a bill that ties Local Government Aid (LGA) to mutual aid agreements and reimbursements. 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.