Sen. Torres Ray

Equity Subcommittee Holds First Hearing

The Senate Equity Subcommittee co-chaired by Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) and Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) convened its first hearing today on the anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 which provided for equal housing opportunities regardless of race, creed, or national origin.

Bill hopes to ease immigrant integration into communities

Last week, Senator Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-Minneapolis) successfully ushered a bill through Senate committees that would establish an immigration integration task force. The group would be tasked with conducting research and holding meetings to identify state laws and rules that negatively affect Minnesotans who have immigrated to the state. Once identified, members of the task force would develop methods to ensure that future proposed state laws and rules considered their effect on immigrants.

DFL Senators work to expand education opportunities

Today Sen. Chuck Wiger, Chair of the E12 Committee in the Senate held a press conference with Sen. Susan Kent (DFL-Woodbury), Sen. Vicki Jensen (DFL-Owatonna), Sen. Kevin Dahle (DFL-Northfield), Sen. Katie Sieben (DFL-Cottage Grove), and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook). Many DFL Senators attended to show their support for this Senate DFL Caucus priority. The proposals included agriculture educator grant, preK investments, a voluntary program to address the shocking student to counsellor ratio, funding Teacher Training and Development, and addressing the teacher shortage crisis.