Yesterday the Minnesota Senate Finance Committee passed SF 166, which will allow the Department of Public Safety to issue a driver’s license that is compliant with federal REAL ID requirements.
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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.
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.
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.
New protections for Minnesota families promise to remain a major focus of the 2016 Legislative Session, as the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act was heard on Monday in the State and Local Government Committee, on which Sen. Torres Ray serves as chair. The bill received the strong support of many members and advocates for Minnesota families.