Minnesota State Legislature Action Alerts

From the Weekly Email:

Minnesota State Legislature Action Alerts

This post contains a “Top Hits” list. These are the bills that have hearings scheduled or are going to the house or senate floor for a vote.

Once you are done with the “Top Hits” you may want to peruse the full list of bills to support and oppose.

You can find the full text of bills by going to https://www.leg.state.mn.us/, selecting Bills, then searching the House and Senate bills by the listed bill number.

So, without further ado, this is what you should be talking to your legislators about this week.

Actions: For each alert check the member list. If your representative is on the list, please reach out to them. If not, reach out to the chair. If your rep is one of the authors, reach out to them and let them know how you feel about their bill (good or bad). If the status of a bill says it’s going to the house/senate for a vote call your representative/senator. You don’t need to go into detail, you can simply state that you oppose / support the bill.


Votes in the House

The following bills have cleared committee and, while they have not been schedule for a full vote yet, they could be voted on at any time. Please call your district representative.
 
Oppose:

HF390 – Anti-protestor bill. This one would increase penalties for obstructing traffic/transit to a misdemeanor with up to 3 years in prison.

HF1066 – Anti-protestor bill. Increase penalties for obstructing a road. These bills are specifically targeted against protests that use civil disobedience techniques
 

Votes in the Senate

The following bills have cleared committee and, while they have not been schedule for a full vote yet, they could be voted on at any time. Please call your district senator.
 
Oppose:

SF580 – Anti-worker law that would prevent cities and localities from setting their own min wage, family leave policies, etc. This will undo the recent min wage increase approved in Minneapolis.
 
SF676 - Anti-protestor bill. This one would increase penalties for obstructing traffic/transit to a misdemeanor with up to 3 years in prison.
 

Hearings on Monday, February 27

 
Oppose:

HF465 – Anti-mass transportation. Prevents even studying a rail line between Rochester and the Twin Cities
Hearing Time: 10:00 am
Committee: Property Tax and Local Government Finance Division
Chair: Steve Drazkowski
Members:
Jerry Hertaus, Diane Loeffler, Paul Anderson, Regina Barr, Andrew Carlson, Sondra Erikson, Keith Franke, Ben Lien, Bob Loonan, Paul Marquart, Michael Nelson, Anne Neu, Jason Rarick, Abigail Whelan, Cheryl Youakim
 
HF600 - Anti-worker law that would prevent cities and localities from setting their own min wage, family leave policies, etc. This will undo the recent min wage increase approved in Minneapolis.
Hearing Time: 10:15 am
Committee: Ways and Means
Chair: Jim Knoblach
Members:
Bob Vogel, Lyndon Carlson, Sarah Anderson, Dave Baker, Tony Cornish, Greg Davids, Matt Dean, Bob Dettmer, Steve Drazkowski, Dan Fabian, Pat Garofalo, Bob Gunther, Rob Hamilton, Alice Hausman, Debra Hilstrom, Frank Hornstein, Tina Liebling, Jennifer Loon, Paul Marquart, Erin Murphy, Bud Nornes, Gene Pelowski, Jeanne Poppe, Paul Torkelson, Dean Urdahl, Jean Wagenius

Hearings on Tuesday, February 28


Oppose:

SF1195 - A bill of preemption. This one prevents cities / localities from banning or taxing plastic and paper bags
Hearing Time: 8:30 am
Committee: Local Government
Chair: Dan Hall
Members:
Bruce Anderson, Patricia Torres Ray, John Jasinski, David Osmek, Melissa Wiklund, Carolyn Laine, Jerry Relph, Andrew Mathews, Charles Wiger
 
HF1504 – House version of the above bill (SF1195). A bill of preemption. This one prevents cities / localities from banning or taxing plastic and paper bags
Hearing Time: 10:15 am
Committee: Government Operations and Elections Policy
Chair: Time O’Driscoll
Members:
Cindy Pugh, Michael Nelson, Matt Bliss, Kelly Fenton, Mike Freiberg, Laurie Halverson, Randy Jessup, Fue Lee, Sandra Masin, Jim Nash, Roz Peterson, Duane Quam, Julie Sandstede, Chris Swedzinski, Tama Theis, Nolan West, Cheryl Youakim
 
SF787 – Removes a funding source for wolf management and maintenance
Hearing Time: 10:30 am
Committee: Environment and Natural Resources Finance
Chair: Bill Ingebrigtsen
Members:
Carrie Ruud, David Tomassoni, Thomas Bakk, Foung Hawj, Andrew Mathews, Kari Dziedzic, Mark Johnson, Erik Simonson, Justin Eichorn, Andrew Lang, Bill Weber
 
HF800 - Cuts funding for light rail in the twin cities by removing state funding.
Hearing Time: 1:00 pm
Committee: Transportation Finance
Chair: Paul Torkelson
Members:
John Petersburg, Frank Hornstein, Dave Baker, Regina Barr, Connie Bernardy, Brian Daniels, Steve Drazkowski, Bob Gunther, Alice Hausman, Jeff Howe, Clark Johnson, Debra Kiel, Jon Koznick, Eric Lucero, Sandra Masin, Tim Miller, Michael Nelson, Jason Rarick, Paul Rosenthal, Linda Runbeck, Duane Sauke, Mike Sundin
 
SF704 – Anti-abortion bill. Increase requirements for facility licensing. Planned parenthood estimates this would shut down 4 out of every 5 clinics in Minnesota
Hearing Time: 1:00 pm
Committee: Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy
Chair: Warren Limmer
Members:
Dan Hall, Ron Latz, Bruce Anderson, Sandra Pappas, Bill Ingebrigtsen, Jerry Relph, Mark Johnson, Dan Schoen
 
SF702 – Anti-abortion bill. Would limit funding for medically necessary abortions for women on state-sponsored health plans
Hearing Time: 1:00 pm
Committee: Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy
Chair: Warren Limmer
Members:
Dan Hall, Ron Latz, Bruce Anderson, Sandra Pappas, Bill Ingebrigtsen, Jerry Relph, Mark Johnson, Dan Schoen
 
Support:

HF742 - addresses abuses in the use of isolation on the MN criminal justice system
Hearing Time: 10:15 am
Committee: Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance
Chair: Tony Cornish
Members:
Brian Johnson, Debra Hilstrom, Jamie Becker-Finn,  John Considine Jr, Raymond Dehn, Keith Franke, Matt Grossell, Jeff Howe, Kathy Lohmer, Eric Lucero, Jim Newberger, Marion O’Neill, Dave Pinto, JoAnn Ward, Nick Zerwas

Hearings on Wednesday, March 1


Oppose:

SF166 – REAL ID. The unnecessary language that prevents giving driver’s licenses to undocumented residents is back in the bill. This is a separate issue and should be addressed in its own bill where it can be properly debated. Urge them to remove the "lawful status" language.
Hearing Time: 8:30 am
Committee: Finance
Chair: Julie Rosen
Members:
Michelle Fischbach, Richard Cohen, Michelle Benson, Bill Ingebrigtsen, John Marty, Torrey Westrom, Bobby Champion, Warren Limmer, Carla Nelson, Chris Eaton, Tony Lourey, Scott Newman
 
SF254 - Anti-mass transportation. Prevents even studying a rail line between Rochester and the Twin Cities
Hearing Time: 10:30 am
Committee: Transportation Finance and Policy
Chair: Scott Newman
Members:
John Jasinski, Scott Dibble, Bruce Anderson, Nick Frentz, Susan Kent, David Osmek, Jim Carlson, Dan Hall, Mary Kiffmeyer, David Senjem, Melisa Franzen, Scott Jensen, Matt Little, Torrey Westrom
 
SF1087 – Eliminates the Environmental Quality Board. The Environmental Quality Board is made up of 9 agency heads and 5 citizen members. In addition to other duties, they provide leadership and coordination across agencies on priority environmental issues that are multi-jurisdictional, and multi-dimensional, as well as provide for opportunities for public access and engagement.
Hearing Time: 1:00 pm
Committee: Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance
Chair: Dan Fabian
Members:
Josh Heintzeman, Rick Hansen, Jeff Backer, Jamie Becker-Finn, Matt Bliss, Karen Clark, Tony Cornish, Rob Ecklund, Peter Fischer, Steve Green, Joe Hoppe, Frank Hornstein, Brian Johnson, Clark Johnson, Sandy Layman, Dale Lueck, Jason Metsa, Jim Newberger, Mike Sundin, Chris Swedzinski, Paul Torkelson, Mark Uglem, Jean Wagenius
 
HF10 - Transfer MNSure to federal marketplace. There’s a good chance the federal marketplace will go away soon, so this would kill MNSure without having to be on record as killing MNSure.
Hearing Time: 3:00 pm
Committee: Commerce and Regulatory Reform
Chair: Joe Hoppe
Members:
Kelly Fenton, Linda Slocum, Susan Allen, Sarah Anderson, Jon Applebaum, Regina Barr, Greg Davids, Mary Franson, Laurie Halverson, Debra Hilstrom, Sheldon Johnson, Ron Kresha, Jenifer Loon, Bob Loonan, Jim Nash, Tim O’Driscoll, Dave Pinto, Paul Rosenthal, Dennis Smith, Chris Swedzinski

Hearings on Thursdays, March 2


No major contentious bills were scheduled for Thursday at the time to this post. If that changes, I will send an update.