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From the Weekly Email Update:

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. You can find your representative and senator at the Minnesota Legislature District Finder.

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

What to do:
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

 

Monday March 13th

 
HF5 (partially oppose) – Creates a state reinsurance program (this is where you basically insure the insurance companies to create a larger risk pool). The concept is novel so there is limited data on effectiveness and the current bill takes the money for this from MinnesotaCare. If they want to try this experiment they should not take money from current health programs to do so.
 
 
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 – Another 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. In the Senate, a bill can be put on a “special order” list and voted on with almost no notice so please do not wait for a scheduled vote. 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.
 
SF702 – Anti-abortion bill. This one would stop state-sponsored health programs from covering an abortion even if it is medically necessary (there’s no exceptions for health of the mother, health of the fetus, rape, or incest).
 
SF720 (partially oppose) – Creates a state reinsurance program (this is where you basically insure the insurance companies to create a larger risk pool). The concept is novel so there is limited data on effectiveness and the current bill takes the money for this from MinnesotaCare. If they want to try this experiment they should not take money from current health programs to do so.
 
 

Hearings on Monday, March 13

 
Oppose

House Bill HF2107 – Cuts off aid to cities that make their own labor regulations
AND
House Bill HF1504 - Another pre-emption bill. Stops cities from banning plastic or paper bags or charging a fee for them
Hearing Time: 10:10 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
 
Senate Bill SF256 – Spends tax dollars on largely unregulated charter schools
Hearing Time: 3:00 pm
Committee: E-12 Finance
Chair: Carla Nelson
Members: Eric Pratt, Charles Wiger, Paul Anderson, Justin Eichorn, Melissa Wiklund, Roger Chamberlain, David Tomassoni Gary Dahms, Patricia Torres Ray
 
Senate Bill SF1087 – Eliminates the Environmental Quality Board and allows industries to draft their own environmental assessments.
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
 

Hearings on Tuesday, March 14


Oppose

House Bill HF812 – Anti-abortion bill
Hearing Time: 10:15am
Committee: Government Operations and Elections Policy
Chair: Tim 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
 
House Bill HF1866 – Numerous changes to the Metropolitan Council. Specific anti-mass transit provision that prevents the council from undertaking light rail projects (and only light rail) without the legislature approving it.
AND
House Bill HF1922 - Increases registration tax on electric vehicles (only) by $125
Hearing Time: 1:00 pm
Committee: Transportation Finance
Chair: Paul Torkelson
Members:
Paul Torkelson, 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
 
Senate Bill SF1833 – Anti-union. When the legislature is not in session, currently if they do not make a ruling on a collective bargaining agreement within 30 days that agreement will automatically be approved. Now they have to wait until the committee actually approves the agreement which could delay this for months.
Hearing Time: 1:00 pm
Committee: State Government Finance Policy and Elections
Chair: Mary Kiffmeyer
Members:
Mark Koran, Jim Carlson, John Jasinski, Carla Nelson, Torrey Westrom, Susan Kent, Scott Newman, Carolyn Laine, Ann Rest
 
House Bill HF2026 – Allows health plans to leave off federally mandated benefits. This was the Drazkowski amendment to the health bill passed early this session. The amendment was defeated because it creates really bad insurance, so Drazkowski introduced it as a separate bill. 
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, Jennifer Loon, Bob Loonan, Jim Nash, Tim O’Driscoll, Dave Pinto, Paul Rosenthal, Dennis Smith, Chris Swedzinski
 
Senate Bill SF1148 – Transfers MNSure to the federal marketplace. It’s likely the federal marketplace will be ended in the near future so this is a way to kill MNSure without having to be on record as voting to kill MNSure.
Hearing Time: 3:00 pm
Committee: Health and Human Services Finance and Policy
Chair: Michelle Benson
Members:
Scott Jensen, Tony Lourey, Jim Abeler, Jeff Hayden, John Marty, Julie Rosen, Chris Eaton, Mary Kiffmeyer, Andrew Mathews, Melissa Wiklund, Michelle Fishbach, Matt Klein, Carla Nelson
 

Hearings on Wednesday, March 15


Oppose
 
Senate Bill SF695 – Undermines the ability of the Pollution Control Agency to make rules regulating water. Sets a "causal relationship" requirement for the science behind rules. Causal relationships are very hard to show in experiments conducted outside of strict laboratory setups.
AND
Senate Bill SF1087 – Eliminates the Environmental Quality Board and allows industries to draft their own environmental assessments
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
 
House Bill HF1433 – Allows legislators to block regulatory rules for vague reasons like "unduly burdensome" or because a rule is stricter than the federal one
Hearing Time: 1:00 pm
Committee: State Government Finance
Chair: Sarah Anderson
Members:
Jim Nash, Sheldon Johnson, Bob Dettmer, Kelly Fenton, Peggy Flanagan, Steve Green, Mary Kunesh-Podein, Leon Lillie, Tim O’Driscoll, Liz Olson, Ilham Omar, Cindy Pugh, Duane Quam, Mark Uglem, Bob Vogel, JoAnn Ward
 

Hearings on Thursday, March 16

Oppose

House Bill HF809 – Anti-abortion bill.  
AND
House Bill HF812 – Anti-abortion bill.
Hearing Time: 1:00pm
Committee: Health and Human Services Finance
Chair: Matt Dean
Members:
Tony Albright, Erin Murphy, Susan Allen, Jeff Backer, John Considine, Peter Fischer, Mary Franson, Glenn Gruenhagen, Barb Haley, Laurie Halverson, Rod Hamilton, Josh Heintzeman, Brian Johnson, Tina Liebling, Diane Loeffler, Kathy Lohmer, Bob Loonan, Nels Pierson, Dave Pinto, Joe Schomacker, Jennifer Schultz, Nick Zerwas
 

Hearings on Friday, March 17

Meeting agendas for Friday are still “to be decided”