Last week was especially busy at the Capitol as we worked to catch up on delays from the snow storm. Aside from catching up on committee work, the budget forecast that we’ll use to craft our budget bills was released. The outlook is still very positive, especially as this is the first year where we fully account for inflation in the forecast. I'll keep you updated as the legislature begins to shift our focus to deciding budget matters. You can read more on it here.
Here are updates on some of what I’ve been doing.
Conversion Therapy Ban
The House voted to ban the harmful practice of conversion therapy, and I was gratified to see that the vote was bipartisan.
Many advocates in the queer community came forward to share their stories and fought to end this awful practice. That takes a lot of courage. It is so important to affirm and celebrate all youth no matter their identity.
Catalytic Converter Theft Prevention
The House passed a bill to prevent the theft and sale of stolen catalytic converters. HF 30 seeks to crack down on the theft of catalytic converters by prohibiting anyone from possessing a used, unattached catalytic converter unless the owner has the vehicle identification number (VIN) for the vehicle, and the date the converter was removed from the vehicle. It prohibits the sale and purchase of catalytic converters by anyone other than registered scrap metal dealers, and would impose a fine of up to $10,000 for unlawful possession and sale. This is a very important issue for our community and all over the state, so I’m happy that this bill passed and look forward to seeing a reduction in catalytic converter thefts.
Women’s History Month
March is Women's History Month! Let’s use this month to remember and honor the courageous women who paved the way. There is still a lot of work we need to do to stand up for equal rights in Minnesota and I am committed to pursuing this important work at the Capitol.
Earned Sick and Safe Time The House also approved legislation to expand Earned Sick and Safe Time benefits to all Minnesota workers. The legislation would ensure, at a minimum, one hour of paid Earned Sick and Safe Time for every 30 hours worked, up to at least 48 hours per year. Many workers are still forced to make the impossible choice between earning a paycheck and staying home when sick or when a loved one is sick and needs care. People who lack access to paid time off are disproportionately in low-wage positions, women, and members of BIPOC communities. Making sure every worker can stay home when sick will help protect and improve the health of our entire community.
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