We have completed our second week at the Capitol, and everyone is getting back into the swing of session. The Veterans Affairs Committee, which I chair, and other House committees have held their first full week of meetings, and bills are starting to make their way through the process.
Health Care Relief and Reform (HF1)
As I mentioned in my last update, House Democrats refused to declare an urgency to pass our MNsure relief and reform bill (HF1). Because of this, the bill is making its way through the committee process, and will hopefully be brought back to the House floor next week for a simple majority vote for passage.
A more fleshed-out description of HF1 was in my last email update; if you are interested, here is a link.
I have introduced five bills so far this session. Here is a brief description of each, with links to their bill pages on the House website:
HF232- Appropriates money to Veterans Rest Camp and Camp Legionville for improving their facilities. Link here.
HF226- Modifies the calculation for the net receipts tax imposed on organizations. Link here.
HF127- Appropriates funding for the Vietnam: Minnesota Remembers Project through Twin Cities Public Television. Link here.
HF119- Modified the eligibility requirements for the disabled veteran’s homestead benefit, allowing this benefit to remain with the surviving spouse until they remarry, or sell/dispose of the property. Previously, it would remain with the surviving spouse for a maximum of 8 years. Link here.
HF117- A request for bonding dollars to improve and realign the interchange between I-35W and Lake Drive Interchange in Anoka County. Link here.
I look forward to carrying these bills through the process, and plan to introduce more as we move forward with session. I appreciate your input regarding these bills, and others being heard at the Capitol. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with your questions or concerns.
Thank you for the honor of being your representative.