Some of you may have heard reports of the misuse of two U.S. Bank Stadium suites by Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) board members starting back last fall. In the House this matter has been of great concern, and this last Monday we passed legislation aimed at increasing transparency, oversight and accountability at the MSFA.
This article in the Star Tribune details the MSFA controversy, if you are unfamiliar with the situation: http://www.startribune.com/auditor-u-s-bank-stadium-authority-violated-core-ethical-principles-with-free-tickets-for-friends-and-family/413031363/#
The bill, HF778 would reform the governance structure of the MSFA and limit how free Vikings Stadium suites are used, all in an effort to stop the unethical practices we have seen occurring and hold officials accountable.
This measure passed on a bipartisan vote of 122-7 and was sent to the Senate for debate. It is essential that we hold public officials to the highest levels of ethical behavior at all levels of government. I believe this measure would accomplish that with the MSFA, and I am optimistic that it will be signed into law shortly.
First Deadline for Policy Bills
Friday, March 10th, marked the first deadline for policy bills in the House. This meant an extra hearing in Veterans Affairs this Friday to get bills their initial hearings. Here is an interesting video published on the House Public Information facebook page that describes the details of, and intent behind, these deadlines: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MNHouseInfo/videos/
Capitol Restoration K-12 Essay Contest
Minnesota K-12 students are being asked to submit essays about how our State Capitol has been a part of our cultural history in Minnesota, and what it will mean for future generations. Contest winners in three categories (elementary school, middle school, and high school) will share their essays at the Capitol restoration celebration this summer. In addition, students will also receive a $1,000 college savings plan.
The submission deadline for essays is April 28. Additional information regarding essay subjects and rules can be found at this link. I look forward to students from our district submitting their essays, and hopefully getting to be a part of a historic day for our state!