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Legislative Update: Veterans Committee Hears Several Measures in Committee

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

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The usual activity of the legislative session is stepped up a notch this week as we near two key deadlines on Friday. Committees are meeting into the evening to hear legislation as we work toward our May 20th adjournment, two months from today.

The Veterans and Military Affairs Committee is no exception to the more intense workload and this week we heard several measures, including appropriating funds to assist organizations with the cost of Veterans Day events, providing free access to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for disabled veterans, and removing the burial fee in state veterans' cemeteries for spouses and dependents of eligible veterans. You can watch the entire committee here.


And a reminder if you, or another veteran is struggling with mental health issues, the Veterans Crisis Line can help in times of need. Veterans can use this option by dialing 988 and pressing 1 to contact the Veterans Crisis Line. Veterans may still reach the Veterans Crisis Line with the previous phone number—1-800-273-8255 and Press 1—by text (838255), and through chat at


Tax Changes

If you are a Minnesota homeowner or renter, you may qualify for a Property Tax Refund. The refund provides property tax relief depending on your income and property taxes. Learn more here.


House Approves 101 Environmental Projects 

Minnesotans take pride in our legacy of environmental stewardship. DFLers passed legislation to fund 101 projects across our state to protect our wildlife, water, air, and soil. 


The funding, which comes from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, uses a portion of our state lottery proceeds to ensure our environment and natural resources are protected for generations to come.

Stay Connected with the Legislature

It is easy to stay in touch with State Capitol activities. The Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services offers nonpartisan recaps of high-profile bills, committee hearings, and floor sessions with their Session Daily publication. Subscribe to receive these here. To track bills of interest through the legislative process, I encourage you to utilize the MyBills feature on the Minnesota House of Representatives’ website.  

Please continue to reach out with any input, ideas, or feedback about the issues important to you. I value hearing from you, so please don’t hesitate to call or email me any time. You can find my information on my House website. Also, make sure to ‘like’ my Facebook page.

It is an honor to represent you at the State Capitol.


Jerry Newton

State Representative


Representative Jerry Newton

367 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

Phone: 651-296-1729
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Legislative Assistant: Robin Schmidt, 651-296-8197

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