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Legislative Update From Rep. Franson

Friday, February 8, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Greetings from the Capitol! I hope you’re doing well and are enjoying your Friday.

Wednesday of this week was the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. This was a strong reminder that we must put an end to FGM and hold parents accountable for subjecting their daughters to this horrific practice. I am continuing to work with the Democrat majority in order to get a hearing for my FGM bill so we can hopefully get it passed this year.

As this week wraps up, I wanted to send out a quick update to fill you in on some news from the Capitol.

Energy Mandate

Earlier this week, the House Energy and Climate Division heard Democrats’ bill to impose a 100% “carbon-free” and renewable energy standard on our state’s electric utilities. This bill would come at enormous costs to Minnesota families and businesses and would result in dramatic increases to energy bills. It would also threaten the reliability of our energy grid and would negatively impact local communities that rely on the energy industry for jobs and property tax revenues. By forcing the closure of power plants across the state, it would leave hardworking Minnesotans without work and would damage local tax bases.

Ultimately, this is a radical proposal that would harm our state’s economy. It stands as the latest example of Democrats putting the interests of their far-left environmentalist supporters ahead of the pocketbooks of Minnesotans. Creating more government regulations and mandates is the wrong approach to energy policy and I will continue supporting energy sources that are affordable and reliable for our state.

Click here to read an article discussing the risks and negative consequences of relying on wind and solar energy, especially with the extreme cold we’ve experienced lately.

Please Contact Me

If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding any issue related to state government, please feel free to contact me. I can be reached via phone at 651-296-3201 or by email at

It’s an honor to represent the best!

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