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Legislative Update from Rep. Franson

Friday, March 22, 2019

Dear Neighbors,

On Monday, I spoke on a United Nations panel about female genital mutilation in the United States. It was an incredibly moving conversation, and I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of it. I appeared on Fox and Friends to talk about FGM and my efforts to strengthen penalties perpetrators of this brutal practice. My bill banning FGM in the United States has still not received a hearing.

I was interviewed yesterday about the CCAP fraud report and the governor’s response to it this week – you can read the article here. Governor Walz has suggested several ways to respond to fraud, including requiring DHS staffers to undergo cultural competency training. The response that I have seen to this article and to Governor Walz’s proposals has been overwhelmingly negative. House Republicans have introduced a number of bills that would address the issue of CCAP fraud, however House Democrats have refused to hear most of them.

I had a hearing on Wednesday on my bill, HF 790, which would clarify that 16 and 17 year olds are allowed to operate lawn mowing equipment. This is a good, bipartisan bill that will allow 16 and 17 year olds to have more job training opportunities in a time where we have workforce shortages.

The Henning boys’ basketball team has made it to State! They won their first game against Christ’s Household of Faith on Thursday to advance to the semifinals. Congratulations on an excellent season, and best of luck in the semifinals!

Please Contact Me

If you ever have comments, questions, 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!