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Legislative Update from Rep. Mary Franson

Friday, January 20, 2023

Dear Friends,

Last night legislators had a difficult and emotional vote on the House floor as Democrats passed their extreme abortion bill to legalize the killing of infants in any circumstance, up until the moment of birth. Every single Democrat, except one, voted for this bill.

As I casted my vote on this extreme bill, I thought about the potential of every unborn child. Every life is precious. We need to foster a culture that values the sanctity of life. This bill does not uphold those values. You can click watch my speech from last night here.

Viral Clip Shows Real Priority of Democrats

You may have seen a viral video circulating on the internet this week of a Minnesota Democrat stating that “not all students who menstruate are female.” She said this while presenting her bill in committee to require school districts to provide access to menstrual products for students. 

“Not all students who menstruate are female.” This is what some legislators are focused on in St. Paul. Instead of working on issues that people really care about – like ending the tax on social security benefits or making sure all communities are safe – the Democrat majority is pushing legislation that is out of touch with the priorities of Minnesotans. Instead of funding menstrual products in boys’ bathrooms in our schools, how about we talk about tax relief that will return our state’s $17 billion surplus to the taxpayers? I hope the Democrats get serious and focus on the issues that will truly impact the lives of Minnesotans. 

Big Government Getting in the Way of Students

Governor Walz released his $12 billion education plan this week. Instead of providing parents with more options to ensure children can thrive in school, the Governor is focused on expanding our bureaucracy. He wants to create a new department – the Department of Children, Youth, and Families – as the centerpiece of his education plan that is full of new mandates and government micromanagement. 

Government needs to be out of our classrooms. We need to let school boards and parents work together to serve the children in their communities. We need to provide funding that is focused on academic success. And we need to reward good teachers with better pay. This is how we can help our students and ensure every child in Minnesota can thrive.

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