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Legislative Update: The 2024 Session Convenes

Thursday, February 15, 2024

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Dear Neighbors,

The 2024 legislative session convened on Monday. In this non-budget session, our primary task is to pass a bonding bill. Among other regional projects, I will be advocating for a proposal to transform Aldrich Arena in Maplewood into a multi-purpose facility. Aldrich Arena is a valued public asset and renovating it will ensure more versatility for use by residents of the community and region.

I chair the Human Services Policy Committee, and this session we will focus on how to improve behavioral health access around the state. Partnering with our counties is crucial to keep support networks closer to those in need.

Purple Line BRT Update

The Metro Purple Line BRT is a 15-mile line between Union Depot in downtown Saint Paul and downtown White Bear Lake generally along Robert Street, Jackson Street, Phalen Boulevard, and White Bear Avenue. The line will connect with existing and future light rail and bus rapid transit service of the METRO system, including direct or close connections to the Green LineGold LineB LineG Line, and H Line, as well as local and express bus routes. The line will increase accessibility to jobs, housing, and services, thus improving the attractiveness and competitiveness of the east metro area. You can get updates by clicking here.


House Information Interview

I recently sat down with nonpartisan Minnesota House Information for an interview to discuss the upcoming legislative session and other topics. You can watch the interview here.

Mental Health Awareness Day at the 2024 Minnesota State Fair

Your creativity can shine at the Minnesota State Fair when you submit artwork to appear on 2024 Mental Health Awareness Day t-shirts. See here for instructions on how to share your artwork!


Stay in Touch

It is easy to stay connected to news from the State Capitol. 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 call (651) 296-5363 or email any time at You can find my information on my House website. You can also like my Facebook page.


Peter Fischer