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Legislative Update

Friday, May 9, 2014

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Here is an update of some things happening this week at the Capitol.

Military Law Enforcement Reciprocity Bill

This week the House unanimously approved a bill that will make it easier for veterans to join law enforcement. This is great news for both veterans looking for work and for law enforcement around the state.

Under House File 1915, four years of service in military law enforcement will count toward training requirements when taking peace officer examinations. As someone who served in law enforcement for many years, I know how qualified many of these veterans are, and I believe this will make it easier for our police forces to hire these capable men and women.

This is a common sense bill that benefits all parties involved, and I hope it will soon be signed into law by Governor Dayton. 

Thank You to Nurses and Teachers

This week recognized two very important groups of people. Tuesday was National Teacher Appreciation Day and it is also National Nurses Week.

Both teachers and nurses have chosen careers of service. They strengthen our communities and deserve our praise.

So to all the teachers and nurses in my district and across Minnesota—thank you for all you do!

Next Week

Some major bills are expected to be heard on the House Floor next week.

The first is another tax bill which could mitigate more of the damage done by last year’s massive $2.1 billion tax increase. Currently in a conference committee between the House and the Senate to negotiate the final language, this legislation could offer more than $100 million in relief to hardworking taxpayers.

Fixing last year’s mistakes and removing unnecessary tax burdens is the right thing to do in Minnesota, and I look forward to seeing the final language in this bill.

Also expected to be up for a vote next week is a bonding bill. This legislation will require bipartisan support in order to borrow hundreds of millions for statewide infrastructure improvements and projects throughout Minnesota.

It’s an honor to be your voice at the Capitol. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can ever be assistance to you on a matter of state government.