St. Paul, MN—State Representative Jon Koznick, R-Lakeville, issued the following statement regarding Tuesday’s hearing in the House State and Local Government Finance and Policy Committee. During discussion on House File 100, debate on amendments was repeatedly cut off by the chair.
“Yesterday, during debate on House File 100, I spoke about the frustration we have been feeling during the first month of the legislative session as House Democrats have been pushing bills through committees with limited debate and discussion about legislation,” said Koznick. “We are a deliberative body, and the Majority should welcome discussion and debate on bills. Instead, they have stifled discussion to move as fast as they can. Many of these bills are extremely consequential to the future of Minnesota and they deserve our full attention. Robust conversations and the consideration of amendments is an important part of committee hearings and floor proceedings.”
Koznick concluded, “It’s our collective responsibility and institutional custom to have a respectful and thoughtful debate so that we can have the best possible outcome for Minnesotans. I strive to honor that but am willing to fight for my constituents so that their ideas and voice can be heard! Our constituents expect us to stand up for them, especially if they are not being heard.”