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Legislative Update - March 6, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Dear Neighbors:

The second week of the 2018 legislative session proved that Minnesotans are committed to doing something to prevent gun violence this year, and we can’t delay. I am so grateful to the thousands of Minnesotans who have been showing their support.

Working to Prevent Gun Violence

On Thursday, the House Public Safety Committee heard my bills on criminal background checks (HF 1669) and gun violence protective orders (GVPOs) (HF 1605). You can click here to watch the full hearing. I can’t express enough gratitude to the many Minnesotans who respectfully shared their views (on both sides), who stood with me at the Capitol, and who have sent notes of support since. Thank you.

Unfortunately, my Republican colleagues tabled the bills. But I remain determined and hopeful. As the Star Tribune noted, there appears to be real momentum to take action. Last week, President Trump expressed some support for background checks, and Sen. Marco Rubio announced that he supports GVPOs as well. We can do more to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and at the same time uphold the rights of gun owners. We can't wait yet another year for action. The time is NOW. Let's keep pushing.

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February Budget Forecast

On Wednesday, MMB released the February Economic Forecast, showing a modest surplus of $329 million. While Minnesota’s budget remains relatively stable, federal uncertainty threatens the economic outlook for our state and Minnesota families. It’s important to exercise caution, keeping an eye on our state’s long-term fiscal stability. Where we do invest, we should do so in ways that increase opportunity for all Minnesotans, not just corporations and the wealthy.

Next Chat with Dave – April 7th

Thanks to the great group who attended the Chat with Dave on Sunday at Highland Park Library. It was a good conversation! Mark your calendar for the next Chat with Dave, Saturday, April 7, from 1:00-2:30pm, again at Highland Park Library.

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Thank you for the honor of serving our community,

Dave Pinto
State Representative, District 64B
321 State Office Building

(651) 296-4199


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