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Legislative Update

Friday, April 19, 2024

Dear Neighbors,

Today was our last regularly scheduled meeting of the committee that I chair. It has been an honor to preside over the Judiciary Finance & Civil Law Committee for the past four years, and I have been very fortunate to have excellent staff to support our work. We took a team photo today to mark the occasion.


House Floor Votes

The House has passed policy bill packages in major issue areas building on the work of our historically productive 2023 session and improving the lives of Minnesotans. So far the House has passed: 

  • A?public safety package?that passed unanimously and includes bipartisan provisions that protect victim-survivors and make our system more just.
  • A labor policy bill that includes provisions to strengthen the minimum wage, ban shadow non-competes, and increase pay transparency.
  • A K-12 education policy bill that prioritizes policies to improve the experiences of students in Minnesota schools.
  • A Elections policy bill, that focuses on improved voter access and election transparency.
Public Safety, K-12, Labor, & Elections Policy Bills

Standing up for Consumers

The DFL also passed legislation to crack down on junk fees to ensure consumers have fair, upfront pricing for event tickets, restaurant meals, hotels, credit cards, and more. I was proud to vote for both of these bills to protect Minnesotan consumers against unfair business practices.

Consumer Protection Bills

House Approves 101 Environmental Projects

Minnesotans take pride in our legacy of environmental stewardship. That’s why DFLers passed legislation to fund 101 projects across our state that protect our wildlife, water, air, and soil. The funding, which comes from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, uses a portion of our state lottery proceeds to ensure our environment and natural resources are protected for generations to come.


The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources is now gathering input about the future of Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund spending and taking feedback about what environmental issues are most important to you. Make your voice heard about how to improve Minnesota's environment & natural resources. Take the survey here.

Outdoor Heritage Council call for funding requests

On April 1, 2024, the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council released its 2025 Call for Funding Requests. An estimated $150+ million will be available for habitat work. Eligibility for these grants includes local units of government, Tribal entities, Park & Rec departments, non-profit organizations, SWCDs, watershed districts, and others. Funding is dedicated for projects that protect, restore, and enhance habitat for fish, game, and wildlife. Learn more and apply here.

Free Park Day

Get your hiking boots ready, Saturday, April 27 is the next free entrance day to all Minnesota parks! Minnesota state parks are open year-round, and there's a state park within 30 miles of most Minnesotans. With a free day in each season, it's a great opportunity to get out there and explore some place new! Whether you stay for the whole weekend or just spend a few hours outside, you'll make memories that will last a lifetime. So be sure to get out and visit our wonderful parks!


Join a State Board, Council, or Committee!

The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State recently released a notice of vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications. Any Minnesotans interested in public service are encouraged to apply! There are positions for people from all backgrounds and professions, from cosmetologists to engineers.  

You can find the full list of vacancies here.  

Stay in Touch
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance or if you have questions or feedback that you’d like to share. You can reach me by email at or by phone at 651-296-7153.


Jamie Becker-Finn
State Representative