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Legislative Update - February 21, 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020

Rep. Lee


Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants Day on the Hill


Public Disciples Presence Protecting Sacred Water


Reproductive Freedom Day


Second Chance Day on the Hill



On Wednesday I presented HF3060 in the House Subcommittee on Local Government, which is a bill that would keep families together and stop the profiteering off of detention and imprisonment of immigrants and communities of color. It also recognizes the humanity and the basic rights of every person, and prohibits a practice that generates fear and criminalizes immigrant communities and communities of color.

My bill prohibits the Department of Corrections and local units of government from contracting with federal government agencies, such as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to provide facilities for detention of undocumented immigrants who have not committed a crime.

I have heard from Minnesotans and seen in other states the human rights violations that occur to individuals under detention with ICE, and the barriers to accessing legal representation for people detained by ICE.

For example, the committee heard testimony about Sherburne County making no special provisions for their ICE detainees, even though they are reimbursed at a higher rate so that they can provide such services.

  1. Despite several jail expansions, the county did not build an outdoor recreation space so that people in ICE custody can get outdoors;
  2. They refused to permit a visitation program;
  3. There is no special staff training or treatment for torture and trauma survivors; and
  4. Access to legal counsel is limited and policies relating to access for law students and interpreters is constantly changing.

The bill passed out of the Subcommittee on Local Government and was referred to Government Operations Committee. You can find the House Public Information Services coverage here


The U.S. Census Bureau still needs to fill temporary positions to conduct the census. These jobs provide flexible hours and competitive wages. In Hennepin County, census takers can earn $25 - $27.50 per hour. Candidates fluent in languages spoken in our community, including Spanish, Hmong, Oromo, Amharic, Karen, and Vietnamese, are particularly encouraged to apply. More information about working for the Census is available here.

I encourage you to contact me with any questions, comments, concerns, or ideas on any legislative topic. Also, I am available during select hours on Monday and Friday mornings most weeks for in-district meetings, if Northside residents aren’t able to make it to the Capitol. If you would like to send me a message or set up an in-district meeting, you can reach me by phone at 651-296-4262 or by email at I look forward to hearing from you!

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