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Legislative Update - April 19, 2024

Friday, April 19, 2024
Rep. Lee

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Dear Neighbors, 

This week started off with a hearing in the House Capital Investment Committee on the impact of PFAS on our water infrastructure. 

Last week, the federal government announced new regulations on PFAS - also known as “forever chemicals” - in drinking water, with 22 water systems in Minnesota having unsafe levels of PFAS. In our committee, we heard from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Department of Health, and several bills related to investing in water infrastructure in communities throughout the state. 

We also heard my bill on requiring PFAS manufacturers to pay for the cost of purchasing and installing infrastructure designed to remove PFAS from intake waters at municipal wastewater facilities statewide, as well as the cost of treating and disposing of PFAS.

Addressing the state’s water infrastructure is common practice in Capital Investment, but the scale to which polluters have harmed our water should not be shouldered solely by the taxpayers. The manufacturers that either create or utilize PFAS can’t just sit on the sidelines and profit from pollution - they have a financial responsibility to help with the clean up as well.

WCCO covered our committee’s hearing, which you can watch here


Policies for Our Environment and Natural Resources

As we continue to pass policy proposals off the House floor, one package of legislation is already on its way to Governor Walz - our 2024 Environment and Natural Resources Policy Bill. As a member of that committee in the House, I’m incredibly proud of the proposals we put forward this year. 

Our bill builds on our history of environmental stewardship and continues DFLers’ work protecting Minnesota’s water, wildlife, air, and soil for future generations - and passed with bipartisan support in both chambers!


We passed first-in-the-nation legislation to support our native fish, modernizing our laws and recognizing their vital role in Minnesota’s ecosystem. House DFLers are taking action to prepare for an electronic licensing system that will improve the outdoor recreation experience for Minnesotans across our state.


Free Park Day

Speaking of Minnesota’s environment, you can head out to one of our beautiful state parks for free on April 27 and enjoy it yourself!

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 someplace 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!


You can find more info on Free Park Day here.


Stay Connected

The legislative session ends in a month, meaning the weeks ahead will get increasingly busy - but I always have time to answer your questions. In addition to these regular email newsletter, always feel free to touch base to stay in the loop on our work. 

You can reach me at or 651-296-4262. I always look forward to hearing from you.



Fue Lee

State Representative