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Join Sen. Steve Cwodzinski, Rep. Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn, neighboring Rep. Lucy Rehm and me for a Town Hall on Saturday, April 15. RSVP here https://bit.ly/42JO4ar or on the legislators’ Facebook pages to receive the event location.
Working Toward a Budget
This week, legislative leaders and Gov. Walz announced the committee targets, which sets budget allocations for each issue area. Our second committee deadline is today, and we have been meeting all day and into the evening all week to meet the timeline for bills to be heard in committees.
This week, I presented the Education Policy bill in the Education Finance Committee. As chair of Education Policy, I outlined the provisions of the bill and took questions from committee members. Eventually, the bill will become part of the education finance budget.
The literacy bill was also heard in the Education Finance Committee this week. The measure modifies literacy requirements, appropriates money for grants and professional development for teachers, and a literacy specialist at the Department of Education.
Speaking of helping our kids learn, last Friday, Gov. Walz signed the universal school meals bill into law. This is an excellent way to make sure our kids are ready to learn and can thrive by providing breakfast and lunch. Looks like the kids and Gov. Walz all thought it was a pretty good day!
Photo credit Ben Hovland | MPR News
Video of all hearings are available on House Public Information Services’ YouTube channel.
Reproductive Freedom Defense Act Advances
On Monday, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed HF 366, the Reproductive Freedom Defense Act, which protects the privacy and rights of persons receiving or providing reproductive health care in the state. HF 366 protects a patient’s health records and prohibits a judge in Minnesota from issuing a warrant for the arrest of someone in Minnesota charged in a different state for a crime arising from acts committed here involving lawful reproductive health care. The bill also prohibits the arrest of a person charged in another state from a crime arising from acts committed in Minnesota involving lawful reproductive health care.
Visitors to the Capitol
This week, local visitors from the Bring it Home coalition stopped by during their Day on the Hill.
Ramadan Mubarak to all who celebrate.
Stay Connected with the Legislature
The Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services offers nonpartisan recaps of high-profile bills, committee hearings, and floor sessions with their Session Daily publication. Subscribe to receive these here. To track bills of interest through the legislative process, I encourage you to utilize the MyBills feature on the Minnesota House of Representatives’ website.
Please continue to reach out with any input, ideas, or feedback about the issues important to you. I value hearing from you, so please don’t hesitate to call or email me any time. You can also connect with me on Facebook here. It’s an honor to represent you at the State Capitol.
Rep. Laurie Pryor