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Legislative Update - The 2024 Legislative Session

Tuesday, May 28, 2024
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Dear Granite City Neighbors, 

That’s a wrap!

On Monday, May 20th, we ended the 2024 Legislative Session, wrapping-up our legislative biennium.

I’ll get into everything we accomplished in a minute, but first, I want to say thank you. Thank you for the incredible honor of representing our district in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Even in the midst of the action-packed weeks of late nights and intense debates on the floor, I never lose sight of how amazing of a privilege it is to fight for our community.

I shared a special moment with my fellow DFLers who were elected in the “Class of 2018” after we adjourned on Monday. We gathered up on the rostrum and took a group picture to celebrate our 6th session together in the Minnesota House. Being a part of this class of incredible leaders who represent the best of every corner of our state is the honor of a lifetime. We are a family, and I’m so proud of all we’ve accomplished together for Minnesota.

Class of 2018

The dust has settled, I’ve caught up on sleep, and it’s clear these last two years have been some of the most productive in state history. A Minnesota Miracle 2.0! By working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle, I’m incredibly satisfied with what I’ve been able to bring home to St. Cloud, and the accomplishments that benefit our entire state!

Here’s your latest update on our work in the Minnesota House:


Big Picture - What Passed?

Last year the Legislature passed our major two-year budget bills, and this year we built on that progress by passing small supplemental budgets alongside more substantial policy changes in major committee areas. 

If you’re looking for a deep-dive on what we brought over the finish line these last few weeks, you can check out these nonpartisan summaries on our final bills: Transportation, Labor and Housing, Energy and Agriculture, Public Safety and Judiciary, Commerce and Cannabis, Jobs and Economic Development, Environment and Natural Resources, K-12 Education, Higher Education, Human Services, Health, and Elections

These are all great bills, but as a member of the Higher Education and Labor committees, I’m especially proud of our efforts there. 

We also passed a gun violence prevention bill that includes tougher penalties for straw purchasers and a ban on binary triggers, a bill that will increase wages for rideshare drivers while keeping Uber and Lyft operating in Minnesota, a health occupational licensure and scoping bill, legislation improving our child welfare services and addressing racial disparities, and a tenants’ rights package


What Didn’t?

The biggest bill that didn’t make it to the Governor's desk was our Capital Investment bill. This bill had a tough road ahead from Day 1 this session, as it requires a super-majority of votes, and we just passed our largest Capital Investment package in state history in 2023.

Last year’s Capital Investment bill, which I helped craft as a member of the committee, delivered $7 million for the Great River Children’s Museum, $3.9 million to the City of St. Cloud for updates to the regional airport, $5 million to cover design for the St. Cloud Medical School - CentraCare Health System Campus, and $7.5 million to Stearns County for town line road improvements.

Other notable bills that didn’t make it into law were the legalization of Sports Betting, the Equal Rights Amendment, and Rank-Choice Voting, to name a few high-profile bills that I know many in our community were following. It’s important to note that even though these bills did not pass, that doesn’t mean progress wasn’t made. Sports Betting, for example, came extremely close to the finish line, with a deal finally being brokered that stakeholders found agreeable. Keep an eye out for more on these issues and others next session.


“From the Capitol” Radio Interview

Last week, I sat down with Kelly Cordes at WJON to discuss the latest legislative news. This week's episode covers the end of session - what passed, what didn't - and the road ahead for our work.

You can catch our conversation here.

From the Capitol

You can tune in every week to hear me on WJON, Wednesdays at 10:40am.


Stay Connected

Now that I’m back home in St. Cloud, I hope to see you out in the community! Even though session is over, always feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. I have an outstanding constituent services team, we’ve been able to help out a lot of people with a lot of problems over the years, so continue to stay in touch and let me know how I can best serve you!

As always, you can stay up to date by following my official Facebook page, subscribing to these regular email updates if you haven’t already, and checking my legislative webpage for the latest information from my office.

Thanks for your help in making this biennium a success. Your engagement with state government is the core of our efforts at the Capitol, and I am so grateful to you for taking the time to be informed by reading this newsletter.

I look forward to hearing from you!



Rep. Dan Wolgamott

Speaker Pro Tempore

District 14B