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Legislative Update - March 26, 2019

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Dear neighbors,

I hope you’re enjoying the first few days of spring! Here’s some updates on how I’ve spent the time at the Capitol and in our community:

Spring Has Sprung at the Capitol

The National Humane Society brought puppies to the Capitol last week! We’ve all been working long hours and late nights, so it was a welcome relief to be in a room full of people smiling and playing with puppies.

Many important bills are beginning to reach the House floor. Last week we passed two bills that will help save the lives of Minnesotans. Both received broad bipartisan support. The first aims to address the opioid epidemic by investing in prevention, treatment, and recovery resources that our communities need (HF 400). The funding for these services will come from the opioid manufacturers and distributors who started the crisis.

The second bill would prevent accidents and deaths on Minnesota roads (HF 50). Distracted driving is a factor in one in five crashes. This legislation would require drivers to use their cell phones in hands-free mode, ensuring that their focus remains on the road.

My solar for schools bill (HF 1133) passed through a second committee last week. You can watch the public hearing of the Education Finance Division here. I’ve worked hard with my colleagues at the House, the Department of Commerce, Xcel Energy, and MnSEIA, a trade group, to make sure it’s a bill that we can all be happy with.

Yesterday I met with the DFL Environmental Caucus for their day of advocacy at the Capitol. I’m proud that HF 1133 and my other solar bills (HF 1787 and HF 1788) were on their list of bills they wanted to advocate for!

Spring in the District

As we all know, spring in Minnesota means puddles and potholes. I, for one, lost a tire to a pothole and half a day getting it taken care of. The road leading into my neighborhood also flooded with the heavy rain we had. I hope that you and your family haven’t had any issues, but these common problems speak to the need to invest in our roads.

I was so glad to have had the chance to attend the Annual Senate District 44 Chile Cook Off last week! There was a great turnout, and I had the opportunity to update those who came on what’s happening at the Capitol.

Please continue to share your questions and concerns. It’s an honor to serve as your representative.


Patty Acomb
State Representative