I hope that you and your loved ones are having a wonderful summer! I wanted to update you on what I’ve been working on recently and provide more information about the new budget and laws that took effect earlier this month.
At the Capitol
The new two-year state budget went into effect on July 1, along with several laws that my colleagues and I passed this session. Here are a few of the highlights:
You can read more about each piece of legislation here. More laws are taking effect on Thursday, August 1, including the hands-free law. This legislation requires Minnesotans to stay “hands-free” if they use a cell phone while driving. A guide with information and tips for going hands-free is available here. You can read more about the other laws that will take effect in August here.
The Legislature has adjourned for the year, but my work doesn’t stop when the legislative session ends. I’ve continued meeting with community members and organizations and advocating for our priorities.
I attended an end-of-year Legislative Action Coalition meeting with the Wayzata and Robbinsdale School Districts. We discussed challenges that schools in our area are facing and how we can work together to make sure all students succeed!
I stood with Minnesotans protesting the detention facilities at the southern border. This humanitarian crisis is unacceptable, and we must do better.
My colleagues and I learned more about the amazing work that farmers are doing to address climate change at the Midwest Farm Energy Conference.
In the Community
Many thanks to those who joined Rep. Ginny Klevorn and me for our post-session town hall. Everyone was eager to participate and asked great questions. It’s an honor to represent such an engaged community!
I helped plant trees in Victoria Evergreen Park with Minnetonka Rotary and Minnetonka Forestry staff. Planting trees is a great way to combat our climate crisis.
I always appreciate hearing from fellow community members. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.