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Legislative Update from Rep. Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn

Friday, April 12, 2024

Friends and neighbors,   

Spring is on the horizon! While we eagerly wait for those April showers to turn into May flowers, we’re sowing the seeds of good governance and working to grow the middle class so that all Minnesotans can live full, prosperous lives. Here’s the latest from Saint Paul.   

During spring break, I had a special guest in committee! Tiny constituents are always welcome at the Capitol and I have plenty of kids toys in my office to keep everyone happy.  



This week, Ayanna Arora, an Eden Prairie High Schooler participated in the Capitol Page Program. The Page Program is a great opportunity for youth interested in learning about and participating in the legislative process. Thank you, Ayanna, for coming to serve our community! 

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been busy with several bill hearings for legislation I’m authoring. One bill would increase flexibility in terms of local revenue in order to begin redevelopment in the area surrounding Eden Prairie Center. The city is exploring options to ensure that the mall area will remain welcoming and vibrant into the future. I’m also authoring legislation to improve the intersection of Hwys 4 and 5 in Eden Prairie.  


Another proposal would invest in WomenVenture, an organization that supports female entrepreneurs, especially in the childcare space.  

My proposal for statewide health standards also had another committee hearing. This legislation is a crucial step towards ensuring that all students, regardless of their location, receive a consistent education related to not only their own health, but also the well-being of their family, friends and community. Currently, health is the only required subject matter that is not standardized in Minnesota, meaning it does not have consistent benchmarks statewide. This bill utilizes the rulemaking process, which is prescriptive in – and even requires – allowing for any and all interested parties to engage the Department of Education in the process, including students, parents, advocates, and the business community.  Rulemaking will allow for a transparent process that will require the input and review and utilize the expertise of varied stakeholders.  


Passing Good Policy

On Monday, we passed the Elections Policy bill, which focuses on improved voter access and election transparency. It targets policy areas where the state can improve voter turnout and ensure that if voting is restricted, voters have a means of redress.  

Just last night, we passed legislation to provide more transparency to the hidden and deceptive fees that have become all too common when buying concert tickets, booking a hotel room, and more. We’ve all been there - you’re either hunting for the best deal or diligently waiting for popular concert tickets, only to be confronted with a final dollar amount that’s nothing close to the initially advertised price.  

What something costs shouldn’t be a secret, that’s why I signed on as a co-author of legislation to crack down on “junk fees” and provide upfront pricing for event tickets. Both of these bills have now passed the House, HF 1989 with broad bipartisan support, and are on their way to the Senate. MPR covered the legislation, with a nod to its Taylor Swift origins, which you can read here.  


Spring Celebrations

March and April are full of celebrations! Minnesotans far and wide recently celebrated holidays like Easter, Eid, Purim, and more in the coming weeks. No matter what or if you celebrate, I hope you are able to gather with friends and families and have a joyful celebration. 


Constituent Corner

Recently I’ve met with neighbors advocating on Alzheimer’s awareness and youth tobacco usage, as well as a conversation with members of our local Chamber of Commerce. I also had the opportunity to ride along with Hennepin Healthcare as our first responders helped care for a variety of fellow residents in Hennepin County.  

ride along


Keep in Touch

Unfortunately, due to technological constraints, replies to this newsletter won’t reach my email account.??To share your input or ideas, or if I can ever be of assistance, please feel free to reach out email at or by phone at 651-296-6828. You can contact my Legislative Assistant, Ella, at 651-296-3918 or via email at 

It is an honor and a privilege to represent you at the Capitol.?? 

All my best,?? 

Rep. Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn?