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End of Session Update

Friday, May 26, 2023
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Dear Neighbors,

Summer is finally here, and with it, the end of session. By all accounts this was a year for the record books. I’m proud to be a part of this historic year and I would like to thank you all for your continued support and input. This year would not have happened if it weren’t for the involvement and voices of constituents like you!


Members of the House Tax Committee as Speaker Hortman signs the bill to send to the Governor

End of a Successful Session

Alongside our DFL Senators, we ended the gridlock and delivered on the promises we made to Minnesotans. It was an honor to be a part of the team who worked to address long overdue issues to improve the lives of our residents. Measures like stabilized and reliable school funding for the future, Paid Family and Medical Leave, driver’s licenses for all, free school meals, safer and sturdier infrastructure, tax cuts for working families and seniors, gun violence prevention, protecting reproductive and queer rights, strengthened elections policy, and much much more. 

These are transformational investments that will help our students recover from the pandemic, ensure our older Minnesotans can age in place, voters can participate fully in our democracy, and working families can take the time off they need when someone is sick or caring for a new baby. We worked to accomplish a lot of good and I’m confident these policies will greatly improve the quality of life for all Minnesotans. Here is a great list of everything we achieved this year written by the staff at Minnpost.


We started this session with a few top priorities and promises, and we accomplished everything we set out to.

Investment in Our Community

In keeping with the historic and transformational theme of this session we also passed a historic capital investment bill. The bill will reach every corner of our state, creating jobs and sustained community investment. The “Bonding Bill” includes funding for these Bloomington projects:

  • $2.2 million towards the refurbishment of the Bloomington Ice Garden
  • $1.8 million for the design of a new Bloomington Public Health facility
  • $350,000 to design the Veterans Memorial at Bloomington Civic Plaza

These legislative investments will help the City get these projects off the ground!

End of Session Town Hall

Join me and the other Bloomington legislators for a debrief on everything we accomplished this session. We will meet on Wednesday, June 14 at 6pm in the Council Chambers at Bloomington Civic Plaza. We hope to see you there!


We’re all still in “decompression mode” after our marathon sprint of a session, but I expect to be writing more about the details of our major bills over the next month or so. 

Keep in Touch

Don’t hesitate to reach out if I can provide any assistance. Please follow me on my Facebook page for further updates and invite your friends and family to do so as well. 

Thanks for the honor of representing you at the Capitol. 


Steve Elkins
Representative, District 50
Minnesota House of Representatives