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Legislative Update - The Final Days of Session, And Our Work So Far

Friday, May 19, 2023
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Hello Friends, 

We’re in the final days of the 2023 Legislative Session, with the bulk of our work spent debating our final budget bills on the House Floor. Constitutionally, we’re required to finish our work on Monday, May 22, and we’re setting a good pace to pass our budget on time. 

So far, we’ve already passed our Veterans, Higher Education, Early Education, K-12 Education, Housing, Legacy, Jobs, Judiciary and Public Safety, Environment and Energy, Commerce, and Agriculture budgets. 

As Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee in the House, much of my focus has been on working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to put together our final Transportation budget, which we’re excited to share soon, but I’ve also successfully fought for investments in other budgets - including $3 million for Koda Energy in our Climate and Energy Budget, and over $7 million for stabilizing the riverbank of the Minnesota River in our proposed capital investment bill. 

Outside of our budgets, there are also important stand-alone bills. This week, we passed Paid Family and Medical Leave, which is now on its way to Governor Walz for his anticipated signature, and last night the House passed the final version of our bill to legalize adult-use cannabis, which now goes to the Senate.

With only a few remaining days, I’ll have a lot to share with you soon about our final state budget, what it does for Minnesotans, and the direct impact it’ll have on Shakopee. It’s shaping up to be a once-in-a-generation investment in our state, and while it’ll be the crowning achievement of our work this year, I don’t want it to overshadow the great bills that have already been signed into law since we got started in January.

Here’s a quick review of the non-budget bills we’ve passed this year so far:

List of Session Accomplishments (1)
List Session Accomplishments (2)


Addressing Gun Violence

Earlier this week, we passed SF 2909, the Judiciary and Public Safety Budget, which included a holistic approach to gun violence prevention.

I’ve received a lot of correspondence on this bill, especially the proposals to curb gun violence in our state, and I wanted to be clear of why I proudly voted for this legislation. All Minnesotans deserve to feel safe in their communities, and the common-sense gun safety measures in our bill bring us closer to that goal by keeping guns out of the hands of people who wish to harm themselves or others. 

Inaction is not an acceptable response to the gun violence epidemic in our nation. Measures such as red flag laws and background checks are the tools we need for a safer Minnesota.

Gun violence is the leading cause of death for children in our country. Our bill strives to end this by increasing criminal background checks, implementing a red flag law, and making historic investments in gun violence prevention research grants to determine the next best steps to end gun violence.

Having already passed the Senate, the bill now goes to Governor Walz for his anticipated signature. 

If you have any questions about our budget proposals or the other bills we’re passing, please feel free to reach out!


Brad Tabke, State Representative |

Jared Margolis, Legislative Assistant |