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Legislative Update - February 11, 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

Dear neighbors,

100 Percent Clean Energy

Minnesota has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to lead our nation’s transition to clean energy, create good homegrown jobs in this new economy, and be a part of building the solutions to climate change. Just over a week ago I introduced my very first bill, H.F. 700!

This legislation would prompt the state to transition away from power sources that rely on fossil fuels in favor of renewable sources like wind and solar.

Last Tuesday, over 200 amazing citizen organizers turned out to testify and advocate for 100 percent clean energy! I was proud to stand with Senator Nick Frentz, who sponsored a companion bill in the Senate, and leaders from the 100% Campaign, ISAIAH, Minnesota Can’t Wait, Minnesota 350, and Unidos Minnesota at a press conference to introduce the bill. The grassroots work of these organizations and others makes the work that we do here at the Capitol possible! You can watch that announcement here.

The number of Minnesotans who showed up to testify at the informational hearing for this bill was overwhelming. You can watch the two public hearing sessions here and here.

I also got the chance to push for clean energy on an episode of TPT Almanac! That video is available here.

Minnesota Values Podcast

The Minnesota Values Podcast, a new show that I’m co-hosting with Representative Liz Olson, launched yesterday. We’re going directly to the people to ask about what matters to them and taking you behind the scenes to see how House DFLers are putting Minnesotans’ values into action!

Tune in on iTunes or SoundCloud for our inaugural episode, featuring an interview with Speaker Melissa Hortman!

Black History Month

February is Black History Month, so it’s fitting that the first bill that passed through a floor vote this session would allow homeowners to formally renounce restrictive covenants on their home titles. In the past, restrictive covenants were used to prevent minority communities from moving into residential neighborhoods. While they are no longer legal, the language remains on many titles, including many homes here in District 61B.  

H.F. 51 would allow homeowners to attach a formal document repudiating restrictive covenants to their home title. I was proud to vote for this bill, and I’m committed to working towards a better, more equitable future for all Minnesotans.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.