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Legislative Update - February 19, 2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Thank you to everyone who came to our town hall last week – I enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces, and to see people engaged in what’s happening in our state government.

If you weren’t able to make it, I hope you’ll join us tonight at 6pm at the Sabathani Community Center. I’ll be joined by Rep. Aisha Gomez and Senator Jeff Hayden to hear your questions, comments, and ideas! More information here.
I also wanted to let you know about an upcoming event at the Minnesota History Center. In honor of Black History Month, the United Black Legislative Caucus will host a film screening and discussion on February 26th from 6 – 8 p.m. You can reserve a spot for freehere.
Sovereignty Day 
Yesterday we welcomed leaders from all 11 tribal nations to the House Chamber. We had an open conversation and presentations about history, culture, tribal law, and the relationship between tribal, federal, and state governments. A meeting like this has never happened before, and while one meeting is not enough, it was great to learn more about our indigenous tribes and the many ways they contribute to Minnesota.

Economic Development 
Today the Jobs and Economic Development Committee heard my bill to provide low-income individuals with career education and job skills training that is fully integrated with chemical and mental health services. The bill would help fund AVIVO, an organization that provides health and social and economic wellness programs to Minnesotans, and helps more than 18,000 people each year achieve recovery and employment. This bill is about removing barriers for Minnesotans to prosper – it gives all Minnesotans a chance to succeed and hold good-paying jobs, regardless of mental health or income status.
Conversion Therapy
Last week Rep. Hunter Cantrell presented his bill to ban the harmful, discredited practice of conversion “therapy” to the Health and Human Services Committee. After hours presenting on why this practice is harmful to young peoples’ mental health and wellness, the committee passed the bill. I’m proud to be a co-author – we should not tolerate this practice for young or vulnerable people and it has no place in sound health care policy. 

As always, if you want to discuss something, don’t hesitate to reach me by email at and phone at 651-296-0294. You can also get updates from my official Facebook page here.


Hodan Hassan
State Representative – District 62A