We will continue to do everything in our power to protect our two-spirit, non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community so they can live openly without discrimination and embrace their human rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association. In Minnesota, we want you to live without any shame or doubt that you are respected, loved, and protected. Hate has no home here, you belong here.
Public Safety and Judiciary Budget
I am proud to announce that the House passed HF 2909, the Judiciary and Public Safety budget bill. This bill prioritizes a holistic approach to gun violence prevention, funding for law enforcement and victims of crime, juvenile justice reform, and more. With significant investments in public defense and civil legal services, an increase in juror pay, expanded hate and discrimination data tracking, the creation of an Office of Appellate Counsel, and the elimination of court document fees, this bill is building a system that will more equitably serve the people of Minnesota.
The bill also included several provisions I authored, most importantly one limiting any court from issuing or approving a no-knock search warrant unless the search cannot be done while the dwelling is unoccupied, there is cause to believe the dwelling will be occupied at all times, and that the occupants will present an “immediate threat of death or injury” to officers if they announce their presence. As someone who knows what it is like to serve as an officer, I spoke in support of this provision and the larger bill.
I am glad to announce I am serving on the Public Safety and Judiciary budget bill’s “conference committee” made up of members from each chamber appointed to reconcile the differences between two versions of a bill.
I am committed to working with our community to address this issue, and earlier this session I introduced my bill to create a White Bear Lake Area Water Use Work Group. Our region has seen prolonged issues over water quality and water use permits. This working group is necessary to move forward and ensure that our residents have clean, safe, water—I was proud to introduce this bill with bipartisan legislators from across Washington County. In addition, the Mayors of White Bear Lake, Lake Elmo, Oakdale, and Hugo all supported the bill—which was included in the House’s Environment and Climate budget bill!
Legalizing Adult-Use Cannabis
Last Wednesday was a historic day at the House as we voted to legalize adult-use cannabis in the state of Minnesota. Our current cannabis laws are doing more harm than good, and it is far past time to pass this bill. This legislation creates a safe, well-regulated legal marketplace for Minnesotans over the age of 21. It prioritizes automatic expungement of prior marijuana convictions. Finally, the bill will help start-up cannabis businesses to ensure the communities disproportionately affected by prohibition can take part in the economic opportunity created by legalization. I was proud to vote “yes” on this legislation.
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