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Legislative Update – May 17, 2024

Friday, May 17, 2024

Legislative Update – May 17, 2024

Dear Neighbors,

We are in the final few days of the 2024 Legislative Session, and I have been working hard to deliver results for our communities and pass legislation that improves Minnesotans’ lives. We will be meeting throughout the weekend up to our May 20 deadline, and I will update you on the final status of bills as they head to the Governor’s desk.


Supplemental Budget Bills

We’ve now passed all our major supplemental budgets. You can read these nonpartisan summaries of our work on K-12 Education, Children & Families, Transportation, Labor, and Housing, Higher Education, Judiciary and Public Safety, State and Local Government and Veterans, Elections, Human Services, Workforce and Economic Development, Environment and Natural Resources, Agriculture, Commerce, and Energy, Health, and Taxes.

These are all great bills, but as a member of the Public Safety, Judiciary and Civil Law, and Human Services, committees, I’m especially proud of our efforts there to support safer communities, make our justice system more equal, and invest in our most vulnerable Minnesotans and those that help care for them.

As we continue to pass our remaining House proposals, House and Senate members are currently meeting in conference committees to craft consensus legislation for where we differ in these issue areas. These conference committee meetings, and passing these final bills, will likely take up our remaining days of the legislative session.

I’m proud to announce that I've been selected to serve on the Public Safety and Judiciary Conference Committee, which is working with our Senate counterparts to craft our final 2024 Public Safety and Judiciary budget and policy bill. Many provisions I've authored are included and I'm excited to help get this bill across the finish line before our May 20 deadline!

Curran Judiciary

You can read more about what's in the House version of the bill here. The picture above is the full House Judiciary Committee from our last meeting this year!


Other House Priorities

House DFLers are also moving forward on several other important pieces of legislation. We’re working on legislation that puts tougher penalties on straw purchases for firearms and banning binary triggers, updating our adult-use cannabis legalization legislation to prepare for a safe, well-regulated legal market, the African American Family Preservation Act, a great tenants rights package, and a bill supporting emergency medical services, especially in rural areas.

As Speaker Hortman said in response to an eight-hour Republican filibuster on Wednesday, “Minnesotans sent us here to deliver results and build a state that works better for everyone. The Rules of the Minnesota House of Representatives protect both the minority's right to be heard and the majority's right and responsibility to govern. We will continue to give the minority ample time to discuss measures on the floor, but ultimately, we will complete the work of the session”

I couldn’t agree more, and I am thankful for the Speaker’s leadership as we move forward with our 2024 budget bills and legislation that protects Minnesotans’ equal rights.

House Floor

Statehood Day – New Flag and Seal

In other news, last Saturday Minnesota celebrated 166 years of statehood. The Minnesota State Flag and Seal approved by the State Emblems Redesign Commission early this year are now officially in place! This is a culmination of months of gathering input from and engaging with Minnesotans to find a flag and seal that represents the best of all of us. 

Flag and Seal

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Brion Curran
State Representative