The farmers’ market bi-partisan bill sponsored by Rep. Bob Barrett and Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) was passed by the House late Wednesday (129-0). Senators passed it on Thursday (55-0). Bob introduced the bill after constituents who run the Chisago City Farmers Market and other Farmer’s markets around the state sought clarity to state laws that govern how food is handled at their market. Rep. Barrett worked with Chisago County constituents, various Farmer’s Market vendors, the Minnesota Farmer’s Market Association, Minnesota Dept of Health, Minnesota Dept of Agriculture, the City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Farmer’s Union, a bi-partisan group of elected officials and others to help craft the bill that Governor Dayton will sign into law. Read more: Legislature clarifies farmer market requirements
Last week, I introduced House File 3320, a bipartisan bill to reduce the number of Minnesota legislators by half and eliminate the need to build a lavish $90 million “Crystal Palace” Senate Office Building in St. Paul. Minnesota’s legislature, with 201 members, is the fifth largest in the country, and our state senate is the largest of any state. Ranking twenty-first in total population, there is no need to have this many politicians in St. Paul. With an unnecessary new Senate Office Building being approved, I believe this is the perfect time to enact this legislation. The stars are aligned for this to happen right now. If passed into law, the bill would go into effect for the 2016 election. Reducing the number of representatives in the House from 134 to 64 and reducing the number of state senators from 67 to 32 will leave eight state representatives and four […]
National Agriculture Day was Tuesday, March 25, and it is a wonderful time to recognize the hardworking farmers in our district and across the state. Minnesota is a world class state for agriculture, supplying the nation with delicious, affordable goods and feeding our families. From the first-rate agricultural research being done at the University of Minnesota to the vital impact agriculture has on our local economies, it’s important to recognize the role of farmers and ranchers in Minnesota. From the clothes we wear to the food on our table, farmers play a key role in our everyday lives. I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to farmers across our state and join in the celebration of National Agriculture Day. FFA Students It was great to meet with Future Farmers of America students from my district who came down to the Capitol this week. FFA is a wonderful organization […]
2014 is an important year for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare. In Minnesota, all citizens and legal residents are required by law to have health coverage by March 31 of this year or face a fine. Unfortunately, the state agency established to help Minnesotans access coverage plans has been unable to provide the level of service needed. This means thousands across the state are currently without coverage and have been unable to access the state resources they deserve through MNsure. I’d like to share some important facts with you about the impact of this federal law in our state and our local area: MNsure was created after legislation last spring authorized Governor Dayton to construct a state-based exchange to implement Obamacare. The exchange opened for business on October 1, 2013 and was bogged down with significant challenges, such as a privacy breach that put personal information […]
News coverage by KSTP concerning medical marijuana in Minnesota. Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, an advocacy group, says legalizing medical marijuana is long overdue. They argue doing so would increase the quality of life for people suffering from chronic pain. However, critics are concerned legalizing medical marijuana may have unintended consequences that may harm children or increase marijuana-related traffic accidents. The legislature passed a medical marijuana bill in 2009 but then Governor Pawlenty vetoed it on the grounds that law enforcement opposed legalizing medical marijuana. Governor Dayton feels the same and says he’ll oppose it as long as law enforcement is opposed to the legalization. Click for KSTP News Clip.