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Legislative Update - March 19, 2019
Yesterday the House passed legislation to address the opioid epidemic and distracted driving. I cast my vote for two bills that would save the lives of Minnesotans.
Ending the Opioid Epidemic
Thousands of families have been impacted by the opioid epidemic, and year after year the fatality rate continues to rise. The opioid manufacturers and distributors that created this crisis are collecting record profits while Minnesota communities pay the price. It’s time to take action to end the epidemic and hold Big Pharma accountable.
The House approved a comprehensive plan to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery resources (HF 400
). Funds for these services will come from fees paid by Big Pharma.
Preventing Distracted Driving Deaths
Distracted driving contributes to one in every five crashes, resulting in an average of 53 deaths and 216 serious injuries each year. Many families who lost loved ones to distracted driving have come to the Capitol to advocate for legislation that would ensure that drivers keep their attention on the road rather than their phones. A proposal to require drivers to use their cell-phones in a hands-free mode (HF 50) passed last night. This law has decreased crashes and fatalities in other states.
Upcoming Town Hall
Please join Senator Jim Carlson, Representative Laurie Halverson, and me for a town hall meeting this Saturday, March 23. We’ll provide an update on the progress made at the Capitol, preview what’s to come, and hear questions and concerns from constituents.
When: Saturday, March 23 from 12:30 – 2 p.m. Where: Large Meeting Room – Lower Level, Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan, MN 55123
Please continue to share your feedback with me as the legislative session continues.