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I hope this email finds you well and that you are staying warm. Our work continues at the legislature and the pace will quicken as we approach deadlines to pass bills through committee. I'm working hard with the House Taxes and Property Taxes chairs to find sustainable solutions to lower costs for retirees, homeowners, and renters. Our public works investment and jobs bill [ [link removed] ] is crafted and continues to move forward.
*We recently passed a significant bill to help prevent all-too-common catalytic converter thefts and enhance penalties around illegal possession and sale.?*
You may recall the federal catalytic converter theft ring bust [ [link removed] ] Minnesota participated in last fall, in which twenty of our state law enforcement agencies helped with the investigation. Catalytic converter theft is expensive and time-consuming for Minnesotans stuck without a vehicle, and last week, we took action to make it harder for thieves to make a quick and hefty buck from scrap dealers.
The bill cracks down on theft by prohibiting anyone from possessing a used, unattached catalytic converter unless the owner has the vehicle identification number (VIN) for the vehicle, and the date the converter was removed from the vehicle. It prohibits the sale and purchase of catalytic converters by anyone other than registered scrap metal dealers and would impose a fine of up to $10,000 for unlawful possession and sale. Also in the bill, scrap metal dealers must collect certain information to aid law enforcement and enter data into an electronic database.
Over the weekend, I had the honor of attending the Minnesota Professional Police and Peace Officer Convention in Duluth. It was great to speak with officers about how we can partner together on more recruitment and retention of our police officers. If we can pass this catalytic converter theft prevention bill into law, we can help thwart theft and give law enforcement the tools they could use in catching these thieves, while helping retain more police officers.??
*Mini Survey: Should Minnesota have a new State Flag?*
A bill that?s been proposed for a few years now has been introduced to establish a new official state flag and seal, retiring the existing one.
Below are a few designs that have been put out there as example templates.
Do you think Minnesota should update its state flag?
A big congratulations to our Rosemount Girls Hockey team for making it to the first round of state playoffs- the first time in eleven years! Our cheer team also excelled at nationals, and all of the wrestlers from across the district did extremely well at the state tournament last week. Our community is fortunate to have strong extracurricular programming for our students, so they have the opportunity to have excel not only inside the classroom, but on the court or field.?
Please continue to reach out anytime at [email protected] or 651-296-4306 with questions or input. I appreciate hearing from you!
Thank you for the honor of representing our Rosemount, Apple Valley, and Eagan communities at the State Capitol.
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