DFL leaders, now in control of MN House, to outline legislative priorities

Senate Republicans released their proposals Tues.

Sloane Martin
January 09, 2019 - 5:27 am

Minnesota Senate Republican leaders announced their first five bills Tuesday. Today, House democrats will do the same.

As they take control of the Minnesota House, party leaders will outline their first 10 bills to kick off the new legislative session. New speaker Melissa Hortman says one proposal will let everyone buy into the MinnesotaCare, the health plan for the working poor. 

Newly-sworn in DFL House member Michael Howard, who represents Richfield and Bloomington, said it will reflect what they heard on the campaign trail.

"I think Minnesotans expect us to focus on the economic security issues that matter," Howard said. "Things like child care, the cost of college, wages. We need to focus on those economic bread-and-butter issues that matter to families."

Former Speaker and current House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt says he'll be monitoring.

"I am committed to working with Democrats or against Democrats, but for Minnesotans," he said. "If they want to reduce healthcare costs, if they want to put more money in Minnesotans' pockets, whether it be through tax relief or their paychecks, I'll be right there with them. But when they break their promises to Minnesotans I will be here to hold them accountable."

Gov. Tim Walz today is signing his first executive order establishing the One Minnesota Council on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, an initiative started by his predecessor Mark Dayton.