Speaker Hortman's Vision for the 2020 Legislature

2020 DFL legislative focus: Education, economic security, climate change, gun violence …
Melissa Hortman

In the February 9, 2020 issue of the Star Tribune, Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman outlines the DFL's vision for the 2020 Legislative session.

Excepts from the article:

In the 2020 session, House DFLers will continue our work to build a better future for all Minnesotans. We will also continue to try to persuade Republicans in the Minnesota Senate to join us, instead of blocking progress.

All our children deserve a world-class education, and our school districts shouldn’t have to depend on local referendums to provide it. That’s why DFLers supported much stronger school funding last year. We will keep working to ensure all our children have the resources they need to succeed.

Minnesotans shouldn’t lose their lives because they can’t afford medications they need. House DFLers have continued fighting for insulin affordability legislation since the 2019 session ended without enacting the Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act. We will keep working to make prescription drugs more accessible and affordable.

All Minnesotans should have economic security and time to care for themselves and their families. That’s why we passed paid family leave and earned sick and safe time legislation last session. Right now, far too many Minnesotans have to choose between work and taking care of a new baby, a family member or themselves. We will keep working to ensure that all Minnesotans have the paid time they need to care for themselves and their loved ones.

Climate change is a significant threat to Minnesota’s future economic growth and vitality. We have a responsibility to take action. Last year, we passed legislation calling for 100% renewable energy by 2050. House DFLers will continue advocating for strong policies to address climate change and preserve our natural resources.

Minnesotans have been loud and clear that they want the Legislature to take action to address gun violence. During the 2019 session, the Minnesota House DFL majority passed two broadly supported, common-sense gun safety measures that would make our communities safer — criminal background checks and red-flag laws. We will keep working to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them, and we hope Senate Republicans will listen to Minnesotans and join us.

This session also provides us the chance to invest in the public safety, affordable housing, higher education and water treatment infrastructure that Minnesotans depend on every day. Investing in these local projects also creates jobs in our communities. These investments shouldn’t wait, and we will keep working to invest in healthy, thriving communities across the state.