Sen. Matt Little leads effort to shine light on GOP neglect

Committee to Review Bills Barred from Senate Hearings
Majority’s refusal to hear bills in no April fools joke.

St. Paul, MN – “These bills could save many lives and tax dollars,” Sen. Matt Little (DFL-Lakeville) previewed, “But they haven’t been given a single senate hearing. Our democracy isn’t supposed to work this way- it’s the worst kind of partisanship.” The fictitious ‘Senate Committee on Banned Bills’ will hold a very real hearing on April 1stat 9am in 1100 Minnesota Senate Building to review a variety of legislation that have been refused committee hearings in the senate. This committee hearing will be open to the public and people are encouraged to attend.

Sen. Matt Little (SD58) is chair of the committee.

“These bills have huge public support and are common sense ideas,” Little continued, “They’ve been banned for completely crass partisan reasons; because they are targeting certain seats, and don’t want to give certain people any achievements to campaign with. But the senate can’t make good decisions if major options aren’t even on the table. Partisan games like this are rigging our democracy, and blocking bills that voters really want.”

The Senate Committee on Banned Bills (COBB) is slated to review the proposed bills, take testimony from citizens and expert witnesses, and debate the merits of each policy.  A wide array of bills will be introduced during the hearing, including legislation dealing with paid family medical leave, gun safety, and the health care provider tax [agenda and complete list of members and bills below].

Until late yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka had declared that he would “do everything in his power” to prevent new gun legislation. Early this morning the Star Tribune reported that Leader Gazelka had changed position and agreed to allow a hearing on certain gun safety measures if the house passed the same bills first.

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Senate Committee on Banned Bills Agenda for Monday, April 1:

  1. SF 434 – Latz – Firearms transfers and private party firearms transfers criminal background checks requirement
  2. SF 399 – Hayden – MinnesotaCare provider tax repeal
  3. SF 1012 – Torres Ray – Increase Teachers of Color Act strengthening and appropriation
  4. SF 1060 – Kent – Paid family, pregnancy, bonding, and applicant’s serious medical condition benefits establishment; employment leaves authorization and regulation; data classification authorization and appropriation
  5. SF 856 – Champion – Right to vote restoration upon incarceration release or sentencing imposition; county attorney voter registration and eligibility investigation obligation repeal
  6. SF 208 – Pappas – Resolution memorializing Congress to remove the deadline for ratification of the equal rights amendment by the states
  7. SF 200 – Cohen – Constitutional amendment for gender equality under the law

Senate Committee on Banned Bills Membership:

  • Sen. Matt Little – Chair
  • Sen. Melisa Franzen – Vice Chair
  • Sen. Karla Bigham
  • Sen. Bobby Joe Champion
  • Sen. Steve Cwodzinski
  • Sen. Nick Frentz
  • Sen. Jeff Hayden
  • Sen. Jason Isaacson
  • Sen. Susan Kent
  • Sen. Sandy Pappas
  • Sen. Patricia Torres Ray

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