Update from Rep John Kriesel

Representative John Kriesel (R) District 57A

Representative John Kriesel (R) District 57A

By Rep. John Kriesel (57A)
4/5/2012

Neighbors,

This week was a busy one – we spent most of our time on the House floor debating and passing bills through to send to the Governor.

My bill to legalize fireworks, HF1774, was heard on the floor this week. It was re-referred to the House Committee on Government Operations, where it passed this morning. I’ll keep you posted on the progress, it should be back up for a vote on the House floor soon.

This morning we learned that Governor Dayton vetoed the Legislature’s bill that would pay back the entire K-12 school shift from our 2011 budget agreement with the Governor, as well as make the first repayment toward the $2 billion education shift leftover by the previous legislature. Its disappointing that the Governor chose to veto this bill, and I think that our schools would have really benefitted from this fiscally responsible bill.

A great thing happened this week in the House: the photo ID measure was passed, and passed in the Senate and will appear on the November ballot. Minnesotans deserve to know that the outcome of their elections are being determined by citizens who are who they say they are. Showing a photo ID at the polls will protect the integrity of a vote, and an important thing to note is that if a voter does not have an ID, one will be provided to them free of charge.

We are continuing to work towards our goal of long-term structural reforms and investments in Minnesota’s private sector to spur job growth.

Have a great weekend.
John Kriesel

Representative John Kriesel
Dist. 57A
Vice-Chair: Veterans Services Division Committee, Capital Investment Committee, Judiciary Policy and Finance Committee, Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee
451 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
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