The Snapshot  provides constituents with a glimpse of major pieces of legislation that was discussed in committee(s) during the previous week. For more in-depth coverage  refer to the House website, or for a full snapshot report click week-in-review-ending-feb-13-2009. WEEK IN REVIEW Ending Feb 13, 2009 AGRICULTURE, RURAL ECONOMIES AND VA AFFAIRS Monday was dairy day in Ag Finance, […]

More Info on Green Acres

For those of you unfamiliar with Green Acres, it is a program that has been in place for a long while to conserve agriculture land for family farmers and landowners by providing them a property tax rate that wouldn’t “price” them out of their land to developers. In efforts to modernize the program last session, […]

Update From David Bly

Dear Neighbors, The State Legislature has begun working towards its chief goal of balancing our state budget. As part of that process, the Governor unveiled his budget proposal to close our $4.8 billion deficit. I want to provide you with some information about the Governor’s budget and how it will impact our District. I also […]

Town Hall Meetings

I am holding several town hall meetings with Sen. Kevin Dahle to discuss the state budget and other legislative issues with constituents throughout the District. I invite you to come and participate in active discussion about how we most responsibly balance our state budget and move Minnesota forward. Here is the schedule of the upcoming […]


The Snapshot is a new, weekly edition to the blog. It is intended to provide constituents with a glimpse of major pieces of legislation or legislative activity that was discussed in committee(s) during the previous week. For those of you that would like more in-depth coverage of information you can refer to the House website. […]

Conservation Corps – Jobs for the Environment

State Rep Rick Hansen has introduced Bill HF 345 to provide funding to the Minnesota Conservation Corps (MCC). We have had numerous discussions on how to allocate the expected funds generated by the environmental Constitutional Amendment. MCC has a proven track record of getting the job done and providing meaningful experiences and employment to our […]

Q-Comp Evaluation

The Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor has released the program evaluation, Q- Comp: Quality Compensation for Teachers. To read the full report visit the State Auditor’s website.

The Middle Class Amendment

During my last campaign I talked frequently about a “Middle Class Amendment” I was working on. I discussed five (5) building blocks on which to build and strengthen our current middle class. Those 5 blocks are: 1. Transportation 2. Education 3. Health Care 4. A Living Wage 5. Clean Environment These five building blocks are […]


WEEK ENDING – JANUARY 23, 2009 Bioscience/workforce development policy division The committee heard testimony from DEED (their mission and goals) and the Commerce Department on the results of the Governor’s Economic Outlook Analysis Team’s work. Civil Justice On Wednesday, January 21, the Civil Justice Committee passed out of Committee the Minnesota False Claims Act, which […]