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Minnesota State House District 13B

State Representatives serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the state legislature. They write and vote on legislation to create, repeal, or change state laws affecting many issues, like health care, the environment, and the economy. They also vote on state taxes and the state spending.

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    Melissa Bromenschenkel
    (DFL)

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    Tim O'Driscoll
    (Rep)

Información Biográfica

If elected, what will your top three priorities be and why? (750 characters)

How would you ensure election laws do not create barriers to Minnesotans’ freedom to vote while also ensuring safe and secure elections? (500 characters)

What legislation, if any, would you support to address racial or ethnic disparities in Minnesota? (500 characters)

What will you do to support a vibrant economy across Minnesota, and to address rising inflation? (500 characters)

What legislation, if any, would you support to reduce gun violence in Minnesota? (500 characters)

Campaign Twitter Handle @@melbfor13b
Campaign Email Melbfor13b@gmail.cm
Campaign Mailing Address 617 PINECONE RD APT 204
SARTELL, MN 56377
1) The protection of a woman’s body autonomy. While I wouldn’t make the choice to have an abortion myself, I have no right to make that choice for anyone else. Women should have the right to make choices about their own bodies and have privacy and confidentiality with their doctors about those decisions.

2) Getting gun legislation passed that requires a designated waiting period, mandatory mental health screenings and thorough background checks.

3) More funding for public schools. Some would go to special education, additional funds to teacher/para salary increases, equity programs, programs to combat bullying in schools, rebuilding and expanding fine arts and trade classes and discretionary funds for districts to allocate as needed.
MN requires proof of residence if you haven’t voted in 4 years or more. Some people only vote for presidential elections, I believe changing that to 8 years as long as their address has not changed would reduce a barrier for some voters. In addition, expanding the mail in ballot program would allow individuals without access to transportation or those with disabilities to participate in the electoral process instead of becoming disenfranchised.
I would support more funding for law enforcement for training in race relations. In addition, I would back any bill that called for harsher penalties for racial hate crimes and stronger enforcement of non-discriminatory business practices (housing, employment, etc).
Inflation comes from the basic economic principle of supply and demand. Due to the pandemic, suppliers have not been able to keep up with increased demand. As the demand outpaces the supply, prices increase. MN had a nearly 9 billion dollar budget surplus. While that money will go towards a number of beneficial projects, a small income tax break for lower income families would put more money into the hands of Minnesotans, which would give a influx of cash to a floundering economy.
I am a strong proponent of background checks, mental health screenings and mandatory waiting periods to purchase a gun. Gun safety, storage and cleaning should all be a part of the process in obtaining a firearm. The applicant should also have to demonstrate understanding of what they have learned. The military and law enforcement use mental health screenings to determine whether a person is stable enough to join their ranks & carry a weapon. The public should undergo the same rigorous process.
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