State Rep.—and Mendota Heights blogger—Rick Hansen will give area communities some property tax relief.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
An Eagan legislator has backed a proposal that would allow municipalities to post public notices online, rather than paying to have them placed in local newspapers.
Like looking through the foreclosure notices, public meeting announcements and meeting minutes in your local newspaper? Those days may soon be at an end, if a bill co-sponsored by District 51B Rep. Laurie Halverson (DFL) is signed into law. The bill, HF 1286, would allow municipalities, like your local city or county government, to publish public notices on their own websites, in place of or in addition to a community's "newspaper of record." A municipality that chooses this method would still have to make print copies of its notices available for review, and publish a notice once annually in a local newspaper alerting residents to the website address. In other political news around the county: District 52A Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL) is listed…
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The MN Senate Judiciary Committee sent a same-sex marriage bill to the full Senate on 5-3 vote, and just hours later, the Civil Law Committee in the House approved the campanion bill 10-7.
Same-sex marriage bills now head to the Senate and House floors. By a vote of 10-7 on a party-line vote, the Civil Law Committee in the Minnesota House of Representatives voted Tuesday to pass legislation that would grant same-sex couples the freedom to marry as soon as August 1. This vote comes just hours after the Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of companion legislation. House File 1054, authored by Representative Karen Clark and co-authored by 22 other members of the Minnesota House, would remove limitations on marriage for same-sex couples from Minnesota state law, while also protecting the religious freedoms of clergy and faith institutions to practice their religious beliefs free from government interference or …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Keep track of local politics with Patch's weekly southeast metro legislative review.
A proposal to appropriate $15,000,000 for improvements to the Minnesota Zoo has the support of Rep. Sandra Masin (51A, DFL). Masin is listed as a co-author on HF 928, authored by District 56B Rep. Will Morgan (DFL). Under the bill's provisions, the money would be used to improve the infrastructure and exhibits at the zoo. In other political news from around the southeast metro: Rep. Rick Hansen (52A, DFL) wants to impose stricter regulations on silica sand mining operations in Minnesota. Hansen authored a proposal, HF 906, that would require the Environmental Quality Board to develop standards and criteria for mining, processing and transporting silica sand—used in fracking operations. The criteria would be used by local governments to …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
The DFL state representative will be at Buon Giorno in Lilydale from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today.
The following is a press release from the office of Rep. Rick Hansen. State Representative Rick Hansen (DFL – South St. Paul) will be holding a listening session on February 23, 2013. The meeting will be held from 10:00-11:30 AM at Buon Giorno (981 Sibley Memorial Highway, Lilydale, MN 55118). Coffee and treats will be provided. “Our state is facing some challenges, first and foremost, closing a $1.1 billion budget deficit,” said Rep. Hansen. “Our budget needs to set our state on a long-term path to success and reflect the priorities of Minnesotans. Hearing from Minnesotans is absolutely essential to getting the job done. I strongly encourage folks to attend if they can.” Rep. Hansen encourages constituents to contact him with any …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
In other headlines from around the region last week, South Metro school districts are losing students to open enrollment, and Shakopee makes a guest appearance on 'Saturday Night Live.'
You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the top recent headlines from throughout the South Metro region. Here's a look at last week's stories, which first appeared on this site or those of our neighbors, that may interest you or affect your life. To read the full stories, click on the headline links. UPDATE: Death Toll Now at 75, But Flu On The Wane Across Minnesota Department of Health says there were an additional 15 deaths last week, but that number of people hospitalized with flu-like symptoms has fallen dramatically. Authorities Identify Apple Valley Woman Killed in Savage Crash Authorities are still investigating an accident that left a 35-year-old south metro woman dead Wednesday …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Democratic state representative for Mendota Heights, Lilydale and West St. Paul talks about waiting in lines, the president's speech and Beyoncé lip-syncing the national anthem.
Why did you want to go to the inauguration? I had gone to the national convention and was on the rules committee for the national convention, and we had gone to the first inauguration to support the president. It was a tremendous historical event to watch the transfer of power from one administration to another—even when it’s the same administration. How would you compare this inauguration with 2009? I thought the speech had more content in it and I was pleased by the themes the president raised—particularly climate change. There were fewer people, but people were still passionate. People are just happy. People will take pictures and pass cameras around. ‘Oh, here’s somebody from Arkansas,’ or ‘Here’s somebody from Illinois.’ It’s a great …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Legislative Clerk David Surdez places the names of the 2013-2014 House members on the voting board in the House Chamber. The legislative session is scheduled to begin Jan. 8.
Follow Mendota Heights Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our free newsletter Legislative Clerk David Surdez places the names of the 2013-2014 House members on the voting board in the House Chamber. The 134 name plates have to be adjusted by hand at least every two years. The legislative session is scheduled to begin Jan. 8. Mendota Heights is represented by Rick Hansen, DFL-District 52A, and Joe Atkins, DFL-District 52B, in the House of Representatives and Jim Metzen, DFL-District 52, in the Minnesota Senate. To read more about the upcoming legislative session, click on the headline below: What Issues Should the Minnesota Legislature Focus on in 2013?
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
A selection of quotes from candidates for state and local office in Mendota Heights and Inver Grove Heights.
Tuesday evening, as the votes were being tallied, Patch spoke with a number of candidates for state and local office in Mendota Heights and Inver Grove Heights. The following is a collection of some of the best quotes we heard. Make sure to check out our pages on the Mendota Heights, Inver Grove Heights and Dakota County elections for more coverage. Senate candidate Dwight Rabuse (R) I feel exactly as I have for several months: I tell everyone ‘I’m not predicting victory, but I’m not assuming failure either.' ... We’ll see how much of that Minnesota Nice translates to Dwight Rabuse support. Sen. Jim Metzen (DFL) on the advantage of moving into the Capitol should the Democrats retake the Senate. We’re down where the trash[men] come down …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Hansen is the incumbent in this political race.
Name : Mr. Rick Hansen Age : 49 Place of residence : South St. Paul Attended college : Yes College : Upper Iowa University Degree : BS in Biology, Magna Cum Laude Year of graduation : 1985 University : Iowa State University Degree : MS in Soil Management Year of graduation : 1987 Job titles held : Unit Supervisor, President - Harmony Cedar Inc. Employers : Minnesota Department of Agriculture, self-employed Party affiliation : Democrat Running for a: State office Running for position: State Representative Chamber/district: 52A Incumbent: Yes First elected: 02 November 2004 Previous elective offices : Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, elected 1996 and 2002 Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA Address Name…