February 22, 2022

Make plans to join us for the Protect Minnesota Kids Act Legislative Lobbying Day, Wednesday March 9. Below is the list of legislators who have signed onto the PMKA bills to date.

(Note: Although all house members may sign onto a bill, only 5 are allowed to sign on in the senate).

PMKA Legislative Lobbying Day, Wednesday March 9

We will be meeting as a group in the L’Etoile du Nord Vault room in the basement level of the MN State Capitol from 2 to 2:30 p.m. From there we will split into small groups to visit legislators.

If we can’t go to the House members’ offices due to restrictive covid policies, we have the Vault room reserved from 2:30-4:30 p.m. to have your legislator come there to meet with you. As of this email, the Senate Office Building has just been completely reopened to the public, so we can go there in teams to visit the Senators.

Join us in thanking the Minnesota House and Senate members who are fighting to protect our children! Please send them a thank you via email or phone call. We will focus our visits during the Legislative Lobby Day with the legislators that have not signed on yet. We want all legislators to commit to voting to pass the Protect MN Kids Act bills when they are given the opportunity. Everyone should be on board
with protecting kids!

Committee Chairs

The three primary legislators who determine whether these bills get hearings and move through the process to become law, are Rep. Carlos Mariani, Senator Warren Limmer and Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen. They need to hear from the public that these bills need to be passed into law to protect Minnesota’s kids by putting the worst of the worst offenders into jail instead of giving them only probation.

Please contact these three legislators!
Respectfully ask Rep. Mariani and Senator Limmer to schedule a committee hearing for HF226 and HF229 in the House and SF1220 and SF1826 in the Senate.

Minnesota House of Representatives Committee Chair
Rep. Carlos Mariani (D – St. Paul)
House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Committee
E-mail: rep.carlos.mariani@house.mn
479 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
Minnesota Senate Committee Chair
Warren Limmer (R – Maple Grove)
Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy
E-mail: Sen.warren.limmer@senate.mn
3221 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155

Thank and Encourage
Minnesota Senate Author of SF1220 and SF1826

Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen (R, Alexandria)
E-mail: sen.bill.ingebrigtsen@senate.mn
3207 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155

Heads Up!
A PMKA Rally is planned for Saturday May 7, 2022 in front of the MN State Capitol. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Lastly, contact Governor Walz
Telephone: 651-201-3400
Email by webform.
130 State Capitol
75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
Staffed office hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Respectfully urge the Governor to pass the House and Senate to bills so he can sign them into law!

Proposed Legislative Bills: HF226, HF229, SF1826, SF1220
HF226 and HF229 increase penalties for production, distribution, and possession of child sexual abuse and require convicts to register publicly as predatory offenders. They were introduced last year, but no hearings were scheduled in either the Minnesota House or the Senate. 2020 was the 3rd biennium this legislation has been introduced with very little action. The Senate companion bills are SF1826 and SF1220.

These bills give law enforcement officers more resources to combat child predators, especially those trading videos and pictures of violent child sexual abuse online.

The Chairs of the committees must schedule hearings! Committee deadlines come fast!

Additional actions you can take:

  • Visit our PMKA page for more information about the bill and free resources.
  • Contact your legislators and Governor Walz and share the importance of passing the PMKA.
  • Share information about PMKA and the previous actionable steps with others.