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Next steps in responding to COVID-19 pandemic

Dan Sparks State Senator, District 27 The challenge of COVID-19 continues to be felt for each of us in not just Minnesota, but throughout the ... Read more

1 day ago by Daily Herald.

Addressing disaster relief and the rural finance authority

The legislative session is moving quickly, and my colleagues and I have been hearing bills in committee and are beginning to move bills off the ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Daily Herald.

Supporting farm safety and consumer protections

By Dan Sparks State Senator, District 27 During my time in the Minnesota Senate, I have always recognized the importance of farm safety. Agriculture is ... Read more

1 month ago by Daily Herald.

Dan Sparks: Bonding the focus for the 2020 Legislative session

My colleagues and I are headed back to the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 11 to begin the 2020 Legislative session. Last year, my colleagues and ... Read more

2 months ago by Daily Herald.

Dan Sparks: Wrapping up the state budget

Prior to the May 20, adjournment of the regular 2019 Legislative Session, the Senate, House, and Governor Tim Walz came together and reached a budget ... Read more

10 months ago by Daily Herald.

Session approaches conclusion

The Minnesota State Constitution sets May 20th as the date that the legislature must adjourn by and is the deadline for us to pass a ... Read more

11 months ago by Daily Herald.

Sparks: Fortifying support for Minnesota’s agriculture industry

The long nights of the 2019 Legislative Session have arrived. This week my colleagues and I in the Senate started to take up budget bills ... Read more

11 months ago by Daily Herald.

Sparks: The legislative calm before the storm

This year’s legislative session now enters the spring recess, giving us the opportunity to reflect on what we’ve accomplished so far and the work that ... Read more

12 months ago by Daily Herald.

State Legislature reaches second committee deadline

The 2019 Legislative session continues to pick up steam as we approach April and the final eight weeks before adjournment. Over 2,600 bills have been ... Read more

1 year ago by Daily Herald.

Dan Sparks: With first deadline, session picks up steam

We are at the halfway point in the 2019 Legislative Session, and we have a lot of work before us to make sure we pass ... Read more

1 year ago by Daily Herald.

Dan Sparks: Addressing Minnesota’s opioid crisis

By Dan Sparks State Senator, District 27 One of the growing issues facing Minnesotans across the state is the opioid crisis. There has been a ... Read more

1 year ago by Daily Herald.

Dan Sparks: Committee deadlines provide transparency and good government

By Dan Sparks State Senator, District 27 A key to a healthy democracy is in making the legislative process open, accessible and transparent. Minnesotans deserve ... Read more

1 year ago by Daily Herald.

Dan Sparks: Securing firm financial footing for Austin firefighters

One of my priorities for the 2019 Legislative Session is finishing the work necessary for Austin’s volunteer firefighters and their pensions. These selfless volunteer firefighters ... Read more

1 year ago by Daily Herald.

Sen. Sparks previews 2019 legislative session

Happy New Year, southern Minnesota! I hope you and your loved ones enjoyed some quality time together over the holidays and had an opportunity to ... Read more

1 year ago by Daily Herald.

Dan Sparks: Bipartisan agreements reached on some things

The 2018 legislative session concluded Sunday, May 20. This year, our part-time legislature met in St. Paul for three months. Although we do not always ... Read more

2 years ago by Daily Herald.

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