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Recent News- Rep. Engen

Engen's School Safety Bill Featured on KSTP, KARE 11 News

“My number one priority is the safety of our students and staff,” said Engen. “Students, parents, and teachers should not have to wonder if their school is equipped and prepared for any given emergency situation. The SHIELD Act will make Minnesota a national leader in school safety, and allow our districts to teach and learn without worry.”

Under Engen’s proposed legislation, resources are made available to school districts for the installment of infrastructure that alerts, detects, and deters threats on school grounds.Using Emergency Alert Systems within classrooms, completely hidden ballistic shielding panels and window films, magnetic door-locking systems, and central communication systems, First Responders can know the live location and movements of any active threat within a building, leading to faster law enforcement response times and lockdown activation.  

Engen continued, “This bill cuts through political noise and offers solutions to assure the safety of all students and teachers. I hope we can act to get this done.”

MPR News Profiles Rep. Elliott Engen, First Gen-Z Republican 

Via MPR: "Engen is one of two Generation Z lawmakers stepping into the Minnesota Legislature this year. Engen is a Republican while the other, state Sen. Zaynab Mohamed, is a DFLer, making each the only legislator of their generation in their respective political parties in the state. Already, these young politicians are poised to shape the course of their parties."

Engen raises fresh concerns over Sen. Hoffman’s apparent ‘self-serving conflicts’

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Rep. Elliott Engen questioned Sen. Hoffman in a joint hearing on Feb. 13th regarding the Senator's 2023 bill which directed three million dollars to a nonprofit organization he has direct financial ties to. 

Engen released a statement saying, "When a politician uses their office to enrich themselves, it's time to send them packing. Senator Hoffman's many unanswered 'oversights' deserve an immediate response or an immediate resignation."

 

 

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Engen Calls Out "Purely Political" Move by DFL to Strip Baby Items Sales Tax Exemption From the Tax Bill   

Republicans in both chambers successfully amended an omnibus tax bill to expand the exemption to items such as cribs, strollers, mattresses, car seats, and wipes. That amendment, however, was stripped from the bill during conference committee.

“Well happy Mother’s Day folks. This is what the DFL gave you,” said Rep. Elliot Engen, R-White Bear Township.

Coleman said the expanded exemption would save Minnesota families $7 million over the next biennium.

Coleman and Engen urged DFLers to reconsider before the conference committee report is adopted.

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Engen Highlights the Costly $730 Million Dollar Price-tag for Proposed "Palace For Politicians"   

The House Rules Committee debated the DFL majority party's decision to approve a $730 Million-Dollar "renovation" of the same building legislators office out of. 

Engen lambasted the price tag to House majority leader Jamie Long.  

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Engen Introduces Bill to Save Rideshare Services Throughout Minnesota   

Minnesota GOP lawmakers are planning to introduce a bill at the State Capitol that aims to keep Uber and Lyft in Minneapolis. Rep. Elliott Engen (R-White Bear Lake) speaks with FOX 9 about the bill.

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