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Senjem awarded for championing the deaf

Senjem awarded for championing the deaf

KAAL-TV
Created: November 15, 2019 09:06 AM

(ABC 6 News) - Minnesota Senator Dave Senjem is adding another honor to his list.  He was presented with a Legislative Advocacy Award for being a champion of the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing.

Senjem, of Rochester, worked to pass two bills in the state during the 2019 legislative session.

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The first was a bill to support an increase in funds from the Telecommunications Access Minnesota fund for the Commission so we can continue to bring groups together to work on policy change in education, health care, employment, technology and access to public service that benefit the whole state and encourage participation in civic life. The additional funds would cover a government relations director, a policy analyst, provide more support for our Education collaborative, support for our Age-Related hearing loss, leadership training, and increased costs of accommodations. This was successfully passed into law. 

The second was a bill to pursue additional funding to explore, develop, and establish a teacher preparation program leading to licensure for teachers of the blind and visually impaired. Ultimately the bill did not pass into law. 


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