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State Representative Karen Clark, chair of the Minnesota House Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division issued the following statement in response to Governor Pawlenty's appointment of Dr. Sanne Magnan as the new Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health.
"While I have not had the opportunity to meet Dr. Magnan yet, I look forward to doing so and working with her to begin the process of restoring trust in the Minnesota Department of Health. I'm especially pleased to hear of Dr. Magnan's focus on public health prevention and increased transparency when reporting emerging health threats in our state."
"Minnesotans expect and deserve a Commissioner of Health who is committed to transparency, forthrightness and honesty when investigating, identifying and reporting critical public health issues."
"I also hope to hear from Dr. Magnan that she will make a strong commitment to combating the threats that environmental toxins pose to public health. Such a commitment would go far to re-establish Minnesota's reputation as a model in public health policy and timely disclosure of public health threats."
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