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Legislative Update from Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen

Friday, May 15, 2020

Dear Neighbors,

On Wednesday, I made a motion to suspend the House rules so that we could consider my bill, House File 4606. This legislation would provide a framework for businesses to return to the workplace and safely resume operations if they follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines. A similar bill had passed the Senate with 4 DFL senator voting in support.

You can watch debate on my motion to suspend the rules here or click on the photo below.

The bill received bipartisan support and passed in the Senate 39-28. Sadly, my motion did not receive the support needed in the House to advance the bill despite some bipartisan support.

It’s time for businesses to safely reopen so that our economy can get moving again. Let’s protect the vulnerable and get Minnesota back to work!

Stay at Home Order to Expire

This week, Governor Walz announced that he will be lifting the state's Stay at Home order effective Monday. This will allow the reopening of retail establishments and other businesses.

Click here to read the executive order in its entirety: https://bit.ly/3dP5PKU

Governor Walz’s announcement is good news for thousands of Minnesota businesses and employees that will be able to return to work on Monday. While this is a step in the right direction, I am concerned that the Governor’s announcement does not go far enough and arbitrarily forces some businesses to remain closed including restaurants and salons.

Ultimately if a business can openly safely, they should be allowed to do so. It’s time for Governor Walz to trust Minnesotans to care for themselves and their neighbors.

That’s why it is important to pass my bill to allow all businesses to safely reopen in accordance with CDC guidelines.

We can open Minnesota’s economy and practice safe behaviors without big government dictates. Please call Governor Walz at 651–201–3400 and respectfully urge him to open the economy and protect our most vulnerable. 

Sincerely,

Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen

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