You can read about the specific changes to Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan here.
Fighting for the Pandemic’s Frontline Responders
The public safety and health care heroes that kept our state together in the darkest stages of this pandemic need our help. Despite increased vaccinations, these frontline responders are still in some of the most vulnerable positions when it comes to being exposed to COVID-19, and they deserve to have their pandemic workers’ comp benefits extended.
A bill I wrote and passed into law last year provided the presumption that these Minnesotans, should they get sick or exposed to COVID-19, did so in the line of duty, and were therefore eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. At the time, no one could say how long the pandemic would last, and part of the negotiations included the bill expiring on May 1 of this year. That’s clearly not acceptable.
This week, my bill to extend that deadline by one year passed through committee, bringing it one step closer to a vote on the House Floor, and hopefully swiftly being passed into law. I’m extremely proud to be supported by the vast coalition of firefighters, police officers, paramedics, EMTs, nurses, doctors, correctional officers, and the child care providers that looked after their children - all of whom would benefit from this bill.
It’s time to get this over the finish line for the Minnesotans that continue to keep us all safe. You can read more about the hearing where this bill advanced with unanimous support here.
It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through our legislative session. If you have any questions or comments on our work in the Minnesota House, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give me a call at (651) 296-6612. You can also follow along with my work on my member page, “like” my official facebook page, and subscribe to and share these legislative updates. I look forward to hearing from you!
Rep. Dan Wolgamott