COVID-19 Vaccine Update
COVID-19 case numbers and positivity rates are trending downward in Minnesota. The vaccination process is also improving. The federal government is gradually increasing the supply of doses, and the state is adapting the process to ensure that the vaccines we receive are distributed more effectively and equitably.
Health care workers and long-term care residents and staff will continue receiving the vaccine through their workplace, care facility, or local public health department. Educators, school staff, and childcare workers will receive information from their employers. Minnesotans who are 65 or older can use this tool to find nearby vaccine providers and make an appointment.
More information is available on the state’s Vaccine Data Dashboard.
Black History Month
February is Black History Month and, while we have made progress in the fight for racial equity, we are not at the finish line. COVID-19 has exposed existing racial disparities in our state that we can only address through bold legislation. The House Select Committee report on Racial Justice and the People of Color and Indigenous Caucus’ statement on Black History Month are both important reads.
The subzero temperatures are sticking around for the next few days, and you can receive help with utility bills, to repair or replace homeowners’ malfunctioning furnaces, and to purchase fuel for delivery in emergencies. Help is available from Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP) for homeowners, renters with young children, people with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and those experiencing unemployment or financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New applicants have until May 31, 2021 to apply. Funding is limited and administered on a first-come, first-served basis, so you are encouraged to apply soon. Additionally, the state’s Cold Weather Rule is in effect until April 15 which prevents utility shut offs if you sign up for a payment plan with your energy provider. More information on these protections is available from the Public Utilities Commission.
Stay connected with the Legislature
The Minnesota House continues to operate remotely. The House ensures openness and transparency for the public by expanding the number of simultaneous committees it can webcast live?from a maximum of two to five, so you can stay current on issues moving through committees this budget session.
Also, the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services offers nonpartisan recaps of high-profile bills, committee hearings, and floor sessions with their Session Daily publication. Subscribe to receive these here. To track bills of interest through the legislative process, I encourage you to utilize the MyBills feature on the Minnesota House of Representatives’ website.
I welcome your questions and comments anytime. You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or can also call my legislative assistant, Joe Lenczewski at 651-296-5486.
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Thank you for the privilege of representing you in the legislature.