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Legislative Update - A Community Conversation on the Philando Castile Omnibus Bill

Thursday, March 18, 2021


Dear Neighbors, 

We need to invest in our communities and the services that help those in our state who have been marginalized - that's the goal of the Philando Castile Omnibus Bill

Please join me, along with Sen. Omar Fateh, members of the Castile family, the NAACP, community advocates, and faith leaders as we virtually discuss the necessary steps to take on systemic racism in Minnesota.

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We’ll be live on Facebook at 5pm this Friday, March 19. I hope you can join us for this important conversation. 



Helping Our Communities Rebuild

Since the civil unrest that devastated communities in St. Paul and Minneapolis last year, many small businesses are still literally picking up the pieces of their American dream. The trial of Derek Chauvin is looming large in the Twin Cities right now, but we can’t let it eclipse the work that needs to be done to help our communities recover.

I’m the proud co-author of two important bills, the PROMISE Act and HF 728, both of which would invest in our communities and help our small businesses rebuild. Earlier this month, while promoting these bills, I was able to meet up with my friend, Abe. You can see in the photo below that he’s smiling behind that mask, but the rubble we’re in front of was his furniture store. Abe has been a tireless advocate for the impacted businesses in St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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We can’t afford to wait any longer to deliver help to folks like Abe. The authors of the bills I’m supporting, Rep. Lee and Rep. Noor, recently submitted this column to the Star Tribune that perfectly sums it up

When communities are hit with disasters, Minnesota steps up to help, regardless of ZIP code. Why does it seem as if these Black, Indigenous and communities of color are the exception?”

It’s time to do the right thing and help these communities rebuild. 



Vaccine Eligibility

More Minnesotans are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, thanks to new one-dose versions and Minnesotans stepping up to do their part and keep themselves and their neighbors safe. If you haven’t yet, I’d encourage you to sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector to get regular updates on vaccine availability and eligibility.

Now eligible

Minnesotans who are now eligible to receive a vaccine include the following:

  • People with certain underlying conditions, including sickle cell disease, Down Syndrome, and oxygen-dependent chronic lung or heart conditions, and those who are in active cancer treatment or immunocompromised from organ transplant
  • People with rare conditions or disabilities that put them at higher risk
  • Food processing plant workers

These groups will receive priority, but providers may offer available appointments to others who are eligible, including Minnesotans from the next tier:

  • People 45 or older with one or more of the underlying medical conditions identified by the CDC
  • People 16 or older with two or more of the underlying conditions
  • People 50 or older in multi-generational housing
  • Essential frontline workers, including airport staff, child care workers who weren’t previously eligible, first responders, judicial system workers, public health workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, and those who work in agriculture; correctional settings; food production, retail, or service; manufacturing, and public transit.



Stay Connected

The Minnesota House webpage remains the best source for daily legislative schedules, and we’ve added new livestreams to ensure all of our official work can be viewed remotely. You can also visit my legislative page for the latest on my work and how to contact me. I also invite you to “like” and follow my official Facebook page.

The best way to reach out to me with any questions or comments is by email at, or by calling me at (651) 296-4277. Also, please feel free to share and subscribe to these legislative updates, which you can do here. I look forward to hearing from you. 



John Thompson

State Representative, 67A