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Legislative Update- May 15, 2021

Saturday, May 15, 2021



Dear Neighbors,

I’m writing to invite you to our next virtual Senate District 41 town hall meeting. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. on the Senate District 41 Facebook page. Community members are encouraged to submit questions in advance by responding to this email. I’m looking forward to connecting online with all of you!




State budget negotiations continue. On Wednesday, House Speaker Melissa Hortman and House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler delivered an update on the status of state budget negotiations with Senate Republicans. The House DFL is encouraging Senate Republicans to work with us to find agreement on public safety reform and accountability legislation and a budget that helps students, families, and workers emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue working to find compromise to pass a budget benefiting all Minnesotans.

New Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance on Face Coverings

The CDC announced Thursday that masks are no longer required for fully-vaccinated individuals, either indoors or outside. Minnesotans should follow CDC guidance and wear masks in medical settings and on public transportation, whether or not they are fully vaccinated. Private businesses and local municipalities may still put in place face covering requirements. Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, along with the existing face covering guidance for schools and child care settings, remains in effect.

How Minnesotans Can Get their Shot at No Cost:

Vacancies in State Boards, Councils and Committees

The Minnesota Secretary of State’s office recently released notice of vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications. Community members are encouraged to apply and serve in demonstration of public service. The newest vacancies are listed below, and the full list of 491 vacancies can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website Open Positions.

Applications may be submitted online, and must be submitted within 21 days of the “Publish Date” listed on the Open Positions page, to be assured of full consideration. Appointing authorities may choose to review applications received by the Secretary of State after the 21-day application period.


Below is a list of agencies with new vacancies. Please visit the website for complete descriptions.

Advisory Committee: Blind /Visually Impaired Vacancies: 2 Seats -- School / Related Service Personnel

Agriculture Research, Education, Extension, And Technology Transfer Advisory Panel Vacancies: 1 Seat -- Agriculture Industry Statewide Vacancies: 1 Seat -- Assn Of Primary Manufacturers Of Forest Products Vacancies: 1 Seat -- Organic Or Sustainable Agriculture Vacancies: 1 Seat -- Statewide Env. & Natural Resource Conservation Org

Health Care Homes Advisory Committee Vacancies: 1 Seat -- Certified Health Care Home Rep

Human Services Performance Council Vacancies: 1 Seat -- Tribal Government Representative/Communities of Color Representative

MN State High School League Vacancies: 1 Seat -- Parent Member

Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee Vacancies: 1 Seat -- MN Commission Serving Deaf And Hard Of Hearing People

Special Education Advisory Panel Vacancies: 1 Seat -- Interagency Representative Vacancies: 5 Seats -- Parent Representative Vacancies: 2 Seats -- School Administrator

Paper applications may be submitted by email to: Open Appointments or by mail or in person to:

Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State 180 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. St Paul, MN 55155-1299

Keep in Touch

Please contact me anytime at or 651-296-5510 with questions or input on state matters.

It’s an honor to serve the communities in which I grew up- Fridley, New Brighton, and Spring Lake Park.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.


I hope you enjoy the photo of the ducklings that visited us this week.


Connie Bernardy

State Representative