We’re almost two weeks into the 2022 legislative session, and already I’m happy to report that we’ve passed bipartisan legislation into law. Here’s hoping it’ll be that easy going forward. The bill we passed last week extends the COVID-19 workers’ comp presumption for public safety and healthcare workers. Meaning that if they were to contract COVID-19, instead of facing the impossible task of proving where they were exposed, it is instead presumed they did so in the line of duty, and are therefore eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
These are the Minnesotans that keep us safe and healthy, and have continued to do so in often highly exposed positions during this pandemic. The least we can do is give them and their families the financial peace of mind in the event that they catch this virus.
You can read more about this bill and our debate on the House floor here.
This session, I continue in my role as the Chair of the House State Government Finance and Elections Committee, where I’ll endeavor to ensure your government remains responsive to your needs and effective in its role of providing the services Minnesotans deserve.
And these are just the beginning. In addition to these proposals guiding our work, I also want to hear from you. If you have a moment, please consider taking this brief legislative survey.
The Minnesota House will continue to conduct our work in remote and virtual operations for the time being, which unfortunately means we’re not yet to the point where you can visit with me in-person in the House offices. To stay up to date on the latest news and the livestreams of committee hearings and floor debates, you can visit the House Public Information website and read the nonpartisan Session Daily newsletter.
To reach out to me, you can email my office at email@example.com or call at (651) 296-3751, though with remote operations, email is preferred. You’ll hear back from me or Benjamin Brinks, our new Legislative Assistant. I look forward to hearing from you!
Rep. Michael V. Nelson