It’s good to be back in session after the 92nd Legislature performed the oath of office at the Capitol this week.
I look forward to continuing doing my best to represent the people of District 18A and enter the session optimistic the Legislature can accomplish what is needed to meet the needs of Minnesotans. In addition to continuing in my role as lead Republican on the House Capital Investment Division, I have accepted assignments with the Education Policy and Legacy committees for this biennium.
Most of the work at this point in the session focuses on getting new committees up and running and authoring bills to be submitted for consideration. I will take a closer look at these subjects in upcoming emails but, as you may expect, I will continue working to mitigate the crisis of civics knowledge that is occurring in our society. More on that another time.
Another headline from this week is Gov. Tim Walz provided a moderate easing of restrictions he has placed on our state. The changes include:
I also would like the governor to consider easing his mandate on youth athletes wearing masks. Earlier this week, I co-signed a letter asking him to revisit the subject and follow recommendations from the CDC and WHO. The letter reads, in part:
“Guidance provided by Center of Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and other leading research institutions agree that face coverings during youth sporting events pose a potential health risk to participants and may cause more harm than the intended good.
“The World Health Organization states ‘children should not wear a mask when playing sports or doing physical activity, such as running, jumping or playing on the playground so that it doesn’t compromise their breathing.’ Wearing a mask that covers a child’s nose and mouth during high intensity exercise could lead to fainting, hyperventilation, or vomiting. The Center for Disease Control explains, saying that all ‘people engaged in high intensity training activities, like running, may not be able to wear a mask if it causes difficulty breathing.’”
Until next time, have a good weekend and let me know how I can help.