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Friday, March 25, 2022

Dear Neighbors,  

This was “First Deadline” week and all bills have to clear their relevant committee stops in either the House or the Senate by the end of today or it becomes significantly more difficult for them to move forward this session. So we have all been very busy in committee working to pass important legislation. Here are some of my bills that I’ve worked on in the last couple of weeks.

  • HF4441 modifies the open meeting participation conditions from nonpublic locations. This allows local officials to meet remotely to maintain their safety. This is a simple and important  change to our open meeting law. Watch here.
  • HF4110 requires health record retention for physicians who perform eye surgery. This is a straightforward bill to ensure important medical records are kept in case any complications arise from eye surgery.
  • I am also continuing to chair the House Local Government committee and we have been very busy working to move bills forward!

Public Safety Innovation
This week, we proposed $150 million of new investment into data-driven, immediate crime prevention methods. We have worked with mayors, police chiefs, and other community leaders to develop this legislative package, delivering resources to urgently address the real problems communities across the state are facing. Republicans want to just throw money and harsher sentences at crime. We know that their approach doesn’t work, and we’re following data and academic research. We’re investing in law enforcement, but we’re also investing in prevention services, social workers, and accountability measures to increase community trust.

Public Safety

House Preventive Health Committee Discusses PFAS Ban

Last week, the House Preventative Health Committee heard a bill  to regulate use of the harmful PFAS chemicals in cookware, cosmetics, skiing equipment, and children’s products. The health outcomes when PFAS gets into our bodies are terrifying, especially when we consider the effects on our children.

PFAS contamination is affecting communities and costing taxpayers money now. We can and should be a leader in preventing further human exposure and environmental contamination by banning the use of PFAS in these products.

You can read more about this issue here. You can find a video of the hearing here.

Standing with Ukraine

The past few weeks have been full of harrowing images from Ukraine as Russia continues their violent invasion. In what has been a conflict of ever-growing atrocities, my heart goes out to the Ukrainian people, including the 17,000 Ukrainian-Americans who call Minnesota home. In a unanimous vote, the House voted to divest Minnesota’s state pension fund from Russia and codify Governor Walz’s Executive Order barring the state from contracting with Russian companies. Prior to the invasion of Ukraine, the estimated worth of Minnesota's state pension fund investments in Russia was approximately $53 million. The legislation will also sanction Belarus for its complicity in the Russian invasion.

Representative Hornstein shared comments regarding his mother, a Holocaust survivor, as well +9595 survivors in Ukraine. I felt this was especially poignant. 

Passing this bill is the right thing to do, and in joining numerous other democracies in a similar action, Minnesota is standing with Ukraine and adding to the international pressure that will hopefully soon lead to peace.

You can read more about this legislation here


Stay in Touch
Please feel free to reach out to me by email at or by phone at 651-296-3533. If you have a friend, neighbor, or relative who wants to receive updates about the Legislature, let them know they can subscribe to my email list here. You can also follow me on Facebook here. It’s an honor to represent our community. Please stay in touch.

Sandra Masin
State Representative

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