I’d like to thank the residents of District 43A for the opportunity to return to the Minnesota House of Representatives for two more years of service. It’s an honor to continue representing our community. As always, I promise to work hard for our district and to lead with respect and a willingness to cooperate.
Here’s the latest news from the Capitol:
Economic Relief for Minnesotans
We know that the pandemic and measures needed to slow the spread of COVID-19 have created challenges for many Minnesotans, especially our small businesses and working families. House DFLers are working with Governor Walz to help people make ends meet as we await more aid from the federal government. We recently put forth an economic assistance package to keep small businesses afloat, support workers struggling to get by, and help families keep food on their tables.
We’ll keep working to curb the spread of the virus and help Minnesotans who are struggling. In the meantime, resources are available to help people impacted by COVID-19. You can find information about support for workers, child care assistance, and more here. Please feel free to contact me if you have trouble accessing support or if I can be of assistance.
Governor Walz recently unveiled a new tool to help Minnesotans stay safe and informed as COVID-19 spreads throughout the state. COVIDaware MN is a mobile app that alerts you if you’ve been in proximity to someone who has contracted the virus, even if it’s someone you don’t know. This technology can prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help you protect yourself and others. It’s free, voluntary, and anonymous. You can download the app and learn more here.
New Committee and Leadership Role
House DFL leaders recently announced the committee structure for next year. I was named chair of a newly-created committee, the Behavioral Health Policy Division. You can view a list of all the committees and chairs here.
COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of behavioral health, which has been undervalued and underfunded for far too long. The creation of the Behavioral Health Policy Division reflects our commitment to meeting the mental health needs of Minnesotans, during and after the pandemic. I look forward to working on these important issues in this new role.
The Legislature will convene for a special session on Monday, December 14. If you’d like to receive updates from the Capitol, you can follow my official Facebook page here. Please feel free to share this email with friends and neighbors who may be interested. Anyone is welcome to sign up for my legislative updates here.
I appreciate hearing from you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or feedback. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, my phone number at the Capitol is 651-296-5363, and my cellphone number is 651-307-1625.