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Great Summer

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
 

I hope you’re having a great summer thus far! We are blessed to live in such a great state with so many fun and adventurous activities available to us!!  If you haven’t done so before, I highly encourage everyone to take a look at this link on the Explore Minnesota’s things-to-do website.

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Rep. Lucero invited to share legislative highlights to a large group attending a recent forum in Buffalo.

TRAP SHOOTING NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to the St. Michael-Albertville High School Trap Shooting team and head coach Scott Berning for winning the US High School Clay Target League National Championship!

The competition took place July 13-15 in Mason, Michigan and the STMA team was victorious over 175 other teams from across the country by achieving a 96.8 percent (968 targets hit out of 1,000 shots) successful rate!!

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Rep. Lucero visiting the Otsego City Council giving a post-legislative session update.

ECONOMY CONTINUES TO GROW STRONGER

At both the national and state levels, Republicans have been working hard to enact cut taxes and roll back burdensome over-regulation. As Republican victories to empower individuals, families, and businesses by shrinking government continues trickling through the economy in the form of Supply-Side, Free-Market forces, the economy grows ever stronger. Headlines continue to be published highlighting new job creation, reduced unemployment, strong housing market and prices, and many other positive economic metrics.

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Rep. Lucero joined by legislative colleagues Rep. Joe McDonald, Rep. Marion O'Neill, and Sen. Bruce Anderson as part of a panel in Buffalo hosted by the Wright County Economic Development Partnership.

DATA PRACTICES COMMISSION

The Data Practices Commission, of which I’m a member, has been meeting over the summer taking a deep dive examination of Minnesota's Health Records Act (MHRA) and the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  MHRA was originally created in 1977 to place limitations and require patient consent prior to records being released to third parties.  HIPAA was enacted in 1996.

The details of MHRA and HIPAA get complex very quickly but a general summary is Minnesota’s MHRA provides stronger protections of patient data than does Federal HIPAA.  There are forces presently working to water down the strong protections provided by MHRA for purposes of gaining easier access to health records without first having to obtain consent from individuals.  While I believe portions of MHRA need updating to take into account modern technology and processes, I’m firmly committed to maintaining the strong protections and required affirmative consent prior to the sharing of any PII or PHI presently afforded by MHRA.

The Commission will continue to work on this issue over the next several months and make recommendations to the full Legislature regarding any changes.

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Rep. Lucero visiting the Albertville City Council giving a post-legislative session update.

STAYING IN TOUCH

Each and every day I’m continuously humbled at the opportunity to represent and fight for the values and priorities of our great community!

Due to campaign finance rules, this is the last email I’m permitted to send until November. While I’m not permitted to send emails, please continue to contact me with any issues, concerns, or feedback you may have that will assist me best represent you as I love hearing from you!  The best way to reach me is by email at Rep.Eric.Lucero@House.MN or by phone at 651-296-1534.

Thank you again and I look forward to seeing you around our great community!!

Sincerely,
Eric Lucero

State Representative
District 30B
Albertville, Hanover, Otsego, Saint Michael, and the Wright County portion of Dayton

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