We are moving quickly on our priorities this legislative session - making for early mornings and late evenings! It’s so rewarding to advocate for the views of our district, and it is truly an honor to serve as your representative. As I said, things are working swiftly, and I want to make sure you’re updated on what’s been happening in St. Paul.
Health Care Reform
The biggest news of the week came last night when we passed the 2017 Health Care Emergency Aid and Access bill. This legislation would provide much-need relief for those buying insurance on the individual market and preserves access for life-saving and end-of-life care.
Many throughout our district have already contacted me regarding sky-high insurance costs, and I’m happy to co-author and support the swift passage of this premium relief bill. The immediate relief and important reforms are a great start in fixing Minnesota’s health care crisis. There’s still more to do to improve our health care system, but this bill is a short-term fix that will helps thousands of middle class Minnesotans.
Another important bill making its way through the Legislature pertains to Real ID. If you’re not familiar, Congress passed Real ID in 2005 to make it more difficult for terrorists to receive fake ID cards. Almost all states are currently compliant with the federal law, but Minnesota is one of the few that is not. A Real ID is very similar to your current ID, but includes a couple other security measures.
It’s important for the state to upgrade to a Real ID by 2018, or the federal government will not allow current IDs to be used on airplanes. What’s important to know is that there’s no reason to worry. As a co-author of the bill, it’s my priority to ensure that you and your family can fly with your Minnesota-issued ID card. We’re working to become compliant, and our bill will hopefully pass the House in the near future. If you have questions or are worried about Real ID, please reach out and contact me.
Sunday Liquor Sales
Thanks to those of you who have contacted me with your views of Sunday liquor sales. I’ve heard valid arguments on both sides, and the feedback I am receiving is evenly divided between those opposing any change and those who would like to see a repeal. I expect it may be awhile yet before this bill is heard on the floor.
March for Life
On Sunday, a busload of constituents will be arriving at the Capitol to participate in the March for Life. Senator Eichorn and I will be meeting with the group following the march. Other constituents have met with me in my office to discuss legislation important to their business, industry or association. I encourage everyone to be involved in public advocacy. I really do value your opinions and, especially, your expertise.
Have a great weekend,