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News From Representative Layman 4-10-2020

Friday, April 10, 2020

Dear Friend,

Happy Easter Weekend!

As you know, on Wednesday, Governor Walz announced an extension of this “Stay at Home” order. The order, originally supposed to expire on April 10th, will now last until at least May 4th.

As a clarification, Minnesotans can continue to leave their homes for medical attention, getting groceries and take-out food, filling their gas tanks, and taking part in outdoor activities. Put more simply, the order is a continuation of what we’ve been doing for the last 2 weeks.

Included in the extension is additional flexibility that will allow for more businesses to continue operating including lawn care, landscaping, agricultural equipment repair, garden centers, nurseries, and more.

I understand many of you are frustrated with the closures and I share many of your frustrations. Every day I hear from families and small businesses whose lives have been turned upside-down because of COVID-19.

Please know that that I have joined my legislative colleagues in pushing the administration daily asking for exemptions, flexibility, and common sense. If there are businesses that can protect the safety of employees and customers, we should allow them to do so. 

Continue to reach out to me if I can be of any assistance during this uncertain time. I am happy to pass along important resources and information that can help you, your family, or your business.

Workers’ Compensation for Front-Line Workers

The Minnesota House of Representatives convened Tuesday to pass legislation to provide presumptive workers' compensation insurance to front-line workers who contract COVID-19.

The bill is a compromise agreement made by legislators from all four House and Senate caucuses, and advocates from labor and business groups.

I was proud to support Tuesday’s legislation that will provide some peace of mind for front-line workers as they serve our communities and work to keep us safe and healthy. Our entire community is inspired by the selfless efforts healthcare workers are making to provide care for the sick.

Thank you!

Stay in touch

Yesterday, I chatted with Kathy Lynn from KOZY radio in Grand Rapids to discuss how the legislature has changed the way it works due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Although we aren’t meeting in person, the legislature has been holding virtual committee hearings online as we continue working hard to support our communities during this difficult and uncertain time. You can listen to that interview here.

As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I hope you have a blessed holiday.

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