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Happy Holidays

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Rep. Pryor


Earlier this week, Congress approved a $900 billion COVID-19 assistance package. Businesses and families need this boost from the federal government to manage the economic fallout from the virus.

At the time this update is being sent, there is still uncertainty about the final version of the aid bill. This is exactly why the legislature passed – and governor signed – a COVID-19 Economic Assistance Package to help businesses and workers survive this economic crisis.

New laws take effect

Two significant new laws will take effect on January 1. One law will modify how sexual assault kits are tested and stored. It aims to ensure the kits are stored properly and extends the time that untested kits are retained, giving survivors more time to change their mind about having the evidence analyzed. The other will improve continuity of care via shortened timelines for prior authorization and access to information about health care plans. You can read more about these laws here.  

Session begins January 5

Beginning in March, we held our committees and floor sessions remotely because of COVID-19 and as our legislative session convenes Tuesday, January 5, we will continue to operate remotely under public health and safety protocols. As we craft the state budget, I look forward to sharing our progress with you.

Follow the business of the legislature on the Minnesota House of Representatives website here.


My wishes to you for a happy holiday and a healthy 2021!



Everyone can work to reduce the spread of COVID-19

  • Wear masks when in public. 10-50% of virus carriers are asymptomatic (are not experiencing any symptoms). Wearing masks helps control the virus and has been shown to lessen COVID-19 spread. 
  • Avoid enclosed spaces with groups of people, where the virus can linger in the air for long periods of time.
  • Get tested if you have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay six feet away from others.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or sleeve, or a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth – with unwashed hands.
  • Up-to-date guidance is available from the Department of Health.


Please continue to reach out with any input, ideas, or feedback about the issues important to you. I value hearing from you, so please don’t hesitate to call or email me any time. You can also connect with me on Facebook here. It’s an honor to represent you at the State Capitol.


Laurie Pryor

State Representative