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Legislative Update - Climate Change, Democracy, and Business Relief

Monday, February 01, 2021

Rep. Lippert

Dear Neighbors, 

Thank you to everyone that joined us for our town hall last month. If you were unable to join us, you can still watch it on my Facebook page. We covered a whole host of topics, and it’s always great to connect with the community on the issues that matter most, especially in these times of separation. I’ll keep you posted on the next time we can get together virtually.

Lippert Town Hall

With our first month of the legislative session complete, the policies and investments we’ll be championing are beginning to take shape. Here’s the latest on our work in the Minnesota House. 

 


 

The Impacts of Climate Change

As a member of the House Climate and Energy Finance and Policy Committee, last week saw two combined committee hearings where we were able to consider the impact and possible solutions to climate change in both the Preventive Health Division and the Capital Investment Committee.

Climate change has many direct and indirect effects on public health, as shown during last Wednesday’s Preventive Health Division hearing. Testimony from multiple medical and climate professionals drove home what is unfortunately still a debated topic at the legislature - the science around climate change is sound, and its impacts are very real. We will continue to see greater rates of asthma, allergies, heat-related illnesses, waterborne illnesses, and other health risks as our climate continues to change. This was an incredibly insightful hearing that laid the groundwork for future solutions. If you’re interested, you can watch that hearing here.

On Friday, we held a joint hearing with the Capital Investment Committee to view the funding of community projects through the lens of climate change. We’re currently experiencing low interest rates and an excellent bond rating for our state, both of which are good indicators that Minnesota is ready for a robust and climate-responsible bonding bill. Throw in that these projects would mean jobs and resources for our communities as we prepare to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic, and there’s no reason to think Minnesota shouldn’t pass a bonding bill that also promotes climate change solutions this biennium. 

 


 

The Democracy for the People Act

Minnesota is consistently among the leading states in the nation when it comes to voter turnout, but that doesn’t mean our elections system is without disparities and obstacles. This year, the House DFL is introducing the Democracy for the People Act, which aims to strengthen and protect our democracy by expanding voter registration and absentee voting, establishing more ballot drop box and return sites, prohibiting harassment and intimidation of voters and election officials, reducing the influence of corporations and dark money, and creating more opportunities for Minnesotans to get involved.

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No matter your party, region, race, or age - our elections system needs to work for all Minnesotans. You can find more details here.

 


 

Don’t Miss Out On Business Assistance

Last year, one of the final bills we passed was a new round of COVID-19 assistance legislation that included $67.3 million in Business Relief Payments from the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Over 3,900 restaurants, bars, gyms, and similar businesses across the state were able to receive help, but some businesses may have fallen through the cracks.

If you own or know of an eligible business that has not received a payment, contact the Department of Revenue through the online inquiry process. The inquiry process closes this Friday, February 5, so be sure to take advantage soon if your business qualifies. 

 


 

Stay Connected

The Minnesota House webpage remains the best source for daily legislative schedules, and we’ve added new livestreams to ensure all of our official work can be viewed remotely. You can also visit my legislative page for the latest on my work and how to contact me. I also invite you to “like” and follow my official Facebook page and Twitter

The best way to reach out to me with any questions or comments is by email at rep.todd.lippert@house.mn, or by calling me at (651) 296-0171. Also, please feel free to share and subscribe to these legislative updates, which you can do here. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Sincerely,

Todd Lippert