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Legislative Update- October 16, 2019

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
 

 

Rep. Morrison

 

 

Dear Neighbors,

I hope you’ve been enjoying the transition to fall. The changing colors is one of my favorite things about the season. For prime ‘leaf peeping’ opportunities, check out the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Fall Color Finder to plan your next hike or outing!

Here’s an update from the Capitol:

Insulin Update

Over the summer, the Minnesota House Majority held a series of community listening sessions (including one in Shorewood!) as an opportunity for Minnesotans to share personal stories, learn about solutions under discussion at the Legislature, and put pressure on pharmaceutical companies to end price gouging.

 

Kelly

 

Community Listening Session in Shorewood

Due to growing public pressure, the Minnesota Senate rolled out an insulin proposal that strives to connect Minnesotans with insurance options for affordable insulin; however, it leaves out any emergency access to insulin. Since then, Speaker Hortman has sent a letter to Governor Walz, urging him to appoint an Emergency Access to Insulin Work Group of House and Senate members to resolve differences within each body’s insulin proposal.

At the end of September, the House Health and Human Services Finance Division held an informational hearing to discuss the differences between the House and Senate’s proposals, recap what we learned from the statewide community conversations, and how we can put forward solutions to address this issue that’s impacting far too many Minnesotans. I remain committed to enacting a strong, lifesaving measure to prevent more tragedy. We can’t afford to wait any longer.

Cracking Down on ‘Robo-Calls’

Yesterday, my colleague Rep. Stephenson announced plans to get tough on invasive ‘robo-calls’ that we all have experienced far too frequently. His legislation would charge predators with a felony whenever identify theft or a swindle is a result of a robo-call. The bill also gives legal tools to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, the Attorney General, and consumers themselves to take action when they receive these would-be illegal calls. I look forward to learning more details when the bill is introduced at the start of the 2020 session in February.

Minnesota Values Project

The Minnesota Values Project is a partnership between Minnesotans, elected officials, and organizations to create a shared vision for the future of our state. Minnesotans care deeply about our state and we want to see one another succeed. Working together, we can strengthen our communities by improving education opportunities, making affordable healthcare a reality, and increasing economic prosperity for all Minnesotans. I’d love to have you share your perspective with the Minnesota Values Project- you can take the online survey here.

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Keep in Touch

Please never hesitate to contact me with input and ideas. I welcome your questions and feedback anytime!

It’s an honor to represent you in St. Paul.

Sincerely,

Kelly