Minnesota Legislature Passes 4th Package of Emergency COVID-19
The House and Senate approved a 4th package of bills to address COVID-19 daily disruptions to Minnesotans during the pandemic. These focus on policy adjustments to help Minnesotans adapt. Measures passed include additional support to help Minnesotans execute wills, allow local governments to meet remotely, suspend certain deadlines and expiration dates, expand use of telemedicine, allow Minnesotans to apply for marriage licenses during the peacetime emergency without appearing in person, and more. You can read an overview of the legislation from the nonpartisan office of House Public Information.
Last Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health made information regarding their COVID-19 modeling available to the public. Data from these models has driven Governor Walz and his administration’s response to the pandemic. The model predicts the peak of the epidemic (when the highest number of people have the condition), how many people that will be, and when we’re projected to exceed ICU bed capacity.
You can find information, including slides from their presentation and frequently asked questions, here.
Pushing Back Against Dangerous Rhetoric & Misinformation
Today I participated in a remote press conference with my legislative doctor colleagues, Dr. Alice Mann of the Minnesota House of Representatives and Dr. Matt Klein of the Minnesota Senate, to discuss the importance of slowing the spread of COVID-19 and building capacity to meet the surge so that our economy can reopen. You can read more about our response to the dangerous rhetoric and misinformation that’s been circulating across the state and country here.
Lawns to Legumes
It’s a great time to start planning how to transform your lawn or patch of grass into a pollinator friendly habitat! Check out this article about how we can protect pollinators.
To learn more about the new Lawns to Legumes program I passed into law last year, visit the Board of Water and Soil Resources’ website. Applications are being accepted through June 2.
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