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Legislative Update- June 3, 2020

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Rep. Morrison

 

Dear Neighbors,

I’d like to start out by thanking everyone in our Lake Minnetonka communities for lending a hand to our Twin Cities neighbors who are still recovering from last week’s events around the killing of George Floyd. If you are wondering how you can help, the Star Tribune released a list of resources and organizations that are seeking volunteers and donations. Locally, the Excelsior Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church to coordinate a supply drive for Minneapolis residents who have been unable to access critical items like groceries, diapers, and baby formula. Check out some of the volunteer opportunities below.

 

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Our work in the Minnesota House now turns to the ways we can enact systematic change to address the deep-rooted issues that led not only to the death of George Floyd and other black and brown Minnesotans, but the ongoing unrest in the Twin Cities and areas all over the country. Yesterday, members of the POCI (People of Color and Indigenous) Caucus announced measures for criminal justice reform, as well as their intent to make these issues a priority during a likely special session this month. You can watch their press conference, or read an overview of their proposals. These include measures to:

  • Reform the investigation and prosecution process of officer-involved deaths and wrongful actions
  • Increase police accountability and transparency
  • Raise standards of conduct and support officer excellence
  • Partner officers with the communities they serve
  • Repair and build community trust and create community-centered public safety

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Second Phase of Safely Reopening Begins

On Monday, many restaurants, bars, salons, and barbershops reopened as we entered a new phase of the Stay Safe Plan. Restaurants and bars are now able to offer outdoor dining, and salons and barbershops can operate at 25 percent occupancy. If you’d like to support our local businesses, please wear a mask, make a reservation if possible, and follow social distancing practices of six feet. Protecting yourself, other patrons, and employees will help make the gradual reopening process a success.

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Keep in Touch

Please contact me with ideas, input, or questions at rep.kelly.morrison@house.mn. I’m always grateful for constructive feedback, so don’t hesitate to reach out anytime.

It’s an honor to represent our incredible communities at the Capitol.

Take care,

Kelly