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New Laws Begin July 1

Monday, June 29, 2020



Dear Neighbors,

I hope this finds you and your family well.

As July approaches, several new laws go into effect on the first of the month, including the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act and the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act. You can read more about the other new laws that will begin on July 1 by clicking on the link above.

Governor Walz Releases Federal CARES Funding

Last week, Governor Walz announced a plan to deliver $841 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to Minnesota’s cities, counties, and towns. Under the formula, our community of Coon Rapids will receive approximately $4.8 million and our Champlin community will get approximately $1.8 million. Once the Legislative Advisory Commission approves the plan, funds will be distributed on a rolling basis beginning this week. Local cities and governments have been working tirelessly to keep all of our families safe since the onset of COVID-19, and these funds will go a long way to help provide the necessary and basic services our residents need and deserve.

Input on Distance Learning Experience Needed

The Minnesota Department of Education is starting to create a plan for what school could look like next fall and they are seeking input from parents and guardians. Please share your experience with MDE by taking this survey, which will remain open until tomorrow. 

AARP Survey

The AARP community survey seeks to inform the work of the Governor’s Council on an Age Friendly Minnesota, which is working to drive coordinated action across state agencies and move Minnesota toward being a more livable, age friendly state. The full survey can be taken by individual Minnesota residents, age 45+ through July 3, 2020.

Keep in Touch

Please contact me anytime with ideas or input at Don't hesitate to let me know how I can be of assistance to you and your family.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.


Zack Stephenson

State Representative

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