Minnesota is on the verge of becoming the first state to ban trichloroethylene! Yesterday, the Minnesota House passed my bill to ban the use of TCE with strong bipartisan support. The legislation is now on its way to Governor Walz, who is expected to sign it into law. I’m grateful to the White Bear Area Neighborhood Concerned Citizens Group and others who fought for months to make this accomplishment possible. It was an honor to work with these dedicated Minnesotans. If you’d like more information, you can watch my speech about the TCE ban here or read a nonpartisan summary here.
Safely and Gradually Reopening Minnesota
Yesterday, Governor Walz announced that the stay at home order will expire on May 18. Starting Monday, family and friends will be able to gather in groups of 10 people or less, and retail stores and main street businesses will be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity once they create a safety plan. Restaurants, bars, salons, gyms, and other venues will remain closed until at least June 1.
The new “stay safe” order includes protections for Minnesotans who are concerned about the safety of their work environments. It allows workers to raise concerns without fear of discrimination or retaliation and protects those who refuse to work under unsafe or unhealthy conditions. Businesses and employees can find guidance here.
Governor Walz is taking cautious steps toward reopening our state, but the threat of COVID-19 remains. We all have a responsibility to each other to maintain social distancing and follow public health guidelines. Please continue staying close to home, keeping a safe distance from others, and wearing a mask in public.
Make Your Voice Heard
With just three days left in the legislative session, things are moving rapidly. My colleagues and I are working hard to ensure Minnesotans are able to weather the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic challenges it has created. If you’d like to stay informed during the final days of session, please check out the live videos, daily news, and other resources provided here by House Public Information Services.
Please continue sharing questions, feedback, and suggestions. You can reach me anytime at email@example.com or 651-296-3018.