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Legislative Update - 2021 Session Begins

Friday, January 8, 2021

Dear neighbors,

First of all, I want to briefly address the attack on our democracy that occurred earlier this week. Our nation’s Capitol should be a safe place for all Americans to make their voices heard. Those who participated in the violence and chaos in Washington, D.C. and spread the dangerous rhetoric that fueled it need to be held accountable. We must work together to protect our democracy and combat attempts to undermine the will of voters.  

With that said, I’m excited to begin another term as your state representative. Here’s the latest news from the Capitol: 

2021 Legislative Session Begins 

On Tuesday, I was sworn in for a second term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. I’m honored to continue serving our community!  

Wazlawik Swearing In

I’m thrilled to announce that I was recently named Vice Chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee. I’ll also continue serving on the Early Childhood Finance and Policy Committee, the Education Policy Committee, and the Legacy Finance Committee this session. We have a lot of work to do in these next few years, and I look forward to getting started.  

New Public Health Guidelines 

Thanks to the actions Minnesotans have taken over the past month, the COVID-19 situation in our state has improved. On Wednesday, Governor Walz announced that some of the current restrictions will be loosened starting on January 11. Here are some of the changes that will take effect next week:  

  • Indoor dining will be allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity. Reservations will be required, and bars and restaurants must close by 10 p.m.  
  • Indoor event and entertainment venues may open at 25 percent capacity. The maximum capacity for outdoor events and entertainment will increase.  
  • Gym capacity will remain capped at 25 percent, but maximum capacity and class numbers can increase. Pools can open at 25 percent capacity.  
  • Wedding receptions and other private events may resume. Capacity limits and other restrictions will vary depending on where the event is held.  
  • Youth and adult sports may resume games with spectators on January 14.  

You can find more information about these modifications here

Dial update

Make Your Voice Heard  

Most of our work will be done remotely this session due to COVID-19, but there will still be plenty of opportunities to follow and participate in the legislative process. All public hearings and floor sessions will be broadcast on five House live stream channels, and House Public Information Services will continue providing nonpartisan news. You can follow their page on Facebook or subscribe to Session Daily to receive updates from the Capitol. I’ll continue to send these emails every week, and you can follow my official Facebook page for more frequent updates.  

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or feedback or if I can be of assistance. You can reach me at or 651-296-3018.  


Ami Wazlawik  
State Representative