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Final Negotiations at the Capitol

Monday, June 14, 2021

Dear Neighbors,

Our regular session came to an end last month, however, our work for the year is far from over as we approach a special session set for next week. House and Senate leaders and Governor Walz have reached a budget agreement that we are using as guidelines in our conference committee negotiations. We have reached agreements on our Energy/Commerce, Taxes, Higher Ed, Agriculture, and Legacy Finance budgets. Some of the more contentious bills like E-12 Education and Public Safety still have a ways to go however. Details on the overall budget agreement and what the special session will look like can be found here.

Eviction Off-Ramp

It is critical that we prevent a massive housing crisis as we begin to return to normal. The House DFL proposed a common sense plan to give everyone the time they need to catch up on their rent and mortgage. Watch our press conference to learn more about our plan. It was announced today that we have reached a final agreement. Under the agreement, Governor Walz’s executive order on an eviction moratorium will be replaced by a stepped-down off-ramp that will conclude 105 days after enactment. Landlords will be required to send a notice to renters with outstanding rent 15 days prior to eviction. In addition, renters with an outstanding rental assistance claim cannot be evicted and will have that protection until June 1, 2022.  If you are behind on housing payments, apply for aid here.

MNsure Expansion This Summer

MNsure has a summer enrollment period now with expanded tax credit eligibility from the American Rescue Plan. Minnesotans with higher incomes who purchase health insurance through MNsure can access advanced premium tax credits that lower the cost of monthly health insurance premiums. MNsure is encouraging Minnesotans whose incomes were previously too high for tax credits to take another look at private health care coverage through MNsure. Learn more and sign up here. I have volunteered to serve on the MNSURE Oversight Committee for this session to help make sure that MNSURE is working well and the money we put into it is well-spent. 

Session Wrap Up Town Hall

Join us for our annual End of Session Wrap-up Town Hall on Monday, June 28 at 7:00 PM. While the event will occur on Zoom, we will make sure it is live-streamed and posted on our Facebook pages for those unable to join.

You can register for the event here:

Pre-submitted questions will be given priority and you will receive a link to the Zoom meeting a day before the event through the email you enter during registration.


Direct Scheduling for Vaccinations Now Available

Minnesotans can now use the Vaccine Connector to directly schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments at the state’s Community Vaccination Program locations. You can visit to directly schedule appointments at Community Vaccination locations around the state. Here is how you can get your shot:

The Governor launched the new "Your Shot to Summer" program, offering a list of great incentives to those who get their first COVID-19 shot May 27- June 30. This is to help us get above the 70% total vaccinations so we can have a safe and open summer. Some of the incentives include:

  • Great Lakes Aquarium Pass
  • Mall of America Nickelodeon Universe Pass
  • Minnesota Fishing License
  • Minnesota State Parks Pass
  • Minnesota Zoo Admission
  • Northwoods Baseball League Tickets
  • State Fair Tickets
  • Valleyfair Single-Day Admission

Learn more about this great opportunity here,

Keep in Touch

Don’t hesitate to reach out if I can provide any assistance. Please follow me on my Facebook page for further updates and invite your friends and family to do so as well.  

Thanks for the honor of representing you at the Capitol. 


Steve Elkins 
Representative, District 49B 
Minnesota House of Representatives 
515 State Office Building 
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 
St. Paul, MN 55155 
(651) 296-7803

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