I hope you are enjoying this amazing weather we’ve had over the past couple of weeks, and be sure to stay cool and hydrated as we may reach record highs soon! At the Capitol, the Republican Senate Majority Leader has informed us that the Republican Senate Majority is unwilling to come back for a special session to finish our work. A lot of critical funding for things like schools, child care, and health care were left undone. This is not how we should govern, even in a divided government.
With the overturn of Roe vs. Wade now official, I renew my commitment to maintaining the right for women to choose. Everyone deserves bodily autonomy and the right to seek whatever healthcare they need, including abortion. The court’s decision does not change the fact that Minnesota’s constitution protects abortion rights under Doe v. Gomez, but we must remain vigilant as even court cases aren’t set in stone. As long as the DFL has a majority in the House we will maintain this inalienable right.
It’s a great time to renew our commitment to fighting for a more inclusive and accepting Minnesota. At the legislature, it can feel like much of our work is focused on defense, stopping misguided and hate-filled legislation from becoming law. However, we are also pushing for new measures to build a better state.
Our LGBTQ+ community makes Minnesota a better place to live, but we can and must do more to ban the harmful practice of conversion therapy, protect access to healthcare, make the Equal Rights Act a reality, and ensure all Minnesotans have a seat at the table.
COVID Vaccinations for Children
COVID-19 vaccinations are now available for kids ages 6 months to 5 years. For too long, COVID-19 has kept children from doing the things they love. The best way to keep your child healthy and safe is to get them vaccinated. Getting your child vaccinated helps keep them in school, sports, childcare, and other activities. Children who have received all recommended COVID-19 shots, including any booster dose(s) when eligible, do not have to stay home (quarantine) if they are exposed to someone who has COVID-19. They also do not have to get tested as often. You can learn more and find vaccination locations here.
Frontline Worker Pay
The application process for the frontline worker bonus is now open. The Frontline Worker Pay application will be open June 8 through July 22, 2022. Eligible workers will have 45 days to apply for Frontline Worker Pay. Remember, you don't have to be first in line when the application opens. The application will be open for 45 days and the funds are not first come, first served. Visit frontline pay.mn.gov to see if you are eligible and to apply today!
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Thanks for the honor of representing you at the Capitol.
Representative, District 49B
Minnesota House of Representatives