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Legislative Update

Friday, November 22, 2019

Rep. Richardson

Neighbors,

I hope you're looking forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving with family and football! I know that the shorter days and the cold can be difficult - I just want to let you know that Minnesota has a Cold Weather Rule. Currently in effect until April 15, the rule helps protect Minnesotans who struggle to afford their heating bill during the winter. You can find more information on this and other programs on the Minnesota Department of Commerce website. No family should be left out in the cold.

Here's a quick update: 

Addressing Youth Vaping

We recently announced a new plan to address youth vaping. I know that there is a lot of uncertainty and concern around vaping, especially for young people. We should all be worried about the long-term health consequences vaping will cause, and we need to stop tobacco companies from targeting youth in their effort to reduce the years of progress we've made in reducing nicotine use. That's why I plan to support the House DFL's new comprehensive plan to address youth vaping. You can read the Star Tribune Story here.

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In Our Community

We have a new fire station in Inver Grove Heights! I'm proud to be the author of a bill that allowed tax breaks for fire stations, including this one, to help lower local property taxes while supporting our firefighters. 

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I recently had the chance to meet with constituents to talk about issues ranging from reforming sentencing guidelines, to supporting homeless youth, to legislative issues for the Council on African Heritage. 

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I got to learn more about Visit Inver Grove Heights and their work to make IGH accessible and welcoming, before going to tour disability service provider Lifeworks in Eagan.

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Honoring Diane Loeffler

I hope you'll join me in honoring my colleague, Rep. Diane Loeffler, who passed away last weekend. In her 15 years of service, she fought for those who were under-served and created a legacy that will survive for generations. She worked tirelessly for her community, and always had a kind, supportive word to share, whether it was for  constituents or colleagues. I encourage you to read more about Diane and her work here, and there will be a Celebration of Life for her on Saturday.  

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Stay in Touch

Please contact me anytime with questions, input, or to let me know how I can be of assistance. Feel free to share this email with neighbors who may be interested in signing up for these regular Capitol updates

Have a great weekend and a happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,

Rep. Ruth Richardson