I hope this finds you well.
My thoughts are with the family and loved ones of Daunte Wright and all Minnesotans who are grieving his tragic death.
Last summer, in wake of George Floyd’s death, the Legislature passed several bipartisan public safety accountability and reform measures, with law enforcement at the table. The measures include a tougher standard for when police can use deadly force, a ban on “warrior training” and choke holds, a duty to intercede, and expanded Autism training. As a member of the House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Committee, I’m committed to continuing this work in partnership with Rosemount and Apple Valley PD. Balancing the state budget and ensuring safe communities for all are my top priorities as we wind down the 2021 session.
Last week, we received encouraging news that Minnesota has administered over 3 million COVID-19 vaccines. It’s a race between the virus variants and getting as many shots into arms as possible to beat this pandemic. Although the state is following federal guidance to take a pause on Johnson and Johnson administrations, we are in good shape for getting back to normal, hopefully by this summer. Anyone who currently has an appointment to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should watch for a notification from their provider about canceling, postponing, or rescheduling the appointment. If your appointment is cancelled, you can look for other vaccination appointments through the Vaccine Locator map, local pharmacies or your health care provider.