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Legislative Update - March 6, 2020

Friday, March 06, 2020

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Neighbors and Friends,

Committee action is ticking up as we near our first deadline in a couple of weeks. Tangled in with all the legislative work, is the underlying uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus and the impact it will have on Minnesotans. As of this writing, there are no confirmed cases reported here, but the Minnesota Department of Health is closely monitoring the situation.  On Wednesday, The Health and Human Services Finance Division received a presentation from Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) officials. You can read the latest information on the MDH website here.

Paid Family & Medical Leave approved by House

I voted ‘yes’ on Thursday when the Minnesota House again passed the Paid Family & Medical Leave (PFML) bill to ensure greater family stability when health issues or major life changes occur. Last year the measure also passed, but it was blocked by the Senate. All Minnesotans should have time to care for themselves or a loved one, but right now many must choose between caring for family and collecting a paycheck. Everyone benefits when employees have economic security.

Our Minnesota Values Podcast topic this week was earned sick and safe time. Click here to listen.

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Education summit

Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives is hosting an all-day Education Symposium: ‘Bridging the Gap.’ Legislators will receive an overview of Minnesota’s education system, with a focus on solutions to eliminate racial disparities in education so children can reach their full potential. We’ll learn what has been accomplished, where we’re lacking as a state and strategies we can implement to close the gap. 

Constituents visiting the Capitol

A constituent representing the Humane Society

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Craft Brewers Guild Day on the Hill

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Future Farmers of America (FFA) Day on the Hill

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You can contact me at rep.sydney.jordan@house.mn or (651) 296-4219. Be sure to “like” my official state representative Facebook page!

Thank you for the privilege of serving District 60A in the legislature.

Sincerely,

Sydney Jordan

State Representative