On Monday, legislators were called into special session by Governor Walz. The governor needs to be able to take quick action to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and he extended his peacetime emergency for another 30 days, which I support. Since the first peacetime emergency was declared, Minnesotans have proven that we care about keeping one another safe. We will continue to focus on the wellbeing of each other, especially since the virus is not slowing down.
In addition to responding to the pandemic, we are continuing our efforts on enacting strong police accountability measures and passing a robust local jobs and projects bill.
Racism a public health crisis
On Tuesday, the Minnesota House Rules Committee passed a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. You can read the resolution here. A final vote on the measure will likely be before the full House on Monday.
Please take a few minutes complete the 2020 Census and remind your friends and family to do the same. Census data determines how billions of dollars in federal funding is allocated and impacts representation at the local, state, and national level. As you may know, we need a strong count to keep Minnesota’s eight Congressional seats. We’re on the verge of losing one due to current population trends, which would diminish our influence in Washington.
Minnesota currently leads the nation with a 71.5 percent response rate and you can help maintain our lead by responding online here, by phone, or by mail. The sooner you respond, the fewer census workers will need to go door to door during the pandemic.
Final update until after the election
During an election period, legislators cannot use state resources for unsolicited communications because it might create an unfair advantage, so this is my last weekly update until after the election.
I am still available to help with the state-level problems and to discuss important issues in our community. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 296-4219. Be sure to “like” my official state representative Facebook page!
You can also subscribe to House Public Information Services’ nonpartisan resources for up-to-date information on the legislature.
Thank you for the privilege of serving District 60A in the legislature.