Friday, March 06, 2020
Happy daylight saving time! Yes, that's probably why you woke up feeling like you missed an hour of sleep. Some of my colleagues in the House are working on legislation to make daylight saving time year-round. What do you think? Send me a note - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paid Family LeaveAll Minnesotans should have time to care for themselves or loved ones. That's why on Thursday we voted to pass Paid Family Leave for all Minnesotans. Right now, far too many Minnesotans have to choose between work and taking care of a new baby, a loved one, or themselves while finding it harder and harder to get ahead. I'm committed to providing greater economic security for Minnesotans who need to take time from work and can’t go without a paycheck. While people at the top continue to do well, Minnesota’s working families continue to feel squeezed and forced to make impossible decisions - that's why I was proud to vote in favor of this bill.
CROWN ActCurrently, discrimination on the basis of hairstyle is legal in Minnesota. I am proud to co-sponsor the C.R.O.W.N. Act to explicitly add to the Minnesota Human Rights Act a prohibition against discrimination on the basis of hair appearance and texture. Throughout history, the control over body and hair has always had both a class and racial bias. We have contributed to these outlandish and outdated forms of social control. Ethnic hair of all cultures is beautiful and unique. We must stop discrimination of hair styles now if we are to call ourselves a world leader where freedom of expression is valued. You can read more about the bill from the Star Tribune here, or WCCO here.
I got the chance this week to meet with Metro State professors to discuss ways we can support students and the college.
If you're ever at the Capitol, make sure to stop by my office! I was glad to meet with several constituents during the Humane Society's day at the Capitol.
Have a great rest of your weekend,
Rep. Jay Xiong