Legislative Update- January 9, 2021
Saturday, January 09, 2021
The deadly rioting we all witnessed at our nation’s Capitol this week was a travesty. Sadly, in many ways, we have all anticipated that this day was coming after multiple incitements of violence and words of encouragement to engage in domestic terrorism from President Trump.
Despite the harrowing display of disunity and insurrection, I am hopeful for our country's future. What ugly actions unfolded today indeed do not reflect the better angels of our nation's soul. And we are a resilient people. We have led the world out of two world wars and have sprung from the ashes of our own civil war a better nation than was founded. There are far more beautiful, strong and committed leaders who are determined to help shape our country's future in more meaningful ways and through more hopeful futures. I cannot be prouder than to stand with a crop of legislators in our state who are not just dedicated to that future, but also better reflect what our communities look like. We can't wait to hit the ground running to uplift all of Minnesota here in St. Paul and all across the state.
COVID-19 Guidance: Dials TurningThis week, Governor Tim Walz announced that certain restrictions on various activities and businesses will be relaxed starting Monday, January 11. The governor pointed to improvements in several metrics, including case counts and hospital capacity, as well as the distribution of the vaccine. The changes include the following:
With vaccine administration already underway (over 100,000 Minnesotans have received the initial dose), we can finally see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. However, it’s still critically important we continue to follow public health guidelines by masking up, washing our hands frequently, maintaining a safe distance from others, avoiding large groups and gatherings, getting tested if we feel sick, and staying home when we can.
Committee AssignmentsI’m pleased to share I’ll be serving on the following committees this biennium: Capital Investment; Legacy Finance; and Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance & Policy . I’ll also be serving as the vice chair of the newly established Workforce and Business Development Finance & Policy Committee. In this new role, I will fiercely advocate for statewide strategies, such as the PROMISE Act, to help our Eastside businesses rebuild as they continue to struggle from the civil unrest last summer.
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Thank you for the honor of serving you in the Minnesota House.