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Legislative Update: 22/1/2021
During President Biden's inauguration there were several calls for unity and healing. As the only divided state government in the nation, I believe this is a worthy goal for us. Unity not necessarily in methods or policy decisions, but unity in a common goal in making Minnesota a better place to live for everyone, unity in understanding our responsibility as legislators to use our power to work towards truth and justice for all. I hope this moment indicates that we have truly turned a corner and enter a new political era of mutual respect and courtesy.
I also want to thank all of you who reached out to me during the turmoil of the last couple of weeks to check on my safety. I am safe and well and I appreciate your compassion and concern.
Lastly, there are several open state board and commission seats that would be great opportunities for civic minded Minnesotans to serve on. If you or someone you know would be interested in an opportunity like this, I encourage you to check out the openings here
Vaccine Pilot Program Launches
This week, Minnesota announced an important next step in the process of delivering the COVID-19 vaccine to certain priority groups. A pilot program will establish new vaccination sites throughout the state, and individuals who are 65 years or older, as well as school staff and child care workers (who have been notified by their employer that they're eligible), will now be able to make appointments to receive the vaccine. If you are a school staff member or child care worker you will schedule an appointment through your employer.
If you fall into these groups, initial appointments are now full as they were extremely limited. You can book appointments online here, or by phone at 612-426-7230 or toll free at 833-431-2053. New appointments won't be available until Tuesday, January 26 at 12 pm. If you encounter additional problems or need help navigating this process, please contact me.
The pilot sites are located in Andover, Brooklyn Center, Fergus Falls, Marshall, Mountain Iron, North Mankato, Rochester, St. Cloud, and Thief River Falls.
Legislative Priorities for the House DFL
Last week, we rolled out the House DFL's initial legislative priorities for this year's session, with a focus on getting Minnesota through this pandemic and ensuring that we have the resources necessary to bounce back. While protecting and investing in economic security, worker protections, education, child care, and health and human services are crucial components for Minnesotans, we're diligently working within all policy areas to build a better state.
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