ST. PAUL – Representative Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, said she will continue working to represent the citizens of District 29B, even as the Minnesota House of Representatives’ daily operations have been altered amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Minnesota House will remain in session as the state addresses the pressing public health issue surrounding COVID-19, with meetings and floor sessions taking place on an on-call basis until April 14. Alternate means of working will allow the House to respond to the needs of Minnesotans while also fully complying with Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines including social distancing, limiting large gatherings, telework, and increased cleaning measures necessitated by COVID-19.
“During this time of uncharted territory, it is more important than ever that legislators maintain strong lines of communication to the people we represent,” said Franson. “I will be working from home to assist constituents while following the safeguards put in place by the Minnesota Department of Health. I want to encourage those who have comments, questions or concerns, to reach out to my office or call my cellphone. We are in this together and together we will prevail."
MDH hotlines are available to assist Minnesotans, including a public line, (651) 201-3920, and a line for questions specifically related to schools and/or childcare, (651) 297-1304. Online resources also are available to help individuals stay up to date:
Rep. Franson can be reached at (651)296-3201 or at email@example.com.