First, a big congratulations to the Alexandria High School boys’ basketball team on their 2nd place finish in the state championship game. Way to go on such a terrific season – we couldn’t be prouder of you!
As a parent of a student athlete, I have been incredibly frustrated by the Governor’s mask mandate for youth sports. This is a harmful policy that has no basis in science. Research by the CDC and World Health Organization show that there is little risk of COVID-19 transmission in young people. Both organizations have stated that making a child wear a mask while exercising is dangerous to their health.
On Wednesday, I joined legislators in sending a letter to Gov. Walz asking him to remove this onerous and unscientific mandate. Especially as the weather warms and more games take place outdoors, we cannot allow our children to compete while wearing a mask. This policy could pose devastating consequences during the summer heat. We learned on Thursday that the Minnesota State High School League also sent their concerns about the mask mandate during outdoor competition to the Governor and MDH. It is time to end the youth sports mask mandate and let our kids breathe!
Today, Rep. Eric Lucero and I are introducing a bill to ban vaccine passports in Minnesota. It would outlaw businesses asking for proof of vaccination before engaging in commerce. It also prohibits the use of vaccine passports before travel by air, train, water, or car. Rep. Lucero spoke about this bill with Alpha News. You can listen to his conversation here.
It is outrageous to think that Americans would be asked to show proof of vaccination as a part of daily life. One’s vaccination status is a private matter, it does not need to be shared with anyone else. I am going to fight to get this bill passed and to make sure that no Minnesotan faces vaccination as a prerequisite to live their normal life.
Every bad stereotype you have of the legislative process is happening now. We are spending long hours on the floor, combing through bills to find the DFL’s radical agenda items that they are trying to slip in unbeknownst to us. Never fear, yours truly will always stand up to the Left and fight to protect our way of life.