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News from Dave: Protecting our Front-Line Workers

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Dear Neighbors,

Earlier today, the Minnesota House of Representatives approved legislation that provides presumptive workers compensation insurance to front line workers who contract COVID-19.

Thanks to all the local folks that emailed me about this important issue. I was happy to vote in support of today’s bill.

Front-line workers include occupations such as medical professionals, law enforcement officers, volunteer first responders, and others that are working so hard to keep us safe and healthy. It was important that we recognized the critical role these workers play in combating the COVID-19 crisis and to ensure these folks receive workers' compensation if they contract COVID-19 at work.

No general fund money was used in today’s bill. Instead, funding will come from the current workers' compensation fund for now. We will continue to work on this as we reconvene in the near future. Like many issues, we will be carefully watching our limited state resources while leveraging federal dollars as the COVID-19 outbreak slows the state and national economies.

I'm pictured here on the House Floor during debate on today's workers compensation bill for front-line workers

Per federal guidelines, I respectfully ask you to please wear a mask when in public shopping or around people that are from outside your immediate household. Remember your mask keeps me safe, my mask keeps you safe.

Our entire community owes a debt of gratitude to our doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals that are working so hard to keep us all safe and healthy. You inspire all of us with your dedication!

Please continue to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a great day,