Last Friday, the United States Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe vs. Wade in a landmark 6-3 decision. I released the following statement:
“Friday’s Supreme Court ruling means Minnesota could soon be the only state in the Upper Midwest with access to reproductive rights for all women. Personal health decisions should be between a woman and her doctor, and I will work with my House DFL colleagues and Governor Walz to ensure extreme politicians don’t gut Minnesota’s reproductive freedoms.”
New Laws Take Effect July 1
Several new laws passed during the 2022 session will take effect July 1, 2022. Summaries of all laws passed by the 2022 Legislature are available online from nonpartisan House Public Information Services. You can read more here.
Supporting our Veterans
This session, a bipartisan Veterans and Military Affairs bill passed, supporting those who’ve courageously served our nation. This bill invests significant new funding to address veteran homelessness, provides additional funding for Minnesota’s three new veterans homes, and enlistment incentives for members of the Minnesota National Guard.
The measure also includes funding to recognize post-9/11-era veterans – and Gold Star Families – with service bonuses of up to $2,000. There are approximately 48,000 eligible veterans, over half of whom deployed to combat operations including those in Afghanistan or Iraq. We have long a history of awarding service bonuses to Minnesota Veterans who served in America’s wars. Starting in 1919 after World War I, through World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, and now the Global War on Terrorism.
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is facilitating the program. The application period will begin on July 7, and you can learn more here.
July 22nd Deadline to Apply for Frontline Worker Bonus
Frontline workers have three weeks to apply for a bonus of up to $750. Money set aside for this program will be split equally among all approved applicants. We all are very appreciative of those who put themselves in harm’s way during the height of the pandemic and encourage them to apply if eligible and to spread the word to friends and family.
Every home in the U.S. is now eligible to order a third round of free at-home COVID-19 tests. Click here to place your order. You can also call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489). More COVID-19 updates are available through the Minnesota Department of Health website, or the U of M Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).