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Legislative Update - January 8, 2021

Friday, January 8, 2021

Rep. Lee

Dear Neighbors, 

This has been a momentous week from our nation. From the results of Georgia’s runoff elections, to the insurrection at our nation’s capital as elected officials certified the presidential election, you might have missed the quiet and orderly start to our 2021 Legislative Session here in Minnesota.

I want to thank our community for the continued responsibility of representing District 59A in the Minnesota House, and I promise to do so in a way that lifts up your voices and conducts the business of the people in a safe and responsible manner. We need more of that in government these days.


The start of our legislative session looked different this year, with the majority of my colleagues taking the oath of office virtually, adhering to public health guidelines. As a continuation from last year, our committee meetings and floor sessions will also be conducted virtually for many, and the public can view them via the Minnesota House of Representatives webpage


Hennepin County Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Grants

As a result of our bipartisan work in the House with the Senate and Governor Walz, additional economic support is now available to our small businesses. Hennepin County recently opened the grant application process, and the online form can be accessed here until January 14. Please don’t hesitate to reach out directly if you need any assistance or have questions about eligibility.



Turning the Dial on COVID Measures

The nation experienced some of it’s deadliest days yet during the pandemic this week, but I’m extremely grateful to see the downward trend of cases in Minnesota. This week, Governor Tim Walz announced that certain restrictions on various activities and businesses will be relaxed starting Monday, January 11. The changes include the following:

  • Indoor dining at bars and restaurants can open at 50 percent capacity, with a maximum of 150 people. Parties of no more than six people must remain six feet from other parties; bar seating is open to parties of two; reservations are required; and establishments must close dine-in service by 10 p.m.
  • Gym capacity remains capped at 25 percent but maximum capacity increases to 150 and classes can increase to 25 people, assuming distancing can be observed. Machines and people must maintain 9 feet of distance. Face coverings are required.
  • Outdoor events and entertainment continue at 25 percent capacity, but maximum capacity increases to 250 people. Social distancing is required.
  • Indoor events and entertainment – like bowling alleys, movie theaters, and museums – may open at 25 percent, with no more than 150 people in each area of the venue. Face coverings are required, and they may not offer food service after 10 p.m.
  • Youth and adult organized sports have resumed practice as of January 4 and games resume January 14 with spectators, following the appropriate capacity limits for indoor or outdoor venues. Inter-region tournaments and out of state play are discouraged.
  • Places of worship remain open at 50% capacity but without an overall maximum capacity.

Dial update

How to Stay Involved this Session

This session, I’m honored to share that I’ll be chairing the House Capital Investment Committee. The Capital Investment Committee is about more than numbers on a spreadsheet, or even the bricks and mortar; it’s about strengthening communities. Through our work in this committee, we can help Minnesota emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic challenges by investing in our public infrastructure, creating good-paying job opportunities, and keeping a focus on equity and inclusion. Other committees I’m serving on are:

To stay up to date on my work in these committees and other legislative news, be sure to subscribe and share these legislative updates, which you can subscribe to here. The House Public Info page, the above committee pages, and my member page are all great informational resources. Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming town hall that we’re in the process of finalizing now, but I’m always available to take your questions or comments at or 651-296-4262. It’s an honor to serve as your state representative, and I’m looking forward to working with you. 



Fue Lee

State Representative