I hope you and your loved ones have an enjoyable and safe 4th of July weekend. This is a trying time for our country, but I’m emboldened by the belief that there’s nothing we can’t accomplish when working together. Our nation is what we make it, and when it seems like progress is slow - or at times reversing - it’s important to remember that falling into despair only serves those that would seek to divide us.
As we celebrate the birth of our nation, let us also recommit to building a better one.
Protecting Reproductive Rights
The U.S. Supreme Court reversed 50 years of settled law by overturning protections under Roe v. Wade, which has guaranteed the right to a safe, legal abortion. Extreme laws in other states – some of which have already taken effect – will result in dangerous health care outcomes, especially for BIPOC women.
In Minnesota, Governor Walz, Attorney General Ellison, and DFL lawmakers are committed to protecting patients’ rights to make deeply personal health care decisions. This week, Attorney General Ellison joined 22 other attorneys general in reaffirming the right to abortion access. Still, this is a scary time, as Republicans are working to undo these critical protections. We must come together to stand against any further cruel efforts to infringe upon reproductive freedom, and I’m committed to doing everything in my power to keep Minnesota a state that protects reproductive rights.
New Laws Take Effect
While Republican leadership has refused to meet their end of the bargain to pass our bipartisan supplemental budget agreement, there are still several significant accomplishments from this session that have - or soon will - be impacting Minnesotans, including the following:
You can find a full list of the new laws going into effect today here.
More can and should be done, especially with a record budget surplus, but Senate Republicans would rather play political games than assist Minnesotans who are struggling. Calls to finish our work have fallen on deaf ears, but I remain committed to working towards the solutions our community and state deserve.
Young Children Now Eligible for COVID Vaccine
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved two COVID-19 vaccines for children who are six months old or older. Both vaccines were carefully studied and help protect children from severe disease, hospitalization, and death. They’re administered in smaller doses and packaged differently than vaccines that are available for older children and adults.
More than 300 providers in Minnesota are offering vaccines to children between six months and five years of age, including pediatricians, pharmacies, community clinics, and more. Parents and guardians can use the Vaccine Locator Map to find providers in their area. More information about COVID vaccines for children is available at mn.gov/vaxforkids.
Accepting Applications for Frontline Worker Bonuses
The application process for the frontline worker bonus is now open. The Frontline Worker Pay application will be open June 8 through July 22, 2022. Eligible workers will have 45 days to apply for Frontline Worker Pay. Remember, you don't have to be first in line when the application opens. The application will be open for 45 days and the funds are not first come, first served. Visit frontline pay.mn.gov to see if you are eligible and to apply today!
If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for our community, please continue to reach out. Though the regular legislative session is over for the year, there remains an incredible amount of work to be done, and we’ll do it better with your voice.
You can contact me at 651-296-4262 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!