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Legislative Update - July 1, 2022

Friday, July 1, 2022
Rep. Lee


Dear Neighbors, 

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:

  • Replenishing funding for Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance Program, keeping businesses’ unemployment insurance tax rates flat.
  • Distributing unprecedented amounts of money to address the opioid crisis.
  • Making the largest investment in high-speed broadband internet in state history.
  • Funding public health infrastructure to keep people healthy and safe as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.
  • Protecting and supporting veterans and Gold Star families.
  • Reducing the cost of health insurance for those who use the individual market.
  • Funding nation-leading ALS research.
  • Providing relief to farmers impacted by the 2021 drought and delivering resources to control and contain the avian influenza outbreak.
  • Preventing Republicans from infringing on a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.

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.


Vaccination Graphic


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




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 to see if you are eligible and to apply today!


Bonuses Apply Now


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 I look forward to hearing from you!



Fue Lee

State Representative