Sunday, February 6, 2022
The first week of the 2022 legislative session has begun. My priorities for this session are simple:
In addition to my three priorities, I have authored several additional bills to expand and protect individual liberty, reform the legislative and election process, and hold the government accountable to the citizens of Minnesota. For a full list of bills which I authored during this biennium, you can read them HERE. If you would like to change a law or partner with me to write legislation, please contact me to set up a meeting.
|HF2827||Permit to Carry Age Change||This bill amends the permit to carry a pistol application. It lowers the age of eligibility to 18 years of age, as opposed to 21 years of age at present (the constitution and the 2nd Amendment should apply to all adults)|
|HF3012||Electronic application, software, or other technology use prohibited from limiting a state agency's maintenance and preservation of state records.||State employees would be banned from using encrypted messaging and texting applications which currently prevent ‘freedom of information’ data requests. This holds the government accountable.|
|HF2891||Government entities prohibited from sending unsolicited communications to minors and creating mass communications targeting minors.||This would prohibit the State government from texting, calling, messaging, emailing, and directing social media ads to minors unless a parent or guardian opted to allow it. Bribing an 11-year-old with concert tickets in exchange for a vaccine would be no longer be allowed.|
|HF2760||Vaccine Mandate; Ability to Sue||This bill allows for any employee in Minnesota to sue their employer if they impose a vaccine mandate if the individual suffers any injuries (Congress has given Big Pharma immunity)|
|HF2755||Transparent Elections||This bill prohibits incumbents from handing their legislative seat to a chosen successor (Drains the swamp)|
|HF2754||Candidate's Proof of Residency||This bill would require legislators to live in their districts and creates financial and criminal penalties for those who do not (yes, this is actually an issue)|
|HF2731||Madelia; off-sale liquor license authorized||Authorizing a new wine cafe in Madelia to sell wine in competition with the city’s municipal liquor store|
|HF2685||Parents MUST be Present||This bill is common sense and requires that a parent or legal guardian must be present for any vaccine administration to a minor.|
|HF2684||2nd Amendment at the State Fair||Last year, the State Fair banned all firearms, which is not allowed under the law. This bill clarifies citizens' right to lawfully carry a firearm for protection at the State Fair.|
This week, the House passed a bill to extend the presumption of COVID-19 being contracted at the workplace for workers' compensation claims from frontline workers until January 13, 2023. The vote was 124-8.
I spoke against the bill and argued that because the economy is mostly open now, COVID-19 can be contracted from a variety of places, not just on the job. This is especially true for part-time workers. Having to presume that a worker contracted COVID from the job went from being probable during lockdown to only possible now, and this bill continues the presumption. I noted that this doesn't just cover government employees but some private employers like childcare facilities, hospitals, and clinics. In addition, I argued that because we are no longer in an emergency situation and the severity of the disease continues to decrease, lawmakers should take the time to understand the fiscal impacts and the actual need for extending the presumption for another year.
Watch the video here:
The Speaker of the House has locked the doors of my office in St Paul - so it is not open to the public. I will be holding office hours in the district. Please contact my assistant by email to arrange a meeting in person or by phone.
Thank you for being engaged in your government,
State Representative, 23B
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact my office or me. We are still attempting to provide regular contact remotely, so if you have other needs, please email my Legislative Assistant, Grayson, at Grayson.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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