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BRAND NEWS with Rep. Jeff Brand

Friday, April 12, 2024

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Friends and neighbors, 

THIS WEEK ON BRAND NEWS: New federal regulations on PFAS in drinking water, and a bipartisan public safety package.  


On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced new federal regulations on PFAS in drinking water, the first federal regulation of its kind. I was asked to speak at a White House briefing on the new measure, where I joined White House and EPA officials to highlight the importance of a PFAS-free future. Turning off the tap on PFAS is vital to public health, and we did that here in Minnesota last year when we passed Amara’s law, which I authored, to ban PFAS in products sold here in the state.  

Saying no to PFAS puts our community over corporations, and this announcement is a major stride to protect the next generation from these harmful chemicals. Everyone, regardless of zip code, deserves access to safe drinking water without having to worry about these dangerous contaminants. 

Passing Good Policy

This week, we continued to pass policy packages on major issue areas, building on the work of our historically productive 2023 session and improving the lives of Minnesotans. We passed a bipartisan public safety package that focuses on improving support and outcomes for victims of crime. The bill also has several provisions to strengthen protections for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The bill passed unanimously, and I was proud to vote for it.   

That’s not all - On Monday, we passed the Elections Policy bill, which focuses on improved voter access and election transparency. It targets policy areas where the state can improve voter turnout and ensure that if voting is restricted, voters have a means of redress.  

Just last night, we approved the Labor Policy bill, which will improve working conditions, strengthen protections, and address pay inequality. 

In the coming weeks, this work will continue. I’ll be sure to keep you updated as we pass more policy packages to improve the lives of Minnesotans.   


Celestial Wonder over Minnesota

This week, Minnesotans bore witness to one of the greatest celestial phenomenon, a solar eclipse! While Minnesota was not in the path of totality, it reached around 70%. Click the button below to see the view from Saint Paul! 



Stay in Touch 

As always, I want to hear from you. Get in touch by calling 651-296-8634 to reach me, or email Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram for the latest.  

Have a great weekend, everybody.


In solidarity,  

Representative Jeff Brand 

Minnesota House of Representatives