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BRAND NEWS with Rep. Jeff Brand

Friday, April 19, 2024

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Friends and neighbors,

This week on BRAND NEWS: more policy packages pass off the House Floor.  


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. This week we passed the Commerce Policy package, which focuses on consumer and child protections, debt reform, net neutrality, and more. This legislation puts strict guardrails on social media platforms operating in Minnesota to help curtail how social media affects kids. Both as a legislator and a dad, I was glad to vote for it.  

We also passed the Human Services Policy package, which offers resources and support to our most vulnerable Minnesotans. This was a huge win for disability services, and it will make a major positive impact on families all across Minnesota. 


Thanks for a Great Town Hall!

I want to send a huge thank you to everyone who logged on to my Town Hall with Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman this week. Connecting with and hearing from my community is my favorite part of my job. If you didn’t make it or have a question we didn’t get to during the town hall, feel free to reach out to me and I’d be happy to help. 

Saint Peter Blood Drive

On May 6, the St. Peter Police Department is having its annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. There will be locations at the Police Department and the Community Center. Please donate blood if you can. We are in a time of critical shortage and it's important for our community! 



Free Park Day 

Get your hiking boots ready -- Saturday, April 27 is the next free entrance day to all Minnesota parks! Minnesota state parks are open year-round, and there's a state park within 30 miles of most Minnesotans. With a free day in each season, it's a great opportunity to get out there and explore someplace new! Whether you stay for the whole weekend or just spend a few hours outside, you'll make memories that will last a lifetime. So be sure to get out and visit our wonderful parks! 



Join a State Board, Council, or Committee!

The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State recently released a notice of vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications. Any Minnesotans interested in public service are encouraged to apply! There are positions for people from all backgrounds and professions, from cosmetologists to engineers.   

You can find the full list of vacancies here.   

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.  

Stay warm out there.  


In solidarity,  

Representative Jeff Brand 

Minnesota House of Representatives