This weekend, I hope you and yours have a fun and safe time celebrating the 4th of July. The start of July will also see several new laws take effect, which you can read about here. While this legislative session did not produce the supplemental budget many of us were hoping for, there are some notable accomplishments going into effect soon - if they haven’t already - including the following:
More can and should be done, especially with a record surplus and Minnesotans grappling with rising costs. As of now, there does not seem to be a bipartisan consensus for a special session, but I remain committed to working toward the solutions that Minnesotans deserve.
Supporting Our Veterans
I also joined my colleagues in passing a Veterans and Military Affairs bill to support those who’ve courageously served our nation. This bill invests significant new funding to address veteran homelessness, provides additional funding for Minnesota’s three new veterans homes, and enlistment incentives for members of the Minnesota National Guard.
The budget also includes funding to recognize post-9/11-era veterans – and Gold Star Families – with service bonuses of up to $2,000. There are approximately 48,000 eligible veterans, over half of whom deployed to combat operations including those in Afghanistan or Iraq. We have a long history of awarding service bonuses to Minnesota Veterans who served in America’s wars. Starting in 1919 after World War I, through World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, and now the Global War on Terrorism.
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is facilitating the program. The application period will begin on July 7, and you can learn more here.
Protecting Reproductive Rights
The U.S. Supreme Court reversed 50 years of settled law by overturning protections under Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed the right to a safe, legal abortion. Extreme laws being enacted in other states will result in dangerous health care outcomes.
In Minnesota, where the right to an abortion remains protected, Governor Walz enacted Executive Order 22-16 to help protect people seeking or providing abortions in Minnesota from laws in other states.
Now that decisions have returned to the states, Minnesota has a duty to protect the privacy and autonomy of its citizens and those who travel within our borders. This really is about the right to privacy and autonomy for every citizen. As an IT professional, a woman legislator and a Minnesotan, I thank Governor Walz for taking this necessary step to uphold the law in Minnesota.
Children Six Months and Older 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.
Application System for Frontline Worker Bonuses Online
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!
Whether you have questions on new laws, the impact of recent Supreme Court decisions on our state, resources available to you, or ideas on how to improve our community and state, please feel free to reach out to me. I always appreciate hearing from you. You can contact me at 651-296-1761 or email@example.com. It’s an honor to represent our community.
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