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Legislative Update - February 24, 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020

Rep. Acomb

Dear neighbors, 

It’s an honor to be back at the Capitol to represent our community. The 2020 legislative session began on February 11, and we hit the ground running!

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At the Capitol

Introducing New Legislation to Address the Climate Crisis

Last week my Climate Action Caucus colleagues and I introduced new legislation to address the climate crisis! Our plan was inspired by the series of community conversations that we held during the recess. It includes feedback and suggestions that Minnesotans shared with us, and it allows people to participate directly in solutions that combat climate change.

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The plan includes $191.5 million in one-time investments that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and benefit public schools, nursing homes, homeowners, and local governments. A fact sheet with more details is available here. If you’d like to learn more, you can watch the press conference where we announced the plan here and read a Pioneer Press article about it here.

Health Care for All Rally

I recently attended a Health Care for All Rally at the Capitol. Many people shared moving testimonials about their experiences with barriers to care. We also heard from practitioners who struggle to provide the care their patients need. It’s clear that the high cost of health care is a concern for many Minnesotans, and I’ll continue to fight for affordable and accessible health care this year.

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In Our Community

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Before the legislative session began, the Hopkins Legislative Action Coalition invited legislators to tour the high school and hear about district priorities.

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I met with a group of Youth Environmental Activists who are organizing on issues around climate change. Talking with these students and other passionate, dedicated young people gives me hope for our future.

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I had a great time at the Plymouth Fire and Ice Festival. So many fun activities, mild weather, and tasty hot chocolate!

Be Counted in the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is just around the corner. This once-in-a-decade count provides crucial data that’s used to determine how much federal funding our state receives for schools, fire departments, hospitals, roads and bridges, and other crucial services we all rely on. In March, the U.S. Census Bureau will start sending information on how to be properly counted to every home in Minnesota. You’ll be able to respond online, by mail, or by phone. If you have any questions, click here to download a fact sheet or here to watch a short video.

The Census Bureau must fill thousands of temporary positions to conduct the census. These jobs provide flexible hours and competitive wages. In Hennepin County, census takers can earn $25 - $27.50 per hour. More information about working for the Census is available here.

Please continue sharing questions, feedback, and suggestions with me as the legislative session progresses. You can reach me at or 651-296-9934.


Patty Acomb
State Representative