Alec Smith passed away in 2017 at the age of 26 when he aged off of his parents’ health insurance and was forced to ration his insulin that he could no longer afford due to its high cost. Alec’s story is unfortunately not unique as 1 in 4 diabetics have reported rationing insulin, and we’ve lost two more Minnesotans to insulin rationing since the 2019 session. I’m happy to say Alec’s bill passed with bipartisan support, and I hope our colleagues in the Senate can move on this issue with the same urgency.
Gun Violence Prevention Legislation
Two bills we passed would establish common-sense gun violence prevention measures, similar to ones recently passed in Republican-controlled states. HF 8 and HF 9 would close criminal background check loopholes and establish extreme risk protection orders to help get weapons out of the hands of those who may otherwise hurt others or themselves.
These are bills that will make Minnesota safer, and with the news last week of the shooting at the Milwaukee Coors Brewery, there’s no reason to delay this legislation any longer. While we don’t have the magical solution to stop all senseless gun violence, I strongly believe these will help. I spoke to this issue on the House floor, which you can watch here.
Paid Family & Medical Leave
Everyone deserves the ability to bond with a newborn, care for a family member, or deal with their own illness without risking their paycheck. I joined my colleagues on the House floor last night in passing the Paid Family & Medical Leave Act because too many hard-working Minnesotans don’t have the economic security to do just that.
This would provide Minnesotans with up to 12 weeks of leave, and would work similar to unemployment insurance. Workers with qualifying family events and medical conditions could apply for leave to take care of a family member or get medical attention for themselves. They would receive a percentage of their regular wages while on leave.
You can read more about this bill and this issue here.
Eden Prairie Library
It was great to see everyone who came out for the reopening of the Eden Prairie Library! It truly is going to be such a great space for our community.