We’re continuing our productive streak in the Minnesota Legislature, and my District 60 colleagues and I want to talk to you about them! I hope you can join us this Saturday, February 18, from 2:30-4pm. We’ll be at the Van Cleve Recreation Center, ready to talk about our work and take questions from you - we just ask that you RSVP here.
Whether it’s recapping our accomplishments or discussing the work ahead, I’m excited to meet with you all for our first town hall of the year. Regardless of whether you’re able to join us on Saturday, always feel free to reach out to my office with any questions or comments you may have, and you can also follow along on my State Representative Facebook page.
Feeding Minnesota’s Students
Minnesota is a state that values education and wants to see every child succeed, but that is not possible when 1 in 6 students are trying to learn on an empty stomach. Last week, we voted to bring Minnesota a step closer to providing the food security families need and the education our students deserve. The Universal School Meals bill, which I carried, would ensure every Minnesota student has access to a breakfast and lunch at school, at no cost to them.
Thank you so much to the tireless advocates that got our bill over the finish line in the House. Next, the Senate. You can catch my closing remarks here.
You can read more about our bill and its impact on students and families here.
No Amount of Lead is Safe
I’ve been testifying in committees the last few weeks to push another bill of mine, House File 24, through the committee process. This bill creates a program to replace all lead service lines in public drinking water systems by 2033, including in Minnesotan’s homes.
There are no safe levels of lead, but the Minnesota Department of Health estimates that there may be 100,000-260,000 lead service lines currently in use in our state. This critical bill will help identify and replace these lines and prioritizes older and low-income areas that are more likely to still have lead pipes.
This is one of several pieces of legislation moving through committees that will reduce the amount of lead in our daily lives. You can read more about my proposal and its importance here.
Again, regardless of whether you can join us this weekend, please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have on our work! It’s an honor to represent our community in the Minnesota House.