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Legislative Update: Budget Negotiations Continue

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

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With just days remaining in the 2021 legislative session, budget conference committees are continuing to meet. As a negotiator on the Higher Education conference committee, we are poring over each detail of the House and Senate versions of the measure. Our goal is to craft a well-rounded bill, helping adult learners get the training and experiences they need to grow and thrive. Our Higher Education budget will be an integral part of the overall budget as we proceed during the next few days.

You can watch live floor sessions here, follow the daily legislative schedules here, and monitor conference committee schedules here.

Ending COVID-19 Restrictions

Last week, Governor Walz announced a timeline for getting back to normalcy as COVID-19 safety precautions begin to be lifted with the first date last Friday for outdoor and indoor events, social gatherings, and restaurants. The next significant deadline is Friday, May 28, in which the remaining capacity and restrictions end. The credit for these changes goes to you, for your sacrifices and care for each other. We can now see the light at the end of the tunnel!

American Indian Month

May is American Indian Month in Minnesota and we celebrate the rich history of our native people and their contribution to our state. You can read Gov. Walz’s proclamation here.


REMINDER: Rent Assistance Available

RentHelpMN has opened for applications, making it possible for low- and moderate-income renters to get caught up on overdue rent and utilities dating back to March 13, 2020. It also makes provisions for those at risk of falling behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vaccination Update

More than 2.6 million Minnesotans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Find your opportunity by clicking on, calling 833-431-2053 or contacting your health insurance carrier to help you find out when, where, and how to get a vaccine. This link shows Minnesota’s key data about who is getting vaccinated, etc.

Stay Connected

The Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services offers nonpartisan recaps of legislative action with their Session Daily publication. Subscribe here. You can track bills of interest through the legislative process by utilizing the MyBills feature on the Minnesota House of Representatives’ website here.  

Contact me anytime at I welcome your questions and comments. Also, you are welcome to “like” my Facebook page.

Thank you for the privilege of representing you in the legislature.


Heather Keeler

State Representative


District 4A - 
431 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155

Committee Assignments:
Vice Chair: Preventing Homelessness Division
Education Policy
Environment and Natural Resources Finance & Policy
Higher Education Finance & Policy

Legislative assistant:
Robin Schmidt