I'm sure we’re all incredibly thankful to finally get to take a deep breath of fresh, spring air. While I haven’t gotten to spend too much time outside enjoying it yet due to late nights at the Capitol, I did manage to squeeze in some vital swing-set time with one of my favorite playground partners.
The Democracy for the People Act
Last night, the House passed the Democracy for the People Act. The bill will protect and strengthen the freedom to vote, reduce the influence of dark money and corporations in our politics, and ensure our democracy is fair, inclusive, and responsive to the needs of Minnesotans across the state.
Our democracy belongs to the people of Minnesota, and it works best when we all have a say in the decisions impacting our lives. By passing the Democracy for the People Act, we will ensure voting is easy and accessible, and that our elections are decided by Minnesotans.
As a co-author, I was proud to vote to support it. You can watch my comments on the Floor last night here.
Higher Education and Legacy Funding
On Wednesday, the House passed the largest investment in higher education in nearly four decades. Whether it’s a tuition freeze across the Minnesota State system, addressing the U of M’s tuition shortfall, investing in our tribal colleges, or ensuring today’s students are prepared for tomorrow’s jobs, our Higher Education budget is a crucial component in making Minnesota an Education State. My Scholarship program to support aspiring paramedics proposal was also included in the bill!
April 11-17 is Black Maternal Health Week. Black Maternal Health Week, originated by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, was created to raise awareness of diminished maternal health outcomes in America, especially among Black women. In the U.S., maternal mortality rates have steadily increased since the 1990s with a sharp 64 percent rise between 2019 and 2021, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
One of my main focuses as a legislator is improving life for Minnesota’s children and families. My colleagues in the Black Maternal Health Caucus are working on great legislation to close critical access gaps and improve outcomes for Black mothers and babies. I can’t wait to support their work when it heads to the Floor.
To stay up to date with our important work at the State Capitol, you can see the Minnesota House of Public Information Services’ nonpartisan recaps of high-profile bills, committee hearings, and floor sessions with their Session Daily publication.
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Thank you, as always, for the honor of serving you.