Rapid COVID-19 Preparedness
We acted quickly to deliver funding for health care providers to ensure those who need care can receive it. We passed bills to fund personal protective equipment, suspend deadlines and expiration dates, expand telemedicine, and more. We helped frontline responders infected with COVID-19 to have greater access to workers’ compensation benefits.
Economic Security for Minnesotans
We worked this session to invest in helping workers, families, and businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic and thrive after it ends. The House’s COVID-19 Economic Security Agenda included housing assistance for homeowners and renters, compensation for hourly school workers, assistance for small businesses, wage increase for personal care attendants, and more.
Criminal Justice System Reform
As a prosecutor and victim rights advocate for 20 years, I know how important it is that all Minnesotans are able to trust law enforcement. I also know that for too many in our community, that is sadly not the case. George Floyd should still be alive, and his killing highlighted overdue changes necessary to ensure that the criminal justice system works for everyone. My colleagues and I passed common-sense legislation that provides for more police accountability. We will continue to work on a system that protects all Minnesotans.
Protecting Our Environment
We worked in a bipartisan manner to ban the toxic chemical TCE, which can increase risks for cancer and other serious health issues. Climate change is an urgent threat, and we worked toward a clean energy future, including efforts to reduce carbon emissions, financial incentives for residential solar installations, and flexibility for utilities to use more cost-effective energy options.
Keeping Minnesotans Healthy
Even while addressing the pandemic, we worked in a bipartisan manner to enact important legislation to protect Minnesotans’ health: the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act, which will ensure people with diabetes can count on emergency access and long-term affordability of the drug; the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act, which will help reduce the cost of medications; and Tobacco 21 legislation to prevent youth smoking.
Serving as your State Representative is an incredible honor. Since you elected me, I’ve authored or co-authored over 240 bills, including those related to lower prescription drug costs, environmental protections, improved transit in our community, gun violence prevention, justice for survivors of sexual assault, empowering people with disabilities, greater support for our students, and more.
Being available and accessible to you has been a top priority. During the past two years I have:
- Connected over 3000 times with constituents via meetings, phone calls, and correspondence
- Held town halls and chat sessions
- Hosted community events on a variety of topics
I deeply value your ideas, which can lead to new laws to improve people’s lives. One example is Mitchell’s Law, named after a community member who almost died in a car crash and wanted to make sure first responders had access to emergency contacts. Another bill originated from a parent in the district who needed more flexibility in selecting services for her two children with disabilities.
Based on the growing mental health needs of students in our district and across the state, I passed a bill to require all teachers to receive training regarding student mental health and suicide prevention.
Our work continues to ensure the health and economic well-being of Minnesotans. Please keep in touch with your input, ideas, or if I can ever be of assistance. It’s an honor to represent you.
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