Harmful toxins in skin lightening products heard in House and Senate this week

ST. PAUL, MN – In 2011, the Minnesota Department of Health issued a warning urging people to discontinue using skin lightening products because they contain harmful toxic substances that are deadly to users and harmful to the environment. In 2012, the FDA issued a similar alert. Despite these warnings, use of these products is still prevalent in Minnesota. Dangerous skin-lightening products are available online and in Minnesota stores with out-of-state suppliers.

To address this issue, legislation will be heard this week to request funding for the Minnesota Department of Health to disseminate grants to community organizations and local health providers to educate at-risk communities about the dangers and to discourage product use.


WHO:              Sen. Sandra Pappas: Senate HHS Committee

                        Rep. Hodan Hassan: House Human Services Policy Committee

WHAT:            Skin-Lightening Products in Minnesota: HF 1898 and SF 1920

WHEN:            Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 2:30

                        House Human Services Policy Committee, 200 SOB


                        Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm

                        Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy, 1200 MSB

The legislation is supported by African Immigrants Community Services, Mercury Policy Project, The Beauty Well Project, The Racial Equity Task Force – Human Rights Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Sierra Club, and World Without Genocide.

Sen. Pappas, Rep. Mariani announce March 9 Town Hall Meeting

ST. PAUL, Minn. – State Sen. Sandra Pappas and State Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL – Saint Paul) invite constituents to attend a Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, March 9 to share their viewpoints regarding the legislative session. The meeting will take place at Villa del Sol (88 Cesar Chavez St) in the Community Space from 10:00 a.m. – noon.

Sen. Pappas and Rep. Mariani will provide a brief update on the session’s status and following that, will use the bulk of the time to take questions and listen to input from constituents. The event is nonpartisan, free to attend, and everyone in the community is invited.

WHAT: Legislative Town Hall Meeting

WHO: Rep. Carlos Mariani, Sen. Sandra Pappas, interested members of the community

WHEN: Saturday, March 9 from 10:00 – noon

WHERE: Villa del Sol (Community Space), 88 Cesar Chavez St, Saint Paul, 55107

For more information, call 651-296-9676.

Pappas, Cohen respond to Equal Rights Amendment success in DFL House

The DFL majority in the Minnesota House of Representatives today passed House File 13, which is designed to end legal distinctions between men and women and guarantee equal legal rights for all citizens regardless of gender. The Republican-led state Senate has not scheduled a committee hearing for the companion bill.