Today, Representatives Kelly Morrison and Liz Boldon and Senators Matt Klein, Chris Eaton and Erin Murphy sent a letter to the Minnesota State Agricultural Society and State Fair Board of Managers urging them to implement a mandatory mask policy for all State Fair attendees. Each of the cosigners has a significant background in healthcare. The letter is as follows:
As concerns mount around the effects of the highly-contagious Delta variant, Senator Matt Klein (DFL-Mendota Heights) and Representative Kelly Morrison (DFL-Deephaven) have sent letters to their local school boards urging the adoption of an indoor mask requirement for students, teachers, and staff in local schools, regardless of vaccination status.
On Thursday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announced findings that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination had been found in 98 out of 101 closed landfills across the state, and that 59 of these closed landfills in 41 counties have levels that exceed the Minnesota Department of Health’s health-based guidance values for PFAS. PFAS are forever chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects such as changes in development, liver and thyroid function, immune response, increased kidney damage, and certain cancers.
The Minnesota Senate passed bipartisan legislation (SF263) Thursday to provide tax relief to Minnesota businesses that received Paycheck Protection Plan loans and to Minnesotans that received bonus unemployment compensation from the CARES Act.
On January 6, 2021, demonstrators in Washington, D.C., vandalized public buildings, endangered the lives of lawmakers, staff, and the general public, and jeopardized the peaceful transfer of Presidential power.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Eric Dick had passed away. He had served as the manager of legislative affairs with the Minnesota Medical Association for several years and was a fixture at the Capitol on health care issues and advocacy.