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COVID-19 Update #2: Protecting and Helping Minnesotans
Posted on 25 March 2020

Dear Neighbors,

The situation surrounding COVID-19 remains fluid and is changing by the day. Here are some important developments that you may have missed. And remember, please stay home if you can.

Governor Walz signs stay at home executive order

Today the Governor has signed an executive order initiating stay at home rules. This order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 27 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10. Minnesotans may leave their residences only to perform any of the following activities, and while doing so, they should practice social distancing:
  • Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies
  • Outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing
  • Necessary Supplies and Services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out
  • Essential and interstate travel, such as returning to a home from outside this state
  • Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household
  • Displacement, such as moving between emergency shelters if you are without a home
  • Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home has been unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or essential operations reasons
  • Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation
Visit https://mn.gov/governor/covid-19/ if you have more questions.



Governor Walz signs executive orders to halt evictions

On Monday, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-14 which will halt all evictions during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Evictions are especially devastating at a time like this not only because so many of us are financially insecure, but an increase in unhoused people during a pandemic would greatly worsen the ongoing public health crisis. The order specifies that those of use who are still able to pay rent must do so. This order will provide vital economic security for thousands of Minnesotans.

Ensuring critical services continue for state's most vulnerable

Governor Walz signed two executive orders late last week that will streamline access to public health programs and ensure the most vulnerable Minnesotans still have access to critical services during the COVID-19 crisis.

Executive Order 20-11 authorizes the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to seek federal authority to temporarily waive or modify certain requirements for federal programs, including but not limited to the Minnesota Family Investment Program, Medical Assistance, and MinnesotaCare, to ensure these programs continue providing necessary support to Minnesota families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Executive Order 20-12 allows DHS to temporarily issue waivers or modifications to state requirements to ensure that their services can be delivered to Minnesotans safely and without undue delay, protecting vulnerable Minnesotans and those who care for them. DHS provides health care coverage, programs, and services for over 1 million Minnesotans, including groups likely to be significantly impacted by COVID-19 such as older adults, individuals who have disabilities, families with children, and individuals with mental illness.

These orders largely address the issues that would have been covered by the “SF4200” bill which many home health care providers have been writing to us about. We still hope to get these provisions written into law in the near future if the Senate leadership will agree to do what is best for Minnesota.

Special enrollment period for MNsure

The MNsure marketplace has opened emergency special enrollment for uninsured/eligible Minnesotans through April 21st. If you are uninsured or underinsured I encourage you to sign up for MNsure so you can get the treatment you need during the pandemic. Enroll through MNSure.



Support for Small Businesses

Governor Tim Walz announced that small businesses in Minnesota are now eligible to apply for disaster assistance through the Small Business Administration (SBA) for economic injury during the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement comes after Governor Tim Walz sent a letter to the Director of the SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance requesting that Minnesota businesses be eligible for this assistance.

The SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing during the pandemic. Small businesses may apply for a loan at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

In a similar vein Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-15 to authorize the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to establish a Small Business Emergency Loan program for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. DEED's emergency loan program will help Minnesota small business owners who need immediate assistance during COVID-19 closures.

On Wednesday, March 18, the state granted a 30-day Sales and Use Tax grace period for businesses identified in Executive Order 20-04. Identified businesses with a monthly Sales and Use Tax payment due March 20, 2020 will have until April 20 to make that payment. These customers should still file their return by March 20. For more information, visit revenue.state.mn.us or call 651-556-3000 or 1-800-652-657-3666.

How we are continuing to work

Last week the House moved to adjourn until April 14th, but not before we voted to set aside emergency funding for a COVID response. The House and Senate will meet in floor and committee sessions on an on-call basis through April 14. During this time period, the Legislature will only take up legislation on the House and Senate floors by agreement of the House DFL, House GOP, Senate DFL and Senate GOP caucus leaders. While we're all still working remotely, we're starting to hold committee-level working group meetings via conference calls and webinars to identify “must pass” legislation with bipartisan and bicameral support.

The House will reconvene

The Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate will reconvene on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The House will convene at noon while the Senate will convene at 2:00 pm. We will pass bipartisan COVID-19 legislation that we have been working on for nearly a week.

I encourage you all to practice staying home, and to watch this session online rather than attend in person. Members of the public can watch the House floor session on the House website, YouTube, and on TPT Minnesota. Video from all floor sessions is archived here.

Stay in Touch

Please feel free to reach out to me by email at rep.sandra.masin@house.mn or by phone at 651-296-3533. If you have a friend, neighbor, or relative who wants to receive updates about the Legislature, let them know they can subscribe to my email list here. You can also follow me on facebook here. It's an honor to represent our community. Please stay in touch.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin
State Representative,
Minnesota House District 51A


COVID-19 Update #1: Taking Preemptive Action
Posted on 18 March 2020

   
Dear Neighbors,

These next few weeks will be trying times for many of us, but by following the advice of our health professionals and elected officials we will be able to get through this together. Minnesota leadership is taking the actions needed to slow the spread of COVID-19, and now each and every one of us must do our part in this collective effort to save lives.

Early yesterday morning the House moved to adjourn until April 14th, but not before we voted to set aside emergency funding for a COVID response. The House and Senate will meet in floor and committee sessions on an on-call basis through April 14. During this time period, the Legislature will only take up legislation on the House and Senate floors by agreement of the House DFL, House GOP, Senate DFL and Senate GOP caucus leaders.

Emergency COVID-19 investment in health care system
We stayed up past midnight on Monday, March 16, into Tuesday, March 17, to pass SF 4334, providing $200 million in investments for the health care response fund and Minnesota's public health response contingency account.

Above all we have a duty to provide our health care system with everything it needs to get us through this safely. The bill provides $150 million to the Minnesota Department of Health to make grants to eligible providers for costs related to managing COVID-19.

As a condition of accepting a grant, the provider must agree not to bill uninsured patients for the cost of COVID-19 screening, testing, or treatment. If a patient is out-of-network, the provider must agree to accept the median network rate as payment in full.

The additional $50 million is appropriated to the public health response contingency account, which allows MDH to make flexible payments throughout our healthcare system where needed.

School Cancellations
On Sunday, March 15, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-02, authorizing the temporary closure of Minnesota K-12 public schools to students in order for school administrators and teachers to make long-term plans for the continuity of education and essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schools will be closed to students by Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27 to accommodate this planning between school staff, teachers, and administrators with guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Executive Order 20-02 requires schools to provide care for elementary-age children of health care professionals, first responders, and other emergency workers during previously planned school days to ensure Minnesota's first line of defense against COVID-19 can stay on the job.

It also makes provisions for the continuity of mental health services and requires schools to continue providing meals to students in need. You can watch the full statements of Gov. Walz and the Department of Education Commissioner Ricker here.




Governor signs orders temporarily closing certain public spaces & improving Minnesota's unemployment insurance
Late Monday, Gov. Walz signed Executive Order 20-04 to order the temporary closure of Minnesota restaurants and bars to dine-in customers. He also ordered the temporary closure of other places of public accommodation and amusement, including theaters, museums, fitness centers, and community clubs. Take-out and drive-thru options are still available.

Gov. Walz also signed Executive Order 20-05 to strengthen Minnesota's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and ensure that workers who are not able to work as a result of COVID-19 have benefits available. Specifically, this Executive Order will waive the employer surcharge and allow the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to pay unemployment benefits immediately, providing fast relief to employees who need it. If your employment has been affected by COVID-19 please visit this site. Any other questions should be directed at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development at 651-259-7114, 800-657-3858 or www.mn.gov/deed.

Help prevent the spread
One term we should all get more familiar with is “social distancing.” This is the practice of intentional isolation to reduce the overall level of contact between people and thus reduce opportunities for COVID-19 to spread. What this means for you and me is avoid attending events with 50 or more people, avoid going to crowded spaces, when you must go out in public do your best to stay at least 6 feet away from others. It is also encouraged to work from home if at all possible. You can read about other strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19 at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) website. The more we isolate ourselves now the sooner we will be able to return to normalcy.

MDH has set up a public hotline that will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The hotline number is 651-201-3920. You can also visit www.health.state.mn.us for up-to-date and accurate information about what Minnesota is doing to prepare for and stop the spread of COVID-19.



Additional Important Information

  • For any child care question please reach out to the Minnesota Department of Education School and child care questions: Call 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 (7am-7pm daily) Visit www.education.mn.gov. Child care providers can visit the Minnesota department of Health for more info, here.
  • Here is a list of various other resources that may be of help to you. Keep in mind that as we move forward some of this information may change. I will do my best to keep you updated.

Stay in Touch
Please feel free to reach out to me by email at rep.sandra.masin@house.mn or by phone at 651-296-3533. If you have a friend, neighbor, or relative who wants to receive updates about the Legislature, let them know they can subscribe to my email list here. It's an honor to represent our community. Please stay in touch.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin
State Representative,
Minnesota House District 51A
 


Legislative Update, March 2, 2020
Posted on 5 March 2020

Dear Neighbors,

Last week (ending March 2) was really busy for us at the House. It was filled with visits from constituents and late night votes on several important bills. Here is some of what we accomplished.



Gun Violence Prevention Bills Passed
Last week I voted with my colleagues to pass two common sense gun laws. It's time to take action to put an end to America's epidemic of senseless gun violence and mass shootings. Firearms are the leading cause of death for children and teens in Minnesota. This fact is intolerable. These two bills would expand criminal background checks on all gun sales (HF 8) and establish extreme risk protection orders (ERPO, HF 9). Criminal background checks on all gun sales are already required in 21 states, including GOP controlled states, and the District of Columbia. States that have taken this approach have experienced lower homicide rates, lower firearm suicide rates, and less firearm trafficking. ERPO laws have reduced firearm suicides, homicides, and mass shootings in other states, and they are currently in use in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Due to the continued outcry for action from my constituents I will continue to push for legislation that will make Minnesota safer. I'll be sure to update you if there are any new developments regarding gun violence prevention at the Capitol.

House Passes Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act
Too many Minnesotans suffering from diabetes are forced to choose between getting the medicine they need and paying their bills. That's why I'm proud to announce that I voted with my colleagues to pass the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act. Alec's bill is a combination of great ideas from both Democratic and Republican proposals which will ensure that Minnesotans have emergency access to insulin and affordable insulin over the long-term. This bill passed with bipartisan support and I am committed to working with the Senate to make sure it is signed into law so it can save lives.



Voter Privacy Passed
I voted with my colleagues to pass a bipartisan bill (HF 3068) which would address the data privacy concerns relating to the Minnesota Presidential Primary. It is important that we allow voters to determine what information they are willing to give regarding their party preference ballot selection in our Presidential Primary. You can read more about this issue here.

Stay in Touch
Please feel free to reach out to me by email at rep.sandra.masin@house.mn or by phone at 651-296-3533. If you have a friend, neighbor, or relative who wants to receive updates about the Legislature, let them know they can subscribe to my email list here. It's an honor to represent our community. Please stay in touch.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin
State Representative
 


Legislative Update February 21, 2020
Posted on 21 February 2020

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Legislators have returned to St. Paul for the 2020 legislative session. It's a new year, but Minnesotans' values and the values that guide my work at the Capitol haven't changed. We know that Minnesotans care about each other and want to see one another succeed.

2020 Minnesota Values Plan: Build a state that works better for everyone

I'm committed to building a better future for all Minnesotans. We can do more to provide a world-class education, affordable health care, economic security, and safe and inclusive communities for all Minnesotans. We will continue our efforts to make this better future a reality for all.

Our 2020 Minnesota Values Plan includes the following priorities:

World-class schools — House DFLers believe every child in Minnesota deserves a great start, and are working to close the opportunity gap and invest in early care and learning.

Affordable, accessible health care — House DFLers are working to pass long-overdue legislation to provide affordable insulin and reduce the price of prescription drugs.

Economic security — House DFLers are working to provide paid family and medical leave and earned safe and sick time to all Minnesotans.

Safe and inclusive communities — House DFLers are working to enact common-sense gun violence prevention legislation including criminal background checks on all gun sales and extreme risk protection orders. We are working to deliver investments in communities across the state through local jobs & projects. And the House DFL will continue to advocate for bold action on climate, including a 100% clean energy standard.

Climate Action
This week I attended a press conference with the Minnesota House Climate Action Caucus alongside youth activists and labor leaders to introduce a number of new investments designed to address the climate crisis. I have been hearing from many of you about the urgent need to address climate change. These new investments will enable Minnesotans to participate directly in solutions that address the climate crisis. The solutions focus on energy efficiency, solar, transportation, and environmental projects.




Precinct Caucuses
Next Tuesday, February 25th, is Precinct Caucus Day. While Minnesota will be holding a presidential primary election on March 3rd, this year, the precinct caucuses are still the best way to connect with fellow Minnesotans and to get involved in this year's elections, at all levels. Participants in the caucuses will elect your party leadership and consider resolutions for changes to party platforms. The best way to find where your Caucus is with the Secretary of States precinct Caucus finder tool, access it here. All Caucuses begin at 7:00pm.

Emergency access to insulin hearing
The skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs is forcing too many people to make impossible decisions: Do I pay for groceries, or my medication? One of the most prominent examples of price gouging we've seen is insulin, a drug that diabetics need to stay alive the same way you and I need water and air. I was able to listen to the stories of families and patients that have to deal with this crisis on a daily basis when the State Government Finance Division heard the Emergency Insulin bill (HF 3100.) This bill will serve as a critical safety net for those who can't afford the insulin they need to survive.

Please, Stay In Touch!

If you have a personal story, idea, or question related to business at the State Capitol, please get in touch. You can reach me by email at rep.sandra.masin@house.mn or by phone at 651-296-3533. If you have a friend, neighbor, or relative who wants to receive updates about the Legislature, let them know they can subscribe to my email list here. It's an honor to represent our community. Please stay in touch.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin
State Representative
 


Legislative Update - January 31, 2020
Posted on 1 February 2020

Dear Neighbors,

Preparing for the 2020 legislative session kept me busy last month. Continue reading to learn more about the work I'm doing to make the legislative session a success.



Earlier this month I toured a few North Metro communities with the House Transportation Committee. Highways in that area have some of the highest accident and fatality rates in the state. We were able to learn more about the unique needs of this region and discuss potential solutions with community leaders.



Visiting the third graders at Oak Ridge Elementary School was one of the highlights of my month! I enjoyed reading the book Grace for President to the students and talking about what it's like to be a state representative.

Last week I joined local school officials, city staff, and community members to hear ISD 196's legislative priorities for the upcoming session. I also had the opportunity to see students engaged in some of the many literacy programs that are available.

I plan to attend more events and connect with as many community members as possible before the legislative session begins on February 11. Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to share your thoughts. You can reach me by email at rep.sandra.masin@house.mn or by phone at 651-296-3533.

Gov. Walz and House DFLers Prioritize Emergency Insulin Access
One of my top priorities for 2020 is ensuring that all Minnesotans have access to the medications they need to survive and thrive. It's long past time to pass legislation to help people who are struggling to afford their insulin. Yesterday Governor Walz and my House DFL colleagues announced that they are committed to passing this legislation as soon as possible this year. I hope that Senate Republicans will support the revised Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act, which is named after a young man who died because he couldn't afford his insulin. MPR published a piece with more information about the proposal. You can read it here.

Be a Voter in the 2020 Presidential Primary
No matter what your party affiliation is, it's important to cast your vote in the 2020 presidential nominating primary. Minnesota's presidential primary will be held on Tuesday, March 3, but absentee ballots are now available for those who want to be among the first in the nation to cast their vote. You can request an absentee ballot or update your voter registration status here.

It's an honor to represent our community. Please stay in touch with questions, ideas, and feedback.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin
State Representative
 


Legislative Update - December 20, 2019
Posted on 20 December 2019

Dear Neighbors, 

First of all, I’d like to wish everyone a happy holiday season! No matter how you celebrate, I hope that you’re able to enjoy the holidays and spend some quality time with family and friends.

As 2019 comes to a close, I wanted to provide an update on what I’ve been working on lately and share some information that may be helpful.


Local School Closures
Last week, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board voted to close three schools due to declining enrollment. Sioux Trail Elementary School, Metcalf Middle School, and Marion W. Savage Elementary will close at the end of the school year, and students will be moved to new schools next year. More information is available here.

This situation has been difficult for everyone concerned. My heart goes out to all of the impacted students, parents, teachers, and staff. In the past several months, I’ve met with the superintendent, school board members, and many community members to discuss the financial difficulties that schools in our area are facing. I’ll continue working with local elected officials and my colleagues at the Legislature to secure the funding that Minnesota students deserve.


Southwest Light Rail Construction
In mid-December, I went on a tour of some of the 15 construction sites for the Southwest Light Rail project. We started at the Southwest Bus Station and went along the line to the end, which is located near Target Field in Minneapolis. I was particularly interested in the equipment being used for digging near buildings in Minneapolis. A special piece of equipment was brought in from Japan to use in this area because the underground wall was going to be so close to the buildings. With this equipment, there is no noise or feeling of ground movement even when you stand fairly close. You can see the blades moving and dirt accumulating at the top of the hole, but that is all. My understanding is that this is the first time this equipment has been used in Minnesota.

Once the Southwest Light Rail project is completed, Minnesotans will have better access to the many businesses and cultural resources located along the route. It’s a great example of the power of successful community partnerships.


Budget Forecast Shows Positive Balance
Earlier this month, state budget officials released a new economic forecast that shows a positive balance of $1.3 billion for 2020-2021. This indicates Minnesota is in a strong financial position but may face challenges in the future. When inflation and other factors are taken into consideration, the forecast suggests our state could see budget deficits that undermine our ability to provide world-class schools, safe roads, and high-quality health care for Minnesotans. When the Legislature reconvenes in February, we need to remain careful and continue investing in these core values.

You can read more about the budget forecast here. Please feel free to let me know what budgetary values are important to you and your loved ones.

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin
State Representative
 


New Laws Went Into Effect - Did You Know?
Posted on 25 September 2019

These laws went into effect on August 1:

  • Require state agencies to provide opportunities for user acceptance training when they’re transitioning to new software. This legislation, which I introduced, will ensure that problems or glitches are identified before the software is implemented.
  • Protect elderly and vulnerable adults. This law is part of a number of sweeping reforms that will improve conditions in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It prohibits retaliating against residents who file complaints.
  • Protect Minnesotans from the hazards of e-cigarette vapors. By prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in public places, this law will also help curb youth tobacco use.
  • Ensure that patients aren’t surprised by high out-of-pocket costs by requiring provider-based clinics to disclose facility fees before starting treatment.
  • Make Minnesota roads safer. This legislation allows law enforcement to cite drivers who endanger construction workers by ignoring the instructions of flaggers or violating traffic control laws while in a work zone. The hands-free law, which I talked about in my previous legislative update, also took effect on August 1.

If you’d like to read more, information about the laws that took effect last week is available here.
 


Legislator of Distinction
Posted on 20 September 2019

We just found out!!!

The League of Minnesota Cities recently named Rep. Sandy Masin me as a Legislator of Distinction. Thank you to the League for honoring Rep. Masin in such a great way and recognize her hard work.

This award is given to lawmakers who successfully work with local officials to meet the unique needs of their community.

More information about the award is available here.
 


Legislative Update - September 13, 2019
Posted on 13 September 2019

Dear Neighbors,

Community Conversations: Insulin
My colleagues and I are hosting a series of community conversations about making insulin and prescription drugs more affordable. If the skyrocketing cost of insulin and prescription drugs has impacted you or your loved ones, we'd like to hear about your experience so we can find solutions that work for you.

The first community conversation took place a few weeks ago at the State Capitol. Many Minnesotans shared moving stories with the legislators in attendance. I encourage you to listen to what they had to say. Video of the event is available here.

We wanted to give more Minnesotans the opportunity to share their stories and ideas, so we're holding more community conversations throughout the state this fall. The next one is on Monday, September 16 at the Diamondhead Education Center in Burnsville. I hope you can join us as we work towards solutions.



Women's Suffrage Day
The League of Women Voters, along with a host of others, put on a wonderful program to commemorate the efforts of women who fought to expand the right to vote. I really enjoyed the speeches of several women who were the first or among the first to hold various positions. It was inspiring to hear the stories of former elected officials who paved the way for those of us who are currently serving.



The women to my right are State Auditor Julie Blaha, the fourth woman in a row to serve in that position, and Josie Johnson, a civil rights leader.

Women's Suffrage Day is a celebration of how far we've come in the 100 years since Minnesota ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, but it also reminds us that there's still much to do. I'm committed to continuing my work on gender equality.

Thank you for the privilege of serving our community. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or feedback.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin
State Representative
 


2019 Burnsville Fire Muster Parade
Posted on 8 September 2019

The Burnsville Fire Muster Parade was held on September 7th, 2019. The weather was perfect for a parade. We paraded together with Sen. Jim Carlson, and as always, it was great to be with his team. The route was lined up with hundreds (thousands?) of Burnsville residents - enthusiastic, welcoming and warm folks. There was a large representation of the younger demographics of the city - lots and lots of kids. We had so much fun with them.


Here are just a few pictures from the parade:

Here is the entire crew..



This the ecological vehicle we use in many parades!



We have three people on the Bike



Rep. Masin Interview on Access to Dempcracy Program
Posted on 17 July 2019

On Friday 7-12, Rep. Masin conducted an interview on the Access to Democracy program airing from Eagan-TV. Please click below to watch.





You can watch the same on Access to Democracy here,   or   on YouTube here.


Town Hall Meeting with Senator J. Carlson - July 8
Posted on 5 July 2019

Please join me and Sen. Jim Carlson on Monday, July 8 for a Town Hall meeting!

Sen. Carlson and I will discuss the 2019 Legislative Session and its results, answer questions you may have, and talk about what's next. We hope to see you there.







When: Monday, July 8, 2019
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where:   Wescott Library,
1340 Wescott Road,
Eagan, MN 55123
Large Meeting Room Lower Level.

 


4th July Parade in the District
Posted on 5 July 2019

The Parade for the 4th of July in Eagan was quite a lovely event. Attendance was quite large and crowds were enthusiastic. The entire parade was filmed by Eagan TV and you can watch it here.

... and the weather really cooperated! The sky did not open up with a torrential rain (like last year), and most of the time it was nice a sunny and relatively moderate temperatures!

Some picture here:     Click the tumbnails for larger size image

  
 


Click the images below for an even larger size



Legislative Update - July 2, 2019
Posted on 2 July 2019


 Town Hall Meeting - July 8, 2019
Please join Sen. Jim Carlson and me on Monday, July 8 for a town hall meeting! Sen. Carlson and I will talk about what happened during the 2019 legislative session, answer questions, and discuss what's next with fellow community members. We hope to see you there.

When: Monday, July 8 from 5:30 – 7:30pm
Where: Large Meeting Room – Lower Level, Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan, MN 55123

4th of July Funfest
The annual 4th of July Funfest will take place in Eagan on July 3 and 4. There will be activities for people of all ages, including a carnival, live music, and fireworks. My favorite tradition, the 4th of July parade, will begin at 10am on Thursday morning. A map of the parade route and parking suggestions are available here. Learn more at www.eaganfunfest.org.

New Laws Taking Effect July 1
The two-year state budget that we approved this session went into effect yesterday, along with several new laws. Here are a few of the laws that are now in effect:


  • The E-12 education budget invests in Minnesota schools and children of all ages. Over the next two years, the total increase in funding will be $7,533,842 for ISD 191, $15,599,306 for ISD 196, and $3,186,472 for ISD 197.


  • Funding for the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will help create new opportunities for past, present, and future students. The higher education budget also increases benefits for students who are currently enrolled in the state grant program and expands eligibility for the program.


  • The opioid crisis response bill holds pharmaceutical companies accountable for their role in creating and profiting from the opioid epidemic. Drug manufacturers and distributors will pay higher fees, and the revenue will go towards prevention, treatment, and helping communities keep up with soaring public safety costs.


  • The strongest wage theft prevention and enforcement law in the country will ensure that all Minnesotans receive an hour's pay for an hour's work.


  • Eliminating the marital rape exception, a law that shielded people from being prosecuted for criminal sexual assault if they were married to their victim, will help support survivors and hold perpetrators accountable.


  • The Legacy Amendment plan makes strong investments in the outdoors and the arts across Minnesota. It maintains and improves parks, trails, and public lands; restores water quality; preserves our state's history and cultural heritage; and expands arts access and education.


  • Improvements to Minnesota's cybersecurity and election security are included in the state government budget.

Child Abuse and Neglect at the Southern Border
The atrocious treatment of children that' taking place in our country should concern us all. Last Friday, my House DFL colleagues held a public informational hearing on the humanitarian crisis at the southern border. Community members, immigration attorneys, and legal experts provided information about how the Trump Administration's policies are impacting people at the border, here in Minnesota, and across the nation. An audio recording of the meeting is available here.

The Pioneer Press published an article about the public meeting. You can read it here.

Financial Assistance for Teachers
If you're a teacher or know someone who is, I encourage you to check out the Minnesota Teacher Shortage Student Loan Repayment Program. This program provides student loan repayment assistance to teachers who work in Minnesota communities with teacher shortages. They're accepting applications now through July 15. More information is available here.

I hope you have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin
State Representative
 


Legislative Update, 25 April 2019: FUNDING EDUCATION
Posted on 25 April 2019

Dear Neighbors,

On Tuesday, my colleagues and I began voting on budget legislation on the House floor. The first budget that we approved was E-12 education.

Parents, students, teachers, staff, and administrators have been telling legislators for years that education funding was inadequate and not keeping up with inflation. Communities were forced to resort to teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, and bond referendums and operating levies that push costs off on local taxpayers. I believe that building a better future for Minnesota requires honest investments in students and schools across the state.

Our E-12 education budget would invest in every student in every public school. It would increase funding by approximately $701 per student in ISD 191, $490 per student in ISD 196, and $591 per student in ISD 197. Per-pupil funding would increase by three percent in the first year and by another two percent in the second. There is also support to help minimize the impact of cross-subsidies, a major issue for school districts. This increase in funding is necessary to give all Minnesota children the great start in life and world-class education that they deserve.

The bill has a host of additional good things to help improve outcomes for our students and our education system. Other measures would support students inside and outside the classroom, improve health and safety, and provide bridges to post-secondary opportunities, including career and technical education.

A fact sheet on the E-12 education budget is available here.

I was proud to vote for this budget because it's essential that we provide the best education possible for our students so that they have the opportunity to reach their full potential and our businesses have a talented workforce that will help them compete in a global economy.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin
State Representative
 


Protecting Elders Letter-to-the-Editor
Posted on 20 April 2019

I wish you all a Happy Easter and a Happy Passover celebration. Spring seems to have arrived and we are thankful.

The following Letter to the Editor by Rep. Masin to the Sun-ThisWeek Editor was published on April 11, 2019.

The topic of this letter will be an important subject to be dealt with when the Legislative Session resumes on April 23.

To the editor:

It’s a matter of life and death. Strong protections for Minnesota’s elders and vulnerable adults living in assisted living facilities are urgently needed and long overdue.

The horrific stories are hard to believe. An elderly father’s deceased body left in his room for seven days, after the facility promised to check on him daily. A woman with dementia kicked out of three facilities in rapid succession.

People might be shocked to learn that Minnesota is the only state in America that doesn’t license assisted living facilities. Equally disturbing is that there are few protections for seniors and vulnerable adults in these facilities. The state didn’t create these problems; it’s time for the industry to be held to account. The state has significantly improved the investigation process, but additional ombudsman staff are needed to address around 400 reports of maltreatment that the Department of Health still receives each week.

Last session, I was proud to co-sponsor a strong elder protection bill but was deeply disappointed to see that bill bottled up, watered down, and buried in the “Omnibus Prime” monstrosity. This session, I’m again supporting comprehensive legislation that includes licensure for assisted living facilities, prevents elder abuse, curbs deceptive marketing, and stops arbitrary evictions.

I’m confident that the plan will provide greater safety, dignity, and peace of mind for Minnesota’s seniors and their loved ones. More than 60,000 of our mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and grandfathers live in assisted living. We cannot fail this year. Yesterday was too late.

Rep. Sandra Masin

DFL-Eagan, District 51A


 


Legislative Update - March 29, 2019
Posted on 29 March 2019

Dear Neighbors,

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to our town hall last weekend. There was a great turnout, and we were able to have some good conversations.



Rally for the 2020 Census
Getting an accurate count is incredibly important to MN. There's a possibility of losing one congressional seat. Join us on Monday, April 1 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on the steps of the Capitol to learn about how we can ensure that every Minnesotan is counted.



Protecting Minnesotans from Sexual Harassment
Last week the House approved legislation to improve Minnesota's sexual harassment statutes (HF 10). For years, the courts have used an unreasonably high “severe or pervasive” standard for determining what behavior constitutes sexual harassment under the law. This bill would lower that threshold, making it easier for those who have been harassed to seek justice.

Making Prescription Drugs More Affordable
Nearly one in four adults struggle to afford the medications they need to stay healthy. That's why I'm supporting a new comprehensive plan to make prescription drugs more affordable. The bills included in this plan would stop price gouging by Big Pharma and put power back in the hands of Minnesotans and their doctors. More information is available here.

Please continue to share your input and ideas as the session continues. It's an honor to serve as your representative.


Sincerely,

Sandra Masin
State Representative
 


Legislative Update - March 19, 2019
Posted on 19 March 2019

Dear Neighbors,

Yesterday the House passed legislation to address the opioid epidemic and distracted driving. I cast my vote for two bills that would save the lives of Minnesotans.

Ending the Opioid Epidemic
Thousands of families have been impacted by the opioid epidemic, and year after year the fatality rate continues to rise. The opioid manufacturers and distributors that created this crisis are collecting record profits while Minnesota communities pay the price. It’s time to take action to end the epidemic and hold Big Pharma accountable.

The House approved a comprehensive plan to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery resources (HF 400). Funds for these services will come from fees paid by Big Pharma.

Preventing Distracted Driving Deaths
Distracted driving contributes to one in every five crashes, resulting in an average of 53 deaths and 216 serious injuries each year. Many families who lost loved ones to distracted driving have come to the Capitol to advocate for legislation that would ensure that drivers keep their attention on the road rather than their phones. A proposal to require drivers to use their cell-phones in a hands-free mode (HF 50) passed last night. This law has decreased crashes and fatalities in other states.

Upcoming Town Hall
Please join Senator Jim Carlson, Representative Laurie Halverson, and me for a town hall meeting this Saturday, March 23. We’ll provide an update on the progress made at the Capitol, preview what’s to come, and hear questions and concerns from constituents.

When: Saturday, March 23 from 12:30 – 2 p.m. Where: Large Meeting Room – Lower Level, Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan, MN 55123

Please continue to share your feedback with me as the legislative session continues.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin
State Representative
 


Legislative Update - March 11, 2019
Posted on 11 March 2019

Dear Neighbors,

The pace at the Capitol is becoming quicker with each passing week. Here are a few things that we’ve been working on lately.

Equal Rights Amendment
Last week the House passed legislation in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment for Minnesota (HF 13). The ERA would be put on the ballot in 2020, giving Minnesotans the opportunity to vote on including gender equality in our constitution. Everyone deserves equal rights under the law, so I was proud to cast my vote for the proposal.


Minnesota Diabetes Advocacy Day
You may be familiar with the story of Alec Smith, a 26-year-old Minnesotan who died because he couldn’t afford insulin to treat his diabetes. As the cost of insulin continues to skyrocket, many Minnesotans struggle to pay for medication they need.

My plan to prevent health care companies from removing coverage of a particular brand of insulin or related equipment and supplies (HF 288) is one piece of a comprehensive plan to make sure that people have access to affordable insulin. Insulin users need to have the appropriate medication, and unplanned changes can cause serious problems.

The Commerce Committee heard and passed this legislation on Minnesota Diabetes Advocacy Day. Listen to the hearing here for more information on my bill and others like it.

Transportation Field Hearings
The Transportation Finance and Policy Division recently held a series of field hearings that took us to St. Cloud, Minneapolis, Savage, Blaine, and Mankato. On Tuesday evening, community members filled the Council Chamber for the public hearing at Savage City Hall.

While a number of testifiers talked about road improvements, the Dan Patch legislation (HF 1783) generated the most animated discussion. This proposal would study extending the existing commuter rail line so residents could board trains in Savage and easily access people and opportunities in other locations. Video of the public hearing is available here.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I can be reached by email at rep.sandy.masin@house.mn or by phone 651-296-3533.

Sincerely,

Sandy Masin
State Representative
 


Legislative Update - February 22, 2019
Posted on 22 February 2019

Dear neighbors,

Recently I learned more about how other states are funding their transit systems, and the House passed two bills related to transportation.

Transportation Committee
We had several interesting presentations in the Transportation Committee. Two were on funding strategies that have taken place in Georgia. Representative Kevin Tanner, the chair of the Georgia House Transportation Committee, went into detail on the funding of a comprehensive transportation system. HB 170 was of particular importance as it will generate over $900 million in new annual funding. This involves taxes on fuels, truck fees, and a $5 hotel/motel fee. Representative Tanner advised that it is important "to do it together" when working to improve state infrastructure.

John Robert Smith of Transportation for America gave an overview of transportation funding strategies used by other states. He also talked about what he had learned from visiting a number of communities in Minnesota this past fall. For more information, go to www.T4America.org.

Disability Parking Permits
The House unanimously passed a bill that would allow physical therapists to certify applications for disability parking permits. HF 211 would streamline the permit application process, and help people get permits faster. Most people see their physical therapist more frequently than their physician, so this legislation would also help people save money on otherwise unnecessary visits to their doctor.

Bicycle Safety
We also passed HF 462, a proposal that would provide increased safety for bicyclists. The bill modifies rules for bicyclists and drivers and clarifies the powers and duties of bike riders.

Public Hearing in St. Cloud
Today, I am traveling to St. Cloud for a public hearing and a tour of the New Flyer plant. The Transportation Finance and Policy Division is hosting a series of meetings in various communities to give more Minnesotans the chance to be heard. More information is available on the committee webpage.

Help America Vote Act
On Thursday, the House passed House File 14. This is the bill I mentioned in a previous update that will enable the Secretary of State to access federal funds to help with security for election infrastructure. A total of $6.6 million was designated for a grant to Minnesota. Each state was allocated a share of the grant money on the condition that the state provide 5% matching funds.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns you have. It is an honor to serve you.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin
State Representative
 


Legislative Update - January 17, 2019
Posted on 26 January 2019

Dear Neighbors,

I hope all of you were able to spend time with your families and loved ones over the holidays. I'm wishing you the very best in the new year and I'm excited for what it and the 2019-2020 legislative session will bring. It is an honor to continue working with you.

Inauguration of Minnesota's Constitutional Officers
On January 7, I gathered with people from across the state to watch the inauguration of Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. Secretary of State Steve Simon, State Auditor Julie Blaha, and Attorney General Keith Ellison also took their oaths of office during the ceremony. I was inspired by the speeches and performances and encourage you to watch the inauguration here.

Session Begins
The next day, I was sworn in. I'm honored to continue being a voice for our community at the Capitol.

Committees are starting to meet this week. I'm looking forward to chairing the Subcommittee on Local Government in addition to serving on Government Operations, Long-Term Care, State Government Finance, and Transportation Finance and Policy.

You can find a full schedule and more information about these committees, including meeting agendas, minutes, and links to audio and video archives here.

Please - Keep in Touch!
If you have any particular issues of interest, questions, or concerns, please let me know. I can be reached via email at rep.sandra.masin@house.mn or phone at 651-296-3533. If you have plans to visit the Capitol, please let me know. My legislative assistant Anna Fineanganofo and I would be happy to arrange a meeting. Feel free to contact Anna at anna.fineanganofo@house.mn or 651-296-4110 as well.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin
State Representative, House District 51A
 


Legislative Update - December 21, 2018
Posted on 22 December 2018

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season and best wishes for a Happy New Year. My latest update is attached.

Dear Neighbors,

This is a wonderful time of year to spend with family and friends. I am looking forward to seeing mine before the busy legislative session starts on January 8th. Although policymakers are not sworn in for a couple more weeks we are still hard at work. Here are a few items I wanted you to see before the Christmas break.

Lawmakers Listen to Diabetics and their Families Who Struggle With Rising Insulin Costs
Recently diabetics and their families came to the Capitol to share their stories of struggling to afford insulin. The price of insulin has tripled in the last decade, which is unconscionable for a drug that people need to survive. Alec Smith, a 26-year-old from Minnesota, died a month after his 26th birthday when he was no longer eligible to be on his parent’s health insurance. He died a month later when he could not afford a $1,300 insulin bill. At best the rising drug prices are the result of an unfortunate series of events; at worst is it drug profiteering. You can read more about the listening session I was at by clicking here. Prices in the United States are much higher than other countries. I am going to continue to fight the dangerously high prices.

Open positions on boards and commissions
Minnesota’s Secretary of State has announced open positions on over 200 boards, commissions, councils, work groups, and task forces. See the link below to check on ways you can serve on one of these advisory boards, https://www.sos.state.mn.us/boards-commissions/

Help available for aging or disabled friends/loved ones who are elderly or have disabilities
As we gather with loved ones for the holidays, the MN Dept. of Human Services reminds us that this can be a good time to ask family, friends, elderly, and people with disabilities about struggles with loneliness, daily tasks, and safety. DHS and the MN Board on Aging offer these helpful resources:

Senior LinkAge Line 1-800-333-2433 or http://www.seniorlinkageline.com/
Disability Hub MN 1-866-333-2466 or https://disabilityhubmn.org/


Online shopping safety this holiday season
Many of us shop online all year, but the holidays can be especially busy. As you shop for holiday gifts in the coming days, protect yourself from fraud or identity theft. The MN Dept. of Commerce offers some tips to make your holiday shopping safer.

I hope you enjoy the holiday season; please let me know if I can assist you. It is pleasure to represent our community.

Sincerely,

Sandy Masin
 


Rep. Sandy Masin says "THANK YOU!"
Posted on 10 November 2018

Election Day 2018 concluded with a number of pleasant surprises. I am definitely ecstatic that I will be returning to the Minnesota House of Representatives to represent District 51A. An added bonus is that my caucus will be in the majority, so I am counting on a Legislature that will be more responsive to the issues of people.

I am so grateful to my family, friends, members of my Senate District, and everyone that made this great outcome possible. I am in awe of the time and energy that some people put into the campaigns.

It has been particularly encouraging to see so many new people involved in the political process. We know that the future of Minnesota and the nation is really at stake.

My sincere appreciation to all that participated in the election process.
 


Rep. Sandy Masin Elected for Another Term in the MN House
Posted on 7 November 2018

We are happy to announce that the voters in Minnesota's House District 51A have elected to send Sandy Masin to respresent them at the State Capitol for another term.

THANK YOU EVERYONE who helped in the campaign and voted for Sandy Masin.
 


Rep. Masin Candidate Statement on Eagan-TV
Posted on 5 October 2018

Eagan-TV recorded the following statement from Rep. Sandra Masin:




 


Rep. Masin is Endorsed by Minnesota AFL-CIO
Posted on 8 July 2018

Rep. Masin released this statement:

I am extremely proud to have received the Minnesota AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE) endorsement

This organization represents over 300.000 people. The mission of the AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families - to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation. That mission sounds appropriate for the role of government as well. Given the fact that we have a huge income disparity in this country, we need all the help we can muster to address this inequity and achieve parity and stability.

I deeply appreciate all the work done by the members of the Minnesota AFL-CIO and their confidence in me to represent working families. I believe that the strong middle-class in this country is the reason this country has enjoyed the stability and economic success for so long and I want that success to continue.

We are grateful to the MN AFL-CIO for their strong support.
 


Rep. Masin Receives Teamsters Endorsement
Posted on 1 July 2018

Rep. Masin received the endorsement of the Teamsters and issued the following statement in gratitude:

I am extremely proud to have received the endorsement from the Teamsters Joint Council 32 DRIVE. The Teamsters fight for fair wages, decent working conditions, good benefits and dignity in retirement. These goals are so important, particularly when we are dealing with a huge income disparity in our country and attacks on our safety nets at the national and state levels.

My sincere appreciation to the members of Joint Council 32 DRIVE for the work they do to help workers and our communities. I am most grateful for their support and confidence in me.

 


Meeting with Mr. Khizr Khan
Posted on 28 June 2018

Mr. Khizr Khan conversing with Rep. MasinOn June 25 Sandy Masin had an opportunity to talk with Mr. Khizr Khan while he was in Minnesota. She posted the following reaction:

... Mr. Khan's words were inspiring, energizing, and moving. He urged us all to take action in support of worthy candidates who will uphold humanist values. It was a pleasure to hear Mr. Khan's speech and an honor to meet this amazing man in person!
Their faces tell their mutual enjoyment in the meeting.
 


DFL Senate District 51 Convention Endorses Rep. Sandra Masin!
Posted on 11 March 2018

The DFL Senate District 51 Convention was held on Saturday, March 10.

Included in the day’s work was electing new party officers, delegates to the upcoming congressional district and state conventions, and voting on resolutions.

I am particularly grateful to be endorsed by the delegates from House District 51A to be their candidate in the 2018 Election. It is an honor to have their confidence and support!

My appreciation to all who participated in this event. This is democracy in action.
 


Rep. Masin Interview on Access to Democracy
Posted on 11 February 2018

Rep. Masin was interviewed on Access to Democracy program. You can watch the program on Eagan-TV Channel 15 as well as by clicking below:



 


EQUAL MEANS EQUAL
Posted on 29 August 2017

A screening of EQUAL MEANS EQUAL was held at the Humphrey School on Saturday evening to observe Women's Equality Day. It illustrated the many injustices that confront women and the importance of passing the Equal Rights Amendment.

It also mentioned that on the international level, only seven countries have not ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Unfortunately, the United States is one of them.

It is time for action. For more information, go to www.equalmeansequal.com
 

Previous Articles: [click on the desired article to view it]

09-19-2018 Candidate Forum - House District 51A - League of Women Voters in Dakota County
08-28-2018 CROP Hunger Forum at Burnhaven Library Burnsville
08-09-2018 Cedarvale Lanes Ribbon Cutting
06-14-2018 Legislative Update
05-18-2018 Legislative Update - May 18, 2018
05-13-2018 Poetry and Piano
05-03-2018 You are invited!
04-17-2018 Legislative Update - April 13, 2018
03-30-2018 Legislative Update: 3-29-2018
02-24-2018 Town Hall Meeting 2-17-2018 - Thoughts, Reaction
02-17-2018 Town Hall Meeting with Sen. Carlson
01-30-2018 PRECINCT CAUCUSES - FEBRUARY 6
01-05-2018 January 2018 is National Mentoring Month - Rep. Masin's Mentee Receives a Scholarship
11-11-2017 Veterans Day Celebration
10-16-2017 Rep. Masin Campaign Kickoff Party!!!
10-07-2017 Water Quality, Organics Recycling - Legislative Update
08-12-2017 Reopening of State Capitol - all weekend
07-10-2017 Jim Smith Passed Away
07-10-2017 Legislative Update June 30, 2017
07-08-2017 July 4th Parade in Eagan - Pictures
06-22-2017 Rep. Masin's Letter to the Editor 6/22/2017
05-26-2017 Legislative Update - May 26, 2017
05-13-2017 May 11, 2017 Legislative Update: DFL Women meeting
04-14-2017 Letter to the Editor: A deeply flawed bill
04-09-2017 Letter to the Editor: Town hall takeaways
04-02-2017 Masin/Carlson Town Hall On Health Care
03-17-2017 17 March 2017 Legislative Update
01-30-2017 January 30, 2017 - Legislative Update: Health Insurance Premiums Relief bill passes
01-21-2017 UNCONSCIONABLE!
01-16-2017 A View of Housing in our Communities - Discussion
01-02-2017 Happy New Year Wishes, Legislative Committees

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