From Rep. John Huot <[email protected]>
Subject Legislative Update- February 16, 2023
Date February 16, 2023 8:32 PM
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Dear Neighbors,

A lack of access to affordable, accessible child care for working families is one of the most pressing issues I?ve heard about from our neighbors since joining the Legislature. Additionally, with low reimbursement rates, child care providers are struggling to offer competitive wages and in some cases, to even keep their doors open.

This week, the House passed a pair of bills with robust investments aimed at stabilizing child care and early learning. HF 13 [ [link removed] ] increases the maximum reimbursement rates for all Child Care Assistance Program providers. HF 150 [ [link removed] ] increases the amount of child care stabilization grants ? a key initiative launched during the pandemic ? for child care programs. The bill also expands eligibility for early learning scholarships to children age five or younger.

Child care and early learning are both crucial for kids to develop, grow, and learn, but also for family economic security. If a parent can?t afford daycare (if they can even find a daycare spot), they can?t join the workforce. According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, *in 2022, 2,588 children and 1,371 families were enrolled in the Child Care Assistance Program in Dakota County.*

If businesses can?t hire workers, then they can?t grow. I was proud to support these investments to help kids, families, and communities thrive.?

House DFL Plan for Child Care and Early Learning________________________________________________________________________

*Expanding Lifesaving Care*

Today, I presented my bill to the House Health Finance Committee that creates a secured, statewide registry of ?POLST? forms, which is a portable form used to communicate a physician?s order to emergency medical service (EMS) personnel and other health care providers. HF 474 [ [link removed] ] has bipartisan backing and is also supported by the Minnesota Ambulance Association. It?s particularly helpful to EMS personnel, in that it helps prevent confusion in which medical treatment preferences aren?t followed in an emergency situation when those preferences cannot be found. I?m glad it?s being considered for inclusion to a larger package of health care related legislation.


*Responding to Gun Violence*

This week marked the fifth anniversary of the tragic mass shooting in Parkland, Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This week, we?re reeling from yet another tragedy, this time at Michigan State University. We are long overdue to enact proactive measures that can help keep our communities safe.?

Recently, victims of gun violence, physicians, and law enforcement organizations including the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, the Minnesota Sheriff?s Association, and the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association recently testified in support of four significant bills to address gun violence. These include:

* HF 14, which would require criminal background checks on all gun sales in Minnesota. The legislation would close loopholes allowing dangerous felons and other prohibited individuals to purchase guns from unlicensed sellers.

* HF 15, which would establish Extreme Risk Protection Orders. The legislation would allow a family member, law enforcement officer, or city or county attorney to petition a court to temporarily remove access to guns from individuals in crisis who may be in danger of harming themselves or others.

* HF 396, which would require firearms and ammunition to be stored securely, an important step to prevent access by children.

* HF 601, which would require gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement. Lost and stolen guns are often used in crimes or end up in the hands of those who may cause harm to themselves or others.?

We know we can?t eliminate all forms of gun violence, but these are critical steps we can take to keep more Minnesotans safe.


*Community to Capitol*

Now that we?re back in person after two years of remote work, it?s been wonderful to meet with community members at the Capitol advocating on behalf of the issues most important to them.

This week I met with a group of students from our area attending the University of Minnesota - Duluth. They were advocating for more infrastructure improvements to their university's facilities and grant funding to help make college possible for prospective students.


I also met with Sophia, a Rosemount High School Senior serving as a student rep on the ISD #196 School Board. She visited to advocate for more post-secondary options in school, and more resources for students with special needs.


Dairy producers also stopped by this week, and I was grateful for the opportunity to thank them for all they do for families in Minnesota.

*Keep in Touch*

Please continue to contact me anytime at [email protected] or 651-296-4306. It?s an honor to represent you at the Capitol.

Have a great weekend,


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