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ABSENTEE BALLOTS AVAILABLE NOW!!!
Posted on 26 June 2020


Your VOTE is more important than EVER!
 
As of Friday 6-26 you can request an absentee ballot to vote by mail (Covid-19 should not stop you from voting!) for the Primary Election of August 11, 2020.


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MN Secretary of State


Special Legislative Session - Recap
Posted on 23 June 2020

Dear Neighbors,

The Minnesota Legislature went into a special session on June 12, 2020 with the hopes of passing some much needed legislation. The House DFL, and the POCI caucus in particular worked incredibly hard, day in, day out, to craft and pass legislation our state desperately needs. From repairing and renewing our aging infrastructure, to reforming our public safety system, progress and action was blocked. Even though the Senate Republicans decided to pack up and go home, I am committed to coming back for future special sessions to pass these critical bills. Here is what we were working on before this special session ended.

Minnesota Police Accountability Act of 2020
The House DFL recognizes that we need massive systemic reform if we are to ever have a public safety system that makes all Minnesotans safer. Our Republican colleagues refused to join us in calling for these changes and are unwilling to listen to our perspective. We have laid the groundwork and can envision the Minnesota that we need, and it is a fight we will continue, but this may be a problem that will have to wait until November to be solved. Here is the full list of reforms the House hoped to pass:

Reclaiming Community Oversight
Putting power into the hands of the people and neighborhoods that police officers are sworn to serve and protect.

  • Retroactive Repeal of Statutes of Limitations (Vang)
  • Warrior Training Prohibited (Richardson)
  • Choke Hold Ban (Moran)
  • Duty to Intercede (Becker-Finn)
  • Police Residency Reform (Hassan)
  • Data Collection and Regulatory Reform/etc. (Mariani)
  • Arbitration Reform (Her)
  • Law Enforcement Oversight Council Reform (Gomez)
Reforming Accountability
Restoring confidence and trust in the systems that are meant to provide justice for all Minnesotans.
  • Use of Force Reform (Moran)
  • Prosecutorial Reform (Becker-Finn)
  • Investigatory Reform (Mariani)
  • Cash Bail Reform (Noor)
Re-Imagining Public Safety
Ending the unacceptable culture that is responsible for the murder of George Floyd and far too many others who look like him.
  • Public Safety Peer Counseling Debriefing (Noor)
  • Police Officer Critical Incident Review (Kunesh-Podein)
  • Community Led Public Safety (Gomez)
  • Mental Health Training (Richardson)
  • Autism Training (Richardson)
  • Restore the Vote (Moran)
House DFL PROMISE ACT
We also took advantage of the special session to introduce and pass PROMISE Act to provide immediate assistance in rebuilding neighborhoods that were hurt by the recent unrest in an equitable and community-led manner. We needed to take action and support these communities, unfortunately they will now undergo a very difficult time. You can watch our press conference on this legislation here. The legislation would:
  • Create a special panel to review cases and provide direct compensation to impacted individuals.
  • Partner with cities and community organizations to create economic relief programs for impacted businesses and organizations.
  • Give local units of government flexibility and tools to prevent gentrification.
  • Direct the Minnesota Department of Commerce to assist business owners, and require insurance companies to notify the department of any rejected claims.
  • Help with the rising cost of leases for eligible residential and commercial properties.
  • Eliminate the sales tax on the purchase of construction materials used to rebuild damaged or destroyed properties.
  • Provide property and sales tax cuts for eligible properties.
  • Establish a “Metropolitan Area Redevelopment Corporation” to create a long-term plan for equity-driven redevelopment and transformation.



Cares Act to Help Local Governments
We also passed legislation to deliver $841 million of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to Minnesota's counties, cities, and townships, and to make new investments in the people of Minnesota. Unfortunately this issue became divisive as well and we were unable to come to a final agreement.

The bill also includes critically needed investments in Minnesota and Minnesotans. These include the following:
  • $21 million for increased compensation for personal care assistants (PCAs)
  • One-time assistance for low-income families in the Minnesota Family Investment Program
  • More than $38 million for continuity of service in Direct Care & Treatment programs
  • Funding in for child care assistance necessary to bring Minnesota into federal compliance
  • $18.5 million for overtime staffing for correctional officers
  • Nearly $9 million to reimburse counties for federal funding that was rejected regarding care provided by counties at institutions for mental illness
  • Nearly $29 million to help the Leech Lake and White Earth bands repay overpayments they received from the federal government under Medical Assistance (MA)
  • $3.1 million to BCA to test and manage sexual assault examination kits, eliminate backlog
  • $4.1 million for suicide prevention and housing assistance for veterans
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.
 


Curfew CONTINUES: Sunday 5-31-2020 8pm through
Monday 6-1-2020 6am
Posted on 31 May 2020

Dear Neighbors,

  • The Department of Public Safety is asking all local communities to NOT be in the streets tonight, for any reason.

  • The coordinated National Guard, State Patrol, and Law enforcement presence continues to grow.

  • This response is to address a sophisticated network of urban warfare. We expect the individuals involved to use deadly force – both with fires and other weapons.

  • A primary tactic they have used is to locate civilians and use them as both shields from law enforcement and distractions to effective response.

  • YOU MUST STAY IN PLACE. Don't be out walking, do not drive your car unless is it an emergency situation.

  • We cannot have innocent people caught up in the sweep of those inflicting violence and danger on our communities.

  • These people are sophisticated and coordinated and we need to allow our law enforcement to focus response and resources on the legitimate threats attacking our communities.

  • Just because you don’t see the coordinated response – such as National Guard soldiers, know that they are out in the community. DO NOT ASSUME THAT YOU ARE NOT BEING SEEN BY THEM. Our response teams have airborne surveillance. If you are out patrolling the street, our response teams cannot know if you are there to do damage or to protect and will divert resources to find out.

  • If you are out, you are making the response operation more difficult. You are taking resources and attention away from effectively responding to threats.

  • Protecting and keeping watch from safe, non-mobile locations is fine.

It has been advised that it is best to call 911 to report incidents.

Dakota County is under curfew.

Please stay home, please stay safe.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin

State Representative
 


PLEASE STAY HOME TONIGHT!!
Posted on 30 May 2020

Dear Neighbors,

What started out as peaceful protests against the death of George Floyd while he was in police custody has been overtaken by other groups who are intent on destroying neighborhoods and communities.

Governor Walz, other elected officials, community leaders, and religious leaders held a press conference this afternoon requesting everyone to please observe the 8:00 curfew tonight, May 30, 2020.

There will be a larger number of law enforcement out tonight to work on restoring order. We need to give them the time and space to do that. We are told that some of the groups are organized and their intent is to attack civic institutions. If citizens stay home and stay safe, the destructive elements will have more difficulty melding in. Many of the lawless elements are not from Minnesota. Please give the National Guard and other law enforcement groups the opportunity to do their job to restore order and bring peace.

The Department of Public Safety is asking local communities to NOT be on the streets tonight for any reason.

It has been advised that it is best to call 911 to report incidents.

Minnesota House members are working on changing laws to address injustices.

Please stay home tonight and stay safe.


Sincerely,

Sandra Masin

State Representative
 


THANK YOU SD51 DELEGATES!!!
Posted on 12 May 2020

Rep. Masin posted this note to the Delegates of District 51A who voted to endorse her as their candidate for the House seat:

I am extremely grateful and proud to have the endorsements of the delegates to the 51A convention. I appreciate their confidence in me and look forward to an exciting year.

2020 was shaping up to be an important year prior to COVID-19 and now it will also be a memorable one. The decisions that will be made will have a lasting impact for many years. The crisis has made clear that many of the issues that we have been fighting for need to be addressed now. Issues like health care access, climate change and workers' safety.

We will also have to be very creative in campaigning because some of our traditional practices will not be possible for a while. I would appreciate whatever help you can provide.

Thank you again for your vote!

Sincerely,
Sandy

 


Sen. Dr. Matt Klein's Speech on the Senate Floor - worth watching!
Posted on 21 April 2020

Senator Dr. Matt Klein made the following speech on the floor of the Minnesota Senate:





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