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Happy Independence Day from Rep. Sondra Erickson

Monday, July 1, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This week, we will celebrate America’s 243rd year of independence. The following is a message I received a few years ago from the American Legion/Auxiliary that I wanted to share with you once again.

As we pause this week to celebrate our nation’s birthday, the holiday weekend also gives us time to reflect on what America means.

We all cherish our freedoms. The Democracy we have been promised means that we can speak freely, run for elected office and worship as we choose. Imagine a nation without such freedoms. There are many such regimes operating today. Unlike them, America has been the land of opportunity for over 243 years. More than a place on the map, America is an idea, an idea represented by the Stars and Stripes.

The American flag is a powerful symbol. Those that served beneath it fully understand that. Those who dream of escape from tyranny elsewhere on the planet see it as a sign of hope. Their oppressors are threatened by it.

For God and Country, enjoy but honor the meaning of Independence Day.

New Laws Take Effect July 1st

A number of bills that were passed during this year’s legislative session became law on July 1st.

Click here for a rundown on these new laws.

If you have any questions about any matter related to state government, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-6746 or via email at 

Have a safe Independence Day,