Minnesota House committees are beginning to ramp up with informational overviews on topics and areas where they have jurisdiction. This allows for updates and bringing new committee members update on topics. I've also been meeting with constituents and groups regarding bills and other topics of interest to them.
Here's a look at some topics that made news at the Capitol this week.
CALIFORNIA CARS MANDATE WILL DRIVE UP VEHICLE PRICES
Instead of going through the normal process of working with the legislature, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is planning to bypass the legislature and implement the California Cars Mandate through an administrative rule. It kicked off the process by holding its first public hearing on the topic this week.
The California Cars Mandate will ultimately force auto dealers to carry certain vehicles on their lots, such as electric cars, regardless if demand for those vehicles exists. Not only will this limit consumer choice on new high-demand vehicles - such as trucks and SUV's - but the mandate will also increase the cost of all new vehicles by $1,000 or more.
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COVID-19 VACCINES - WHERE TO SIGN UP?
The Walz administration has been taking heat for the slow rollout of the more than 500,000 vaccine doses that have been delivered by the federal government. In mid-January, Minnesota ranked last in the Midwest in total percent of our supply used (34%), and last in the Midwest for doses administered per 100 people.
Walz responded by opening up the availability of the vaccine to include all Minnesotans age over the age of 65 and started a new community COVID-19 vaccine program at nine locations in Minnesota - including St. Cloud.
If you're interested in trying to make an appointment, visit mn.gov/vaccine or by calling 612-426-7230 or toll free, 1-833-431-2053.
KEEP IN TOUCH
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