State Sen. Al Franken will be in Rochester Friday afternoon visiting with students at the University of Minnesota Rochester.
Franken will meet with the university's Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle and students to discuss ways to make college more affordable for students. This is part of his "Making College Affordable" tour of state campuses.
Franken has been busy in recent weeks. Today he announced he was sponsoring a bill aimed at protecting health care workers and nurses from back injuries — often the result of lifting patients. The bill would require OSHA to issue a standard on safe patient handling and injury prevention that requires the use of lift equipment to move patients except when it would compromise patient care. It would also give workers training on safe patient handling.
In other news, Franken also got attention from Daily Show Host John Stewart last night for his amendment that cuts funding for defense contractors who prevent employees from suing over sexual assault. On the show, Stewart criticized 30 Republicans for voting against the measure. You can watch the video here.