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On Tuesday, April 14th, Nicole Smith-Holt watched from the top balcony of the Minnesota state house as the legislature voted on the bill bearing her son’s name. A bill meant to prevent other Minnesotans from rationing their insulin and dying, like her son Alec did more than two years prior.

“Please don’t let this fall apart like last time,” Smith-Holt thought as she clutched her hands into a prayer position. She knew the bill wasn’t perfect, but she had already seen Alec’s bill fail once before. This was the best Minneosta was going to do anytime soon, she thought. 

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