LEGISLATIVE ACTION - WEEK BEGINNING May 15th:
You have 6 main representatives - 2 US senators, 1 US congressperson, 1 State senator, 1 State Congressperson and Governor Dayton. To find out their names and contact details, click on this link and put in your address - http://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/ The link to Governor Dayton’s office is - https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/
Below are the bills and issues, state and national level, that your representatives need to hear about from you this week. Choose the ones you care about and e-mail, call, write, or tweet your representatives with your thoughts. If possible, add a personal story about how this bill or issue will affect you or someone close to you.
We are into the final few days of the 2017 MN legislative session. So far 10 Omnibus budget bills and a handful of single bills have been vetoed by the Governor. and some have been passed. How did we get here? Quick update:
Last Tuesday, after late-night meetings finalizing bills, followed by early morning, barely announced hearings - so much for transparency and accountability! - the Mn Republicans stopped negotiating with the Governor and decided to keep their omnibus budget bills basically unchanged. They passed 5 of these bills through both chambers that day. On Friday, the Governor vetoed these bills, as he said he would. For an article on this - http://www.twincities.com/2017/05/12/mark-dayton-vetoes-reckless-and-foolish-gop-budgets/
Still using the same approach, this Monday the Mn Republicans passed the rest of the omnibus budget bills and sent them to the Governor, who vetoed them all. The sticking points are: the GOP are insisting on a great number of putting policy provisions into the bills; the extent of the cuts to essential services contained in the bills. Now, hopefully the political grandstanding is done with, and the real work can begin to agree on a budget before the end of session on 22nd May. For a good article on the situation, click here. http://www.startribune.com/dayton-calls-on-republican-lawmakers-to-take-policy-out-of-budget-debate/422337453/
So where does this leave us? We say focus on the Governor. Tell him to veto omnibus bills contain controversial policy provisions and that underfund state services, even if it means a special session or a government shutdown. In terms of single bills, tell him to veto bills that go against progressive values. You can also get in touch with your MN Senators and Representatives. These bills are going back to the House and Senate. There is still time to let them know where you stand on these issues. For an excellent summary, as well as a strategy that we like, from our friend Steve Kranz of Indivisible Minnesota Local a few weeks ago, click here.
See below for our most recent state-level Legislative Calls to Action. Pick the ones that you feel strongly about and get into action.
For more information from the Legislature on a specific bill visit this website and enter the bill number.
Please let him know your thoughts, thank him for the things he has already said he would veto, and encourage him to protect the people of Minnesota from an extreme agenda that will push us back into structural deficits.”
Please call or email Governor Mark Dayton and tell him why you are opposed to this provision, that prevents undocumented immigrants from getting driver’s licenses, and ask him to use his power of veto to stop this provision becoming law as part of the Public Safety Bill (HF470).
The ongoing occupation of the Governor’s office, in response to an anti-immigrant provision in the Pubic Safety bill (HF470) is asking for people to join them.
“Reclaim MN: Day of Action for Working Families” is organized by Mainstreet Alliance and many other progressive groups, from now until 7 am Friday morning. In light of the “power-grabbing” bills being pushed right now, this rally calls for people to join them to remind the Legislature who they work for and whose house the Capitol is.
As the MN Legislative Special Session continues, please add your voice by tweeting or calling to let leadership know your positions on the budget bills under consideration. We need bills passed that will adequately fund our services.
If you are keen to use your experience to make a difference and impact policy, the Office of the MN Secretary of State announced this notice of current vacancies on Minnesota State Boards, Councils and Committees last week. Check out the list sent out by Rep. Connie Bernardy and see if any of openings are up your street.
Home stretch - MN legislative session ends tonight at midnight, 5/22 - please tweet, email or call Governor Dayton and your MN legislative representatives to support those bills and funding issues most important to you - today's the day! See the enclosed list of the most important issues on the table.
A bill we thought was dead seems to be back on the table and the MN Republicans are trying to gauge local reaction to it, before possibly introducing the bill next session. This state-level bill contains provisions that mimic provisions in the national level ACHA Healthcare bill. It’s critical that we let the legislators know that Minnesota opposes this bill!
Join NARAL Pro-Choice, Planned Parenthood and others at the Capitol Building at 10.30am tomorrow to make it clear that ALL women must have the right to choose what is best for them and their families!
Contact ANY or ALL of the Conference Committee members and tell them how outraged you are that they are selling out on their promise to protect your internet privacy.
Now is the time to speak out to your US Senators on the new version of the UNAFFORDABLE Health Care Act. Reach out to them during their break. Let them know that you oppose the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, and why. It’s critical that you call your friends and family in other states with Republican Senators. They need to tell their Senators that they don’t support the dismantling of Obamacare with the passage of the AHCA
The vote to “repeal and replace” the ACA yesterday will take health insurance away from millions of Americans, gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions - including things like pregnancy, cancer, mental illness, eliminate services for special needs kids in school, and effectively let insurers charge women more than men.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has threatened to withhold Justice Department grant funding from jurisdictions that refuse to disclose people's immigration status to the federal government.
In order to pay for increased spending on Defense (54 billion), the Wall (2.6 billion) and De Vos’s School Voucher Program (1.4 billion), Trump’s draft budget cuts the EPA , the State Dept, Ag Dept., education, arts, housing & urban dev, health & human services.