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					2012 Legislative
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                  A report of the activities of the
                  LWV Minnesota Action Committee for
                  the 2012 Legislative Session
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                   2012 Legislative Session Wrap-Up
Table of Contents                                    Message from Action Co-Chairs

Issues                                               The overriding theme of the last two sessions
Election Law ………………………………………...3                     has been a lack of bipartisanship exacerbated
Vikings Stadium Act……………………………….4                    by a sharp ideological divide between the two
State Government Finance…………………….. 5                 parties. With Republican majorities in both
Education……………………………….……………..6                       chambers and a Democratic Governor,
Environment …………………………………………7
                                                     disagreements were common. The governor
Firearms………………………………………………..7
Health and Safety……………………………………7                     vetoed several policy bills, and the legislature
Housing…………………………………………………8                          found it difficult to agree on a bonding bill.
Immigration……………………………………………9
Metropolitan Issues……………………………….10                   While fiscal issues continue to be a major
Reproductive Choice……………………………..10                   concern, we saw no progress in solving the
                                                     state’s long-term structural budget
Guest Speakers                                       problems. Our school districts remain
Rep. Carol McFarlane ……………………………3                    underfunded, tuition at MNSCU institutions is
Elizabeth Lienesch,                                  rising and the state has no plans for dealing
       Take Action Minnesota ……………….5                with the tsunami of senior citizens who will
Josh Nussbaum, Minnesotans United                    overwhelm our health and human services
       for All Families …………………………..6                budgets in the near future.
Nan Madden,
       Minnesota Budget Project …………….8              LWV Minnesota has focused on efforts to
Laura Frederick Wang,                                impose a voter ID requirement on
       LWV Minnesota ………………………..9                    preregistered voters on Election Day and to
                                                     end Election Day Registration as we know it. In
Study...Consensus...Action                           2011, we cheered when the “photo ID” bill
                                                     was vetoed, but we accurately anticipated an
Over time, LWV members have studied many             effort to place a constitutional amendment on
policy issues and arrived at positions through       the ballot in November 2012.
our consensus process. Through the Action
Committee, we seek to turn our positions into        The efforts of local LWV members are crucial
public policy. We do this by tracking                to educating the public about this issue.
legislation, testifying, working in coalition with   Leagues across the state have held public
allied organizations, meeting with legislators,      programs, written letters to the editor and
and keeping you informed through our Capitol         made presentations to organizations. LWV
Letter™ and Action Alerts.
                                                     members will need to engage in thousands of
                                                     conversations to protect the right to vote for
These positions are detailed in LWVMN’s
Program for Action and LWVUS’s Impact on             every citizen. We thank you for your work and
Issues. Theses documents can be found on             urge you to continue it through October.
the LWV Minnesota website at
www.lwvmn.org or by calling the office at 651-
224-5445.
                                                       Jeanne LeFevre              Kathy Tomsich
                                                       Action Committee Co-Chairs




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Election Law                                           Guest Speaker
                                                       Rep. Carol McFarlane
The Minnesota legislature passed a bill asking
voters whether the Minnesota Constitution              Rep. Carol McFarlane (R-White Bear Lake)
should be amended to require a photo ID in             spoke to the Action Committee in November.
order to vote, establish provisional balloting in      Rep. McFarlane is co-chair of the House
Minnesota, and create new standards for                Redesign Caucus, a bi-partisan caucus established
verification of voters before a ballot is cast. The    in 2010 for the purpose of developing the best
question will appear on the ballot on November         ideas and innovations in public sector redesign.
6, 2012, unless LWV Minnesota prevails in the
lawsuit challenging the language of the ballot                             Government redesign is
question as misleading.                                                    important, Rep. McFarlane
                                                                           said, so that Minnesota can
LWV Minnesota testified against the bill this                              continue to provide quality
session because of the barriers that a photo ID                            services at a time when state
requirement would put before law-abiding                                   demographics are changing
citizens in exercising their constitutional right to                       and public budgets face
vote. Local election officials testified that a                            considerable pressure. She
system of provisional balloting would add                                  also emphasized that it is
complexity and cost for election judges and            important to make incremental changes; there is
administrators.                                        no “magic bullet” to solve these challenges.

The proposed amendment, however, goes                  In November 2011, the Redesign Caucus held six
beyond requiring a government-issued photo ID          regional meetings in the state for the purpose of
of voters. It also subjects every voter, including     building relationships among people from
those not voting in person, to “substantially          different levels of government and creating a
equivalent identity and eligibility verification”      climate that fosters government redesign and
prior to a ballot being cast or counted.               innovation. The Association of Minnesota
                                                       Counties, the Minnesota School Boards
The Secretary of State’s Office (SOS) testified        Association and the League of Minnesota Cities
that this language would end Election Day              assisted in bringing representatives from counties,
Registration as we know it because the eligibility     school districts and cities to the table. These three
of an Election Day registrant could not be             local governmental organizations had not talked
verified in the polling place on Election Day in       to one another before, Rep. McFarlane said.
the same manner as a new registrant’s eligibility
is typically verified. The SOS also testified that     Rep. MacFarlane told the committee that a report
the impact on absentee balloting is uncertain.         would be released highlighting the outcomes of
                                                       the regional meetings. The report, Focus on
If the amendment were to pass on Nov. 6, it            Outcomes: Redesigning Minnesota’s Local
would be up to the 2013 legislature to                 Government Services, has since been released
implement details of the amendment.                    and can be found at
                                                       http://www.redesigningmn.org/resources/
Minnesota’s state election system is sound, and
Election Day Registration is one of the reasons
that Minnesota rates #1 in voter turnout                Find more resources online at www.lwvmn.org
nationally. Our system would not be improved
by these measures that instead place barriers in
front of eligible voters.


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The Vikings Stadium Act                               is $600 million to take into account the need for
                                                      various reserves, issuance costs and the like.)
At the eleventh hour, the 2012 Session of the         The team will contribute $477 million toward
Legislature passed a plan to provide a public         construction costs. Operating costs will be paid
subsidy for a new stadium for the Vikings             $8.5 million per year by the Vikings and $6
football team. Although we do not typically           million per year from city sales tax revenues, with
follow issues related specifically to professional    both amounts adjusted annually for inflation.
sports venues, we are providing a summary of
the plan due to the high profile of the issue and     The first source of funding for the state’s portion
the significant public expenditure involved.          of the stadium cost is the expansion of lawful
                                                      gambling to include electronic pull-tabs, bingo
LWV Minnesota has a very clear position on            and sports-themed tip boards. If the increase in
the use of public funds for professional sports       charitable gambling tax revenues is insufficient to
venues: “When the state finds it necessary to         cover the state’s share of stadium costs, two
limit spending, LWVMN supports use of the             sources of back-up revenues are identified. First,
following criteria…State subsidies for sports         a sports-themed lottery game may be operated
teams, convention centers, and similar projects       with up to $2.1 million in revenues going to the
should be among the first items to be curtailed.”     stadium. Second, a 10% tax on luxury box and
                                                      suite rentals may be imposed.
The Structure: Chapter 299, Laws of 2012,
establishes a five-member Minnesota Sports            Funding for the Minneapolis contribution to the
Facilities Authority (“the authority”) to be          construction costs will come from a diversion of
overseen by a new twelve-member Legislative           certain taxes originally dedicated to the
Commission on Minnesota Sports Facilities.            construction and operation of the Minneapolis
The authority’s role is to develop and operate a      Convention Center.
stadium for the Minnesota Vikings at the
Metrodome site in Minneapolis. Other major            The authority is granted a five-year sales tax
sports facilities are permitted, but not required,    exemption on
to become part of the authority.                      materials. Any
                                                      property owned,
The Act mandates minimum design elements              leased or used by
for the stadium, including a roof, either fixed or    the authority is also
retractable. The Vikings will be required by a        exempt from
lease-and-use agreement to play all of their          property taxes.
home games at the stadium and to keep their
training facilities in Minnesota for a period of 30   Questions Remain:
years. The Metropolitan Sports Facilities             Questions remain
Commission (which owned and operated the              about whether the
Metrodome) is abolished and directed to               net increase in
transfer all of its assets and employees to the       gambling revenues
authority.                                            will be sufficient to
                                                      cover the state’s
The Financing: Chapter 299 authorizes the             stadium costs, whether money will be generated
state to issue appropriation bonds sufficient to      at the expense of other lottery revenues, leaving a
pay for the state’s $348 million share of the         hole in the state’s general fund, and whether
stadium cost as well as the initial payments on       changes in the manner of taxing charitable
the city of Minneapolis’ $150 million share of        gambling revenues may have a disparate impact
the project costs. (The total bond authorization      on charitable gambling operations in the state.



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Guest Speaker
Elizabeth Lienesch
Take Action Minnesota

              Elizabeth Lienesch from
              TakeAction MN gave a lively
              presentation in February about
              the Affordable Care Act, health
              insurance exchanges, and the
              implications for citizens of
              Minnesota. She emphasized the
              importance of citizen                   State Government Finance
              involvement in decision-making          Here’s the good and the bad for the state
as Minnesota’s insurance exchange is being            budget this session:
designed.
                                                      Good: The state’s general fund is projected to
The Affordable Care Act benefits many                 finish the FY2012-13 biennium with a $1.2
Americans, Ms. Leinesch explained. Benefits           billion surplus. Under Minnesota law, the
include preventing denial of coverage because         surplus must be used first to replenish budget
of a pre-existing condition, making preventive        reserves, and second, to repay k-12 schools for
healthcare available without a co-pay, and            funding previously withheld from them. So the
coverage for children on their parents’               surplus was applied to bring the cash flow
insurance until the age of 26. Starting in 2014,      account up to $350 million and to bring the
millions of people will get financial assistance to   budget reserve up to $653 million. Then $318
make health insurance more affordable.                million was repaid to k-12 schools.
                                                      Bad: Even after paying the k-12 schools $318
Every American will be required to purchase
                                                      million, the state still owes the schools $2.4
insurance. To facilitate this process, healthcare
                                                      billion more.
insurance exchanges will be created where
people who do not have insurance through              Bad: The general fund continues to run a
work or family can compare and enroll in              chronic structural deficit. This means that
insurance plans. The exchanges are tools to           revenues do not keep pace with spending. As a
make health insurance better and more                 result, a $1.1 billion deficit is projected for the
affordable.                                           next biennium, FY2014-15.

At the time Ms. Leinesch spoke, a task force          Good: Altogether $990 million in bonding was
had been formed to evaluate the creation of a         approved this biennium. About 42% of the
health insurance exchange within the                  total is allocated to the University of Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Commerce. Ms.                 system and to MNSCU, the state college, state
Leinesch pointed out that while insurance             university, and community college system.
companies are obvious players in setting up an
                                                      Good: The legislature did not pass a proposed
exchange, citizens’ voices also need to be heard
                                                      constitutional amendment to restrict general
because the goals of the health care consumer
                                                      fund budgeting. Several amendments were
often differ from those of insurers.
                                                      proposed but none passed.




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Guest Speaker                                       Education
Josh Nussbaum
Minnesotans United for All Familes                   The Omnibus Education Bill accomplished a
                                                     few major things. It expands Post Secondary
When they go to their polling place on               Enrollment Options to sophomores in high
November 6, Minnesotans will vote on this            school, and allows low-income participants to
ballot question: “Shall the Minnesota                apply for transportation reimbursement. The
Constitution be amended to provide that only a omnibus bill also requires school districts to
union of one man and one woman shall be valid pay employee salary differential when
or recognized as marriage in Minnesota?”             employees are deployed with the National
Minnesota United for All Families urges you to Guard.
vote “No.”
                                                     HF2244/SF1889 changed the management of
                              Josh Nussbaum, the school trust lands, taking it out of the hands of
                              Individual             the Department of Natural Resources and
                              Organizing Director creating a Legislative Permanent School Fund
                              with MNUFAF,           Commission. Hf2127/SF1528 creates a
                              spoke to the Action requirement for students graduating in 2017
Committee in March about the work of the             and later to earn at least one “digital learning”
MNUFAF coalition, of which LWV Minnesota credit.
is a member.
                                                     Otherwise, education changes were vetoed by
                                                     Governor Dayton. So there will be no change
Because anti-marriage amendments have passed
                                                     to teacher layoff procedure, and review of
in all states where the issue has been raised,
                                                     academic standards remains within the
MNUFAF has developed creative strategies
                                                     executive branch.
based on lessons learned. MNUFAF is focusing
on reaching out to individuals and engaging
them in conversation, whether through personal
contacts, phone banking or door knocking              Follow the Legislature Online
campaigns.
                                                      The Minnesota Legislature has excellent
An important message is that marriage matters         resources on its website allowing citizens to
to gay people, and the key, Mr. Nussbaum said,        closely track legislation. Bill introductions,
is not to argue but to share personal stories. It is  schedules, and committee information are all
important to connect at personal and emotional        on the bill status website at
levels, where decision making occurs.                 www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legis.asp. Video and
                                                      audio archives of floor sessions and committee
                                                      meetings are also available.
Issue Resources
LWV Minnesota has briefing papers and                Legislative information offices have daily and
studies on numerous issues such as Campaign          weekly publications to keep you informed.
Finance, Judicial Selection, Redistricting and       You can subscribe via mail or email. For
Alternative Voting Systems. This information         information, see the above website or call
and much more can be found in the Educate            House Information at 800-657-3550 or
section of www.lwvmn.org under Archive and           Senate Information at 888-234-1112.
Studies.




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Environment                                         Firearms

The good news on                                    Early in the session, a bill known as “Shoot
environmental                                       First” rapidly advanced. The bill would have
regulations this past                               legalized the shooting of another person,
session is that, while                              anywhere, as a first rather than last resort if the
unrelenting efforts                                 shooter “feels threatened.” The bill also
were made to allow                                  created the presumption that a homeowner’s
special exemptions                                  killing of any trespasser, even a non-threatening
from our                                            and unarmed one, would be legally justified.
environmental laws
for special interests,                              Associations representing police officers and
some of the worst                                   county attorneys opposed the bill, which was
bills were modified.                                vetoed by the governor.
This success was possible thanks to the hard
work of environmental lobbyists, guidance           Legislation was also introduced this session to
from the governor’s office, and knowledgeable       put a “Right to Bear Arms with No Limits”
constituent pressure – including that of LWV        amendment in the Minnesota Constitution, but
members -- on our legislators and the governor.     that legislation did not advance.
Outside of the Capitol, a Minnesota court
upheld Minnesota’s regulatory standard              Health and Safety
protecting wild rice, an important barometer of
water quality.                                      In a rare display of bipartisanship, a bill
                                                    focusing on abuse of vulnerable adults and use
The bad news is that serious roll-backs in          of restraint against a child was passed by both
environmental protections were passed. These        chambers and signed into law by Governor
included loopholes in wetland laws,                 Dayton. The new legislation modifies the
“streamlining” permit applications processes        penalty for criminal neglect and abuse of
that bypass environmental safeguards, and           vulnerable adults from a misdemeanor to a
eliminating a policy which discouraged              felony and toughens laws for unreasonable
diverting Minnesota’s water to other states or to   restraint of children.
Canada.
                                                    Again this year, an attempt to end the state’s
Some of this bad news is the result of an overall   rate equalization law failed. This law prohibits
effort to undermine environmental protections       nursing facilities from charging private pay
and limit the ability of local government to        residents more than the rate charged to
manage land use, an effort which is likely to       residents whose fees are paid by Medical
continue.                                           Assistance. Currently the MA reimbursement
Stay Informed Through the Session                   rate for skilled nursing care falls below the
Read the Capitol Letter™                            actual cost of care by nearly $25 per resident
                                                    per day. Studies of other states, however, show
The Capitol Letter™ is an on-line, bi-weekly        that without rate equalization residents are
report of LWV Minnesota’s lobbying activity.        often treated unequally and the savings of
Visit our website, www.lwvmn.org, and find a        private pay residents disappear more rapidly,
link to Capitol Letter™ under the “Advocate”        requiring them to use MA sooner.
tab. You’ll also find archives of past issues.



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Guest Speaker
Nan Madden
Minnesota Budget Project
Nan Madden, Director of the Minnesota                a possible
Budget Project, spoke to the Action                  reduction in the
Committee at the end of March.                       Renter’s Credit.

The state has a surplus for the current budget       The Minnesota
cycle, allowing it to restore the state’s reserve    Budget Project
fund and repay a portion of money borrowed           has carefully
from the schools. A deficit of $1.1 billion,         followed
however, is expected in the FY 2014-15               proposals to amend the state Constitution to
biennium. Ms. Madden stated that there are           require a supermajority vote to raise taxes or
two primary reasons for the expected deficit:        use reserve funds. Such amendments, Ms.
the economic depression of 2008 and the              Madden explained, would have unintended
state’s reliance on one-time fixes, such as          consequences, including more gridlock and
delaying school aid payments, to address             gimmicks at the Capitol, more cost-shifting to
budget shortfalls.                                   local governments and raising property taxes.

At the time she spoke, Ms. Madden reported           The Budget Project favors preserving the ability
that the governor’s proposed FY 2012-13              of a simple majority of lawmakers to manage
supplemental budget made adjustments to a            the state budget. This ability is particularly
few programs and funded them by making tax           important as state demographics change.
changes. The legislature, on the other hand,
proposed phasing in tax cuts for businesses and



Housing
The 2012 session saw further attempts by the        Bonds. The Senate’s initial proposal was $6 mil-
House to reduce the Renter’s Credit payable to      lion and $30 million respectively for the two
low- and moderate-income renters. The Senate        types of bonds.
did not favor such cuts, however, and the          When a replacement bonding bill passed the
Renter’s Credit survived the House-Senate con-     House on May 7, the House had eliminated all
ference committee on the omnibus tax bill. The     general obligation bonding from its proposal. As
subsequent gubernatorial veto of the tax bill had  returned by the Senate, however, the bill in-
no impact on the Renter’s Credits, which remain    cluded $5.5 million in general obligation bonds
in effect.                                         and $30 million in Housing Infrastructure
Bonding for public housing rehabilitation and      Bonds. These more generous appropriations
Housing Infrastructure Bonds also enjoyed a bet- were re-passed by the House and signed by the
ter reception in the Senate than in the House.     governor.
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Immigration
                                                   dialysis. A bill to restore some coverage did
Although there was some legislative action on      not make it out of committee, but a settlement
immigration issues during this session, very few   was reached in court, and funding was restored.
bills made it out of committee. One that was
passed, however, was the requirement that the      The Rest of the Story
federal E-Verify program be used by all three
branches of state government when making
                                                   The brief articles in our session wrap-up are
new hires. E-verify verifies authorization to
                                                   not the entire story. Throughout the legislative
work in the U.S.
                                                   session, Action Committee members provide
Governor Dayton vetoed the bill as current         bi-weekly updates on what is happening on
hiring practices comply with federal law. He       their issue. The play-by-play is found in our
also noted that E-Verify has significant           Capitol Letter™.
problems with fraud vulnerabilities and data
accuracy, which could make the state               The Capitol Letter™ is online at
vulnerable to employment litigation.               www.lwvmn.org under the “Advocate” tab.
                                                   We send an email notice to all members when
Unintended consequences of legislative action      a new Capitol Letter™ is posted, so you won’t
in 2011 left certain legal non-citizens without    miss anything happening at the State Capitol
access to state-funded Emergency Medical           as the events unfold.
Assistance services such as chemotherapy and




Guest Speaker
Laura Fredrick Wang                                 The Citizens Redistricting Commission held
LWV Minnesota                                       public hearings all over the state to get input
                                                    from citizens about what was important to
                                                    their communities. The commission ultimately
League of Women Voters Minnesota played             developed a redistricted map that would serve
an important role in the redistricting process      the needs of Minnesotans, not the political
in 2011-12, LWV’s Executive Director Laura          needs of their representatives. Although its
Fredrick Wang said when she spoke to the            map was not adopted by the court, the
Action Committee in May.                            commission demonstrated the role citizens
                                                    can play in redistricting.
What’s missing in Minnesota’s redistricting
process? Citizens.                                  LWV Minnesota
                                                    will be working to
LWV Minnesota was a key player in Draw the          improve the
Line Minnesota, a small coalition that came         redistricting process
together to demonstrate how citizens could be       in Minnesota. A
involved in the redistricting process and help      recent political
produce the outcome. Draw the Line formed           opinion survey
a Citizens’ Redistricting Commission made up        indicated strong
of a group of citizens from differing               support for a
geographic, political, racial and cultural          nonpartisan, citizen-
backgrounds.                                        led process.

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Metropolitan Issues                                     would have established staggered terms for
                                                        Met Council members, was vetoed by the
                                                        governor. Other bills, which could be
The Metropolitan Council did not realize one
                                                        characterized as efforts to reduce the power of
of its primary goals this year, to secure
                                                        the Metropolitan Council, did not move
bonding for $25 million for the Southwest
                                                        forward.
Light Rail Line preconstruction engineering
study. Because no funds were identified for
the line, there is a chance that the                   Reproductive Choice
metropolitan area will lose out on federal
funds that could provide fifty per cent of the         This past session saw many of the anti-abortion
funding ($600 million) for the future line.            antics being used across the nation to limit the
                                                       power of women to control their reproductive
The line would go between downtown                     lives. In Minnesota, many such bills did not
Minneapolis and Eden Prairie, through the              move from their committees of origin.
communities of Minneapolis, St. Louis Park,
Hopkins and Minnetonka. Light rail would               Three bills reached the governor’s desk but
reduce the extreme congestion on                       only one was signed into law, a bill to expand
metropolitan highways in this area and                 state grant funding for “alternative-to-abortion”
significantly shorten trips both in distance and       programs. This legislation spurs concern that
time compared to bus or automobile travel.             taxpayer funds may go toward disreputable
                                                       Crisis Pregnancy Centers.
The final $496 million bonding bill passed by
the Legislature included $12,836,000 for               Governor Dayton vetoed two bills. One would
some metropolitan projects: Metropolitan               have heightened licensing requirements only
Regional Parks, wastewater inflow and                  for facilities performing ten or more abortions
infiltration abatement, the Phillips Community         per year, in the hope that complying with new
Center, and a Metropolitan Transit                     licensing restrictions would bankrupt such
Interchange at the convergence of the                  facilities. The other bill would have
Hiawatha Light Rail Line and the Northstar             unnecessarily required the presence of a
Commuter Rail.                                         patient’s physician to administer the abortion-
                                                       inducing medication mifepristone.
A few other bills related to the Metropolitan
Council did not become law. One, which

                                  LWV Minnesota’s lobbyists
   Election Law                      Environment and Energy             Immigration
   Pat Davies                        Lynn Gitelis                       Judy Stuthman
   Gwen Myers                        Gwen Myers                         Kathy Tomsich
   Sherri Knuth
                                     Firearms                           Housing
   State Government Finance          Mary Lewis Grow                    Jeanne LeFevre
   Debby McNeil
                                     Health & Safety                    Metropolitan Issues
   Education, K-12 and Early         Barb Person                        Lois Quam
   Childhood                         Glenda Larson
   Kathie Cerra                                                         Reproductive Choice
                                                                        Catherine Menick



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The LWV Minnesota Action Committee

The LWV Action Committee is a lively,              Political, yet Nonpartisan
interactive group that follows what’s happening
at the Minnesota State Capitol and advocates       In keeping with LWV’s strong nonpartisan
for state policies and legislation. Our advocacy   stance, Action Committee members strive to
work is consistent with the positions in LWV       advocate for LWVMN positions in a strictly
                                                   nonpartisan manner. We advocate for issues on
Minnesota’s Program for Action and LWV
                                                   which LWV Minnesota has taken a position,
US’s Impact on Issues.                             but we never support or oppose a specific
                                                   elected official or political party.
Volunteers Make the Difference
The committee is made up of members from
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all walks of life. No prior experience is
necessary!                                         The Action Committee meets bi-weekly during
                                                   the legislative session on Fridays from 11 AM to
Each volunteer lobbyist does what she or he
                                                   1 PM. Teleconferencing is available, so you can
has time to do and feels comfortable doing.
                                                   join us from anywhere in the state!
This may be simply following legislation and
committee hearings on-line. Some members           We particularly need new lobbyists on campaign
choose to take part in an advocacy coalition to    finance reform; judicial impartiality and
work with others who care about an issue. Still    selection; health care; mental health; and higher
others visit the State Capitol to meet with        education. Or, if there is an issue you are
legislators or testify on legislation.             particularly interested in, let us know.
Interested in joining us? We’ll help you get on    We welcome new members!
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We can connect you with other resources in          LWV’s advocacy efforts are magnified when
the community and pair you with a more              local LWV members contact their elected
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mentor. And we are always available for
                                                    LWV emails periodic Action Alerts during
questions.
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If you have any questions about the committee       contact their legislators or the governor about
and its work, please contact Sherri Knuth,          an issue. We’ll suggest the talking points to
Public Policy Manager, at sknuth@lwvmn.org          use and give you a little background on the
or 651-224-5445.                                    issue.

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We’d love to talk to you about the Action      Vikings Stadium bill debate, and photo of state economic forecast
                                               press conference, courtesy of MN House of Representatives Public
Committee and how you and your local
                                               Information Services.
league can be more involved.
                                               Photo of Elizabeth Lienesch provided by Take Action Minnesota’s
Contact:                                       website.

                                               Minnesotans United for All Families logo is provided from their
Action Committee Co-Chair Jeanne LeFevre
                                               website.
jjlevre@comcast.net 952-545-8696
                                               Loon photo courtesy of Jennifer Nelson.
Co-Chair Kathy Tomsich
                                               Photo of Nan Madden provided by the Minnesota Budget Project’s
ktomsich@comcast.net 651-490-1809              website.

Public Policy Manager Sherri Knuth
                                               Special Thanks
sknuth@lwvmn.org     651-224-5445
                                               To Catherine Menick, Action Committee intern
                                               during the 2012 session.




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