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First Lobby Day a Success!

Yesterday was a very good day for the caucus. We held our first lobby day where we heard from several prominent DFL legislators from the House and the Senate and then held meetings with about 20 representatives. The message from House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, Representative Rick Hansen, and others included the importance of contacting your representatives about the bills you support. They need the positive feedback as they have plenty of paid lobbyists telling them why oppose their bills. For the same reason, you should also call and email chief authors and committee chairs hearing bills even if they are not your representatives. Our environmental champions are working on bills to protect our drinking water, act on climate, stop line 3, protect our deer population from chronic wasting disease, protect our pollinators, and much more. They need our support to move these bills forward! Letters to the editor are also a great tool to educate and call attention to our issues. I've attached links to the bills we advocated for or opposed yesterday below.  You can follow these and other bills by signing up for "My Bills" at To find out who represents you and get contact information for them, enter your address at

Caucus members who attended would like this to be an annual event. Please join our legislative committee If you are interested in helping us follow bills, or organize future events. To join a committee, click on the link HERE. Many thanks to those who helped organize and conduct yesterday's event, especially John Wells, Kristin Larsen, Greg Laden, Barb Courneya, Sue and Scott Mentor, and Lorraine Rovig. Special thanks to our legislators who spoke including: House Majority Leader Rep. Ryan Winkler Rep. Rick Hansen  Rep. Shelly Christensen Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn Rep. Robert Bierman  Rep. Jamie Long Rep. Patty Acomb Senator Sandy Pappas Senator Scott Dibble Senator John Marty There are three upcoming events I want to call to your attention: April 10th is Water Action Day at the Capitol. Please sign up here for this event if you are free.   April 14th will be our next board and full caucus meeting at the U of MN Cloquet Forestry Center, Stine Conference Room, 175 University Road, Cloquet, MN 55720. Please save the date and watch for more details soon! Remote participation via will be available.  This is our last full caucus meeting before our June 22nd Annual Membership Meeting where we will elect a Chair, Vice Chair and 8 Executive Committee members. You must have attended at least one meeting or official caucus event in the last year to have voting rights at the meeting (per our constitution). Electronic participation counts! We are all volunteers, working to help preserve our beautiful state and planet. If you wish to contribute to the caucus to help us continue our work, please click here. Any amount is helpful and very much appreciated! You can also help by inviting a friend to join the caucus.  Have them -  Sign up here.  Link to the the bill summary list here

Links to talking points on bills: Clean Energy Bills Divestment Bills Water Protection Bills Pollinator Bills Environmental Policy Bill Yours in solidarity, Veda Kanitz DFLEC Chair


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