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Legislative Update - October 8, 2019

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Rep. Persell

Dear neighbors, 

Many thanks to everyone who came to my town hall in Bemidj. House Majority Ryan Winkler and I had a great time answering questions and talking with folks about the environment, affordable health care, and other issues that are important to people in our community. If you weren’t able to make it, you can read more about the event and what we discussed here. Please feel free to reach out if you’d like to share your thoughts.

Mini Session

My colleagues and I want to give all Minnesotans opportunities to share their experiences and participate in the legislative process. Since getting to St. Paul can be a challenge, we try to meet people where they’re at. Last week we traveled to southeastern Minnesota for a three-day mini session.

We kept busy during our time in Winona and the surrounding communities. We heard from many Minnesotans, held public committee hearings, and attended informational tours and presentations. While the Legislature won’t officially reconvene until February, the mini session gave us a chance to gather input and develop a deeper understanding of the issues that we hope to tackle next year.

Minnesota Values Project

The Minnesota Values Project is another way that we’re reaching people and communities throughout the state. Elected officials are partnering with Minnesotans to create a shared vision for the future of our state, and your input is an important part of the process. Please take a moment to share what’s important to you and your community by completing a short survey here.

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Share Your Input with LCCMR

The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), a bipartisan group that provides funding recommendations to the legislature, is also seeking input. LCCMR members are working on a plan that will guide efforts to preserve Minnesota’s air, water, land, wildlife, and other natural resources for the next six years. Your feedback will help them develop a plan that reflects Minnesotans’ priorities.

A short, anonymous survey is available here. Please share your thoughts before it closes on Monday, October 28.

House High School Page Program

The House of Representatives High School Page Program is a great opportunity for Minnesota students to see state government in action. Students in the program spend a week at the Capitol and participate in a wide variety of activities, including:

  • Individual meetings with state representatives

  • A mock committee hearing designed to develop leadership skills and inspire students to think critically about issues confronting our state

  • Assisting members and staff during House floor sessions

  • Meetings with constitutional officers, judges and court officers, lobbyists, and members of the media

If you know a high school junior interested in state government, please encourage them to apply before the November 21 deadline. More information about the program is available here.

Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions or feedback.


John Persell 

State Representative 

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