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Legislative Update - August 5, 2019

Monday, August 05, 2019

Dear neighbors,

I’m currently working with experts and legislators from across the nation at a pair of gatherings in Nashville. I enjoyed sharing the groundbreaking work we’re doing in Minnesota with the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) last week.

I gave a presentation about the new Lawns to Legumes program during the NCEL conference.

This week, I’ll continue collaborating with fellow lawmakers at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). I look forward to advocating for a variety of policies and resolutions, including two that I introduced. One calls for action to address chronic wasting disease, and the other calls on Congress to pass the Saving America’s Pollinators Act, which reviews and restricts the use of pesticides that are toxic to pollinators.

Last night I met with members of American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention. In the wake of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, we discussed steps that will help prevent further tragedies. Several states have already passed common-sense measures to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people; it’s past time for Minnesota to do the same.

Night to Unite

Neighborhoods in our community and across the nation will gather at block parties tomorrow for Night to Unite. This annual event, also known as National Night Out, strengthens the bonds that allow our communities to succeed. It’s a great opportunity to visit with neighbors and meet local law enforcement officers and first responders.

Unfortunately, I’ll be unable to attend any get-togethers this year, but I hope you have a great night celebrating with your neighbors.

CPL Grant Applications

The Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) program is now accepting grant applications for 2020. CPL grants support conservation projects that restore, enhance, or protect forests, wetlands, prairies, or habitat for fish, game, and wildlife. Non-profit organizations and governments are invited to apply for this funding, which comes from the Outdoor Heritage Fund. You can read more about CPL grants and the application process here.


Rick Hansen
State Representative

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