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Legislative Update - September 20, 2019

Friday, September 20, 2019

Dear neighbors,

It’s been an exciting week at the Legislature! On Monday, I traveled to southeast Minnesota for a Clean Water Council field tour. We learned about the Cascade Creek restoration project, cover crops and groundwater protection, and Karst geology and nitrates. We also got to design our own canoes as part of a presentation from the International Water Institute.

Ramsey County Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt and I launched a ‘White Bear Pride’ canoe we created.

On Thursday, I joined my colleagues and young Minnesotans to launch the new Climate Action Caucus! I’ve joined this new caucus because we’re already seeing the impacts of climate change in Minnesota, and our youth and many others in our community are calling for urgent action. I look forward to working with Minnesotans on a bold, comprehensive plan to fight climate change and create a future in which we all thrive.

Yesterday evening, I co-chaired the first meeting of the Family Child Care Task Force that I was appointed to this summer. I’m looking forward to working with providers and finding solutions for our state’s child care shortage!

Make Your Voice Heard

As your state representative, my top priority is making sure that your voice is heard. Here are a few opportunities to share your thoughts:

Discuss TCE with State Legislators

For the past several months, I’ve been working hard to get bipartisan support for a statewide ban on TCE. Despite broad public support, legislation that I introduced didn’t make it into law last session. I won’t stop fighting until it does.

Conservation Minnesota is holding a town hall on this issue in White Bear Lake next month. I’m looking forward to hearing more feedback from community members!

When: Saturday, October 26 from 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Hanifl Performing Arts Center, 4941 Long Ave., White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Share Your Input with LCCMR

A bipartisan commission that provides funding recommendations to the legislature is seeking input from Minnesotans. The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) is currently working on a strategic plan for the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Once it’s completed, the plan will guide efforts to preserve our state’s air, water, land, wildlife, and other natural resources for the next six years.

Your feedback will help LCCMR members develop a plan that reflects Minnesotans’ priorities. The short, anonymous survey is available here. Please share your thoughts before the survey closes on Monday, October 28, and pass it on to anyone who might be interested in participating.

Join a Conversation about Historic Fort Snelling

Historic Fort Snelling, a 23-acre site located along the Mississippi River, has had many names throughout its complex history. The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is asking Minnesotans what they think the site should be called. You can share your thoughts by taking a short survey here or attending one of the upcoming public meetings. More information about Historic Fort Snelling is available here.

Apply for the EQB

The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) currently has an opening for a Citizen Board Member from the Fourth Congressional District. It’s a great opportunity for anyone who’s interested in becoming more involved in environmental issues! More information is available here.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on these issues or others that are important to you.

Sincerely,

Ami Wazlawik
State Representative

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