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action > contact your legislators and the Governor

 

To find your political district and legislators (who represents you), go to: 

Minnesota District Finder

The above link is easy to use. Simply enter your address, city, state and zipcode and the site will give you your district and lists your State Representative (MN House) and State Senator (MN Senate). NOTE: The site also lists federal congressmen/women, which is not needed for Minnesota bills — Minnesota state legislators vote on state bills.

For further information, such as House and Senate maps, district information, voting precincts, and more, go to: Geospatial Information

 

General phone

Another option to find your legislators: If you're in the metro area, call 1-651-296-2146 (House Public Information Services) and asks who represents you based on your address/city/zip. Our of the metro area, call 1-800-657-3550. The '651' number is the House switchboard and they will connect you directly to your Representatives/ or Senator's office.

 

What to say or write

NOTE: On May 20, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton (his contact information is on the link) signed the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation bill into law! (The breeder bill was part of the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill, H.F. 3172.) A few days prior, on May 16, both the MN House and Senate floors passed this omnibus bill, allowing the breeder bill to move to the Governor.

Please thank the Governor for his strong support of the MN Dog and Cat Breeder Bill and for signing the bill into law. Please also thank your legislators, if they voted for the bill or supported efforts throughout the process. Find your legislators at the link above.

To review the actions of this bill, go to: Dog and Cat Breeder Bill

 

Legislators want to hear directly from constituents. All accept calls, emails or letters. (Calls work best because not all legislators respond to emails quickly.)

If you call a legislator about a particular bill or issue, the legislator may pick up the phone and you can speak with him or her directly. In most cases, you’ll reach the legislator's voicemail (and you can leave a message) or you'll speak with a legislative aide. The aide will take your name and comments. If you haven’t called before, just be yourself. Keep it short, yet personal. If you are a constituent of the legislator, it's important to state that fact with the legislator or aide.

IMPORTANT: Some legislators may have already expressed their support for a bill by signing on as the author or as a co-author. To check names of authors and co-authors, go to the MN Legislature website and type in the bill number. You will be lead to a description of that particular bill and details, including co-authors. 

 

 

Legislator Responses

All legislators vary in how and when they respond to constituents.

  • Some legislators answer their own emails; some do not. Some prefer phone calls or letters. Some respond in days; others take months.
  • Many times the legislative aide responds and may send a "form" email or letter to you. Because a legislator or aide may not know the details of every bill at the Legislature, they may choose from a variety of generic responses that have already been written: 1) support; 2) neutral; or 3) against. This is why it's important to get to know your legislators and provide them with information and insight — so they learn to trust you and your opinion and their responses reflect this insight.
  • Even though certain legislators express opposition, they cannot ignore constituents with firsthand knowledge and stories that relate to their community.
  • Some people and organizations provide legislators with misinformation. Sometimes this is done intentionally (so as to confuse legislators); sometimes it's based on ignorance (they may not have the facts). If a legislator opposes a bill, ask why. Every conversation is an opportunity to  inform and educate.

 

 

 

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