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Capitol Roundup: The No. 1 Tip to Advance Convention of States in Minnesota

Published in Blog on March 04, 2018 by Suzy Turbenson

Pumped up and freshly pinned with official Convention of States buttons, groups of COS supporters made their presence known at the Capitol in St. Paul last week.

We sat in on committee meetings, met with representatives and passed out flyers advertising our March 15th rally—all in an effort to advance our COS resolution HF 2690 out of committee and onto the House floor for a vote.

But not knowing the ins-and-outs of the process, a few of us were shocked to learn:

  • Just because a resolution is assigned to a committee, that doesn't mean it will get a hearing.

  • If our resolution doesn't get a hearing, it will die in committee. The process of getting a committee assignment would start over again the following session.  

We were fortunate to catch some time with HF 2690 co-sponsor Rep. Cindy Pugh (33B), who explained that during each session there are many hundreds of resolutions representatives must each sort through. And much of the time, a resolution will get a hearing based on whether committee members feel it's an important issue to their constituents.

She reiterated what we've heard from several other representatives. The number one tip in getting a hearing on a resolution and ultimately onto the House floor for a vote is for resolution supporters to contact their legislators.

Many representatives have told us that so few constituents ever contact them, it makes a big impact when someone does. 

Be the One to Make the Big Impact.

Contact your legislators, whether through email with a follow up phone call, or vice versa. Setting up a face-to-face meeting is especially influential. Let them know you support COS resolution HF 2690 and urge them to do the same. 

If you'd like guidance in contacting your legislator or setting up a meeting, email COS Minnesota State Director Jackie Burns. She will put you in touch with seasoned capitol pros who would be happy to help. 

Districts of the Government Operations and Elections Policy committee members are listed below and their contact info is listed here. It's especially important that these committee members are flooded with emails and phone calls from constituents in support of HF 2690.

Districts Represented in the Government Operations and Elections Policy committee.

05A
06A
13B
14A
16A
25A
33B
37B
40A
42A
45B
46B
47A
53B
51A
51B
56B
59A

We will continue to be a presence at the Capitol on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through the legislative session and are always looking for enthusiastic COS supporters to join us.

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