This is THE single most important thing you can do to institute changes in the handling of outr natural resources in MN as a sportsman.
Please call your legislator and follow it up with an e-mail as we need to generate some noise guys - it's in your hands. If you can, come on down to the Capital and help us pack the hearing room. Also- notice the agenda, do not come at 6 pm, I'd say closer to 8pm as there are 2 other bills up for consideration first.
As you might now know, the House Ways and Means hearing on the House Environment Finance bill (which contains the Governor’s LCMR reform provision and the CWLA) It has now been re-scheduled for Monday. Details below:
MONDAY, May 2, 2005
Committee: Ways and Means
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jim Knoblach
Agenda: HF872 (Sykora) Omnibus education bill
HF1420 (Ozment) Omnibus agriculture bill
HF902 (Ozment) Omnibus environment and natural resources bill
HF 902 is the Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources bill---it includes both the Clean Water Legacy act and the LCMR reforms. They BOTH need to get passed intact in this bill. They are 2 crucial corner stones for turning around the way we manage our resources here in MN and are 2 of the 4 main components of the Rally last month. I would write/call in support of both the CWLA and of the LCMR reform in HF 902. ESPECIALLY if your local rep is listed below, PLEASE take the time to email/call them and ask them to support these 2 items. This is a big hearing guys, as this hearing is CRUCIAL for these 2 things we sportsmen have been trying to get passed this spring.
Guys, I would write/call in support of both the LCMR reform and of the CWLA. You can be of help--grass roots support is how things will get done. Call/email these members below. ALSO email your friends a copy of the info posted here to them, so they can be involved too!
If you wants details, click this link. http://ww3.house.leg.state.mn.us/hrd/bs/84/HF0902.html
Article 4 at bottom of page is the CLWA. Sections 129-131 is the LCMR reform which creates the "Minnesota Conservation Heritage Council of 11 citizens" to replace the LCMR (legislators).
House Authors Ozment
Short Description Omnibus environment and natural resources bill appropriating money for environmental and natural resources purposes, establishing programs, providing reorganization and regulation, and creating the Clean Water Legacy Act.
Members of the Ways and Means Comm.
Name, Phone Number(651) area code ,E-mail Address
Chair: Jim Knoblach (R) 296-6316 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chair: Jerry Dempsey (R) 296-8635 email@example.com
Lead-DFL: Loren Solberg (DFL) 296-2365 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Abeler (R) 296-1729 email@example.com
Ron Abrams (R) 296-9934 firstname.lastname@example.org
Irv Anderson (DFL) 296-4936 email@example.com
Michael Beard (R) 296-8872 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fran Bradley (R) 296-9249 email@example.com
Mark Buesgens (R) 296-5185 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lyndon Carlson (DFL) 296-4255 email@example.com
Karen Clark (DFL) 296-0294 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Dorman (R) 296-8216 email@example.com
John Dorn (DFL) 296-3248 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron Erhardt (R) 296-4363 email@example.com
Mindy Greiling (DFL) 296-5387 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Gunther (R) 296-3240 email@example.com
Rod Hamilton (R) 296-5373 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Hilty (DFL) 296-4308 email@example.com
Mary Liz Holberg (R) 296-6926 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Huntley (DFL) 296-2228 email@example.com
Margaret Anderson Kelliher (DFL) 296-0171 firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Klinzing (R) 296-1147 email@example.com
Philip Krinkie (R) 296-2907 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Larson (DFL) 296-7158 email@example.com
Carlos Mariani (DFL) 296-9714 firstname.lastname@example.org
Denny McNamara (R) 296-3135 email@example.com
Bud Nornes (R) 296-4946 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Ellen Otremba (DFL) 296-3201 email@example.com
Dennis Ozment (R) 296-4306 firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Paymar (DFL) 296-4199 email@example.com
Tom Rukavina (DFL) 296-0170 firstname.lastname@example.org
Connie Ruth (R) 296-5368 email@example.com
Marty Seifert (R) 296-5374 firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Smith (R) 296-9188 email@example.com
Barb Sykora (R) 296-4315 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ray Vandeveer (R) 296-4124 email@example.com
Jean Wagenius (DFL) 296-4200 firstname.lastname@example.org
Neva Walker (DFL) 296-7152 email@example.com
When I wrote, you'll notice that it is short, to the point, and polite. It took me a 1/2 hr to email all 38 members of the committee. I clicked the eaddy above, and then I cut and pasted the 1st message (including subject) I sent from the "sent box" to the new email and then just changed the name of the Rep. and then hit send and kept doing it for the other 36 members.
Please feel free to use it when contacting the Reps above.
Also if you happen live in their District--start the subject line with: "I live in your district" they indeed will give it much extra consideration to your view point!
Here is what wrote to the Reps.:
Subject line: HF 902, LCMR reform and CWLA
Dear Rep (fill in name)
I whole heartedly support these provisions of the CWLA (article 4) and the LCMR reform (Sections 129-131, citizens oversight/control of MCHC) within the Omnibus Environmental and Natural Resources bill HF 902.
Please vote FOR these provisions within the bill.
I also am in favor of increased funding for sections 2 (PCA), 3 (DNR), 5 (BWSR), and 10 (LCMR) to be increased by 10% each within the current hf 902 to fully fund these areas of need within MN. Please consider increasing the funding of these financially gutted agencies.
Thank you for your consideration of these matters within hf 902.
You will notice the second paragraph also hits on INCREASING the funding for the 4 key areas in this bill, it is a proactive strike so that maybe they will increase the funding a small percentage(10% will not happen, but is used as a way to convey my sentiments), but more importantly it signals to them to not to cut the funding further but to increase it.