Meet With Your Legislator Day (No Rally) on March 4th, 2015!

Schedule

All Day:

  • 8:00 am to 2:00 pm – Registration
  • 9:00 am to 3:00 pm – Appointments with Legislators

Morning:

  • 8:30 am to 9:30 am – Training: how to meet with legislators
  • 9:30 am to 10:00 am – Welcome and overview of bills

Afternoon:

  • 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Training: how to meet with legislators
  • 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Welcome and overview of bills

Where do I go?

If you registered for the training and/or bill overview, please come to the Best Western Capitol Ridge Hotel There is free parking in the hotel lot. You can park there all day.

If you are not attending the training or bill overview, please go directly to the State Office Building (SOB) – Room 300 South to check in. Click here for directions of where to park on the Secretary of State’s website

Public Transit

Keep in mind that parking is limited during the legislative session (January-May). You may want to consider public transportation. Both the Metro Transit bus line and the Green Line light rail have stops near the State Office Building.

Food

We will have coffee, water and light snacks during the training. We encourage you to bring a lunch or be prepared to buy lunch in one of the cafeterias (they probably will have long lines so better to bring your own lunch).

For more information about directions, where to park, and where to buy food (you can bring your own lunch or visit the cafeteria and snack bars in the Capitol), go to: Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to go to our Legislative Update Vlog on Youtube

Click here for English text of our Legislative Update

Your legislators are looking forward to meeting you! You are important to them. If something changes and you are not able to make your appointment, please reply to this e-mail as soon as possible. We want to be respectful of their time.

Again, thank you for coming. Questions? Ask us.
The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing Minnesotans
Eric.Nooker@state.mn.us

About Meet with Your Legislator Day

Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Meet With Your Legislator Day (No Rally) is March 4th, 2015 at the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge (Kelly Inn)!

Watch the Coda Brothers explain some of this information in American Sign Language at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMrxb-iqXjM

What is Meet With Your Legislator Day?

We will be offering trainings and then community members will meet with the Senators and Representatives who represent them. Your legislator is supposed to represent you, but can only do so if they know what you care about. Our goal is to get as many people to visit their legislators. This shows the community’s strength and helps us get our bills passed.

Is it really all day?

No, the day will be split in two – you can come in the morning or the afternoon. There will be a training on lobbying and overview of the bills offered twice. Sign up for the time that works best for you!

Why isn’t there a rally?

The capitol is under construction. There is no place for large groups of people get together. The rotunda is closed. Later this year we will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the DHHSD, the 30th Anniversary of the Commission, and the 25th Anniversary of the ADA. We will have the community come together at a big celebration.

What will we talk to legislators about?

  • Increase jobs for adults and young adults who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing
  • Provide a centralized fund for interpreters and CART for employees who are deaf and hard of hearing and deafblind
  • Require captioning in public places
  • Prevent cuts to programs and services

To register for Meet With Your Legislator Day on March 4th, 2015 visit the Online Registration Form

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1976739/Deaf-DeafBlind-and-Hard-of-Hearing-Lobby-Day-2015

A special thank you to our co-sponsors: Keystone Interpreting Solutions (KIS), Minnesota Employment Center (MEC), Deafblind Services MN (DBSM), Metro Deaf School (MDS), CSD of Minnesota’s Deaf Adult Basic Education (ABE), Minnesota Hands & Voices, Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens (MADC), Minnesota DeafBlind Association (MDBA), Intermediate District 287, and Hearing Loss Association of America: Twin Cities Chapter (HLAA TC).

In the meantime, let’s get our bills passed!! Come to Meet With Your Legislator Day! Sign up now.