The 2022 Legislative session began January 31st and is scheduled to end in the latter half of May. BikeMN recently held a 30-minute workshop on getting to know your state legislators. You can watch the full workshop here. The session also included a brief primer on the BikeMN 2022 Legislative Agenda. You can watch the video here.
If you want to skip the video session, here’s an easy link to finding your legislators.
Lots of big things may or may not happen at the Capitol this year. That could include some important active transportation and safe routes funding and policy bills and the $1 billion proposals from the House Climate Action Caucus that includes $50 million for the state’s active transportation programs.
We could use your help. Please contact your legislators and use this simple message. All of us working together will make a difference.
Contact Your Representatives Today!
Call or write to your representatives today! Copy and paste the text below and send an email, or use it as a script on a phone call.
BCC: firstname.lastname@example.org, [your representatives, mayor, county representatives, city representatives…etc]
Dear Senator xxxx or Representative xxxx,
I’m/We’re writing to ask for your support of some active transportation and safe routes to school policy and funding issues.
Share a little about yourself – I (My family) live…. I/We like to bike and walk in town and on Minnesota’s great parks and trails… I/We think there is a great need to make biking and walking safe, convenient, and fun.
For Senators – I/We hope you will support Senator Howe’s bike policy update bill SF 2131 (many of the state’s bike riding laws have not been changed since the 1970s). I/We also ask that you sign on to Senator Senjem’s $10 million in bonding for Safe Routes to School infrastructure bill SF 1223. If you are writing a Democrat you can also include Senator Johnson Stewart’s Active Transportation Policy and Finance Bill SF 2079.
For Representatives – I/We hope you will support Representative Lillie’s bike policy update bill HF 1908 (many of the state’s bike riding laws have not been changed since the 1970s). I/We also ask that you sign on Representative Murphy’s $10 million in bonding for Safe Routes to School infrastructure bill SF 1223, and if you are writing a Democrat Representative Bernardy’s Active Transportation Policy and Finance Bill HF 1566 and the biking and walking portion of the House Climate Action Caucus’s plan HF 2994.
I/We’d truly appreciate your support for these issues.
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