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If you missed the April 30, You can watch it here: Climate Action Forum

CLIMATE ACTION FORUM

Presented by the Bloomington Sustainability Commission & the League of Women Voters Bloomington

What an excellent forum! Speakers included Mayor Gene Winstead, members of the Bloomington Sustainability Commission, and the Twin Cities’ top experts on recycling, sustainable eating, electric vehicles. energy efficiency and renewable electricity.

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NEWS

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LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS, BUT NEEDS MORE TIME

Today’s headline on the Star Tribune was “Minnesota Legislature adjourns, with much of its work undone” before the May 20 deadline.

A special session is tentatively scheduled Thursday to hammer out final budget agreements.

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2019 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP WEBINAR

(From Nick Harper, Civic Engagement at LWVM) Want to know what LWVMN has been doing at the legislature this session? Have questions about the democracy issues we've been covering in our Capitol Letter or lobbying on? On Friday, May 31, I will be leading a webinar about the 2019 legislative session. We'll review League priorities, updates from the last few weeks of session, and answer questions about the session and legislative process.

 The webinar's intended audience is League members, but the webinar is also open to the public. Registration is not required, but registrants will receive a reminder email. The webinar will be recorded and posted on our website for those who cannot watch the live presentation.

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Read the Latest Edition of the Capitol Letter!

The LVW Minnesota Capitol Letter™ is a recurring publication that provides reports from LWV Minnesota volunteer Observer Corps and Lobby Corps members on what is happening in the current legislative session.

If you wish to subscribe, please contact Nick Harper, Esq., Civic Engagement Director, nharper@lwvmn.org.

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updated April 22

BLOOMINGTON VOTER TURNOUT 25% GREATER THAN IN 2014! GREAT WORK, VOLUNTEERS!

In the 2018 election, Bloomington voter turnout was 25% greater than 4 years ago. For those of you who helped register eligible voters at school meetings, colleges and other schools, at the capital, at the Box City vigil and at nursing homes, THANK YOU.

In addition, over 3000 voters took available of the early voting. Perhaps this accounts for some of the increase.

We need LWVers to assist with voter registration June 15. For additional information including times, see our Events Page or our Volunteer Page.

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NEXT LWVB MEETING JUNE 7, 7PM

The featured speaker will be our own Lois Norrgard, environmental activist, speaking on MN350 and the 100% Program. Non-members are welcome.

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updated MAY 21

BLAKE JASKOWIAK, WORLD WAR II VETERAN, PASSES AWAY

Our heartfelt condolences to our members Judy and Melissa Halvorson Wiklund, as well as all the rest of Blake Jaskowiak’s family on his recent passing. Blake and Judy Jaskowiak have long been League supporters, and his obituary gives a glimpse into his remarkable life and contains funeral information.

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updated APRIL 5

THE BLOOMINGTON SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION

was formed in 2017 to advise the Council, City staff and community.

After its first year the Commission’s successes include:

  • Creating the Energy Action Plan with a goal of reducing carbon emissions from natural gas and electricity by 75% by 2035.

  • Successfully launching the Organics Drop-off program.

  • Establishing a plan with a goal of reducing commercial ground-water use by 350 million gallons by 2028.

  • Restoring land in the Minnesota River Valley and making plans to restore an additional 20 acres of ecologically sensitive areas this year.

  • Achieving Step Three recognition in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program.

  • Want to learn more about sustainability? For information or to sign up for E-Subscribe, visit blm.mn/sustain.

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New Advocacy/Action Page on this Website

We have added a new page to this website, “Advocate!” (see directory in top line).

We have attached “12 Steps to Effective Writing to Your Legislator and Other Elected Officials” - and - a link to the online state legislator and senator directory for 2019-2020.

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Q: WHAT CIVICS EDUCATION DO BLOOMINGTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS RECEIVE?

A: Bloomington Public Schools Standards (CLICK on the links below):

Grade 9: Social Studies 9

Grade 12: United States Government, Economics

“The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.” - National Council for the Social Studies
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updated 05/21/2019

KEY EVENTS IN MAY AND JUNE

May 3, LVWB Board Meeting 7:00.

Tuesday, May 7, 7pm, LWVB Meeting, preceded by “Somewhat Happy Hour” at 6:30.

Tuesday, June 4, 7 pm, LWVB Meeting. City Center, Haeg Conference Room, 2nd floor.

Saturday, June 15, Farmers’ Market Voting Registration

Tuesday, June 18

Candidate Video filming LWVB Board Meeting 7:00

Wednesday, June 26 Candidate Video filming

Details on these and other upcoming events on our EVENTS page.

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KEY DATES IN THE MN LEGISLATURE

• Jan. 8: The Legislature convened.

• Feb. 19: Deadline for Gov. Walz to present his proposed budget.

• March 31: Deadline for recommendations from the Legislative Salary Council.

• April 13-22: Easter-Passover break for the Minnesota Legislature.

• May 20: Deadline to end the 2019 legislative session.

• June 30: End of the fiscal year

2020:

February 11: First meeting of year

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2019 is the 100th Anniversary of League of Women Voters in Minnesota!

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LWV BLOOMINGTON: ABOUT US

The League of Women Voters Bloomington is a non-partisan, political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

LWVB never endorses any political candidate or party. 

The Bloomington League has a long history in the community and is a resource for questions about issues, candidates, voting procedures, and resident involvement.

We meet regularly throughout the year, and coordinate candidate forums, community service projects, informational events, and other activities.

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