Advocacy Update – May 2019

Minnesota Legislative Session:

Significant disagreements between the House and Senate bills meant negotiation meetings at all hours in the final official weeks of session. Committees kept meeting “unofficially” following the May 20 “end” and then the legislature kicked off Memorial Day weekend with a 21 hour special session!

Affordable housing came out better than every other issue & agency, though need still outstrips appropriations. Clean Energy had disappointing results. A session summary will be available on our webpage. Thanks for many calls, emails & visits with legislators!

Events &Presentations:

Minnesotans from five synods participated in the ELCA Advocacy Convening on “advocacy in the context of disasters enhanced by climate change” (April 29-May1, Washington, D.C.) The group had several good meetings, though there is more work needed with some of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation.

LA-MN Director, Tammy Walhof, presented on Lutheran Advocacy-MN to pastors from the SPAS South Metro at their Conference Meeting (May 2). Later (May 17-18), she did similar mini-sessions at their Synod Assembly, passed 300+ action alerts, and spoke in depth with several participants.

Tammy had many wonderful conversations at the SW Minnesota Synod WELCA Convention (May 3-4), and was able to give out 230+ action alerts after being allowed a brief announcement about decisions being made by legislators. LA-MN’s Lutheran Affordable Housing Event (May 6) was followed by a rousing Homes for All Rally in the capitol rotunda with hundreds of other housing advocates from across the state.