ATTN all WAPF members in Minnesota: PLEASE ATTEND the Wed, May 11 hearing of MN Raw Milk Access Bill at the State Capitol!
PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE. THE NEW TIME IS 1PM (INSTEAD OF 10AM). Be sure to check the links below before coming for any last minute changes — but hopefully there won’t be any!
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WHAT: MN Raw Milk Bill informational hearing
WHEN: Wed, May 11, 1pm – meet at 12:30 outside of hearing room
WHERE: Basement Hearing Room in State Office Building, next to Capitol in St. Paul
HOW: Wear white top, shirt, sweater, blouse; bring $1 to donate for a button to wear
CHECK FOR UPDATES: www.MNHLRP.org or www.facebook.com/mnhlrp for any time or place updates
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A hearing for HF 255, the Raw Milk Access Bill, has been scheduled for WEDNESDAY, MAY 11th at 1pm. We are all very excited for his hearing, and IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE AS MANY SUPPORTERS PRESENT AS POSSIBLE.
This is an INFORMATIONAL ONLY hearing. A vote will not be taken on the bill. However, it is important for you to be there because if we fill the room with supporters, the legislators will know how important this issue is and that will carry weight in terms of getting a hearing in the Senate. The Commissioner needs to know that this is important enough to people that they interrupted their day to come to the Capitol. This bill is still alive for next session if no vote is taken.
WHEN & WHERE, & WHAT TO WEAR:
The hearing is scheduled in the House Agriculture Committee in the Basement Hearing Room in the State Office Building (the building next to the Capitol building). Take the elevator or stairs down to the basement. We will be meeting outside the Basement Hearing Room in the State Office Building starting at 12:30pm, one half hour before the start of the meeting. Please wear a WHITE blouse, t-shirt, sweater, etc. to the hearing. We will have buttons for you to wear at the meeting ($1 suggested donation to help defray costs).
There are many options for parking. Since the State Office Building is on the west side of the Capitol Grounds, look for parking to the north or west of the capitol. Aurora Street has many meters that are one quarter for a half hour. University Avenue has meters with similar rates. Bring quarters. If you park to the west of Marion Street, you can park for free. If you wish to buy a pair of socks or some wrenches, you can consider parking in the Sears Parking Lot. A map of parking is available below. Plan on it taking longer to find a spot and walk to the State Office Building than you think it should.
TIME & LOCATION SUBJECT TO CHANGE:
We have received word that the date, time, and location of the hearing can be changed at a moments notice. In addition, it is possible that the hearing wont happen at all, if they cannot find a room for other hearings on bills which will receive a vote. IF a room change occurs, it will be posted outside of the room. ALSO, be sure to check www.MNHLRP.org or www.facebook.com/mnhlrp before coming to check for any last minute changes.
You should not be discouraged by the fact that no vote will be taken. Rome was not built in a day. It is a rare policy bill that is passed in one session. There are many political and strategic reasons for having an informational hearing. There is a full slate of testifiers to present a variety of slants on why this bill should pass. There will also be opposition, so LARGE NUMBERS OF SUPPORTERS ARE CRITICAL.
We hope to see you there!
Food Freedom Project
Gregory Schmidt, President, MNHLRP
Tel: (651) 647-9908
This initiative is a project of the Minnesota Natural Health Legal Reform Project (MNHLRP). This effort is supported by local and national organizations and many individuals. To learn more about the efforts of MNHLRP, or to donate, please go to www.mnhlrp.org.