In less than two weeks, the Minnesota Legislature will reconvene, and although the second half of the biennium is shorter, it will likely be another busy session. Because it is not a budget year, the Legislature will be focused primarily on the bonding bill and policy issues. For GMPT, we have several priorities for 2024. We would like to see more funding for the DNR’s local park and trails grant programs and will be pushing for the inclusion of such funds in the bonding bill.
GMPT members will be voting on the organizations legislative policies and agenda for 2019 at the GMPT Annual Meeting on Oct. 17 in Sauk Rapids. The legislative policies are statements of principle that guide our work at the Legislature; they typically change little from year to year. The legislative agenda guides the specific issues that we will work on during the upcoming legislative session. Our first step in this process is soliciting ideas on any updates or changes we need to make to our current policies and agenda, which you can find here. If you have any suggestions for additions or changes, please email our lobbyist Elizabeth Wefel at firstname.lastname@example.org and our Legislative Chair Laird Mork at email@example.com.
Based on this feedback, we will draft the policies and circulate that draft for further input this fall. We will take a final vote on the legislative policies and agenda at the October meeting.