Government Relations Overview
Creating connections and building relationships is vital for effective public policy making. Our members' personal relationships with their local, state and fedreal representatives are vital to creating a solid framework. MNRSA's efforts to assist our members with communications tools to deliver consistent industry messages that are critical in explaining to their repersentatives how unintended legislation impacts job growth.
With the help and support of each of MNRSA's members our goal to bring practitioners together from every part of the state to deliver the recruiting and staffing industry's message to key public policy leaders. The active support of MNRSA members strengthens our advocacy efforts on recruiting and staffing issues in Saint Paul.
MNRSA will help members organize grassroots meetings for public policy makers in Minnesota, providing an excellent opportunity for our members of the recruiting and staffing community to demonstrate their support for industry issues.
It will require these efforts to lay the groundwork to provide current and future success of our Governmant Relations program. With your support our building a solid framework will begin to emerge.
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The Role of the MNRSA Lobbyist
Lobbyists are one of our industry's tools for protecting YOUR interests in the State Capitol. Every year thousands of bills are introduced in the Minnesota Legislature. Many of these affect how business conducts itself. Some can be directly targeted at our industry.
Lobbyists review each bill that is introduced, every amendment to each bill, and forward bills that may be of interest to the industry. If clarification it needed, the lobbyist goes to work by contacting the author's office, the committee consultant, and/or the sponsor.
If it is determined that the bill will hurt the industry, the lobbyist goes to work to either defeat the bill or to have it amended. This requires lobbying the author and members of the Legislature, working with the author's staff and committee consultant, negotiation with other interested groups, and working with the association to coordinate effective grassroots lobbying, if necessary.
The lobbyist must also monitor the budget process and lobby to protect the industry from additional fees and taxes.
If the industry needs a change in the law, the lobbyist attempts to obtain an author for a bill and lobbies it through the legislative process.
How do I contact my legislator?Find Your Legislator Here
How do I let a Representative or Senator know how I feel about an issue?
Make an appointment
It's best to let your legislator know when you're going to be at the Capitol so he or she can arrange to spend some time with you. Best carried out prior to legislative sessions, these meetings allow legislators to visit with constituents in a relaxed setting and might include a visit by the legislator to a business or association meeting. at these meetings, it is a good idea to present legislators with position papers on major concerns, including the results of research, surveys and other supporting information. Provide complete contact information so the legislator can get additional information later.
Legislative district meetings
Most legislators have regular public meetings with constituents in their districts. Local newspapers will carry notices of times and locations of such meetings. These are effective opportunities to communicate with State Legislators. arrive early and bring copies of issue papers/talking points. Personal visits in St. Paul Capitol visits with legislators can be effective and many trade and professional associations sponsor Capitol visits.
Email your legislator
Get right to the point. 'I hope you will support (oppose) HF or SF___.'
Give your reasons for supporting or opposing the measure.
Tell your legislator why you think the bill, if it becomes law, will help or hurt you, your children, your business, or your community.
Explain what it means to you.
Use terms they will understand and avoid using abbreviations.
Minnesota State Legislators are “Representative or Senator”
Minnesota Federal Congressional Delegation “ Congressman or Congresswoman”
Say Thank you!
Form letters or post cards.
Threats and insults.
This is the proper way to address your letter:
Honorable (Full Name)
Minnesota House of Representatives
Room # State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155-1298
Honorable (Full Name)
Room # Capitol Building
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
The salutation should read: Dear Mr./Mrs./Miss/Ms. (Surname):
Specific addresses for members of the Minnesota House of Representatives and members of the Minnesota Senate are included in member profiles.