We have our first Committee Hearing in the House tomorrow, Tuesday 3/3 at 2:45 in Room 5 of the State Office Building: http://mn.gov/admin/images/sob-1.pdf We will be heard in the Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee. This one will be more of a challenge than our previous 2 hearings. We have met with all but a few of the legislators on the committee, and a couple of them are not supportive.
The upside is that the Committee Chair and a number of members have signed on as co-authors of the Bill and our author, Representative Hamilton is an enthusiastic champion.
Once again I’m asking that you call if you can and email if you can’t call the following legislators. There are again 3 things that we want to convey:
Beyond the SCI/TBI communities themselves there is no greater beneficiary than the State due to the likelihood of increased grant awards from the National Institutes of Health and following a treatment innovation an enormous reduction in the costs of care.
Many of the current innovations in the field have come as a result of state seeded funding programs such as we are proposing.
The advisory commission the Bill would establish would insure transparency, no duplication and provide a critically important community voice at the decision making table.
Here they are…I know there’s a lot. The legislators in BOLD are co-authors, so if you can’t contact all, focus on those not in bold:
Representative Bud Nornes (Committee Chair whose district has the headquarters of the Spinal Cord Society in Fergus Falls): 651-296-4946 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. O’Neil: 651-296-5063 email@example.com
Rep. Pelowski: 651-296-8637 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Barrett: 651-296-5377 email@example.com
Rep. Bernardy: 651-296-5510 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Christensen: 651-296-4212 email@example.com
Rep. Daniels: 651-296-8237 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Gruenhagen: 651-296-4229 email@example.com
Rep. Heintzeman: 651-296-4333 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Isaacson: 651-296-7153 email@example.com
Rep. Lien: 651-296-5515 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. McDonald: 651-296-4336 email@example.com
Rep. Norton: 651-296-9249 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Pugh: 651-296-4315 email@example.com
Rep. Rosenthal: 651-296-7803 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Whelan: 651-296-1729 email@example.com
Rep. Winkler: 651-296-7026 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Knoblach: 651-296-6612 rep.jim.knoblach
Thanks for your help…and if you haven’t, share this with your friends.We can do this together