ST. PAUL (Jan. 8, 2013) — ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, and Native American) state senators and representatives in the 2013-14 Minnesota Legislature have been appointed to significant committee leadership in the 2013-14 Legislative Session.
According to Dr. Bruce Corrie, a founding member and past chair of ONE Minnesota and ALANA, The Legislature web site notes that in both the House and the Senate, ALANA legislators are co-chairs in key committees.
In the Senate, newly elected Hmong American State Sen. Foung Hawj was appointed Vice Chair of the Sub Committee on Energy, Economic Development and Agriculture.
State Sen. Jeff Hayden was named the Deputy Majority Leader designate.
State Sen. Patricia Ray Torres was named Chair of the Education Committee.
State Sen. Bobby Joe Champion was named Vice Chair of the Finance Committee.
In the House of Representatives, State Rep. Carlos Mariani was named Chair of the Education Policy Committee.
State Rep. Rena Moran was named Vice Chair of Health and Human Services Policy Committee.
State Rep. Susan Allen was named Vice Chair of the Civil Law Committee.
“Congratulations to our ALANA legislators,” Corrie said. “Thanks to Representative Thissen and Senator Bakk for setting the tone for inclusive leadership in the new legislature and with that leadership we can make great strides in education in Minnesota.”
OneMN.org is a collaborative of the dynamic and creative capital of ALANA communities and friends building One-Minnesota.
The purpose for initiating the ALANA communities was to advocate on behalf of populations that are now becoming a greater share of the future critical workforce at both the high skill and essential workers.
According to ALANA information, ALANA communities will make up a greater share of the future tax base and contributors to social entitlement programs. ALANA firms are one of the fastest growing segments of the local economies at the state, city and regional level, and ALANA consumers represent a buying power of over 12 billion dollars.
This multiethnic coalition creates a space within Minnesota for a nonpartisan engagement around policy issues. It is utilized to achieve significant benefits to aggregate the ALANA community voices over issues that impact one or more communities, as well as collective issues.
It provides a nonpartisan space for policy dialogue and engagement with different political institutions in Minnesota. OneMN.org has evolved over the years to its present identity. Also visit https://www.facebook.com/alana.minnesota.