ST. PAUL — The State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) will host a panel of state legislators and commissioners who will speak on key outcomes of the 2014 legislative session for our Council and our communities, on Saturday, July 19, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 East Ivy Avenue, St. Paul, 55106.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend the event that will focus on the Asian Pacific Minnesotan community.
“On behalf of the board of directors, I invite you to join us,” said CAPM Executive Director Sia Her. “I hope you will accept our invitation and commit some of your time to helping state government increase our capacity to better serve our Asian Pacific Minnesotan community.”
The program will consist of a panel of key legislators such as Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Thissen, President of the Senate, Sen. Pappas, Assistant Minority Leader, Sen. Chamberlain, and Commissioner of Human Rights, Kevin Lindsey, among others.
The panelists will share the intentions behind these laws and how they will impact the lives of Asian Pacific Minnesotans. After the panel discussion, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. Following the Q and A will be an opportunity for one-on-one discussion with our panelists.
Key efforts that we have asked panelists to speak on include:
• Education Policy (for example, the LEAPS Act)
• Minimum Wage
• Women’s Economic Security Act
• Safe Schools Act
• HOME Bill
• Bonding & Supplemental Budget
• Tax Policy
“An old political saying is that the world is run by those who show up; this is an opportunity for all of us to communicate directly with state officials and policy makers,” Her added. “It is important that we take advantage of these opportunities or it is too easy for our communities to be forgotten and neglected.”
The Council’s goals are:
• Inform our community about key legislative changes and policy provisions that will impact members of our community; some positively, some less so.
• Bring state elected and appointed public officials face to face with constituents from our community in order to foster direct communication, mutual understanding, and relationship-building.
• Encourage our community to engage in the policy-making process in order for our community to have greater influence on state and local governments.
For questions and to RSVP call me 651-757-1741 or online at www.eventbrite.com/e/capm-2014-legislative-session-recap-tickets-11156434195. www.capm.state.mn.us