League of Women Voters New Ulm to sponsor “Minnesota Legislature – Building a Process for the People”

NEW ULM — The League of Women Voters New Ulm will sponsor an event “Minnesota Legislature – Building a Process for the People” to engage the local community on improving Minnesota’s legislative process and identifying possible solutions. The event will feature lawyer and lobbyist Nick Harper, Civic Engagement Director for the League of Women Voters Minnesota. The presentation and discussion will take place on Saturday, January 12, at 1 pm at the New Ulm Public Library in the basement meeting room.

Over the last two decades, Minnesotans have watched in frustration as the legislative process has increasingly resulted in end-of-session logjams, midnight and closed-door meetings, and unmanageable omnibus bills. “Minnesotans are tired of a legislature that doesn’t work for all of us,” said President of LWV New Ulm Ruth Ann Webster. “The New Ulm League of Women Voters wants to help identify solutions and changes to make our legislative process more effective and transparent?”

The League of Women Voters Minnesota has prioritized improved legislative transparency, an issue garnering recent attention as the newly-formed House Subcommittee on Legislative Reform delves into the problems and potential solutions for the legislative process.

The New Ulm event os the first of several to engage Minnesotans of all political preferences on their agency within the legislative process and their questions, concerns, and suggestions for reform. The presentation will summarize current pitfalls and past recommendations.