Legislators Du Jour
I told you I would send the names and contact info for the upcoming Committees. Neither committee has scheduled a hearing for the Bill, so that gives us some time to get our message out to them.Pleas take a few minutes to send a message…IT MATTERS and IT MATTERS NOW!
The simplest easiest way to do that is to write an email saying: I support the Jablonski / Rodreick Research Grant Bill.
If you want to write more, here are some suggestions:
- Tell your story. Tell how a TBI or SCI affected you, a family member or friend.
- You can also suggest that investing in CURES is good health care policy.
- Let’s help MN retain its reputation for medical innovation
- Investing in a CURE for these injuries could make an enormous impact on reducing healthcare costs in MN
Here are the names and emails of the House of Representatives Health and Human Services Policy Committee. Below them are the members of the Senate Health and Human Services Finance Committee, with suggestions for messages to them.
Tina Liebling (DFL) 651-296-0573
Rena Moran (DFL) 651-296-5158
Tara Mack (R) 651-296-5506
Jim Abeler (R) 651-296-1729
Tony Albright (R) 651-296-5185
Susan Allen (DFL) 651-296-7152
John Benson (DFL) 651-296-9934
Mary Franson (R) 651-296-3201
Patti Fritz (DFL) 651-296-8237
Glenn Gruenhagen (R) 651-296-4229
Thomas Huntley (DFL) 651-296-2228
Clark Johnson (DFL) 651-296-8634
Diane Loeffler (DFL) 651-296-4219
Kathy Lohmer (R) 651-296-4244
Will Morgan (DFL) 651-296-5387
Joe Mullery (DFL) 651-296-4262
Dan Schoen (DFL) 651-296-4342
Joe Schomacker (R) 651-296-5505
JoAnn Ward (DFL) 651-296-7807
Nick Zerwas (R) 651-296-4237
Senate Health and Human Services Finance Division. This is going to be the high hurdle committee, because its the money that will be debated here. You can write the same statements as above, but again if you want to write more:
- Talk about the Return on Investment. SCI costs millions for the lifetime care of an individual, and any functional improvement from the research would significantly reduce those costs.
- Other states have seen a direct correlation between state funds and moves to clinical trial: California, New Jersey, New York, Florida.
- State funds significantly increase the likelihood of research being approved for federal NIH grants
Tony Lourey (11, DFL) 651-296-0293
Melisa Franzen (49, DFL) 651-296-6238
Ranking Minority Member
Julie A. Rosen (23, R) 651-296-5713
Michelle R. Benson (31, R) 651-296-3219
David M. Brown (15, R) 651-296-8075
Jim Carlson (51, DFL) 651-297-8073
Greg D. Clausen (57, DFL) 651-296-4120
Kent Eken (04, DFL) 651-296-3205
Jeff Hayden (62, DFL) 651-296-4261
Mary Kiffmeyer (30, R) 651-296-5655
Kathy Sheran (19, DFL) 651-296-6153