Every year, the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association and its green industry partners create an easy, “all inclusive” opportunity for members to get involved in government affairs and make their voice heard at our annual Day on the Hill. If you’ve never visited with your lawmaker before, and aren’t sure what you’d say to them if you did, don’t worry. Not only is there “just-in-time” training that occurs on that morning over a hot breakfast, there are also many members who have been active in this realm for a long time, and are happy to show you the ropes. It can be seem a bit confusing and possibly intimidating at first, but after a few conversations with legislators, you’ll begin to enjoy it. Their job is to serve their constituents, and though they are incredibly busy people, most will be happy to make time to meet with you.
It’s vital to the success of our industry that we have broad participation in our government affairs program. If you miss the Day on the Hill, you’ve missed out on a chance to influence the legislative process by informing our legislators about the issues and bills that affect our industry.