MN-CCD  ‘Tuesdays at the Capitol’

Each Tuesday during the legislative session (with the exception of legislative Spring Break), MN-CCD will be at the Capitol to help people share their stories about the importance of disability services with legislators and to ensure there is a disability community presence at the Capitol. In 2014 the legislative session is from February 25 to May 19.


How to Prepare for a Tuesday at the Capitol:

Contact Us:

  • Email jo@mnccd.org to let us know which Tuesday you plan to join us and how many will be in your group. You can attend on your own or encourage others to join you!

Set Up Meetings with Legislators Beforehand:

  • Call 1-800-657-3550, or go to www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts to find contact info for your legislators
  • If possible, try to schedule meetings after 10:45 (formal training portion ends at 10:30 each Tuesday, see schedule below)

Tell Your or Your Organization’s Story:

  • Preparing  a 1-page personal story to share with your legislators is helpful,  and you can also check to see if the disability organization you are affiliated with has any fact sheets or documents to share about the importance of disability services

Day Planning:

  • If you plan to stay for lunch, you have a couple of options. You can bring food with you or purchase food in the accessible cafeteria of the Transportation Building (connected to Capitol and State Office Building by accessible underground tunnel)
  • Decide how you’ll get to the Capitol and/or where you will park
  • Here is a map to help you find parking: www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/capitolcmplx.asp

What MN-CCD will provide at each Tuesday at the Capitol:

  • A briefing on current disability policy issues and a review of tips for meeting with your legislator
  • A 1-page document with general speaking points around disability services to share with legislators
  • Specific issue information when appropriate
  • Legislative hearing schedule for the day with highlights of particularly relevant hearings
  • Assistance with locating legislative offices and or accompanying advocates to meetings with legislators
  • Assistance crafting personal disability service story or identifying legislators if not done beforehand

Daily Agenda:

10:00 a.m. – Gather and greet in the Department of Transportation Cafeteria, 395 John Ireland Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55155(connected by underground tunnel to Capitol)

10:10 a.m. – Briefing (welcome, current legislative developments of interest to disability community, training on how to find and meet with your legislator, distribute and review speaking points, review daily legislative schedule and relevant activities)

10:45 a.m. – Meet with your legislators and share your personal story (advocate encouraged to attend hearings, explore capitol and/or enjoy lunch before or after meetings)

If you have any questions, call Jo at 952-818-8719 or email: jo@mnccd.org