How a Bill Becomes Law with a Capitol Tour

Date: Feb 16, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

State Office Building - 500N
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul

Fee: $15 for MCN members / $35 for nonmembers Register Now!

Advocacy is a powerful catalyst for change, but navigating the process can be challenging. Join MCN to learn how a bill actually becomes a law in Minnesota and then put your walking shoes on for in-person tour of the Minnesota Capitol.

During the first part of the training, you’ll learn about the legislative process, gain insights on the twists and turns of that process in a political climate, and where and how a nonprofit organization can participate in the law-making process.

During the tour, you’ll see where legislative committees meet, legislative offices, the House and Senate Chambers, and the many resources available to nonprofit advocates. We’ll stop to chat with Legislative staff along the way.

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Principles & Practices

In an effort to support nonprofits in fulfilling their missions, this event will help to focus your work on the following practices:

  • POLICY 1: Nonprofits should help their clients, members, volunteers and donors learn how relevant policies affect them, develop their skills and knowledge in public policy making, and help them take advantage of opportunities to participate in the public policy process.
  • POLICY 5: Nonprofits should maintain a sound understanding of the current public policy environment in their activity area and how that impacts the communities they serve.
  • POLICY 8: In situations where an organization’s mission is directly affected by a public policy, nonprofits should lead advocacy efforts regarding the policy, which may involve a variety of advocacy activities including direct lobbying.

Event Details

Travel: Visit the Minnesota Department of Administration's website for directions and transit options. The training will take place in room 500N.

About the Presenters

Sarah OrangeSarah Orange is the policy advocate for the Minnesota Budget Project. Her primary work is advocacy and research, focusing on public policies that reduce poverty and expand economic security. Her professional background includes serving as committee administrator for the Minnesota Senate Health and Human Services Finance Committee, and advocating on behalf of families and youth in the juvenile justice and child protection systems. Sarah received a juris doctor from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, and a bachelor of science degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Taylor PutzTaylor Putz is the public policy advocate at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN). Taylor works with MCN’s public policy director to influence policy decisions that impact the nonprofit sector and community partners at local, state and federal levels with a focus at the Minnesota State Capitol. Taylor also engages MCN members in public policy action opportunities and civic engagement. Prior to joining MCN, Taylor served as the community relations and outreach manager at Prepare + Prosper, training associate at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and community organizer at Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County. Taylor has a B.A. in international studies from Marian University and is currently pursuing a dual master’s degree in public administration and nonprofit management from Hamline University.

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