You can support the youth sports concussions bill (HF 1714 in the House and SF 1477 in the Senate) by making a short phone call and/or sending a postcard to the legislature. Learn more about the bill by viewing the Concussions Bill Fact Sheet.
Whom should I contact?
Legislators care most about their own constituents, so you can start with your own State Representative and State Senator. You can look them up here: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/districtfinder
The following Senators are Chair and Vice-Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee. The bill needs a hearing in that Committee to advance.
- Senator Michelle Benson, 651-296-3219, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office 3109
- Senator Scott Jensen, 651-296-4837, email@example.com, Office 3229
The following Representatives are the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Health and Human Services Finance Committee. The bill needs a hearing in that Committee to advance.
- Representative Matt Dean: 651-296-3018, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office 401
- Representative Tony Albright: 651-296-5185, email@example.com, Office 407
The following Representatives are in the House. Rep. Schomacker who is the Chair of the committee to which our bill has been assigned. Ask him to hold a hearing for HF 1714, the youth sports concussion bill. Rep. O’Driscoll is a co-author on the bill. Ask him to help us get a committee hearing. He can talk to Rep. Schomacker to keep things moving.
- Rep. Joe Schomacker: 651-296-5505, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rep. Tim O’Driscoll: (651)296-7808, email@example.com
Where do I send my postcard?
All members of the House receive mail at:
### State Office Building [where ### = the legislator’s office #]
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
All members of the Senate receive mail at:
#### Minnesota Senate Bldg. [where ### = the legislator’s office #]
St. Paul, MN 55155
What do I say and write?
Keep it short and simple. If you call, you will either speak to the legislator’s assistant, or be routed to voicemail. In either case, here’s one straightforward way to communicate your support:
My name is [your name, first and last], and I am calling/writing to support HF 1714 / SF 1477. This bill is the next step in addressing youth sports concussions.
<Insert a sentence or two about who you are and your story. Why do you care about this issue? You might mention that you know many in your community feel the same way.>
Please support HF 1714 / SF 1477. It’s a no brainer. [If calling, you can then leave your return phone #, though do not expect to get a call back.]