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State Relations Updates

October 1, 2014

Election Day is November 4

Elections for a U.S. Senate seat, the gubernatorial seat, and all 134 seats in the Minnesota House of Representatives will be held on November 4. The House is currently controlled by the DFL with a 73-61 majority; however, control of the House has swung between the two parties in the last two elections. This election again looks like it will be very close for at least 20 house seats, meaning that control of the House is very much in play. It will be an exciting election night.

Government and Community Relations will send out an update with results shortly after the election. In the following weeks, our office will focus on educating new legislators about the University of Minnesota and its priorities. The Legislature will convene again on January 6, 2015.

The Minnesota Senate is not up for reelection until 2016.

Legislative Staff Day

On Thursday, September 25, the government relations team hosted 40 federal and state legislative staffers for a full day on the Twin Cities campus to learn about teaching and research innovations. During the first half of the day, legislative staff toured the Medical Devices Center, the Visible Heart Lab, and the Academic Health Center Simulation Center. After lunch, One Stop staff presented on the services they provide students regarding registration, financial aid, billing, payment, student records, and veterans benefits. Then legislative staff learned about interactive learning and toured the active classrooms in STSS. The day capped off with a tour of TCF Bank Stadium and a visit from Goldy.

Advocacy at the Minnesota State Fair

Once again this year, staff and student volunteers teamed up to promote civic engagement at the Legislative Action Network booth in the University of Minnesota building at the State Fair. Visitors to the booth learned about the network and how to help support the University's legislative request. In total, 174 individuals signed up to become members of the Legislative Action Network, and over 50 people registered to vote.