Come to the 2021 Awards banquet, where we honor the top scoring legislators in the 2020 LEA report. Meet the honorees, and hear Andy Cilek of the Minnesota Voters Alliance talk about the struggle for election integrity.
Attendance is limited to 40. Advance registration required. SOLD OUT
HONORING: Representatives: Cal Bahr, Steve Drazkowski, Eric Lucero, Jeremy Munson
The annual LEA 2021 Awards Banquet will be held on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 at Burger Moe’s , 242 W 7th St Paul 55102-2523.
Registration and food service starts at 6:00 PM. Program at 7:00 PM.
There will be no buffet. Dinner must be ordered from the menu and paid separately.
The governor’s restrictions on gathering have forced us to limit attendance, but we mustcelebrate our honorees!
Attendance is limited to 40. SOLD OUT
Get your reservation now. (see below) In 2021, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we can allow only 40 attendees, and there will not be a buffet. First Come First Served! Reservations over our capacity will be returned. Each attendee may order a dinner from Burger Moe’s menu.
Featured Speaker: Andy Cilek – (Minnesota Voters Alliance)
Topic: The Struggle for Election Integrity
Election integrity is so basic and so important that it is hard to imagine that basic transparency and security measures would be controversial. Unfortunately, election law is a noisy and contentious area of political activity, with numerous controversies over public access to voter registration data, absentee vote processing, and even election day apparel. This subject is both interesting and urgent. Andy Cilek will talk to us about the Minnesota Voters Alliance (MVA) as it struggles for fair, transparent elections in Minnesota. MVA is comprised of citizens, volunteers, and experts committed to safeguarding and improving our elections process.
We recently celebrated Viola Maehren’s 100th birthday outside her residence in St Paul.
Viola Maehren was an early organizer of LEA , and on the LEA board for many years. LEA has been informing voters since 1972 on the basis of its Credo, supporting American founding principles and ideals. On the left, she is animated at the 2016 LEA Awards Banquet.
Viola is one of those high-energy, highly principled, enthusiastic citizens with the passion to makes things happen. She Viola was an election judge for many years for Ramsey county, and is an active volunteer making the altar breads at Saint Agnes Church. She helps prepare 2,000 hosts each week.
St. Paul, MN, September 30, 2020 — Legislative Evaluation Assembly of Minnesota (LEA) is releasing its evaluation of the Minnesota legislature’s extraordinary 2020 sessions. The 2020 LEA report highlights key legislative decisions, from the measures quickly taken in the first days of the pandemic, to the belated confirmation vote taken on a troublesome cabinet member during the third special session. LEA notes a shift in perceptions of government’s proper role. “Government’s function should be limited to protecting our rights and our freedoms while we otherwise go about our business. “ says LEA president Don Lee. “In 2020, limited government was almost abandoned amidst efforts to impose arbitrary government responses to announced crises.”
A few legislators stood against this overreach and abdication of legislative responsibility. We salute these few by naming them as honorees in our report.
Seventeen House floor votes and sixteen Senate floor votes, with impact on important principles in lawmaking, are summarized in the 2020 LEA Report. They deal with topics such as the legislature’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to the Governor’s executive orders and emergency declarations. Diverse issues such as the 2nd amendment, tobacco legislation, cosmetology regulation, racism, drug policy and police reform are also covered.
2020 Honorees: Representatives Cal Bahr, Steve Drazkowski, Eric Lucero, and Jeremy Munson. (No Senate honorees.)
Honorable Mention: Representatives Steve Green, Matt Grossell, John Heinrich, Josh Heintzeman, Jerry Hertaus, Shane Mekeland, Jim Nash and Anne Neu.
St. Paul, MN, October 22, 2019 — Legislative Evaluation Assembly of Minnesota (LEA) has completed its evaluation of the 2019 Minnesota legislature’s performance. In its report, released today, the LEA criticizes the growing role of “omnibus” bills derived through non-transparent, unaccountable legislative processes.
“Good lawmaking requires an open and accountable process,” says LEA president Don Lee. “Minnesota’s constitution requires each bill to embrace one subject, a requirement flouted in 2019. The house speaker and senate majority leader met with the governor behind closed doors to make deals, which they expected to be rubber-stamped by legislators without amendment or debate. The result was over 2100 pages of legislation and nearly all of the biennial budget contained in 13 ‘omnibus’ bills, passed in a one-day special session.”
Come to the 2019 Awards banquet, where we honor the top scoring legislators in the 2018 LEA report. Meet the honorees, and hear Teresa Collett discuss interpretation of the Minnesota constitution. HONORING: Representatives Cal Bahr, Steve Drazkowski, Jerry Hertaus, Eric …Continue reading →