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Our democracy has been under assault for years by powerful special interests who want to buy their way into our government. They have helped elect politicians who put their needs first and then do everything they can to make sure they can’t be held accountable by voters – introducing strict voter ID requirements, gerrymandering districts so it’s nearly impossible for them to lose, and more.

Oil and Gas Money is Choking our Democracy

The oil and gas industry, aided by the erosion of campaign finance laws and nearly boundless lobbying budgets, asserts enormous influence over legislative processes in real time while also enjoying legacy influence in regulatory frame- works. The results can be devastating to the health of the environment and the public.

Minnesota Capitol / photo: flickr.com/ktylerconk (CC BY 2.0)

This week Governor Walz signed the Firefighter and Children Health Protection Act of 2019 (FCHPA) into law. The FCHPA was one of our biggest priorities this legislative session, because it protects kids and firefighters from dangerous chemicals. With the help of Clean Water Action members, the legislature and Governor Walz recognized the this bill was important to Minnesotans.  This is a big win -- take a minute to thank your elected officials for putting the health of Minnesota families first!

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Urge Connecticut legislators to support HB 7346, a bill that would ban the use of the toxic pesticide Chlorpyrifos in Connecticut.

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Please contact your local officials to let them know you would like to see a single-use plastics ordinance in your hometown.

Wastewater treatment plant. Credit: You Belong in Longmont (Flickr)

The Texas Legislature is on the verge of passing a bill (House Bill 2771) that would let oil companies discharge fracking wastewater into our rivers and streams. This waste is loaded with toxic chemicals used in fracking operations that treatment plants are ill-equipped to remove. We don’t know what many of these chemicals are because these companies are allowed to hide that information from the public as 'trade secrets'. Wastewater from oil and gas operations is currently injected underground in Texas.

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While the Minnesota Legislature is taking a few steps in the right direction on health and environmental issues, it’s not all good news. There are several senate proposals that would put the quality of our environment at risk and we need to take action to stop them.

Minnesota Capitol / photo: flickr.com/ktylerconk (CC BY 2.0)

We can’t do this without you – thanks. Here’s an update on a few really important bills.

Omnibus Agriculture and Food Finance Bill - HF 2200

HF 2200 includes a provision that establishes a lead safe homes grant program to increase lead testing in residential rental housing and make residential rental housing units lead safe. If passed. HF 2200 would fund this program starting in 2020, so we can get to work to get the lead out.

Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Finance Bill – HF 2209