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Legislative Update - September 13, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

With the summer past, I’m organizing a number of events for constituents and the broader community – check them out below. In the meantime, notes on Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and my recent visit to a wild rice harvest in Leech Lake.

Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Last week, I joined my colleagues in sending a letter to the White House calling for the restoration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the protection of Dreamers – undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children - while the program is addressed in Congress. Click here to contact our federal elected officials to share your thoughts.

Learning about the Wild Rice Harvest

This past weekend, I visited the Leech Lake Tribal Reservation in northern Minnesota to learn about – and participate in! – the wild rice harvest. It was an honor to join members of the tribe and learn about this sacred crop. Check out the photos below from my time on Mud Lake.

Community Conversation: Health Care That Works for Everyone – Wednesday, Sept 27

On September 27, please join me for the next in our series of Community Conversations on important policy issues. In past sessions, we’ve addressed early childhood issues, climate change, immigration, and more. This time, we’ll talk with a knowledgeable physician and advocate about how we can have a health care system that provides affordable, high-quality care to everyone. See the details below or click here for the event flyer.

What: Community Conversation: Health Care That Works for Everyone

Where: Carondolet Village – 525 Fairview Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105; Transit to the Carondolet Village location is accessible via Metro Transit Route 74 and one half-mile west of the A Line.

When: Wednesday, September 27, 2017; 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Information Session: West Seventh – Thursday, October 12

 The neighborhood along and around West Seventh – from the Highway 5 bridge to 35E – is the site of a number of ongoing or proposed developments, both private and public. This includes everything from changes in transit, the possible redevelopment of Sibley Plaza, new regulations for development near the Mississippi River, and much more. Residents of the W. 7th neighborhood are invited to an information session on October 12 to ask questions and learn more about those projects. See the details below or click here for the event flyer.

What: West Seventh Information Session with City, State & Private-Sector Agencies

Where: St. Paul Jewish Community Center, 1375 St. Paul Ave (photo ID required)

When: Thursday, October 12, 2017; 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Prenatal to Three Policy Forum – Wednesday, October 25 

The policy engagement and action continues on October 25 with the sixth quarterly Prenatal to Three Policy Forum. I founded these with a group called Elders for Infants in order to bring advocates, policymakers, and community members together to build a shared agenda in support of early childhood. Please join us! The event is open to the public – we’ve had more than 200 attendees at prior events - and will be webcast statewide. See the details below or click here for the event flyer.

What: Prenatal to Three Policy Forum

Where: University of St. Thomas, Anderson Student Center- North Woulfe Hall; 2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105

When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017; 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM


I’m honored to serve our community. Please contact me anytime,


Dave Pinto
State Representative, District 64B
321 State Office Building
(651) 296-4199