BAM Report: Looking Forward, 2016 and Beyond!

It’s starting!

 With the 2015 legislative session (and special session) in the rear-view mirror, and the 2016 mini-session (we hope…), and 2016 elections for the MN House, Senate and US House of Representatives just around the corner, the Builders Association of Minnesota is excited to announce the newly refined and restructured government affairs program!

This program is centered on our biggest asset – our members. From a new policy adoption process to unify our industry voice, to connecting members with legislators, and getting involved in the 2016 elections, every facet of the program is focused on member participation and involvement.

The upcoming elections are vitally important for our industry, and for the state of Minnesota. By identifying and supporting candidates through campaign donations, grassroots efforts, and fundraising, BAM is gearing up to help elect industry friendly legislators, and increase the visibility of our industry’s legislative priorities moving into the 2017-2018 biennium.

The election of industry friendly legislators is an important first step; however, this is not an end unto itself. A central part of BAM’s newly restructured government affairs program is building and maintaining meaningful non-partisan relationships with lawmakers across the state.  This effort is essential to the success of our legislative advocacy efforts at the State Capitol. We encourage interest in joining us in executing this plan; we welcome new Government Affairs Committee members. Contact Remi or Forrest for more information!

Inaugural Legislative Field Trip!

The effort is underway. We are excited to announce, on behalf of our friends at the Central Minnesota Builders Association, that the inaugural ‘legislative field trip’ will take place on August 27, 2015, hosted by Gary Bechtold and Dave Billig at American Door Works in Waite Park, MN! This is a fundraiser for Sen. John Pederson, Rep. Jim Knoblach, and Rep. Tama Theis. We are excited to support these three exemplary lawmakers, and look forward to having them back in Saint Paul!

BAM is working to have similar events in each local association leading up to the election on November 8, 2016, starting with three in 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact Forrest at, or call the BAM offices 651-646-7959.


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