News from the League of Women Voters, St. Cloud Area (LWVSCA)
Redistricting Affects Elections in Minnesota
On February 15, 2022, the five-judge panel appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court issued an order adopting final district boundaries for congressional and legislative districts. As a result of redistricting, all 201 seats in the state Legislature and all eight US House seats are up for election this year.
Minnesota's 87 counties were the last government entities to approve their maps (by April 26, 2022). County Commissioners must run for reelection if their respective districts have a population change greater than 5%. This affects about half of all the state’s Commissioners and includes all five Stearns County Commissioners.
Candidates have from May 17- 31 to file for office and be eligible for the August 9, 2022, Primary Election. In addition, the Governor and all the statewide constitutional offices are up for election, including Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and State Auditor.
Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 1:00--3:00 p.m. via Zoom
“Plastic” has revolutionized life in the 20th century. Used in many and varied products--from film and vinyl records to medical devices and consumer product containers—plastic plays a key role in enhancing convenience and quality of life. However, our careless and extravagant use of plastic now overshadows the benefits: tons of plastic garbage are stored in landfills and pollute the oceans. Plastic micro-particles have even invaded our individual bloodstreams. This discussion will look at a brief history of plastic, the role of plastic in our everyday lives, and the environmental consequences of our choices. What can we do individually to curb plastic pollution? What is happening around the world to curb plastic pollution and to change the way plastic is developed, used, and reused?
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