Government Alert

November 2, 2018

by Michelle Dreier, Member Engagement and Government Affairs Mgr

I realize you recently received a government action update from me earlier this week, but something was brought to my attention yesterday and I need to set the record straight.

Several members called me regarding a postcard they received in the mail pictured below.  The card incites panic about the elimination of electrical licenses if Wardlow is elected for Attorney General.  I immediately realized something was amiss.   

The Attorney General's position is one of power.  As the chief law officer of the state, they provide legal opinions upon request to designated state and local public officials and government agencies on issues arising in the course of their duties. The formal legal opinions of the Attorney General have been accorded great respect and great weight by the courts.  Opinions are required when statutory meaning is unclear.

Electrical licenses are required by Minnesota Statutes § 326B.  That is not unclear.  The Attorney General cannot rewrite statute.  The elimination of state electrical licenses requires legislative action.  It would require the House, Senate, and Governor to eliminate electrical licenses.

I made an inquiry to Wardlow's campaign, and Doug Wardlow has not taken a position on electrical licensing.  His campaign manager was uncertain why anyone would believe what this postcard states.

Whoever you decide to elect to the Attorney General's position, rest assured that your vote will not affect the license that you have worked so hard to achieve.

Please share this with any electricians you may know.  Our e-mail database is not complete.

Minnesota Electrical Association
3100 Humboldt Ave S
Minneapolis MN 55408
(612) 827-6117 or (800) 829-6117