Viewers are encouraged to call in questions at 1-800-726-3178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org the hour-long program. Your Legislators host Barry Anderson will kick off his 25th season as moderator of the program, which originally began airing on Appleton based Pioneer Public Television 35 years ago in 1981. In past years, viewers from more than 500 communities throughout Minnesota have called or emailed in questions to the program.
“It is the only statewide, live call-in program where citizens can have their questions answered directly,” said Pioneer Producer Jon Panzer. “We are grateful for Barry’s dedicated service to this program,” Panzer added. “With his help, Your Legislators has become an important way for greater Minnesota citizens to stay informed about public policy changes that impact us all.”
In addition to greater Minnesota Public Television station broadcasts, Your Legislators is carried live on cable networks and community access stations such as MCN Channel 6 SPNN and Town Square TV .
Your Legislators broadcasts are repeated every Sunday on the Minnesota Channel at 4:00 a.m.,10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. through the end of the legislative session.
Each episode of the program is segmented by issue topic and made available for viewing online atwww.pioneer.org/your-legislators. In 2014, one of the top ten most watched and widely shared on demand programs available through Pioneer’s website was a Your Legislators discussion about wolf management policy in Minnesota.
“We expect there will be heightened interest in this session with rural Minnesota based elected representatives taking control of the House during a bonding year where billions of dollars of public spending will be at stake,” said Panzer. “Your Legislators provides a platform for a civil discussion of the issues through questions presented by the public -- it is true democracy in action,” he added.