MN Legislative Calls to Action – Week of Feb 12th

Thanks to Indivisible MN Legislative Action for these calls to action. Also check out the CD2Action Calendar for a variety of events going on this week, including at the Capitol.

If your legislator is on the committee, call them. Otherwise call the Committee Chair (in the House) or the Minority Lead (in the Senate).

Tuesday – Opioids, child marriage
Wednesday – ballot access, conversion therapy, net neutrality, sick leave
Thursday  – cash bail
Not Scheduled – We need your help getting this election security bill through the Senate

Tuesday, February 12th

Support

HF400 (House) – This bill establishes the Opioid Stewardship Advisory Council and requires drug manufacturers and wholesale drug distributors that sell or distribute opioids in Minnesota to pay a product registration fee into an opioid stewardship account. This money will go towards prevention and treatment of opioid addiction.

While I don’t think this bill will have any trouble passing the DFL controlled House and a few Republicans have signed onto the bill, Republicans have historically been opposed to fees on drug manufacturers. It would be good to call and let them know you support having drug manufacturers help fund recovery from the damage created by their drugs.

Hearing Date: 2/12/2019
Hearing Time: 9:45:00 AM
Committee: Government Operations
Chair: Freiberg
Vice Chair: Sauke
Minority Lead: Zerwas
Members: Bahner, Elkins, Gomez, Heinrich, Koegel, Layman, Lee, Lillie, Mason, Nash, Nelson, Pelowski, Quam, Theis, Vogel, West

HF745 (House) – Did you know child marriage is still legal in Minnesota? This bill would no longer allow 16- and 17-year-olds to get married in Minnesota. The youngest age allowed for marriage would be 18.

Hearing Date: 2/12/2019
Hearing Time: 9:45:00 AM
Committee: Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Division
Chair: Lesch
Vice Chair: Moller
Minority Lead: Scott
Members: Bahr, Cantrell, Carlson A., Considine, Grossell, Hassan, Her, Johnson, Liebling, Lucero, Mariani, Noor, O’Neill, Robbins, Xiong J.

Wednesday, February 13th

Support

HF40 (House)Restores the vote to people convicted of felonies after they are released from incarceration. This re-enfranchises voters who live and work in our communities but currently have no say in their government.

Hearing Date: 2/13/2019
Hearing Time: 9:45:00 AM
Committee: Subcommittee on Elections
Chair: Dehn
Vice Chair: Bahner
Minority Lead: Nash
Members: Bernardy, Halverson, Mann, Neu, O’Driscoll

HF489 (House) – Improve ballot access by making public transportation free on election day so it’s easier for those with limited financial resources to get to the polls

Hearing Date: 2/13/2019
Hearing Time: 9:45:00 AM
Committee: Subcommittee on Elections
Chair: Dehn
Vice Chair: Bahner
Minority Lead: Nash
Members: Bernardy, Halverson, Mann, Neu, O’Driscoll

HF12 (House) – This bill will prohibit children and vulnerable adults from being subjected to conversion therapy and will prohibit medical assistance coverage for conversion therapy, and misrepresentation of conversion therapy services or products.

Hearing Date: 2/13/2019
Hearing Time: 2:30:00 PM
Committee: Health and Human Services Policy
Chair: Moran
Vice Chair: Morrison
Minority Lead: Kiel
Members: Albright, Backer, Bahner, Edelson, Fischer, Freiberg, Liebling, Loeffler, Mann, Neu, Pierson, Pinto, Robbins, Schomacker, Schultz

HF136 (House) – Establishes net neutrality as law for internet providers operating in Minnesota. This means that an internet provider cannot treat content from different sites differently. For example, they can’t make Netflix run more slowly unless you or Netflix pays more money. This bill has no republican support right now.

If your rep is on the committee, please call them (regardless of party) to support this bill. If not, please call the MINORITY lead (in their position as a committee lead) so they know people support this bill.

Hearing Date: 2/13/2019
Hearing Time: 2:30:00 PM
Committee: Commerce
Chair: Halverson
Vice Chair: Stephenson
Minority Lead: O’Driscoll
Members: Carlson, Davids, Dehn, Elkins, Garofalo, Haley, Howard, Kotya-Witthuhn, Kresha, Lesch, Lislegard, Mahoney, O’Neill, Richardson, Swedzinski, Tabke, Theis

HF11 (House) – This bill requires employers to allow employees to accrue “sick and safe time” (basically sick leave and family leave) at a rate of 1 hour for every 30 worked up to 48 hours with the ability to carry over unused hours for 1 year. The ability to use the hours starts after 90 days of employment. This bill will allow workers to take earned time off, with pay, for various contingencies.

Hearing Date: 2/13/2019
Hearing Time: 2:30:00 PM
Committee: Labor
Chair: Sundin
Vice Chair: Koegel
Minority Lead: Rarick
Members: Brand, Claflin, Dettmer, Ecklund, Fabian, Hornstein, Lippert, Mekeland, Nelson, Persell, Vogel, Xiong J.

Thursday, February 14th

Support

HF741 (House) – This bill would dramatically reduce the number of people held in jails or detention centers because they could not afford cash bail. The bill would limit the requirement for cash bail in many cases, helping people charged with minor, low-level crimes avoid being held in jail until their trial and allowing them to maintain their lives, jobs, and families during that time period.

Hearing Date: 2/14/2019
Hearing Time: 12:45:00 PM
Committee: Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Division
Chair: Mariani
Vice Chair: Edelson
Minority Lead: Johnson
Members: Christensen, Considine, Dehn, Grossell, Howard, Lesch, Long, Lucero, Miller, Moller, Nash, O’Neill, Pinto, Poston

Not Scheduled

SF93 (Senate) – This bill would release about $7 million in federal funding to the Secretary of State for election security. Last week, the committee passed a bill that does the bare minimum by releasing just $1.5 million. They were supposed to hold an informational hearing for SF93, but did not get to it after outrage from the DFL that the full funding was not being considered for a vote. As of today, SF93 is not back on the schedule for a hearing. Please call the committee chair and urge her to hold a realy hearing for SF93 and pass that bill without amendments immediately.

Committee: State Government Finance and Policy and Elections
Chair: Kiffmeyer
Vice Chair: Koran
Minority Lead: Carlson
Members: Howe, Jasinski, Kent, Laine, Newman, Rest, Westrom

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