MN Legislative Calls to Action – Week of Jan 28th

Thanks to Indivisible MN Legislative Action for these calls to action.

Things are starting to pick up at the legislature, particularly in the House which is moving quickly to pass their priorities. The Senate still seems to be mostly hosting overview sessions. Below are hearings we think you’ll want to know about and you can find the full schedule of hearings at the MN Legislature web site.

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 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women task force and help for furloughed federal employees
WednesdayPaid family leave, automatic voter registration, and increase ballot access for people needing assistance

Tuesday, January 29th

Support

HF70 (House) – This bill creates a task force to recommend ways to reduce and end violence against indigenous women and girls in Minnesota, and appropriates money to fund the task. The bill was created by indigenous women to address the epidemic of stolen sisters. The missing and murdered deserve justice. Attend the hearing and the 4th annual March on Feb 14 if you are able! Hearing Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/346923029477729/ March Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/679749275754814/

Hearing Date: 1/29/2019
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

HF319 (House) – This bill would establish a state run, no interest, loan program for furloughed federal employees. This bill will help protect federal workers that live in Minnesota giving them an option to pay their bills and put food on the table until their pay resumes.

Hearing Date: 1/29/2019
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

Wednesday, January 30th

Support

HF45 (House) – This bill will automatically register eligible voters when they interact with government offices, for example when getting their driver’s license or a state identification card. This is a good step towards increasing access to voting

HF94 (House) – Current law only allows for an individual to assist 3 people with marketing their ballots (for example, if someone has physical challenges or an inability to read the ballot). That limitation makes it difficult to have enough people available to assist voters. This bill would remove that limitation, improving ballot access for people who need assistance

Hearing Date: 1/30/2019
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

HF5 (House) – Establishes a family and medical leave insurance program for up to 12 weeks each year of qualifying leave (for example pregnancy or family care). If the family care is for a service member or meets a qualifying exigency you can get up to 26 weeks of paid leave. Overall this a good proposal to make paid family leave available in MN.

Hearing Date: 1/30/2019
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.

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