Update on WMM 2019 Legislative Priorities
Keep going with pressuring the Senate about hearing gun safety bills - it’s working!
WMM entered into the 2019 legislative session with nine priorities. Sadly, with the split legislature, only one of those bills - Taskforce on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women - was passed. 2020 is coming! We need to vote out the lawmakers who obstruct legislation that is good for Minnesotans.
Here is how our priorities fared:
Keeping Black Families Together (HF342/SF730)
Good news! Senate Majority Leader Gazelka says he will allow the Senate to hear gun safety bills, IF they pass in the House. (The House versions, HF8 + HF9, have already passed a number of committees). Read more about it.
Thank you! Your calls and emails have helped make this happen. Please keep them coming!
Equal Rights Amendment - Celebrations and time to roll up our sleeves!
Sign a virtual postcard for Freedom to Drive MN
The African American Family Preservation Act (HF342/SF730), is a bill that addresses racial disparities in the MN child protection process. Here’s how you can help it become law.
Restore the Vote (HF40/SF856) - Support this bill in the MN House and help get it a hearing in the Senate
This is the year to turn back the clock. Before Governor Pawlenty changed the rule in 2003, Minnesota residents didn’t need to be US citizens in order to obtain a driver’s license.
Women’s March MN and the Freedom To Drive MN Coalition wants to return the privilege of a driver’s license to eligible Minnesotans. The bill is moving quickly as it is important to Minnesotans, such as members of law enforcement, business owners and leaders of faith communities. Each hearing has been packed with supporters.
The Equal Rights Amendment bills need a hearing in the MN Senate!
HF40/SF856 is a bill to restore the vote to 52,000 Minnesotans (11,000 women) (who’ve been convicted of a felony) either upon their release from prison, or when they’re on probation, living in the community. It also requires notifying people when their right to vote has been restored. Many groups are supporting this bill - law enforcement, correctional offices, attorneys, civil rights groups, and it has 35 sponsors in the House.
Here’s how you can show your support too!
Driver’s licenses for all, regardless of immigration status! Support HF1500!
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) bills - HF13, SF200 and HF71, SF280 - are doing well in the MN House but need a hearing in the Senate.
HF13/SF200 puts an ERA into the Minnesota Constitution. HF71/SF280 resolves that the deadline in the Federal ERA be removed and that ratification of the ERA in the US Constitution advances.
HF1500 is one of Women’s March Minnesota’s 2019 legislative priorities. This bill is about improving public safety, bolstering economic development, and building stronger families and communities for EVERYONE
Did you know that approximately 82,000 residents of Minnesota are eligible for a driver’s license or state ID, but cannot get one because they are undocumented immigrants. Many have been living here for decades and were able to obtain a driver’s license, until Governor Pawlenty changed the law in 2003. Imagine having your driving privileges and access to an ID stripped away. For undocumented immigrants, having access to a Driver’s License or State ID is both a matter of convenience, access and dignity to move around the state.