2019 WMM Legislative Priorities
Women's March Minnesota has set the following priorities for the 2019 legislative session. These priorities were selected based on the legislation that is likely to be introduced in the 2019 session; the bills' likely direct impacts on women, especially women of color; and their alignment with WMM's Unity Principles.
These priorities may change as new legislation or issues arise. And, WMM will partner with other organizations to amplify support for other important topic areas such as electoral reform, climate change, gun violence prevention, and health care and reproductive justice.
Equal Rights Amendment (HF13/SF200 and HF71/SF208): With ERA Minnesota, to add overdue gender-based protections to the Minnesota Constitution: “Equality under the law shall not be abridged or denied on account of gender.”
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Act (HF70/SF515): With a strong coalition of indigenous women’s organizations and all 11 of Minnesota’s tribes, this task force will address and finally collect data on missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.
MN African American Families Preservation Act (HF342/SF730): With NAACP Minneapolis and others to protect black children and families and stop the devastating impact of racial disparities in MN’s child protection system.
Restore the Vote (HF40/SF856): With Restore the Vote Coalition, support the re-enfranchisement of individuals with past felony convictions. This bill will restore the vote to over 52,000 Minnesotans who have have been convicted of a felony and are not in prison (including over 11,000 women). Restoring voting rights means a more equitable, healthy, and active community.
Driver's Licenses for All (HF1500): With Freedom to Drive MN, to allow MN drivers to obtain a driver’s license regardless of their immigration status and live full lives without fear of criminal justice system interaction. (Hear Us blog post on HF1500)
Legislation to advance and/or protect reproductive rights and healthcare access/coverage, election fairness and healthy democracy, affordable housing, gun control (Criminal background Check (HF8); Red Flag Rule (HF9/SF436), economic justice for disadvantaged communities, LGBTQ+ rights (including bans on conversion therapy).
Legislation introduced to protect women, girls, and people across the gender spectrum from all forms of violence of any kind against our bodies.