The MN House Public Safety Omnibus bill (HF2856), to be discussed and possibly voted on Tuesday May 1st, has some problems:
a) It includes 2 anti-protest provisions that are being rolled out across the country and are aimed at chilling dissent, particularly by groups like BLM and Water Protectors.
b) It includes NO gun control provisions. (26 sensible gun law bills are waiting at MN Leg for action to be taken on them.)
If this bill gets passed as it is, penalties will be increased for obstructing a right-of-way to highway/airport or transit to a gross misdemeanor, with fines up to $3000 and 1 year in jail. Blocking highways is a time-honored form of protest that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
An amendment to the bill will be discussed and voted on May 1st that will make trespassing on pipelines etc., a felony (fines of up to $20,000 and 10 years jail), and applies to protestors and to the organizations who educate and recruit them. For more see here- https://goo.gl/MdpY5a
For more on the lack of gun control language - https://goo.gl/pqEtCQ
Contact your state Rep and the Governor ASAP and tell them to vote NO on these anti-protest provisions and urge them to fight for gun control laws to be included.
Don't know who your state Rep is? https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/
Call Governor Dayton's office on 651-201-3400
For more on bills up for a vote this week in Mn Leg, see Watch Your Reps Mn weekly update below: