MCD’s 2024 Legislative Agenda
On January 8, 2024, MCD council members approved the MCD Legislative Agenda for the 2024 Legislative session. Each year, after the end of the previous legislative session, we begin work on our legislative agenda for the next year. The process takes many months. It includes meeting with Minnesotans with disabilities, advocates, state agencies, legislators, and more to learn about the most pressing issues facing the disability community in our state and what bills and policies are likely to pass in a given session.
Here, you will find a summary of each policy. Stay tuned over the next weeks and months for a more in-depth look into each policy and how it will improve the lives of Minnesotans with disabilities. MCD’s 2024 Legislative Agenda
Reasonable Accommodations for Employees is Good Policy
At the close of the 2023 Minnesota Legislative Session, legislators passed an economic development that included provisions establishing the Minnesota Employer Reasonable Accommodation Fund (ERAF). The ERAF provides grants to small businesses and non-profit organizations to cover the cost of reasonable accommodations for their employees with disabilities. Legislation like ERAF is good policy because it helps turn Minnesota’s vision of an inclusive society into a reality for every business, large or small. Reasonable Accommodations for Employees with Disabilities is Good Policy
We support and promote public policy goals that positively impact the lives of people with disabilities. MCD helps policymakers understand how their decisions affect the disability community and brings together members of the government and the public to comment on legislation.
Each legislative session, dozens of bills are introduced that impact the disability community. Some bills aim to help, while others could have negative consequences for Minnesotans with disabilities. We track disability-related bills that are introduced during the legislative session.
There are over half a million valid disability parking certificates and plates in Minnesota. We provide the “Do’s and Don’ts” of disability parking, as well as information on disability parking laws and regulations.
A service animal is a dog, or in some cases a miniature horse, individually trained to do work or perform tasks for someone with a disability. Service animals are different from Emotional Support Animals (ESA) and can go almost anywhere with their owners. MCD works to inform the public about service animals and protect the rights of people with disabilities.