The Minnesota Council on Disability (MCD) supports and promotes public policy goals that positively impact the lives of people with disabilities. We help policymakers understand how their decisions affect the disability community and bring together members of the government and the public to comment on legislation.
Are you interested in learning more about our public policy work? Contact Public Policy Director Trevor Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-350-8642.
2024 Legislative Agenda
On January 8, 2024, MCD council members approved the MCD Legislative Agenda. 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, disability organizations, advocates, state agencies, and legislators. Based on meetings, discussions, and public feedback, we learn about the issues facing the disability community in our state and what bills and policies are likely to pass in each session.
Here, you will find a summary of our legislative items for the 2024 Legislative Session. Stay tuned over the next weeks and months for a more in-depth look into each item and how it will improve the lives of Minnesotans with disabilities.
Bill Tracker for Disability-related Legislation
In each legislative session, Minnesota lawmakers introduce hundreds of bills. Many of these bills will affect the disability community. Some bills aim to improve the lives of Minnesotans with disabilities, while others could have adverse effects.
The amount of legislation introduced each session makes it a daunting task to follow the ones you might be interested in. We compile a list of disability-related legislation to make it easier for you to stay informed.
Note: MCD listing a bill in the Bill Tracker does not mean we support or oppose that bill. Visit our Legislative Updates to learn more about the legislative priorities MCD supports this session.
Follow along with the MCD Public Policy team as they work to support legislation that improves the lives of people with disabilities. Throughout the legislative session, they provide updates to share:
- Session milestones, including deadlines.
- Coverage of bill testimonies and other hearings
- Progress reports on specific bills through the legislature
Public Policy Letters
Our public policy work centers around supporting or opposing legislation impacting Minnesotans with disabilities. Testifying to those impacts in a hearing is one way we can offer support or opposition. Public policy letters are another way we can share our positions on legislation.
Advocate for Legislation
Effective public policy starts with you. There are several ways you can advocate for disability policies during the legislative session. You can:
- Write advocacy letters in support of legislation
- Meet with legislators to discuss issues that matter to you
- Learn how to be your own advocate
Join us in creating a barrier-free Minnesota where every person with a disability has full access to all aspects of life.