Each legislative session, dozens of bills are introduced that have an impact on the disability community. Some aim to help the disability community, while others contain policies that could have negative consequences for Minnesotans with disabilities. The Minnesota Council on Disability (MCD) tracks disability-related bills that are introduced during the legislative session.
This list is meant to inform the public on disability-related legislation and does not imply support or opposition to the bills. To learn more about the legislative priorities MCD does support, please view our Public Policy Agenda.
To view the status of a bill in the legislature, follow the linked bill number to its Revisor page.
Our bill tracking page is updated weekly. To view the most recent bill introductions, you can visit the following pages:
Note: This list is not meant to be comprehensive and additional topics will be added as bills are introduced.
Council on Disability Priorities
HF 0480 – Chief Authors: Representative Steve Elkins
Minnesota Council on Disability funding provided to provide outreach, training, assistance, and auditing related to local government website accessibility; report required; and money appropriated.
SF 0655 & HF 0687 – Chief Authors: Senator Omar Fateh & Representative Ginny Klevorn
Inclusive Higher Education Technical Assistance Center and inclusive higher education grant established, reports required, and money appropriated.
SF 0309 & HF 0628 – Chief Authors: Senator John Hoffman & Representative Jerry Newton
Century College advanced digital technology center for orthotics and prosthetics funding provided, and money appropriated.
SF 0028 & HF 0018 – Chief Authors: Senator Bonnie Westlin & Representative Dan Wolgamott
School Districts special education services funding – A bill that seeks to fully fund school district’s special education programs.
SF 0069 & HF 0058 – Chief Authors: Senator Alice Mann & Representative Ruth Richardson
Dismissal of students in kindergarten through grade 3 prohibited. Students with disabilities are disproportionately more likely to be dismissed from school than non-disabled students.
SF 0183 & HF 0271 – Chief Authors: Senator Erin Maye Quade & Representative Heather Edelson
Education; nonexclusionary discipline provided. Students with disabilities are more likely to experience exclusionary discipline.
SF 0366 & HF 0368 – Chief Authors: Senator Liz Boldon & Representative Jessica Hanson
Malicious and sadistic conduct involving race, gender, religion, sexual harassment, sexual orientation and sexual exploitation prohibition.
SF 0387 & HF 0415 – Chief Authors: Senator Grant Hauschild & Representative Dave Lislegard
Northern Lights Academy Special Education Cooperative service area education learning center and Northland Learning Center Level IV setting regional special education program in northeastern Minnesota funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
SF 0423 & HF 0336 – Chief Authors: Senator Jennifer McEwen & Representative Alicia Kozlowski
Duluth; Independent School District No. 709 special education revenue adjusted, base adjustment created, supplemental special education aid authorized, and money appropriated.
SF 0665 & HF 0795 – Chief Authors: Senator Mary Kunesh & Representative Cheryl Youakim
Extended time revenue expansion to all students placed at residential treatment facilities providing mental health or juvenile justice services.
SF 0681 & HF 0142 – Chief Authors: Senator John Hoffman & Representative Mike Freiberg
Reasonable accommodations required for parents of children with disabilities when interacting with teachers and school administration.
SF 0660 & HF 0691 – Chief Authors: Senator Jim Abeler & Representative Duane Quam
Medical assistance, long-term services and supports, and other public assistance program applications report to the legislature required.
SF 0903 & HF 0585 – Chief Authors: Senator John Hoffman & Representative Ginny Klevorn
Care evaluation established as a covered medical assistance home care service, medical assistance homemaker rates modified, and report required.
Housing and Independent Living
SF 0037 & HF 0173– Chief Authors: Senator Mary Kunesh & Representative Kaohly Vang Her
Disability Protection under Law. Constitutional amendment providing for equality under the law which includes disability.
HF 0240 – Chief Authors: Representative Liz Reyer
Medical assistance reimbursement provided for parents and spouses providing services under consumer-directed community supports and community first services and supports.
HF 0693 – Chief Authors: Representative Peter Fischer
Commissioner of human services required to contract for administration of medical assistance and MinnesotaCare programs, report required, and money appropriated.
SF 0780 & HF 0733 – Chief Authors: Senator John Hoffman & Representative Heather Edelson
Payment rates for customized living services provided under disability waivers modified, payment rates for home-delivered meals under disability waivers modified.
SF 0810 & HF 0895 – Chief Authors: Senator Torrey Westrom & Representative Paul Anderson
Big Stone County; intermediate care facility for persons with developmental disabilities rate increase provided.
HF 0813 – Chief Authors: Representative Kim Hicks
Home and community-based workforce incentive fund grants established, awareness-building campaign for recruitment of direct care professionals established.
SF 0173 & HF 0527 – Chief Authors: Senator Matt Klein & Representative Mary Frances Clardy
Commissioner of health required to develop education and awareness initiatives addressing health care professional burnout and mental health issues, and money appropriated.
SF 0646 & HF 0506 – Chief Authors: Senator Eric Pratt & Representative Jon Koznick
Equine therapy to first responders suffering from trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
State and Local Government
HF 0778 – Chief Authors: Representative Steve Elkins
Postretirement adjustment (COLA) increased to three percent for members receiving disability benefit, and individual income tax subtraction established for duty disability benefits.
SF 0111 – Chief Authors: Senator Torrey Westrom
Creates a new restricted disabled relative driver’s license that allows anyone 15 and older to drive their relative with a disability. The restricted disabled relative license must be issued solely for the purpose of authorizing the person to whom the restricted license is issued to assist the person’s relative with transportation necessary for daily living, including but not limited to driving to and from work, appointments, shopping, or errands.