In the second week of session, MCD is focused on meeting committee deadlines. Essentially, individual bills (excluding bonding proposals) must be heard in committee in either the House or Senate to be considered in the end of the session. First deadline for either chamber is March 20.
The Minnesota Council on Disability kicked off the 2020 legislative session with bill hearings and meetings with legislators. The Council recently adopted its public policy agenda with its goals for the legislative session. The policy agenda focuses on equity, inclusion, and access for Minnesotans with disabilities.
With the conclusion of the 2019 Minnesota legislative session, the Council on Disability expresses gratitude to all legislators and policy partners for their collaboration on issues identified in our 2019 Public Policy agenda. This is a summary of the policy issues that the Council worked on and the result our work.
Having just passed a single budget, our legislative leaders have called a special session to pass a two year budget for the state. The Governor, House Speaker, and Senate President reached a budget agreement, which must be finalized in conference committees during the special session.
As the Legislature rolls into packaging and hearing omnibus bills, the Council on Disability would like to share progress made in the legislative session thus far. Progress has been made on many issues, including: #MNParksForAll, Accessibility of Public Buildings, Accessibility of Assisted Living Facilities, PCA Driving Reimbursement, Voters with Disabilities, and more.
MCD provided testimony on 3 important issues this week. First, the Executive Director spoke regarding the Council’s activities and budget proposal. She also testified regarding the authorization of CAV in Minnesota and its impact for PWD. The Public Policy Director testified regarding an accessibility project on the Minnesota Capitol Complex.