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.
This week at the Capitol was the first hearing of the Connected and Automated Vehicle bill establishing testing for CAV in Minnesota. Unfortunately, the bill was tabled while details are worked out. Elsewhere, Council members testified how shortages are negatively affecting their lives.
Civil rights for people with disabilities have made tremendous progress in the past several decades, and many of those battles happened because of Minnesotans. This week, MCD presented a funding proposal to the House Legacy Committee meant to capture the legacy of Minnesotans with disabilities.