Gov. Tim Walz introduced a bonding proposal this week that included $19.5 million towards making our state parks accessible for Minnesotans with disabilities. The Council applauds this recognition of a critical need and urges the Legislature to strongly consider this proposal. Public Policy Director Kody Olson also provided testimony regarding the accessibility of our online world.
This week, Gov. Walz’ Administration released their budget proposal, highlighting significant investments in many different programs for Minnesotans with disabilities. Other initiatives the Council is supporting include bolstering accessibility standards in assisted living facilities and developing recommendations for providing notice to business owners regarding compliance with the ADA.
MCD is pleased to share progress made on its policy agenda. MCD staff provided testimony regarding a bill aiming to clarify access obligations under MN building code. The Council also authored a bill for a Legacy Fund proposal to capture the legacy of Minnesotans with disabilities through a multi-media production.
Minnesota Council on Disability staff continues to meet with legislators on committees related to our 2019 public policy agenda. One item that is gaining traction is Transportation Network Company (TNC) legislation. A transportation network company matches passengers with drivers via websites and mobile apps.
Senator Draheim authored and jacketed a bill related to the accessibility of public buildings. This housekeeping bill serves to provide clarity to MN State Statute 326B.106. Current language in the building code conflicts with the requirements of Title II of the ADA and the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
The Minnesota Council on Disability started off the first week of legislative session strong in advancing its 2019 Public Policy agenda, securing meetings with legislators from key committees in both the House and the Senate. Additionally, Senator Housely introduced the Eldercare and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act of 2019.