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.
MCD reminds you to shovel your sidewalks and curb ramps. They are lifelines for many people with disabilities and for our senior community. When sidewalks and curb ramps are not cleared, they can become impassable and create a potentially life-threatening situation for people forced into the street alongside traffic. Please shovel your sidewalk and curb ramps as soon as possible. Don’t wait for the snow to melt!
MCD is excited to announce the Annual Disability Day at the Capitol, the MN Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities’ biggest advocacy day for the people with disabilities, their family members, allies, and professionals. Join advocates from around the state.Together, we’ll call on legislators to support policy change and funding that promotes independence, choice, and inclusion for people with disabilities and their families.
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.