Opportunities to advance the Racial Equity Agenda and the Racial Equity Bill Watch continue this week at the Minnesota Legislature. Here are several opportunities to make your voice for racial justice heard. Sign up to testify in advance, organize a group to attend a hearing, or contact committee members before the hearing. Remember, communicating racial justice priorities to your legislator can happen from your computer or phone, too. Find your legislator here and let him or her know that you have a vision for a more just Minnesota. See the schedule for hearings this week here.
Monday March 18
SF 271 Modifying driver’s license applications, making it possible for immigrants residing in Minnesota to obtain a driver’s license. Hearing in the Senate Committee on Transportation and Public Safety. 3:00pm, Room 15 Capitol. This is a ticketed hearing, and tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis before the start of the hearing (with a preference for testifiers).
Tuesday March 19
HF 237 Limiting eligibility to possess firearms with mandatory background checks for all sales of firearms. Hearing in the House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee. 10:00am, Room 10 State Office Building. Encourage committee members to focus on prevention and universal background checks, not on further criminalization after the fact.
SF 711 Adopting recommendations of Integration Revenue Replacement Advisory Task Force and establishing Achievement and Integration in Minnesota program. Hearing in the Senate Committee on Education. 12:00pm, Room 112 Capitol. Maintain integration revenue and address gaps in education achievement.
Wednesday March 20
HF 1058 Early learning scholarship program; HF 973 urban educator recruitment and training program. Hearing in the House Education Finance Committee. 8:15am, Room 10 State Office Building. Some strategies for making education opportunities more equitable.
HF 485 Preventing child sex trafficking and establishing a director of child sex trafficking prevention through Minnesota Department of Health. Hearing in the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee. 10:00am, Room 200 State Office Building.
HF 214 Establishing MinnesotaCare as the state’s basic health program. Hearing in the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee. 2:15pm, Room 200 State Office Building.
HF 1044 Raising revenue for public transit for development of rapid bus transit, light rail, sidewalk and bicycle lane improvements, and service in Greater Minnesota. Hearing in the House Transportation Finance Committee. 6:00pm, Room 5 State Office Building. Watching for commitment to equitable hiring practices for transit-related construction, community engagement in planning and decision-making, and increasing access for largest transit dependent populations.
Thursday March 21
HF 826 Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, addressing bullying and remedial responses. Possible hearing (pending referral) in the House Education Finance Committee. 8:15am, Room 10 State Office Building.
HF 1142 MFIP changes establishing pilot project focused on child well-being for families receiving MFIP assistance and HF 430 Family Economic Security Act. Hearing in the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee. 10:00am, Room 200 State Office Building.