From Watch Yours Reps MN:
I have a few updates for the remainder of the week for the Minnesota State Legislature. One of the bills being watched is getting a full vote in the House on Thursday. Additionally, 2 anti-abortion bills and one bad environmental bill have been added to committee hearings also on Thursday. Please see below for details.
To make things easier for those just joining the list, I have put all of the remaining hearings and votes for the week in this email. You can always view the full action alert online.
Votes in the House
Vote Thursday, March 2nd
HF600 - Preemption bill that prevents cities from setting worker protections / min wage. Call your district representative.
The following bills have cleared committee and, while they have not been schedule for a full vote yet, they could be voted on at any time. Please call your district representative.
HF390 – Another anti-protestor bill. This one would increase penalties for obstructing traffic/transit to a misdemeanor with up to 3 years in prison.
HF1066 – Anti-protestor bill. Increase penalties for obstructing a road. These bills are specifically targeted against protests that use civil disobedience techniques
Votes in the Senate
The following bills have cleared committee and, while they have not been schedule for a full vote yet, they could be voted on at any time. Please call your district senator.
SF580 – Anti-worker law that would prevent cities and localities from setting their own min wage, family leave policies, etc. This will undo the recent min wage increase approved in Minneapolis.
SF676 - Anti-protestor bill. This one would increase penalties for obstructing traffic/transit to a misdemeanor with up to 3 years in prison.
Hearings on Wednesday, March 1
SF166 – REAL ID. The unnecessary language that prevents giving driver’s licenses to undocumented residents is back in the bill. The intent of the author is to change out the bill language from the House with the version from the Senate that does not contain the lawful status provision. Hopefully this happens.
Hearing Time: 8:30 am
Chair: Julie Rosen
Michelle Fischbach, Richard Cohen, Michelle Benson, Bill Ingebrigtsen, John Marty, Torrey Westrom, Bobby Champion, Warren Limmer, Carla Nelson, Chris Eaton, Tony Lourey, Scott Newman
SF254 - Anti-mass transportation. Prevents even studying a rail line between Rochester and the Twin Cities
Hearing Time: 10:30 am
Committee: Transportation Finance and Policy
Chair: Scott Newman
John Jasinski, Scott Dibble, Bruce Anderson, Nick Frentz, Susan Kent, David Osmek, Jim Carlson, Dan Hall, Mary Kiffmeyer, David Senjem, Melisa Franzen, Scott Jensen, Matt Little, Torrey Westrom
SF1087 – Eliminates the Environmental Quality Board. The Environmental Quality Board is made up of 9 agency heads and 5 citizen members. In addition to other duties, we provide leadership and coordination across agencies on priority environmental issues that are multi-jurisdictional, and multi-dimensional, as well as provide for opportunities for public access and engagement.
Hearing Time: 1:00 pm
Committee: Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance
Chair: Carrie Ruud
Bill Weber, Chris Easton, Jim Carlson, Justin Eichorn, Andrew Mathews, Steve Cwodzinski, Mark Koran, David Senjem, Scottt Dibble, Andrew Lang, Patricia Torres Ray
HF10 - Transfer MNSure to federal marketplace. There’s a good chance the federal marketplace will go away soon, so this would kill MNSure without having to be on record as killing MNSure.
Hearing Time: 3:00 pm
Committee: Commerce and Regulatory Reform
Chair: Joe Hoppe
Kelly Fenton, Linda Slocum, Susan Allen, Sarah Anderson, Jon Applebaum, Regina Barr, Greg Davids, Mary Franson, Laurie Halverson, Debra Hilstrom, Sheldon Johnson, Ron Kresha, Jenifer Loon, Bob Loonan, Jim Nash, Tim O’Driscoll, Dave Pinto, Paul Rosenthal, Dennis Smith, Chris Swedzinski
Hearings on Thursdays, March 2
HF809 – Limits aborting funding from state-sponsored health programs
HF812 – Requires abortion facilities to meet the same licensing requirements as outpatient surgical centers. Similar laws in Texas have been found to be unconstitutional
Hearing Time: 8:15 am
Committee: Health and Human Services Reform
Chair: Joe Schomacker
Glenn Gruenhagen, Tina Liebling, Tony Albright, Susan Allen, Dave Baker, Matt Dean, Peggy Flanagan, Mary Franson, Mike Freiberg, Debra Kiel, Erin Koegel, Ron Kresha, Kathy Lohmer, Joe McDonald, Rena Moran, Erin Murphy, Liz Olson, Roz Peterson, Duane Quam, Julie Sandstede, Tama Theis,
HF1291 - Requires most energy infrastructure permits to be issued in either 90 or 150 days (a very short period of time), and lets the polluter write the first draft. The bill would even allow companies to pay for a shorter review process. It would also completely eliminate the Environmental Quality Board, the only inter-agency organization that takes on issues such as climate change, frac sand mining, pollinators, pipelines, and provides technical assistance to tribes.
Hearing Time: 8:15 am
Committee: Civil Law and Data Practice Policy
Chair: Peggy Scott
Dennis Smith, John Lesch, Andrew Carlson, Raymond Dehn, Debra Hilstrom, Jeff Howe, Sheldon Johnson, Bob Loonan, Eric Lucero, Ilhan Omar, Marion O’Neill, Cindy Pugh, Bob Vogel, Abigail Whelan