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Protect Gender-Affirming Care

The Minnesota House passed the Trans Refuge Bill on March 19, a step toward making the state a safe haven for transgender youth – including those traveling from other states – seeking gender-affirming health care. The bill prevents state courts or officials from complying with child removal requests, extraditions, arrests or subpoenas related to gender-affirming health care received in Minnesota.… Read More »Protect Gender-Affirming Care

Support the “Green Bank” Bill

As the clean energy transition moves forward, let’s ensure the transition is just and equitable. Support climate innovation and equity through the “green bank” bills. HF 2336/SF2301 would establish the Minnesota Climate Innovation Finance Authority (MnCIFA) to bridge financing gaps in clean energy production, establish regional offices around the state to provide technical and financial assistance and take advantage of… Read More »Support the “Green Bank” Bill

Equal Rights Now

It’s time to ensure equal rights for women! Women have been waiting and working since 1923 for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would formally recognize them and their equal rights. Ratification is a long process: 35 states ratified the the amendment, but it fell short of the 38 needed within the deadline. There has been a resurgence for… Read More »Equal Rights Now

Support Climate Crisis Mitigation

Addressing the climate crisis (getting to Net 0 by 2050) requires a two–pronged approach. Although the primary means is stopping climate pollution, it is also necessary to protect and expand natural carbon sequestration through the preservation of lowland conifer stands. These treed wetlands occur on mucky mineral or wet organic soils and include richly forested peatlands or bogs. Minnesota lowland… Read More »Support Climate Crisis Mitigation

Fund Roundtable Rx

Kaiser Foundation reported in October that up to five billion pills are thrown away by hospitals and nursing homes, ending up in landfills, when three out of 10 people report they have not taken their medications, lacking money to pay for them (see 2/23/23 Star Tribune Editorial). HF 1032 and SF 868 provide for additional funding for Roundtable Rx, a… Read More »Fund Roundtable Rx

Protect Children from Forever Chemicals

PFAS or “forever chemicals” have been linked to cancers, allergies, diabetes, and birth defects. New EPA guidelines confirm there is virtually no safe level of PFAS in drinking water. Forever chemicals are used in a variety of consumer goods including cookware, clothing, dental floss and children’s products. HF552 and SF2222 would prohibit PFAS in products designed for infants and children… Read More »Protect Children from Forever Chemicals

Support the National Popular Vote Interstate Agreement

In two of the past six presidential elections, the candidate who won the most popular votes lost the election. Currently, most states use a “winner takes all” approach and award all their electoral votes to the candidate who wins the most votes in their state regardless of the overall vote across the country. Given this, candidates tend to focus on… Read More »Support the National Popular Vote Interstate Agreement

Increase Support for Childcare

SF 14 and SF 53 will increase childcare provider rates statewide and provide grants to stabilize childcare providers, many of whom are struggling to stay open. The legislation will also provide one-time funding to immediately increase early learning scholarships, which are a proven resource for preventing child abuse and neglect. The legislation has already passed in the Minnesota House and… Read More »Increase Support for Childcare

Common-Sense Gun Safety

The U.S. has suffered more than 70 mass shootings since the beginning of the year. Lives have been lost, and survivors and onlookers including the investigating police have been traumatized. The Minnesota State House has been debating several bills focused on gun safety. HF14 requires Universal background checks for all gun purchases including private sales and ownership transfers. HF15 allows… Read More »Common-Sense Gun Safety

100% Clean Energy

The 100% Clean Energy Bill (SF4) will put us on the path to achieve 80% carbon-free electricity by 2030 and a 100% carbon-free electricity system by 2040. Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy experts analyzed this bill using modeling software and found that if it is passed into law, it would reduce climate pollution by a cumulative 273 million metric tons… Read More »100% Clean Energy