The following update on the 2019 Minnesota state legislative session is provided by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Church’s official public policy voice in the state.
The past week was busy at the Minnesota Legislature as it included the third committee deadline, or the date by which all House and Senate committees needed to act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills. With their major committee work finished on bills that will comprise the Minnesota state budget and fund government and other initiatives, the Legislature now shifts its focus to passing these bills in the full House and Senate.
Lawmakers are now on their Easter/Passover break, and official business in the House and Senate will not resume until April 23, leaving less than four weeks until May 20, the date by which members must constitutionally adjourn.
During the legislative break, many lawmakers will be back in their home districts. This is a great opportunity for constituents to try to meet with their representative and senator without needing to come all the way to St. Paul. You can find your legislators’ contact information by visiting the Minnesota Catholic Conference’s Action Center. Simply go to www.MNCatholic.org/ActionCenter, click on “directory” and enter your address. There, you can also send a message to your legislators directly. Right now, there are several bills about which you can send a message or call your legislator. Click on each of the issues below to view its action alert:
Support school choice:
• Opportunity Scholarships
• Funding for K-6 Counseling in Non-Public Schools
Support women and children:
• Protect Positive Alternatives funding for pregnant mothers
• First 1,000 Days of Life
• Surrogacy Abuse Prevention Act