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ADVOCACY:
2023/2024 LEGISLATIVE BIENNIUM
-SESSION IS CLOSED-
READ UPDATE HERE

What is Self Advocacy? Self Advocacy is, quite simply, the act of representing oneself or one's views or interests. Special interest groups and lobbyists are as numerous as the opinions of the people (or industries/corporations) but only YOU know what your family needs represented in St. Paul and Washington DC. 

What does that really mean? YOU matter. Your family matters. Your needs and experiences matter. Our legislators need to know and hear from you. This page will keep current bills relevant to Health & Parental Rights posted so you can call, email and meet with your lawmakers.

 

Find out Who Represents You Here: 

LCC-GIS (leg.mn)

You can always search & subscribe to follow bills here: https://www.leg.mn.gov/leg/legis 

SUPPORTS HEALTH & PARENTAL RIGHTS

PASSED IN 2023 OMNIBUS BILL MN House File 52 / Senate File 406

Seeks to establish the right of a pregnant patient to always have a support person

Authors: Representatives Richardson, Hassan, Clardy, Agbaje, Hollins, Liebling, Curran​, Hemmingsen- Jaeger, Hussein, Senators Mann, Kunesh, Marty, Coleman​

MN House File 78 / SF1396

Seeks to prohibit pelvic examinations on unconscious patients without specific informed consent. 

Authors: Representatives Robbins, Smith, Senator Housley

MN House File 113

Seeks to establish the Student Religious Liberties Act that protects religious expression and prohibits discrimination.

Authors: Representatives Quam, Jacob

MN Senate File 76 / House File 353 / H. F. 1590

Seeks to establish a Parent's Bill of Rights.

Authors: Senators Gruenhagen, Bahr, Lucero, Mathews, Representatives Harder, Gillman, Schultz, Knudsen, Zeleznikar, Mekeland ​

MN Senate File 204/ House File 1226/ House File 1381

Seeks to prohibit vaccination requirements by the government or businesses in Minnesota.

Authors: Senators Pratt, Abeler, Hoffman, Utke, Representatives Franson, Murphy, Jacob, Zeleznikar, Hudson, Altendorf, Bakeberg, Fogelman, Daniels and Burkel, Daudt, Bennett, Knudsen

MN Senate File 216 / House File 326

Seeks to establish equal access to extracurriculars for non-public students.

Authors: Senator Eichorn, Representative Heintzeman

MN Senate File 223 / House File 324

Seeks to establish equal access to extracurriculars for Charter school students.

Authors: Senator Eichorn, Representative Heintzeman

MN Senate File 224 

Seeks to establish equal access to extracurriculars for homeschool students.

Authors: Senator Eichorn

MN Senate File 240

Seeks to prohibit health insurance companies and hospitals from making board certification a requirement for payment. Authors: Senator Draheim

MN Senate File 378

Seeks to allow the medical board to decline to investigate complaints made solely on a provider's comments in a public forum that is not directly related to the care of a patient. Authors: Senator Draheim

 

MN Senate File 512/House File 666 AND  Senate File 2579/House File 2799

No Patient Alone Act, seeks to establish a right for a patient or resident to choose to have a support person present while receiving care or services. Authors: Koran, Lieske, Davis, Zeleznikar, Rarick, Coleman, Abeler, Hoffman, ONeill, Nash, Davis, Niska, Knudsen,Harder, Kiel, Franson 

MN Senate File 540 / House File 619

Seeks to require parental notification of adverse incidents at school. Authors: Senators Limmer, Cwodzinski, Coleman, Representative Robbins

House File 682

Seeks to amend the Minnesota constitution to establish the right of a parent to direct the education of their child. Representatives Kresha, Heintzeman, Bakeberg, Knudsen, Anderson PE, Bennet, Hudson, Zeleznikar, Daniels​

House File 724 / Senate File 735 / Senate File 1236

Seeks to allow parents to opt their children out of face covering requirements for school. Representatives Davis, Skraba, Senators Eichorn, Duckworth, Koran, Farnsworth, Drazkowski, Utke

Senate File 734 / House File 549

Seeks to strengthen parental curriculum review and consent for sexual education curriculum. Senators Coleman, Eichorn, Wessenberg, Bahr, Farnsworth, Representatives Scott, Niska, Fogelman, Perryman, Mueller, Hudella, Robbins, Zeleznikar​

Senate File 811/ HF 1953

Seeks to establish that conscientious exemptions in higher education also apply to facility specific mandates.

Senator Westrom, Representatives Franson, Knudsen, Fogelman, Bennett.

Senate File 2846

Seeks to establish informed consent for sensitive examinations of
an anesthetized or unconscious patient. Senators Maye Quade, Coleman, Boldon, Morrison, Port.

OPPOSES HEALTH & PARENTAL RIGHTS

MN HOUSE FILE 367 / Senate File 610

Seeks to allow daycare centers to adopt policies refusing service to children with vaccine exemptions. Authors: Representative Freiberg, Senator Bolden, Mann, Klein.

 

First Senate Hearing 1/15/24 8:30am
Whole Hearing

Our Written Testimony 

Our Verbal Testimony

Decision: Held of for Future Date. This means another hearing could be called or it could be included in the omnibus. If no action is taken, it will expire at the end of the 2024 session.

First House Hearing 3/19/24 8:30am

Our Written Testimony 

UPDATE: ACTION ALERT

This has been added to Senate Health & Human Services Omnibus Bill SF4699

 Step 1- Read why we oppose HERE.

Step 2- Look up who represents you.

Step 3- Contact your MN STATE Senator to oppose this section of SF4699
Step 4- It is not currently in the house companion but it is anticipated to be added. So you may also contact your MN STATE House Representative and give them a heads up this is being added to the Omnibus and you want them to oppose it.

PASSED IN 2023 SESSION MN HOUSE FILE 146 / Senate File 63

Seeks create sanctuary state status for parents and minors seeking gender transition interventions. Modifies MN CPS statutes regarding children "in need of protection or services" to include those "denied access to gender affirming care" (Including counseling, cross sex hormones and surgeries). Representatives Finke, Reyer, Kozlowski, Curran, Becker-Finn, Frazier, Keeler, Hollins, Jordan, Peres-Vega, Hanson J, Stephenson, Olson L, Hassan, Moller, Edelson, Richardson, Long, Greenman, Sencer-Mura, Hill, Hortman, Feist, Pursell, ​Clardy, Hemminsen-Jaeger, Frederick, Lee F, Vang, Hansen R, Fischer, Tabke, Lee K, Hussein, Agbaje, Senators Maye Quade, Dibble, Oumou Verbeten, Port, McEwen 

PASSED IN 2023 SESSION MN House File 1269 / Senate File 1311

Seeks to amend current education statutes to require CRT, SEL, Gender affirming requirements, remove access to faith based PSEO options, etc... (The portion to require homeschools submit their standardized test scores to the state annually has been REMOVED).  Representative Pryor, Senators Cwodzinski, Kunesh, Gustafson, Westlin, Boldon​

BILLS TO WATCH

MN HOUSE FILE 242

Seeks to amend the Minnesota constitution to make quality PUBLIC school a RIGHT of a child. Though often misunderstood when focusing on the word 'quality', this bill poses issues for school choice when the focus is instead switched to "Public" and "Right". Read more HERE. Authors: Representatives  Kresha

MN HOUSE FILE 2322 / Senate File 2399

Seeks to establish a Department of Children, Youth, and Families; transferring responsibilities from
the Department of Education, Department of Human Services, and Department of
Public Safety to the Department of Children, Youth, and Families; requiring reports;
authorizing rulemaking; appropriating money. Representatives Pinto, Coulter, Kotyza-Witthuhn, Hanson J, Senators Wiklund

MN HOUSE FILE 3742 / Senate File 1468
Seeks to establish mental health screening programs for every k-12  school. Currently includes requiring parental consent but there would be concern that would not always be honored or could be removed later. Critics believe the schools should be for academics and medical and mental health services should be kept between a family and their chosen medical team. Senator Morrison, Representative Edelson. 

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OLD BILLS FROM 2021-2022 BIENNIUM

[NONE OF THESE ARE ACTIVE, FOR HISTORICAL CONTEXT ONLY]

SUPPORTED HEALTH & PARENTAL RIGHTS

MN SF3666 / HF4055 / HF4239

The No Patient Left Alone Act:  Sought to establish a patient's right to always have a support person while receiving care in a clinic, hospital, long term care facility or residential care facility. Senator Koran, Mathews, Eichorn, Dornik, Hoffman,​ Representatives O'Neill, Nash, Novotny, Daniels, Bennett, Boe, Heintzeman, Grossell, Scott, Robbins, Franson, Raleigh, Theis, Demuth,​ Kiel, Albright, Pierson, Davids, Lucero, Bliss, Anderson, Green, Heinrich, West, Jurgens, Hertaus, Quam, Igo, Akland, Baker, Urdahl, O'Driscoll, Swedzinski, Neu Brindley, Erickson, Gruenhagen, Nelson, Mueller, Torkelson, Petersburg, Johnson, McDonald, Daniels, Poston, Haley.

MN SF3064/SF3483/HF3444

Parent's Bill of Rights: Sought to re-establish the fundamental rights of parents in directing the upbringing and care of their child(ren). Senators Mathews, Anderson, Gazelka, Benson, Koran, Kiffmeyer; Representatives Gruenhagen, Erickson, Lucero, Franson, Raleigh, Bennett, Urdahl, Mekeland, Urdahl, Robbins, Boe

MN SF2693/SF3035/HF2897

Health Freedom Sanctuary State: Sought to limit emergency powers, prohibit student masking mandates, prohibit vaccine mandates and passports. Representatives Franson, Lucero and Senators Chamberlain, Koran, Eichorn, Howe, Kiffmeyer, Johnson, Mathews.  

MN HF3158 / SF4489 Sought to prohibit government and private sector vaccine mandates. Representatives Daudt, Erickson, Dettmer, Luek, Poston, Boe, Bennett, Franson, Heintzeman, Burkel, Jurgens, Heinrich, Neu Brindley, Hertaus, Grossell, Senators Pratt, Utke.

MN SENATE FILE 292 / HOUSE FILE 452

Sought to add an immunization exemption for sincerely held religious beliefs. Authors: Senators Mathews, Coleman, Kiffmeyer, Housley and Johnson, Representatives Lucero, Poston, Drazkowski

MN HOUSE FILE 533 / SENATE FILE 1264

Sought to establish exemptions to immunizations for adults in the workplace. Authors: Senators Draheim, Hoffman, Abler, Dornink, Representatives Gruenhagen, Erickson, Bennett, Dettmer, Boe, Backer, Lucero, and Bahr.

MN SF1589/HF1583

Sought to prohibit mandatory contact tracing and medical passports. Authors: Senators Benson, Mathews, Koran, Johnson, Ruud, Representatives Scott, Lucero and Robbins.

MN SF2394/HF1245

Sought to prohibit discrimination or coercion regarding vaccine administration. Authors: Senators Goggin, Coleman, Koran, Hoffman, Representatives Lucero, Bennett, Haley, Heinrich, Gruenhagen, Drazkowski, and  Mekeland.

MN SF1172/HF1194

Sought to require disclosing vaccine ingredients to patients, including the usage of aborted fetal cell lines. Authors: Senators Mathews, Abler, Eichorn, Utke, Representatives Gruenhagen, Dettmer, Lucero

MN SF2424/HF2541

Sought to prohibit employment discrimination based on vaccination status. Authors: Senators Abeler, Mathews, Jasinski, Rosen & Kiffmeyer, Representative Scott.

MN SF2694/HF2685

Sought to require a parent be present for the vaccination of a minor child. Representatives Munson, Drazkowski, Miller, Bahr, Franson, Lucero, Poston and Senator Koran.

MN HF2691

Sought to prohibit state enforcement of federal vaccine passports. Representative Lucero  

MN HF2579

Sought to establish employer liability for mandated vaccines. Representatives Munson, Bahr, Miller, Drazkowski.

MN HF3276

Sought to strengthen immunizations exemptions for daycares. Representatives Bennett, Franson, Poston, Urdhal, Daniels, Lucero, Petersburg.

MN SF3475 / HF3820

Sought to prohibit discrimination in healthcare based on vaccination status, including health insurance accessibility and pricing, entry and treatment in healthcare facilities and access to organ donations. Authors: Senators Johnson, Mathews, Utke, Benson, Lang, Representatives Scott.

MN SF 3889

Sought to authorize Pharmacists to prescribe, dispense and administer ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine for preexposure prophylaxis use, postexposure prophylaxis use and for the treatment of COVID-19. Authors: Senators Westrom, Anderson, Mathews, Eichorn & Ingebrigtsen.

MN HF4135 / SF4084

Sought to allow parents to opt children out of school face covering requirements. Representatives Daudt, Neu Brindley, Heintzeman, Boe, Lucero, Kiel, Franson, Bennett, Scott, Robbins, Novotny, Davids, Poston, Akland, Backer, Senators Benson, Chamberlain, Johnson, Dornik, Eichorn.

OPPOSED HEALTH & PARENTAL RIGHTS

MN SF2554/HF2634

Sought to remove the conscientious exemption vaccines for all school aged children in Minnesota. Applies to HOMESCHOOL as well. Authors: Senator Eaton & Representative Freiberg.

MN SF2553 / HF2625

Sought to allow minors as young as 12 to consent to  Covid 19 and all CDC recommended vaccinations..

MN HF3179 / SF3791

Sought to alter the daycare and school immunization statute to allow daycares to deny children with exemptions. Authors: Representative Freiberg, Huot, Senator Klein.  

 

MN SF2815/HF2832

Sought to mandate the covid vaccine for all public and nonpublic school employees. Authors: Representative Freiberg, Senators Klein, Cwodzinski, Wiklund, Clausen & Marty.

MN HF3114

Sought to establish grants and contract for activities for school based health clinics.  Authors: Representatives Sandell, Stephenson, Sundin, Keeler, Ecklund, Hansen R., Her, Bierman & Wazlawik.​

MN HOUSE FILE 874

Sought to amend the Minnesota constitution to make quality PUBLIC school a RIGHT of a child. Though often misunderstood when focusing on the word 'quality', this bill poses issues for school choice when the focus is instead switched to "Public" and "Right". Authors: Representatives Hassan, Kresha, Mariani, Erickson, Vang, Xiong J., Theis, Haley, Xiong T., Bennett, Baker, Albright, Keeler, Daniels, Poston, Lee & Demuth

BILLS WE WATCHED

MN SF2356/HF2204

Sought to repeal governor’s emergency powers. Authors: Representatives Mortensen, Munson, Drazkowski, Poston, Miller; Senators Koran, Land, Draheim, Pratt

Pros: Would have prevented takeovers by a governor.

Cons: A total repeal (rather than a revision) of the emergency powers statute would have crippled the state's ability to respond quickly during true emergencies like tornadoes, floods, riots, etc....

MN SF2820/HF2694

Sought to prohibit government vaccine mandates and require that private businesses accept antibody immunity. Representatives Lucero, Burkel, Franson, Poston, Dettmer, Bennett, Senators Mathews, Kiffmeyer​

Pros: Would have prevented government mandates and provides for antibody immunity.

Cons: Did not prevent private sector mandates or allow for other forms of immunity (t-cell etc..)

MN HF2899

Sought to prohibit covid and flu vaccine mandates, prohibit vaccine passports, allow for civil penalties, retroactive enactment. Authors: Representative Mortensen.

Pros: Would have prevented covid and flu mandates and vaccine passports.

Cons: Only addresses covid and flu mandates while healthcare workers are routinely required to report or obtain exemptions for flu, covid, hep b, chicken pox, mmr and tdap vaccination. This creates more problems than it helps by making two classes of vaccines- those that may not be mandated and, by default, those that may. It also would allow for people to sue businesses retroactively that were also under an unfair government mandate. It is unethical to change the laws and prosecute after.

 

MN HF2896

Sought to make ivermectin an over the counter drug. Authors: Representative Mortensen.

Pros: Would  have made ivermectin accessible.

Cons: The state legislature cannot re-classify medications. That's the FDA's job and the state also cannot order them to re-classify medications. The bill has no legal authority. 

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