2020 Legislative Preview

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The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes on Feb. 11 and MAPE will be tracking several bills this legislative session with the priority being passage of our 2019-2021 contract. The contract is currently in interim effect but must be passed by the Legislature this year.

“The people of Minnesota rely on us to deliver their services and we encourage the Legislature to quickly pass our fair and modest contract,” MAPE Negotiations Committee Co-Chair Lynn Butcher said.

MAPE will also be watching for supplemental agency budgets.

This is the shorter year of the two-year session and traditionally concentrates on the bonding bill. MAPE is especially concerned about ensuring Minnesota State students, staff and teachers are working in buildings and campuses that are accessible, safe and energy efficient. Funds are also needed to repair, replace and renew correctional facilities across the state. Minnesota’s state park system roads, bridges and trails are also in need of repairs.

The price of insulin has skyrocketed over the past decade. Gov. Walz and DFL legislators pre-filed the Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act, named in honor of MAPE member Nicole Smith-Holt’s son who died after rationing his insulin because he couldn’t afford his $1,300 monthly prescription. “We need to move forward with this bill so all Minnesotans can afford the insulin they need to survive,” MAPE President Chet Jorgenson said.

MAPE has been working with other unions, faith groups and other partners to fight for a paid family and medical leave policy here in Minnesota. “MAPE successfully fought for a paid parental leave policy for state workers and a paid family and medical leave policy for all Minnesota families is the logical next step,” Jorgenson said.

Upcoming hearings:

Minnesota Management and Budget presentation on Gov. Walz’s bonding bill: Feb. 11, 8-9:30 a.m., Room 10, State Office Building;

H.F. 1863, a bill that guarantees that state employees will be paid in case of a shutdown: Feb. 13, 8 a.m., State Government Finance Committee, Basement hearing room, State Office Building;

H.F. XXXX (Howard) PENDING REFERRAL- Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act: Feb. 13, 12:45 p.m., Government Operations Committee, Room 5, State Office Building;

H.F. 3100 (Howard)- Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act: Feb. 13, 2:30 p.m., Commerce Committee, Room 200, State Office Building;

H.F. 5 Paid Family and Medical Leave: Feb. 18, 8 a.m. (more information to follow)