ANTI-PROTEST BILLS IN MN LEGISLATURE: ACTIONS FOR MINNESOTA ACTIVISTS

Attached is  legislative info for Minnesota activists.  Below are the actions you can take, with links to your legislators and the governor.

HF0400
This bill requires that vendors doing business with the state certify that they do not participate in the boycott of Israel.  Boycott is a form of free speech; business owners should not be financially penalized for exercising their free speech.  Further, this bill conflates state business with foreign policy and puts the state on one side of the debate.  People should not have to take a loyalty oath to another country just to do business with the state.

THIS BILL IS ON THE FAST TRACK TO BECOMING LAW.  It has passed in the House and is awaiting a vote in the Senate.

ACTION NEEDED:  Contact your State Senator and urge him or her to vote against this bill.  Contact Governor Dayton and urge him to veto the bill.

HF0390/HF1066/SF0676
This group of bills increases the crime of obstructing the highway from a misdemeanor to a gross misdemeanor and adds airports and transit to these increased penalties.  Blocking highways is a time-honored form of protest that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This group of bills is clearly directed at the police accountability movement.

These bills are headed to the floor of the House (HF0390/HF1066) and Senate (SF0676) very soon.

ACTION NEEDED:  Contact your Representative and Senator and urge them to vote against the bills.  Contact Governor Dayton and urge him to veto the bills.  Dayton has said previously that he was inclined to sign them but has been backing away from this position recently because of voiced opposition. Let’s be sure he does not sign.

HF0923/SF1210
Attorney fees to whatever they were at the time of an offer of judgment if the verdict is not in excess of the offer.  This is a dangerous bill because it discourages lawsuits meant to assert people’s civil rights that typically don’t result in large judgments.

This bill is due for a floor vote soon in the House and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy committee.

ACTION NEEDED:  Contact your Representative and urge him or her to vote against this bill.  Contact members of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy committee and urge them to vote down SF1210 when it comes before their committee.  It’s also not too soon to communicate your concern about this bill to Governor Dayton.

Link to handout describing full slate of antiprotest/antidissent bills in the Minnesota State Legislature.   Some of the bill numbers have changed.

For more information: NLGMN.ORG


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