Protecting the Rights of Minnesotans & Our Neighbors

Trans Refuge Support (SF 3502 Maye Quade)

$1 million is appropriated to the Pfund Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides resources and support for LGBTQIA+ individuals across the Midwest. The money is directed to grants to support medical, mental health, and social services needs for individuals fleeing discriminatory and harmful laws in their home state or for Minnesotans who need affirming health care or community support.

Open Access to HIV Treatment Medications (SF 2320 Dibble)

Access to HIV medications is currently being threatened by ideological judges who have ruled that insuring against HIV transmission violates the religious freedom of companies that object to LGBTQIA+ people. In 2023, Senate DFLers passed a law that secured HIV treatment medications as preventative care. In 2024, Senate DFLers passed a new law that prohibits health plans from implementing prior authorization for HIV medications or demand that “step-therapy” protocols are initiated.

Additionally, Senate DFLers passed a law that authorizes pharmacists to prescribe, dispense, and administer drugs to prevent the acquisition of HIV. Pharmacists will also be allowed to order, conduct, and interpret laboratory tests necessary for therapies that use drugs for preventing HIV. Lastly, pharmacists will be compensated for providing PrEP/PEP counseling to patients.

Securing Access to Gender-Affirming Care (SF 2209 Dibble)

In 2023, Senate DFLers codified the right for Minnesotans to access gender-affirming care in public health programs. In 2024, Senate DFLers continued that work by ensuring people in other state-regulated health plans also have access to gender-affirming care.

Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act 2024 Changes (SF 4480 Kunesh)

In the 2023 legislative session, the legislature codified the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) into statute, added a purpose statement, and added additional definitions and clarifications. This section of law is known as the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA).

In 2024, Senate DFLers continued updating MIFPA statutes by amending definitions and making technical and conforming changes. Additionally, changes were made to notice requirements for child placement proceedings, inquiry procedures, and the appointment of counsel in child placement proceedings involving an Indian child.

Specifically, the 2024 MIFPA changes identifies that active efforts are required for all Indian child placement proceedings, including voluntary Indian child placements that involve a child-placing agency. Active efforts apply regardless of whether the Indian Child’s Tribe intervenes in the proceedings. The changes also clarify that an Indian child’s parent or custodian has the right to be represented by an attorney in any state court child placement proceeding.

The African American Family Preservation and Child Welfare Disproportionality Act (SF 716 Champion)

The Minnesota African American Family Preservation and Child Welfare Disproportionality Act establishes processes for out-of-home placement, emergency removal, transfer of permanent legal and physical custody, and the termination of parental rights specific to African American and disproportionately represented children and families.

The bill fully and permanently staffs the African American Child Well-Being Unit in DHS and establishes the African American Child Well-Being Advisory Council. It also appropriates ongoing funding for grants to provide services and support for African American children and families involved in Minnesota’s child welfare system.

The language modifies procedures for the petition and hearings for the reestablishment of the legal parent and child relationship, ensures frequent family visitation for African American and disproportionately represented children in out-of-home placement, and requires cultural competency training for people working in the child welfare system.

The Act is structured in two phases. Hennepin County and Ramsey County will participate in the first phase beginning January 1, 2025. The second phase is effective January 1, 2027, when the Act is automatically established statewide. Alongside phase one, a working group is established that will provide oversight and evaluations of the costs of the Act to prepare for statewide implementation.

*clarifying language was added in the purpose statement to affirm ICWA/MIFPA applies in any child placement proceeding involving an Indian child, as defined in 260.755, subd. 8.*

Logan’s Law

Senate DFLers passed marriage equality in 2013, with an understanding that same-sex couples would have the same rights as any other married couples in Minnesota. This unfortunately was not the case when it came to recognizing parents until this session when Senate DFLers passed Logan’s Law. Until the passage of Logan’s Law this session half of the married gay women in Minnesota were forced to adopt their own children, due to gendered language in the state’s parenting statutes. Logan’s Law replaced this gendered language and also established how the

state’s legal system would recognize parentage when assisted reproductive technology was used, when a parent died before the birth of a child conceived through assisted reproductive technology was used, and other parenting questions previously left up to the courts. (HF 3204)

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Equal Rights Amendments

The Senate in 2023 passed a bill that would place a constitutional amendment on the ballot asking Minnesotans to decide whether all Minnesotans had equal rights regardless of gender. The House took up that bill this year and expanded on it, adding protections for abortion to the question.

Senate Republicans filibustered much of this session, running out the clock on a number of Senate DFL priorities, including the Equal Rights Amendment. (SF 37)

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