PROTECT LOCAL DEMOCRACY

As small business owners, we are engaged with our local elected officials on policies that impact our businesses, our customers and our employees. This legislative session, corporate interests and lobbyists who claim to represent small businesses are pushing bills aimed to take away the power of our local governments, community groups and citizens  We call on Governor Dayton to VETO any bill that includes preemption, and takes away control from our local communities to govern.  

Plastic Bag Ban: HF1504 and SF1195 (Currently in the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Omnibus Bill SF 723 and Taxes Omnibus Bill HF 4 and Jobs and Energy Omnibus Bill SF 1937) would roll back rights of cities to place a ban or fee on disposable bags, including the Minneapolis ordinance set to go into effect June 1, 2017.  These fees and bans are powerful tools for communities to protect the health of their residents from the problems created by the production, use and disposal of plastic bags, which disproportionally impact communities of color and low income communities. 

Sick & Safe Time:  HF 600 / SF 580 would roll back sick time protections for over 150,000 workers, making those workers once again have to choose between a paycheck and caring for their health and family.  

We call on Governor Dayton to veto these "local preemption" bills to protect our democracy and our families.

 

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