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To: Governor Mark Dayton

Gov. Dayton: Protect Local Control, Veto Preemption!

Gov. Dayton: Protect Local Control, Veto Preemption!

We call on Governor Dayton to VETO the “local preemption” bill. This bill would take away sick time from over 150,000 Minnesota families, and prevent local governments from addressing the problems facing their communities. We need Governor Dayton to make blocking this bill a top priority.

Why is this important?

HF 600 / SF 580, taken directly from the playbook of corporate lobbyists, would greatly harm our democracy by preventing local governments from addressing the issues facing their communities. Cities need to be able to pass laws that meet their communities' diverse needs -- and only local government can address many of these needs.

This bill is a blatant attempt to limit the power of workers of color, who have been organizing for and winning real gains in our cities to close our worst-in-the-nation racial disparities. And it has real consequences. It 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.

Communities have diverse needs that only local government can respond to. It's wrong for corporate interests to have final say when it's local families and communities that will suffer the consequences. Local governments know their communities best and must be able to make decisions for their communities.

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


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Reasons for signing

  • Because if we strip away local government rights, how long before it becomes possible for us to lose states' rights or all rights?
  • Unprecedented legislative over-reach.
  • I'm a small business owner in St. Paul and I support the earned sick and safe time ordinance created by health care professionals, faith leaders, business owners, low wage workers, and my city council. Please Veto legislation that will preempt this grass roots effort that will improve working conditions and quality of life for my neighbors in St. Paul.


2017-03-21 16:07:55 -0700

500 signatures reached

2017-03-07 18:04:26 -0800

100 signatures reached

2017-03-07 16:44:58 -0800

50 signatures reached

2017-03-07 16:17:16 -0800

25 signatures reached

2017-03-07 16:06:24 -0800

10 signatures reached