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Government Relations

The Government Relations team advances civil rights through public policy by working with communities, public agencies, and elected officials. 

Questions? Contact our Government Relations team at Government.Relations.Mdhr@state.mn.us.

2024 Legislative Priorities 

As the state's civil rights enforcement agency, we're focused on proposals that advance civil rights and prevent discrimination. 

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Housing Stability Act

The Housing Stability Act clarifies that property owners and management companies cannot refuse to rent to or otherwise discriminate against someone because they receive and use public assistance to pay their rent.



Signature Accomplishments

  • Addressing Racial Discrimination: The CROWN Act clarified that discrimination based on raced-based natural hair texture and styles such as braids, locs, and twists is prohibited under the Minnesota Human Rights Act. (2023) 
  • Closing the Pay Gap: The Preventing Pay Discrimination Act will help close Minnesota’s gender and racial pay gap by prohibiting employers from asking about or considering an applicant’s past or current pay during the hiring process. (2023)
  • LGBTQIA+ Rights: The Take Pride Act helped clarify critical protections for LGBTQIA+ Minnesotans, while also removing outdated and prejudicial language from the Minnesota Human Rights Act. (2023) 
  • Investments in Civil Rights: The Minnesota legislature provided a transformational investment to support the Minnesota Department of Human Rights to carry out its mission. (2023) 
  • Equity in Bonding: To help ensure state investments are used to intentionally undo disparities and inequities, contractors selected for a capital project funded entirely, or in part, by General Obligation (GO) bonds by a city, county, political subdivision, or the University of Minnesota may now be required to have a Workforce and Equal Pay Certificate. (2020) 
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