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Government Relations

We advance civil rights of Minnesotans.

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights Government Relations team works with communities, governments, and elected officials to create and implement laws and policies that prevent discrimination, end disparities, and build a more inclusive and equitable Minnesota.

To follow our activities, action at the Minnesota Legislature, or any other legislative matters, please visit the Minnesota State Legislature's website or follow us on Twitter

Contact Eric Armacanqui, Government Relations Director by email at or at 651.335.8352 for additional questions.

2020 Legislative Session Priorities

 As the state's civil rights enforcement agency, we're focused on policy proposals that prevent discrimination and end disparities. Below are some of what we're working on this session.

Pay History

Minnesotans should be paid based on their qualifications not their salary history. That’s why we’re working on a bill that that would end the pay history question in Minnesota. It prohibits employers from inquiring into, considering, or requiring the disclosure of one’s salary history through the hiring and promotion process. Pay discrimination has no business in Minnesota.

Equity in Bonding

Minnesota thrives when state investments are used to intentionally undo disparities and inequities. Equity in Bonding responds to urgent requests from communities of color and women throughout Minnesota. It extends Workforce Participation Goals and Equal Pay protections to local governments receiving funding for general obligation bonding.


Discrimination against natural Black hair violates an individual’s dignity and humanity. The Department is supporting the Crown (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) Act. While race discrimination is already prohibited under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, this bill provides plain language clarity to ensure the definition of race includes hairstyles inherent to racial identity. Read more here.

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