Please contact Senator Mary Kiffmeyer and ask her to hear SF1570, the bill to update and clarify Minnesota statutes on hiring and keeping employees with disabilities, in the Senate State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee. SF1570 will help to make sure hiring agencies are aware of the accommodation fund, increase the number of ADA coordinators, and to shorten the average time for employees hired through Connect 700 (a trial work program) to begin receiving the same benefits as other employees.
You may either call or email Senator Kiffmeyer at 651-296-5655 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Minnesota Council on Disability has provided a sample message.
Dear Chair Kiffmeyer,
My name is [Insert Name] and I live in [City, State].
I am contacting you to urge you to give Senate File 1570 a hearing in the Senate State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee.
The state of Minnesota should be a model employer. We must do more to hire and retain people with disabilities. Senate File 1570 improves the hiring and retention of Minnesotans with disabilities among our state government.
This bill ensures that Minnesotans with disabilities are better represented in our government. It creates a pipeline to advance state leaders. These leaders will use their professional and lived experiences to craft better disability-related policies.
[Your name here]