Inside the Capitol

  • The Three C’s Behind How Legislators Vote

    Posted by · July 18, 2024 12:01 PM

    In a representative democracy, citizens vote to determine who will represent them, their families, and their neighbors at all levels of government. When voting for a candidate, citizens trust that the elected official will consider his or her conscience and do what is in the best interest of the constituents. 

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  • Lack of transparency calls for Catholic engagement

    Posted by · June 19, 2024 12:51 PM

    During the final day of the 2024 legislative session, as lawmakers were meeting late into the night and on weekends, the doors to the Minnesota State Capitol were locked. That is a fitting anecdote to a biennium that lacked both transparency and adequate citizen participation in the lawmaking process.

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  • Defending Religious Liberty

    Posted by · May 21, 2024 10:05 AM

    The Minnesota Legislature adjourned its 2024 regular session on Monday, May 20, at midnight. This session, shorter and with fewer bills passed than in 2023, posed significant challenges to religious freedom, affecting Catholics and all people of faith. In response, Catholics actively defended their faith and promoted the common good by engaging with legislators through the Catholic Advocacy Network, making thousands of communications to legislators via calls, letters, and emails.  

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  • Not for Rent. Not for Sale.

    Posted by · May 06, 2024 1:22 PM

    On April 29, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted to advance H.F. 3567, a bill that would establish a legal framework for commercial surrogacy agreements in our state. This legislation should stir grave concerns among Catholics and our belief in the protection and promotion human dignity and of human life from conception to natural death. 


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  • Legislators Roll Dice on Sports Gambling

    Posted by · April 22, 2024 10:03 AM

    The debate over the legalization of sports gambling has intensified at the Legislature, raising concerns about the potential negative impacts on individuals and communities. The Minnesota Catholic Conference stands firm in our opposition to the expansion of gambling, advocating instead for strict limitations and expansive safeguards against addiction.  

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  • Halfway Point: Key Issues Come into Focus

    Posted by · April 12, 2024 3:12 PM

    During the House floor proceedings on Monday, March 25, Republican legislators tried to prioritize the restoration of religious freedom protections in the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) by moving to declare an urgency on the matter, which allows a bill to bypass the committee process and move right to a floor vote.  

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  • Minnesota Bishops Meet with Lawmakers to Advocate for Common Good

    Posted by · March 19, 2024 3:07 PM

    As the Minnesota Legislature is mid-way through the 2024 legislative session and deciding what bills to advance forward and pass into law, Minnesota’s bishops are urging our lawmakers to support legislation that serves the common good, protects religious liberty, and strengthens families.

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  • Faith Under Fire: The Battle for Religious Freedom in Minnesota

    Posted by · March 04, 2024 12:47 PM

    At a House Committee meeting on Thursday, February 29, it became clear that some Minnesota legislators not only do not respect religious beliefs, they will no longer tolerate them.

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  • Civic Engagement 101: Understanding Minnesota's Legislative Session and Precinct Caucuses

    Posted by · February 19, 2024 9:23 AM

    With the legislative session underway as of February 12, your state Senator and Representative are back at the Capitol crafting bills and deliberating on legislation that impacts our lives. To be effective at the Capitol as advocates, it is imperative that we not only know who represents us (the “people”), but also the policies being proposed, and the legislative processWe call those the three “p’s” of advocacy.

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