RISE 2018 Legislative Agenda

ELIMINATING THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR REPORTS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

The current statute of limitations in Minnesota for survivors of sexual abuse is between 3 to 9 years from the time the plaintiff knew that injury had been caused by the abuse. Otherwise, the survivor must offer collected and preserved DNA evidence AND proof that the crime was 1st, 2nd or 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct. In many cases, rape kits for survivors have been destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of these kits are still untested. Sexual assault is already under-reported--we know that by eliminating the statute of limitations, we can give survivors more agency and power to reclaim their stories.

*RISE and Break the Silence MN are collaborating on affecting this policy change
 

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK BILL

Although federal law requires licensed firearms dealers to perform background checks on prospective purchasers in all gun sales, it does not require unlicensed private sellers to do so. Approximately 40% of guns in America are purchased from private sellers, making it easy for individuals with a history of assault, battery, domestic violence and more to buy firearms. With the rise of mass shootings in our country, our community is committed to preventing senseless killings by people who should not have access to firearms. We will fight to re-introduce the Latz/Pinto Criminal Background Check bill to make Minnesota a safer state for all.

*RISE, Protect MN, Everytown for Gun Safety, and NCJW are collaborating on affecting this policy change

INCREASED PENALTIES FOR PROPERTY HATE CRIMES

Over the past year, mosques, synagogues, and religious burial grounds or cemeteries have been the targets of bias-motivated crimes. However, Minnesota does not have a "hate crime law” that is specific to property crimes. Instead, the Legislature has identified particular crimes which, if perpetrated against someone because of a specific characteristic of the victim, trigger heightened penalties. With property crimes, the penalty depends on the value of the property before and after the property was violated. We recognize bias-motivated property crimes as a danger to our communities, and hope to see the Legislature take a stand against perpetrators of hate crimes.

*RISE, JRLC, MAS-MN and others are collaborating on affecting this policy change