5/16/2019 2:09:00 PM ERA measure finds no local support
Minnesota House members representing Chisago County either failed to vote or voted in opposition to two recent actions related to the Equal Rights Amendment. In St Paul; the House voted overwhelmingly in favor of sending direction to Congress to lift an expiration date and extend ratifying the ERA. The measure HF 71 passed 81-0.
In Minnesota the Equal Rights Amendment was ratified in 1973 after Congress had acted on it in 1972. But 38 states were required to take seperate action to amend the Constitution. The early 1980s deadline created by Congress passed before the states acted.
Minnesota now joins other states adopting resolutions calling on Congress to remove the imposed deadline and retroactively extend it.
Rep. Anne Neu and Brian Johnson did not vote, going along with most of the Minnesota House GOP members; who one news account described as sitting on their hands.
According to the journal of the day-- Republican Rep. Bob Dettmer was not present, when the vote on HF 71 took place May 10.
Another Equal Rights Amendment action still pending full floor aproval in St Paul would give state voters the right to cast a ballot on the ERA as part of the state Constitution. The question would be on the general election in 2020. The MN House vote on HF 13 was 72 yes to 55 no. Local House members Neu, Johnson and Dettmer voted no. Various amendments have been debated regarding complicating this ballot question. Draft ballot wording to specifically disavow any guaranty of abortion rights have failed.
The MN Senate still needs to schedule time for taking up the 2020 ballot issue and as of press deadline the legislature was to adjourn May 20.
The actual language of the Equal Rights Amendment, has no relevance to abortion. It embellishes the 19th amendment which is the only equal rights guaranty women have in the U.S. and that is to vote. The ERA declares: ~ Equality of rights under law shall not be denied or abridged by the U.S. or any state on account of sex. ~ Congress shall have the power to enforce provisions of the Article. ~ Amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.