Major Victory for Hearing-Impaired Inmates in Minnesota: Settlement Ensures Equal Access to Prison Announcements

Minneapolis, MN – A legal settlement announced recently will usher in a significant change for inmates with hearing impairments at Minnesota prisons, ensuring they receive the same critical information as their hearing counterparts starting July 1. This development addresses longstanding issues of accessibility and rights within the prison system. The settlement, reached between Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid’s Minnesota Disability Law Center and the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC), aims to enhance the living conditions of deaf and hard-of-hearing inmates by ensuring they receive announcements currently broadcast over facility public address systems. These announcements, which include essential … Read more

Minnesota Implements New Law to Protect Tenants’ Rights, Lieutenant Governor Flanagan to Highlight at Event” OR “Minnesota Ensures Tenant Protection with New Legislation, Lieutenant Governor Flanagan to Showcase Reforms

Minnesota has implemented a new law aimed at safeguarding tenants’ rights. The legislation came into effect on Monday, offering greater protection to renters across the state. As part of this law, landlords will now be required to disclose any additional fees as part of the “total monthly rent” on the first page of the lease and in their advertisements. In addition, landlords will need to ensure that the minimum temperature in rental units remains at 68 degrees from October through April. The law also stipulates that landlords must provide tenants with a written notice of … Read more

Wisconsin Court Ruling Protects Absentee Ballots with Minor Errors, Ensures Voting Rights

MADISON, Wis. – A recent court ruling in Wisconsin has resolved a legal dispute over the acceptance of absentee ballots with minor errors. The ruling allows election clerks in the state to accept such ballots, even if they contain incomplete witness addresses. This decision comes after a contentious battle between conservatives and liberals in the battleground state. The lawsuit, brought by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, sought to clarify the voting rights protections for absentee voters whose ballots have minor errors in listing their witnesses’ addresses. The Dane County Circuit Court ultimately ruled … Read more