Article: Federal & State Legislative Priorities

Federal & State Legislative Priorities

Reaching out to policymakers both locally in Minnesota, and nationwide is a key component of making lasting change for individuals with an FASD and those who love them.

Proof's Legislative Priorities

Every year Proof Alliance advocates at Minnesota State Legislature for laws that will improve the lives of people with an FASD and also support alcohol-free pregnancies. With the feedback of people with FASD, family members and professionals who work in this area, Proof identifies 2-3 priorities every year that could make a specific difference for the FASD community.

We provide leadership with those priorities including working to get legislation written, secure legislative sponsors, testify at hearings and organize grassroots support. Additionally Proof Alliance works with many policy coalitions who share overall goals in the areas of early childhood, disability issues, and maternal/child health concerns. Legislative priorities for 2022 will be posted in November 2021.

Federal Legislation

Proof Alliance is an affiliate of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS). NOFAS has been organizing advocates across the country and in 2020 established The NOFAS Policy and Training Center. The goal of this Center is to achieve public policy outcomes on behalf of individuals living with FASD and to train stakeholders to participate effectively in the pursuit of policy objectives.

The current priority is to pass the FASD Respect Act. For more information on this federal legislation visit the NOFAS Policy and Training Center.