Parental Rights in Minnesota

Minnesota Parental Rights News

Action Alert: Call your Minnesota State Legislators to Pass the Parents’ Bill of Rights

March 11, 2022

We are excited to let you know that Minnesota State Senators Andrew Matthews, Bruce Anderson, Paul Gazelka, Michelle Benson, and Mark Koran have introduced S.F. 3064 to protect parental rights in Minnesota! A companion bill, H.F. 3444, has been introduced in the Minnesota House.  S.F. 3064 and H.F. 3444 will enshrine into Minnesota law that…

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Minnesota State Law and Parental Rights

At Risk

Minnesota does not have a state statute that explicitly defines and protects parental rights as fundamental rights.

March 2018: Some Minnesota lawmakers introduced a bill (S.F. 3779) to try to address disproportionality in CPS (see this Parental Rights Foundation report for disproporitionality information by state).

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Minnesota Courts and Parental Rights

"Strict Scrutiny" Applied to Parental Rights

Soohoo v. Johnson, 731 N.W.2d 815, 821 (Minn. 2007): The MN Supreme Court held that even though "the Supreme Court in Troxel did not articulate the standard of review to be applied when reviewing third-party visitation statutes . . .Strict scrutiny is the appropriate standard of review when fundamental rights are at issue."

However, this precedent is subject to change.