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Five States Pass MS Priority Ballot Initiatives in 2020

November 19, 2020

In the November 2020 general election, voters in five states approved ballot initiatives that align with National Multiple Sclerosis Society priorities.
  • California voters approved Proposition 14 to issue $5.5 billion for stem cell research funding for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The National MS Society supported Proposition 14 because stem cell research has the potential to drive innovative pathways to treat and find a cure for MS.
  • Colorado voters passed Proposition 118 which establishes 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave, paid in half by employers and half by employees, with benefits available in 2024. This ballot initiative was championed by 2019 National MS Society State Representative of the Year Rep. Matt Gray and State Senator of the Year Sen. Faith Winter. The National MS Society supports paid family and medical leave legislation that would allow workers to continue earning a portion of their pay while they take time away from work to address a serious health condition, care for a family member with a serious health condition, or care for a new child.
  • Florida voters approved Amendment 2 to increase the state minimum wage to $15 by 2026. To support people with MS in all aspects of their lives, the Society’s policy work includes addressing economic security issues and addressing health disparities that impact diagnosis, care and treatment.
  • Mississippi and South Dakota established medical cannabis programs to treat patients with serious health conditions. The National MS Society supports the ability of a person living with MS to make an informed choice about their treatment with their health care provider, including the use of medical cannabis products when in accordance with state laws. 
To learn more about the National MS Society’s current advocacy issues, visit the advocacy issues page of our website. Anyone interested in becoming an MS Activist can join the MS Activist Network.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, and there is currently no cure for MS. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and it affects women three times more than men.

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