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Legislative week in evaluation: Paid sick leave, nursing staffing levels and sports betting


Mar 17, 2023

Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill into law on Friday that gives no cost college breakfast and lunch to all students in Minnesota (at participating schools) regardless of their potential to spend. Walz signed the bill at Webster Elementary in Minneapolis.

“This bill puts us one particular step closer to generating Minnesota the very best state for youngsters to develop up, and I am grateful to all of the legislators and advocates for generating it take place,” Walz stated.

Right here are other critical moves at the Capitol:

  • Walz signed into law a bill (HF30) aimed at curbing catalytic converter thefts by generating it tougher for scrap yards to invest in stolen ones.
  • The Senate did not pass $1.five billion in public performs and infrastructure spending for the reason that there weren’t adequate Republican votes. Issuing common obligation bonds demands a legislative supermajority, and Republicans stated the bonds required to be paired with tax cuts.
  • Republicans attempted once again to bring the tax reduce on Social Safety positive aspects bill (HF300/SF15) out of committee for a floor vote but have been unsuccessful. Notably, Rep. Dan Wolgamott, DFL-St. Cloud, voted yay. The bill has been heard in the taxes committee, which desires to also look at other selections for probable inclusion in a bigger tax bill. The Senate voted to pull the bill from committee for a prospective vote on the floor.
  • The Home passed $50 million in funding for emergency rental help and homelessness prevention (HF1440/SF1367). The complete Senate has not but voted on it.
  • The Study Act (HF629/SF1273), which would need schools to use proof-primarily based literacy curriculum authorized by the Division of Education, passed the Senate Education Policy committee and was laid more than in the Home Education Finance committee.
  • A bill (HF19) requiring employers to give paid sick leave passed the Senate Human Solutions Committee (just realizing the Senate has a “Health and Human Solutions Committee” and a “Human Solutions Committee.”) It has currently passed the Home.
  • A bill (HF2290) banning no-knock warrants passed the Home public security committee. The bill is authored by Rep. Brion Curran, DFL-Vadnais Heights, who is a former police officer and Chisago County sheriff.
  • The Maintaining Nurses At The Bedside Act (HF1700/SF1561), which would give hospital nurses higher say more than staffing levels, passed the Home wellness committee and the Senate Labor Committee.
  • Legalizing sports betting (HF2000/SF1949) passed the Senate Overall health and Human Solutions Committee.
  • Cannabis legalization (HF100/SF73) sophisticated by way of its 13th committee — Transportation — on Wednesday. The bill goes back to the Home commerce committee subsequent. The bill also passed the Senate regional government committee.
  • A suite of adjustments to renter-landlord law cleared the Home housing committee. The bill (HF917) incorporates a ban on rental help discrimination and a requirement that landlords give tenants 14 days notice ahead of filing an eviction action.
  • A bill (HF23/SF207) with a lot more workplace protections for meat processing workers passed the Senate Labor Committee and the Home judiciary committee.
  • A bill (HF36/SF58) with a lot more workplace protections for warehouse workers passed the Senate Labor Committee.
  • New regulations on building contractors aimed at curbing wage theft (HF1859/SF1988) passed the Home and Senate judiciary committees.

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