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


Mar 18, 2023

Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill into law on Friday that delivers price-totally free college breakfast and lunch to all students in Minnesota (at schools in the National College Lunch Technique). Walz signed the bill at Webster Elementary in Minneapolis.

“This bill puts us 1 step closer to creating Minnesota the greatest state for youngsters to create up, and I am grateful to all of the legislators and advocates for creating it take spot,” Walz described.

Suitable right here are other substantial moves at the Capitol:

  • Walz signed into law a bill (HF30) aimed at curbing catalytic converter thefts by creating it tougher for scrap yards to invest in stolen ones.
  • The Senate did not pass $1.5 billion in public functions and infrastructure spending given that there weren’t enough Republican votes. Issuing fundamental obligation bonds demands a legislative supermajority, and Republicans described the bonds essential to be paired with tax cuts.
  • Republicans attempted when extra to bring the tax decrease on Social Security added rewards 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 take into consideration other selections for attainable inclusion in a larger tax bill. The Senate voted to pull the bill from committee for a potential vote on the floor.
  • The Dwelling passed $50 million in funding for emergency rental assistance and homelessness prevention (HF1440/SF1367). The comprehensive Senate has not having said that voted on it.
  • The Study Act (HF629/SF1273), which would contact for schools to use proof-mainly primarily based literacy curriculum authorized by the Division of Education, passed the Senate Education Policy committee and was laid extra than in the Dwelling Education Finance committee.
  • A bill (HF19) requiring employers to provide paid sick leave passed the Senate Human Options Committee (just realizing the Senate has a “Health and Human Options Committee” and a “Human Options Committee.”) It has presently passed the Dwelling.
  • A bill (HF2290) banning no-knock warrants passed the Dwelling public safety committee. The bill is authored by Rep. Brion Curran, DFL-Vadnais Heights, who is a former police officer and Chisago County sheriff.
  • The Preserving Nurses At The Bedside Act (HF1700/SF1561), which would give hospital nurses larger say extra than staffing levels, passed the Dwelling all round well being committee and the Senate Labor Committee.
  • Legalizing sports betting (HF2000/SF1949) passed the Senate Wellness and Human Options Committee.
  • Cannabis legalization (HF100/SF73) sophisticated by suggests of its 13th committee — Transportation — on Wednesday. The bill goes back to the Dwelling commerce committee subsequent. The bill also passed the Senate nearby government committee.
  • A suite of modifications to renter-landlord law cleared the Dwelling housing committee. The bill (HF917) includes a ban on rental assistance discrimination and a requirement that landlords give tenants 14 days notice just prior to filing an eviction action.
  • A bill (HF23/SF207) with a lot extra workplace protections for meat processing workers passed the Senate Labor Committee and the Dwelling judiciary committee.
  • A bill (HF36/SF58) with a lot extra workplace protections for warehouse workers passed the Senate Labor Committee.
  • New regulations on creating contractors aimed at curbing wage theft (HF1859/SF1988) passed the Dwelling and Senate judiciary committees.