Sen. Simonson takes stand against preemption bill

ST. PAUL, Minn – Following a heated Senate committee policy debate on preemption Monday afternoon, Sen. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) released the following statement about his vote against the bill which he says would restrict local control across the state – something that could negatively impact Duluth following the city council’s study of a paid sick and safe time policy last year.

“I am dismayed that my GOP colleagues in the MN Senate chose to not only entertain, but pass a bill out of committee today that would restrict the ability of city councils and county boards all across Minnesota to represent their constituents. We in state government should not restrict local control – rather we should work to enhance local control and government interactions,” said Sen. Simonson.


The bill would prohibit the enactment of labor compensation/benefits at the local level. As written, the bill has three core components that prohibit local governments from:

  • Establishing a minimum wage
  • Requiring businesses to provide sick and safe time
  • Establishing rules relative to benefits, terms of employment, or working conditions
  • The effective date would make the bill retroactive for ordinances that were enacted on or after January 1, 2016.
Erik Simonson represents District 7 in northeastern Minnesota.

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