State Government and Veterans

PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW Legislative budget – HF 399 After he line-item vetoed the Legislature’s operating budget at the end of the 2017 session, Governor Dayton approved $129.1 million in funding for the current biennium. The Minnesota Supreme Court upheld the veto last fall and determined that the Legislature had sufficient revenue to operate until […] Read more

Pensions

PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW Pensions bill – SF 2620 The Legislature used a shared-sacrifice approach to ensure the long-term stability of public pensions. Active employees, employers, retirees, and the state are all part of the solution. The compromise bill reduces annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for retirees to below 2% but allows flexibility for increases to […] Read more

Judiciary and Public Safety

PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW DWIs and controlled substances – SF 2578 The Legislature added several new drugs to the state schedule of controlled substances and made it a crime for minors to possess or sell kratom, a controversial opioid-like substance that’s sold in health food and herbal medicine stores. In response to an impaired driver […] Read more

Jobs and Economic Development

PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW PTSD workers’ compensation condition for first responders – HF 3873 The Legislature added Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for first responder workers’ compensation claims. As a result, firefighters, police officers, and EMTS impacted by traumatic experiences can receive benefits when a claim related to PTSD is approved. […] Read more

Higher Education

PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW  None.   DID NOT PASS U of M Regent selection process – SF 2611, SF 1347, SF 2142 Members of the Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee discussed changing the University Board of Regents selection process. Critics of the current process say it is too political and candidates who have not been properly […] Read more

Health and Human Services

PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW Child care background studies – SF 2683 The Legislature amended background study fingerprinting and photograph requirements for children ages 13-17 living in the homes of child care providers. The human services commissioner must now have reasonable cause to collect fingerprints and photographs going forward. Child care oversight – SF 3310 The Legislature made it […] Read more