Environment and Natural Resources

PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW Sophia’s law – HF 3755 In 2016, the Legislature passed the first comprehensive carbon monoxide law for boaters in the United States in response to the tragic death of seven-year-old Sophia Baechler, who passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning while boating with her parents in 2015. “Sophia’s Law” requires certain boats that […] Read more

Energy and Telecommunications

PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program – SF 3245 The Legislature lifted a moratorium on the residential property-assessed clean energy (PACE) program and addressed concerns about consumer protections. The moratorium was enacted in 2017 until a task force could assess and recommend changes to the statutory language. This legislation evolved […] Read more

Elections

PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW None.   DID NOT PASS Cybersecurity – SF 3839 As part of the $1.3 trillion federal spending bill approved in March 2018, Congress appropriated $380 million in grants to help state administer federal elections and make cybersecurity and technology improvements. Minnesota received $6.6 million in federal funds to be used over […] Read more

E-12 Education

PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW School safety grants – HF 4425 The bonding bill appropriates a modest $25 million in school safety grants for facility upgrades. Grant recipients are prohibited from using the money to hire personnel like school counselors or resource officers. The grants are to be distributed between the metro area and rural Minnesota […] Read more

Commerce

PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW  Omnibus liquor bill – HF 3972 The annual omnibus liquor bill approves liquor licenses for some Minnesota businesses and allows for wine and beer tasting at wineries and breweries if the product isn’t sold on the premises. Good faith cost estimate requirement for health care services – SF 3480 Health care providers […] Read more

Capital Investment

PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW Bonding bill – HF 4425 Lawmakers negotiated a deal to spend $825 million in general obligation (GO) bonds, $41 million from the general fund, and an additional $98 million in appropriation bonds financed via the environmental and natural resources trust fund (ENRTF). Appropriation bonds are more expensive than GO bonds. The […] Read more