Sen. Chris Eaton speaks out against preemption measure

“I strongly oppose the preemption legislation moving through the Senate that takes away local control from our communities. The measure would ban local employment regulations on minimum wage, unpaid leave and scheduling requirements. Minneapolis and St. Paul worked very hard with small businesses, local governments, and citizens to enact these important benefits.

The bill is part of a national sequence of events put forth by the Chamber of Commerce and ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) to attack workers and the independence of our locally elected officials. I am a strong advocate of local control. The preemption bill moving through the legislature is a significant overreach and would have stripped local governments of their ability to serve those who elected them.

I am upset the majority party wants to use its power in St. Paul to tell urban, suburban, and rural cities how to manage their communities. If this last election taught us anything, it taught us that people are tired of St. Paul telling them how to behave.”


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.



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Chris Eaton represents District 40, which includes the cities of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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