2023 End of Session Review

After years of gridlock, Minnesotans wanted a Senate that would deliver action, not obstruction. They wanted a legislature that would do the work that needed to be done, that would deliver bold solutions to the big challenges facing our state.

That’s why in November Minnesotans re-elected a DFL House, a DFL Governor, and for the first time in six years a DFL Senate Majority.

Our new Senate DFL Majority made a promise to Minnesota – that we would build an economy that works for all Minnesotans; protect rights, expand freedoms, and defend democracy; lower costs and bring stability; and ensure safe communities, strong schools, and a healthy climate for all. This is the agenda we proposed because that’s the agenda Minnesotans wanted.

We delivered historic investments in the needs of our communities in areas like education, health care, housing, childcare, and public safety, and passed a balanced budget without a special session.

We delivered for younger Minnesotans, from taking bold action against climate change to ensuring that no child goes hungry in our schools to banning the barbaric practice of conversion therapy.

We delivered $3 billion in tax relief, the largest package of tax relief in state history that will help seniors, renters, homeowners, working families, and provides direct rebate checks to Minnesotans.

We delivered $2.6 billion in funding for public works projects across the state that will revitalize our communities, strengthen our infrastructure, and create jobs across Minnesota.

And we protected and expanded the fundamental rights of Minnesotans, to receive the care they need to live full lives, including guaranteeing the right to reproductive health care.

The 2023 Legislative Session was a transformational session for Minnesota but there is more work to do to move our state forward. The 34 members of the Senate DFL majority are ready to get it done.

2023 Regular Session Overview

After years of gridlock, Minnesotans wanted a Senate that would deliver action, not obstruction. They wanted a legislature that would do the work that needed to be done…

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E-12 Student Success

The DFL-controlled legislature fulfilled its promise and provided unprecedented support for our schools and students after a decade of under-investment…

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A Clean & Healthy Minnesota

The Environment and Climate bills passed by the Senate DFL this year reflect our commitment to being responsible stewards of our state’s natural resources…

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Affordable, Clean and Reliable Energy

Early in the 2023 session, Senate DFLers passed an historic piece of legislation to establish a carbon-free energy standard for the state’s electric utilities. After its passage…

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Housing & Homelessness Prevention

Housing is the foundation of safety, wellbeing, and growth in our communities. This historic $1b investment in stable and affordable housing will lead to better educational outcomes…

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Supporting Our Hard-Working Minnesotans

The Labor Committee advanced a transformative bill focused on worker protection, expanding access to apprenticeships, and access to earned sick and safe time…

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Bolstering Minnesota’s Farmers & Agriculture

Minnesota’s farmers get up earlier and stay up later than most of us. They face challenges out of their control, from extreme weather events to elevator closures, to animal and plant diseases…

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Economic Development & Job Creation

The Jobs budget bill delivered historic funding for equity in workforce and economic development, as well as a significant investment in state matching dollars to capitalize on federal economic…

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Empowering Caregivers & the Minnesotans They Serve

DFLers built a Human Services budget that is the largest investment in the state’s history aimed at supporting…

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Investing in the Health and Wellbeing of Minnesotans

The Health & Human Services budget addresses the child care crisis in Minnesota and makes historic policy decisions to ensure…

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Protecting & Expanding Democracy

Minnesotans elected us this year to ensure that our state remains a national leader in elections, and the Senate DFL accomplished that goal by establishing new protections…

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A State Government That Works for All

Legislative gridlock over recent years has prevented agencies from working in partnership with one another and with the legislature to make the improvement…

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Securing Public Safety

Senate DFLers approached crime from all sides this session – supporting law enforcement, first responders, and crime victims, increasing funding for our courts system…

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Strengthening Consumer Protections & Lowering Costs

Consumer protection prevents fraud and abuse and keeps money in Minnesotans’ pockets. This session, Senate DFLers passed several measures…

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Making College More Accessible & Affordable

The Senate DFL voted for an unprecedented investment in higher education in Minnesota, making higher education more attainable to students throughout the state…

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Improving Infrastructure

The Legislature passed a $2.592 billion infrastructure investment package with bipartisan support, the largest in state history, to address the severe backlog…

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Safe & Sustainable Transportation

The Legislature addressed the massive financial need across Minnesota’s transportation system, exemplified by our poor road conditions and a transit system…

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Protecting Reproductive Healthcare & Supporting Pregnant People

For the first time in the state’s history, the majority of the lawmakers in office trusted Minnesotans to make their own decisions…

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Protecting the Rights of Minnesotans and Our Neighbors

Senate DFLers fought hard to pass the Trans Refuge bill, which makes Minnesota a safe harbor for…

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Adult-Use Cannabis: Legalizing, Regulating and Expunging

Minnesota’s system of cannabis prohibition has not worked.  It has failed to keep our communities safe, and enforcement has caused harm…

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This year, Senate DFLers sought to make the Legacy bill more reflective of the diversity within our own communities. We passed a bill that upheld historical funding practices…

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Honoring and Supporting Veterans

Taking care of our veterans remains a priority of the DFL. This year, the Senate passed a bipartisan Military and Veterans Affairs budget that contains $128 million in new funding…

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Tax Savings

A $100 million tax-relief federal conformity bill was the first legislation passed in the 2023 session, and a $4 billion tax-reduction package was the last to pass…

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The Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement secured a $600 million investment target to shore up our public pension systems, provide one-time cost-of-living increases…

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Community Engagement

Inclusivity at the Capitol…

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