Commerce

MNsure

It’s likely that most MNsure-related legislation will originate in the Commerce Committee. However, please see the Health and Human Services section for more information.

Sunday Sales

Sunday Sales does not fall on partisan lines. Every year Sunday Sales is an issue that receives a lot of attention and this session will not be any different. Significant opposition remains from municipal liquor stores, Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, and the Teamsters. The business organizations opposing Sunday sales argue that small, family-owned, and municipal liquor stores would not generate more profits, but would still incur the costs of being open an extra day.

Minnesota is one of only 12 states that still do not allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays. Supporters argue we are leaving money on the table. Consumer choice and granting businesses more autonomy are the biggest themes for promoting repeal of the law.

  • Pro: Many Minnesotans want the option of shopping on Sundays when they are off work, and while they are shopping for other items for the week.
  • Pro: Minnesota is losing revenue from customers who want to buy liquor on Sundays, but have to travel to liquor stores in neighboring states due to current sales laws. Minnesota liquor stores are unable to compete with stores across the border due to the prohibition of Sunday Sales.
  • Anti: Allowing Sunday Sales essentially forces liquor stores to be open seven days a week because if they are not open, they could lose customers to competing businesses.
  • Anti: The small, family-run liquor stores would not be able to compete with the larger commercial liquor stores.

No-fault auto insurance

Minnesota is one of 12 states that currently has some form of no-fault insurance. No-fault auto insurance is intended to be quick, fair, and an inexpensive approach to compensating auto accident victims. However, questions have come to the forefront regarding its effectiveness and the cost of premiums.

A task force was formed to review and make improvements to the laws governing no-fault insurance. A challenge the taskforce faced was much of the data members needed in order to form an opinion was unavailable. Additionally, they wanted to extend the time period that the task force was able to meet to continue to address no-fault issues. The bill carrying these recommendations failed in the Judiciary Committee during the 2016 Legislative Session.

With a new legislative body, it is unclear how Senate Republicans will move forward, however, they may will re-examine this issue by extending the sunset of the task force or passing the recommended changes that were included in the task force’s report to the legislature in February 2016.

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