Sen. Lindsey Port Ushers Consumer Protection ‘Junk Fees’ Legislation to Senate Passage with Strong Bipartisan Support

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Senator Lindsey Port (DFL-Burnsville) brought Minnesota consumers one step closer to a fair, competitive economy for all as she ushered her anti-junk fee legislation to passage in the Minnesota Senate with strong bipartisan support.

HF 3438 will require that businesses disclose the full price of a product or service, including all mandatory fees, at the beginning of the transaction; and will prevent misleading “convenience” or “service” fees that do not align with an additional product or service. The bill passed the Senate on a 41-24 vote.

“By passing this anti-junk fee legislation, we are standing up for Minnesotans who expect honesty and transparency in their economy,” said Senator Port. “Junk fees that inflate costs for consumers without providing real benefits are deceptive and anti-competitive — and they won’t be allowed in Minnesota for much longer. This bill ensures that consumers will be able to trust that the price they see at the start of a transaction will be close to what they end up paying; tipped workers will benefit from less confusion about ‘service charges’ in restaurants; and honest business owners will regain their competitive edge against large corporations. This legislation was shaped by many conversations with industry stakeholders, business owners, state and national leaders, and most importantly, Minnesota consumers. It is a consumer-friendly, market-based policy that is good for Minnesotans and our economy.”

The House passed HF 3438 on April 11, 70-61. The bill will now move to a conference committee.

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Lindsey Port represents Senate District 55, which covers the communities of Burnsville, Savage, and the northwest part of Lakeville.

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