The Potluck

DFL Legislature moving quickly on a range of issues three weeks into session

By: - January 20, 2023 2:42 pm

The Minnesota Capitol. Photo by Max Nesterak/Minnesota Reformer.

The DFL-controlled House passed a bill Thursday codifying the right to an abortion into law. It now moves to the Senate. That’s just one policy area where the DFL is moving fast. Some other big bills that moved forward this week:

  • Bill requiring the state’s utilities to generate 100% of electricity from carbon-free sources by 2040 (HF 7) — 10 years earlier than currently mandated — passed out of the House climate committee and heads to the House floor.
  • Recreational cannabis legalization (HF 100) passed out of the House commerce and judiciary committees.
  • Employer mandate to provide paid sick days passed out of the House labor committee (HF 19) and the Senate Labor Committee (SF 34).
  • Bill to provide up to 12 weeks of partially paid family and medical leave (SF 2) passed out of the Senate jobs committee. It also passed out of the Senate Labor Committee late Thursday.
  • A bill allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses (SF 27) passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee and continues progressing through House committees.
  • $280 million in funding for criminal investigation teams and violence prevention programs (HF 25) passed out of the House public safety committee.
  • Conversion therapy ban (HF 16) passed out of the House human services committee
  • Warehouse worker safety bill (SF 58) aimed at improving conditions for Amazon employees passed out of the Senate Labor Committee.
  • Bill to provide free menstrual products to public and charter school students (HF 44) was heard in the House Education Finance Committee, where it was laid over for consideration, waiting for a fiscal note.

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Max Nesterak
Max Nesterak

Max Nesterak is the deputy editor of the Reformer and reports on labor and housing. Most recently he was an associate producer for Minnesota Public Radio after a stint at NPR. He also co-founded the Behavioral Scientist and was a Fulbright Scholar to Berlin, Germany.