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Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill into law on Friday that gives absolutely free college breakfast and lunch to all students in Minnesota (at schools in the National College Lunch Plan). Walz signed the bill at Webster Elementary in Minneapolis.

“This bill puts us a single step closer to generating Minnesota the very best state for children to develop up, and I am grateful to all of the legislators and advocates for generating it come about,” Walz mentioned.

Right here are other significant moves at the Capitol:

  • Walz signed into law a bill (HF30) aimed at curbing catalytic converter thefts by generating it tougher for scrap yards to acquire stolen ones.
  • The Senate did not pass $1.five billion in public operates and infrastructure spending mainly because there weren’t adequate Republican votes. Issuing basic obligation bonds calls for a legislative supermajority, and Republicans mentioned the bonds required to be paired with tax cuts.
  • Republicans attempted once more to bring the tax reduce on Social Safety advantages bill (HF300/SF15) out of committee for a floor vote but had been unsuccessful. Notably, Rep. Dan Wolgamott, DFL-St. Cloud, voted yay. The bill has been heard in the taxes committee, which desires to also look at other possibilities for achievable inclusion in a bigger tax bill. The Senate voted to pull the bill from committee for a prospective vote on the floor.
  • The Residence passed $50 million in funding for emergency rental help and homelessness prevention (HF1440/SF1367). The complete Senate has not but voted on it.
  • The Study Act (HF629/SF1273), which would call for schools to use proof-primarily based literacy curriculum authorized by the Division of Education, passed the Senate Education Policy committee and was laid more than in the Residence Education Finance committee.
  • A bill (HF19) requiring employers to deliver paid sick leave passed the Senate Human Solutions Committee (just realizing the Senate has a “Health and Human Solutions Committee” and a “Human Solutions Committee.”) It has currently passed the Residence.
  • A bill (HF2290) banning no-knock warrants passed the Residence public security committee. The bill is authored by Rep. Brion Curran, DFL-Vadnais Heights, who is a former police officer and Chisago County sheriff.
  • The Maintaining Nurses At The Bedside Act (HF1700/SF1561), which would give hospital nurses higher say more than staffing levels, passed the Residence overall health committee and the Senate Labor Committee.
  • Legalizing sports betting (HF2000/SF1949) passed the Senate Wellness and Human Solutions Committee.
  • Cannabis legalization (HF100/SF73) sophisticated by way of its 13th committee — Transportation — on Wednesday. The bill goes back to the Residence commerce committee subsequent. The bill also passed the Senate neighborhood government committee.
  • A suite of adjustments to renter-landlord law cleared the Residence housing committee. The bill (HF917) contains a ban on rental help discrimination and a requirement that landlords give tenants 14 days notice just before filing an eviction action.
  • A bill (HF23/SF207) with much more workplace protections for meat processing workers passed the Senate Labor Committee and the Residence judiciary committee.
  • A bill (HF36/SF58) with much more workplace protections for warehouse workers passed the Senate Labor Committee.
  • New regulations on building contractors aimed at curbing wage theft (HF1859/SF1988) passed the Residence and Senate judiciary committees.

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