St. Paul, Minnesota – The 2023 legislative session in Minnesota saw the passing of several new laws that will go into effect on January 1, 2024. These laws cover a range of topics, from access to menstrual products in schools to political contribution refunds. The summaries of all the laws passed can be found on the nonpartisan House Public Information Services website.
One notable law requires school districts and charter schools to provide free access to menstrual products for students in grades 4 to 12. These products must be readily available in restrooms as part of a plan developed by the school district. This law aims to ensure that students have the resources they need to manage their menstrual health without any financial burden.
Another law that will take effect in 2024 increases the political contribution refund for individuals and married joint filers. Under the new law, individuals can receive a refund of up to $75, while married joint filers can receive up to $150. This change is aimed at promoting civic engagement by providing a financial incentive for political contributions.
In an effort to curtail foreign influence in Minnesota politics, a provision in the “Democracy for the People Act” will take effect on January 1, 2024. This provision prohibits foreign-influenced corporations from making certain types of expenditures and contributions related to promoting or opposing candidates and ballot questions.
Starting January 1, 2024, nearly all workers in Minnesota will be guaranteed earned sick and safe time. This law requires employers to allow employees to earn one hour of paid earned safe and sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 48 hours per year. This provision aims to ensure that workers have access to paid time off for their own safety and well-being.
Other new laws address various aspects of landlord and tenant relations. These include requirements for landlords to provide heat in residential tenancies, restrictions on advertising discriminatory practices against pet owners, and the disclosure of all non-optional fees in lease agreements. These laws aim to protect the rights and well-being of tenants while promoting fair and transparent practices in the rental market.
These new laws reflect a range of issues and concerns addressed by the 2023 legislative session in Minnesota. They aim to improve access to essential products, promote civic engagement, protect workers’ rights, and ensure fair and transparent practices in various sectors. As the new year approaches, these laws will come into effect and shape the legal landscape of the state.