The 2023 legislative session brought countless progressive wins to Minnesota. Many of the new policies passed by progressives took effect earlier this year in August, but several more will take effect on the first day of 2024.
Here are a few of the new and exciting laws coming to Minnesotans on January 1st:
To better support Minnesota families, progressives raised the statewide minimum wage from $10.59 to $10.85 for large employers. The change will mean higher wages for hardworking Minnesotans.
Earned Sick and Safe Time
This legislative session, progressives in the legislature passed a bill that allows Minnesota workers to earn up to 48 hours a year of sick and safe time.
Under this new bill, Minnesotans will be able to stay home from work when they need to recover from an illness, care for a sick child or family member, go to a medical appointment, or care for a child during a school closure.
Gun Violence Prevention Measures
Minnesota is leading the country in gun violence prevention this year. On January 1st, a new red flag law will take effect, which would allow courts to pass a temporary prohibition of individuals who pose a risk to themself or others from owning a gun.
The legislation will help protect vulnerable Minnesotans from gun violence.
During the last legislative session, progressives in the House and Senate Housing Committees passed a series of measures to protect tenants that will take effect on January 1st. The measures include efforts to protect tenants’ privacy and safety and support those struggling to make ends meet.
Menstrual Products in Schools
Starting this month, students in Minnesota’s public schools will have access to free menstrual products at school. A study earlier this year showed that 84% of participants struggled to afford these essential products. This change will help ensure students are safe and comfortable so they can focus on learning.
Building a better Minnesota
Witnessing these progressive wins for Minnesotans has been inspiring and exciting. As the next legislative session approaches in February, it is more important than ever to continue pushing forward for a better, more equitable Minnesota.
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