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UPDATES ON NEW LAWS THAT START JULY 1st

Via KARE 11, VERBATIM: “The 2023 Minnesota Legislative Session made headlines for a flurry of activity at the State Capitol under the DFL trifecta in the Minnesota House, Senate and Governor’s office. The laws passed and signed by Governor Tim Walz take effect at different times, including several that begin on July 1, 2023. … Below is a look at a few of the key provisions starting July 1:

 

  • Free school meals. All Minnesota K-12 students will now receive free breakfast and lunch at school each day, with the program paid through a combination of state and federal funds.

 

  • Free college tuition & automatic admission. The Higher Education Policy and Finance Law includes appropriations funding to launch the North Star Promise financial aid program for students attending classes starting in fall 2024. Students in families making less than $80,000 a year can receive state dollars. …

 

  • Noncompete contract clauses banned. Minnesota employers may no longer put noncomplete clauses into employment contracts. …

 

  • Safety protections for health care workers. The Nurse and Patient Safety Act requires that hospitals develop an incident response plan to deal with increasing acts of violence against health care workers. …

 

  • Mental health for first responders. A new law requires up to 32 weeks of mental health treatment for police officers and firefighters. …

 

  • Limits on no-knock warrants. The Public Safety law will put limits on the ability of judges to issue no-knock search warrants. Such warrants will only be allowed if the search cannot be conducted when a home is unoccupied. …

 

  • Voting rights for former felons. Minnesotans convicted of a felony who have completed incarceration will have their right to vote restored starting July 1.”
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