Frontline Worker Bonuses Pass the House
The House bill to deliver $1 billion in frontline worker bonuses was passed by the House on Thursday by a vote of 68-63. Those opposing the bill argued mainly against the wide scope, which covers more types of workers and costs four times more than the $250 million agreed to by the legislature and the governor last session. Those supporting passage of the bill argued that all the workers included in this new bill put themselves at risk during the pandemic to keep the economy moving. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Cedrick Frazier (DFL–New Hope) estimates that 667,000 Minnesotans will be eligible to receive bonuses with this new bill. The bill now heads to the Senate where Sen. Erin Murphy (DFL–St. Paul) is the sponsor. The Senate has yet to advance companion legislation.
Session Week Four
As the first bill deadline approaches, committee hearings in the House and Senate are ramping up, with a total of 93 hearings in both bodies this week. A total of 398 bills have been introduced in the legislature, though the Senate and House floor sessions have had a relative break in momentum as several bills are being heard and passed through committees. The combination of an election year and new district maps has triggered a flurry of retirements, with more to come in the following weeks.