Legislative Update: March 3, 2020

Super Tuesday

Voters in Minnesota will have an opportunity today to cast a vote to decide who will be the Democratic and Republican nominees for President of the United States. Only presidential candidates will be on today’s ballot. Primaries for other races will be held in August.

Minnesota is one of 15 states and territories participating in the “Super Tuesday” presidential primary process, along with the populous states of California and Texas. Super Tuesday states offer 1,357 new delegates, just over a third of the total.

Minnesota transitioned from being a presidential caucus state to a presidential primary state following legislation passed in 2016 establishing a presidential nomination primary.

More information on the presidential primary and where to vote can be found HERE.

Higher education committees to discuss college athletes

The Senate Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee will hear Senate File 2995 today, authored by Senator Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes. The bill would allow college athletes to earn compensation for the use of their names, images or likenesses without putting their scholarships at risk. They could also obtain professional representation from agents or lawyers for help with endorsement contracts.

On Oct. 31, 2019 the NCAA issued their decision to start the process of modifying its rules to allow college athletes to profit from names, images and likeness. The NCAA board directed the three separate divisions of the organization to immediately begin figuring out how to update their rules by January 2021.

Rep. Brad Tabke, DFL-Shakopee, is carrying the bill in the House where it is scheduled to be discussed tomorrow in the House Higher Education Finance and Policy Division. (See legislative schedule below for hearing details).

Contract ratification bill moves in House

The contract ratification bill, House File 3732, authored by Rep. Leon Lillie, was heard this morning in the House Government Operations committee. The bill includes the ratification of the following contracts and plans: AFSCME, MAPE, MMA, MSUAASF, IFO, MSCF and the Minnesota State Administrator Personnel Plan. The bill was approved and referred to the Labor Committee, where it will be heard next.

Committee schedules can be found HERE.

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