With the heightened focus on the partisan nature of the 2023 legislature and recognition of this fact in recent legislative sessions, we thought a direct look at the legislation passed and signed into law, to be warranted. Here is a breakdown of the first eight bills of which all that were presented to Governor Tim Walz (DFL-MN) were signed into law.
With two exceptions, 50% of the bills passed on straight party-line votes.
|Bill #||Subject||House Vote||Senate Vote||Governor Signed||Partisan Actions & Exception(s)|
|SF0040||Iron ore mining unemployment benefits||127-7||56-10||1/25/2023||Bipartisan vote(s) in both bodies|
|HF0037||Minnesota Human Rights Act race definition||111-19||45-19||1/31/2023||Bipartisan vote(s) in both bodies|
|SF0033||Attorney General funding||73-55||35-32||2/7/2023||Sen Jim Abeler (R-35, Anoka)|
|HF0031||Federal Tax Conformity||132-0||34-33||1/12/2023||Straight party-line vote in Senate|
|HF0026||Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act||134-0||65-0||2/7/2023||Bipartisan vote(s) in both bodies|
|SF0013||Juneteenth state holiday||126-1||57-8||2/3/2023||Bipartisan vote(s) in both bodies|
|HF0007||Electric utility renewable energy standard||70-60||34-33||2/7/2023||Straight party-line vote(s) in House and Senate|
|HF0001||Right to reproductive health (Codifying Roe v Wade)||69-65||34-33||1/31/2023||Rep Gene Pelowski (DFL-26A, Winona)|