Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Capital IconMinnesota Legislature

House passes omnibus judiciary policy bill

Updates and new provisions to civil law statutes related to property, data, civil rights, boards, contracts, forfeitures, marriage, and name changes received a favorable verdict Wednesday evening.

The House passed HF447, the omnibus judiciary policy bill, 70-57 and sent it to the Senate.

Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn (DFL-Roseville) sponsors the proposed legislation.

Notable provisions in the bill would:

  • allow notaries public who are licensed in Minnesota to register to perform marriages;
  • create a new definition of “gender identity” in the Minnesota Human Rights Act;
  • permit a person filing a name change after a divorce to go back to their pre-divorce name without a criminal history check;
  • amend a part of the Minnesota Human Rights Act providing specific instances of discrimination against persons with disabilities to include that places of public accommodation must provide closed-captioned television when television is provided at that location to others;
  • allow lawsuits seeking damages to continue after the person suing has died;
  • modify the types of educational data that can be made public;
  • classify tax returns or bank account statements submitted to a political subdivision as part of an application for a license as private data;
  • limit the scope of indemnity agreements in public construction contracts; and
  • prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their past pay history.


Related Articles

Priority Dailies

Lawmakers return to St. Paul for 2024 session — what can Minnesotans expect?
House Speaker Melissa Hortman gavels out the 2023 Legislative Session May 22. (House Photography file photo) The DFL trifecta-led Legislature made myriad changes across a spectrum of state topics in 2023. Paid Family and Medical Leave. Abortion rights. Free breakfast and lunch for ...
Legislative leaders announce 2024 committee deadlines
(House Photography file photo) Legislators and the public officially know the timeline for getting bills through the House committee process during the upcoming 2024 session. Here are the two deadlines fo...

Minnesota House on Twitter