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Legislative Update from Rep. Michael V. Nelson

Friday, February 23, 2024

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Rep. Nelson

Friends and neighbors, 

The 2024 legislative session has officially begun. This session is particularly bittersweet, as I have decided to officially retire at the end of this term. Serving my community in the Minnesota House has been the greatest honor of my life, but the time has come to pass the torch. After years of shared dreams and weathered storms, we passed historic legislation last session, and I am filled with gratitude for the progress we made for Minnesotans. I want to extend a sincere thank you to my community for trusting me with this honor for over two decades. I am incredibly proud to call Brooklyn Park home. 

This session, I will continue to fight for our shared progressive values. I’m proud to say that I’m departing with our state better off than when I began. I’m incredibly excited for the next generation of leaders to continue that work, and can’t wait to watch them do it.  

Ending Shadow Non-Compete Agreements

This week, Representative Emma Greenman introduced a bill in the Labor Committee aimed at tackling a hidden barrier to worker mobility: "shadow non-competes." These restrictive clauses, embedded within service contracts, limit employees' ability to seek and retain jobs in their chosen field and location, often without their knowledge. While traditional non-compete agreements were banned last session, these shadow agreements operate in a similar, insidious manner, stifling competition and hindering the development of a strong workforce. 

This legislation holds the potential to create a more dynamic and competitive job market. By removing these hidden barriers, the bill will empower workers, stimulate competition across industries, and contribute to the development of a skilled and adaptable workforce. 


Drug Testing Made Easier

Another bill we heard in the Labor Committee, HF3516, would allow employers to utilize oral fluid tests when performing drug, alcohol, and cannabis tests on job applicants. These simple and accurate tests are a great alternative to traditional testing methods which can be costly, time consuming, and intrusive. Thanks to Rep. Kelly Moller for carrying this legislation. 


Tax Corrections Bill

On Monday, the house passed a technical corrections bill for the 2023 Tax Bill. This was our very first action on the floor this year because it will affect nearly all Minnesotans as we prepare to file taxes. This bill ensures all Minnesotans receive the return they’re entitled to. The biggest change from last year’s bill was updating how we account for inflation, and the adjustment will save Minnesotans around $300 million dollars as they file 2023 taxes.  


Insulin Prices Capped

AG Ellison Insulin Graphic

Democrats are dedicated to reducing the cost of health care and protecting against price-gouging. Earlier this month, Attorney General Keith Ellison announced a landmark settlement with the Eli Lily insulin company that caps insulin at just $35 for the next 5 years.  

Drug companies raised the price of insulin by over 1,100% between 1990 and 2020, and this settlement ensures that Minnesotans can afford their lives and live with dignity, safety, and respect. 

You can learn more about the settlement and how to get insulin for just $35 a month here..


File for the Child Tax Credit

Nearly 300,000 Minnesota households are eligible for the nation-leading Child Tax Credit the DFL passed last year! With our Child Tax Credit, families will save up to $1,750 for each dependent. Democrats are cutting child poverty by one-third with this rebate. 

You can claim the tax credit by filing a 2023 income tax return. The $1,750 credit is for each child 17 years old and younger, with no limit on the number of children. For all tax filers, this credit begins to phase out at an income level of $35,000 and fully phases out at a maximum of $90,750 for a family with four children. 

Minnesota families: If you qualify, file your taxes to make sure you claim the benefits available to you.

Child Tax Credit (Gov. Graphic)


Murdered & Missing Indigenous Relatives Day of Remembrance

Last Wednesday we honored Murdered and Missing Indigenous Relatives Day of Remembrance. Our colleagues in the Native American Legislative Caucus took a moment to reflect on this day, its importance, and held a moment of silence. You can watch their remarks here.

For more information, I encourage you to check out the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Office, a first-in-the-nation office we established in 2021. 

Keep in Touch

To stay up to date with our important work at the State Capitol, you can see the Minnesota House of Public Information Services’ nonpartisan recaps of high-profile bills, committee hearings, and floor sessions with their Session Daily publication. 

To share your input or ideas, or if I can ever be of assistance, please feel free to reach out at or 651-296-3751, and I will be happy to help.  

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Have a great weekend.  


In solidarity,  

Michael V. Nelson