MSBA Weekly Advocate
Stay current on news from the state Capitol by subscribing to The MSBA Weekly Advocate email. Each Monday during the legislative session, the MSBA Government Relations staﬀ sends The MSBA Weekly Advocate to get members caught up with the latest legislative news and to provide a look forward to what is happening at the Capitol.
2023 Legislative Session Documents
Conference Committee Documents – Omnibus Education Finance Bill: The 2023 Omnibus Education Finance and Policy Bill was approved by the House and the Senate, and the bill now goes to Governor Tim Walz for his signature to become law. Access the following documents below: the conference committee report, the final bill summary, spreadsheet, school district look-up tool, and district runs by year.
- Conference Committee Report on HF 2497
- Bill Summary
- Aid Appropriation Summary (Change Only)
- HF2497 Conference Report District Runs
- House FY24-25 Conference Lookup (Excel)
Omnibus Jobs, Economic Development, Labor, and Industry Bill: The 2023 Omnibus Jobs, Economic Development, Labor, and Industry Bill passed the Senate and House now goes to the Governor for his signature to become law.
- SF 3505 – Conference Committee Report: The PELRA school district language is in Article 11 (beginning on Page 81) and earned safe and sick time is in Article 12 (beginning on Page 122)
- A note of thanks: Together, we strongly opposed the school district changes to PELRA in this bill every step of the way. Despite our opposition, it became clear Governor Walz and majority caucuses had made it a priority to enact these changes. Thank you for your efforts – our voices were heard.
PELRA bill: MSBA and other education organizations sent a letter to legislative leaders outlining our opposition to legislation that would make major changes to collective bargaining.
- Access the letter of opposition to the PELRA bill
- Modifications to Public Employment Labor Relations Act (PELRA)
Letter of Support/Opposition to 2023 Omnibus Policy Bills: MSBA and other education organizations sent letters of support and concerns for the House Education Omnibus Policy Bill (HF 1260) and the Senate Education Omnibus Policy Bill (SF 1311).
Access the letter regarding the House Education Omnibus Policy Bill
Access the letter regarding the Senate Education Omnibus Policy Bill
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MSBA Friday Chat Room
The Friday Chat Room — which one school board member called the “fastest half hour of the week” — offers MSBA members the opportunity to have an informal discussion with MSBA’s Government Relations team (Denise Dittrich and Kimberley Dunn Lewis) and guests from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. each Friday during the legislative session. Denise and Kimberley will field members’ questions and let you know what’s happening at the state Capitol in St. Paul.
Access previous week’s Friday Chat Room recordings below:
The following education-related bills have been introduced in the Minnesota Legislature during the 2023 session. Each Friday, MSBA will publish relevant bills that have been introduced during the week. MSBA hopes that school board members will monitor these bill introduction listings, as they provide updated information about the bills under consideration that may have implications for school boards and school districts across the state. It is critical for board members to understand how introduced bills may impact their own unique school districts.
MSBA Watch List: The Watch List contains bills that MSBA has identified as having the potential to have an impact on Minnesota school boards. Click here to download the MSBA Watch List (updated March 30, 2023).
Bill introductions for April 24-28, 2023
Bill introductions for April 17-21, 2023
Bill introductions for April 11-14, 2023
Bill introductions for April 3-4, 2023
Bill introductions for March 27-31, 2023
Bill introductions for March 20-24, 2023
Bill introductions for March 13-17, 2023
Bill introductions for March 6-10, 2023
Bill introductions for February 27 – March 3, 2023
Bill introductions for February 20-24, 2023
Bill introductions for February 13-17, 2023
Bill introductions for February 6-10, 2023
Bill introductions for January 30 – February 3, 2023
Bill introductions for January 23-27, 2023
Bill introductions for January 16-20, 2023
Bill introductions for January 9-13, 2023
COSSBA Federal Education Report
Founded by MSBA and other state school boards associations in late 2021, the Consortium of State School Boards Associations (COSSBA) is a nonpartisan, national alliance dedicated to sharing resources and information to support, promote and strengthen state school boards associations as they serve their local school districts and board members.
As a benefit of MSBA’s membership with COSSBA, MSBA members can access the federal COSSBA Education Report.
Download the latest federal COSSBA Education Report: May 30, 2023
Access previous updates
May 15, 2023 (Bonus: COSSBA Court Report)
May 1, 2023 (Bonus: COSSBA Court Report)
April 17, 2023 (Bonus: COSSBA Court Report)
April 3, 2023 (Bonus: COSSBA Court Report)
February 6, 2023 (Bonus: COSSBA Court Report)
November 21, 2022 (Bonus: COSSBA Court Report)
September 6, 2022 (Bonus: COSSBA Court Report)