Six bills were signed into law Tuesday afternoon at the state capitol.
Jennifer Lewerenz | May 13, 2020 AT 10:50 am
(KNSI) - Six bills were signed into law Tuesday afternoon at the state capitol.
Among them is one extending the COVID-19 Minnesota fund, which was set to expire. The fund is used to increase testing capacity, ensure there are hospital beds for Minnesotans who need care and purchase much-needed personal protective equipment.
There is also a new law requiring drug manufacturers to make drug price information public. It's called the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act, and it requires drug makers to provide the state detailed reasoning behind any large price increases on drugs that cost $100 or more for a 30-day supply.
Also signed into law, a bill improving voting accessibility and modernizing election security by allocating funds from the Help America Vote Act. It also includes measures to ensure the health and safety of election officials and voters like preparation for increased absentee voting, new polling locations, and public outreach for implementing social distancing guidelines related to voting.
Other bills signed into law include outlawing marriage for anyone under the age of 18, removing unnecessary criminal background check fees for certain health boards, and another making technical changes to various provisions governing or administered by the Department of Commerce.
"These bills are the product of bipartisan collaboration and will improve Minnesotans' lives," said Governor Walz. "Amid COVID-19, Minnesota remains committed to helping Minnesotans afford the medication they need to survive, ensuring Minnesotans can safely cast their ballots, and protecting our most vulnerable citizens."
"The COVID-19 fund has saved lives," the Governor continued. "Its extension will allow Minnesota to continue providing resources Minnesotans need to weather this pandemic."