Three new bills were recently introduced to the Minnesota Legislature.

Senator Ron Latz (DFL-Golden Valley) introduced the bipartisan Minnesota Child Victims Act. This legislation would remove the statute of limitations on filing sexual abuse lawsuits, which is currently set at six years after the sexual abuse victim becomes an adult. It would also allow victims to more easily bring civil lawsuits against their abuser or the institution that facilitated abuse.

Senator Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) introduced the Standards of Care Act, which seeks to ensure hospitals have the proper number of nurses on duty according to patient needs per unit and per shift. The bill also seeks to standardize patient assignments according to those set by professional nursing organizations. Supporters of the legislation cite studies that show proper staffing levels reduce medical errors and other hospital complications.

Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) and Representative Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) introduced the Family Economic Security act, which would expand child care access, increase the minimum wage to $9.50 in Minnesota, and enhance family-oriented tax credits. The Minnesota minimum wage is currently $6.15. The federal minimum wage is $7.25.