Governor Tim Walz signs the Free the Growler Bill

(KNSI) — Gov. Tim Walz signed the “Free the Growler” and 21 other bills into law on Sunday.

The bill makes several changes to Minnesota liquor laws, including raising the cap on growler sales and allowing more off-sale options for small breweries. Previously, Minnesota liquor laws imposed a 20,000 barrel per year cap on craft beer production, preventing major Minnesota breweries from selling beer to go in 64-ounce containers, growlers and cans. of 32 oz. This bill raises that cap to 150,000 barrels per year.

In addition to increasing the production cap, this bill allows small breweries to sell their products in bottles and cans and distilleries to have off-sale products in standard-size cans and open cocktail rooms.

“I’m proud to live in a state that has so many local breweries and distilleries,” Governor Walz said. “Every Minnesota business, big or small, deserves the opportunity to succeed. The pandemic has challenged us to get creative when it comes to the food and beverage industry, and this bill provides more opportunities for those businesses to thrive. This bill is one way to support local Minnesota breweries and distilleries.

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Also signed into law on Sunday, a bill allows members of the Minnesota National Guard who have more than 12 years of service to be eligible for enlistment or re-enlistment bonuses.

“As a 24-year National Guard veteran, I am proud to sign this bill supporting those who have served, Governor Walz said. “Our Minnesota National Guard has been especially busy in recent years supporting both their state and their nation. Minnesotans are grateful for their service, and this legislation will help reward more military personnel for their continued commitment and service.

Previously, enlistment and re-enlistment bonuses were only available to service members who served less than twelve years. This bill allows the adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard to offer retention bonuses to additional soldiers and airmen who previously did not have access to them.

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Chapter 65, SF3540 amends pension and retirement laws for several public retirement plans, including workers’ compensation, disability, and retirement benefits available to disabled or injured Minnesota police officers.

Chapter 66, HF3285 allows counties to use online auctions to sell surplus land after proper notice in a local newspaper and on the county’s website.

Chapter 67, SF1391 modifies the list of persons and entities excluded from the status of “debt management service provider”.

Chapter 68, SF3850 clarifies indemnification agreements for design professionals and when insurance coverage is required.

Chapter 69, HF2353 protects Minnesota students from having their data used in ways that are irrelevant to the student’s educational experience. For example, having a vendor sell their data to marketing companies for research on media consumption or children’s technology habits.

Chapter 70, SF2922 allows collection agency employees to continue working from home as established at the start of the pandemic.

Chapter 71, HF4221 allows the Hennepin Board of County Commissioners to set reasonable allowances for expenses or a per diem for members of boards or agencies.

Chapter 72, HF2919 repeals the requirement that the Accounting Board must automatically revoke an expired CPA license. The Board retains its power to revoke an expired license following a hearing.

Chapter 73, HF3805 extends the expiration date of the Capitol Area Security Advisory Committee.

Chapter 74, SF3288 makes technical changes and various updates related to the use of distance education for continuing education courses taken by professions regulated by the Ministry of Commerce.

Chapter 75, HF4030 protects Minnesota consumers by amending the chapter of the law governing the registration of dealers of investment products.

Chapter 76, HF3013 transitions Sentencing Guidelines Commission employees who are currently in unclassified service to classified service, exempting the research director. The main difference between unclassified and classified services concerns hiring, discipline and firing decisions.

Chapter 77, HF3438 contains credits totaling more than $159 million from the Outdoor Heritage Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.

Chapter 78, SF3107 solves the labor shortage in Minnesota schools by increasing the maximum amount a school board member who is employed by the school district can earn from that job.

Chapter 79, SF3338 allows the Trade Commissioner to authorize the sale of certain long-term care covers as part of or in conjunction with a life insurance product.

Chapter 80, HF961 creates a new collective bargaining unit for law enforcement supervisors, including state patrol supervisors, law enforcement supervisor positions within the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and criminal apprehension investigation supervisors.

Chapter 81, HF2354 provides a process to register a judgment from a Canadian court against money in Minnesota.

Chapter 82, HF2665 allow emancipated minors to seek a harassment restraining order on their own behalf if the court determines that such action is in the best interests of the minor.

Chapter 83, HF3249 makes administrative and technical changes to the Safe at Home program and related data sharing. The Safe at Home program is a statewide address privacy program for people who fear for their safety. It is administered by the Secretary of State.

Chapter 84, SF4108 protects Minnesota consumers by making several changes to various laws regarding annuities and insurance producers.

Chapter 85, HF3346 relates to the Legislature’s ratification of the Fiscal Year 22 and 23 Labor Agreements and Compensation Plans that were agreed to by Minnesota Management and Budget and Employee Federations and Associations, and the Fiscal Year 20 Agreements and 21 with the Minnesota Law Enforcement Association.


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