Highlights: Tuesday at the State Capitol

Updated: 04/01/2014 5:21 PM
Created: 04/01/2014 8:55 AM
By: Leslie Dyste

Here are some highlights of what happened at the Minnesota State Capitol on Tuesday, April 1:

Lifeguard Bill

A push to keep kids safe at state beaches moved forward. The Senate passed a bill that requires lifeguards on duty to have Red Cross-level training. The bill, Tony's Law, is named after a 6-year-old boy who drowned at Wirth Lake in 2012.

A good Samaritan and lifeguard tried to save Tony Caine but it was too late.

Opponents have concerns about how much the training would cost. The House still has to pass the bill before it moves to Governor Dayton's desk.

North Dakota Oil Boom

Some state lawmakers want to find out how the North Dakota oil boom has affected our state. A Senate tax committee is considering a $150,000 study. It would examine ways Minnesota could take advantage of the boom. Some companies already benefiting include those that sell equipment. The study could be paid for by a larger tax bill.

AIDS Action Day

Also at the Minnesota State Capitol, it was AIDS Action Day. The Minnesota AIDS Project met with lawmakers throughout the day about ways to increase the quality of life for those living with HIV and lobby for policies that promote HIV prevention, education and support.

A “Creating a Safe and Healthy Future” rally took place in the Capitol Rotunda at noon.

Minnesota State Capitol
Photo: KSTP File Photo

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