Minnesota Lawmakers Aim to Address Election-Influencing “Deepfakes” in New Legislation

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As the first week of the 2024 legislative session in Minnesota comes to a close, a diverse array of bills and issues are at the forefront, promising potentially significant changes.

Among the key proposals are two bills focused on elections. The first bill aims to bolster regulations surrounding “deepfakes,” which are altered photos and videos often used to manipulate public opinion during elections.

The second bill seeks to expand protections against doxxing, the malicious act of publishing someone’s private information, particularly targeting law enforcement and election workers.

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Another significant bill on the agenda is one that would expand the use of oral fluid tests for pre-employment screenings. These tests, already utilized by the Department of Public Safety to detect impairment while driving, could see broader application if the bill passes.

In a move towards inclusivity and equity, the Queer Caucus has announced its legislative agenda, which includes advocating for equitable access to gender-affirming healthcare. The caucus also aims to promote laws that acknowledge and respect the diverse realities of Minnesota families.

Their focus is on fostering an inclusive and equitable Minnesota, ensuring that all families thrive regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, or background.

Additionally, a bill has been introduced that would require both public and private insurance coverage of infertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization and artificial insemination. This measure could significantly impact individuals and couples seeking fertility treatments by making these services more accessible and affordable.

Lawmakers are also addressing the effects of climate change on insurance premiums, highlighting the need for proactive measures to mitigate risks and ensure fair coverage for all.

One of the most contentious topics under discussion is the role of school resource officers (SROs). A bill introduced by Rep. Cedric Frazier aims to clarify last year’s law regarding SROs, which led to many police departments withdrawing their officers from schools.

This new legislation seeks to provide clarity and potentially pave the way for a more nuanced approach to SROs in schools. Overall, the first week of the 2024 legislative session in Minnesota has set the stage for robust debates and potential policy changes across a wide range of issues, from election integrity to healthcare access and beyond.

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