MINNESOTA GOVERNOR SIGNS HF 2A

MINNESOTA Gov. Tim Walz (D) signs HF 2a, an omnibus jobs and economic development package that will also make it a felony in some cases for employers to withhold workers’ wages. The new law, which went into effect immediately, also doubles the number of state inspectors assigned to investigate wage theft claims (MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE, MINNESOTA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE).

NEW HAMPSHIRE GOVERNOR SIGNS HB 480

NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Chris Sununu (R) signs HB 480, which legalizes sports wagering in the Granite State. The new law requires players to be at least 18, creates a Division of Sports Wagering within the New Hampshire Lottery to oversee betting, allows for mobile wagering and prohibits any wagering on college games (NEW HAMPSHIRE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE).

NEW YORK GOVERNOR SIGNS AB 558

NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 558, which raises the legal age to buy tobacco products in the Empire State to 21. Retailers who violate the new law face fines up to $500 (NEW YORK GOVERNOR’S OFFICE, LEXISNEXIS STATE NET).

NEW YORK GOVERNOR SIGNS AB 8419

Also in NEW YORK, Gov. Cuomo signs AB 8419, which grants Empire State farm workers overtime pay, a day of rest each week, disability and paid family leave coverage, unemployment benefits and other labor protections. The bill will take effect on January 1, 2020 (NEW YORK GOVERNOR’S OFFICE).

OHIO GOVERNOR SIGNS THE STATE BUDGET BILL 

OHIO Gov. Mike DeWine (R) signs the state budget bill, which contains a provision raising the legal age for buying tobacco products to 21. The measure takes effect immediately (ADVANCE OHIO MEDIA [CLEVELAND]).