Lawmakers on Tuesday, Feb. 18, presented the proposal as part of Dairy Day at the Minnesota State Capitol. Sen. Karla Bigham, D-Cottage Grove, and Rep. Jeff Brand, D-St. Peter, at a news conference, said the measure wasn’t a mandate and wouldn’t eliminate parents’ option to choose another drink for their children. Read more from the Post Bulletin.
Minnesota Milk members John and Janet Bremer, Hastings, pushed for the idea at Dairy Day at the Capitol 2019. Through the 2019 session and the interim, a group of partners worked to improve the bill and ensure the best opportunity for implementation. Partners behind the bill include the Minnesota Milk, American Heart & American Stroke Association, BlueCross BlueShield, CentraCare, Twin Cities Medical Society, Youth and Families Determined to Succeed, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society Action Network, Children’s Minnesota, Minnesota American Indian Center, Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Minnesota Public Health Association, P-E-M School District, ISD #2899, St. Mary’s Health Clinics, Twin Cities Medical Society.