SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Today the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the Uniform Enforcement of Canadian Orders for Protection Act, authored by Rep. Kelly Moller (DFL – Shoreview). The legislation expands Minnesota’s recognition of foreign orders for protection to include those issued in Canada.
“When the border is open, many people travel freely between Minnesota and Canada, and this bill will be a tool to help keep people safe on both sides of the border,” Rep. Moller said. “Minnesota has consistently been a leader in standing up for domestic violence survivors, and the Uniform Enforcement of Canadian Orders for Protection Act is another example of our commitment to protecting those who have experienced trauma.”
Currently, Minnesota recognizes and enforces orders issued by other states and tribal governments. Several Canadian provinces already recognize Minnesota’s protection orders. The bill was developed in collaboration with the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) and the Uniform Law Conference of Canada. Six states have enacted this legislation, including North Dakota, Wisconsin, California, Delaware, Nevada, and Washington.
The bill passed the House unanimously. The Senate previously passed the bill, which now heads to Governor Walz for his signature.
Video of the floor session will be available on House Public Information Services’ YouTube channel.