Minnesota bill would make convicted protesters ineligible for government assistance

A Minnesota bill would make anyone arrested during a protest ineligible for all state government aid, including student loans, food assistance, and employment benefits.

SF 2381, which was introduced on April 7, states that “a person convicted of a criminal offense” in a “protest, demonstration, rally, civil unrest, or march” will be disqualified from “college student loans and grants, rent and mortgage assistance, supplemental nutrition assistance, unemployment benefits and other employment assistance, Minnesota supplemental aid programs, business grants, medical assistance, general assistance, and energy assistance,” among other benefits.

The legislation would not be retroactive and would only apply to crimes committed after the
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