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New BOSW 2020 Legislation

Effective August 1, 2020


Successful Conclusion of 2020 Legislative Session

Governor Walz signed the BOSW 2020 Legislation into law on May 12, 2020

Summary of Changes

New legislation is effective August 1, 2020

The new legislation benefits social workers by reducing unnecessary licensing barriers while still maintaining standards, improving license mobility, creating more flexibility for applicants and licensees, and integrating increased use of technology.  Changes improve the statute by simplifying and reorganizing sections, improving operational efficiencies, and modernizing paper-dependent, obsolete methods that cause delays in processing.
Changes and improvements were made to:
  • Applications, licensing, license renewal
  • Continuing education 
  • Board member qualifications

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Impact to Licensees/Applicants


Applicants & Temporary Licensees

Current Licensees

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Reactivation & Alternate License Statuses

Thanks to Stakeholders and Legislators

The BOSW appreciates and recognizes the extensive support and excellent shared work received from so many partners throughout the process.
  • The many Legislators who championed our bill, including Senator Benson, Senator Mathews, Representative Moran, Representative Edelson, Representative Morrison, and Legislative Staff
  • BOSW Advisory Committee, and professional organizations who formally pledged their support, including MN Coalition of Licensed Social Workers, MN Association of Home Care Social Workers, MN Conference on Social Work Education, MN Nursing Home Social Workers Association, MN School Social Workers Association, MN Society for Clinical Social Work, National Association of Social Workers – MN Chapter  
  • Special thanks to the BOSW Board Members and Staff for their dedication and commitment!  

2020 Legislative History

  • BOSW House bill HF 3081 was introduced on January 31, 2020 and unanimously passed by the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee on March 11, 2020 
  • BOSW Senate bill SF 3005 was introduced on February 6, 2020 and unanimously passed by the Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee on February 27, 2020
  • Several Health-Related Licensing Board (HLB) bills, including BOSW SF 3005 and HF 3081, were “bundled” into one bill, SF 2939 and HF 3028, to streamline final passage on the Senate and House floors 
  • SF 2939 was passed unanimously by the Senate on April 27, 2020, adopted by the House and passed unanimously by the House on May 9, 2020
  • SF 2939 was approved by the Governor and filed with the Secretary of State on May 12, 2020 
  • SF 2939 is now included in 2020 Regular Session Law, Chapter 79, Article 3
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