Governor Tim Walz is expected to sign a bill that would make Minnesota National Guard members with a dozen years of service eligible for re-enlistment bonuses.  State Representative Luke Frederick of Mankato says they are currently prohibited from receiving incentives:

“Under the assumption that anyone serving more than 12 years wanted to hit that 20-year mark to receive a pension.   Congress back in 2016 got rid of that pension and so the Department of Military Affairs is looking to be able to continue offering enlistment incentives to encourage people who have 12 years of experience to stay in the National Guard.”

Frederick says the Guard wants to retain those members with a lot of experience.  The Minnesota House approved the bill Monday night and it already passed the Senate.