(NNCNOW.com)-- A federal judge overturned a pair of lawsuits challenging the childcare union law passed in the 2013 legislative session.
Gov. Mark Dayton signed the legislation into law in May allowing Minnesota's 12,000 daycare providers the right to unionize.
The bill was passed by both the House and Senate after more than 27 hours of combined debate.
Gov. Dayton released a statement shortly after the judges decision:
“I am very pleased that both lawsuits seeking to prevent child care providers from deciding for themselves whether or not to form a union have been dismissed by the Chief Judge of the United States District Court. I believe that working men and women should have the right to vote on forming a union, and that the Court's decisions will permit such an election to be held."