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Updated: 06/28/2013 2:22 PM
Created: 06/28/2013 11:48 AM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Maricella Miranda

LIST: New 2013 Minnesota Laws in Effect July 1


Minnesota State Capitol

Photo: KSTP File Photo

New laws for 2013 will go into effect Monday, July 1.

Click here for a complete list of the news laws. Here's a glimpse at some of the new laws that might affect you:

Bonding

  • A bonding law funds Capitol renovations and more. Checking in at almost $176.8 million, the new law contains $109 million to keep Capitol renovations going.

Business and Commerce

  • New law aims to prevent wire transfer scams aimed at seniors. The commerce commissioner will create "no transmit list" and may limit money transfers to certain countries.

Civil laws

  • New law helps clarify who owns what upon a partner's death. Minnesota will adopt the Uniform Community Property Rights at Death Act.
  • Marriage is no longer limited to a male and female. Minnesota will become the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Licenses will be valid Aug. 1.
  • More time for sexual abuse victims to come forward. The "Child Victim Act" modifies the existing statute of limitations for civil causes of action for sexual abuse.
  • New law will limit access to some juvenile court records. Public access to electronic records will be maintained in certain cases involving serious offenses, unless the prosecutor agrees otherwise.

Consumers

  • Craft beer niche addressed in liquor law. A new law will allow St. Paul and Minneapolis restaurant owners to have more than 40 percent of their revenue generated from alcohol sales.
  • No regulating that it's pre-pay at the pump only. Gas drive-off problem needs a different solution than local units of government requiring customers to pre-pay for their petro.

Elections

  • No excuse necessary to vote absentee. Voters will no longer need a good excuse to vote by absentee ballot because of a provision in the omnibus elections law, effective May 24, 2013.

Employment

  • PTSD coverage added as workers' compensation benefit. Employees who experience a tragic event at work that results in post traumatic stress disorder may apply for worker's compensation under a new law.
  • Changes for employees who have sick leave benefit. Expanded sick leave begins at four weeks, includes caring for extended family members. Fiscal impact study due to Legislature by Aug. 1, 2014.

Health and Human Services

  • Home sellers must disclose radon gas testing. New MDH policies also include penalties for unlicensed tattoo artists.
  • State bans formaldehyde in children's lotions. Products include baby shampoos, bubble bath and other lotions or gels applied to children.

Higher Education

  • After state cuts, higher education gets new money in 2013. The capstone of the plan is a two-year tuition freeze for resident undergraduates at the University of Minnesota and for all undergraduates at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Housing

  • Help for those facing foreclosures. New law prohibits simultaneous foreclosure during loan modification.

Local Government

  • Met Council redistricting plan takes effect. The Metropolitan Council has new district boundaries.

Public Safety

  • Domestic abuse changes signed into law. Governor gives his approval to set of four updates to domestic violence statutes.
  • New law to toughen penalties for fake 911 calls. The list of acts that constitutes criminal conduct related to emergency telephone calls will expand.
  • Helping intoxicated underage drinkers do the right thing. New law will allow underage drinkers looking out for their friend's health to avoid a minor consumption ticket.
  • Public transit operators to get added protection. A new law will add Metro Transit and other public transit operators to the list of protected occupations and individuals under the fourth-degree assault statute

State government

  • Voters to decide who sets legislators' salaries. A proposed constitutional amendment will be put to the voters in the 2016 general election asking a council should set legislators' salaries.

Taxes

  • Tax law provides property tax relief; creates new fourth tier rate. New Mayo project, Mall of America and 3M expansions are among the development projects that get a boost.
  • Minnesota's cigarette tax will increase the cost of cigarette packs by $1.60.

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