New laws set to take effect in Minnesota Aug. 1

New laws set to take effect in Minnesota Aug. 1 Photo: KSTP-TV.

Updated: July 24, 2020 08:33 AM
Created: July 24, 2020 08:08 AM

A number of new laws are set to go into effect at the beginning of August. 

You've likely heard about the police reform bills that were recently passed by the Legislature but many other laws go into effect on August 1, too.


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While some new laws passed during the 2020 Minnesota legislative session have already taken effect, below are some of the new laws that take effect at the beginning of the month: 

Police reform bill:

Signed earlier this week, a new law making changes to police training, use of force and accountability will go into effect. The law became a focus of legislators following the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd. The bill also changes rules on the use of force to stress the sanctity of life and makes changes in arbitration rules affecting police unions. Officers will get more training on addressing people with mental health issues and autism. The measure also creates a new advisory council for the state board that licenses officers. 

Tobacco sale age becomes 21: 

After a number of cities passed ordinances changing the legal age to purchase tobacco to 21, the state has followed suit. According to the Legislature, the statewide approach is meant to address confusion for retailers and law enforcement. The law also eliminates the petty misdemeanor for an underage person who is in possession of tobacco or purchases it with a fake ID. Those caught with tobacco products underage will also face alternative civil penalties, instead of a monetary fine. 

Marriage of minors prohibited: 

Beginning Aug. 1, the marriage of minors is prohibited in the state. The new law deletes statutory language that allowed 16-year-old and 17-year-old children to receive a marriage licenses with the consent of a parent, guardian or court. The law also does not allow the state to recognize a marriage involving a minor in another state.   

See a complete list of new laws taking effect Aug. 1 here. 

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