A Number of New Laws Set to Go into Effect Wednesday

July 31, 2018 10:43 PM

On Wednesday more than 40 different new laws will go into effect in the state of Minnesota. 

The laws going into effect were passed during the 2018 legislative session.

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From fines for passing off a family pet as a trained support animal to quicker turnarounds for sexual assault examination kit testing, here is a look at the laws going into effect.


"Safe Senior Act"

The 'Safe Senior Act' will allow broker-dealers and investment advisors to report possible financial exploitation of seniors and vulnerable adults. The law allows the broker-dealers and investment advisors to report possible exploitation to the Minnesota Department of Commerce or the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center. Money managers often see when someone is trying to take advantage and they can freeze accounts or delay payouts. 


"Sibling Bill of Rights" 

This law ensures children in foster care be placed with their siblings or are allowed to visit siblings. Children are to be given a copy of the bill of rights when they enter foster care. 


Protecting Health Savings Accounts

A law passed in the 2018 legislative session will not allow creditors to collect debts from health savings accounts. The law protects up to $25,000 in health or medical savings accounts.


Fines for Fake Service Animals

People who pass their pets off as service animals in Minnesota may soon face a $100 fine under a new law going into effect Wednesday. The measure would make misrepresenting pets as trained service animals a petty misdemeanor, roughly the equivalent of a speeding ticket.  Emotional support or comfort dogs aren't allowed. 

RELATED: Senate Passes Bill Penalizing Fake Service Animals


Sexual Assault Examination Kit Testing Reform

A new state law will lay out procedures for the processing of sexual assault examination kits. To get faster turnarounds on cases, law enforcement has 10 days to obtain a rape kit then submit it for forensic testing within 60 days to gather critical evidence.  Also, the normally complicated process will be made much easier for victims to access and keep tabs on. 

RELATED: New Bill Aims to Streamline Rape Kit Process, Reduce Backlog of Untested Kits


Sex Trafficking Recognition Training

This law will require hotels and motels to train employees to recognize sex trafficking and identify victims.  The law requires businesses train their new employees within 90 days of being hired. 


Honoring Fallen Wayzata Officer

During the legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill to rename U.S. Highway 12 as "Officer Bill Mathews Memorial Highway." Mathews was killed in September after being struck by a driver while clearing debris from the roadway. 

 

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The death of 8-year-old Alan Geisenkoetter led to an amended DWI statute. He was killed by a snowmobiler suspected of drinking.  'Alan's Law' expands penalties to all recreational vehicles, including snowmobiles, ATV's and boats. A driver's license could be revoked for a year.

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