New Minnesota Laws That Took Effect July 1
We all know about the Sunday liquor law that was passed that took effect last Sunday. But here are some of the other Minnesota laws that went into effect this month.
- Better benefits for people with autism. Adults younger than 21 with either autism or a related condition have access to those same benefits. Medically necessary services are eligible for reimbursement by medical assistance.
- State vendors cannot boycott Israel. Vendors who discriminate against Israel won’t be selling to the Minnesota Legislature or state agencies anymore. State contracts even require a certification of compliance as proof. If larger businesses discriminate by “actions intended to limit commercial relations with Israel, or persons or entities doing business in Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories,” their business is not welcome with Minnesota state agencies or the Legislature. Vendors are exempt if sales are less than $1,000 or if the boycott stems from a valid business reason.
- Credit Unions can go online. Now, credit unions can electronically notify their members about meetings instead of mailing or handing them notices, and members are no longer required to vote by a mail-in ballot.
- Some laws combined by the Minnesota House Public Information Services. Foreign medical faculty physicians don’t need to renew their licenses. Foreign medical faculty physicians’ licenses were set to expire July 2018. The Legislature repealed that, making the licenses permanent. Search warrants are now required for DWI blood and urine tests. A person can still be required to use a breathalyzer, however. A new state budget that spends about 10 percent more on programs and services in the next two years than the state spent in the past two years.
- There are new tax cuts for farmers, Social Security recipients and heirs of large estates.
- Real estate appraisers have to disclose new crimes “involving moral turpitude” or otherwise related to the job when they renew their licenses. But disciplinary data against appraisers will be public for only five years before it is made private, and partial or informal complaints cannot count as formal complaints.
- There is more money provided to manage plant pests and noxious weeds.
- $500 million is appropriated for improving the state’s water quality.
- Permit for annual use of state parks increases from $25 to $35, and state park day passes increase from $5 to $7, among other fee increases.
And starting in August, don't even think about:
- Imitating any military member or veteran. That becomes a misdemeanor. And while you are imitating, if you try to order someone around, obtain access to a public building that’s supposed to be closed, or operate a vehicle that looks like a public safety vehicle, that’s a gross misdemeanor.
- Damaging a public safety vehicle will be a gross misdemeanor with felony penalties.
- Getting on board a loaded or moving school bus and then refusing to leave when ordered by the driver becomes a misdemeanor.
- Entering an area that courts or officials have specified as off-limits, otherwise known as a geographic restriction, will carry a misdemeanor penalty.