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Not just a day of vetoes, Dayton signs 32 bills

Posted by: under Minnesota governor, Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota legislature, Minnesota state senators, State budgets Updated: May 24, 2011 - 7:08 PM

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton gave his veto pen a workout Tuesday, but he also signed 32 bills into law that had broad bipartisan support.

The bills created new penalties for the sale or purchase of synthetic marijuana, create a disability license plate for motorcycles and end a restriction that pawn shops cannot be located within 10 miles a casino.

Here’s a breakdown of those new laws:

Chapter 43, SF 779/HF 1017, which authorizes the Commissioner of Administration to convey surplus state land in Goodhue County to the City of Red Wing. This bill passed the Legislature with unanimous support.

Chapter 44, SF 67/HF 80, which allows, but does not require, companies or individuals who transport oversized waterfront structures—such as docks and boat lifts—to purchase an annual permit to transport the structures. The cost of the annual permit will be $120, but companies or individuals may purchase a single-trip permit for $15, if that makes more sense in their situation. This bill passed the Legislature with unanimous support.

Chapter 48, HF 493/SF 341, which authorizes alternative sites for keeping motor vehicle dealer records, and modifies certain motor vehicle registration provisions. This bill passed the Senate with unanimous support, and the House with broad, bipartisan support.

Chapter 51, SF 742/HF 1018, which will allow the PrairieCare psychiatric child and adolescent hospital project in Maple Grove to expand from 20 beds to 50 beds. The bill exempts the expansion from laws requiring an additional public interest review to be conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health. The bill passed the Legislature with broad, bipartisan support.

Chapter 52, HF 895/SF 590, which makes modifications to insurance data gathering and notification, and it also permits insurance appraisers providing services in Minnesota to be residents of states other than Minnesota. The bill passed the Senate with unanimous support and the House with broad, bipartisan support.

Chapter 53, HF 57/SF 1155, which creates criminal penalties for the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and other synthetic substances. The bill also amends first- through third-degree controlled substance possession offenses so that the weight of bong water may not be used to determine the level of offense in cases where a person is accused of possessing a “mixture” that contains less than four fluid ounces of bong water. This bill passed the Senate with unanimous support and the House with broad, bipartisan support.

Chapter 54, HF 186/SF 395. Under current law, active duty military personnel serving outside Minnesota have 90-days after leaving military service to renew their expired driver’s license. This bill extends the period during which these licenses remain valid in these circumstances. The bill passed the Legislature with unanimous support.

Chapter 57, HF 1343/SF 1068, which provides civil immunity for school districts in cases involving the use of school facilities for recreational activities. This bill passed the Legislature with broad, bipartisan support.


Chapter 58, SF 1162/HF 1443, which clarifies the application of foreclosure provisions for residential tenants in a foreclosed residential building. This bill passed the Senate with broad, bipartisan support and the House with unanimous support.


Chapter 60, SF 478/HF 1094, which allows for a disability plate for motorcycles and clarifies statute to make clear that there is only one plate needed for motorcycles. This bill passed the Senate with unanimous support, and the House with broad, bipartisan support.

Chapter 61, HF 1473/SF 1208, which contains a variety of technical changes in state regulation of financial solvency of insurance companies. It also includes technical and housekeeping provisions updating and modernizing insurance statutes for effective compliance and consistency. The bill strengthens regulation applicable to insurers licensed in Minnesota by regulating life insurance and title insurance reserves and certain accounts and funding agreements. This bill passed the Legislature with broad, bipartisan support.

Chapter 62, HF 1422/SF 1265, which adds a subdivision pertaining to professional athletes under Minnesota’s general workplace drug and alcohol testing regulations. The bill allows Minnesota’s regulations to recognize labor agreements for professional athletes, which often have stricter drug policies. This bill passed the Senate with unanimous support and the House with broad, bipartisan support.


Chapter 63, HF 1420/SF 249, which strengthens, expands and clarifies an existing law that prohibits residential roofing contractors from proposing to pay the insurance deductible to the homeowner, in exchange for being hired to do the work. This bill passed the Senate with unanimous support and the House with broad, bipartisan support.


Chapter 64, HF 122/SF 302, which defines “dental provider contracts” as a contract that exists between a dentist or dental clinic and a dental insurer or third-party administrator. This bill requires 90 days notice of contract amendments requires explanation for clinic or dentist audits and restricts an insurer’s ability to set provider rates. This bill passed the Legislature with unanimous support.

Chapter 65, SF 1009/HF 1408, which modifies procedures for filling vacancies for nonpartisan offices and modifies filing periods for candidates in municipal general elections and school board elections that do not have a primary. This bill passed the Senate with unanimous support and the House with broad, bipartisan support.

Chapter 66, HF 395/SF 137, which makes miscellaneous technical and minor substantive changes in real estate law, including mortgage foreclosure redemption period modifications, real property deeds to correct title clarification, residential purchase agreements cancellation authorization, attorney as agent for service modifications, and child support judgments effective date clarification. This bill passed the Senate with unanimous support and the House with broad, bipartisan support.

Chapter 67, SF 1044/HF 1088, which modifies provisions in the state statute that lays out procedures for state agencies to assist communities in recovering from a natural disaster. It also modifies flood damage assistance provisions. This bill passed the Senate with unanimous support, and the House with broad, bipartisan support.

Chapter 68, HF 1411/SF 1270, extends the expiration date of the advisory councils for the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office and revises slightly the appointment process of council members. This bill passed the Legislature with broad, bipartisan support.

Chapter 70, HF 650/SF 1042, which establishes driving training and testing provisions on carbon monoxide poisoning. It mandates that the Department of Public Safety amend its administrative rules on driver education to include information about carbon monoxide poisoning, requires that carbon monoxide be included as a question on the driver’s license knowledge test and also requires the department to include information on carbon monoxide in the driver’s manual. This bill passed the Legislature with unanimous support.

Chapter 71, HF 258/SF 217, allows licensed ambulance services to submit claims directly to the state. Previously, claims were submitted to the state through the counties. This bill passed the Legislature with unanimous support.

Chapter 72, HF 229/SF 76, allows juveniles certified as adults for certain criminal proceedings to be housed in secure juvenile detention facilities. It also authorizes judges to prohibit certain juvenile sex offenders from residing near their victims. The bill passed the Legislature with unanimous support.

Chapter 74 HF 844/SF 1204, adds an individual representing public libraries to the Governor’s Workforce Development Council as anon-voting advisor to the council. The new member will be appointed by the Governor. This bill passed the Legislature with broad, bipartisan support.

Chapter 75, HF 695/SF 735, extends civil immunity to municipalities that donate public safety equipment. This bill passed the Legislature with unanimous support.

Chapter 76, SF 885/HF 1220, is the Revisor’s bill. It contains a number of technical corrections including: legislative enactments, erroneous, ambiguous, and omitted text and obsolete references are corrected; redundant, conflicting and superseded provisions are removed; and miscellaneous corrections made to laws, statutes and rules. It passed the Legislature with unanimous support.

Chapter 77, SF 994/HF 1633, reduces the percentage of gross profits that are required to be spent on lawful purposes, mainly donations to the charity, for bingo halls. The bill does not reduce the revenue to the state, but allows bingo halls to spend a higher percentage of their revenues on operating expenses. This bill passed the Senate with unanimous support, and the House with broad, bipartisan support.

Chapter 78, SF 508/HF 859, deals with auto insurance coverage of a rental vehicle, when the owner of a damaged vehicle needs a temporary replacement rental vehicle, which auto insurance covers under the insured’s collision or comprehensive coverage. If an insurance company recommends a specific rental vehicle company, the insurance company must tell the insured that the insured has the right to choose the rental company. The bill passed the Senate with unanimous support, and the House with broad, bipartisan support.

Chapter 79, SF 882/HF 921, is a technical correction bill which clarifies that the term “targeted misdemeanor” includes a domestic abuse no contact order. This bill passed the Legislature with unanimous support.

Chapter 80, HF 808/SF 892, adds an option for drivers license applicants to donate $2 for public information and education about organ donation or anatomical gifts. This bill passed the Legislature with unanimous support.

Chapter 81, SF 680/HF 1001, which expands the definition of “criminal act” under racketeering laws to include felony theft. The bill passed the Legislature with unanimous support.

Chapter 82, SF 955/HF 1152, standardizes the period of time that pawnshops are required to hold merchandise that is pledged for 60 days and purchased for 30 days. These changes supersede local ordinances. The bill also repeals the restriction that pawn shops cannot be located within a 10 mile radius of a casino. Local governments could still regulate distance through local ordinances. This bill passed the Legislature with broad, bipartisan support.

Chapter 83, HF 763/SF 491, makes permanent an exemption that public swimming ponds are exempt from certain food licensing fees and regulations. This bill passed the Senate with unanimous support and the House with broad, bipartisan support.

Chapter 84, SF 1130/HF 1396, modifies unemployment insurance and workforce development provisions. The bill removes the minimum rate the DEED Commissioner must assess to employers to pay interest on a federal loan to the unemployment insurance trust fund. It also changes the treatment of sick and personal time off pay from delaying unemployment benefit payment process, in addition to making several housekeeping changes to the unemployment insurance program. The bill passed the Senate with unanimous support, and the House with broad, bipartisan support.

 

 

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