In the lgovernmental equivalent of chicken feed, Gov. Mark Dayton passed four bills into law Wednesday. None, not surprisingly, involves the state's budget; those bills, now working through the Legislature, are likely to be vetoed by Dayton.
According to the governor's office, the new laws are::
* A change in financial statement requirements for charitable organizations; it changes the definition of “compensation” for the purposes of reporting requirements.
* A modification of building code requirements related to elevators that creates an exception to the requirement that elevators not meeting safety requirements be taken out of service until modifications have been made.
* A change that allows school coaches to continue doing their jobs even after they've taken early retirement from their teaching careers.
* An increase in the criminal penalty for assaulting a vulnerable adult from a fifth degree assault to fourth degree assault, a gross misdemeanor. The new law will also require individuals convicted of criminal abuse of a vulnerable adult to register on the predatory offender registration list.
Gov. Mark Dayton, speaking to a mostly Republican audience at the annual Minnesota Business Partnership dinner, repeated his familiar attack on the House GOP, blaming them for a legislative impasse on transportation.