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.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."