Here are some of the actions taken by Gov. Tim Pawlenty on bills that were sent to him by the Legislature, which adjourned on Monday.
SIGNED INTO LAW
• Bill making failure to wear a seat belt a "primary" violation -- that is, if motorists or passengers are not wearing seat belts, they can be stopped and ticketed for that reason alone. Currently, people can be ticketed for not wearing a seat belt only if the vehicle is pulled over for another violation, such as speeding. The new law takes effect June 9. (HF108)
• Resolution urging Congress to repeal an 1863 law that banished Dakota Indians from Minnesota in the wake of the 1862 Dakota Conflict. (SF1623)
• Bill on rights of people with court-appointed guardians (HF818)
SIGNED BUT Scaled Back
• Bill distributing funds generated by the Legacy Amendment to the state Constitution. Line-item veto stripped $200,000 for the Star Lake Board, which designates star lakes and rivers, among other functions. (HF1231)
• Bill allowing terminally ill patients to use marijuana for medical purposes under specified conditions. (SF97)
• Elections bill that would have moved primaries from September to August and made changes in the absentee ballot process. (SF1331)
• Homestead Lender Mediation Act dealing with foreclosure. (HF354)
For a look at gubernatorial action on all legislation sent to him this session, go to www.governor.state.mn.us and click on "Bill Log."