ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton signed nineteen bills into law.
Chapter 207, HF 1916: This bill authorizes special license plates for women veterans. This bill passed the House 118-0 and the Senate 54-9.
Chapter 208, HF 2405: This data practices bill classifies checking account numbers as nonpublic data. The bill passed unanimously in both chambers.
Chapter 209, HF 2953: This corrections bill eliminates a requirement that counties be contiguous in order to qualify for a grant for correctional services. This passed the House 126-6 and the Senate 60-0.
Chapter 210, HF 3115: This elections bill allows the Saint Louis County Board to designate a two-year term for the district 7 board seat following the 2014 election. After the 2016 election, the seat turns back into a four-year term, staggering terms as required by state law. The bill passed unanimously in both chambers.
Chapter 211, HF 3014: This bill creates the Public Employment Relations Board to hear unfair labor practice claims under the Public Employee Relations Act. This passed the House 74-59 and the Senate 35-26.
Chapter 213, HF 3238: This public safety bill prohibits individuals from possessing weapons if they are subject to domestic violence restraining orders. The bill requires individuals to surrender their firearms if they have been convicted of domestic violence offenses. The bill provides penalties for those who fail to comply. This bill passed the House 111-15 and the Senate 60-4.
Chapter 214, HF 3043: This bill authorizes local governments to transfer cemetery property to a tribal cemetery association. The bill passed unanimously in both chambers.
Chapter 215, SF 2398: This commerce bill updates laws regulating liens on personal property in self-storage. The bill passed unanimously in both chambers.
Chapter 219, HF 2313: This bill updates the definition of a confidential employee. This bill passed the House 79-46 and the Senate 36-23.
Chapter 220, HF 1425: This local government bill modifies definitions that apply to municipal boundary adjustments. The bill passed unanimously in both chambers.
Chapter 221, HF 655: This energy bill regulates the routing process for high-voltage transmission lines and prohibits the designation of a preferred route in the permitting process. The bill passed unanimously in both chambers.
Chapter 223, SF 2490: This labor bill provides procedures for how local governments and school districts handle collective bargaining agreements and protect employees when entering a new joint powers agreement. This bill passed the House 77-49 and the Senate 39-23.
Chapter 224, SF 2609: This local government bill authorizes four-year terms for the Grand Rapids Public Utilities Commission. The bill passed unanimously in both chambers.
Chapter 226, HF 1874: This natural resources bill appropriates money from environment and natural resources trust funds and modifies provisions for the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. This bill passed the House 99-29 and the Senate 47-15.
Chapter 228, SF 1340: This is a technical bill that clarifies the roles and responsibilities of the Department of Human Services Office of the Inspector General. The bill also establishes a task force under the Commissioner of Health to provide recommendations to integrate foregin-trained physicians into Minnesota’s health care system. The bill passed the House 129-0 and the Senate 54-0.
Chapter 229, SF 2162: This bill allows Hennepin County Housing Redevelopment Authority and watershed districts in Hennepin County to join a regional collaboration reinvestment program. The bill passed the House 75-55 and the Senate 50-17.
Chapter 230, HF 2318: This bill allows the South St Paul Public School District, by resolution, to change from election districts to at-large elections for its school board members. The bill passed the House 127-1 and the Senate 58-0.
Chapter 231, HF 2912: This bill allows auto dealers to sell the vehicle at wholesale or retail instead of selling the vehicle by public auction when the auto dealer is a lienholder. The bill passed the House 119-7 and the Senate 66-0.
Chapter 232, SF 1900: This bill is also known as “Steve’s Law,” after Steve Rummler, who died of a heroin overdose in 2011. It allows certain non-health care professionals to administer a medication that can counteract a drug overdose. The bill also provides some immunity from prosecution if an individual seeks emergency medical assistance in the case of a drug overdose. The bill passed unanimously in both chambers.