Today, Governor Mark Dayton signed nineteen bills into law.
Chapter 282, HF 3169: The bill modifies a proposed constitutional amendment to remove lawmakers' power to set their own pay. This bill establishes a legislative salary council, if the constitutional amendment passes. This passed the House 68-62 and the Senate 40-25.
Chapter 283, HF 2989: This bill regulates certain filings, recordings, and registrations between business organizations and the secretary of state. This passed unanimously in both chambers.
Chapter 284, HF 183: This bill enhances penalties and procedures for unauthorized access of data by public employees. This passed unanimously in both chambers.
Chapter 285, HF 2446: This bill gives the Board of Pharmacy cease and desist authority to prevent the sale of synthetic drugs. The bill also modifies laws governing misbranding drugs, adulterated drugs, and provides that when a person is convicted for selling a controlled substance under false pretense of being legal, they must pay mandatory restitution. This bill passed the House 129-0 and the Senate 55-2.
Chapter 288, HF 2166: This bill allows local governments to use electronic rosters to administer elections and sets minimum technology standards electronic rosters must have. The bill also requires an evaluation of electronic rosters during the 2014 General Election. This passed the House 130-0 and the Senate 53-3.
Chapter 292, SF 2255: This bill grants the Metropolitan Council additional investment authority and authorizes certain investments by a Minnesota joint powers investment trust. This passed the House 73-57 and the Senate 34-24.
Chapter 296, HF 1951: This retirement bill updates and modifies a variety of provisions related to retirement benefits for state employees. This passed the House 79-52 and the Senate 38-24.
Chapter 297, HF 1981: This transportation bill eliminates the sunset of certain snow removal authorities. This passed unanimously in both chambers.
Chapter 298, HF 2255: This public safety bill clarifies the scope of the ignition interlock device program for criminal vehicular operation. This passed the House 72-57 and the Senate 55-0.
Chapter 299, HF 2798: This bill prohibits plants treated with pollinator lethal insecticide from being labeled or advertised as "beneficial" to pollinators. This passed the House 111-17 and the Senate 60-0.
Chapter 300, HF 2881: This bill amends the regulation of motor carriers for railroad employees. This passed the House 77-50 and the Senate 53-10.
Chapter 301, HF 155: This bill increases the maximum fees permitted to be charged by notaries public. This passed the House 82-47 and the Senate 45-16.
Chapter 302, HF 1226: This bill provides enhanced penalties for causing the death of or assaulting a prosecuting attorney or judge. This passed the House 128-1 and the Senate 55-0
Chapter 304, SF 2175: This bill prohibits state agencies from paying more than ten percent over the appraised value of a property, when acquiring property. This passed the House 122-10 and the Senate 51-15.
Chapter 305, SF 2065: This bill makes the Department of Labor and Industry’s Contractor Registration Pilot Program permanent, aligns Minnesota’s apprenticeship laws with the federal standards, and modifies municipal building code enforcement. The bill provides an exception to certain high pressure boiler requirements and requires a workgroup to study plumbing at certain resorts. This passed the House 82-48 and the Senate 40-18.
Chapter 306, SF 1360: This bill extends extending the felony crime of fraudulent or improper financing statements. The crime now includes retaliation against a police officer, chief of police, or official or employee of the Department of Corrections, or local correctional agency. This passed the House 132-0 and the Senate 55-1.
Chapter 307, SF 2343: This state government bill modifies investment reporting. This bill passed unanimously in both chambers.
Chapter 309, HF 2531: This campaign finance bill increases the transparency of the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board’s operations and requires public officials to include more financial information on their statements of economic interest. The bill also makes various technical and clarifying changes to Chapter 10A. This passed the House 70-61 and the Senate 59-2.
Chapter 310, HF 3073: This insurance bill modifies regulations to reduce insurance fraud; no-fault auto benefits and establishes a task force on motor vehicle insurance coverage verification. This bill passed the House 72-55 and the Senate 41-21.