Chapter 204 streamlines court processes
for litigants and changes several laws to
further enable the court to move toward
electronic processing of court records.
Chapter 205 allows housing courts and
housing calendars to use referees for the
majority of landlord and tenant cases.
Chapter 212 amends and repeals outdated and redundant public safety statutes,
and requires a report on the collection of
data on victims of domestic abuse.
Chapter 213 prohibits individuals from
possessing weapons if they are subject
to domestic violence restraining orders,
and requires individuals to surrender
their firearms if they have been convicted of domestic violence offenses.
Chapter 215 updates laws regulating liens
on personal property in self-storage.
Chapter 219 updates the definition of a
confidential employee under the Public
Employment Labor Relations Act
Chapter 220 provides definitions for annexation and limits annexation of parcels by ordinance.
Chapter 232 allows certain persons who
are not health care professionals to administer a medication that can counteract a drug overdose and provides some
immunity from prosecution if an individual seeks emergency medical assistance in the case of a drug overdose.
Chapter 233 allows a person who has
brought a civil court action in district
court for a violation of the Minnesota
Human Rights Act (related to discrimination in employment, housing, credit,
education, and other areas) to have a
Chapter 239, the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA), increases enforcement of equal pay laws; modifies eligibility for unemployment benefits when the
applicant is a victim of sexual assault or
stalking; expands pregnancy and parenting leave, sick leave benefits, and pregnancy workplace accommodations; and
prohibits employment discrimination on
the basis of familial status.
Chapter 242 clarifies that failing to pay
court-ordered support is a crime.
Chapter 245 modifies the requirements to
file a petition for relief from conviction
as well as the notice requirement for offenders who owe restitution.
Chapter 246 reforms the state’s expungement laws, amending laws governing
disclosure of background study results by
the commissioner of human services, expanding judicial expungement authority
over juvenile expungements, requiring
any business screening records to keep
their criminal records current, allowing for eviction records to be expunged
at the time of judgment, amending and
expanding the scope of the factors for
a court to consider in granting a statutory expungement, creating a path to
expungement without petitioning the
court, amending the law governing access to expunged records, and creating
additional notice requirements for expungement orders.
Chapter 253 aims to enhance accountability and transparency in public construction projects by creating a definition of a responsible contractor.
Chapter 257 voids indemnification agreements in contracts with design professional servicers when the terms of the
contract require the design professional
servicer to indemnify the actions of others who are not the design professional
servicer, their employees, or others for
whom they are liable.
Chapter 259 clarifies predatory offender
registration requirements and sentencing for criminal sexual conduct in the
Chapter 260 amends the definition of
“crime of violence” in firearm law.
Chapter 263 authorizes counties to use
GPS to monitor domestic abuse offenders.
Chapter 269 appropriates money to compensate wrongfully imprisoned individuals who have been exonerated.
Chapter 270 enhances the penalties for
repeat criminal sexual conduct offenders.
Chapter 278 requires law enforcement to
have a tracking warrant to receive electronic device location information.
Chapter 283 regulates filings, recordings,
and registrations between business organizations and the Secretary of State’s
Chapter 285 modifies laws governing misbranding drugs and 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.
Chapter 293 makes clear that a private
contractor performing a government
function under a contract is subject to
the Data Practices Act, regardless of
whether those specific terms are included in the contract. The bill, known as
“the Timberjay bill,” was in response to
a 2013 Minnesota Supreme Court case.
Provisions related to vehicle records and
standards for transfer of driver’s license
and motor vehicle registration data were
also added. Note: Gov. Dayton vetoed
a provision of the bill that appropriated
funds to the legislative auditor for the
oversight of data storage. At the time
this article went to press, this was the
only instance in which the governor
exercised his line-item veto power this
Chapter 301 increases the maximum
fee permitted to be charged by notaries
public from one dollar to five dollars.
Chapter 302 provides enhanced penalties
for causing the death of or assaulting a
prosecuting attorney or judge.
Chapter 306 extends the felony crime of
fraudulent or improper financing statements to include retaliation against a
police officer, chief of police, official or
employee of the Department of Corrections, or local correctional agency.
Chapter 308, the second omnibus tax
bill, provides an additional $103 million
in tax relief, including an increase in
the agricultural homestead market value
credit, increasing local government aid
appropriations, and increasing homestead credit refunds and renter property
Chapter 311 legalizes the use of medical
cannabis for specific individuals suffering
from debilitating illnesses. s
a 2012 graduate
of the University
of minnesota law
School and the
of Public affairs, she works with mSBa’s
contract lobbyist, staff, and members
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