A new law will permit Minnesota to enforce protection orders issued in Canada while the person under protection is in the state.
Under current law, Minnesota law agencies can only enforce protection orders issued by other states along with the federal and tribal governments that would be an enforceable order for protection if issued in this state.
Under the new law, individuals with Canadian orders for protection could register those orders with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Those records would then be available electronically to state law enforcement officers and agencies 24 hours a day. A Canadian order for protection can be enforced even if it is not registered.
Rep. Kelly Moller (DFL-Shoreview) and Sen. Mark Johnson (R-East Grand Forks) sponsor the law, which becomes effective Aug. 1, 2021.