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New laws take effect Aug. 1

The State Capitol pictured on July 17. Photo by Paul Battaglia

Come Aug. 1, if your pet isn’t a service animal don’t try passing it off as one.

That day sees a wave of new state laws take effect, including one that makes it a crime to knowingly misrepresent an animal as an assistance animal in a public place in order to obtain rights or privileges available to someone who qualifies for a service animal.

Other new laws passed during the 2018 session that take effect Aug. 1 include those that close a DWI loophole for snowmobile and ATV use; broaden Minnesota’s law requiring motorists move over for emergency vehicles on the side of the highway; and, codify the state’s $850 million settlement with 3M over perfluorochemical contamination of drinking water.

Read more about new laws taking effect this month here and find information on all 2018 news laws here.

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