A batch of new laws will go into effect starting July 1. Here’s a quick look at some of the more notable ones.
The only law passed during the Legislature’s brief 2010 special session brings the state’s budget into balance. It ratifies many of Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s 2009 spending unallotments to erase a projected $3 billion shortfall through spending cuts and payment delays.
The statute that requires the state to delay aid payments to school districts under certain conditions has been modified. Seen as a method for the state to reduce its short-term borrowing when faced with a cash-flow problem, the old law required the state to delay aid payments to schools that had a certain level of cash reserves. The new law says the withholding “may be done.” In addition, the threshold of reserves a school must have before the state can withhold payments has been increased.
A new law going into place designates May 28 as “Veterans of Foreign Wars Day” in Minnesota. The VFW was founded on that same day in 1899 and was federally chartered by Congress on May 28, 1936.
The Legislature also made changes to standards pertaining to tattoo artists and body piercing last session. People who work with body art and the establishments where they work will now need to be licensed by the Dept. of Health. In a change from current law, no tattoos may be provided to anyone under the age of 18, regardless of parental consent.
There are a number of other new laws on the books and you can click here http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/chapterslist.asp for links to the text and effective dates for all bills that became law during the 2010 session and others back to 2002. Another big group will start Aug. 1 and we’ll follow up on that later.