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Legislative Update - July 29, 2019

Monday, July 29, 2019

Dear neighbors,

In my last legislative update, I talked about the hands-free law and provided tips to help folks prepare for it to go into effect. This week, I wanted to share information about other new laws taking effect on Thursday, August 1.

New Laws Taking Effect August 1

Laws that are taking effect next month will:

  • Protect residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities from experiencing retaliation after they file a complaint.
  • Make sure that patients aren’t surprised by high out-of-pocket expenses by requiring provider-based clinics to disclose any facility fees before they start treatment.
  • Require state agencies to provide opportunities for user acceptance testing when implementing new software. This law will ensure that any problems or glitches are identified before the software is introduced.
  • Protect Minnesota youth from sexual misconduct. This new law, which I championed, expands the definition of position of authority that’s used in criminal sexual conduct cases involving minors. Currently, this only applies when the adult is directly responsible for the minor when the offense occurs.
  • Close a loophole that excluded intentional, nonconsensual grabbing of another person’s clothed buttocks from sexual harassment law.
  • Make it easier for people with disabilities to obtain disability license plates and permits.
  • Allow deployed service members to participate remotely in local government hearings.

A comprehensive list of the policies that go into effect in August is available here.

Canoeing with White Bear Lake Students

I had a great time canoeing on Bald Eagle Lake with students from Lakeaires Elementary earlier this week! The students were participating in a Wilderness Inquiry program that helps kids learn and connect with nature through outdoor adventures. Several Wilderness Inquiry programs received funding through the Legacy Amendment this session. I appreciated the opportunity to spend time with the students and see Legacy funds at work in our community.  

National Night Out

Dozens of National Night Out events will take place on Tuesday, August 6. This annual event, also known as Night to Unite, is a great opportunity to spend time with friends and neighbors and build community spirit! Local Sheriff’s, Police, and Fire Departments try to visit neighborhood block parties. If you’re hosting an event, remember to register with your county and local government and sign up for a visit.

If you’re hosting a block party, please let me know! I’ll do my best to attend as many events as possible.

I always appreciate hearing from fellow community members. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Ami Wazlawik
State Representative

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