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Friday, July 14, 2017

LMC 2017 Law Summaries

Bemidji police officers build relationships
during a previous National Night Out.
National Night Out is less than one month away, and a new law now allows local units of government to expend funds to support programs which “foster positive relationships” between law enforcement and the community they serve.

Cities with “Community Medical Response Emergency Medical Technicians” should be aware the description of “covered services” for medical aid now includes post-discharge visits from a skilled nursing facility and not only a hospital.

These are just some of the bills that passed into law during the 2017 Minnesota legislative session. There are also changes to the laws regarding fire sprinkler system requirements, funding for grants in sex trafficking prevention, and numerous changes to the DWI laws. The funding amounts for hazmat and chemical teams, bomb squad reimbursements, the new funding amounts for police officer training, and the change in requirements for officer continuing education credits are spelled out as well.

If you’re looking for information on new laws like these that impact cities, the just-released League of Minnesota Cities 2017 Law Summaries is your guide. Assembled by the League’s Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) team, this document includes an overview of the session, as well as a summary of the bills that did not become law, and the bills the governor vetoed. It’s also bookmarked for easy reference.

Get information on more new laws impacting data practices, election laws, employment laws, and the creation and extension of many local sales taxes. The new liquor laws include laws regarding brew pub retail sales, micro-distilleries, cocktail rooms, and the extension of bar hours during the Super Bowl weekend. And yes, liquor stores can now open on Sundays.

Find all of this and more in the LMC 2017 Law Summaries.

Up next: Information on the New Minnesota Licensing and Registration Systems (MNLARS)

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