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Governor Walz Signs 13 Bills into Law

5/25/2021 12:19:38 PM

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz today signed 13 bills into law as passed by the Minnesota Legislature.

The Governor’s bill signing included:

Chapter 18, SF 1807 : Sunset of Temporary Exception for Certain Filings

• The bill extends a temporary provision allowing for the filing of deeds or trusts for utility or taconite companies in the Office of the Secretary of State instead of county offices. The provision had expired on December 31, 2020, and this bill changes the expiration to June 30, 2022.

Chapter 19, SF 1091 : Lake City Port Authority Commission

• The bill grants authority to the city of Lake City to establish a port authority commission, and provides that, if a commission is established, it may exercise the same powers as a municipal housing and redevelopment authority.

Chapter 20, SF 443 : Predatory Offender Status Disclosure

• The bill adds hospice providers to the list of health care providers who must be advised of persons entering their facilities with predatory offender status.

Chapter 21, SF 1284 : Checking Account Requirement Modifications

• The bill allows financial institutions to expand access to new account openings to individuals who, under current law, would be prohibited from opening them due to criminal offenses related to the use of a check.

Chapter 22, SF 1712 : Omnibus Retirement Bill

• This bill modifies and makes technical changes to pension and retirement funds.

Chapter 23, SF 1047 : Electric Cogeneration Purchase Power Agreement

• The bill allows the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to approve a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the St. Paul Cogeneration. The bill will keep the facility open and lay out a pathway to future electrification.

Chapter 24, SF 519 : Released Offender Identification Cards

• The bill ensures certain supports when releasing individuals from state correctional facilities to help facilitate successful reentry into the community. The bill requires the Department of Corrections (DOC) to provide certain information, medication, and records to individuals upon release. It also requires the DOC to enact a homeless mitigation plan for individuals upon release.

Chapter 25, HF 809 : Identity Theft Crime Technical Changes

• This bill makes a technical change to the criminal statutes, separating penalties for identity theft from child pornography crimes.

Chapter 26, HF 2360 : DOC Claim Settlement

• This bill appropriates money to reimburse the DOC for claims already paid by the department between March 2019 and February 2021 for losses suffered by individuals while incarcerated in a state correctional facility, including medical services provided to persons injured while performing community service or sentence-to-service work.

Chapter 27, SF 193 : PSYPACT Creation

• This bill enacts into law the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact, which is an agreement between the State of Minnesota and other member states designed to facilitate the practice of psychology across state boundaries without having to become licensed in additional member states.

Chapter 28, SF 958: Omnibus Agriculture and Broadband Policy and Finance

• The bill includes operational changes to Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) programs to increase transparency and efficiency, including technical improvements to MDA’s Agricultural Marketing Program, the Good Food Access Program, the Bioincentives Program, and the Cottage Food Program.

Chapter 30, HF 2128 : Omnibus Health and Human Services Policy and Finance

• The bill includes policy provisions for the Minnesota Department of Health and Department of Human Services, the expansion of the Office of Medical Cannabis, and the creation of uniform service standards for mental health services.

Chapter 31, HF 1952 : Omnibus State Government Policy and Finance

The bill includes statute changes for the Department of Administration and statutory technical corrections for the Office of Minnesota IT Services (MNIT), including renaming MNIT as a state department. It also enables federal funds to be appropriated for veterans’ homes in Preston, Montevideo, and Bemidji, and creates a Capitol Flag Program for the families of veterans killed in the line of duty. The legislation also includes articles covering Military and Veterans’ Affairs, elections, and campaign finance.

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