Several new state laws take effect July 1
The following are selected new laws passed during the 2016 legislative session that take effect
July 1. The asterisk following the bill number denotes the language that became law. Summaries of all laws passed by the 2016 Legislature are available online from nonpartisan House Public Information Services at www.house.leg.state.mn.us/newlaws/#/search/2016.
State spending will increase in the 2016-17 biennium, using about a fifth of the $900 million projected surplus that was forecast in February.
Sponsored by Rep. Jim Knoblach (R-St. Cloud) and Sen. Richard Cohen (DFL-St. Paul), a new law appropriates an additional $182.39 million from the General Fund for the current biennium and anticipates an additional $233.33 million in 2018-19 biennial spending. Articles in the law cover
E-12 education, higher education, health and human services, agriculture and environment, jobs and equity, public safety and state government.
Highlights of the law include:
• Higher Education: $2 million for the state grant program for low- and middle-income Minnesota students attending any in-state postsecondary institution. The Office of Higher Education will also receive $500,000 for equity in postsecondary attainment grants and $500,000 for the creation of a web system connecting students and employers.
• Broadband: An additional $40 million in General Fund spending in Fiscal Year 2017. Of the new money, $35 million is to go toward broadband development grants. Of this, $5 million may be used for grants to underserved areas, and up to $1 million may be used for administrative costs. The law will also change state access and high-speed goals.
• Economic Disparities: An appropriation of $35 million to be distributed among a wide range of grant programs and organizations working to reduce economic disparities among racial and ethnic groups in the state.
• Health and Human Services: No additional money for health and human services programming is provided in the new law. However, funding shifts, largely from the Health Care Access Fund, will provide an increase in certain reimbursement rates and subsidized services, including 35 percent for a dental clinic or group that meets the critical access dental provider designation and a 30 percent increase for dentists offering services to those on Medicare.
Eyelash extension license to be required
People not licensed as cosmetologists or estheticians will be required to obtain a license to apply eyelash extensions. This new category of licensee, eyelash extension technicians, will be regulated by the Board of Cosmetologist Examiners. Sponsored by Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria), the law will require technicians to complete 14 hours of education or training in order to obtain the license.
Electronic raffle stubs can replace those made from paper
Purchased raffle tickets are traditionally put into a container and winners hand-drawn. A new law will allow for numbers to be electronically selected. Sponsored by Rep. Chris Swedzinski (R-Ghent) and Sen. Dan Sparks (DFL-Austin), the law will also increase bingo prize limits from $200 to $500; create a new definition for "share the pot" raffles; shorten from six months to 90 days the time a person must be with an organization before being named a gambling manager; clarify how hot-ball bingo prizes may be funded; and require local jurisdictions receiving 10 percent of gambling net profits for charitable purposes to publicly acknowledge the source of the funds.
Changes made to electronic waste recycling laws
How electronics manufacturers arrange for the collection and recycling of their products, and how much they must pay, will be modified. Sponsored by Rep. Denny McNamara (R-Hastings), a new law also requires the Board of Investment to manage the Metropolitan Landfill Contingency Action Trust "to maximize long-term gain." The law makes numerous electronic waste technical changes, and among other provisions will:
• Specify that a manufacturer is financially liable for transporting and recycling video display devices, but not for the costs of activities with covered electronic devices that take place before they're transported to the recycler.
• Require collection sites to be staffed and open to the public for an "adequate" period.
• Change how the amount of products each manufacturer must recycle annually is calculated.
• Allow collectors to limit the covered electronic devices accepted per customer per day.
• Amend the reporting date and add a requirement that recyclers report the weight of video display devices, and the weight of batteries and mercury containing lamps as covered electronic devices.
• Require certification that recyclers of covered electronic devices only accept them from registered collectors.