Closing of the 2012 Legislative Session
In the closing days of the legislature we passed legislation that would build a new Vikings stadium. Given all the attention that has been paid to that topic I thought I would take this opportunity to highlight some of the other notable provisions that were signed into law by Governor Dayton that may be of interest to you.
Flood Mitigation. $30 million will be used to reduce the loss of public and private property related to floods. Costs are greatly reduced when proactive measures are implemented to prevent losses.
Northland Community and Technical College Bonding. $300,000 was included in the bonding bill for the expansion and renovation of the aviation maintenance facilities at Northland Community and Technical College.
Veterans’credits. Veterans will be given more credit when applying for state jobs, giving them an edge in the job-seeking field. Nondisabled veterans’ credits will increase from five points to 10 points, and disabled veterans’ from 10 to 15 points.
Vulnerable Adult Penalties. A new felony-level crime for a caregiver or operator who intentionally deprives a vulnerable adult of necessary food, clothing, shelter, health care, or supervision when the caregiver is reasonably able to make the necessary provisions.
The new law allows for a five-year felony and/or a $5,000 fine if the vulnerable adult suffers substantial bodily harm, and it allows for a 10-year felony and/or a $10,000 fine if the vulnerable adult suffers great bodily harm.
Wolf Hunting and Trapping Season. Minnesota hunters and trappers now have the option to hunt wolves during deer season (upon the DNR establishing a season).
Walk-in Access Program. The Legislature created a Walk-in Access Program that will allow the Commissioner of Natural Resources to pay land-owners to allow the public to hunt on their lands.
Dimler expansion. This provision allows tickets to be issued but not recorded when traveling 70 mph on a designated 60 mph road or 65 mph on a designated 55 mph road for two years. After the two years expired a study will be done on the safety implications of the change.
It has been an honor to serve you in St. Paul. If you have any questions about the provisions included in this article, or have questions on other pieces of legislation, do not hesitate to contact my office.