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Major Legislation Signed by Governor Ventura from 2000 Legislature
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Auto Insurance

HF 2719 regulates insurance coverage regarding a person who gets into an accident with a loaner vehicle from a repair shop. The new law means the driver's insurance pays first, rather than the repair shop's insurance.

Auto Glass Rebates
A bill that would limit the incentives auto glass companies can give customers was signed by Gov. Jesse Ventura on April 6. The law limits incentives companies can offer to $35. In addition, it requires prices for auto glass service to be determined based on a survey of average costs in cities and towns around the state. (HF2656 | SF3441 )

Bleacher Safety
SF 3272 makes changes to last year's bleacher safety bill, including changing some of the safety requirements for guardrails and exempting some retractable bleachers that are already in place.

SF 2615 provides immunity for the mother of a newborn to leave her child at the hospital within 72 hours of being born. The bill outlines procedures the hospital must take upon receiving the baby.

SF 3410 changes the definition of child neglect to no longer include exposure to domestic violence as criteria for neglect.

SF 3410 changes the definition of child neglect to no longer include exposure to domestic violence as criteria for neglect.

Crime Prevention
HF 2688 is the Omnibus Crime Prevention and Judiciary Finance bill (Katie's Law).

SF 2577 restructures the DWI laws to make them easier to understand and use. It also establishes a working group that will study felony DWI and make recommendations to the Legislature by September 2000.

SF 11 provides for a six-year statute of limitations for causes of action based on domestic abuse, and provides funding for Ramsey County's Domestic Abuse Pilot Program.

HF 2830 raises the age of underage prostitution from 16-years-old to 18-years-old. The bill also requires the Commissioner of Public Safety and the POST Board to do a report on training for peace officers on matters relating to juvenile prostitution.

SF 1733 allows for civil recourse against a person who is over 21, not a licensed alcohol vendor and provides alcohol to a guest who then injures another person or damages property.

HF 2516 amends the definition of harassment to include a single incident of physical or sexual assault.

SF 1288 has a number of provisions that relate to fisheries, wildlife and enforcement, including regulating fishing contests. This bill corrects the technical problems with the lighted fishing lure.

HF 3046 raises hunting and fishing license fees; and dedicates lottery in lieu of sales tax to the DNR, zoos and metropolitan trails. The bill also establishes a wolf management plan.

SF 3586 allows anglers to use lures with lights built into them.

SF 2514 sets the daily limit for taking perch at 20 and the total possession limit at 50.

Food Safety
SF 3348 is the "Hot Dish Bill," exempting potluck events from regulation of the food code when the events are open to the general public and the public can bring food.

SF 2795 allows the State Board of Investments to invest the tobacco settlement dollars in the MERC and Tobacco Endowment in a less conservative manner, allowing the money to potentially earn more than the current 5% projection.

SF 3423 permits the Commissioner of Commerce to provide special assistance to Minnesota residents who have claims against insurers for deaths or other losses related to the Holocaust. The bill also requires insurers who are not cooperating with the international commission on Holocaust era insurance claims to provide data for a registry of Holocaust-related insurance policies. Housing
HF 3901 gives the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency the authority to enter into interest rate swaps, a tool that can help provide lower interest rates for first time homebuyers.

HF 3510 creates four lifetime hunting and fishing licenses and a fund to track and invest the receipts. The bill also allows hunters in five Northwest Minnesota counties to take two deer per year by buying both a firearms and an archery license.

HF 979 clarifies that landlords are allowed to include utility costs in a tenant's rent or to bill a tenant separately for utility costs. The bill also requires landlords that separately bill tenants for utility costs to comply with a number of conditions, including notifying prospective tenants of the utility costs and providing tenants with a copy of the utility bill if they request one.

SF 2546 allows for the recovery of sunken logs in state waters.

Medical Insurance
SF 2767 requires health plan companies and third party administrators to pay claims that do not require substantiating documentation within 30 days.

Mental Health Care
SF 2634 allows the parents of a 16 or 17-year-old to voluntarily commit their child for mental illness. The bill also gives a family member of a patient access to information about the patient.

Mosquito Spraying
Gov. Jesse Ventura signed a law April 6 to prohibit the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District from spraying on state lands without the permission of the Department of Natural Resources. (HF3134 | SF2857)

SF 2894 helps protect the confidentiality of employees who have been discriminated against in violation of OSHA law.

HF 3501 is the Omnibus Data Privacy bill. Among other things, it requires the Department of Economic Security to share data with the INS.

HF 2833 allows educational data regarding certain student behaviors, such as drug or alcohol use, to be shared with the juvenile justice system. Taxes and Spending
HF 4127 is the Omnibus Tax Bill, which provides for a sales tax rebate, income tax cut and cuts in vehicle registration fees.

SF 2956 creates an interstate compact of nine Midwestern states to promote the development of intercity passenger rail.

Vetoes HF 118 instituted a time limit of 18 months for unconfirmed cabinet members to serve in a governor's administration.

HF 2809 required the state to keep open the Ah-Gwah-Ching nursing home in Walker. Overriden in April.

SF 76 modified DWI motor vehicle forfeiture laws to lift the responsibility of financial institutions to reimburse law enforcement for processing costs.

SF 3291 allowed vehicle owners to get their possessions from inside their car or truck before it is towed.

SF 884 offered a break in marriage fees for those who take premarital education.

SF 3387 required a 24-hour waiting period for most women seeking abortions.

SF 2484 designated the left lane for passing. Compromise worked out to post signs in Greater Minnesota urging slower drivers to keep right.

SF 2385 exempted public hospital employees from a state compensation limit.

HF 2891 provided spending for various road, bridge and transit projects. Line-item vetoed was $750,000 for three new travel information centers in the Minnesota River Valley.

HF 2699 provided spending a variety of state agencies and programs. Items singled out for vetoes were:
$30,000 for the purchase drug detection dogs.
$1.75 million for construction of regional adult detention facilities.

HF 4078 borrowed or provided spending for statewide construction projects. Items singled out for vetoes were:
$1.5 million for multicultural development grants.
$1 million for the Lanesboro Center for the Arts.
$3 million for a new Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.
$500,000 for the Center for Agricultural Innovation in Olivia.
$150,000 for the St. Croix Valley Heritage Center.
$135,000 to purchase an organ donor vehicle.
$2.7 million for a Cold Weather Testing Center in International Falls.
$100,000 for the Landfall HRA retaining walls.