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New Minnesota Laws Take Hold August 1

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(MPR News) Some of the laws passed during the 2014 Minnesota legislative session take effect Friday. Here's a look at five key changes from a list posted by the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Minimum wage starts to increase
The state's minimum hourly wage begins its climb to $9.50 by 2016. First, the state's minimum hourly wage will increase from $6.15 to $8, phasing up to $9.50 by 2016. Beginning in 2018, all wages would increase each year on Jan. 1 by inflation.

Domestic abusers, stalkers gun ban
A new law prohibits a person subject to an order for protection in a child or domestic abuse case from possessing weapons. It also requires them and someone convicted of a domestic assault or stalking offense to surrender their firearms if it is part of their punishment.

Drug definition includes synthetics
The law expands the definition of drug to include "any compound, substance, or derivative which is not approved for human consumption by the United States Food and Drug Administration or specifically permitted for human consumption by Minnesota law."

Protection against data breaches
Several recent high-profile data breaches by public employees spurred a new law that lays out penalties and preventive measures. The law will require procedures for ensuring that private data is accessible only to those whose work assignment calls for it.

Motorists' duty in collision updated
This law expands a driver's responsibility after a collision. It requires them to stop and investigate what was struck. It also expands what conditions require a motorist to remain at the scene.

Increase in Fines for Speeding Through Construction Zones

The fine for speeding through a work zone increases to $300. 

More information on new laws at http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hinfo/leginfo/0814nlrelease.pdf

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