This article was originally posted on
June 30, 2010
This Report contains several interesting topics
- Staying in Touch
- New Laws Effective July 1, 2010
Veterans of Foreign Wars Day
Draw Blood for DWI
Predatory Offender Registration
- Other Laws Passed in 2010
Entrepreneur Resource Network
Small-Employer Health Insurance
Domestic Abuse Changes Now Law
Kelsey Smith Act
Ignition Interlock Enacted
Other DWI Changes
Revoking Health-Related Licenses
Syringe, Lancet Stewardship Program
Utility Shutoffs Must Be Posted
Rules on Cancer Chemo Co-Pays
Safe Drug Disposal Act
- Women in Government Conference
Staying in Touch with Today’s Issues:
We live in a technical age where most information is readily accessible on the Internet. The Web connects us to each other with such immediacy that it is easy to keep up on the issues of the day and follow any political process or debate of interest.
For instance, information on current legislative activities is available through the House Session Weekly
, a free, weekly news magazine published by the House Public Information Services Office.
This weekly provides brief synopses of bills under consideration by the Legislature and a listing of House bills being introduced.
If you are interested in subscribing to the Session Weekly, I encourage you to sign up at the House Web site at http://www.house.mn
. Here you can also receive daily updates about House activities at the Session Daily
For those of you who already receive the House Session Weekly news magazine in your mailbox weekly during session, please note: At the end of every biennium, postal regulations require the Session Weekly mailing list to be purged
. If you want to receive Session Weekly next year, when the legislative session begins Jan. 4, 2011, you will need to renew your subscription. You can do this by filling out the renewal form contained in the final 2010 Session Weekly issue, by calling House Public Information Services (651-296-2146 or 800-657-3550), or go on line to our webpage at http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hinfo/subscribesw.asp#bymail
Legislative activity does not come to a standstill during the interim, and electronic updates are available through a number of resources:
• Session Daily, a nonpartisan electronic news source, will be updated as necessary during the interim at http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hinfo/sdaily.asp
• follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/MNHouseInfo
• House and Senate committee and legislative commission schedules will be updated at http://www.leg.state.mn.us/calendarday.asp?jday=all
• some meetings will be broadcast live on the web. Information is available at http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/liveweb.htm
New Laws Effective July 1, 2010
The new budget erases a projected $3 billion budget shortfall through spending cuts and payment delays. Schools, veterans services, and nursing homes did not receive a direct cut.
When a citizen files a data practices complaint against a state agency, it often takes months or years to resolve. A new law aims to speed up the process. The new law establishes a new process through the Office of Administrative Hearings when filing a complaint under the Data Practices Act. HF2899/SF2354/CH297
Veterans of Foreign Wars Day
A new law designates May 28 as Veterans of Foreign Wars Day in Minnesota. HF2674/SF2475/CH244
Who can draw blood for DWI
In an effort to expedite the process for police and the courts, a new law will allow medical personnel trained in a licensed hospital or educational institution to withdraw blood to determine the presence of alcohol, controlled substances or hazardous substances.
Predatory offender registration
Predatory offenders will be prohibited from listing homeless shelters as their primary or secondary address. Under current law, if an offender registers as homeless, they are required to check in weekly with local law enforcement; however, by using the shelter as a primary or secondary residence, the offender does not need to check in weekly, even if they are not staying at the shelter.
More New Laws Passed in 2010
Entrepreneur resource network
Establishes a website where entrepreneurs can access both public and private resources to help establish and grow their businesses.
Went into law May 1, 2010. HF2839/SF2758/CH283
Small-employer health insurance
Explores the possibility of increasing the employee cap on the small-employer health insurance market from 50 to 100 employees in order to provide more health care options at a lower cost for small businesses. New law will go into effect on August 1, 2010.
Domestic abuse changes now law
Strengthens domestic abuse protections for victims as well as penalties for offenders with several new provisions. New law will go into effect on August 1, 2010. HF2608/SF2437/CH299
Kelsey Smith Act
The Kelsey Smith Act will require cell phone service providers to disclose their customers’ call location information in emergency situations in order to better help law enforcement find missing persons when time is critical. This law will go into effect on August 1, 2010. HF2639/SF2470/CH342
Ignition interlock enacted
; other DWI changes
In order to keep people who drink and drive off state roadways, a new law requires use of an ignition interlock device for repeat offenders and others. HF3106/SF2741/CH366
Revoking health-related licenses
Bans chiropractors convicted of criminal sexual conduct from regaining their licenses. HF3634/SF3147/CH349
Syringe, lancet stewardship program
Requires manufacturers of sharps and pharmaceutical companies that make drugs used in the sharps will be required to share information on their websites about their plans for the proper disposal of sharps and lancets. New law will go into effect January 1, 2011.
Utility shutoffs must be posted
Ensures tenants are notified before utilities are shut off due to a landlord who has fallen behind on paying utility costs. New Law went into effect on April 1, 2010. HF3259/SF2875/CH210
State Primary Election is moved to second Tuesday in August to ensure military personnel serving overseas can vote. HF 2552/SF2251/CH184
Makes changes as a result of 2008 US Senate recount to ensure uniform election procedures. HF3111/SF2622/CH194
Rules on cancer chemo co-pays
Prohibits health plan companies from charging higher co-pays or deductibles for oral chemotherapy drugs versus those that are injected or infused. This will help cancer patients afford need and less intrusive chemotherapy medication. New law will go into effect on August 1, 2010. HF1847/SF1761/CH326
Safe Drug Disposal Act
Provides for safe system to collect unused prescription drugs to prevent drug abuse by young people and reduce waste. New Law went into effect on April 11, 2010. HF1217/SF1568/CH223
New law aims to increase collaboration between all levels of government in order to improve efficiency and reduce costs. New law went into effect on June 1, 2010. HF2840/SF2511/CH319
Women in Government Conferences
At the end of May, I attended the Women in Government’s Jobs Evolution: States’ Response to Emerging Economic Challenges Conference and their 17th Annual Midwestern Regional Conference. I welcomed the opportunity to participate in an agenda that concentrated on key interest areas: healthcare, higher education, energy, environment, transportation and economic development.
Women in Government Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, bi-partisan organization of all female state legislators across the country which provides educational resources, expert forums, networking and leadership opportunities.
For more than twenty years, Women in Government has hosted outstanding conferences that offers a blend of analysis from nationally known experts, networking and discussion groups for an exchange of ideas and clear action steps. This bi-partisan forum of exchanging ideas from state to state is invaluable because it encourages and stimulates discussion of the best possible outcomes for the future.
Fortunately, the exchange of ideas continues long after the conferences adjourn on the Women in Government web site (www.womeningovernment.org).
State Representative Sandra Masin
House District 38A