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Senators work Sunday night as the end of the 2018 legislative session looms. (Staff photo: Kevin Featherly)

In the Hopper: Catching up on bills signed and vetoed

The legislative session is over, but Gov. Mark Dayton still has work to do as he decides the fate of legislative bills—notably the supplemental omnibus budget bill and an omnibus taxes/education aid bill, both of which he has pledged to veto.

In the session’s concluding days, however, Dayton did take action on various bills that traveled as standalone legislation. What follows is a selection of 18 bills of interest to attorneys that he has either vetoed or signed. Bills’ lead authors are listed in parentheses.

So far the governor has vetoed eight bills that passed during the session just ended. He has signed a total of 81 bills into law; one other bill was allowed to become law without a signature.

Depending on circumstances, he has up to 17 days after the Legislature’s Sunday night adjournment to decide the fate of the other the bills sent to his desk.

Bills vetoed

House File 4133 (Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck). The omnibus agriculture policy bill, according to Dayton, would have signed away the rights of Minnesotans, especially in rural areas, to clean, safe drinking water. Vetoed on May 21.

House File 4385 (Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston): The Legislature’s first crack at passing an omnibus tax-conformity bill. The governor vetoed it, saying that he would not pass the GOP tax-policy overhaul unless the Legislature first conceded to his demands for a $138 million one-time emergency school aid package. Vetoed on May 17. Afterward, lawmakers tried again with an omnibus school aid and tax conformity bill (House File 947), which the governor also is expected to veto.

House File 390 (Rep. Nick Zerwas, R-Elk River): A controversial measure that would have increased criminal penalties for protesters who block freeways, airports or access to mass transit. In part, Dayton rejected it for language that penalized actions which “tend to interfere with or obstruct the operation of a transit vehicle.” That’s too broad, Dayton said. Vetoed on May 19.

House File 2940 (Rep. Matt Bliss, R-Pennington): Would have required legislative approval for certain “water pollution fees,” a move the governor said amounts to legislative preemption of the executive branch. Vetoed on May 19.

House File 2835 (Rep. Dave Baker, R-St. Cloud): A bill to provide relief to deputy registrars who are losing income because of the botched Minnesota Licensing and Registration System roll-out. The bill would have diverted money from Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services special revenue accounts, a move Dayton described as both fiscally irresponsible and an inadequate short-term solution. Vetoed on May 19. The House voted late Sunday 79-52 to override Dayton’s veto, 11 votes short of the needed supermajority. That left the Senate with no reason to take up the override.

House File 3759 (Rep. Dan Fabian, R-Roseau): Would have required the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to permit the building and routing of the controversial Enbridge Energy Line 3 crude oil pipeline project across northern Minnesota. The bill would preempt longstanding PUC evaluation processes, the governor said. Vetoed on May 19.

Bills signed

Senate File 2554 (Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake): Requires the Public Safety commissioner to collect of information on the connection between pornography and sex trafficking. It also authorizes the expansion of penalty assessments. Signed on May 17.

Senate File 2863 (Sen. Jerry Relph, R-St. Cloud): Establishes a new sexual assault examination kit handling procedure and outlines victims’ rights to access active investigative data that pertains to submitted examination kits. Signed on May 19.

House File 3833 (Rep. Joe Schomacker, R-Luverne): Provides financial exploitation protections for older and vulnerable adults. It also shields broker-dealers or investment advisers who, in good faith, make governmental disclosures or cooperate with civil or criminal investigations relating to financial exploitation of an eligible adult. Signed on May 19.

House File 2945 (Rep. Roz Peterson, R-Lakeville): Modifies requirements for intensive residential treatment centers and adult crisis-response service providers. Signed on May 19.

Senate File 3480 (Sen. Rich Draheim, R-Mountain Lake): Modifies medical price disclosure requirements and increase primary care price transparency. Among its provisions, the bill requires providers to maintain and disclose a list of services costing more than $25 and that correspond to their 25 most frequently billed medical and diagnostic procedures. Signed on May 19.

Senate File 3102 (Benson): Modifies communicable disease isolation and quarantine provisions. For instance, it prohibits employers from disciplining or discharging any worker who acts as a volunteer or contractual caregiver for someone under quarantine. Signed on May 19.

Senate File 2683 (Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake): Modifies human services background study requirements and makes available a record check for national criminal histories. Signed on May 19.

Senate File 3143 (Sen. Paul Utke, R-Park Rapids): Extends the expiration dates for a traumatic brain injury advisory committee, an American Indian advisory council, a formulary committee and an American Indian child welfare advisory council. Signed on May 19.

Senate File 3638 (Sen. Mark Koran, R-North Branch): Fully incorporates snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and motorboats into Minnesota’s DWI laws. The same bill includes “Little Alan’s Law,” which aims to increase awareness for the dangers of carbon monoxide in fish houses. Signed on May 20.

House File 3873 (Rep. Tony Albright, R-Prior Lake): Adopts recommendations from the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council. Among its provisions, the bill establishes post-traumatic stress disorder as presumptively an occupational malady for firefighters, police and state troopers, corrections and secure-treatment workers, police dispatchers and others. Signed on May 20

House File 3265 (Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls): Modifies rules pertaining to the Minnesota Assessment of Parenting for Children and Youth and to child foster care. The bill also establishes a foster care sibling “bill of rights.” Among that things, that means a foster child now has a legal right to be home-placed with that child’s own siblings. Signed on May 20.

Senate File 3367 (Sen. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka): Requires sex trafficking prevention training for hotel and motel employees. Signed on May 20.

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About Kevin Featherly

Kevin Featherly, who joined BridgeTower Media in mid-2016, is a journalist and former freelance writer who has covered politics, law, business, technology and popular culture for publications and websites in the Twin Cities and nationally since the mid-1990s.

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