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Some laws begin Wednesday

ST. PAUL - New Minnesota laws as of Wednesday include:

  • Unemployment benefits extended: Some jobless Minnesotans will get higher unemployment benefits for the next year.
  • Young restrained: Children up to 8 years old or 4-foot-9 must use child restrain systems while riding in motor vehicles.
  • Electronic waste change: Incentives are expanded to makers of electronics such as computer monitors and televisions to continue their recycling programs.
  • Licensing changes: Continuing education requirements for real estate agents, appraisers, insurance agents and adjusters are changed so make it easier to study via the Internet.
  • Energy funds: The University of Minnesota Initiative for Renewable Energy the Environment begins to receive $5 million a year to study environmentally sound ways of producing renewable energy.
  • Gambling proceeds: A new system goes into effect of rating how much money charitable gaming institutions actually give to charities, based on the percentage of proceeds donated compared to gross receipts.
  • Disabled aid: Blind, dead and hearing-impaired Minnesotans should find it easier to access on-line state services, which received new money to update Web sites for the disabled.
  • Trucks banned: Trucks longer than 55 feet no longer can use Minnesota 36 near the Stillwater Lift Bridge, a legislative decision designed to allow the aging structure to survive longer.
  • Don Davis
    Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.