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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – A number of new laws go into effect on Sunday as Minnesota enters a new year.

One will require those getting driver’s licenses to test for their awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning. Signs have already been posted and information included in driver’s manuals in connection with “Tyler’s Law,” which resulted after a University of Minnesota student accidentally died while installing speakers inside an open garage. The cold air led to heightened levels of carbon monoxide output.

Another new law will update consumer insurance claims statutes regarding cell phones and other portable electronic devices. The law will allow supervised claims processors and non-licensed insurance adjusters to use a computerized claims adjustment system for data collection, calculation and resolution.

Two new laws regarding health and human services also go into effect with the arrival of 2012. One changes state statues on nursing home reimbursement rates to meet new federal requirements. The other will ask those applying for driver’s licenses or state ID cards if they would like to contribute $2 to an organ donor awareness campaign.

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