ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A number of new laws passed during the last legislative session are now in effect in Minnesota, as of July 1.
Among the new laws include one that raises the fine for finding invasive species on boats, doubling fines for repeat offenders.
The new law also says conservation officers can order watercraft and other equipment to be removed from waters when necessary.
Officials said they hoped the measure will limit, if not eliminate, zebra mussels on Minnesota lakes.
Also going into effect is a law that requires both parents to be notified if their child is suspected of having been assaulted, abused or neglected.
A new law will also authorize community paramedics to be reimbursed under Medical Assistance for specific services, such as chronic disease monitoring, medication compliance, and immunizations and vaccinations for eligible recipients.
Another law will allow schools to buy lunchroom equipment with surplus funds without approval from the state education department.
There are also new laws to give equal priority to honor guards for providing services at military funerals, whereas the law previously allowed honor guards sponsored by charitable gambling organizations to have their payments delayed if funds were low.
There are also a few new laws covering travel insurance. More information on new Minnesota laws can be found here.