A handful of new laws took effect in Minnesota on January 1, 2018. These laws were passed by the Legislature in 2017.
Here are the following five new laws in Minnesota:
- Uniform election dates – This law requires school districts, towns, and cities to hold special elections on one of the five dates: the second Tuesday in February, the second Tuesday in April, the second Tuesday in May, the second Tuesday in August (state primary date), or the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November (general election date). The dates can be modified in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.
- New specialty license plates – Minnesota drivers are now able to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty with special license plates. To obtain a plate, a vehicle owner must pay a $10 plate fee and donate $25 benefitting the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association. They are also required to contribute at least $5 annually in subsequent years. Furthermore, vehicle owners must pay a $5 fee to transfer the plate to another vehicle.
- Truck weights and other license plate changes – A person can apply for disability license plates for a motorized bicycle or moped. A new special license plate for retired law enforcement and a “Start Seeing Motorcycles” plate have also been authorized.
- Insurance coverage extended to eye drop refills – Health plans that cover prescription eye drops will now be required to cover refills earlier than the expiration of 30- or 90-day supply.
- Home-care worker training – To deal with communication barriers with those experiencing age-related hearing loss and improve the quality of their lives, home care providers now have an opportunity to receive training about age-related hearing loss. Additionally, these workers will also be able to count training in age-related hearing loss toward their annual training requirement.