New Minnesota laws take effect this week

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  • Updated: January 2, 2013 - 11:41 AM

The new year brings with it a host of new state laws taking effect this week. Here's a sampling, supplied by the House of Representatives public information service. The Legislature begins its new session Tuesday.

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cks1950Jan. 2, 13 6:50 AM

Assusming for a moment that all these new laws are worthwhile, I'm just wondering if anyone can think of a couple of laws that were ever abolished?

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quincy7981Jan. 2, 13 8:27 AM

All sound reasonable except the cell phone warranty item. Why do we continue this nanny-state garbage. If the consumer doesn't want a warranty package wrapped into his/her phone plan, then they should go to a provider that will offer that option. The market will signal that such bundles aren't acceptable and the cell companies will quickly change policy. We shouldn't need to be protected from ourselves, from making poor buying decisions. This isn't like gas/electricity, food, healthcare needed for survival.

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ericgus55Jan. 2, 13 8:58 AM

cks1950-- I cannot think of many laws/programs that have been abolished, but there have been a few. We don't have to bring in our cars for annual emissions-testing anymore, like we had to back in the 90's. It would be great to see a purging of the law books for things which shouldn't be there anymore, (ban on Sunday liquor sales, ban on Sunday car sales, ban on same-sex marriage, etc.), but I won't hold my breath. I would favor a system where laws passed by simple majority were temporary (ten years, perhaps) and required occasional renewal, and becoming a "permanent" law requires 2/3 supermajority in both chambers, but again, I won't hold my breath.

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toner_04Jan. 2, 13 9:07 AM

@cks1950 - When I was in HS, my FB coach was in the legislature. His job during the summer was to go through old laws and find ones that could be abolished. They were all old ones though like, you can only park your horse on the south side of a school house and things like that.

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mspshadowJan. 2, 13 9:07 AM

quincy7981: "Why do we continue this nanny-state garbage. If the consumer doesn't want a warranty package wrapped into his/her phone plan, then they should go to a provider that will offer that option."...Sorry, but I fail to see your argument. To me, this law provides the consumer with greater transparency and helps them decide whether to buy an extended warranty of not. How does being able to make that decision turn us into a "nany state?"

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ericgus55Jan. 2, 1310:07 AM

One of the things that I find somewhat humorous is that in twenty or thirty years, these laws about schoolbus signs and cell-phone warranties may look as silly and antiquated as horse-parking laws look today.

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ziggymJan. 2, 1311:59 AM

Abolished laws- yes, somewhat rare, though the school day one, for example, was changed in 2011 and then again in 2012. Many "new laws" are just changes of words already in statute, though sometimes new chapters are created.

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rickbmnJan. 2, 1312:16 PM

mspshadow: It makes us a nanny-state because the lawmakers (and their special interests) make us think that only THEY can make informed decisions on our behalf. Just because something is a good idea does not mean it should be a law, and even a good idea does not always make for good law. Regulations are nothing more than hidden taxes. Every time you require a company to do something contrary to the marketplace, the company incurs a cost to comply. Those costs are passed along to consumers. These lawmakers must just lie in bed at night and dream up ideas how to control us. What we need is a part-time legislature that will take care of fiscal matters and worry less about all the other things.

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justanother1Jan. 2, 13 1:30 PM

For sake of truthful reporting, the article should refer to these 'laws' for what they really are: Statutes or corporate policy. Not a single one of them will be on the books as 'law'. They're all statutes. A dictionary would help those best who don't understand this, including the author.

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basia2186Jan. 3, 1312:10 PM

How about for every "law" or statute they waste their time and our money on passing, they have to remove 2 or 3?

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