E-Cigs, Tanning Beds, Part-Time Officers: New Laws To Take Effect July 1st

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 at 12:25 pm

A number of new Minnesota laws take effect today, the first day of July, including a new set of restrictions on where “E-cig” smokers can puff away in public.

Under the new law, e-cigarette use will now be banned in daycare centers, hospitals, healthcare facilities and government buildings. Everything from town halls to college campuses can be deemed a “government building.”

Another new law set to take effect today includes a cutback on the use of tanning beds. The new provision now prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using beds that contain ultraviolet light. The state already requires children younger than 16 to have parental consent.

Local government agencies can no longer hire new part-time officers. Rep. Tony Cornish spoke of the bill saying “It’s a bill to professionalize peace officers in the state.”

The 175 part-time officers in the state will be grandfathered in and are allowed to keep the jobs until retirement if applicable.

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