7 notable Minnesota laws that take effect July 1

3 patients leave with medical marijuana prescriptions
3 patients leave with medical marijuana prescriptions

Here's a list of a few notable laws that passed in this year's legislative session that take effect in Minnesota July 1.

Medical marijuana

At last count on Friday, the state has signed off on 65 patients who are eligible to receive medical marijuana. Minnesota Medical Solutions in Minneapolis opened at 12:01 a.m. to serve patients, and 3 of them left with their prescriptions before the sun came up.

Student tuition freeze

More funding means 2-year colleges can freeze tuition for one year and then reduce tuition by 1 percent the next year. The University of Minnesota will receive $22 million in tuition assistance, but in-state students at the U's 4-year institutions will pay 1.5 percent more this fall in tuition, while out-of-state students will pay 7 percent more.

Your Uber driver

Uber and Lyft drivers must get liability insurance, and the new law includes uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.

More bingo for senior citizens

The definition of gambling in the state now includes software used by electronic bar bingo and electronic pull tabs. The new law also allows nursing homes and senior organizations to hold bingo tournaments more than twice a week.

Foreclosures in the paper

A new law requires foreclosure notices to be published in the county where the foreclosure sale will be held. Before, the notice only had to be published in a newspaper of record. If the county doesn't have such a newspaper, a neighboring county's paper can carry the notice.

Money to combat terror recruitment

The Department of Public Safety gets a $250,000 grant to combat terror recruitment of Minnesota residents by groups like al-Shabaab and ISIS.

Money to combat child porn

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will receive $11.4 million for more investigators to specialize in child pornography and human trafficking, 6 new computer forensic examiners, 5 fingerprint examiners, a forensic scientist and equipment upgrades.

See what else passed this year on the Minnesota Legislature's website.

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