LIST: New Laws in Effect in 2013

Created: 12/18/2012 10:28 AM By: Jennie Olson

Several new laws will take effect on Jan. 1, 2013, in Minnesota:
Business Solicitation Restrictions Clarified
Licensed health care providers won’t be allowed to use third parties to solicit business from people who have been in automobile accidents unless they clearly provide their names and the clinics where they work. This information has to be disclosed to consumers, and violating the law could result in a revoked license. The law would impact companies that use unethical business practices, such as promising money to those injured or using actors posing as law enforcement to gain customers.

Young Parents Trying to Finish School Could Benefit from Day Care Change
There will be an extension to the number of absent days that child care providers can be reimbursed when kids of young mothers who are still in school miss day care. Right now under the child care assistance programs there is a limit of 10 absent days per fiscal year that child care providers can be reimbursed. The new law lets kids in families who meet certain criteria go over the limit if approved by the program and county. If a child attends the child care program for part of a day, payment to the provider must be for the full amount of care for that day.

Portable Electronic Device Insurance Available as Standalone Product
A new law clarifies how insurance is regulated on portable electronic devices. This insurance covers the loss or damage to portable devices such as mobile phones, laptops, and iPads and is typically sold at the place of purchase. The former law exempts the person at the counter from being an independent insurance agent but requires vendors to provide training and keep a list of all locations that sell the insurance. The law was updated because so many places now sell devices. The new law says insurance has to be offered and sold separately, not as part of a package deal. It allows sales training to be done electronically, requires a disclosure that the premium will be refunded on a ratable basis to the customer if they cancel the insurance, and allows coverage notices to be sent by mail or electronically.

School Buses to be Equipped with Crossing Arm
All school buses used in Minnesota that are manufactured after Jan. 1, 2013, will need to have a crossing control arm on the front right bumper that automatically comes out when the bus is stopped and the flashing red lights are in use.