4 new Minnesota laws you should know about - KMSP-TV

4 new Minnesota laws you should know about

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BAN THE BOX: Private employers must wait until the job interview to ask whether an applicant has a criminal record. The mandate previously applied only to public employers.

The law gets its name from the check box on some job applications asking whether you have been convicted of a felony.

RADON: Home sellers with knowledge of radon in their home must disclose the issue and provide records of radon testing, if available. Real estate transactions due to death, foreclosure and divorce are excluded, as are transactions with no transfer of money.

1 in 3 homes in Minnesota are at risk for radon -- a radioactive gas that seeps up from the earth from the soil and rock. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

SCRAP VEHICLES: Buyers of scrap vehicles must install video surveillance at their facility and clearly photograph the face, vehicle and license plate of each scrap seller. The information must be recorded in the Automated Property System (APS), which is used by pawn shops.

The law does not apply to cars older than 20 years and cars older than 10 years that have not been registered in the past 7 years.

ESTATE SALES: Estate sale operators must guarantee $20,000 in sales before entering a contract to conduct a sale, and promise to pay if they do not fulfill their minimum obligation. Accountants and attorneys are exempt from the law.

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