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6 new laws that take effect in Minnesota today

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

It’s July 1 and that means several new laws kick in across Minnesota today.

E-CIGARETTES

It is now illegal to use e-cigarettes in the following buildings:

-Licensed day care buildings
-Public school district buildings
-Health care facilities and clinics -- residents of residential health care facilities or psychiatric units can still use e-cigarettes in enclosed areas that meet applicable regulations.
-Buildings owned or operated by the state of Minnesota
-Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota facilities
-Minnesota Department of Human Services facilities

Bars, restaurants and private businesses are allowed to use their own discretion. Effective Aug. 1, 2014, or Jan. 1, 2015, depending on contract dates, e-cigarettes will also not be sold at kiosks. The liquid for use in e-cigarette devices must come in child-resistant packaging beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

BEE RESEARCH

The University of Minnesota will receive $8.67 million to construct a new bee research facility to study the declining populations causing concern in the agricultural industry. Higher education funding will also be allocated to study the effect certain insecticides have on bee populations.

HIGHER EDUCATION

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System will receive $159.81 million in new spending. Of that, $120.7 million is state-funded because the system must pay the debt service on one-third of project costs that are not considered asset preservation.

The system receives $42.5 million for asset preservation with the remaining appropriation divided up between 15 projects, including nearly $35.87 million to construct a science education center at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul; $25.8 million to construct a clinical sciences building at Minnesota State University, Mankato; and $13.79 million for an addition to Memorial Hall, renovation of Decker Hall, demolition of Sanford Hall and to design the replacement of Hagg Sauer Hall at Bemidji State University.

HEROIN OVERDOSE

Another new law aims to prevent heroin overdoses and allows bystanders to call 911 for someone potentially overdosing without being charged with possession, use or sharing of drugs or drug paraphernalia. “Steve’s Law,” named after a man who died of a heroin overdose in 2011, will give first responders, social service workers and others permission to use an opiate antagonist called naloxone hydrochloride starting Aug 1.

TANNING BED RESTRICTIONS

Anyone under the age of 18 is no longer allowed to use tanning beds that use ultraviolet light. They are still permitted to use tanning equipment that does not involve ultraviolet light, such as spray tanning equipment.

KILL SWITCH LAW

Minnesota becomes the first state in the country with a smartphone kill switch law which makes the devices useless when stolen. Only part of the law starts today which requires dealers to keep detailed records of phone purchases, including a signed statement from sellers indicating the phone isn't stolen. Dealers are also required to install cameras to record faces of cell phone salespeople.

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