There are a whole slew of new laws going into effect this Saturday, August 1. We looked over the list and found three that we think you should know about.
1. No More Messing with Other’s People’s Stuff
It’s amazing that full-grown adults don’t understand that it’s just wrong to put bodily fluids into someone else’s food or drink, but there you have it. Our lawmakers actually had to pass a law to punish people who do this.
It stems from an incident here in Blaine with a man doing nasty stuff to a co-worker’s coffee. Do something like this after August 1 and you may be found guilty of a gross misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $3,000. I’d list the items you are prohibited from adding to anyone’s food or drink but they’re entirely too gross.
2. Texting while Driving is no LOL Matter
Although cellphone use while driving isn’t illegal in Minnesota, texting is. As of August 1, if you’re popped for it, expect to pay an extra $225 in addition to the existing $50 fine. Then, there are the court fees to consider which could conceivably bring the cost of that text message to more than $350.
Since the Lindahl Team often take to Minnesota’s roads and highways with our families in the car, we would appreciate it if you’d pull over to use your cellphone.
3. The Child’s Best Interests
Minnesota Statute 518.17, which outlines what constitutes “the best interests of the child” in custody hearings, has essentially been rewritten and the changes go into effect August 1.
The list is 12-items long and includes the child’s preference (if the child is of sufficient age), whether domestic abuse has occurred in either parent’s household, the history of each parent’s involvement in raising and caring for the child, “any physical, mental or chemical health issue of a parent that affects the child’s safety or developmental needs,” and more. You can read the entire list here.
This is important information for Blaine parents currently involved in custody issues so keep in touch with your attorney.
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