New laws impact blood donations, license fees
Several new state laws went into effect July 1.
State Representative Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, recently sent information about some of the most notable changes. They include:
A new blood-donor law lowers the legal age for giving blood from 17 to 16 years old, as long as a parent or guardian provides written permission.
A surcharge of $1.75 will be added to the cost of renewing driver's licenses, permits, ID cards, vehicle tabs and title registrations. The increased fees will go toward a computer upgrade for the state driver and vehicle services division.
Another new law gives military reservists who own businesses leeway when they become active soldiers. The law allows reservist business owners to delay civil cases at least 60 days - and maybe longer in certain situations - when they're deployed.
A quarter-cent sales tax increase and a $20 fee on new- and used-car sales hit five metro counties: Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, Dakota and Washington. The new taxes will pay for bus, light-rail and commuter-rail improvements in the metro area.
Other changes that came July 1 pertain to changes in funding for various state agencies and departments, Westrom noted.