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Minnesota’s “Move Over” Law Expanded

In 2000, the Minnesota legislature passed a law requiring motorists to move over when passing stopped emergency vehicles if it is safe to do so.  The original law was passed in response to the death of Minnesota State Patrol Corporal Ted Foss, who was killed while on the shoulder of

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A Big Little Change to Gross Misdemeanors

Minnesota law defines a gross misdemeanor as a crime punishable by up to one year in jail.  At least, for many years it has.  One of the many changes made by the legislature this session is a little noticed alteration to the meaning of “gross misdemeanor.”  Under the new legislation,

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Minnesota Legalizes Adult Use Marijuana

Yesterday, Governor Walz signed the bill legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use in Minnesota.  Since 1939, possession of marijuana for recreational purposes has been against the law here in the gopher state.  The law signed yesterday begins the process of full legalization.  But many questions remain.  (The entire bill is

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