New Laws for Minn. and Wis. effective Jan. 1

January 01, 2018 11:26 AM

A number of new laws will go into effect in Minnesota and Wisconsin beginning January 1.

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In Minnesota, there will now be an option for specialized license plates honoring fallen police officers.

The new plates will require an extra $10 state fee along with a $25 donation to the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association.

The state created five uniform dates for local special elections.

They can now only be held on the second Tuesday in February, April, May and August, or the first Tuesday in November.

A new law will also require health insurance companies to cover prescription eye drop refills before expiration.

Minnesota's minimum wage rates to be required to adjust for inflation.

This will cause large employers to pay $9.65 an hour and $7.87 an hour for small employers.

In Wisconsin, the Republican budget allows the DNR to raise camping fees as high as $15 per night and state park entrance fees up to $5 a day, both which apply to Wisconsin residents.

There will be other budget provisions that will include permitting school districts to hold referendums only twice a year, along with reducing benefits for government employees' domestic partners.

The budget will also increase hybrid vehicle registration fees by $75 with electric vehicle registration by $100.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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