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Eyelash extensions, raffles and racetrack gambling among MN's new laws


People who apply eyelash extensions as part of their job will require licenses starting Friday, one of the new laws that will come into effect in Minnesota on July 1.

A list of laws being introduced can be found here, and includes a rule that anyone wanting to apply eyelash extensions needs to complete 14 hours of education or training to get a license.

KARE 11 reported the move was taken to allow people to become qualified eyelash extension technicians without having to do the 600 hours of training required to become a cosmetologist or esthetician.

It will also ensure better safety for customers. The use of glue in the process has led to eyelash extensions becoming a public health issue in Utah, which is also seeking to tighten regulation after warnings about using unlicensed eyelash technicians.

Here's a look at some of the other laws

Out-of-state betting

Punters at Minnesota's two racetracks – Canterbury Park and Running Aces – will find it easier to make bets over the phone or on their smartphones for horse races taking place outside of the state, which are "simulcast" at the tracks.

The move is designed to boost revenue for the Minnesota Racing Commission, with 1 percent of every bet wager going to the commission and another portion benefiting the horse breeding industry and race purses.

New pollution limit for mine

The Keetac mining facility will be given a new limit on the amount of sulfates it discharges in its wastewater in a bid to protect wild rice growing in nearby waters.

The mine in Keewatin currently has a limit of 10mg per liter it can discharge into wild rice-producing waters, but they will get a new discharge limit that will be determined by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Although naturally occurring, sulfate can harm wild rice when its more concentrated.

Raffles can be electronic

People running raffles will be able to select numbers electronically in the future, giving them the option to replace traditional paper raffles in which winners are hand-drawn from a container.

The law also increases bingo prize limits from $200 to $500.

$1.8 million payout for wrongly imprisoned

Three men found to have been wrongly imprisoned will get a share of nearly $1.79 million under a law enacted in 2014 that compensates those unfairly incarcerated.

The legislature approved payments earlier this year, with one of the beneficiaries Koua Fong Lee, who was jailed for two years for a death crash that was later found to be have caused by a fault with his car. He will get just over $395,000.

Michael Hansen will get $916,828 after serving almost seven years over the death of his daughter, after it emerged a medical examiner made mistakes regarding the cause of his daughter's death.

Roger Olsen will get $475,000 after serving 30 months for two counts of criminal sexual conduct, only to be exonerated by evidence that made the accusations "inherently unreliable."

State general fund spending increases $182 million

About a fifth of the $900 million projected surplus has been allocated for the 2016-17 biennium, with $35 million of this going towards broadband development grants.

The same amount will be used to help reduce economic disparities among racial and ethnic groups.

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House lawmakers gave the legislation final-approve Monday. If the measure is signed into law, it would allow more card tables at Canterbury Park and higher betting limits. It would also give tribal casinos access to simulcast horse racing. Dayton says he needs time to study the bill before making a decision.

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The legislation will allow more card tables at Minnesota's two horse tracks and boost the betting limits. The deal also gives Minnesota's tribal casinos access to simulcast horse racing. The amendments are effective immediately.

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The Star Tribune reports the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the Canterbury Park horse-racing track have reached a 10-year agreement. The deal calls for the tribe, which operates the nearby Mystic Lake Casino, to contribute tens of millions of dollars to Canterbury purses. In exchange, owners of the racetrack in Shakopee agree to end their pursuit to add slot machines and help block efforts to expand gambling in the Twin Cities metro area.

Lack of gambling inspections at Minnesota's Indian casinos

The largest casinos in the state are operating with little to no government oversight. The Star Tribune reports it has been at least four years since slot machines were inspected at Mystic Lake Casino in Shakopee, Grand Casino Hinckley and Grand Casino Mille Lacs. The Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement division of the DPS told the paper budget constraints have reduced the number of inspections by its three full-time agents. The executive director of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association says all casinos in the state are also regulated by the tribal governments.

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The Gambling Control Board has unanimously approved guidelines for new hand-held gambling devices in Minnesota bars and restaurants. Electronic pull-tabs and bingo games are being introduced to help fund the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The board also approved a Las Vegas-based gambling equipment vendor to make the electronic devices.

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The proposal would allow electronic pull tabs, electronic bingo and sports-themed tip boards. The bill was originally meant to fund a new home for the Vikings, but the bill's author, Republican Rep. John Kriesel, separated the issue from the stadium, saying he was worried the stadium controversy would sink the gambling expansion.