New laws take effect on July 1
St. Paul, Minn. — (AP) - Sixteen-year-olds can legally donate blood and drivers will pay a little more to renew licenses and vehicle tabs starting Tuesday, when several new laws take effect in Minnesota.
The new blood donor law lowers the legal age for giving blood from 17 years old 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 money will go toward a computer upgrade for state Driver and Vehicle Services.
Another new law gives military reservists who own businesses some breathing room in court when they become active soldiers.
The law allows reservist business owners to delay civil cases at least 60 days, and potentially longer, when they're deployed.
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