A new state law now in effect allows families to freeze their children’s credit reports, making it more difficult for identity thieves to get credit cards under a child’s name. Such fraud often goes undiscovered for years, until the young person applies for their first credit card or tries to take out a student loan. And starting today (Tues) in Minnesota, credit reporting agencies are no longer allowed to charge a fee when anyone — regardless of age — requests a freeze on their credit report, or asks that a freeze be removed.
Municipalities that want to “centralize” garbage collection with one or several haulers now have to take additional steps, under a new state law in effect today (Tues). In addition to the previous requirement that local governments set up a committee to evaluate potential new methods of garbage collection, those panels must now also look at how it would affect residents’ choice of a garbage hauler and how it would impact city streets and alleys.
A new state law taking effect today could affect worker’s compensation claims by some public employees. Under the new law, if a police officer, firefighter, corrections officer or emergency medical tech is diagnosed with P-T-S-D, for legal purposes it’s presumed to be job-related unless there was a previous diagnosis.