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Explosives background check (new law)

Published (5/25/2012)
By Mike Cook
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Law enforcement will be given electronic access to the Human Services Department civil commitment data for a background check on an applicant for a permit to possess explosives.

Currently, permits for explosives and firearms require a review of civil commitment as part of a determination as to whether an individual should receive the license or permit. However, law enforcement must get that information through a phone call or written request to the department.

This technical change, effective Aug. 1, 2012, will allow law enforcement access to the electronic civil commitment records within the department. Supporters said authorizing the access, like is currently the case with firearm permits, will minimize disruptions and promote efficiency.

Additionally, under current law it is illegal for a minor “to work in any occupation which the commissioner shall find to be particularly hazardous for the employment of children under 18 years of age or detrimental to their well-being.”

The law states this section does not apply to minors who work in permanent, non-seasonal retail stores, like a Target or

Wal-Mart, even though they are selling explosives or pyrotechnics. The language was requested by the Labor and Industry and Public Safety departments. This section is effective May 3, 2012.

Rep. Kelby Woodard (R-Belle Plaine) and Sen. Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove) sponsor the law.

HF2046*/ SF1958/CH266

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