as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 01/21/2021 03:56pm
A bill for an act
relating to family law; extending the waiver of the in-person requirement for
marriage applications; amending Laws 2020, chapter 74, article 1, section 18.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Laws 2020, chapter 74, article 1, section 18, is amended to read:
(a) For purposes of this section, "peacetime public health emergency" means any
peacetime emergency declared by the governor in an executive order that relates to the
infectious disease known as COVID-19.
(b) During the effective period of a peacetime public health emergency, each local
registrar may develop and implement procedures to examine the parties upon oath and
accept civil marriage license applications, signed by both parties, by mail, facsimile, or
electronic filing. Examination of the parties upon oath under this section may include
contemporaneous video or audio transmission or receipt of a verified statement signed by
both parties attesting to the legality of the marriage.
(c) Procedures developed and implemented under this section must be consistent with
Minnesota Statutes, section 517.08, subdivision 1b, except that the requirement that at least
one party appear in person does not apply. The use of electronic signatures shall be consistent
with the requirements of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 325L.
(d) This section expires on deleted text beginJanuary 15deleted text endnew text beginnew text end, 2021.
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