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HF 390

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 02/22/2018 05:04pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to public safety; increasing penalties for obstructing traffic access to a
trunk highway or airport; amending the crime of obstructing transit;amending
Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 160.2715; 609.855, subdivision 2.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 160.2715, is amended to read:


160.2715 RIGHT-OF-WAY USE; deleted text beginMISDEMEANORSdeleted text endnew text begin PENALTIESnew text end.

(a) Except for the actions of the road authorities, their agents, employees, contractors,
and utilities in carrying out their duties imposed by law or contract, and except as deleted text beginhereindeleted text end
providednew text begin in paragraph (b)new text end, it deleted text beginshall be unlawfuldeleted text endnew text begin is a misdemeanornew text end to:

(1) obstruct any highway or deposit snow or ice thereon;

(2) plow or perform any other detrimental operation within the road right-of-way except
in the preparation of the land for planting permanent vegetative cover or as authorized under
section 160.232;

(3) erect a fence on the right-of-way of a trunk highway, county state-aid highway,
county highway, or town road, except to erect a lane fence to the ends of a livestock pass;

(4) erect or reconstruct driveway headwalls in or on the right-of-way of a highway or
road, except as may be allowed by permit from the road authority imposing reasonable
regulations as are necessary to prevent interference with the construction, maintenance, and
safe use of the highway or road and its appurtenances;

(5) dig any holes in any highway, except to locate markers placed to identify sectional
corner positions and private boundary corners;

(6) remove any earth, gravel, or rock from any highway;

(7) obstruct any ditch draining any highway or drain any noisome materials into any
ditch;

(8) place or maintain any building or structure within the limits of any highway;

(9) place or maintain any advertisement within the limits of any highway, except as
provided in section 160.27, subdivision 7;

(10) paint, print, place, or affix any advertisement or any object within the limits of any
highway, except as provided in section 160.27, subdivision 7;

(11) deface, mar, damage, or tamper with any structure, work, material, equipment,
tools, signs, markers, signals, paving, guardrails, drains, or any other highway appurtenance
on or along any highway;

(12) remove, injure, displace, or destroy right-of-way markers, or reference or witness
monuments, or markers placed to preserve section or quarter-section corners;

(13) improperly place or fail to place warning signs and detour signs as provided by
law;

(14) drive over, through, or around any barricade, fence, or obstruction erected for the
purpose of preventing traffic from passing over a portion of a highway closed to public
travel or to remove, deface, or damage any such barricade, fence, or obstruction.

(b) deleted text beginAny violation of this sectiondeleted text endnew text begin Except for the actions of the road or airport authorities,
their agents, employees, contractors, and utilities in carrying out their duties imposed by
law or contract, it
new text end is a new text begingross new text endmisdemeanornew text begin to intentionally obstruct traffic that is entering,
exiting, or on a trunk highway or that is entering or exiting an airport
new text end.

new text begin (c) For purposes of this section, "airport" means an airport owned and operated by the
Metropolitan Airports Commission.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2017, and applies to crimes
committed on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 609.855, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Unlawful interference with transit deleted text beginoperatordeleted text end.

(a) Whoever intentionally
commits an act that interferes with or obstructs, or tends to interfere with or obstruct, the
operation of a transit vehicle is guilty of deleted text beginunlawful interference with a transit operatordeleted text endnew text begin a crimenew text end
and may be sentenced as provided in paragraph (c).

(b) An act deleted text beginthat isdeleted text end committed on a transit vehicle that distracts the driver from the safe
operation of the vehiclenew text begin, restricts passenger access to the transit vehicle,new text end or deleted text beginthatdeleted text end endangers
passengers is a violation of this subdivision if an authorized transit representative has clearly
warned the person once to stop the act.

(c) A person who violates this subdivision may be sentenced as follows:

(1) to imprisonment for not more than three years or to payment of a fine of not more
than $5,000, or both, if the violation was accompanied by force or violence or a
communication of a threat of force or violence; or

(2) to imprisonment for not more than deleted text begin90 daysdeleted text endnew text begin one yearnew text end or to payment of a fine of not
more than deleted text begin$1,000deleted text endnew text begin $3,000new text end, or both, if the violation was not accompanied by force or violence
or a communication of a threat of force or violence.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2017, and applies to crimes
committed on or after that date.
new text end