MN Legislature

Accessibility menu

Bills use visual text formatting such as stricken text to denote deleted language, and underlined text to denote new language. For users of the jaws screenreader it is recommended to configure jaws to use the proofreading scheme which will alter the pitch of the reading voice when reading stricken and underlined text. Instructions for configuring your jaws reader are provided by following this link.
If you can not or do not wish to configure your screen reader, deleted language will begin with the phrase "deleted text begin" and be followed by the phrase "deleted text end", new language will begin with the phrase "new text begin" and be followed by "new text end". Skip to text of SF 676.

Menu

Revisor of Statutes Menu

SF 676

1st Engrossment - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 02/23/2017 10:17am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language. underscored = added, new language.

Pdf

Rtf

Version List Authors and Status

Current Version - 1st Engrossment

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 609.74; 609.855, subdivision 2.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 609.74, is amended to read:


609.74 PUBLIC NUISANCE.

(a) Whoever by an act or failure to perform a legal duty intentionally does any of the
following is guilty of maintaining a public nuisance, which is a misdemeanor:

(1) maintains or permits a condition which unreasonably annoys, injures or endangers
the safety, health, morals, comfort, or repose of any considerable number of members of
the public; or

(2) except as provided in paragraph (b), interferes with, obstructs, or renders dangerous
for passage, any public highway or right-of-way, or waters used by the public; or

(3) is guilty of any other act or omission declared by law to be a public nuisance and for
which no sentence is specifically provided.

(b) It is a gross misdemeanor for a person to interfere with or obstruct traffic that is
entering, exiting, or on a freeway or entering, exiting, or on a public roadway within the
boundaries of airport property with the intent to interfere with, obstruct, or otherwise disrupt
traffic. This paragraph does not apply to the actions of law enforcement or other emergency
responders, road or airport authorities, or utility officials, or their agents, employees, or
contractors when carrying out duties imposed by law or contract. For purposes of this
paragraph: (1) "airport" means an airport that has a control tower and airline service; and
(2) "freeway" means a divided highway whose only access and egress for vehicular traffic
is from entrance and exit ramps.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

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

Sec. 2.

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


Subd. 2.

Unlawful interference with transit operator.

(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 unlawful interference with a transit operator a crime
and may be sentenced as provided in paragraph (c).

(b) An act that is committed on a transit vehicle that distracts the driver from the safe
operation of the vehicle, restricts passenger access to the transit vehicle, or that 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 90 days one year or to payment of a fine of not
more than $1,000 $3,000, or both, if the violation was not accompanied by force or violence
or a communication of a threat of force or violence.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

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

1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5
1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 2.1 2.2 2.3
2.4 2.5
2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21
2.22 2.23

700 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155 ♦ Phone: (651) 296-2868 ♦ TTY: 1-800-627-3529 ♦ Fax: (651) 296-0569