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SF 69

2nd Engrossment - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to commerce; prohibiting expiration dates and service fees on gift
certificates and gift cards; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes,
chapter 325G.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [325G.53] GIFT CERTIFICATES.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin The definitions in this subdivision apply to this section.
new text end

new text begin (a) "Gift certificate" means a tangible record evidencing a promise, made for
consideration, by the seller or issuer of the record that goods or services will be provided
to the owner of the record to the value shown in the record and includes, but is not limited
to, a gift card, stored-value card, store card, or a similar record or card that contains a
microprocessor chip, magnetic stripe, or other means for the storage of information, and
for which the value is decreased upon each use.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Affiliate" of another entity means any entity directly controlling, controlled by,
or under common control with the other entity.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Prohibitions. new text end

new text begin It is unlawful for any person or entity to sell a gift certificate
that is subject to an expiration date or a service fee of any kind, including, but not limited
to, a service fee for dormancy.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Nonapplication. new text end

new text begin The provisions of this section shall not apply to gift
certificates:
new text end

new text begin (1) distributed to a consumer for loyalty, promotional, award, incentive, rebate, or
other similar purposes without any money or other tangible thing of value being given by
the consumer in exchange for the gift certificate or gift card;
new text end

new text begin (2) that are sold below face value or at a volume discount to employers or to
nonprofit and charitable organizations for fund-raising purposes;
new text end

new text begin (3) that are debit cards or other legal access devices used to access a deposit account
and that are subject to the federal disclosure rules in the Electronic Fund Transfer Act,
United States Code, title 15, section 1693, et seq., and its implementing Regulation E,
as amended from time to time;
new text end

new text begin (4) issued by an employer to an employee in recognition of services performed by
the employee;
new text end

new text begin (5) issued by a federally chartered or state-chartered bank, bank and trust, savings
bank, savings association, or credit union, or by an operating subsidiary or other affiliate
of any of them, and that can be used at multiple sellers of goods and services, provided
that the issuer discloses any expiration date and fee associated with the gift certificate; or
new text end

new text begin (6) that are prepaid calling cards used to make wireline or wireless calls.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Remedies. new text end

new text begin The remedies of section 8.31 apply to violations of this section.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICATION. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2007,
and applies to gift certificates issued or sold on or after that date.
new text end