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                         Laws of Minnesota 1984 

                        CHAPTER 444-H.F.No. 1656
           An act relating to commerce; motor fuel franchises; 
          providing for a temporary prohibition on certain 
          building alterations that eliminate service bays. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  [DEFINITIONS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [TERMS.] As used in this act, the terms 
defined in this section have the meanings given them.  
    Subd. 2.  [FULL-SERVICE STATION.] "Full-service station" 
means any place of business where motor vehicle fuel is sold and 
delivered into the tanks of motor vehicles and has an enclosed 
area where automobile repairs are offered to consumers, 
including, but not limited to, lubrication, oil change, tire 
repair, battery charge, replacement of fan belts, hoses, and 
wiper blades.  
    Subd. 3.  [SERVICE BAYS.] "Service bays" are enclosed areas 
where automobile repairs are performed, including, but not 
limited to, lubrication, oil change, tire repair, battery 
charge, replacement of fan belts, hoses, and wiper blades.  
    Sec. 2.  [ELIMINATION OF SERVICE BAYS PROHIBITED.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [BUILDING ALTERATIONS.] No motor fuel 
franchisor shall alter a full-service station building for the 
purpose of eliminating the service bays unless the motor fuel 
franchisee operating the full-service station consents in 
writing to the alterations.  
    Subd. 2.  [LIMITATION.] Nothing in this section prohibits a 
motor fuel franchisor from altering a full-service station that 
is not operated by a franchisee.  
    Sec. 3.  [ENFORCEMENT.] 
    The attorney general or any aggrieved party may institute a 
civil action in the district court for an injunction prohibiting 
any violation of section 2.  It shall be no defense to such an 
action that the state or aggrieved party may have adequate 
remedies at law.  
    Sec. 4.  [REPEALER.] 
    This act is repealed on July 1, 1986.  
    Sec. 5.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
    This act is effective the day following final enactment. 
    Approved April 23, 1984