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                         Laws of Minnesota 1990 

                        CHAPTER 559-S.F.No. 1670 
           An act relating to natural resources; prohibiting 
          transportation of Eurasian or Northern water milfoil; 
          providing exceptions; providing penalties for not 
          removing Eurasian or Northern water milfoil from 
          watercraft; providing penalties; amending Minnesota 
          Statutes 1988, section 361.03, by adding a 
          subdivision; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota 
          Statutes, chapter 18. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
     Section 1.  [18.317] [EURASIAN OR NORTHERN WATER MILFOIL.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [TRANSPORTATION PROHIBITED.] Except as 
provided in subdivision 2, a person may not transport Eurasian 
or Northern water milfoil, myriophyllum spicatum or exalbescens, 
on a road or highway, as defined in section 160.02, subdivision 
7, or on forest roads. 
    Subd. 2.  [EXCEPTION.] A person may transport Eurasian or 
Northern water milfoil, myriophyllum spicatum or exalbescens, 
for disposal as part of a harvest or control activity.  
    Subd. 3.  [LAUNCHING OF WATERCRAFT WITH EURASIAN OR 
NORTHERN WATER MILFOIL PROHIBITED.] (a) A person may not place a 
trailer or launch a watercraft with Eurasian or Northern water 
milfoil attached into waters of the state.  A conservation 
officer or other licensed peace officer may order the removal of 
Eurasian or Northern water milfoil from a trailer or watercraft 
before being placed or launched into waters of the state. 
    (b) For purposes of this section, the meaning of watercraft 
includes a float plane and "waters of the state" has the meaning 
given in section 105.37, subdivision 7. 
    Subd. 4.  [ENFORCEMENT.] This section may be enforced by 
conservation officers under sections 97A.205 and 97A.211, and 
other licensed peace officers. 
    Subd. 5.  [PENALTY.] A person who violates subdivision 1 or 
3 is guilty of a misdemeanor.  A person who refuses to obey the 
order of a peace officer or conservation officer to remove 
Eurasian or Northern water milfoil from a trailer or watercraft 
is guilty of a misdemeanor.  
    Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 361.03, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 11a.  [SUSPENSION FOR NOT REMOVING EURASIAN OR 
NORTHERN WATER MILFOIL.] The commissioner, after notice and an 
opportunity for hearing, may suspend for a period of not more 
than one year the license of a watercraft if the owner or person 
in control of the watercraft or its trailer refuses to comply 
with an order of a conservation officer or other licensed peace 
officer to remove Eurasian or Northern water milfoil, 
myriophyllum spicatum or exalbescens, from the watercraft or its 
trailer as provided in section 18.317, subdivision 3.  
    Sec. 3.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
    This act is effective May 12, 1990. 
    Presented to the governor April 26, 1990 
    Signed by the governor May 3, 1990, 5:59 p.m.