language to be deleted (2) new language
CHAPTER 568-S.F.No. 1766 An act relating to attorneys; authorizing the operation of certain legal service programs for low-income persons; expanding remedies for the unauthorized practice of law; amending Minnesota Statutes 1992, sections 325D.55, subdivision 2; and 481.02, subdivision 8. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 325D.55, subdivision 2, is amended to read: Subd. 2. (a) Nothing contained in sections 325D.49 to 325D.66, shall apply to actions or arrangements otherwise permitted, or regulated by any regulatory body or officer acting under statutory authority of this state or the United States. (b) Paragraph (a) includes programs established and operated by nonprofit organizations under the supervision of the supreme court that provide legal services to low-income persons at reduced fees based on a fee structure approved by the supreme court. The nonprofit organization shall submit a proposed fee structure, including hourly rates, to the supreme court at least once each calendar year. The supreme court may approve the proposed fee structure or establish another fee structure. Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 481.02, subdivision 8, is amended to read: Subd. 8. [PENALTY; INJUNCTION.] (a) Any person or corporation, or officer or employee thereof, violating any of the foregoing provisions shall be guilty of a misdemeanor; and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as by statute provided for the punishment of misdemeanors. It shall be the duty of the respective county attorneys in this state to prosecute violations of this section, and the district courts of this state shall have sole original jurisdiction of any such offense under this section. (b) A
In lieu of criminal prosecution above provided for, suchcounty attorney or the attorney general may, in the name of the state of Minnesota, or in the name of the state board of law examiners, proceed by injunction suit against any violator of any of the provisions above set forth to enjoin the doing of any act or acts violating any of said provisions. (c) In addition to the penalties and remedies provided in paragraphs (a) and (b), the public and private penalties and remedies in section 8.31 apply to violations of this section. Presented to the governor May 3, 1994 Signed by the governor May 5, 1994, 3:24 p.m.