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                            CHAPTER 143-H.F.No. 1048 
                  An act relating to commerce; regulating videotape 
                  distributions; requiring certain captioning for deaf 
                  or hard of hearing persons; providing penalties and 
                  remedies; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota 
                  Statutes, chapter 325I. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  [325I.05] [VIDEO CAPTIONING.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [REQUIREMENT.] A person may not in the 
        ordinary course of business distribute a prerecorded 
        videocassette tape or similar audio-visual material to a 
        videotape seller or videotape service provider unless it is 
        open-captioned or closed-captioned for the deaf and hard of 
        hearing. 
           For purposes of this section, "videotape seller" and 
        "videotape service provider" have the meanings given them in 
        section 325I.01. 
           Subd. 2.  [ENFORCEMENT.] A person who violates this section 
        is subject to the penalties and remedies provided in section 
        8.31, except subdivision 3a. 
           Subd. 3.  [APPLICATION.] This section applies to 
        prerecorded videocassette tapes or similar audio-visual material 
        that: 
           (1) is primarily produced for sale to educational 
        institutions, training facilities, state or local government 
        agencies, or medical facilities; and 
           (2) is released or rereleased on or after June 1, 1997, and 
        more than 500 copies are produced in the release or rerelease; 
        or 
           (3) is produced by a governmental entity for educational 
        purposes. 
           Presented to the governor May 8, 1995 
           Signed by the governor May 10, 1995, 10:20 a.m.