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                             CHAPTER 64-H.F.No. 735 
                  An act relating to crime; expanding the scope of the 
                  crime of adulteration to include adulterations capable 
                  of causing death or bodily harm; increasing penalties 
                  for certain acts of adulteration; amending Minnesota 
                  Statutes 1998, section 609.687, subdivisions 2 and 3. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 609.687, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [ACTS CONSTITUTING.] (a) Whoever, knowing or 
        having reason to know that the adulteration will cause or is 
        capable of causing death, bodily harm or illness, adulterates 
        any substance with the intent to cause death, bodily harm or 
        illness is guilty of a crime and may be sentenced as provided in 
        subdivision 3; or 
           (b) Whoever, knowing or having reason to know that a 
        substance has been adulterated as defined in subdivision 1, 
        distributes, disseminates, gives, sells, or otherwise transfers 
        an adulterated substance with the intent to cause death, bodily 
        harm or illness is guilty of a crime and may be sentenced as 
        provided in subdivision 3.  
           Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 609.687, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [SENTENCE.] Whoever violates subdivision 2 may be 
        sentenced as follows:  
           (1) if the adulteration causes death, to imprisonment for 
        not more than 40 years. or to payment of a fine of not more than 
        $100,000, or both; 
           (2) if the adulteration causes any illness, pain, or other 
        bodily harm, to imprisonment for not more than five ten years or 
        to payment of a fine of not more than $20,000, or both; 
           (3) otherwise, to imprisonment for not more than five years 
        or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.  
           Sec. 3.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
           Sections 1 and 2 are effective August 1, 1999, and apply to 
        crimes committed on or after that date. 
           Presented to the governor April 13, 1999 
           Signed by the governor April 16, 1999, 12:16 p.m.