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CHAPTER 93-S.F.No. 1441 An act relating to local government; providing a limited exemption for attendees at a conference or event; amending Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 471.895, subdivision 3. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 471.895, subdivision 3, is amended to read: Subd. 3. [EXCEPTIONS.] (a) The prohibitions in this section do not apply if the gift is: (1) a contribution as defined in section 211A.01, subdivision 5; (2) services to assist an official in the performance of official duties, including but not limited to providing advice, consultation, information, and communication in connection with legislation, and services to constituents; (3) services of insignificant monetary value; (4) a plaque or similar memento recognizing individual services in a field of specialty or to a charitable cause; (5) a trinket or memento of insignificant value; (6) informational material of unexceptional value; or (7) food or a beverage given at a reception, meal, or meeting away from the recipient's place of work by an organization before whom the recipient appears to make a speech or answer questions as part of a program. (b) The prohibitions in this section do not apply if the gift is given: (1) because of the recipient's membership in a group, a majority of whose members are not local officials, and an equivalent gift is given or offered to the other members of the group;
or(2) by an interested person who is a member of the family of the recipient, unless the gift is given on behalf of someone who is not a member of that family .; or (3) by a national or multistate organization of governmental organizations or public officials, if a majority of the dues to the organization are paid from public funds, to attendees at a conference sponsored by that organization, if the gift is food or a beverage given at a reception or meal and an equivalent gift is given or offered to all other attendees. Sec. 2. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] Section 1 is effective the day following final enactment. Presented to the governor May 10, 2001 Signed by the governor May 14, 2001, 2:56 p.m.