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CHAPTER 348-S.F.No. 2460 An act relating to crimes; providing criminal penalties for persons who promote, advocate, and take responsibility for criminal acts under certain circumstances; providing for civil liability against persons who destroy field crops and organisms grown for research purposes; amending Minnesota Statutes 2001 Supplement, section 609.495, by adding a subdivision; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 604. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. [604.13] [DESTRUCTION OF FIELD CROP PRODUCTS, ANIMALS, ORGANISMS, OR CELLS; CIVIL LIABILITY.] Subdivision 1. [LIABILITY.] No person other than the owner, designee, or agent may willfully and knowingly damage or destroy any field crop, animal, organism, or cell that is grown for testing or research purposes in conjunction or coordination with a private research facility or a university or a federal, state, or local government agency. A person who violates this subdivision is liable for three times the value of the crop, animal, organism, or cell damaged or destroyed, as provided in subdivisions 2 and 3. This section does not apply to crops, animals, organisms, or cells damaged or destroyed by emergency vehicles and personnel acting in a reasonable and prudent manner. Subd. 2. [DAMAGES; FACTORS TO CONSIDER.] In awarding damages under this section, the court shall consider the market and research value of the crop, animal, organism, or cell prior to damage or destruction, and production, research, testing, replacement, and development costs directly related to the crop, animal, organism, or cell that has been damaged or destroyed as part of the value. Subd. 3. [DAMAGES; LIMIT.] Damages available under this section are limited to: (1) three times the market and research value of the crop, animal, organism, or cell prior to damage or destruction plus three times the actual damages involving production, research, testing, replacement, and development costs directly related to the crop, animal, organism, or cell that has been damaged or destroyed; and (2) an amount up to $100,000 to compensate for delays in completing testing or research resulting from a violation of subdivision 1. Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2001 Supplement, section 609.495, is amended by adding a subdivision to read: Subd. 4. [TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR CRIMINAL ACTS.] (a) Unless the person is convicted of the underlying crime, a person who assumes responsibility for a criminal act with the intent to obstruct, impede, or prevent a criminal investigation may be sentenced to not more than one-half of the statutory maximum sentence of imprisonment or to payment of a fine of not more than one-half of the maximum fine that could be imposed on the principal offender for the criminal act. (b) Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to impair the right of any individual or group to engage in speech protected by the United States Constitution or the Minnesota Constitution. Sec. 3. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] Section 1 is effective July 1, 2002, and applies to causes of action arising on or after that date. Section 2 is effective August 1, 2002, and applies to crimes committed on or after that date. Presented to the governor April 22, 2002 Signed by the governor April 24, 2002, 1:50 p.m.