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                             CHAPTER 65-H.F.No. 628 
                  An act relating to civil actions; limiting liability 
                  for public notification of emergency; proposing coding 
                  for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 604A. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  [604A.35] [PUBLIC NOTIFICATION OF EMERGENCY.] 
           (a) A person who notifies the public of an emergency via a 
        medium of mass communications including, without limitation, 
        radio, television, cable television, or Internet, is not liable 
        for civil damages resulting from acts or omissions by that 
        person in making the notification, unless the person acts in bad 
        faith or recklessly in providing the notification. 
           (b) For purposes of this section, notifying the public of 
        an emergency includes a notification made through the Emergency 
        Alert System, a notification made through the Amber Alert 
        System, or a notification requested by a government entity. 
           Sec. 2.  [EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICATION.] 
           Section 1 is effective August 1, 2003, and applies to 
        actions arising from incidents occurring on or after that date. 
           Presented to the governor May 16, 2003 
           Signed by the governor May 20, 2003, 5:02 p.m.