Key: (1) language to be deleted (2) new language
relating to crime; prescribing criminal penalties for assaulting a transit operator;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 609.2231, by adding a subdivision.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
(a) A person is guilty of a gross misdemeanor if (1) the person assaults a transit operator, or intentionally throws or otherwise transfers bodily fluids onto a transit operator; and (2) the transit operator is acting in the course of the operator's duties and is operating a transit vehicle, aboard a transit vehicle, or otherwise responsible for a transit vehicle. A person convicted under this paragraph may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year or to payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both.
(b) For the purposes of this subdivision, "transit operator" means a driver or operator of a transit vehicle that is used to provide any of the following services:
(1) public transit, as defined in section 174.22, subdivision 7;
(2) light rail transit service;
(3) special transportation service under section 473.386, whether provided by the Metropolitan Council or by other providers under contract with the council; or
(4) commuter rail service.
Section 1 is effective August 1, 2013, and applies to crimes committed on or after that date.
Presented to the governor May 22, 2013
Signed by the governor May 24, 2013, 2:36 p.m.