S.F. No. 1120, 1st Engrossment - 86th Legislative Session (2009-2010) Posted on Mar 23, 2009
1.1A bill for an act1.2relating to human rights; requiring posting of notices related to human trafficking
1.3at establishments that sell alcoholic beverages at retail and certain lodging
1.4establishments that have been involved in prostitution-related activity; amending
1.5Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 617.87; proposing coding for new law in
1.6Minnesota Statutes, chapter 340A.
1.7BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
1.8 Section 1. [340A.5055] POSTING OF CERTAIN NOTICE REQUIRED.
1.9(a) A retail licensee shall display a sign containing the following notice if it has been
1.10certified by the local licensing authority as a location that has been subject to complaints
1.11to local law enforcement for sex trafficking activity after the effective date of this act:
1.12"WARNING: Engaging in labor trafficking or sex trafficking is a crime under
1.13Minnesota Statutes, section 609.281. Call the Minnesota Crisis and Tip Line at
1.141-888-772-3324 or 651-291-8810. You may remain anonymous."
1.15(b) The sign must be in the form and in the languages as specified by the human
1.16trafficking task force created under section 299A.7955, and approved by the commissioner.
1.17 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 617.87, is amended to read:
1.18617.87 RELEASE OF PROPERTY.
1.19If, after an order of abatement has been entered, the owner appears and pays the
1.20costs of the action and files a bond in an amount determined by the court, but not to
1.21exceed $50,000, conditioned that the owner will immediately abate the nuisance for a
1.22period of one year, the court may, if satisfied of the owner's good faith, order the release of
1.23the building or portion of it which is subject to the order of abatement. If the building
1.24or portion of it that is subject to the order of abatement is a hotel, motel, or similar
2.1establishment that rents overnight lodging to the public and the nuisance was prostitution
2.2or prostitution-related activity that involved sex trafficking, as defined in section 609.321,
2.3subdivision 7a, the release must require the owner to post a notice in the form specified in
2.4section 340A.5055 in each unit and portion of the building that was subject to the order
2.5of abatement. If the premises are released, for each day during the term of the bond that
2.6the owner knowingly permits any part of the premises to be used for any activity which
2.7was the basis of the abatement order or fails to post the notice, if required, the owner shall
2.8forfeit $1,000 under the bond. Forfeiture under the bond does not relieve the owner from
2.9prosecution for contempt. Release of the property pursuant to this section does not release
2.10it from an injunction issued under section
2.11liability to which it may be subject by law.