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S.F. No. 2011 - Worker Safety and Energy Security Act
 
Author: Senator Paul J. Utke
 
Prepared By: Chris Turner, Senate Fiscal Analyst (651/296-4350)
 
Date: March 13, 2019



 

Section 1 titles the act.

Section 2, subdivision 1 defines “person” for the purposes of section 609.594 (Damage to Property of Critical Public Service Facilities, Utilities, and Pipelines).

Subdivision 2 expands the law prohibiting damage to a critical public service facility to include altering the equipment or physical operation of such a facility, utility, or pipeline.

Provides that a legal, professional, nonprofit or commercial entity found guilty of aiding and abetting a violation of this section may be liable for a fine up to ten times the amount of the underlying violation.

Exempts from the statute the action of a labor organization in the course of a labor dispute provided no damage is done to the site, equipment, or operations; worksite visits under a collective bargaining agreement; general access to a worksite by building trades labor or management organizations; or conduct protected under U.S. Code, title 29, section 157, including labor-organizing activity.

Subdivision 3 exempts employers of employees who detain a person violating this section from criminal and civil liability.

Subdivision 4 requires the court to order a person violating this section to pay restitution for the costs and expenses resulting from the crime.

Section 3, subdivision 1 defines “person” for the purposes section 609.6055 (Trespass on Critical Public Service Facility; Utility; or Pipeline).

Subdivision 2 provides that a person who enters the site or the construction worksite of a critical public service facility, utility, or pipeline without consent is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

Provides that a person who enters the site or worksite of a critical public service facility, utility, or pipeline with the intent to disrupt the operation or provision of services is guilty of a five-year felony.

Provides that a legal, professional, nonprofit or commercial entity found guilty of aiding and abetting a violation of this section may be liable for a fine up to ten times the amount of the underlying violation.

Exempts from the statute the action of a labor organization in the course of a labor dispute provided no damage is done to the site, equipment, or operations; worksite visits under a collective bargaining agreement; general access to a worksite by building trades labor or management organizations; or conduct protected under U.S. Code, title 29, section 157, including labor-organizing activity.

Subdivision 3 no change.

Subdivision 4 exempts employers of employees who detain a person violating this section from criminal and civil liability.

Subdivision 5 no change.

Subdivision 6 requires the court to order a person violating this section to pay restitution for the costs and expenses resulting from the crime.

The bill is effective the day following final enactment and applies to violations committed on or after that date.

 
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