This part of summer is a time for patriotism. It's also the time new state laws go into effect across the nation. Fiscal years begin July 1 on most financial calendars, and a slew of state government spending regulations kick in each year on that date.
Those who neglect vulnerable adults or mistreat children will face tougher penalties under a new Minnesota law taking effect Wednesday. The law creates felony crimes for intentionally depriving a vulnerable adult and causing physical harm to a child.