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Section and Committee Legislative Positions

Sections and Committees are authorized to take positions on their own behalf pursuant to Article 12.2 of the MSBA bylaws.  Legislative action of a section or committee shall remain valid for the duration of the legislative biennium in which it was adopted.

Section and committee positions for the 2017-18 legislative biennium:

Military & Veterans Affairs Section: Resolved that Minn. Stat. 197.6091 (added by Session Law Chapter 4, Article 4, Section 5) which imposes disclosure requirements on lawyers providing representation regarding veterans’ benefits, should be repealed or amended. 

Family Law Section: Resolved that Minn. Stat. sec. 518A.39, subd. 2(d)(2)(i) should be modified to correct a typographical error, specifically changing 0.075 to 0.75.

Family Law Section: Resolved that Minn. Stat. sec. 518A.39, subd. 2(j) should be amended to clarify that child support may be modified upon meeting the threshold presumptions in the current statutory scheme (a showing of a substantial change in circumstances with the 20 percent/$75 formula applied) as the new parenting time expense adjustments take effect in 2018.

Family Law Section: Resolved to support legislation relating to paternity and child support:
1)  to end the public authority’s ability to automatically charge and collect interest on child support arrears; 
2)  to authorize unmarried parents to use a joint petition to establish custody and parenting time when paternity has been recognized through use of Recognition of a Parentage filed with the Department of Health or adjudicated by the court;
3)  to authorize a one-page certificate of adjudication to change vital records following paternity adjudications; 
4)  to eliminate the authority for the court to impute income to obligors incarcerated for nonpayment of child support; and 
5)  to prohibit imputation of income for the purposes of child support to obligors receiving GA or SSI, and application of minimum orders to obligors who are recipients of TANF.

Family Law Section: Resolved to oppose any legislation that changes the current law in determining parenting time. 

Family Law Section: Resolved to oppose any legislation that changes the current "best interest of the child" factors as codified in Minn. Stat. sec. 518.17 (2017).

Family Law Section: Resolved that both unmarried parents' rights are equal in determining custody pursuant to a child's best interests, and to oppose legislation to the contrary. 
*Last Updated 3/16/18