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What Minnesota's new 'junk fees' law means for purchases - and tipping at restaurants

The change will bar hidden service fees and convenience charges from being added at the end of a transaction

Minnesota will soon ban businesses from tacking on so-called "junk fees" at the end of a purchase, a move supporters hope will provide transparency for people buying concert tickets, booking a hotel room and eating at restaurants.

Gov. Tim Walz signed the measure into law this week, his first act after the Legislature adjourned the 2024 session. Consumer Reports estimates the average American family spends thousands of dollars annually on junk fees. The law takes effect in January.

"All of us have seen this, especially online," Walz said before signing the bill. "Seeing a price but then by the end of it there's all kinds of things that have been added on to it and then there's a countdown clock that tells you need to get it and do this now."


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