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Isabelle Guggisberg helps Gov. Mark Dayton sign a bill named after her older brother, Jacob, on Wednesday, with family and legislators watching. The bill requires both parents to be notified if a child is abused or neglected. (Don Davis/Forum Communications Co.)

Jacob's Law now in place thanks to Clara City, Minn., mother and son Jacob

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton today signed Jacob's Law, named after Jacob Gould and written to keep other youths from experiencing the same things he has.


The new law requires law enforcement officials to notify both parents if a child is a victim of neglect, physical abuse or sexual abuse outside of the home. Also, local welfare officials must be notified.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.