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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signs a bill Wednesday, May 14, 2014, that requires mobile telephone companies to include a "kill switch" on mobile phones that allows an owner to make them useless to thieves. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

Dayton signs bill requiring smartphone 'kill switches' in Minnesota

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota smartphones next year must include a way to disable them when stolen.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law Wednesday requiring mobile telephone companies to include "kill switches" on smartphones and connected tablets sold beginning July 1, 2015. This new process will allow owners to disable lost and stolen devices as a way to discourage thefts.

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