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HF 293

2nd Engrossment - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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Introduction Posted on 01/22/2007
1st Engrossment Posted on 02/13/2007
2nd Engrossment Posted on 04/26/2007
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1st Unofficial Engrossment Posted on 04/19/2007
Committee Engrossments
1st Committee Engrossment Posted on 01/29/2007

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A bill for an act
relating to state government; appropriating money for environment and
natural resources; modifying meeting requirements of the Legislative-Citizen
Commission on Minnesota Resources; amending Minnesota Statutes 2006,
section 116P.08, subdivision 5.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginMINNESOTA RESOURCES APPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the
agencies and for the purposes specified in this act. The appropriations are from the general
fund, or another named fund, and are available for the fiscal years indicated for each
purpose. The figures "2008" and "2009" used in this article mean that the appropriations
listed under them are available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, or June 30, 2009,
respectively. "The first year" is fiscal year 2008. "The second year" is fiscal year 2009.
"The biennium" is fiscal years 2008 and 2009. Appropriations for the fiscal year ending
June 30, 2007, are effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

new text begin APPROPRIATIONS
new text end
new text begin Available for the Year
new text end
new text begin Ending June 30
new text end
new text begin 2008
new text end
new text begin 2009
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginMINNESOTA RESOURCES
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Total Appropriation
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new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 23,366,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2008
new text end
new text begin 2009
new text end
new text begin Environment and
Natural Resources
Trust
new text end
new text begin 22,866,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin State Land and
Water Conservation
Account
(LAWCON)
new text end
new text begin 500,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end

new text begin Appropriations are available for either year
of the biennium. Any unencumbered balance
remaining in the first year does not cancel
and is available for the second year of the
biennium.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Definitions
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new text begin (a) "Trust fund" means the Minnesota
environment and natural resources trust fund
referred to in Minnesota Statutes, section
116P.02, subdivision 6.
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new text begin (b) "State land and water conservation
account (LAWCON)" means the state land
and water conservation account in the natural
resources fund referred to in Minnesota
Statutes, section 116P.14.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin LCCMR and Contract Administration
new text end

new text begin 1,318,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin (a) Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota
Resources (LCCMR)
new text end

new text begin $1,278,000 is from the trust fund for fiscal
years 2008 and 2009 and is for administration
as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section
116P.09, subdivision 5.
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section
16A.281, the availability of up to $50,000 of
the appropriation from Laws 2006, chapter
243, section 19, is extended to June 30, 2008,
for communications outreach.
new text end

new text begin (b) Contract Administration
new text end

new text begin $40,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to
complete contract management for duties
assigned in Laws 2005, First Special Session
chapter 1, article 2, section 11, subdivision
3, paragraph (b), and additional duties as
assigned in this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Land
new text end

new text begin 14,835,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin Environment and
Natural Resources
Trust
new text end
new text begin 14,335,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin LAWCON
new text end
new text begin 500,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin (a) Forest Legacy Conservation Easements
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new text begin $2,000,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to acquire
permanent working forest conservation
easements on private forests in northern
Minnesota, the Mississippi blufflands, and
other areas identified through the state forest
legacy program. Priority must be given to
acquiring easements on private lands within
existing Minnesota state forest boundaries.
Any easements acquired must have a
sustainable forestry practice management
plan. Land subject to easements acquired
under this appropriation is not eligible for
payment under Minnesota Statutes, section
290C.07. The commissioner must report
to the Legislative-Citizen Commission
on Minnesota Resources with proposed
minimum standards for forest conservation
easements by June 1, 2007. The commission
shall consider the proposed standards as
part of the work program approval by June
30, 2007. No funds shall be expended until
the commission has reviewed and approved
minimum standards for forest conservation
easements funded by the trust fund.
new text end

new text begin (b) Minnesota Habitat Corridors Partnership -
Phase IV
new text end

new text begin $4,200,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for
acceleration of agency programs and
cooperative agreements with Pheasants
Forever; Minnesota Deer Hunters
Association; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; National
Wild Turkey Federation; The Nature
Conservancy; Minnesota Land Trust; The
Trust for Public Land; Minnesota Valley
National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc.; United
States Fish and Wildlife Service; Red Lake
Band of Chippewa; Leech Lake Band of
Chippewa; Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa;
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation
Service; and the Board of Water and Soil
Resources to plan, restore, and acquire
fragmented landscape corridors that connect
areas of quality habitat to sustain fish,
wildlife, and plants. Expenditures are limited
to the project corridor areas as defined in
the work program. Land acquired with this
appropriation must be sufficiently improved
to meet at least minimum habitat and facility
management standards as determined by
the commissioner. This appropriation may
not be used for the purchase of residential
structures, unless expressly approved in the
work program. All conservation easements
must be perpetual and have a natural resource
management plan. Any land acquired in fee
title by the commissioner with money from
this appropriation must be designated:
new text end

new text begin (1) as an outdoor recreation unit under
Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.07; or
new text end

new text begin (2) as provided in Minnesota Statutes,
sections 89.018, subdivision 2, paragraph (a);
97A.101; 97A.125; 97C.001; and 97C.011.
The commissioner may similarly designate
any lands acquired in less than fee title.
new text end

new text begin (c) Metro Conservation Corridors - Phase III
new text end

new text begin $2,500,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for
acceleration of agency programs and
cooperative agreements with The Trust for
Public Land; Friends of the Mississippi
River; Great River Greening; Minnesota
Land Trust; Minnesota Valley National
Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc.; Trout Unlimited;
and Friends of the Minnesota Valley for
the purposes of planning, restoring, and
protecting important natural areas in the
metropolitan region, as defined by Minnesota
Statutes, section 473.121, subdivision 2,
and portions of the surrounding counties,
through grants, contracted services,
conservation easements, and fee acquisition.
Land acquired with this appropriation
must be sufficiently improved to meet at
least minimum management standards
as determined by the commissioner.
Expenditures are limited to the identified
project corridor areas as defined in the work
program. This appropriation may not be used
for the purchase of residential structures,
unless expressly approved in the work
program. All conservation easements must
be perpetual and have a natural resource
management plan. Any land acquired in fee
title by the commissioner of natural resources
with money from this appropriation must be
designated:
new text end

new text begin (1) as an outdoor recreation unit under
Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.07; or
new text end

new text begin (2) as provided in Minnesota Statutes,
sections 89.018, subdivision 2, paragraph (a);
97A.101; 97A.125; 97C.001; and 97C.011.
The commissioner may similarly designate
any lands acquired in less than fee title.
new text end

new text begin (d) Prairie Stewardship Assistance for Private
Landowners
new text end

new text begin $220,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to develop
stewardship plans and implement prairie
management on private prairie lands on a
cost-share basis with private or federal funds.
new text end

new text begin (e) State Park and Trail Land Acquisition
new text end

new text begin $1,500,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to acquire
land for state trails and in-holdings for state
parks. Land acquired with this appropriation
must be sufficiently improved to meet at
least minimum management standards as
determined by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (f) Metropolitan Regional Park System Land
Acquisition
new text end

new text begin $2,500,000 is from the trust fund to the
Metropolitan Council for subgrants for the
acquisition of lands within the approved park
unit boundaries of the metropolitan regional
park system. This appropriation may not
be used for the purchase of residential
structures. Subdivision 12 applies to grants
awarded in the approved work program. This
appropriation must be matched by at least
40 percent of nonstate money and must be
committed by December 31, 2007, or the
appropriation cancels. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2010, at which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered, unless an earlier date is
specified in the work program.
new text end

new text begin (g) Nonmetropolitan Regional Parks and Natural
and Scenic Area Acquisitions
new text end

new text begin $1,000,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to provide
matching grants to local governments for
acquisition of natural and scenic areas, as
provided in Minnesota Statutes, section
85.019, subdivision 4a, and regional parks
outside of the metropolitan area, as defined
in Minnesota Statutes, section 473.121,
subdivision 2. The local match required for
a grant to acquire a regional park or regional
outdoor recreation area is $2 of nonstate
money for each $3 of state money. For the
purposes of this paragraph, the match may
be either cash or a qualifying land donation.
Recipients may receive funding for more
than one project in any given grant period.
Subdivision 12 applies to grants awarded in
the approved work program.
new text end

new text begin (h) LAWCON Federal Reimbursements
new text end

new text begin $500,000 is from the state land and water
conservation account (LAWCON) in the
natural resources fund to the commissioner of
natural resources for priorities established by
the commissioner for eligible state projects
and administrative and planning activities
consistent with Minnesota Statutes, section
116P.14, and the federal Land and Water
Conservation Fund Act. Subdivision 12
applies to grants awarded in the approved
work program. This appropriation is
contingent upon receipt of the federal
obligation and remains available until June
30, 2010, at which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered,
unless an earlier date is specified in the work
program.
new text end

new text begin (i) Biological Control of European Buckthorn and
Garlic Mustard
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new text begin $300,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to
research potential insects for biological
control of invasive European buckthorn
species for the third biennium and to
introduce and evaluate insects for biological
control of garlic mustard for the second
biennium. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2010, at which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered, unless an earlier date is specified
in the work program.
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new text begin (j) Neutralization of Reed Canary Grass Root
Exudates
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new text begin $115,000 is from the trust fund to Minnesota
State University, Mankato, to assess
plant-soil feedback contribution to the
invasiveness of reed canary grass through
identification and neutralization of inhibitory
root exudates.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Water Resources
new text end

new text begin 5,051,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
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new text begin (a) Local Water Management Matching Challenge
Grants
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new text begin $350,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Water and Soil Resources to accelerate
the local water management challenge
grant program under Minnesota Statutes,
sections 103B.3361 to 103B.3369, through
matching grants to implement high priority
activities in state-approved comprehensive
water management plans. For the purposes
of this paragraph, the match must be a
nonstate contribution and may be either cash
or qualifying in-kind. The grants may be
provided on an advance basis as specified
in the work program. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2010, at which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered, unless an earlier date is
specified in the work program.
new text end

new text begin (b) Protection of Rare and Unique Rock Outcrop
Wetlands
new text end

new text begin $563,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Water and Soil Resources in cooperation
with Renville and Redwood Soil and
Water Conservation Districts for perpetual
easements of unique wetland and riparian
habitats associated with rock outcrops in the
Minnesota River Valley.
new text end

new text begin (c) Land Retirement Effects on Minnesota River
Basin Streams
new text end

new text begin $275,000 is from the trust fund for the
second biennium to the Board of Water and
Soil Resources for a cooperative agreement
with the United States Geological Survey to
define the relation between land retirement
and water quality and biological integrity in
Minnesota River subbasins and to determine
if nutrient transport reductions improve
habitat and biodiversity in order to enhance
prioritization of future land retirements.
This appropriation must be matched by an
equal amount of nonstate money and must
be committed by December 31, 2007, or the
appropriation cancels.
new text end

new text begin (d) Demonstrating Benefits of Conservation
Grasslands on Water Quality
new text end

new text begin $374,000 is from the trust fund to the
Science Museum of Minnesota to assess the
long-term benefits of conservation grasslands
in reducing sediment and nutrient loads
through quantitative lake sediment analysis
in small watersheds with different grassland
acreages. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2010, at which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered, unless an earlier date is specified
in the work program.
new text end

new text begin (e) Improved River Quality Monitoring Using
Airborne Remote Sensing
new text end

new text begin $159,000 is from the trust fund to Minnesota
State University, Mankato, to monitor river
water quality and riparian habitat through
airborne dynamic hyperspectral remote
sensing on the Blue Earth River.
new text end

new text begin (f) Evaluating Riparian Timber Harvesting
Guidelines - Phase III
new text end

new text begin $400,000 is from the trust fund to the
University of Minnesota to assess the timber
harvesting riparian management guidelines
for postharvest impacts on terrestrial, aquatic,
and wildlife habitats.
new text end

new text begin (g) Innovative Springshed Mapping for Trout
Stream Management
new text end

new text begin $270,000 is from the trust fund to the
University of Minnesota to identify and
delineate supply areas and springsheds, for
springs serving as coldwater sources for
modern and historic trout streams, and to
assess the impacts from development and
groundwater appropriations.
new text end

new text begin (h) Intra-lake Zoning to Protect Sensitive
Lakeshore Areas
new text end

new text begin $110,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources in
cooperation with Cass County to identify
sensitive shorelines of the highest priority
lakes to protect water quality and near-shore
habitat through improved shoreland zoning
by Cass County.
new text end

new text begin (i) Water Resource Sustainability
new text end

new text begin $292,000 is from the trust fund to the
University of Minnesota to quantify
sustainable supplies of surface and
groundwater by integrating surface water,
vadose zone, and groundwater systems into
defined hydrologic units.
new text end

new text begin (j) County Geologic Atlas Program Acceleration
new text end

new text begin $400,000 is from the trust fund to the
University of Minnesota, Minnesota
Geologic Survey, to accelerate the production
of county geologic atlases that describe
location, size, boundaries, and vulnerability
of aquifers to enhance the protection and use
of groundwater.
new text end

new text begin (k) Minnesota's Water Resources: Impacts of
Climate Change - Phase II
new text end

new text begin $300,000 is from the trust fund for the second
biennium to the University of Minnesota,
Natural Resources Research Institute, to
quantify climate, hydrologic, and ecological
variability and trends, along with economic
impacts of environmental fluctuation on
water resources, and to identify indicators
of future climate change effects on aquatic
systems. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2010, at which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered,
unless an earlier date is specified in the work
program.
new text end

new text begin (l) Pharmaceutical and Microbiological Pollution
new text end

new text begin $302,000 is from the trust fund to
the University of Minnesota to
develop technologies that eliminate
antibiotic-resistant bacteria, hormones,
and other pharmaceutical compounds from
Minnesota's surface waters.
new text end

new text begin (m) Threat of Emerging Contaminants to Upper
Mississippi Walleye
new text end

new text begin $97,000 is from the trust fund to St. Cloud
State University to assess whether the genetic
diversity of walleye in the Upper Mississippi
is negatively impacted by emerging
contaminants at pollution hotspots where
feminized male fish have been identified.
new text end

new text begin (n) Cedar Creek Groundwater Project using
Prairie Biofuel Buffers
new text end

new text begin $659,000 is from the trust fund to the
University of Minnesota, Cedar Creek
Natural History Area, to provide quantitative
data on the ability of diverse prairie buffers to
capture runoff pollutants, to produce biofuel
with minimal water requirements, and to
provide high carbon sequestration. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2010,
at which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered, unless an earlier
date is specified in the work program.
new text end

new text begin (o) Pyrolysis Pilot Project
new text end

new text begin $500,000 is from the trust fund to the
University of Minnesota in cooperation with
Rural Advantage to demonstrate a water-free
pyrolysis technology for converting biomass
feedstock to biofuels. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2010, at which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered, unless an earlier date is
specified in the work program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Natural Resource Information
new text end

new text begin 2,002,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin (a) Minnesota County Biological Survey
new text end

new text begin $1,500,000 is from the trust fund to
the commissioner of natural resources to
accelerate the biological survey that identifies
significant natural areas and systematically
collects and interprets data on the distribution
and ecology of native plant communities,
rare plants, and rare animals.
new text end

new text begin (b) Soil Survey
new text end

new text begin $400,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Water and Soil Resources to accelerate
the completion of soil survey mapping and
Web-based data delivery in five or more
counties. The new soil surveys must be done
on a cost-share basis with local and federal
funds.
new text end

new text begin (c) Field Guide for Evaluating Vegetation of
Restored Wetlands
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new text begin $53,000 is from the trust fund to the Board of
Water and Soil Resources for an agreement
with Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik, &
Associates to develop a printed and
Web-based field guide to assist the evaluation
of the quality of wetland restorations in
Minnesota. This wetland guide must be
available for downloading free of charge on
the Internet.
new text end

new text begin (d) Natural Resource Data Collection and
Mapping
new text end

new text begin $49,000 is from the trust fund to the
Legislative-Citizen Commission on
Minnesota Resources for analysis and
implementation of critical state natural
resource data collection and mapping.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Emerging Issues Account
new text end

new text begin 160,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
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new text begin $160,000 is from the trust fund to an
emerging issues account as authorized
in Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.08,
subdivision 4, paragraph (d).
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new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Availability of Appropriations
new text end

new text begin Unless otherwise provided, the amounts in
this section are available until June 30, 2009,
when projects must be completed and final
products delivered. For acquisition of real
property, the amounts in this section are
available until June 30, 2010, if a binding
contract is entered into by June 30, 2009,
and closed not later than June 30, 2010. The
amounts available in this section may be
extended through an approved work program
by up to one year. If a project receives
a federal grant, the appropriation for the
project shall be extended to equal the federal
grant period.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Leveraged Funds for Real Property
Interest Requirement
new text end

new text begin The work program for every appropriation
for acquisition of a real property interest
shall identify nonstate leveraged funds and a
plan for expenditure of funds to maximize
the benefit of the trust fund allocation. Any
work program that proposes materially less
leverage than the proposal shall be brought
to the Legislative-Citizen Commission
on Minnesota Resources for review and
approval or disapproval. The final report
of each project shall identify all leverage
obtained. Leveraged funds shall be spent
concurrently with trust fund appropriations
to the extent possible.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Data Availability Requirements
new text end

new text begin (a) Data collected by the projects funded
under this section that have value for
planning and management of natural
resource, emergency preparedness, and
infrastructure investments must conform
to the enterprise technical architecture
maintained by the Office of Enterprise
Technology. Spatial data must conform to
geographic information system guidelines
and standards outlined in that architecture
and adopted by the Minnesota Geographic
Data Clearinghouse at the Land Management
Information Center. A description of spatial
data collected must adhere to Office of
Enterprise Technology geographic metadata
standards and must be submitted to the Land
Management Information Center to be made
available online through the clearinghouse
and the data themselves must be accessible
and free to the public unless made private
under the Data Practices Act, Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 13.
new text end

new text begin (b) To the extent practicable, summary data
and results of projects funded under this
section should be readily accessible on the
Internet and identified as an environment and
natural resources trust fund project.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Project Requirements
new text end

new text begin It is a condition of acceptance of the
appropriations in this section that any agency
or entity receiving the appropriation must
comply with Minnesota Statutes, chapter
116P; vegetation planted must be of native
ecotypes to Minnesota, and preferably
of the local ecotype, unless expressly
approved in the work program; parties to an
easement must specify in the easement all
the provisions of their agreement that are
perpetual; an electronic copy of the terms
of an easement acquired must be sent to the
commission office; and in any acquisition of
land or interest in land, priority must be given
to lands with high quality natural resources
or conservation lands that provide natural
buffers to water resources.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 12. new text end

new text begin Payment Conditions and Capital
Equipment Expenditures
new text end

new text begin All agreements, grants, or contracts referred
to in this section must be administered on
a reimbursement basis unless otherwise
provided in this section. Notwithstanding
Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.41,
expenditures made on or after July 1,
2007, or the date the work program is
approved, whichever is later, are eligible for
reimbursement unless otherwise provided
in this section. Periodic payment must
be made upon receiving documentation
that the deliverable items articulated in
the approved work program have been
achieved, including partial achievements
as evidenced by approved progress reports.
Reasonable amounts may be advanced to
projects to accommodate cash flow needs or
match federal money. The advances must
be approved as part of the work program.
No expenditures for capital equipment are
allowed unless expressly authorized in the
project work program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 13. new text end

new text begin Purchase of Recycled and Recyclable
Materials
new text end

new text begin A political subdivision, public or private
corporation, or other entity that receives
an appropriation in this section must use
the appropriation in compliance with
Minnesota Statutes, sections 16B.121 and
16B.122, requiring the purchase of recycled,
repairable, and durable materials; the
purchase of uncoated paper stock; and the
use of soy-based ink.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 14. new text end

new text begin Energy Conservation and
Sustainable Building Guidelines
new text end

new text begin A recipient to whom an appropriation is made
in this section for a capital improvement
project shall ensure that the project complies
with the applicable energy conservation and
sustainable building guidelines and standards
contained in law, including Minnesota
Statutes, sections 16B.325, 216C.19, and
216C.20, and rules adopted thereunder.
The recipient may use the energy planning,
advocacy, and state energy office units of
the Department of Commerce to obtain
information and technical assistance on
energy conservation and alternative energy
development relating to the planning and
construction of the capital improvement
project.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 15. new text end

new text begin Accessibility
new text end

new text begin Structural and nonstructural facilities must
meet the design standards in the federal
Americans with Disability Act (ADA)
accessibility guidelines.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 16. new text end

new text begin Carryforward
new text end

new text begin (a) The availability of the appropriations for
the following projects is extended to June
30, 2008:
new text end

new text begin (1) Laws 2005, First Special Session
chapter 1, article 2, section 11, subdivision
7, paragraph (j), improving impaired
watersheds: conservation drainage research;
new text end

new text begin (2) Laws 2005, First Special Session chapter
1, article 2, section 11, subdivision 8,
paragraph (d), open space planning and
protection; and
new text end

new text begin (3) Laws 2005, First Special Session chapter
1, article 2, section 11, subdivision 10,
paragraph (d), dairy farm digesters.
new text end

new text begin (b) The availability of the appropriation for
the following project is extended to June 30,
2009:
new text end

new text begin (1) Laws 2005, First Special Session
chapter 1, article 2, section 11, subdivision
9, paragraph (a), completing third-party
certification of DNR forest lands; and
new text end

new text begin (2) Laws 2005, First Special Session
chapter 1, article 2, section 11, subdivision
10, paragraph (e), wind to hydrogen
demonstration.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 116P.08, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Public meetings.

deleted text beginTechnical advisory committee and commissiondeleted text endnew text begin (a)new text end
Meetings new text beginof the commission, committees or subcommittees of the commission, technical
advisory committees, and peer review panels
new text endmust be open to the public. The commission
shall attempt to meet throughout various regions of the state during each biennium.new text begin For
purposes of this subdivision, a meeting occurs when a quorum is present and action
is taken regarding a matter within the jurisdiction of the commission, a committee or
subcommittee of the commission, a technical advisory committee, or a peer review panel.
new text end

new text begin (b) For legislative members of the commission, enforcement of this subdivision is
governed by section 3.055, subdivision 2. For nonlegislative members of the commission,
enforcement of this subdivision is governed by section 13D.06, subdivisions 1 and 2.
new text end