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HF 778

3rd Engrossment - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/07/2017 09:10am

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A bill for an act
relating to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority; providing for classification
of certain data; modifying appointments to the authority board; modifying duties;
restricting the use of stadium suites;amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections
13.55, subdivision 2; 473J.07, subdivisions 2, 3, 4, 8, by adding a subdivision;
473J.09, subdivisions 6, 13, by adding subdivisions; 473J.13, by adding a
subdivision; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.09, subdivision 14.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 13.55, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Public data.

(a) The data made not public by the provisions of subdivision 1
shall become public upon the occurrence of any of the following:

(a) (1) five years elapse from the date on which the lease or contract is entered into
between the facility and the inquiring party or parties or the event which was the subject of
inquiry occurs at the facility, whichever occurs earlier;

(b) (2) the event which was the subject of inquiry does not occur; or

(c) (3) the event which was the subject of inquiry occurs elsewhere.

(b) Data regarding persons receiving free or discounted admission, tickets, or other gifts
from publicly owned and operated convention facilities, civic center authorities, or the
Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is public data unless the data is subject to the provisions
of subdivision 1 or 4, paragraph (b).

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.07, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Membership.

(a) The authority shall consist of five seven members.

(b) The chair and two members One member shall be appointed by the governor. One
This
member appointed by the governor shall serve until December 31 of the third year
following appointment and one member shall serve until December 31 of the fourth year
following appointment
. Thereafter, members appointed by the governor shall serve four-year
terms, beginning January 1. Each member serves until a successor is appointed and takes
office. The chair serves at the pleasure of the governor.

(c) The mayor of the city shall appoint two members one member to the authority. One
This
member appointed by the mayor of the city shall serve until December 31 of the third
second year following appointment and one member shall serve until December 31 of the
fourth year following appointment
. Thereafter, members appointed under this paragraph
shall serve four-year terms beginning January 1. Each member serves until a successor is
appointed and takes office. Members appointed under this paragraph may reside within the
city and may be appointed officials of a political subdivision.

(d) The initial members of the authority must be appointed not later than June 13, 2012.
The legislature shall appoint the remaining members of the authority, who may not be
members of the legislature, as follows:

(1) the speaker of the house shall appoint one member;

(2) the majority leader of the senate shall appoint one member;

(3) the minority leader of the house of representatives shall appoint one member; and

(4) the minority leader of the senate shall appoint one member.

(e) The chair of the Legislative Coordinating Commission shall appoint a voting member
of the board, who must be a certified public accountant. Members appointed by the legislature
shall serve for three-year terms.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.07, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Compensation.

The authority may compensate its members, other than the
chair,
as provided in section 15.0575. The chair shall receive, unless otherwise provided by
other law, a salary in an amount fixed by the authority,
the same compensation as other
board members
and shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses to the same extent as a
member.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.07, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Chair.

The chair presides at all meetings of the authority, if present, and
performs all other assigned duties and functions. The members of the board shall biennially
elect a chair from among its members.
The authority may appoint from among its members
a vice-chair to act for the chair during the temporary absence or disability of the chair, and
any other officers the authority determines are necessary or convenient.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.07, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Executive director; employees.

The authority may appoint an executive director
to serve as the chief executive officer of the authority. The executive director serves at the
pleasure of the authority and receives compensation as determined by the authority, but in
no instance may the compensation of the executive director exceed that of the governor
.
The executive director may be responsible for the operation, management, and promotion
of activities of the authority, as prescribed by the authority. The executive director has the
powers necessarily incident to the performance of duties required and powers granted by
the authority, but does not have authority to incur liability or make expenditures on behalf
of the authority without general or specific directions by the authority, as shown by the
bylaws or minutes of a meeting of the authority. The executive director is responsible for
hiring, supervision, and dismissal of all other employees of the authority. The authority
must conduct an annual employee evaluation of the executive director, which must be
reviewed and approved by the entire board.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.07, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


Subd. 8a.

Budget; report.

After adoption, the authority shall submit its annual budget
to the commissioner of management and budget and to the chairs and ranking minority
members of the senate finance and house of representatives ways and means committees.
All elements of the authority budget, meeting minutes, policies, and procedures must be
available on the authority Web site.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.09, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Employees; contracts for services.

The authority may employ persons and
contract for services necessary to carry out its functions, including the utilization of
employees and consultants retained by other governmental entities. As a condition of
employment, employees selected by the authority may not engage in partisan political
activities.
The authority shall enter into an agreement with the city regarding traffic control
for the stadium.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.09, subdivision 13, is amended to read:


Subd. 13.

Legislative report.

The authority must report to the chairs and ranking minority
members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over state government finance by
January 15 of each year on the following:

(1) any recommended increases in the rate or dollar amount of tax;

(2) any recommended increases in the debt of the authority;

(3) the overall work and role of the authority;

(4) the authority's proposed and past operating and capital budgets; and

(5) the authority's implementation of the operating and capital budgets.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.09, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


Subd. 15.

Use of stadium suites.

(a) The authority's marketing vendor may enter into
agreements for the use of game and event tickets, and stadium suites, for the purpose of
marketing the stadium to potential users. Use of stadium suites is subject to the following
requirements:

(1) stadium suites may not be used by board members, except when participating in a
marketing effort arranged by the authority's marketing vendor, or conducting oversight of
authority responsibilities. The executive director shall ensure that use of the suite does not
violate open meeting laws. A board member may not use a suite more than twice per year
for oversight duties, and must pay the fair market value for use of the suite;

(2) stadium suite use must be limited to only those persons and activities with a legitimate
business purpose. Family members and friends of board members and authority staff are
presumed not to have a legitimate business purpose for attendance in a suite unless the
attendance has been approved by public vote of the authority, and the stated business purpose
made a part of the public record;

(3) if the authority has contracted or contracts for stadium marketing services and access
to a suite is included in the existing or future contract, the contract terms must require that
the contractor determine when suites are needed for marketing purposes and transmits to
the authority all data regarding its suite use, including but not limited to:

(i) the costs of use;

(ii) the identity of each attendee and their legitimate business purpose for attendance;

(iii) the date, time, and a general description of the stadium event at which the suite was
used, if applicable; and

(iv) the value and a description of any food, parking, or other benefits provided to
attendees.

The data required by this clause must be transmitted to the authority within 30 days after
each event at which a suite was used;

(4) authority staff may not use a suite except with the express written assignment of
duties by the executive director, may not be provided free food, and may not be provided
free parking unless necessary to complete the assigned duties; and

(5) provision of tickets to events and use of suites for a purpose other than marketing or
oversight must be reported to the legislative auditor.

(b) The authority must negotiate a return of all stadium suites to the primary tenant, or
other interested parties, in return for fair market value. A provision may be negotiated
allowing limited access to suites for marketing purposes. Any revenues received pursuant
to this paragraph must be deposited in the authority's operating reserves, established under
section 473J.13, subdivision 2, paragraph (c).

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.09, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


Subd. 16.

Code of conduct.

The authority shall adopt and comply with the latest version
of the state code of conduct promulgated by Minnesota Management and Budget.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.13, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


Subd. 7.

Reserves.

When reserves created under this chapter exceed $1,000,000, the
authority must transfer amounts in excess of $1,000,000 to the commissioner of management
and budget for deposit in the stadium excess reserves account in the special revenue fund.
When requested, the commissioner may transfer funds in the stadium excess reserves account
back to the authority if the commissioner determines the funds are necessary to serve a
public purpose. Amounts to be transferred back to the authority are appropriated to the
commissioner for those purposes.

Sec. 12. RECOVERY.

The authority must recover the fair market value of any food, parking, tickets, and access
to stadium suites provided to a person prior to January 1, 2017, if the provision of those
benefits to the person was not in the public interest. The authority shall report on recovery
efforts to the commissioner of management and budget and to the chairs and ranking minority
members of the senate finance and house of representatives ways and means committees
on the second Monday of each month until a full recovery is completed.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Sec. 13. LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR REVIEW.

No later than January 15, 2018, the legislative auditor is requested to review the
operations and management structure of publicly-owned major sports event facilities in
Minnesota, including U.S. Bank Stadium, Target Field, Target Center, and TCF Bank
Stadium in Minneapolis, and Xcel Energy Center and CHS Field in St. Paul. Upon
completion, the review must be submitted to the chairs and ranking minority members of
the legislative committees with jurisdiction over state government finance, and to the
Legislative Commission on Minnesota Sports Facilities.

At a minimum, the review must consider:

(1) the structure and oversight responsibilities of each facility's public governing body;

(2) whether the public governing bodies have access to tickets, suites, or other premium
amenities for events conducted in the facilities they oversee, including the terms under
which the access is provided; and

(3) whether the public governing bodies have adopted policies or procedures to ensure
their oversight activities, including those of individual members acting on behalf of the
governing body, are transparent and in furtherance of the public interest.

The review must compare and contrast the practices of each public governing body and
may recommend best practices for improving the governance, operations, and public
accountability of each body. As necessary, the review may also propose any changes in law
necessary to implement these best practices.

Sec. 14. REPEALER.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.09, subdivision 14, is repealed.

Sec. 15. EFFECTIVE DATE.

Except where otherwise provided, this act is effective July 1, 2017, and, notwithstanding
any law to the contrary, the appointment of the current executive director of the authority
and the terms of all current members of the authority terminate on that date. New
appointments as required by section 2 must be made no later than July 15, 2017.

APPENDIX

Repealed Minnesota Statutes: H0778-3

473J.09 POWERS, DUTIES OF THE AUTHORITY.

Subd. 14.

Study; raffle.

The authority shall study the feasibility of conducting a raffle for chances to win a pair or other limited numbers of prime seats (such as lower deck, 50 yard line seats) in the stadium for professional football games for the duration of the lease or use agreement. In conducting the study, the authority must consult with the NFL team. If the authority determines that conducting the raffle is financially feasible, the authority in cooperation with the director of the Gambling Control Board shall conduct the raffle. The proceeds of the raffle must be transmitted to the commissioner of revenue for deposit in the general fund and are appropriated to the commissioner of management and budget for prepayment of principal and interest on appropriation bonds under section 16A.965.

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