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HF 1037

4th Engrossment - 79th Legislature (1995 - 1996) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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Current Version - 4th Engrossment

  1.1                          A bill for an act 
  1.2             relating to health; providing rulemaking authority; 
  1.3             modifying enforcement and fee provisions; modifying 
  1.4             the hearing instrument dispenser trainee period; 
  1.5             providing penalties; amending Minnesota Statutes 1994, 
  1.6             sections 144.414, subdivision 3; 144.417, subdivision 
  1.7             1; 144.98, subdivision 3; 144.99, subdivisions 1, 4, 
  1.8             6, 8, and 10; 144.991, subdivision 5; 326.71, 
  1.9             subdivision 4; 326.75, subdivision 3a; and 326.78, 
  1.10            subdivisions 2 and 9; proposing coding for new law in 
  1.11            Minnesota Statutes, chapters 144; and 157; repealing 
  1.12            Minnesota Statutes 1994, sections 144.877, subdivision 
  1.13            5; and 144.8781, subdivision 4; Laws 1993, chapter 
  1.14            286, section 11; Minnesota Rules, part 4620.1500. 
  1.16     Section 1.  [144.1222] [PUBLIC POOLS; ENCLOSED SPORTS 
  1.17  ARENAS.] 
  1.18     Subdivision 1.  [PUBLIC POOLS.] The commissioner of health 
  1.19  shall be responsible for the adoption of rules and enforcement 
  1.20  of applicable laws and rules relating to the operation, 
  1.21  maintenance, design, installation, and construction of public 
  1.22  pools and facilities related to them.  The commissioner shall 
  1.23  adopt rules governing the collection of fees under section 
  1.24  144.122 to cover the cost of pool construction plan review, 
  1.25  monitoring, and inspections. 
  1.26     Subd. 2.  [POOLS USED FOR TREATMENT OR THERAPY.] A pool 
  1.27  used by a medical or rehabilitation facility to facilitate 
  1.28  treatment or therapy, to which only authorized access is allowed 
  1.29  and which is not open for any other public use, is exempt from 
  1.30  the requirements of Minnesota Rules, part 4717.1050, regarding 
  2.1   warning signs, and Minnesota Rules, part 4717.1650, subpart 1, 
  2.2   regarding placards. 
  2.3      Subd. 3.  [ENCLOSED SPORTS ARENAS.] The commissioner of 
  2.4   health shall be responsible for the adoption of rules and 
  2.5   enforcement of applicable laws and rules relating to indoor air 
  2.6   quality in the operation and maintenance of enclosed sports 
  2.7   arenas. 
  2.8      Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 144.414, 
  2.9   subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
  2.10     Subd. 3.  [HEALTH CARE FACILITIES AND CLINICS.] (a) Smoking 
  2.11  is prohibited in any area of a hospital, health care clinic, 
  2.12  doctor's office, or other health care-related facility, other 
  2.13  than a nursing home, boarding care facility, or licensed 
  2.14  residential facility, except as allowed in this subdivision.  
  2.15     (b) Smoking by patients in a chemical dependency treatment 
  2.16  program or mental health program may be allowed in a separated 
  2.17  well-ventilated area pursuant to a policy established by the 
  2.18  administrator of the program that identifies circumstances in 
  2.19  which prohibiting smoking would interfere with the treatment of 
  2.20  persons recovering from chemical dependency or mental illness.  
  2.21     (c) Smoking by participants in peer reviewed scientific 
  2.22  studies related to the health effects of smoking may be allowed 
  2.23  in a separated room ventilated at a rate of 60 cubic feet per 
  2.24  minute per person pursuant to a policy that is approved by the 
  2.25  commissioner and is established by the administrator of the 
  2.26  program to minimize exposure of nonsmokers to smoke. 
  2.27     Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 144.417, 
  2.28  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
  2.29     Subdivision 1.  [RULES.] The state commissioner of health 
  2.30  shall adopt rules necessary and reasonable to implement the 
  2.31  provisions of sections 144.411 to 144.417, except as provided 
  2.32  for in section 144.414. 
  2.33     The state commissioner of health may, upon request, waive 
  2.34  the provisions of sections 144.411 to 144.417 if the 
  2.35  commissioner determines there are compelling reasons to do so 
  2.36  and a waiver will not significantly affect the health and 
  3.1   comfort of nonsmokers. 
  3.2      Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 144.98, 
  3.3   subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
  3.4      Subd. 3.  [FEES.] (a) An application for certification 
  3.5   under subdivision 1 must be accompanied by the annual biennial 
  3.6   fee specified in this subdivision.  The fees are for: 
  3.7      (1) base certification fee, $250 $500; and 
  3.8      (2) test category certification fees: 
  3.9   Test Category                                  Certification Fee
  3.10  Bacteriology                                         $100 $200
  3.11  Inorganic chemistry, fewer than four constituents    $ 50 $100
  3.12  Inorganic chemistry, four or more constituents       $150 $300
  3.13  Chemistry metals, fewer than four constituents       $100 $200
  3.14  Chemistry metals, four or more constituents          $250 $500
  3.15  Volatile organic compounds                           $300 $600
  3.16  Other organic compounds                              $300 $600
  3.17     (b) The total annual biennial certification fee is the base 
  3.18  fee plus the applicable test category fees.  The annual biennial 
  3.19  certification fee for a contract laboratory is 1.5 times the 
  3.20  total certification fee. 
  3.21     (c) Laboratories located outside of this state that require 
  3.22  an on-site survey will be assessed an additional $1,200 fee. 
  3.23     (d) The commissioner of health may adjust fees under 
  3.24  section 16A.128, subdivision 2.  Fees must be set so that the 
  3.25  total fees support the laboratory certification program.  Direct 
  3.26  costs of the certification service include program 
  3.27  administration, inspections, the agency's general support costs, 
  3.28  and attorney general costs attributable to the fee function. 
  3.29     Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 144.99, 
  3.30  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
  3.31     Subdivision 1.  [REMEDIES AVAILABLE.] The provisions of 
  3.32  chapters 103I and 157 and sections 115.71 to 115.82; 144.12, 
  3.33  subdivision 1, paragraphs (1), (2), (5), (6), (10), (12), (13), 
  3.34  (14), and (15); 144.121; 144.1222; 144.35; 144.381 to 144.385; 
  3.35  144.411 to 144.417; 144.491; 144.495; 144.71 to 144.74; 144.871 
  3.36  to 144.878 144.879; 144.992; 326.37 to 326.45; 326.57 to 
  4.1   326.785; 327.10 to 327.131; and 327.14 to 327.28 and all rules, 
  4.2   orders, stipulation agreements, settlements, compliance 
  4.3   agreements, licenses, registrations, certificates, and permits 
  4.4   adopted or issued by the department or under any other law now 
  4.5   in force or later enacted for the preservation of public health 
  4.6   may, in addition to provisions in other statutes, be enforced 
  4.7   under this section. 
  4.8      Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 144.99, 
  4.9   subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
  4.10     Subd. 4.  [ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY ORDERS.] The commissioner 
  4.11  may issue an order requiring violations to be corrected and 
  4.12  administratively assessing monetary penalties for violations of 
  4.13  the statutes, rules, and other actions listed in subdivision 1.  
  4.14  The procedures in section 144.991 must be followed when issuing 
  4.15  administrative penalty orders.  Except in the case of repeated 
  4.16  or serious violations, the penalty assessed in the order must be 
  4.17  forgiven if the person who is subject to the order demonstrates 
  4.18  in writing to the commissioner before the 31st day after 
  4.19  receiving the order that the person has corrected the violation 
  4.20  or has developed a corrective plan acceptable to the 
  4.21  commissioner.  The maximum amount of an administrative penalty 
  4.22  orders order is $10,000 for each violator for all violations by 
  4.23  that violator identified in an inspection or review of 
  4.24  compliance. 
  4.25     Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 144.99, 
  4.26  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
  4.27     Subd. 6.  [CEASE AND DESIST.] The commissioner, or an 
  4.28  employee of the department designated by the commissioner, may 
  4.29  issue an order to cease an activity covered by subdivision 1 if 
  4.30  continuation of the activity would result in an immediate risk 
  4.31  to public health.  An order issued under this paragraph is 
  4.32  effective for a maximum of 72 hours.  In conjunction with the 
  4.33  issuance of the cease and desist order, the commissioner may 
  4.34  post a sign to cease an activity until the cease and desist 
  4.35  order is lifted and the sign is removed by the commissioner.  
  4.36  The commissioner must seek an injunction or take other 
  5.1   administrative action authorized by law to restrain activities 
  5.2   for a period beyond 72 hours.  The issuance of a cease and 
  5.3   desist order does not preclude the commissioner from pursuing 
  5.4   any other enforcement action available to the commissioner. 
  5.5      Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 144.99, 
  5.6   subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
  5.8   REGISTRATIONS, OR CERTIFICATES.] (a) The commissioner may deny 
  5.9   or refuse to renew an application for a permit, license, 
  5.10  registration, or certificate required under the statutes or 
  5.11  rules cited in subdivision 1, if the applicant does not meet or 
  5.12  fails to maintain the minimum qualifications for holding a 
  5.13  permit, license, registration, or certificate or has any 
  5.14  unresolved violations related to the activity for which the 
  5.15  permit, license, registration, or certificate was issued. 
  5.16     (b) The commissioner may also deny or refuse to renew a 
  5.17  permit, license, registration, or certificate required under the 
  5.18  statutes or rules cited in subdivision 1 if the applicant has a 
  5.19  persistent pattern of violations related to the permit, license, 
  5.20  registration, or certificate, or if the applicant submitted 
  5.21  false material information to the department in connection with 
  5.22  the application. 
  5.23     (c) The commissioner may condition the grant or renewal of 
  5.24  a permit, license, registration, or certificate on a 
  5.25  demonstration by the applicant that actions needed to ensure 
  5.26  compliance with the requirements of the statutes listed in 
  5.27  subdivision 1 have been taken, or may place conditions on or 
  5.28  issue a limited permit, license, registration, or certificate as 
  5.29  a result of previous violations by the applicant. 
  5.30     Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 144.99, 
  5.31  subdivision 10, is amended to read: 
  5.34  CERTIFICATE.] If the commissioner proposes to deny, refuses to 
  5.35  renew, suspends, or revokes a permit, license, registration, or 
  5.36  certificate under subdivision 8 or 9, the commissioner must 
  6.1   first notify, in writing, the person against whom the action is 
  6.2   proposed to be taken and provide the person an opportunity to 
  6.3   request a hearing under the contested case provisions of chapter 
  6.4   14.  If the person does not request a hearing by notifying the 
  6.5   commissioner within 20 days after receipt of the notice of 
  6.6   proposed action, the commissioner may proceed with the action 
  6.7   without a hearing. 
  6.8      Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 144.991, 
  6.9   subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
  6.10     Subd. 5.  [EXPEDITED ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING.] (a) Within 30 
  6.11  days after receiving an order or within 20 days after receiving 
  6.12  notice that the commissioner has determined that a violation has 
  6.13  not been corrected or appropriate steps have not been taken, the 
  6.14  person subject to an order under this section may request an 
  6.15  expedited hearing, utilizing using the procedures of Minnesota 
  6.16  Rules, parts 1400.8510 to 1400.8612, to review the 
  6.17  commissioner's action.  The hearing request must specifically 
  6.18  state the reasons for seeking review of the order.  The person 
  6.19  to whom the order is directed and the commissioner are the 
  6.20  parties to the expedited hearing.  The commissioner must notify 
  6.21  the person to whom the order is directed of the time and place 
  6.22  of the hearing at least 20 15 days before the hearing.  The 
  6.23  expedited hearing must be held within 30 days after a request 
  6.24  for hearing has been filed with the commissioner unless the 
  6.25  parties agree to a later date. 
  6.26     (b) All written arguments must be submitted within ten days 
  6.27  following the close of the hearing.  The hearing shall be 
  6.28  conducted under Minnesota Rules, parts 1400.8510 to 1400.8612, 
  6.29  as modified by this subdivision.  The office of administrative 
  6.30  hearings may, in consultation with the agency, adopt rules 
  6.31  specifically applicable to cases under this section.  
  6.32     (c) The administrative law judge shall issue a report 
  6.33  making recommendations about the commissioner's action to the 
  6.34  commissioner within 30 days following the close of the record.  
  6.35  The administrative law judge may not recommend a change in the 
  6.36  amount of the proposed penalty unless the administrative law 
  7.1   judge determines that, based on the factors in subdivision 2 1, 
  7.2   the amount of the penalty is unreasonable. 
  7.3      (d) If the administrative law judge makes a finding that 
  7.4   the hearing was requested solely for purposes of delay or that 
  7.5   the hearing request was frivolous, the commissioner may add to 
  7.6   the amount of the penalty the costs charged to the agency by the 
  7.7   office of administrative hearings for the hearing. 
  7.8      (e) If a hearing has been held, the commissioner may not 
  7.9   issue a final order until at least five days after receipt of 
  7.10  the report of the administrative law judge.  The person to whom 
  7.11  an order is issued may, within those five days, comment to the 
  7.12  commissioner on the recommendations and the commissioner will 
  7.13  consider the comments.  The final order may be appealed in the 
  7.14  manner provided in sections 14.63 to 14.69. 
  7.15     (f) If a hearing has been held and a final order issued by 
  7.16  the commissioner, the penalty shall be paid by 30 days after the 
  7.17  date the final order is received unless review of the final 
  7.18  order is requested under sections 14.63 to 14.69.  If review is 
  7.19  not requested or the order is reviewed and upheld, the amount 
  7.20  due is the penalty, together with interest accruing from 31 days 
  7.21  after the original order was received at the rate established in 
  7.22  section 549.09. 
  7.23     Sec. 11.  [157.011] [RULES.] 
  7.24     Subdivision 1.  [ESTABLISHMENTS.] The commissioner shall 
  7.25  adopt rules establishing standards for food, beverage, and 
  7.26  lodging establishments. 
  7.28  commissioner shall: 
  7.29     (1) adopt rules for certification requirements for managers 
  7.30  of food service operations; and 
  7.31     (2) establish in rule, criteria for training and 
  7.32  certification. 
  7.33     Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 326.71, 
  7.34  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
  7.35     Subd. 4.  [ASBESTOS-RELATED WORK.] "Asbestos-related work" 
  7.36  means the enclosure, removal, or encapsulation of 
  8.1   asbestos-containing material in a quantity that meets or exceeds 
  8.2   260 lineal feet of friable asbestos-containing material on 
  8.3   pipes, 160 square feet of friable asbestos-containing material 
  8.4   on other facility components, or, if linear feet or square feet 
  8.5   cannot be measured, a total of 35 cubic feet of friable 
  8.6   asbestos-containing material on or off all facility components 
  8.7   in one facility.  In the case of single or multifamily 
  8.8   residences, "asbestos-related work" also means the enclosure, 
  8.9   removal, or encapsulation of greater than ten but less than 260 
  8.10  lineal feet of friable asbestos-containing material on pipes or 
  8.11  ducts or greater than six but less than 160 square feet of 
  8.12  friable asbestos-containing material on other facility 
  8.13  components.  This provision excludes asbestos-containing floor 
  8.14  tiles and sheeting, roofing materials, siding, and all ceilings 
  8.15  with asbestos-containing material in single family residences 
  8.16  and buildings with no more than four dwelling units.  
  8.17  Asbestos-related work includes asbestos abatement area 
  8.18  preparation; enclosure, removal, encapsulation, or repair 
  8.19  operations; and an air quality monitoring specified in rule to 
  8.20  assure that the abatement and adjacent areas are not 
  8.21  contaminated with asbestos fibers during the project and after 
  8.22  completion. 
  8.23     For purposes of this subdivision, the quantity of asbestos 
  8.24  containing material applies separately for every project permit 
  8.25  fee paid under section 326.75, subdivision 3. 
  8.26     Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 326.75, 
  8.27  subdivision 3a, is amended to read: 
  8.29  The commissioner shall establish by rule a permit fee to be paid 
  8.30  by a training course provider upon on application for approval 
  8.31  or renewal of approval a training course permit or renewal of a 
  8.32  permit of each asbestos-related training course required for 
  8.33  certification or registration. 
  8.34     Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 326.78, 
  8.35  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
  9.1   commissioner may issue licenses to persons and certificates to 
  9.2   individuals who meet the criteria in sections 326.70 to 326.82 
  9.3   and the commissioner's rules.  Licenses and certificates shall 
  9.4   be valid for at least 12 months, except that the initial 
  9.5   certificate will be issued to expire one year.  Certificates 
  9.6   shall be valid for 12 months after the completion date on the 
  9.7   approved training course diploma. 
  9.8      Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 326.78, 
  9.9   subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
  9.10     Subd. 9.  [PENALTIES.] (a) A person who violates any of the 
  9.11  requirements of sections 326.70 to 326.81 or any requirement, 
  9.12  rule, or order issued under those sections is subject to a civil 
  9.13  penalty of not more than $10,000 per day of violation.  
  9.14  Penalties may be recovered in a civil action in the name of the 
  9.15  state brought by the attorney general. 
  9.16     (b) The commissioner may issue an order assessing a penalty 
  9.17  of not more than $10,000 per violation to any person who 
  9.18  violates any of the requirements of sections 326.70 to 326.81 or 
  9.19  any requirement, rule, or order issued under those sections.  A 
  9.20  person subject to an administrative penalty order may request a 
  9.21  contested case hearing under chapter 14 within 20 days from date 
  9.22  of receipt of the penalty order.  If the penalty order is not 
  9.23  contested within 20 days of receipt, it becomes final and may 
  9.24  not be contested. 
  9.25     (c) The amount of the penalty shall be based on the past 
  9.26  history of same or similar violations, the severity of 
  9.27  violation, the culpability of the person, and other relevant 
  9.28  factors.  The history of past violations shall include previous 
  9.29  violations received by the person licensed as a different entity.
  9.30     (d) Penalties assessed under sections 326.70 to 326.81 
  9.31  shall be paid to the commissioner for deposit in the state 
  9.32  government special revenue fund.  Unpaid penalties shall be 
  9.33  increased to 125 percent of the original assessed amount if not 
  9.34  paid within 60 days after the penalty order becomes final.  
  9.35  After 60 days, interest shall accrue on the unpaid penalty 
  9.36  balance at the rate established in section 549.09. 
 10.3      Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 153A.14, 
 10.4   subdivision 4a, paragraph (a), a person approved by the 
 10.5   commissioner of health as a hearing instrument dispenser trainee 
 10.6   after July 1, 1994, and before December 1, 1994, may continue to 
 10.7   dispense hearing instruments as a trainee until November 1, 1995.
 10.8      Sec. 17.  [REPEALER.] 
 10.9      Minnesota Statutes 1994, sections 144.877, subdivision 5; 
 10.10  and 144.8781, subdivision 4, are repealed.  Laws 1993, chapter 
 10.11  286, section 11, is repealed.  Minnesota Rules, part 4620.1500, 
 10.12  is repealed. 
 10.13     Sec. 18.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
 10.14     Section 16 is effective the day following final enactment.