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HF 1831

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/02/2017 12:41pm

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underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to agriculture; establishing the Minnesota Wine Promotion, Education,
and Development Council; establishing a grant program for promotion, education,
and development of Minnesota wines; appropriating money; proposing coding for
new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 17.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [17.6901] MINNESOTA WINES PROMOTION, EDUCATION, AND
DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment; membership. new text end

new text begin (a) The Minnesota Wine Promotion,
Education, and Development Council is established. The council is composed of 15 voting
members who are Minnesota residents as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) two wine producers from each of the four Minnesota wine geographic areas;
new text end

new text begin (2) one member of the Minnesota Farm Winery Association;
new text end

new text begin (3) one member of the Minnesota Grape Growers Association;
new text end

new text begin (4) one member of Explore Minnesota Tourism;
new text end

new text begin (5) one member representing the Minnesota grown program;
new text end

new text begin (6) one member representing the commissioner of agriculture;
new text end

new text begin (7) one member from the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association; and
new text end

new text begin (8) one member from the Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association.
new text end

new text begin (b) The wine producers appointed under paragraph (a), clause (1), shall include one wine
producer who produces 5,000 gallons of wine per year or less and one wine producer who
produces over 5,000 gallons of wine per year from each of the four Minnesota wine
geographic areas.
new text end

new text begin (c) Council members shall serve three-year terms. After the initial council is appointed,
subsequent appointments must be staggered so that one-third of council membership is
replaced each year. Council members must be nominated by their organizations and appointed
by the commissioner. The council may add ex officio members at its discretion. The council
must meet at least once per year, with all related expenses reimbursed by members'
sponsoring organizations or by the members themselves.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Powers and duties. new text end

new text begin The council must review applications and select projects
to receive Minnesota wine, promotion, education, and development program grants, as
authorized in section 17.6902. The council must establish a program to provide grants for
promotion, education, and development of Minnesota wine and Minnesota grapes. The
commissioner is responsible for all fiscal and administrative duties.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Checkoff fees. new text end

new text begin The council may recommend to the governor and legislature a
checkoff fee to provide funding for grants under section 17.6902.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Rules. new text end

new text begin The commissioner's duties under this section and section 17.6902 are
not subject to the provisions of chapter 14.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin This section expires June 30, 2026.
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [17.6902] MINNESOTA WINE PROMOTION, EDUCATION, AND
DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Eligible projects. new text end

new text begin Eligible projects must provide promotion, education,
or development of the Minnesota wine industry, to stimulate economic development through
value-added, sustainable agriculture. The council may also recommend projects to expand
grape production in Minnesota by establishing vineyard grower grants of up to $5,000 per
acre for up to five acres for the establishment of new vineyards.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Awarding grants. new text end

new text begin Applications for program grants must be submitted in the
form prescribed by the Minnesota Wine Promotion, Education, and Development Council.
Applications must be submitted on or before the deadline prescribed by the council. All
applications are subject to a thorough in-state review by a peer committee established and
approved by the council. Each project meeting the basic qualifications is subject to a yes
or no vote by each council member. Projects chosen to receive funding must achieve an
affirmative vote from at least ten of the 15 council members or two-thirds of voting members
present. Projects awarded program funds must submit an annual progress report in the form
prescribed by the council.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Annual audit. new text end

new text begin The program must have an annual audit of financial activities
that the council must file with the commissioner on or before June 1 for the immediately
preceding year ending December 31.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin This section expires June 30, 2026.
new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin [17.6903] MINNESOTA WINE PROMOTION, EDUCATION, AND
DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Account; appropriation. new text end

new text begin A Minnesota wine promotion, education, and
development account is established in the agricultural fund. Money in the account, including
interest earned, is appropriated to the commissioner for grants determined by the Minnesota
Wine Promotion, Education, and Development Council under section 17.6902. The
commissioner may use up to $80,000 each fiscal year for direct costs incurred to provide
fiscal and administrative support to the council as required under section 17.6901, subdivision
2. The commissioner may also recover associated indirect costs from the account as required
under section 16A.127.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin This section expires June 30, 2026.
new text end