3rd Engrossment - 80th Legislature (1997 - 1998) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to the organization and operation of state 1.3 government; appropriating money for economic 1.4 development and certain agencies of state government; 1.5 establishing and modifying certain programs; providing 1.6 for regulation of certain activities and practices; 1.7 standardizing certain licensing service fees; 1.8 establishing and modifying certain fees; modifying 1.9 housing programs; establishing a task force; providing 1.10 for a manufactured home park to be a conditional use; 1.11 requiring reports; modifying definitions; amending 1.12 Minnesota Statutes 1996, sections 44A.01, subdivision 1.13 2; 60A.23, subdivision 8; 60A.71, by adding a 1.14 subdivision; 60K.06, subdivision 2; 65B.48, 1.15 subdivision 3; 72B.04, subdivision 10; 79.253, 1.16 subdivision 1; 79.255, by adding a subdivision; 82.21, 1.17 subdivision 1; 82B.09, subdivision 1; 115B.03, 1.18 subdivision 5; 115C.021, by adding a subdivision; 1.19 115C.03, subdivision 9; 115C.08, subdivision 4; 1.20 115C.09, subdivision 3, and by adding a subdivision; 1.21 115C.13; 116J.01, subdivision 5; 116J.552, subdivision 1.22 4; 116J.615, subdivision 1; 116L.04, subdivision 1, 1.23 and by adding a subdivision; 116O.05, by adding a 1.24 subdivision; 116O.122, subdivision 1; 155A.045, 1.25 subdivision 1; 176.181, subdivision 2a; 268.38, 1.26 subdivision 7; 268.672, subdivision 6, and by adding 1.27 subdivisions; 268.673, subdivisions 3, 4a, and 5; 1.28 268.6751, subdivision 1; 268.677, subdivision 1; 1.29 268.681; 268.917; 268A.15, subdivisions 2, 6, and by 1.30 adding subdivisions; 298.22, by adding a subdivision; 1.31 326.86, subdivision 1; 394.25, by adding a 1.32 subdivision; 446A.04, subdivision 5; 446A.081, 1.33 subdivisions 1, 4, and 9; 446A.12, subdivision 1; 1.34 462.357, by adding a subdivision; 462A.05, 1.35 subdivisions 14d, 30, 39, and by adding a subdivision; 1.36 462A.13; 462A.201, subdivision 2; 462A.205; 462A.206, 1.37 subdivisions 2 and 4; 462A.207, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 1.38 4, and 6; 462A.21, subdivision 12a; and 469.305, 1.39 subdivision 1; Laws 1997, chapter 85, article 1, 1.40 section 39, subdivision 4; proposing coding for new 1.41 law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 45; 79; 116J; 1.42 116L; 268; 366; 462A; and 469; repealing Minnesota 1.43 Statutes 1996, sections 116J.581; 116J.990, 1.44 subdivision 7; 268.39; 268.672, subdivision 4; 1.45 268.673, subdivision 6; 268.676; 268.677, subdivisions 1.46 2 and 3; 268.678; 268.679, subdivision 3; 462A.05, 2.1 subdivision 20; 462A.206, subdivision 5; and 462A.21, 2.2 subdivisions 4k, 12, and 14. 2.3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 2.4 ARTICLE 1 2.5 APPROPRIATIONS 2.6 Section 1. [ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; APPROPRIATIONS.] 2.7 The sums shown in the columns marked "APPROPRIATIONS" are 2.8 appropriated from the general fund, or another named fund, to 2.9 the agencies and for the purposes specified in this act, to be 2.10 available for the fiscal years indicated for each purpose. The 2.11 figures "1998" and "1999," where used in this act, mean that the 2.12 appropriation or appropriations listed under them are available 2.13 for the year ending June 30, 1998, or June 30, 1999, 2.14 respectively. The term "first year" means the fiscal year 2.15 ending June 30, 1998, and "second year" means the fiscal year 2.16 ending June 30, 1999. 2.17 SUMMARY BY FUND 2.18 1998 1999 TOTAL 2.19 General $195,977,000 $163,741,000 $359,718,000 2.20 Petroleum Tank 2.21 Cleanup 957,000 969,000 1,926,000 2.22 Trunk Highway 706,000 723,000 1,429,000 2.23 Workers' 2.24 Compensation 23,095,000 23,130,000 46,225,000 2.25 Special Revenue 1,120,000 1,125,000 2,245,000 2.26 Taconite Environmental 2.27 Protection 1,410,000 -0- 1,410,000 2.28 TOTAL $223,265,000 $189,688,000 $412,953,000 2.29 APPROPRIATIONS 2.30 Available for the Year 2.31 Ending June 30 2.32 1998 1999 2.33 Sec. 2. TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 2.34 Subdivision 1. Total 2.35 Appropriation 51,419,000 35,983,000 2.36 Summary by Fund 2.37 General 50,713,000 35,260,000 2.38 Trunk Highway 706,000 723,000 2.39 The amounts that may be spent from this 2.40 appropriation for each program are 2.41 specified in the following subdivisions. 3.1 Subd. 2. Business and Community 3.2 Development 3.3 35,963,000 20,977,000 3.4 $7,017,000 the first year and 3.5 $6,017,000 the second year is for 3.6 Minnesota investment fund grants. Of 3.7 this appropriation, $3,000,000 the 3.8 first year and $2,000,000 the second 3.9 year are one-time appropriations and 3.10 may not be added to the budget base for 3.11 the biennium ending June 30, 2001. Of 3.12 this one-time appropriation $1,000,000 3.13 the first year is for a single grant 3.14 recipient, to be identified by the 3.15 commissioner, notwithstanding the 3.16 monetary limitation under Minnesota 3.17 Statutes, section 116J.8731, 3.18 subdivision 5. This amount may not be 3.19 added to the agency's budget base. 3.20 This amount is available until June 30, 3.21 1999. 3.22 $450,000 the first year and $450,000 3.23 the second year is for grants to 3.24 Advantage Minnesota, Inc. The funds 3.25 are available only if matched on at 3.26 least a dollar-for-dollar basis from 3.27 other sources. The commissioner may 3.28 release the funds only upon: 3.29 (1) certification that matching funds 3.30 from each participating organization 3.31 are available; and 3.32 (2) review and approval by the 3.33 commissioner of the proposed operations 3.34 plan of Advantage Minnesota, Inc. for 3.35 the biennium. 3.36 $7,418,000 the first year and 3.37 $7,918,000 the second year is for the 3.38 job skills partnership program. If the 3.39 appropriation for either year is 3.40 insufficient, the appropriation for the 3.41 other year is available. This 3.42 appropriation does not cancel. Of this 3.43 amount, $1,500,000 the first year and 3.44 $2,000,000 the second year is for the 3.45 Pathways program under Minnesota 3.46 Statutes, section 116L.04, subdivision 3.47 1a. 3.48 $250,000 the first year is for a grant 3.49 from the department of trade and 3.50 economic development to the Software 3.51 Technology Center to broaden 3.52 industry-related educational and 3.53 technological services. This 3.54 appropriation is available upon 3.55 documentation of a dollar-for-dollar 3.56 match from other sources since the 3.57 inception of the Software Technology 3.58 Center. This is a one-time 3.59 appropriation and must not be included 3.60 in the budget base for the biennium 3.61 ending June 30, 2001. 3.62 $100,000 the first year is for a 3.63 one-time grant to the Duluth Technology 4.1 Center. This appropriation is 4.2 available until June 30, 1999. 4.3 $25,000 the first year is for a 4.4 one-time grant to the city of New 4.5 London for improvements to the Little 4.6 Theatre. This appropriation is 4.7 available when the city matches the 4.8 appropriation with $25,000 from 4.9 nonstate sources. 4.10 $750,000 the first year is for one or 4.11 more grants to the Minnesota Futures 4.12 Fund administered by the Minneapolis 4.13 Foundation. The Minneapolis Foundation 4.14 shall use these grants to provide 4.15 technical assistance grants to 4.16 nonprofit organizations to assist them 4.17 in redesigning services and 4.18 organizational structures in response 4.19 to changes in federal and state welfare 4.20 policy. The commissioner shall make 4.21 the grants in amounts necessary to 4.22 match nonpublic contributions to the 4.23 fund on a dollar-for-dollar basis. 4.24 This appropriation is available until 4.25 June 30, 1999. This is a one-time 4.26 appropriation and may not be included 4.27 in the budget base for the biennium 4.28 ending June 30, 2001. 4.29 $35,000 the first year is for a 4.30 one-time appropriation to the Fairfax 4.31 economic development authority for roof 4.32 replacement. This appropriation is 4.33 available until June 30, 1999. 4.34 $2,000,000 the first year is for a 4.35 one-time grant to the city of Brooklyn 4.36 Center to redevelop the Brookdale 4.37 regional center and provide 4.38 opportunities for economic development 4.39 at or near the center. The grant must 4.40 be used to assist the city in 4.41 constructing a series of storm water 4.42 retention ponds that will facilitate 4.43 the redevelopment and economic 4.44 development of the center and nearby 4.45 property. The grant must be on terms 4.46 and conditions determined by the 4.47 commissioner. The grant must be 4.48 matched by city resources that equal at 4.49 least 25 percent of the grant. 4.50 $650,000 the first year is for the 4.51 taconite mining grant program under 4.52 Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.992. 4.53 This appropriation is available until 4.54 June 30, 1999. This is a one-time 4.55 appropriation and may not be included 4.56 in the budget base for the biennium 4.57 ending June 30, 2001. 4.58 $95,000 the first year and $95,000 the 4.59 second year is for grants to county and 4.60 district agricultural societies and 4.61 associations that are eligible to 4.62 receive aid under Minnesota Statutes, 4.63 section 38.02. The commissioner shall 4.64 spend this appropriation as grants of 4.65 $1,000 for each fair conducted by such 5.1 a county and district agricultural 5.2 society and association in each year. 5.3 $3,000,000 the first year is for a 5.4 grant to develop a direct reduction 5.5 iron-processing facility in Minnesota. 5.6 This appropriation is available until 5.7 June 30, 1999. This is a one-time 5.8 appropriation and may not be included 5.9 in the budget base for the biennium 5.10 ending June 30, 2001. 5.11 $500,000 the first year is for 5.12 technical assistance under Minnesota 5.13 Statutes, section 116J.8745. This 5.14 appropriation is available until June 5.15 30, 1999. 5.16 $4,444,000 the first year is for state 5.17 matching money for federal grants to 5.18 capitalize the drinking water revolving 5.19 loan fund under Minnesota Statutes, 5.20 section 446A.081. The expenditure is 5.21 limited to the minimum amount necessary 5.22 to match the allotment of federal money 5.23 to Minnesota. This is a one-time 5.24 appropriation and must not be included 5.25 in the budget base for the biennium 5.26 ending June 30, 2001. 5.27 $25,000 the first year is for a 5.28 one-time grant to the city of St. Paul 5.29 to improve, beautify, and enhance 5.30 marked trunk highway No. 5 from 5.31 Minneapolis-St.Paul international 5.32 airport to interstate highway No. 5.33 35-E. Enhancements may include, among 5.34 other things, landscaping, historical 5.35 lighting, and signing. 5.36 $100,000 the first year is for a 5.37 one-time grant to the city of Grey 5.38 Eagle for construction of a wastewater 5.39 treatment plant. 5.40 $526,000 the first year and $537,000 5.41 the second year is from fees collected 5.42 under Minnesota Statutes, section 5.43 446A.04, subdivision 5, to administer 5.44 the programs of the public facilities 5.45 authority. 5.46 $125,000 the first year is for a 5.47 one-time demonstration project grant to 5.48 the city of Newport for the city to 5.49 conduct a study of the economic impact 5.50 on the city resulting from regional 5.51 infrastructure improvement projects. 5.52 The city may retain consultants and 5.53 enter into contracts it considers 5.54 desirable to conduct the study. The 5.55 elements of the study must include an 5.56 alternate economic use study, a fiscal 5.57 impact study, an infrastructure impact 5.58 study, and a traffic impact study. The 5.59 grant is available only to the extent 5.60 that the city provides in-kind 5.61 resources or money that provides a 5.62 one-to-one match of the grant. 5.63 $100,000 the first year is for a grant 6.1 to the Minnesota Organization for 6.2 Global Professional Assignments, an 6.3 independent, nonprofit corporation, for 6.4 a program that creates opportunities 6.5 for the international professional 6.6 development of Minnesota college 6.7 graduates and Minnesota college seniors 6.8 interested in pursuing careers with 6.9 multinational businesses. This is a 6.10 one-time appropriation. The 6.11 appropriation is available for the 6.12 fiscal year ending June 30, 1998. 6.13 $100,000 the first year and $100,000 6.14 the second year is for one-time grants 6.15 to the city of New Brighton, as project 6.16 coordinator and fiscal agent of the 6.17 seven-city coalition, for the 6.18 multicommunity business retention and 6.19 market expansion project and related 6.20 planning efforts linking geographical 6.21 information systems, contaminated land 6.22 remediation, land use planning, 6.23 transportation corridor study, 6.24 integration of existing housing stock, 6.25 subregional transit and reverse commute 6.26 coordination, employment densities, job 6.27 training and welfare reform placement 6.28 coordination, and commercial and 6.29 industrial development. The coalition 6.30 shall share all results and written 6.31 reports with the department of trade 6.32 and economic development. 6.33 $2,000,000 the first year is for 6.34 transfer to the rural policy and 6.35 development center fund. This 6.36 appropriation does not cancel. This is 6.37 a one-time appropriation and may not be 6.38 included in the agency's budget base 6.39 for the biennium ending June 30, 2001. 6.40 $250,000 the first year and $250,000 6.41 the second year is for grants to the 6.42 board of the rural policy and 6.43 development center for operation of the 6.44 center. 6.45 $130,000 the first year and $155,000 6.46 the second year is for grants to the 6.47 metropolitan economic development 6.48 association. 6.49 $240,000 the first year and $265,000 6.50 the second year is for grants to 6.51 WomenVenture. 6.52 WomenVenture and the metropolitan 6.53 economic development association must, 6.54 in the first year, develop contacts and 6.55 relationships with the regional 6.56 initiatives selected under Minnesota 6.57 Statutes, section 116J.415, subdivision 6.58 3, and a plan to deliver their services 6.59 statewide. In the second year, they 6.60 must generally offer their services 6.61 statewide. 6.62 $500,000 the first year and $500,000 6.63 the second year is for grants to the 6.64 St. Paul rehabilitation center for its 7.1 current programs, including those 7.2 related to developing job-seeking 7.3 skills and workplace orientation, 7.4 intensive job development, functional 7.5 work English, and on-site job coaching. 7.6 $250,000 in the first year is for a 7.7 one-time grant to the Morrison county 7.8 rural development finance authority 7.9 established under Laws 1982, chapter 7.10 437. The authority must use the grant 7.11 only for capital improvements to a 7.12 paper and wood products manufacturer in 7.13 the county primarily for the purposes 7.14 of facility upgrading and expansion of 7.15 the manufacturer's capability to 7.16 utilize recycled wastepaper as a fiber 7.17 source. Minnesota Statutes, section 7.18 116J.991, applies to the grant. 7.19 $200,000 the first year is for an 7.20 agreement with the Judy Garland 7.21 Children's Museum to assist in the 7.22 design and construction of a children's 7.23 museum. This amount must be matched by 7.24 at least $1,275,000 from nonstate 7.25 sources committed by June 30, 1998. 7.26 This is a one-time appropriation and 7.27 may not be added to the agency's budget 7.28 base in future biennia. 7.29 Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, 7.30 section 116J.8731, or any other law to 7.31 the contrary, the commissioner shall, 7.32 in the commissioner's considerations on 7.33 Minnesota investment fund grants in 7.34 fiscal year 1998, strongly consider an 7.35 application for a $250,000 grant to the 7.36 Morrison county rural development 7.37 authority established under Laws 1982, 7.38 chapter 437, for capital improvements 7.39 to a paper and wood products 7.40 manufacturer in Morrison county 7.41 primarily for the purposes of facility 7.42 upgrading and expansion of the 7.43 manufacturer's capability to utilize 7.44 recycled wastepaper as a fiber source, 7.45 thereby achieving the purpose of job 7.46 enhancement, stability, and 7.47 preservation. As part of this 7.48 consideration, the commissioner shall 7.49 confer with the manufacturer, inspect 7.50 the manufacturer's facilities, and 7.51 conduct an analysis of the 7.52 manufacturer's business plan and its 7.53 previous and proposed efforts to 7.54 achieve these purposes. The 7.55 commissioner shall strongly consider 7.56 approving the grant application unless 7.57 the commissioner determines that the 7.58 grant will not significantly contribute 7.59 to achieving these purposes. The 7.60 commissioner must make a determination 7.61 on this application by December 1, 1997. 7.62 $45,000 the first year is for a 7.63 one-time grant to the Upper Minnesota 7.64 Valley River regional development 7.65 commission for development of design 7.66 specifications and architectural plans 7.67 for a regional visitors center, to be 8.1 built on the upper segment of the 8.2 Minnesota river corridor within the 8.3 designated scenic byway area and in 8.4 conjunction with the development of the 8.5 Minnesota river corridor trail. This 8.6 appropriation is available until June 8.7 30, 1999. 8.8 $100,000 the first year and $100,000 8.9 the second year is for grants to create 8.10 and operate community development 8.11 corporations under Minnesota Statutes, 8.12 section 116J.982, that target 8.13 Asian-Pacific Minnesotans. One must be 8.14 in Hennepin county and one must be in 8.15 Ramsey county. 8.16 $80,000 the first year and $80,000 the 8.17 second year is for one-time grants to 8.18 the greater metropolitan area foreign 8.19 trade zone commission for the purpose 8.20 of promoting foreign trade zones in 8.21 Minnesota. 8.22 Subd. 3. Minnesota Trade Office 8.23 2,452,000 2,336,000 8.24 $250,000 the first year and $100,000 8.25 the second year is for a multifaceted 8.26 program to develop trade with China. 8.27 This is a one-time appropriation and 8.28 must not be included in the budget base 8.29 for the biennium ending June 30, 2001. 8.30 The department shall act as the lead 8.31 agency in developing a plan for a 8.32 coordinated effort to promote Minnesota 8.33 internationally. The commissioner may 8.34 appoint an advisory committee and may 8.35 seek federal and private funding to 8.36 develop and implement the plan. 8.37 Subd. 4. Tourism 8.38 8,625,000 8,205,000 8.39 Summary by Fund 8.40 General 7,919,000 7,482,000 8.41 Trunk Highway 706,000 723,000 8.42 To develop maximum private sector 8.43 involvement in tourism, $2,500,000 the 8.44 first year and $2,500,00 the second 8.45 year of the amounts appropriated for 8.46 marketing activities are contingent on 8.47 receipt of an equal contribution from 8.48 nonstate sources that have been 8.49 certified by the commissioner. Up to 8.50 one-half of the match may be given in 8.51 in-kind contributions. This 8.52 appropriation may not be spent until 8.53 the money is matched. 8.54 In order to maximize marketing grant 8.55 benefits, the commissioner must give 8.56 priority for joint venture marketing 8.57 grants to organizations with year-round 8.58 sustained tourism activities. For 9.1 programs and projects submitted, the 9.2 commissioner must give priority to 9.3 those that encompass two or more areas 9.4 or that attract nonresident travelers 9.5 to the state. 9.6 If an appropriation for either year for 9.7 grants is not sufficient, the 9.8 appropriation for the other year is 9.9 available for it. 9.10 The commissioner may use grant dollars 9.11 or the value of in-kind services to 9.12 provide the state contribution for the 9.13 partnership program. 9.14 Any unexpended money from general fund 9.15 appropriations made under this 9.16 subdivision does not cancel but must be 9.17 placed in a special advertising account 9.18 for use by the office of tourism to 9.19 purchase additional media. 9.20 $329,000 the first year and $329,000 9.21 the second year is for the Minnesota 9.22 film board. This appropriation is 9.23 available only upon receipt by the 9.24 board of $1 in matching contributions 9.25 of money or in-kind from nonstate 9.26 sources for every $3 provided by this 9.27 appropriation. 9.28 $500,000 the first year and $500,000 9.29 the second year is for grants to the 9.30 Minnesota film board for a film 9.31 production jobs fund to stimulate 9.32 feature film production in Minnesota. 9.33 This appropriation is to reimburse film 9.34 producers for two to five percent of 9.35 documented wages which they paid to 9.36 Minnesotans for film production after 9.37 January 1, 1997. 9.38 $500,000 the first year is for a 9.39 one-time grant to the Leroy Neiman 9.40 museum of art. This appropriation is 9.41 available on documentation of a 9.42 dollar-for-dollar match from other 9.43 sources. This amount may not be added 9.44 to the agency's budget base. 9.45 $10,000 the first year is for a 9.46 one-time grant to the city of St. Louis 9.47 Park for public art. This 9.48 appropriation is available on 9.49 documentation of a dollar-for-dollar 9.50 match from other sources and is 9.51 available until June 30, 1999. $25,000 9.52 in the first year is for a one-time 9.53 grant to the city of Bloomington for 9.54 planning, development, and site 9.55 selection of a community tourism center 9.56 and theater. 9.57 The office of tourism shall expand its 9.58 efforts in the 1998-1999 biennium to 9.59 market and promote tourism within 9.60 Minnesota that emphasizes multicultural 9.61 areas and neighborhoods and those areas 9.62 and neighborhoods with a high 9.63 concentration of recent immigrants. 10.1 Subd. 5. Administration 10.2 2,971,000 3,028,000 10.3 Subd. 6. Information and Analysis 10.4 1,408,000 1,437,000 10.5 Sec. 3. MINNESOTA TECHNOLOGY, INC. 9,537,000 10,037,000 10.6 $7,605,000 the first year and 10.7 $8,105,000 the second year is for 10.8 transfer from the general fund to the 10.9 Minnesota Technology, Inc. fund. 10.10 $75,000 the first year and $75,000 the 10.11 second year is for grants to Minnesota 10.12 Inventors Congress. 10.13 $694,000 the first year and $694,000 10.14 the second year is for grants to 10.15 Minnesota Project Innovation. 10.16 Minnesota Project Innovation must open 10.17 and maintain an office in Northeastern 10.18 Minnesota. 10.19 $1,500,000 the first year and 10.20 $2,000,000 the second year is for a 10.21 technology partnership fund to make 10.22 investments of $20,000 to $100,000 in 10.23 businesses partnering with faculty 10.24 members at Minnesota academic 10.25 institutions. Any unencumbered balance 10.26 remaining in the first year does not 10.27 cancel but is available for the second 10.28 year of the biennium. 10.29 $950,000 the first year and $950,000 10.30 the second year is for grants to the 10.31 Natural Resources Research Institute. 10.32 $113,000 the first year and $113,000 10.33 the second year is for grants to 10.34 Minnesota Council for Quality. 10.35 $100,000 the first year and $100,000 10.36 the second year is for grants to 10.37 Minnesota Cold Weather Research Center. 10.38 Sec. 4. WORLD TRADE CENTER CORP. 78,000 10.39 $78,000 the first year is to retire the 10.40 debt of the Minnesota World Trade 10.41 Center. This is a one-time 10.42 appropriation and may not be included 10.43 in the budget base for the biennium 10.44 ending June 30, 2001. In addition, the 10.45 Minnesota trade office may transfer 10.46 $50,000 each year to the World Trade 10.47 Center for services to agencies, 10.48 nonprofit and public organizations. 10.49 Sec. 5. ECONOMIC SECURITY 10.50 Subdivision 1. Total 10.51 Appropriation 42,067,000 34,110,000 10.52 Summary by Fund 10.53 General 41,292,000 33,335,000 11.1 Special Revenue 775,000 775,000 11.2 Subd. 2. Rehabilitation Services 11.3 19,810,000 19,815,000 11.4 $1,750,000 the first year and 11.5 $1,750,000 the second year is for 11.6 centers for independent living. 11.7 $500,000 the first year is to provide 11.8 services to people with severe 11.9 impairment to employment, as defined in 11.10 Minnesota Statutes, section 268A.15, 11.11 subdivision 1a. Of this appropriation, 11.12 five percent is for administrative 11.13 costs. This is a one-time 11.14 appropriation and may not be added to 11.15 the budget base in the biennium ending 11.16 June 30, 2001. 11.17 $323,000 the first year and $823,000 11.18 the second year are for employment 11.19 support services authorized under 11.20 Minnesota Statutes, section 268A.13. 11.21 $200,000 the first year and $200,000 11.22 the second year is for a grant to the 11.23 Minnesota employment center for deaf 11.24 and hard-of-hearing people. 11.25 Subd. 3. State Services for the Blind 11.26 3,735,000 3,816,000 11.27 This appropriation may be supplemented 11.28 by funds provided by the Friends of the 11.29 Communication Center, for support of 11.30 Services for the Blind's Communication 11.31 Center, which serves all blind and 11.32 visually handicapped Minnesotans. The 11.33 commissioner shall report to the 11.34 legislature on a biennial basis the 11.35 funds provided by the Friends of the 11.36 Communication Center. 11.37 The commissioner may not require 11.38 employees to participate in intensive 11.39 blindness sensitivity training in which 11.40 the employees are blindfolded or 11.41 otherwise simulate blindness, unless 11.42 the employee is a manager or counselor; 11.43 except that the commissioner may 11.44 require the training for up to 14 11.45 employees who are not managers or 11.46 counselors but have direct contact with 11.47 blind clients seeking services, and up 11.48 to four employees at the store located 11.49 at the state services for the blind. 11.50 A person may not serve more than a 11.51 total of six years as a member of the 11.52 rehabilitation advisory council for the 11.53 blind or its predecessor, the council 11.54 for the blind. Service prior to the 11.55 effective date of this section is 11.56 included in the six-year limit, except 11.57 that a person currently serving on the 11.58 rehabilitation advisory council for the 11.59 blind may serve out the person's 11.60 current term and serve one additional 12.1 term. 12.2 Subd. 4. Workforce Preparation 12.3 16,922,000 9,079,000 12.4 Summary by Fund 12.5 General 16,147,000 8,304,000 12.6 Special Revenue 775,000 775,000 12.7 $775,000 the first year and $775,000 12.8 the second year is for job training 12.9 programs under Minnesota Statutes, 12.10 sections 268.60 to 268.64. 12.11 Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, 12.12 section 268.022, this appropriation is 12.13 from the workforce investment fund. Of 12.14 this amount, $250,000 each year is for 12.15 grants to the Ramsey county 12.16 opportunities industrialization 12.17 center. The grants are to be used to 12.18 (1) offer prevocational training 12.19 programs and specific vocational 12.20 training programs involving intensive 12.21 English as a second language in 12.22 instruction, and (2) train for and 12.23 locate entry level jobs including, 12.24 without limitation, clerical, building 12.25 maintenance, manufacturing, home 12.26 maintenance and repair, and certified 12.27 nursing assistance. 12.28 $1,815,000 the first year and 12.29 $1,817,000 the second year is for 12.30 displaced homemaker programs under 12.31 Minnesota Statutes, section 268.96. 12.32 $1,050,000 the first year and 12.33 $1,050,000 the second year is for youth 12.34 intervention programs under Minnesota 12.35 Statutes, section 268.30. Funding from 12.36 this appropriation may be used to 12.37 expand existing programs to serve unmet 12.38 needs and to create new programs in 12.39 underserved areas. This appropriation 12.40 is available until spent. 12.41 $1,500,000 the first year and 12.42 $1,500,000 the second year is to 12.43 supplement the activities of the Job 12.44 Training Partnership Act Title II-A 12.45 program as described in United States 12.46 Code, title 29, sections 1501 to 1792. 12.47 The commissioner may use up to five 12.48 percent of this amount of state 12.49 operations. The balance of the amount 12.50 is for services to temporary assistance 12.51 for needy families (TANF) recipients. 12.52 This is a one-time appropriation and 12.53 may not be included in the budget base 12.54 for the biennium ending June 30, 2001. 12.55 $75,000 the first year is for the PLATO 12.56 education partnership pilot program. 12.57 If the commissioner favorably evaluates 12.58 the demonstration implementation of 12.59 PLATO in Fairmont and Owatonna, the 12.60 commissioner shall select two other 12.61 communities in which PLATO will be 13.1 implemented. Of this amount, not more 13.2 than $10 is for the demonstration 13.3 implementations. This appropriation is 13.4 available until June 30, 1999. This is 13.5 a one-time appropriation and may not be 13.6 included in the agency's budget base 13.7 for the biennium ending June 30, 2001. 13.8 $250,000 the first year and $250,000 13.9 the second year is for the learn to 13.10 earn summer youth employment program 13.11 established under Laws 1995, chapter 13.12 224, sections 5 and 39. This 13.13 appropriation is available until spent. 13.14 $10,000 the first year and $10,000 the 13.15 second year are for one-time grants to 13.16 independent school district No. 2752, 13.17 Fairmont, for community initiatives. 13.18 Of the money appropriated for the 13.19 summer youth program for the first 13.20 year, $750,000 is immediately 13.21 available. Any remaining balance of 13.22 the immediately available money is 13.23 available for the year in which it is 13.24 appropriated. In addition to the base 13.25 appropriation, $6,000,000 the first 13.26 year is for the summer youth program. 13.27 If the appropriation in either year is 13.28 insufficient, the appropriation for the 13.29 other year is available. 13.30 $700,000 the first year and $700,000 13.31 the second year is for the Youthbuild 13.32 program under Minnesota Statutes, 13.33 sections 268.361 to 268.366. A 13.34 Minnesota YOUTHBUILD program funded 13.35 under this section as authorized in 13.36 Minnesota Statutes, sections 268.361 to 13.37 268.367, qualifies as an approved 13.38 training program under Minnesota Rules, 13.39 part 5200.0930, subpart 1. 13.40 $250,000 the first year is for a 13.41 one-time grant to the displaced 13.42 homemaker program in the department of 13.43 economic security and $125,000 the 13.44 first year and $125,000 the second year 13.45 are for one-time grants to the St. Paul 13.46 district 5 planning council. These 13.47 grants are to operate a community work 13.48 empowerment support group demonstration 13.49 project. A project consists of 13.50 empowerment groups of individuals that 13.51 are in the process of obtaining or have 13.52 obtained jobs, including those in the 13.53 welfare-to-work programs, or are 13.54 working out problems of attaining 13.55 self-sufficiency. The groups must 13.56 separately meet at least monthly for at 13.57 least two hours. Each group meeting 13.58 must include empower mentors whose 13.59 responsibility will be to conduct the 13.60 meeting. Group members must be paid at 13.61 least $20 for each meeting attended. 13.62 The sites will report to the 13.63 commissioner on a semiannual basis 13.64 regarding the progress achieved at the 13.65 meetings. The purpose of the group is 13.66 to: 14.1 (1) share information among group 14.2 members as to the successes and 14.3 problems encountered in the 14.4 individual's employment goals; 14.5 (2) provide a forum for individuals 14.6 involved in moving to self-sufficiency 14.7 to share their experiences and 14.8 strategies and to support and empower 14.9 each other; and 14.10 (3) to provide feedback to the 14.11 commissioner concerning the best 14.12 strategies to achieve the empowerment 14.13 support group's objectives. 14.14 Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, 14.15 section 268.022, subdivision 2, the 14.16 commissioner of finance shall transfer 14.17 to the general fund from the dedicated 14.18 fund $3,500,000 in the first year and 14.19 $3,500,000 in the second year of the 14.20 money collected through the special 14.21 assessment established in Minnesota 14.22 Statutes, section 268.022, subdivision 14.23 1. 14.24 $30,000 the first year is for a grant 14.25 to the city of Champlin for creating 14.26 and expanding curfew enforcement. The 14.27 program must have clearly established 14.28 neighborhood, community, and family 14.29 measures of success and must report to 14.30 the commissioner of economic security 14.31 on the achievement of these outcomes on 14.32 or before June 30, 1998. 14.33 $250,000 the first year is for a 14.34 one-time grant to Ramsey county to 14.35 expand the sister-to-sister mentoring, 14.36 support, and training network program 14.37 countywide. This appropriation is in 14.38 addition to money appropriated under 14.39 Minnesota Statutes, sections 256J.62 14.40 and 256J.76. 14.41 $500,000 is for a grant to the center 14.42 for victims of torture to design and 14.43 develop training to educate health care 14.44 and human service workers on levels of 14.45 sensitive care and how to make 14.46 referrals and to establish a network of 14.47 care providers to do pro bono care for 14.48 torture survivors so as to enable a 14.49 rapid integration into communities and 14.50 labor markets by torture victims. This 14.51 is a one-time appropriation requiring a 14.52 one-to-one nonstate, in-kind match, and 14.53 is available until expended. 14.54 Subd. 5. Workforce Exchange 14.55 1,600,000 1,400,000 14.56 $1,600,000 the first year and 14.57 $1,400,000 the second year is 14.58 appropriated to leverage federal 14.59 dollars in support of the 14.60 implementation of the Minnesota 14.61 Workforce Center System. The 14.62 department shall report to the 15.1 Minnesota office of technology its 15.2 plans to coordinate workforce center 15.3 development with the Minnesota career 15.4 education planning system and other 15.5 electronic job banks. This is a 15.6 one-time appropriation and may not be 15.7 included in the budget base for the 15.8 biennium ending June 30, 2001. 15.9 Sec. 6. HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY 33,380,000 24,976,000 15.10 The amounts that may be spent from this 15.11 appropriation for certain programs are 15.12 specified below. 15.13 This appropriation is for transfer to 15.14 the housing development fund for the 15.15 programs specified. Except as 15.16 otherwise indicated, this transfer is 15.17 part of the agency's permanent budget 15.18 base. 15.19 Spending limit on cost of general 15.20 administration of agency programs: 15.21 1998 1999 15.22 11,017,000 11,678,000 15.23 $1,550,000 the first year and 15.24 $1,550,000 the second year is for a 15.25 rental housing assistance program for 15.26 persons with a mental illness or 15.27 families with an adult member with a 15.28 mental illness under Minnesota 15.29 Statutes, section 462A.2097. 15.30 A biennial appropriation of $5,750,000 15.31 is made in the first year and is for 15.32 the family homeless prevention and 15.33 assistance program under Minnesota 15.34 Statutes, section 462A.204, and is 15.35 available until June 30, 1999. 15.36 Grants to organizations made under the 15.37 family homeless prevention and 15.38 assistance program may include grants 15.39 (1) to organizations providing case 15.40 management for persons that need 15.41 assistance to rehabilitate their rent 15.42 history and find rental housing, and 15.43 (2) to organizations that will provide, 15.44 and report on the success or failure 15.45 of, innovative approaches to housing 15.46 persons with poor rental histories, 15.47 including, but not limited to, 15.48 assisting tenants in correcting tenant 15.49 screening reports, developing a single 15.50 application fee and process acceptable 15.51 to participating landlords, developing 15.52 a certification of tenants program 15.53 acceptable to participating landlords, 15.54 expungement of unlawful detainer 15.55 records, and creating a bonding program 15.56 to encourage landlords to accept 15.57 high-risk tenants with poor rent 15.58 histories. 15.59 $583,000 the first year and $583,000 15.60 the second year is for the foreclosure 15.61 prevention and assistance program under 16.1 Minnesota Statutes, section 462A.207. 16.2 $2,750,000 the first year and 16.3 $2,750,000 the second year is for the 16.4 rent assistance for family 16.5 stabilization program under Minnesota 16.6 Statutes, section 462A.205. Of this 16.7 amount, $750,000 each year is a 16.8 one-time appropriation and is not added 16.9 to the agency's permanent base. 16.10 $2,348,000 the first year and 16.11 $2,348,000 the second year is for the 16.12 housing trust fund to be deposited in 16.13 the housing trust fund account created 16.14 under Minnesota Statutes, section 16.15 462A.201, and used for the purposes 16.16 provided in that section. Of this 16.17 amount, $550,000 each year must be used 16.18 for transitional housing. 16.19 $8,118,000 the first year and 16.20 $6,493,000 the second year is for the 16.21 affordable rental investment fund 16.22 program under Minnesota Statutes, 16.23 section 462A.21, subdivision 8b. Of 16.24 this amount, $1,625,000 the first year 16.25 is a one-time appropriation and is not 16.26 added to the agency's permanent base. 16.27 Of the one-time appropriation, $125,000 16.28 the first year is for housing for 16.29 people with HIV or AIDS outside of the 16.30 Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan 16.31 statistical area. 16.32 To the extent practicable, this 16.33 appropriation shall be used so that an 16.34 approximately equal number of housing 16.35 units are financed in the metropolitan 16.36 area, as defined in Minnesota Statutes, 16.37 section 473.121, subdivision 2, and in 16.38 the nonmetropolitan area. 16.39 (a) In the area of the state outside 16.40 the metropolitan area, the agency must 16.41 work with groups in the funding regions 16.42 created under Minnesota Statutes, 16.43 section 116J.415, to assist the agency 16.44 in identifying the affordable housing 16.45 needed in each region in connection 16.46 with economic development and 16.47 redevelopment efforts and in 16.48 establishing priorities for uses of the 16.49 affordable rental investment fund. The 16.50 groups must include the regional 16.51 development commissioners, the regional 16.52 organization selected under Minnesota 16.53 Statutes, section 116J.415, the private 16.54 industry councils, units of local 16.55 government, community action agencies, 16.56 the Minnesota housing partnership 16.57 network groups, local lenders, 16.58 for-profit and nonprofit developers, 16.59 and realtors. In addition to 16.60 priorities developed by the group, the 16.61 agency must give a preference to 16.62 economically viable projects in which 16.63 units of local government, area 16.64 employers, and the private sector 16.65 contribute financial assistance. 17.1 (b) In the metropolitan area, the 17.2 commissioner shall collaborate with the 17.3 metropolitan council to identify the 17.4 priorities for use of the affordable 17.5 rental investment fund. Funds 17.6 distributed in the metropolitan area 17.7 must be used consistent with the 17.8 objectives of the metropolitan 17.9 development guide, adopted under 17.10 Minnesota Statutes, section 473.145. 17.11 In addition to the priorities 17.12 identified in conjunction with the 17.13 metropolitan council, the agency shall 17.14 give preference to economically viable 17.15 projects that: 17.16 (1) include a contribution of financial 17.17 resources from units of local 17.18 government and area employers; 17.19 (2) take into account the availability 17.20 of transportation in the community; and 17.21 (3) take into account the job training 17.22 efforts in the community. 17.23 $187,000 the first year and $187,000 17.24 the second year is for the urban Indian 17.25 housing program under Minnesota 17.26 Statutes, section 462A.07, subdivision 17.27 15. 17.28 $1,683,000 the first year and 17.29 $1,683,000 the second year is for the 17.30 tribal Indian housing program under 17.31 Minnesota Statutes, section 462A.07, 17.32 subdivision 14. 17.33 $186,000 the first year and $186,000 17.34 the second year is for the Minnesota 17.35 rural and urban homesteading program 17.36 under Minnesota Statutes, section 17.37 462A.057. 17.38 $340,000 the first year and $240,000 17.39 the second year is for nonprofit 17.40 capacity building grants under 17.41 Minnesota Statutes, section 462A.21, 17.42 subdivision 3b. Of this amount, 17.43 $80,000 is for a grant to the Minnesota 17.44 housing partnership. Of this amount, 17.45 $150,000 is for equal grants to an 17.46 organization in each of the six regions 17.47 established under Minnesota Statutes, 17.48 section 116J.415, for capacity building 17.49 grants. Of this amount, $50,000 is for 17.50 a grant in the metropolitan area, as 17.51 defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 17.52 473.121, subdivision 2. Of this 17.53 amount, $100,000 the first year is to 17.54 develop projects under the neighborhood 17.55 land trust program under Minnesota 17.56 Statutes, sections 462A.30 and 462A.31, 17.57 and is available until June 30, 1999. 17.58 The appropriation in the first year for 17.59 the neighborhood land trust program is 17.60 a one-time appropriation and is not 17.61 added to the agency's permanent base. 17.62 $4,368,000 the first year and 17.63 $3,569,000 the second year is for the 18.1 community rehabilitation program under 18.2 Minnesota Statutes, section 462A.206. 18.3 Of this amount, $250,000 the first year 18.4 and $250,000 the second year is for 18.5 full-cycle home ownership and 18.6 purchase-rehabilitation lending 18.7 initiatives. Of this amount, 18.8 $1,218,000 the first year and $419,000 18.9 the second year are one-time 18.10 appropriations and are not added to the 18.11 agency's permanent base. 18.12 Of the one-time appropriation for the 18.13 community rehabilitation program, 18.14 $375,000 the first year and $375,000 18.15 the second year is for grants to 18.16 acquire, demolish, and remove 18.17 substandard multiple-unit residential 18.18 rental property or acquire, 18.19 rehabilitate, and reconfigure 18.20 multiple-unit residential rental 18.21 property. No more than one-half of 18.22 money available in a year shall be 18.23 given to a single project. Priority 18.24 must be given to projects that result 18.25 in the creation of housing 18.26 opportunities that will diversify the 18.27 housing stock and promote the creation 18.28 of life-cycle housing opportunities 18.29 within the community. For the purposes 18.30 of this paragraph, "substandard 18.31 multiple-unit residential rental 18.32 property" is property that meets the 18.33 definition of Minnesota Statutes 1996, 18.34 section 273.1316, subdivision 2. 18.35 Displaced residents must be provided 18.36 relocation assistance, as provided in 18.37 Minnesota Statutes, sections 117.50 to 18.38 117.56. To the extent allowed by 18.39 federal law, a public agency 18.40 administering a federal rent subsidy 18.41 program shall give priority to persons 18.42 displaced by grants under this section. 18.43 Of the one-time appropriation for the 18.44 community rehabilitation program, 18.45 $250,000 the first year is for a grant 18.46 to provide funds to an organization or 18.47 consortium of organizations 18.48 participating in a project that is 18.49 awarded a grant from the metropolitan 18.50 livable communities demonstration 18.51 program to develop affordable and 18.52 life-cycle housing in St. Paul or 18.53 Minneapolis. The project must be based 18.54 upon a comprehensive community planning 18.55 process that creates a long-term plan 18.56 to revitalize a neighborhood and must 18.57 include compact development with 18.58 linkages to employment, transit, and 18.59 affordable lifecycle housing. 18.60 Of the one-time appropriation for the 18.61 community rehabilitation program, up to 18.62 $550,000 the first year is for a grant 18.63 to the city of Landfall to purchase a 18.64 portion of real property in the city 18.65 owned by the Washington county housing 18.66 and redevelopment authority. The 18.67 agency shall not make the grant until 18.68 the city of Landfall has secured the 19.1 balance of the funds necessary to 19.2 purchase the real property from the 19.3 Washington county housing and 19.4 redevelopment authority. The agency 19.5 shall require that the land purchased 19.6 be restricted to use by current 19.7 residents or for affordable housing for 19.8 the term of the bonds issued by the 19.9 city to purchase the land. "Affordable" 19.10 is as defined by the metropolitan 19.11 council for the purposes of the 19.12 metropolitan livable communities 19.13 program. 19.14 A recipient of funds from the community 19.15 rehabilitation program for a project in 19.16 a historic preservation district in St. 19.17 Paul, must provide assurances to the 19.18 agency that the project will conform to 19.19 the written historic preservation 19.20 guidelines for the district and that 19.21 the funding recipient will not seek any 19.22 variance to the guidelines. 19.23 $4,287,000 the first year and 19.24 $4,287,000 the second year is for the 19.25 housing rehabilitation and 19.26 accessibility program under Minnesota 19.27 Statutes, section 462A.05, subdivisions 19.28 14a and 15a. 19.29 $1,075,000 the first year and 19.30 $1,075,000 the second year is for the 19.31 home ownership assistance fund under 19.32 Minnesota Statutes, section 462A.21, 19.33 subdivision 8. Of this amount, 19.34 $175,000 each year is a one-time 19.35 appropriation and is not added to the 19.36 agency's permanent base. 19.37 $25,000 the first year and $25,000 the 19.38 second year is for home equity 19.39 conversion counseling grants under 19.40 Minnesota Statutes, section 462A.28. 19.41 The money must be used for a counseling 19.42 service which only counsels for home 19.43 equity conversions. 19.44 $50,000 is for the costs of the 19.45 advisory task force on lead hazard 19.46 reduction, established in article 4, 19.47 section 1. This is a one-time 19.48 appropriation and is not added to the 19.49 agency's permanent base. 19.50 $80,000 is for the affordable 19.51 neighborhood design and development 19.52 initiative, in Laws 1995, chapter 224, 19.53 section 122. This is a one-time 19.54 appropriation and is not added to the 19.55 agency's permanent base. 19.56 Sec. 7. COMMERCE 19.57 Subdivision 1. Total 19.58 Appropriation 16,004,000 16,367,000 19.59 Summary by Fund 19.60 General 14,240,000 14,572,000 20.1 Petro Cleanup 957,000 969,000 20.2 Workers' Compensation 462,000 476,000 20.3 Special Revenue 345,000 350,000 20.4 The amounts that may be spent from this 20.5 appropriation for each program are 20.6 specified in the following subdivisions. 20.7 Subd. 2. Financial Examinations 20.8 3,802,000 3,883,000 20.9 Subd. 3. Registration and Insurance 20.10 4,479,000 4,590,000 20.11 Summary by Fund 20.12 General 4,017,000 4,114,000 20.13 Workers' Compensation 462,000 476,000 20.14 Subd. 4. Enforcement and Licensing 20.15 3,945,000 4,031,000 20.16 Summary by Fund 20.17 General 3,600,000 3,681,000 20.18 Special Revenue 345,000 350,000 20.19 $345,000 the first year and $350,000 20.20 the second year is from the real estate 20.21 education, research, and recovery 20.22 account in the special revenue fund for 20.23 the purpose of Minnesota Statutes, 20.24 section 82.34, subdivision 6. If the 20.25 appropriation from the special revenue 20.26 fund for either year is insufficient, 20.27 the appropriation for the other year is 20.28 available for it. 20.29 Subd. 5. Petroleum Tank Release 20.30 Cleanup Board 20.31 957,000 969,000 20.32 This appropriation is from the 20.33 petroleum tank release cleanup fund. 20.34 Subd. 6. Administrative Services 20.35 2,821,000 2,894,000 20.36 Sec. 8. BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY 572,000 587,000 20.37 Sec. 9. BOARD OF ARCHITECTURE, 20.38 ENGINEERING, LAND SURVEYING, 20.39 LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, AND 20.40 INTERIOR DESIGN 684,000 700,000 20.41 Sec. 10. BOARD OF BARBER 20.42 EXAMINERS 136,000 140,000 20.43 Sec. 11. BOARD OF BOXING 79,000 82,000 20.44 Sec. 12. LABOR AND INDUSTRY 21.1 Subdivision 1. Total 21.2 Appropriation 25,110,000 25,168,000 21.3 Summary by Fund 21.4 General 3,941,000 4,012,000 21.5 Workers' 21.6 Compensation 21,169,000 21,156,000 21.7 The amounts that may be spent from this 21.8 appropriation for each program are 21.9 specified in the following subdivisions. 21.10 Subd. 2. Workers' Compensation 21.11 12,152,000 12,160,000 21.12 This appropriation is from the workers' 21.13 compensation fund. 21.14 $125,000 the first year and $125,000 21.15 the second year is for grants to the 21.16 Vinland Center for rehabilitation 21.17 service. 21.18 Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, 21.19 section 79.253, the following 21.20 appropriations are made from the 21.21 assigned risk safety account in the 21.22 special compensation fund to the 21.23 commissioner of labor and industry: 21.24 (a) $77,000 the first year and $73,000 21.25 in the second year are for the purpose 21.26 of hiring one occupational safety and 21.27 health inspector. The inspector shall 21.28 perform safety consultations for 21.29 employers through labor-management 21.30 committees as defined in Minnesota 21.31 Statutes, section 179.81, subdivision 21.32 2, under an interagency agreement 21.33 entered into between the commissioners 21.34 of labor and industry and mediation 21.35 services. 21.36 (b) $95,000 the first year and $75,000 21.37 the second year are for the purpose of 21.38 providing information to employers 21.39 regarding the prevention of violence in 21.40 the workplace. 21.41 (c) $25,000 the first year and $25,000 21.42 the second year are for the purpose of 21.43 safety training and other safety 21.44 programs for youth apprentices. 21.45 Subd. 3. Workplace Services 21.46 6,393,000 6,713,000 21.47 Summary by Fund 21.48 General 2,875,000 2,931,000 21.49 Workers' 21.50 Compensation 3,518,000 3,782,000 21.51 $204,000 the first year and $204,000 21.52 the second year is for labor education 21.53 and advancement program grants. 22.1 Subd. 4. General Support 22.2 6,565,000 6,295,000 22.3 Summary by Fund 22.4 General 1,066,000 1,081,000 22.5 Workers' 22.6 Compensation 5,499,000 5,214,000 22.7 Subd. 5. Daedalus Project 22.8 $2,500,000 appropriated in Laws 1995, 22.9 chapter 224, section 12, subdivision 2, 22.10 from the workers' compensation fund for 22.11 the Daedalus imaging project does not 22.12 cancel on June 30, 1997, but is 22.13 available until June 30, 1999. 22.14 Sec. 13. BUREAU OF MEDIATION SERVICES 22.15 Subdivision 1. Total 22.16 Appropriation 2,061,000 2,074,000 22.17 The amounts that may be spent from this 22.18 appropriation for each program are 22.19 specified in the following subdivisions. 22.20 Subd. 2. Mediation Services 22.21 1,646,000 1,659,000 22.22 Subd. 3. Labor Management Cooperation Grants 22.23 302,000 302,000 22.24 $302,000 each year is for grants to 22.25 area labor-management committees. Any 22.26 unencumbered balance remaining at the 22.27 end of the first year does not cancel 22.28 but is available for the second year. 22.29 Subd. 4. Office of Dispute Resolution 22.30 113,000 113,000 22.31 Sec. 14. WORKERS' COMPENSATION 22.32 COURT OF APPEALS 1,464,000 1,498,000 22.33 This appropriation is from the workers' 22.34 compensation fund. 22.35 Sec. 15. LABOR INTERPRETIVE 22.36 CENTER 207,000 214,000 22.37 Sec. 16. PUBLIC UTILITIES 22.38 COMMISSION 3,326,000 3,400,000 22.39 The commission shall assess the amount 22.40 appropriated in section 25 in addition 22.41 to its assessments to public utilities 22.42 in fiscal year 1998 under Minnesota 22.43 Statutes, section 216B.62, subdivision 22.44 3. This assessment is not subject to 22.45 the limits prescribed under that 22.46 subdivision. 22.47 Sec. 17. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE 22.48 Subdivision 1. Total 23.1 Appropriation 9,008,000 9,116,000 23.2 The amounts that may be spent from this 23.3 appropriation for each program are 23.4 specified in the following subdivisions. 23.5 Subd. 2. Telecommunications 23.6 785,000 803,000 23.7 Subd. 3. Weights and Measures 23.8 3,076,000 3,070,000 23.9 Subd. 4. Information and Operations 23.10 Management 23.11 1,501,000 1,532,000 23.12 Subd. 5. Energy 23.13 3,646,000 3,711,000 23.14 $588,000 each year is for transfer to 23.15 the energy and conservation account 23.16 established in Minnesota Statutes, 23.17 section 216B.241, subdivision 2a, for 23.18 programs administered by the 23.19 commissioner of economic security to 23.20 improve the energy efficiency of 23.21 residential oil-fired heating plants in 23.22 low-income households and, when 23.23 necessary, to provide weatherization 23.24 services to the homes. 23.25 Sec. 18. MINNESOTA HISTORICAL 23.26 SOCIETY 23.27 Subdivision 1. Total 23.28 Appropriation 23,315,000 23,476,000 23.29 The amounts that may be spent from this 23.30 appropriation for each program are 23.31 specified in the following subdivisions. 23.32 Subd. 2. Education and 23.33 Outreach 11,763,000 12,078,000 23.34 $175,000 the first year and $175,000 23.35 the second year in addition to the base 23.36 is for the grant-in-aid programs for 23.37 county and local historical societies. 23.38 The Minnesota historical society shall 23.39 set program guidelines and criteria, 23.40 and shall require a dollar-for-dollar 23.41 match for these grants. 23.42 $150,000 the first year and $150,000 23.43 the second year is for activities 23.44 associated with the sesquicentennial 23.45 and millennium celebrations. This is a 23.46 one-time appropriation and may not be 23.47 included in the budget base for the 23.48 biennium ending June 30, 2001. 23.49 Subd. 3. Preservation and Access 23.50 8,661,000 8,828,000 23.51 $300,000 the first year and $300,000 23.52 the second year is for historic site 24.1 repair and maintenance. 24.2 Subd. 4. Information Program 24.3 Delivery 24.4 1,995,000 2,097,000 24.5 $1,900,000 the first year and 24.6 $2,000,000 the second year is for 24.7 technology improvements that will 24.8 expand core capacity and improve 24.9 service and program delivery. If the 24.10 appropriation for either year is 24.11 insufficient, the appropriation for the 24.12 other year is available. 24.13 Subd. 5. Fiscal Agent 896,000 473,000 24.14 (a) Sibley House Association 24.15 88,000 88,000 24.16 This appropriation is available for 24.17 operation and maintenance of the Sibley 24.18 House and related buildings on the Old 24.19 Mendota state historic site operated by 24.20 the Sibley House Association. 24.21 (b) Minnesota International Center 24.22 50,000 50,000 24.23 (c) Minnesota Air National 24.24 Guard Museum 24.25 19,000 24.26 (d) Institute for Learning and 24.27 Teaching - Project 120 24.28 110,000 110,000 24.29 (e) Minnesota Military Museum 24.30 29,000 24.31 (f) Farmamerica 24.32 150,000 150,000 24.33 Notwithstanding any other law, this 24.34 appropriation may be used for 24.35 operations. 24.36 (g) Bemidji Historical Museum 24.37 50,000 24.38 This appropriation is for a one-time 24.39 grant to the city of Bemidji to pay up 24.40 to one-half of the total costs, 24.41 including acquisition, design, other 24.42 preliminary work, and construction 24.43 costs, for purchase of an abandoned 24.44 historic railroad depot in the city and 24.45 its conversion to a historical museum 24.46 and facility for the Beltrami county 24.47 historical society. 24.48 (h) Winona County Historical Society 25.1 75,000 25.2 For a one-time grant for upgrade of 25.3 technology. The Winona county 25.4 historical society shall submit to the 25.5 Minnesota historical society a plan for 25.6 the use of this grant. As part of this 25.7 project, the Minnesota historical 25.8 society, in collaboration with the 25.9 Winona county historical society and 25.10 other county and local historical 25.11 societies, shall develop a plan for the 25.12 future use of technology by county and 25.13 local historical societies. 25.14 (i) Humphrey Museum 25.15 50,000 25.16 For a one-time grant for planning, and 25.17 to the extent possible, design and 25.18 construction drawings for the Hubert H. 25.19 Humphrey museum to be located in 25.20 Waverly. 25.21 (j) Grimm Farmhouse 25.22 75,000 25.23 For a one-time grant to Hennepin parks 25.24 for the design and stabilization of the 25.25 Wendelin Grimm farmhouse. This 25.26 appropriation is available until June 25.27 30, 1999. This appropriation must be 25.28 matched by an equal amount from 25.29 nonstate sources. 25.30 (k) Perpich Memorial 25.31 100,000 25.32 For a one-time grant to the friends of 25.33 the iron range interpretative center 25.34 for planning, design, and construction 25.35 of a Rudy Perpich Memorial. This 25.36 appropriation is available until June 25.37 30, 1999. 25.38 (l) Citizenship Programs 25.39 75,000 75,000 25.40 For a grant to the Minnesota center for 25.41 community legal education for 25.42 citizenship programs in Minnesota 25.43 schools. Of this amount, (1) $30,000 25.44 is for Project Citizen, a program to 25.45 educate middle school students to 25.46 identify, study, and influence 25.47 decisions on public policy issues, (2) 25.48 $25,000 is for We the People, a program 25.49 to promote civic awareness and 25.50 responsibility among elementary and 25.51 secondary students, and (3) $20,000 is 25.52 for the Minnesota youth summit on 25.53 violence prevention, a program to build 25.54 citizenship skills among middle and 25.55 high school students by engaging them 25.56 in the lawmaking process. 25.57 (m) Fishing Museum 26.1 25,000 26.2 For work, in conjunction with the 26.3 commissioners of natural resources and 26.4 trade and economic development, on a 26.5 feasibility study for a museum housing 26.6 fishing-related artifacts, equipment, 26.7 and memorabilia. The director of the 26.8 Minnesota Historical Society must 26.9 present study recommendations to the 26.10 chairs of the appropriate legislative 26.11 finance committees and divisions by 26.12 January 15, 1998. This is a one-time 26.13 appropriation and may not be included 26.14 in the budget base for the biennium 26.15 ending June 30, 2001. 26.16 (n) Balances Forward 26.17 Any unencumbered balance remaining in 26.18 this subdivision the first year does 26.19 not cancel but is available for the 26.20 second year of the biennium. 26.21 Sec. 19. MINNESOTA MUNICIPAL 26.22 BOARD 307,000 315,000 26.23 Sec. 20. COUNCIL ON BLACK 26.24 MINNESOTANS 356,000 286,000 26.25 $7,500 each year is for expenses 26.26 associated with the Dr. Martin Luther 26.27 King Day activities. 26.28 $75,000 the first year is for planning 26.29 of an African Resource Center, a 26.30 clearinghouse for information and 26.31 referral services for recent immigrants 26.32 from Africa. This is a one-time 26.33 appropriation and may not be included 26.34 in the agency's budget base for the 26.35 biennium ending June 30, 2001. This 26.36 appropriation is available until June 26.37 30, 1999. To the extent that this 26.38 appropriation exceeds the amount needed 26.39 for planning the center, the balance 26.40 may be used for operation of the center. 26.41 Sec. 21. COUNCIL ON 26.42 CHICANO-LATINO AFFAIRS 300,000 305,000 26.43 Sec. 22. COUNCIL ON 26.44 ASIAN-PACIFIC MINNESOTANS 272,000 269,000 26.45 Sec. 23. INDIAN AFFAIRS 26.46 COUNCIL 523,000 535,000 26.47 Sec. 24. IRON RANGE RESOURCES 26.48 AND REHABILITATION BOARD 1,410,000 26.49 This appropriation is from the taconite 26.50 environmental protection fund. This 26.51 appropriation is available until June 26.52 30, 1999. The board shall spend this 26.53 appropriation for the following 26.54 one-time grants: 26.55 (a) City of Big Fork 26.56 75,000 27.1 For new well construction and 27.2 infrastructure for a housing park. 27.3 (b) Greenway Joint Recreation Board 27.4 35,000 27.5 For electrical system upgrade, Zamboni 27.6 room addition, roof replacement, and 27.7 other repairs and improvements to the 27.8 board's ice arena. 27.9 (c) Town of Lone Pine 27.10 10,000 27.11 For construction of a baseball field. 27.12 (d) City of Nashwauk 27.13 40,000 27.14 For construction of water and sewer 27.15 lines on Roberts Street. 27.16 (e) City of Marble 27.17 40,000 27.18 For construction of a water line on 27.19 Chernevet Avenue. 27.20 (f) City of Eveleth 27.21 100,000 27.22 For improvements to the community 27.23 hospital's dialysis unit. 27.24 (g) City of Aurora 27.25 100,000 27.26 For capital improvements to the White 27.27 community hospital. 27.28 (h) City of Virginia 27.29 380,000 27.30 For relocation of the Virginia 27.31 rehabilitation center. 27.32 (i) City of Buhl 27.33 180,000 27.34 For handicapped access improvements to 27.35 Martin Hugh high school. 27.36 (j) City of Ely 27.37 200,000 27.38 For construction of infrastructure in 27.39 the city's industrial park. 27.40 (k) Chisholm-Hibbing Airport Authority 27.41 250,000 28.1 For construction of infrastructure in 28.2 the airport industrial park. 28.3 Sec. 25. LEGISLATURE 50,000 28.4 This appropriation is from the general 28.5 fund is to be added to any other 28.6 appropriation made in the 1997 28.7 legislative session to the 28.8 legislature. This appropriation is for 28.9 the office of the legislative auditor 28.10 for a study and program evaluation of 28.11 the public utilities commission. The 28.12 study shall include, among other 28.13 things, (1) state functions relating to 28.14 public utility regulation assigned to 28.15 the commission, department of public 28.16 service, and office of the attorney 28.17 general, and methods of increasing 28.18 efficiency and avoiding unnecessary 28.19 duplication of effort in carrying out 28.20 these functions, and (2) the future 28.21 role of the commission in public 28.22 utility regulation and public service 28.23 during a time of increasing 28.24 deregulation of utilities. The 28.25 legislative auditor shall present an 28.26 interim report to the legislature on 28.27 the study by January 15, 1998, and 28.28 present a final report to the 28.29 legislature on the study by February 1, 28.30 1999. This appropriation is available 28.31 until June 30, 1999. 28.32 Sec. 26. CHILDREN, FAMILIES, 28.33 AND LEARNING 28.34 Subdivision 1. Total 28.35 Appropriation 1,050,000 -0- 28.36 Subd. 2. Meadowbrook Collaborative 28.37 Of this amount, $50,000 the first year 28.38 is for a one-time grant to the city of 28.39 St. Louis Park for the Meadowbrook 28.40 Collaborative Housing Project to 28.41 enhance youth outreach services and to 28.42 provide educational and recreational 28.43 programming for youth at risk through 28.44 the development of formal after school 28.45 programming and weekend youth 28.46 activities. The collaborative shall 28.47 include a cross-section of public and 28.48 private sector community 28.49 representatives to develop services to 28.50 address specific community and social 28.51 needs of children and youth. 28.52 These funds shall also be made 28.53 available to assist in staffing and 28.54 program development for the Meadowbrook 28.55 Youth Center. The center shall focus 28.56 on reducing truancy, developing assets 28.57 for at-risk youth, developing programs 28.58 for structured time thus minimizing 28.59 opportunities for adverse activities, 28.60 and mentoring with adults. 28.61 $25,000 of the amount available is 28.62 available on the day following final 28.63 enactment of this section on a nonmatch 29.1 basis to the collaborative to develop 29.2 at-risk youth programs. The remainder 29.3 is only available on a matching grant 29.4 basis. 29.5 Subd. 3. Energy Assistance 29.6 Of this amount, $500,000 is for 29.7 low-income energy assistance. This is 29.8 a one-time appropriation and may not be 29.9 added to the budget base for the 29.10 biennium ending June 30, 2001. 29.11 Of this amount, $500,000 is for the 29.12 low-income home weatherization 29.13 program. This is a one-time 29.14 appropriation and may not be added to 29.15 the budget base in the biennium ending 29.16 June 30, 2001. 29.17 Sec. 27. MILITARY AFFAIRS 50,000 50,000 29.18 $50,000 the first year and $50,000 the 29.19 second year is for the purpose of 29.20 coordinating agreements with community 29.21 empowerment support groups for the use 29.22 of the military training center and 29.23 related personnel at Camp Ripley for 29.24 providing what are commonly referred to 29.25 as "soft skills" job skills training to 29.26 people, including those who are 29.27 expected to make the transition from 29.28 welfare to work. "Soft skills" include 29.29 such things as being punctual and 29.30 following directions. The adjutant 29.31 general may enter into contracts with 29.32 other state departments and local 29.33 agencies for the purpose of using the 29.34 facilities at Camp Ripley and staff to 29.35 provide that training. This is a 29.36 one-time appropriation and may not be 29.37 added to the budget base for the 29.38 biennium ending June 30, 2001. 29.39 Sec. 28. OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY; 29.40 INTERNATIONAL TRADE ACTIVITIES 500,000 29.41 $500,000 the first year is appropriated 29.42 from the general fund to the office of 29.43 technology for a one-time grant to the 29.44 regents of the University of Minnesota 29.45 for the operation of a secure 29.46 electronic authentication link 29.47 laboratory (SEAL). 29.48 Sec. 29. CITY OF ANDOVER 500,000 29.49 Notwithstanding any other law, $500,000 29.50 is appropriated the first year from the 29.51 contaminated site cleanup and 29.52 development account to the commissioner 29.53 of trade and economic development for a 29.54 grant to the city of Andover to be used 29.55 for the cleanup of contaminated land 29.56 but this grant cannot be used for land 29.57 acquisition. This appropriation shall 29.58 be funded by tax proceeds collected 29.59 under Minnesota Statutes, section 29.60 270.91, and deposited into the 29.61 account. This is a one-time 29.62 appropriation and may not be added to 30.1 the budget base for the biennium ending 30.2 June 30, 2001. 30.3 Sec. 30. [MINNESOTA TECHNOLOGY GRANT TO MINNESOTA 30.4 TECHNOLOGY CORRIDOR CORPORATION.] 30.5 The grant under Laws 1995, chapter 224, section 3, to the 30.6 Minnesota Technology Corridor Corporation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 30.7 corporation, does not cancel, and any remaining balance of the 30.8 grant that may exist upon the dissolution of the Minnesota 30.9 Technology Corridor Corporation shall be transferred to the 30.10 William C. Norris Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. 30.11 Sec. 31. [RURAL POLICY AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER; 30.12 TRANSITION.] 30.13 The governor shall appoint the board of the center for 30.14 rural policy and development, other than legislative members, by 30.15 August 1, 1997. Original appointments shall be staggered so 30.16 that four members serve two-year terms, four serve four-year 30.17 terms, and five serve six-year terms. Thereafter, all terms 30.18 shall be for six years or the unexpired term of a term that was 30.19 not completed. 30.20 Sec. 32. [STUDY OF STATE SERVICES FOR THE BLIND.] 30.21 The legislative audit commission is requested to undertake 30.22 a study, for reporting to the legislature in 1998, of the 30.23 advisability of removing state services for the blind from the 30.24 department of economic security and creating a separate board 30.25 for the blind, governed by a board appointed by the governor. 30.26 The study should include the factors of mission, identity, 30.27 visibility, service, accountability to blind citizens, consumer 30.28 involvement, administration, finance, and employment. The study 30.29 should be performed in consultation with the rehabilitation 30.30 advisory council for the blind, as well as with consumer groups 30.31 and blind individuals. 30.32 Sec. 33. [STUDY OF JOB-TRAINING PROGRAMS.] 30.33 Subdivision 1. [STUDY.] The commissioners of trade and 30.34 economic development, labor and industry, and economic security 30.35 shall conduct a joint study of job-training programs funded 30.36 wholly or partly with state funds. The commissioners must 31.1 report to the governor and legislature on the development of the 31.2 study by January 15, 1998, and make a final report on the study 31.3 by January 15, 1999. 31.4 Subd. 2. [LONG-TERM TRACKING.] The study must include 31.5 findings and recommendations on the feasibility and desirability 31.6 of creating and implementing long-term tracking of individuals 31.7 who complete state-funded job training programs. The 31.8 recommended tracking must provide, among other things, for 31.9 comparison of per capita income and wages earned by participants 31.10 in these programs with those earned by nonparticipants who are 31.11 in the same socioeconomic group as participants at the time of 31.12 program entry. The study shall take into consideration the 31.13 physical and mental capabilities of individuals as well as their 31.14 levels of learning and training. 31.15 Subd. 3. [COST REPORT.] The study must include a 31.16 compilation of all job training programs funded wholly or partly 31.17 with state funds for the purpose of determining the true cost of 31.18 these programs. The study shall include, for each such program: 31.19 (1) a program description; 31.20 (2) the total costs, including those incurred by federal, 31.21 state, and local governments, and private and nonprofit 31.22 employers; 31.23 (3) economic benefits; and 31.24 (4) a comparison of the per-capita cost with the increases 31.25 in wages earned by program participants. 31.26 Sec. 34. [INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS COORDINATOR.] 31.27 During the biennium ending June 30, 1999, the legislative 31.28 coordinating commission may employ an international affairs 31.29 coordinator to: 31.30 (1) host international visitors; 31.31 (2) promote international education, research, and 31.32 exchanges; and 31.33 (3) monitor federal laws and agreements. 31.34 All state agencies shall assist the coordinator in the 31.35 performance of the coordinator's duties. 31.36 Sec. 35. [COMMISSIONER OF NATURAL RESOURCES; AVAILABILITY 32.1 OF APPROPRIATION.] 32.2 The appropriation in Laws 1996, chapter 407, section 3, of 32.3 $750,000 to the commissioner of natural resources from the 32.4 taconite protection fund for acquisition and development of the 32.5 Iron Range off-highway vehicle recreation area does not cancel 32.6 but is available until June 30, 1999. 32.7 Sec. 36. [COMMISSIONER OF ECONOMIC SECURITY; GRANT TO ST. 32.8 PAUL.] 32.9 The commissioner of economic security shall spend all of 32.10 the allocation to the city of St. Paul under Minnesota Statutes, 32.11 section 469.305, subdivision 1, for fiscal year 1997, that has 32.12 not been spent or otherwise committed by the city of St. Paul on 32.13 the effective date of this section, as a grant to the city of St. 32.14 Paul for community development corporations to be used for 32.15 microenterprise and equity loans to eligible businesses located 32.16 or to be located at or near the Dale Street shops/Maxson Steel 32.17 industrial sites and the Minnehaha Mall area of the city of St. 32.18 Paul. The commissioner or the city of St. Paul shall place this 32.19 amount in an interest-bearing account and shall make the money 32.20 in the account available for the purposes of this section only 32.21 when the contamination cleanup at the Dale Street shops/Maxson 32.22 Steel industrial sites has progressed to the point where 32.23 redevelopment can occur. For purposes of this section, 32.24 "eligible businesses" is limited to small beginning businesses, 32.25 including an existing business that is starting a new location, 32.26 where similar businesses have demonstrated success in similar 32.27 neighborhoods. The $10,000 maximum limit on microenterprise 32.28 loans under Minnesota Statutes, section 116M.18, subdivision 4a, 32.29 clause (2), does not apply to the grant under this section. 32.30 Sec. 37. [TASK FORCE; WELFARE REFORM BUDGET IMPACT.] 32.31 The commissioner of finance shall report to the 32.32 legislature: (1) by January 20, 1998, on the potential budget 32.33 impact to each state department and agency, including public 32.34 institutions of higher education, of the 1996 federal welfare 32.35 reform legislation and the response to that reform by the 32.36 legislature, by legislation contained in S.F. No. 1 in the 1997 33.1 session, if enacted; and (2) by January 20, 1999, on new 33.2 programs enacted by the 1997 legislature designed to address the 33.3 welfare to work requirements of federal welfare reform and 33.4 evaluate the success of those new programs in achieving their 33.5 goals, job placement and retention rates for those programs, and 33.6 the success of those programs in meeting the needs of welfare 33.7 recipients seeking employment. 33.8 The commissioner shall report that potential budgetary 33.9 impact separately for each department and for each program, 33.10 including programs funded by pass through appropriations. 33.11 Each state department and agency must cooperate with the 33.12 commissioner in the preparation of the report. 33.13 The commissioner shall solicit input from the public about 33.14 the budgetary impacts. 33.15 Sec. 38. [YEAR 2000 READY.] 33.16 Any computer software or hardware that is purchased with 33.17 money appropriated in this bill must be year 2000 ready. 33.18 Sec. 39. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 44A.01, 33.19 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 33.20 Subd. 2. [BOARD MEMBERSHIP.] The corporation is governed 33.21 by a board of directors consisting of: 33.22 (1) four members, representing the international business 33.23 community, elected to
six-yearthree-year terms by the 33.24 association of members established under section 44A.023, 33.25 subdivision 2, clause (5); 33.26 (2) four members, representing the international business 33.27 community, appointed by the governor, to serve at the governor's 33.28 pleasure; 33.29 (3) the mayor of St. Paul or the mayor's designee; 33.30 (4) the commissioners of trade and economic development, 33.31 agriculture, and commerce; and 33.32 (5) three members of the house appointed by the speaker of 33.33 the house and three members of the senate appointed under the 33.34 rules of the senate, who serve as nonvoting members. One member 33.35 from each house must be a member of the minority party of that 33.36 house. Legislative members are appointed at the beginning of 34.1 each regular session of the legislature for two-year terms. A 34.2 legislator who remains a member of the body from which the 34.3 legislator was appointed may serve until a successor is 34.4 appointed and qualifies. A vacancy in a legislator member's 34.5 term is filled for the unexpired portion of the term in the same 34.6 manner as the original appointment. 34.7 Members appointed by the governor must be knowledgeable or 34.8 experienced in international trade in products or services. 34.9 Sec. 40. [45.0295] [FEES.] 34.10 (a) The following fees shall be paid to the commissioner: 34.11 (1) for a letter of certification of licensure, $20; 34.12 (2) for a license history, $20; 34.13 (3) for a duplicate license, $10; 34.14 (4) for a change of name or address, $10; 34.15 (5) for a temporary license, $10; 34.16 (6) for each hour or fraction of one hour of course 34.17 approval for continuing education sought, $10; and 34.18 (7) for each continuing education course coordinator 34.19 approval, $100. 34.20 (b) All fees paid to the commissioner under this section 34.21 are nonrefundable, except that an overpayment of a fee shall be 34.22 returned upon proper application. 34.23 Sec. 41. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 60A.23, 34.24 subdivision 8, is amended to read: 34.25 Subd. 8. [SELF-INSURANCE OR INSURANCE PLAN ADMINISTRATORS 34.26 WHO ARE VENDORS OF RISK MANAGEMENT SERVICES.] (1) [SCOPE.] This 34.27 subdivision applies to any vendor of risk management services 34.28 and to any entity which administers, for compensation, a 34.29 self-insurance or insurance plan. This subdivision does not 34.30 apply (a) to an insurance company authorized to transact 34.31 insurance in this state, as defined by section 60A.06, 34.32 subdivision 1, clauses (4) and (5); (b) to a service plan 34.33 corporation, as defined by section 62C.02, subdivision 6; (c) to 34.34 a health maintenance organization, as defined by section 62D.02, 34.35 subdivision 4; (d) to an employer directly operating a 34.36 self-insurance plan for its employees' benefits; (e) to an 35.1 entity which administers a program of health benefits 35.2 established pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement 35.3 between an employer, or group or association of employers, and a 35.4 union or unions; or (f) to an entity which administers a 35.5 self-insurance or insurance plan if a licensed Minnesota insurer 35.6 is providing insurance to the plan and if the licensed insurer 35.7 has appointed the entity administering the plan as one of its 35.8 licensed agents within this state. 35.9 (2) [DEFINITIONS.] For purposes of this subdivision the 35.10 following terms have the meanings given them. 35.11 (a) "Administering a self-insurance or insurance plan" 35.12 means (i) processing, reviewing or paying claims, (ii) 35.13 establishing or operating funds and accounts, or (iii) otherwise 35.14 providing necessary administrative services in connection with 35.15 the operation of a self-insurance or insurance plan. 35.16 (b) "Employer" means an employer, as defined by section 35.17 62E.02, subdivision 2. 35.18 (c) "Entity" means any association, corporation, 35.19 partnership, sole proprietorship, trust, or other business 35.20 entity engaged in or transacting business in this state. 35.21 (d) "Self-insurance or insurance plan" means a plan 35.22 providing life, medical or hospital care, accident, sickness or 35.23 disability insurance for the benefit of employees or members of 35.24 an association, or a plan providing liability coverage for any 35.25 other risk or hazard, which is or is not directly insured or 35.26 provided by a licensed insurer, service plan corporation, or 35.27 health maintenance organization. 35.28 (e) "Vendor of risk management services" means an entity 35.29 providing for compensation actuarial, financial management, 35.30 accounting, legal or other services for the purpose of designing 35.31 and establishing a self-insurance or insurance plan for an 35.32 employer. 35.33 (3) [LICENSE.] No vendor of risk management services or 35.34 entity administering a self-insurance or insurance plan may 35.35 transact this business in this state unless it is licensed to do 35.36 so by the commissioner. An applicant for a license shall state 36.1 in writing the type of activities it seeks authorization to 36.2 engage in and the type of services it seeks authorization to 36.3 provide. The license may be granted only when the commissioner 36.4 is satisfied that the entity possesses the necessary 36.5 organization, background, expertise, and financial integrity to 36.6 supply the services sought to be offered. The commissioner may 36.7 issue a license subject to restrictions or limitations upon the 36.8 authorization, including the type of services which may be 36.9 supplied or the activities which may be engaged in. The license 36.10 fee is $100$500 for the initial application and $500 for each 36.11 two-year renewal. All licenses are for a period of two years. 36.12 (4) [REGULATORY RESTRICTIONS; POWERS OF THE COMMISSIONER.] 36.13 To assure that self-insurance or insurance plans are financially 36.14 solvent, are administered in a fair and equitable fashion, and 36.15 are processing claims and paying benefits in a prompt, fair, and 36.16 honest manner, vendors of risk management services and entities 36.17 administering insurance or self-insurance plans are subject to 36.18 the supervision and examination by the commissioner. Vendors of 36.19 risk management services, entities administering insurance or 36.20 self-insurance plans, and insurance or self-insurance plans 36.21 established or operated by them are subject to the trade 36.22 practice requirements of sections 72A.19 to 72A.30. In lieu of 36.23 an unlimited guarantee from a parent corporation for a vendor of 36.24 risk management services or an entity administering insurance or 36.25 self-insurance plans, the commissioner may accept a surety bond 36.26 in a form satisfactory to the commissioner in an amount equal to 36.27 120 percent of the total amount of claims handled by the 36.28 applicant in the prior year. If at any time the total amount of 36.29 claims handled during a year exceeds the amount upon which the 36.30 bond was calculated, the administrator shall immediately notify 36.31 the commissioner. The commissioner may require that the bond be 36.32 increased accordingly. 36.33 (5) [RULEMAKING AUTHORITY.] To carry out the purposes of 36.34 this subdivision, the commissioner may adopt rules pursuant to 36.35 sections 14.001 to 14.69. These rules may: 36.36 (a) establish reporting requirements for administrators of 37.1 insurance or self-insurance plans; 37.2 (b) establish standards and guidelines to assure the 37.3 adequacy of financing, reinsuring, and administration of 37.4 insurance or self-insurance plans; 37.5 (c) establish bonding requirements or other provisions 37.6 assuring the financial integrity of entities administering 37.7 insurance or self-insurance plans; or 37.8 (d) establish other reasonable requirements to further the 37.9 purposes of this subdivision. 37.10 Sec. 42. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 60A.71, is 37.11 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 37.12 Subd. 7. [FEES.] Each applicant for a reinsurance 37.13 intermediary license shall pay to the commissioner a fee of $160 37.14 for an initial two-year license and a fee of $120 for each 37.15 renewal. Applications shall be submitted on forms prescribed by 37.16 the commissioner. 37.17 Sec. 43. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 60K.06, 37.18 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 37.19 Subd. 2. [LICENSING FEES.] (a) In addition to the fees and 37.20 charges provided for examinations, each agent licensed pursuant 37.21 to section 60K.03 shall pay to the commissioner: 37.22 (1) a fee of $60 per license for an initial license issued 37.23 to an individual agent, and a fee of $60 for each renewal; 37.24 (2) a fee of $160 for an initial license issued to a 37.25 partnership, limited liability company, or corporation, and a 37.26 fee of $120 for each renewal; 37.27 (3) a fee of $75 for an initial amendment (variable 37.28 annuity) to a license, and a fee of $50 for each renewal; and 37.29 (4) a fee of $500 for an initial surplus lines agent's 37.30 license, and a fee of $500 for each renewal ;37.31 (5) for issuing a duplicate license, $10; and37.32 (6) for issuing licensing histories, $20. 37.33 (b) Persons whose applications have been properly and 37.34 timely filed who have not received notice of denial of renewal 37.35 are approved for renewal and may continue to transact business 37.36 whether or not the renewed license has been received on or 38.1 before November 1 of the renewal year. Applications for renewal 38.2 of a license are timely filed if received by the commissioner on 38.3 or before the 15th day preceding the license renewal date of the 38.4 applicant on forms duly executed and accompanied by appropriate 38.5 fees. An application mailed is considered timely filed if 38.6 addressed to the commissioner, with proper postage, and 38.7 postmarked on or before the 15th day preceding the licensing 38.8 renewal date of the applicant. 38.9 (c) Initial licenses issued under this section must be 38.10 valid for a period not to exceed two years. The commissioner 38.11 shall assign an expiration date to each initial license so that 38.12 approximately one-half of all licenses expire each year. Each 38.13 initial license must expire on October 31 of the expiration year 38.14 assigned by the commissioner. 38.15 (d) All fees shall be retained by the commissioner and are 38.16 nonreturnable, except that an overpayment of any fee must be 38.17 refunded upon proper application. 38.18 Sec. 44. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 65B.48, 38.19 subdivision 3, is amended to read: 38.20 Subd. 3. Self-insurance, subject to approval of the 38.21 commissioner, is effected by filing with the commissioner in 38.22 satisfactory form: 38.23 (1) a continuing undertaking by the owner or other 38.24 appropriate person to pay tort liabilities or basic economic 38.25 loss benefits, or both, and to perform all other obligations 38.26 imposed by sections 65B.41 to 65B.71; 38.27 (2) evidence that appropriate provision exists for prompt 38.28 administration of all claims, benefits, and obligations provided 38.29 by sections 65B.41 to 65B.71; 38.30 (3) evidence that reliable financial arrangements, 38.31 deposits, or commitments exist providing assurance, 38.32 substantially equivalent to that afforded by a policy of 38.33 insurance complying with sections 65B.41 to 65B.71, for payment 38.34 of tort liabilities, basic economic loss benefits, and all other 38.35 obligations imposed by sections 65B.41 to 65B.71; and 38.36 (4) a nonrefundable initial application fee of $500 and an 39.1 annual renewal fee of $100 for political subdivisions and $250 39.2 for nonpolitical entities. 39.3 Sec. 45. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 72B.04, 39.4 subdivision 10, is amended to read: 39.5 Subd. 10. [FEES.] A fee of $40 is imposed for each initial 39.6 license or temporary permit and $25 for each renewal thereof or 39.7 amendment thereto. A fee of $20 is imposed for each examination39.8 taken.A fee of $20 is imposed for the registration of each 39.9 nonlicensed adjuster who is required to register under section 39.10 72B.06. All fees shall be transmitted to the commissioner and 39.11 shall be payable to the state treasurer. If a fee is paid for 39.12 an examination and if within one year from the date of that 39.13 payment no written request for a refund is received by the 39.14 commissioner or the examination for which the fee was paid is 39.15 not taken, the fee is forfeited to the state of Minnesota. 39.16 Sec. 46. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 79.253, 39.17 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 39.18 Subdivision 1. [CREATION OF ACCOUNT.] There is created the 39.19 assigned risk safety account as a separate account in the 39.20 special compensation fund in the state treasury. Income earned 39.21 by funds in the account must be credited to the account. 39.22 Principal and income of the account are annually appropriated to 39.23 the commissioner of labor and industry and must be used for39.24 grants and loans under this sectionto establish and promote 39.25 workplace safety and health programs. 39.26 Sec. 47. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 79.255, is 39.27 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 39.28 Subd. 10. [FEE.] A registration or exemption certificate 39.29 fee of $50 shall be paid. 39.30 Sec. 48. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 82.21, 39.31 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 39.32 Subdivision 1. [AMOUNTS.] The following fees shall be paid 39.33 to the commissioner: 39.34 (a) A fee of $150 for each initial individual broker's 39.35 license, and a fee of $100 for each renewal thereof; 39.36 (b) A fee of $70 for each initial salesperson's license, 40.1 and a fee of $40 for each renewal thereof; 40.2 (c) A fee of $85 for each initial real estate closing agent 40.3 license, and a fee of $60 for each renewal thereof; 40.4 (d) A fee of $150 for each initial corporate, limited 40.5 liability company, or partnership license, and a fee of $100 for 40.6 each renewal thereof; 40.7 (e) A fee for payment to the education, research and 40.8 recovery fund in accordance with section 82.34; 40.9 (f) A fee of $20 for each transfer; 40.10 (g) A fee of $50 for a corporation, limited liability40.11 company, or partnership name change;40.12 (h) A fee of $10 for an agent name change;40.13 (i) A fee of $20 for a license history;40.14 (j) A fee of $10 for a duplicate license;40.15 (k)A fee of $50 for license reinstatement; and 40.16 (l)(h) A fee of $20 for reactivating a corporate, limited 40.17 liability company, or partnership license without land ;40.18 (m) A fee of $100 for course coordinator approval; and40.19 (n) A fee of $20 for each hour or fraction of one hour of40.20 course approval sought. 40.21 Sec. 49. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 82B.09, 40.22 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 40.23 Subdivision 1. [AMOUNTS.] The following fees must be paid 40.24 to the commissioner :40.25 (1)for each initial individual real estate appraiser's 40.26 license: $150 if the license expires more than 12 months after 40.27 issuance, $100 if the license expires less than 12 months after 40.28 issuance; and a fee of $100 for each renewal ;. 40.29 (2) a fee of $10 for a change in personal name or trade40.30 name or personal address or business location;40.31 (3) a fee of $10 for a license history;40.32 (4) a fee of $25 for a duplicate license;40.33 (5) a fee of $100 for appraiser course coordinator40.34 approval; and40.35 (6) a fee of $10 for each hour or fraction of one hour of40.36 course approval sought.41.1 Sec. 50. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 116J.01, 41.2 subdivision 5, is amended to read: 41.3 Subd. 5. [DEPARTMENTAL ORGANIZATION.] (a) The commissioner 41.4 shall organize the department as provided in section 15.06. 41.5 (b) The commissioner may establish divisions and offices 41.6 within the department. The commissioner may employ three deputy 41.7 commissioners in the unclassified service. One deputy must 41.8 direct the Minnesota trade office and must be experienced and 41.9 knowledgeable in matters of international trade. 41.10 (c) The commissioner shall: 41.11 (1) employ assistants and other officers, employees, and 41.12 agents that the commissioner considers necessary to discharge 41.13 the functions of the commissioner's office; 41.14 (2) define the duties of the officers, employees, and 41.15 agents, and delegate to them any of the commissioner's powers, 41.16 duties, and responsibilities, subject to the commissioner's 41.17 control and under conditions prescribed by the commissioner. 41.18 (d) The commissioner shall ensure that there are at least 41.19 three trade and economic development officers in state offices 41.20 in nonmetropolitan areas of the state who will work with local 41.21 units of government on developing local trade and economic 41.22 development. 41.23 Sec. 51. [116J.421] [RURAL POLICY AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER.] 41.24 Subdivision 1. [ESTABLISHED.] The rural policy and 41.25 development center is established at Mankato State University. 41.26 Subd. 2. [GOVERNANCE.] The center is governed by a board 41.27 of directors appointed to six-year terms by the governor 41.28 comprised of: 41.29 (1) a representative from each of the two largest statewide 41.30 general farm organizations; 41.31 (2) a representative from a regional initiative 41.32 organization selected under Minnesota Statutes, section 41.33 116J.415, subdivision 3; 41.34 (3) the president of Mankato State University; 41.35 (4) a representative from the general public residing in a 41.36 town of less than 5,000 located outside of the metropolitan 42.1 area; 42.2 (5) a member of the house of representatives appointed by 42.3 the speaker of the house and a member of the senate appointed by 42.4 the subcommittee on committees of the senate committee on rules 42.5 and administration appointed for two-year terms; 42.6 (6) three representatives from business, including one 42.7 representing rural manufacturing and one rural retail and 42.8 service business; 42.9 (7) three representatives from private foundations with a 42.10 demonstrated commitment to rural issues; 42.11 (8) one representative from a rural county government; and 42.12 (9) one representative from a rural regional government. 42.13 Subd. 3. [DUTIES.] The center shall: 42.14 (1) identify present and emerging social and economic 42.15 issues for rural Minnesota, including health care, 42.16 transportation, crime, housing, and job training; 42.17 (2) forge alliances and partnerships with rural communities 42.18 to find practical solutions to economic and social problems; 42.19 (3) provide a resource center for rural communities on 42.20 issues of importance to them; 42.21 (4) encourage collaboration across higher education 42.22 institutions to provide interdisciplinary team approaches to 42.23 problem solving with rural communities; and 42.24 (5) involve students in center projects. 42.25 Subd. 4. [STATEWIDE FOCUS.] The center has a statewide 42.26 mission. It may contract and collaborate with higher education 42.27 and other institutions located throughout the state. 42.28 Sec. 52. [116J.422] [RURAL POLICY AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER 42.29 FUND.] 42.30 A rural policy and development center fund is established 42.31 as an account in the state treasury. The commissioner of 42.32 finance shall credit to the account the amounts authorized under 42.33 this section and appropriations and transfers to the account. 42.34 The state board of investment shall ensure that account money is 42.35 invested under Minnesota Statutes, section 11A.24. All money 42.36 earned by the account must be credited to the account. The 43.1 principal of the account and any unexpended earnings must be 43.2 invested and reinvested by the state board of investment. 43.3 Gifts and donations, including land or interests in land, 43.4 may be made to the account. Noncash gifts and donations must be 43.5 disposed of for cash as soon as the board prudently can maximize 43.6 the value of the gift or donation. Gifts and donations of 43.7 marketable securities may be held or be disposed of for cash at 43.8 the option of the board. The cash receipts of gifts and 43.9 donations of cash or capital assets and marketable securities 43.10 disposed of for cash must be credited immediately to the 43.11 principal of the account. The value of marketable securities at 43.12 the time the gift or donation is made must be credited to the 43.13 principal of the account and any earnings from the marketable 43.14 securities are earnings of the account. The earnings in the 43.15 account are annually appropriated to the board of the center for 43.16 rural policy and development to carry out the duties of the 43.17 center. 43.18 Sec. 53. [116J.543] [FILM PRODUCTIONS JOBS PROGRAM.] 43.19 The film production jobs program is created. The program 43.20 shall be operated by the Minnesota film board with 43.21 administrative oversight and control by the commissioner of 43.22 trade and economic development. The program shall make payment 43.23 to producers of long-form and narrative film productions that 43.24 directly create new film jobs in Minnesota. To be eligible for 43.25 a payment, a producer must submit documentation to the Minnesota 43.26 film board of expenditures for wages for work on new film 43.27 production jobs in Minnesota by resident Minnesotans. The film 43.28 jobs include work such as technical crews, acting talent, set 43.29 construction, soundstage or equipment rental, local 43.30 postproduction film processing, and other film production jobs. 43.31 The film board must make recommendations to the 43.32 commissioner about program payment, but the recommendations are 43.33 not binding and the commissioner has the authority to make the 43.34 final determination on payments. The commissioner's 43.35 determination must be based on the amount of wages documented to 43.36 the film board and the likelihood that the payment will lead to 44.1 further documentable wage payments. Payment may not exceed 44.2 $100,000 for a single long-form and narrative film. No more 44.3 than five percent of the funds appropriated for the program in 44.4 any year may be expended for administration. Individual feature 44.5 film projects shooting on or after January 1, 1997, will be 44.6 eligible for fund allocations. 44.7 Sec. 54. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 116J.615, 44.8 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 44.9 Subdivision 1. [DUTIES OF DIRECTOR.] The director of 44.10 tourism shall: 44.11 (1) publish, disseminate, and distribute informational and 44.12 promotional literature; 44.13 (2) promote and encourage the expansion and development of 44.14 international tourism marketing; 44.15 (3) advertise and disseminate information about travel 44.16 opportunities in the state of Minnesota; 44.17 (4) aid various local communities to improve their tourism 44.18 marketing programs; 44.19 (5) coordinate and implement a comprehensive state tourism 44.20 marketing program that takes into consideration all public and 44.21 private businesses and attractions; 44.22 (6) conduct market research and analysis to improve 44.23 marketing techniques in the area of tourism; 44.24 (7) investigate and study conditions affecting Minnesota's 44.25 tourism industry, collect and disseminate information, and 44.26 engage in technical studies, scientific investigations, and 44.27 statistical research and educational activities necessary or 44.28 useful for the proper execution of the powers and duties of the 44.29 director in promoting and developing Minnesota's tourism 44.30 industry, both within and outside the state; 44.31 (8) apply for, accept, receive, and expend any funds for 44.32 the promotion of tourism in Minnesota. All money received by 44.33 the director under this subdivision shall be deposited in the 44.34 state treasury and is appropriated to the director for the 44.35 purposes for which the money has been received. The director 44.36 may enter into interagency agreements and may agree to share net 45.1 revenues with the contributing agencies. The money does not 45.2 cancel and is available until expended; and 45.3 (9) plan and conduct information and publicity programs to 45.4 attract tourists, visitors, and other interested persons from 45.5 outside the state to this state; encourage and coordinate 45.6 efforts of other public and private organizations or groups of 45.7 citizens to publicize facilities and attractions in this state; 45.8 and work with representatives of the hospitality and tourism 45.9 industry to carry out its programs. 45.10 Sec. 55. [116J.8745] [MICROENTERPRISE ENTREPRENEURIAL 45.11 ASSISTANCE.] 45.12 Subdivision 1. [TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE; LOAN 45.13 ADMINISTRATION.] The commissioner of trade and economic 45.14 development shall make grants to nonprofit organizations to 45.15 provide technical assistance to individuals with entrepreneurial 45.16 plans that require microenterprise loans in an amount ranging 45.17 from approximately $1,000 to $25,000, and for loan 45.18 administration costs related to those microenterprise loans. 45.19 Microenterprise is a small business which employs under five 45.20 employees plus the owner and requires under $25,000 to start. 45.21 Subd. 2. [GRANT ELIGIBILITY AND ALLOCATION.] Nonprofit 45.22 organizations must apply for grants under this section following 45.23 procedures established by the commissioner. To be eligible for 45.24 a grant, an organization must demonstrate to the commissioner 45.25 that it has the appropriate expertise. The commissioner shall 45.26 give preference for grants to organizations that target 45.27 nontraditional entrepreneurs such as women, members of a 45.28 minority, low-income individuals, or persons seeking work who 45.29 are currently on or recently removed from welfare assistance. 45.30 An application must include: 45.31 (1) the local need for microenterprise support; 45.32 (2) proposed criteria for business eligibility; 45.33 (3) proposals for identifying and serving eligible 45.34 businesses; 45.35 (4) a description of technical assistance to be provided to 45.36 eligible businesses; 46.1 (5) proposals to coordinate technical assistance with 46.2 financial assistance; and 46.3 (6) a demonstration of ability to collaborate with other 46.4 agencies including educational and financial institutions. 46.5 Subd. 3. [GRANT EVALUATIONS.] Grant recipients must report 46.6 to the commissioner by February 1 in each of the two years 46.7 succeeding the year of receipt of the grant. The report must 46.8 detail the number of customers served, the number of businesses 46.9 started, stabilized, or expanded, the number of jobs created and 46.10 retained, and business success rates. The commissioner shall 46.11 report to the legislature on the microenterprise entrepreneurial 46.12 assistance. The report shall contain an evaluation of the 46.13 results, recommendations to continue or change the program, and 46.14 a suggested level of funding. 46.15 Sec. 56. [116J.8755] [SMALL BUSINESS; ELECTRONIC ACCESS TO 46.16 INTERNATIONAL MARKETS.] 46.17 The commissioner shall develop a plan for enabling small 46.18 businesses to gain electronic access to international markets 46.19 through mechanisms that may include electronic trade points. 46.20 Sec. 57. [116J.992] [TACONITE MINING GRANTS.] 46.21 (a) The commissioner shall establish a program to make 46.22 grants to taconite mining companies to enable them to research 46.23 technologies that: 46.24 (1) reduce energy consumption; 46.25 (2) reduce environmental emissions; 46.26 (3) improve productivity; or 46.27 (4) improve pellet quality. 46.28 (b) To receive a grant a recipient must convey to the state 46.29 permanent ownership of both mineral reserves and corresponding 46.30 surface lands that: 46.31 (1) contain unmined taconite with a 23 percent minimum 46.32 magnetic iron content; 46.33 (2) have an open pit stripping ratio of less than 1.5 to 1; 46.34 (3) are unencumbered by current or planned surface 46.35 development; 46.36 (4) are substantially unencumbered by past mining activity; 47.1 (5) have marketable title for both surface and mineral 47.2 interests; and 47.3 (6) are in an area that could reasonably be expected to be 47.4 mined within 50 years. 47.5 (c) A grant may not exceed the value of the mineral 47.6 reserves and surface land as assessed by the commissioner of 47.7 natural resources. When assessing value, the commissioner must, 47.8 at a minimum, take into account the future value of any royalty 47.9 stream, the state's cost of capital, the costs of removing any 47.10 encumbrances, and the probability that the reserves will be 47.11 mined in the future. Any revenue generated by ownership or sale 47.12 of the property must be deposited in the general fund. 47.13 Sec. 58. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 116L.04, 47.14 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 47.15 Subdivision 1. [ GRANTS-IN-AIDPARTNERSHIP PROGRAM.] (a) 47.16 The partnership program may provide grants-in-aid to educational 47.17 or other nonprofit training institutions using the following 47.18 guidelines: 47.19 (1) the educational or other nonprofit institution is a 47.20 provider of training within the state in either the public or 47.21 private sector; 47.22 (2) the program involves skills training that is an area of 47.23 employment need; and 47.24 (3) preference will be given to educational or other 47.25 nonprofit training institutions which serve economically 47.26 disadvantaged people, minorities, or those who are victims of 47.27 economic dislocation and to businesses located in rural areas. 47.28 (b) A single grant to any one institution shall not exceed 47.29 $200,000$400,000. 47.30 Sec. 59. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 116L.04, is 47.31 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 47.32 Subd. 1a. [PATHWAYS PROGRAM.] The pathways program may 47.33 provide grants-in-aid for developing programs which assist in 47.34 the transition of persons from welfare to work. The program is 47.35 to be operated by the board. The board shall consult and 47.36 coordinate with the Job Training Partnership Act Title II-A 48.1 program administrators at the department of economic security to 48.2 design and provide services for temporary assistance for needy 48.3 families recipients. 48.4 Pathways grants-in-aid may be awarded to educational or 48.5 other nonprofit training institutions for education and training 48.6 programs that serve public assistance recipients transitioning 48.7 from public assistance to employment. 48.8 Preference shall be given to projects that: 48.9 (1) provide employment with benefits paid to employees; 48.10 (2) provide employment where there are defined career paths 48.11 for trainees; 48.12 (3) pilot the development of an educational pathways that 48.13 can be used on a continuing basis for transitioning persons from 48.14 public assistance directly to work; and 48.15 (4) demonstrate the active participation of department of 48.16 economic security workforce centers, Minnesota state college and 48.17 university institutions and other educational institutions, and 48.18 local welfare agencies. 48.19 Pathways projects must demonstrate the active involvement 48.20 and financial commitment of private business. Pathways projects 48.21 must be matched with cash or in-kind contributions on at least a 48.22 one-to-one ratio by participating private business. 48.23 A single grant to any one institution shall not exceed 48.24 $200,000. 48.25 The board shall annually, by March 31, report to the 48.26 commissioners of economic security and trade and economic 48.27 development on pathways programs, including the number of public 48.28 assistance recipients participating in the program, the number 48.29 of participants placed in employment, the salary and benefits 48.30 they receive, and the state program costs per participant. 48.31 Sec. 60. [116L.06] [HIRE EDUCATION LOAN PROGRAM.] 48.32 Subdivision 1. [FUND USES.] The job skills partnership 48.33 board may make loans to Minnesota employers to train persons for 48.34 jobs in Minnesota. The loans must be used to train current and 48.35 prospective employees of an employer for specific jobs with the 48.36 employer. 49.1 Subd. 2. [LOAN PROCESS.] The board shall establish a 49.2 schedule and competitive process for accepting loan 49.3 applications. The board shall evaluate loan applications. 49.4 Subd. 3. [LOAN PRIORITY.] The board shall give priority to 49.5 loans that provide training for jobs that are permanent, provide 49.6 health coverage and other fringe benefits, and have a career or 49.7 job path with prospects for wage increases. 49.8 Subd. 4. [LOAN TERMS.] Loans may be secured or unsecured, 49.9 shall be for a term of no more than two years, and shall bear no 49.10 interest. The maximum amount of a loan is $250,000. A loan 49.11 origination fee of up to two percent of the principal of the 49.12 loan may be charged. An employer may have only one outstanding 49.13 loan. The loans shall contain such other standard commercial 49.14 loan terms as the board deems appropriate. 49.15 Subd. 5. [LOAN USES.] Loans must be used by an employer to 49.16 obtain the most cost-effective training available from public or 49.17 private training institutions. An employer must document to the 49.18 board the process the employer has utilized to ensure that the 49.19 proposed loan is used to acquire the most cost-effective 49.20 training and provide a training plan. 49.21 Subd. 6. [PACKAGING LOANS.] The board may package a grant 49.22 it makes under section 116L.04 with a loan under this section. 49.23 Subd. 7. [LOAN REPAYMENTS.] Loan repayments and loan 49.24 origination fees shall be retained by the board for board 49.25 programs. 49.26 Sec. 61. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 116O.05, is 49.27 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 49.28 Subd. 4. [SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS.] On making a 49.29 determination that the public policies and purposes of this 49.30 chapter will be carried out to a greater extent than what might 49.31 otherwise occur, the board may cause to be created and may 49.32 delegate, assign, or transfer to one or more entities, including 49.33 without limitation a corporation, nonprofit corporation, limited 49.34 liability company, partnership, or limited partnership, any or 49.35 all rights and duties, assets and liabilities, powers or 49.36 authority created, authorized, or allowed under this chapter, 50.1 including without limitation those pertaining to the seed 50.2 capital fund under section 116O.122, except to the extent 50.3 specifically limited by the constitution or by law. 50.4 Sec. 62. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 116O.122, 50.5 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 50.6 Subdivision 1. [ESTABLISHMENT.] The corporation shall, in 50.7 consultation with private venture and seed capital companies and 50.8 other public and private organizations as appropriate, implement 50.9 a centrally managed seed capital fund to invest in early stage 50.10 companies and small companies in Minnesota through equity or 50.11 equity-type investments. The seed capital fund may receive 50.12 contributions from the corporation, as well as from local, 50.13 state, or federal government, private foundations, or other 50.14 sources. Total investments by the seed capital fund in 50.15 seven-county metropolitan area based companies must not exceed 50.16 20 percent of the total amount investedcapitalization 50.17 appropriated by the legislature or provided by the corporation. 50.18 Investments which contribute to the 20 percent metropolitan area 50.19 limitation are those which will primarily enhance the operations 50.20 of a metropolitan based facility. Investments that benefit a 50.21 Greater Minnesota facility of a metropolitan based company are 50.22 not subject to the limitation. Investments by the seed capital 50.23 fund must be matched by other sources of capital at a ratio to 50.24 be determined by the corporation. The seed capital fund shall 50.25 identify sources of technical, management, and marketing 50.26 assistance for companies funded by the seed capital program and 50.27 make appropriate referrals. The seed capital fund shall 50.28 establish a procedure for liquidating private investments. 50.29 Sec. 63. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 155A.045, 50.30 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 50.31 Subdivision 1. [SCHEDULE.] The fee schedule for licensees 50.32 is as follows: 50.33 (a) Three-year license fees: 50.34 (1) cosmetologist, manicurist, esthetician, $45 for each 50.35 initial license and $30 for each renewal; 50.36 (2) instructor, manager, $60 for each initial license, 51.1 and $45 for each renewal; 51.2 (3) salon, $65 for each initial license, and $50 for each 51.3 renewal; and 51.4 (4) school, $750. 51.5 (b) Penalties: 51.6 (1) reinspection fee, variable; and 51.7 (2) manager with lapsed practitioner, $25. 51.8 (c) Administrative fees: 51.9 (1) duplicate license (includes individual name or address51.10 change), $5;51.11 (2)certificate of identification, $20; 51.12 (3) processing fee (covers licensing history or51.13 certification of licensure, restoration of lapsed license, salon51.14 name change, school name change, late renewals, applications for51.15 new licenses), $15;and 51.16 (4)(2) school original application, $150. 51.17 Sec. 64. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 176.181, 51.18 subdivision 2a, is amended to read: 51.19 Subd. 2a. [APPLICATION FEE.] Every initial application 51.20 filed pursuant to subdivision 2 requesting authority to 51.21 self-insure shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of 51.22 $1,000$2,500. The fee is not refundable.When an employer 51.23 seeks to be added as a member of an existing approved group 51.24 under section 79A.03, subdivision 6, the proposed new member 51.25 shall pay a nonrefundable $250 application fee to the 51.26 commissioner at the time of application. Each annual report due 51.27 August 1 under section 79A.03, subdivision 9, shall be 51.28 accompanied by an annual fee of $200. 51.29 Sec. 65. [268.3625] [ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS.] 51.30 The commissioner may use up to five percent of the biennial 51.31 appropriation for Youthbuild from the general fund to pay costs 51.32 incurred by the department in administering Youthbuild during 51.33 the biennium. 51.34 Sec. 66. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268A.15, is 51.35 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 51.36 Subd. 1a. [SEVERE IMPAIRMENT TO EMPLOYMENT; 52.1 DEFINITION.] For the purpose of this section, "severe impairment 52.2 to employment" means profound limitations that dramatically 52.3 restrict an individual's ability to seek, secure, and maintain 52.4 employment due to an extended history of little or no 52.5 employment, limited education, training, or job skills, and 52.6 physical, intellectual, or emotional characteristics seriously 52.7 impairing future ability to obtain and retain permanent 52.8 employment. 52.9 Sec. 67. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268A.15, 52.10 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 52.11 Subd. 2. [PROGRAM PURPOSE.] The extended employment 52.12 program shall have two categories of clients consisting of those 52.13 with severe disabilities and those with severe impairment to 52.14 employment. The purpose of the extended employment program for 52.15 persons with severe disabilities is to provide the ongoing 52.16 services necessary to maintain and advance the employment of 52.17 persons with severe disabilities. The purpose of the extended 52.18 employment program for persons with severe impairment to 52.19 employment is to provide the ongoing support services necessary 52.20 to secure, maintain, and advance in employment. Employment 52.21 under this sectionmust encompass the broad range of employment 52.22 choices available to all persons and promote an individual's 52.23 self-sufficiency and financial independence. 52.24 Sec. 68. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268A.15, is 52.25 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 52.26 Subd. 3a. [SEVERE IMPAIRMENT TO EMPLOYMENT; SEPARATE 52.27 PROGRAM.] The allocation of funds, eligibility criteria, and 52.28 funding criteria for extended employment program funds for 52.29 persons with severe disabilities shall be separate from the 52.30 allocation of funds, eligibility criteria, and funding criteria 52.31 for extended employment program funds for persons with severe 52.32 impairment to employment. Extended employment program services 52.33 for persons with severe disabilities shall be modified to the 52.34 extent necessary to provide services to persons with severe 52.35 impairment to employment. 52.36 The county agency must consider placing an individual who 53.1 is on welfare and who has a severe impairment to employment, as 53.2 defined in subdivision 1a, into an extended employment program 53.3 under this section for job skills training or a job, or both, as 53.4 part of the effort to move people from welfare to work as 53.5 required under federal welfare reform. 53.6 Sec. 69. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268A.15, 53.7 subdivision 6, is amended to read: 53.8 Subd. 6. [GRANTS.] The commissioner may provide innovation 53.9 and expansion grants to rehabilitation facilities to encourage 53.10 the development, demonstration, or dissemination of innovative 53.11 business practices, training programs, and service delivery 53.12 methods that: 53.13 (1) expand and improve employment opportunities for persons 53.14 with severe disabilities or severe impairment to employment who 53.15 are unserved or underserved by the extended employment program; 53.16 and 53.17 (2) increase the ability of persons with severe 53.18 disabilities or severe impairment to employment to use new and 53.19 emerging technologies in employment settings, and foster the 53.20 capacity of rehabilitation facilities and employers to promote 53.21 the integration of individuals with severe disabilities and 53.22 severe impairment to employment into the workplace and the 53.23 mainstream of community life. 53.24 The grants must require collaboration at the local level 53.25 among vocational rehabilitation field offices, county social 53.26 service and planning agencies, rehabilitation facilities, and 53.27 employers. 53.28 Sec. 70. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268A.15, is 53.29 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 53.30 Subd. 8. [FUNDING AUTHORITY.] State grant funds under this 53.31 section and section 268A.13 shall be available for 24 months 53.32 following the end of a fiscal year to allow for the submission 53.33 of final grant data reports, the completion of audit adjustments 53.34 of payments to grantees including grantee appeals of final audit 53.35 adjustments, and the redistribution of remaining balances in 53.36 grant accounts to other grantees who meet or exceed their 54.1 contracts with the department for that fiscal year. 54.2 Sec. 71. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 298.22, is 54.3 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 54.4 Subd. 7. [GIANTS RIDGE RECREATION AREA.] (a) In addition 54.5 to the other powers granted in this section and other law, the 54.6 commissioner, for purposes of fostering economic development and 54.7 tourism within the Giants Ridge recreation area, may spend any 54.8 money made available to the agency under section 298.28 to 54.9 acquire real or personal property or interests therein by gift, 54.10 purchase, or lease and may convey by lease, sale, or other means 54.11 of conveyance or commitment any or all of those property 54.12 interests acquired. 54.13 (b) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, property 54.14 conveyed under this subdivision and used for residential 54.15 purposes is not eligible for property tax homestead 54.16 classification under section 273.124 or for a property tax 54.17 refund under chapter 290A. 54.18 (c) In furtherance of development of the Giants Ridge 54.19 recreation area, the commissioner may establish and participate 54.20 in charitable foundations and nonprofit corporations, including 54.21 a corporation within the meaning of section 317A.011, 54.22 subdivision 6. 54.23 (d) The term "Giants Ridge recreation area" refers to an 54.24 economic development project area established by the 54.25 commissioner in furtherance of the powers delegated in this 54.26 section within St. Louis county in the western portions of the 54.27 town of White and in the eastern portion of the westerly, 54.28 adjacent, unorganized township. 54.29 Sec. 72. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 326.86, 54.30 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 54.31 Subdivision 1. [LICENSING FEE.] The licensing fee for 54.32 persons licensed pursuant to sections 326.83 to 326.991 is $75 54.33 per year. The commissioner may adjust the fees under section 54.34 16A.1285 to recover the costs of administration and 54.35 enforcement. The fees must be limited to the cost of license 54.36 administration and enforcement and must be deposited in the 55.1 state treasury and credited to the general fund. A fee of $2555.2 will be charged for a duplicate license or an amended license55.3 reflecting a change of business name, address, or qualifying55.4 person.55.5 Sec. 73. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 469.305, 55.6 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 55.7 Subdivision 1. [INCENTIVE GRANTS.] (a) An incentive grant 55.8 is available to businesses located in an enterprise zone that 55.9 meet the conditions of this section. Each city designated as an 55.10 enterprise zone is allocated $3,000,000 to be used to provide 55.11 grants under this section for the duration of the program. Each 55.12 city of the second class designated as an economically depressed 55.13 area by the United States Department of Commerce is allocated 55.14 $300,000 to be used to provide grants under this section for the 55.15 duration of the program. For fiscal year 1998 and subsequent 55.16 years, the proration in section 469.31 shall continue to apply 55.17 until the amount designated in this subdivision is 55.18 expended. For the allocation in fiscal year 1998 and subsequent 55.19 years, the commissioner may use up to 15 percent of the 55.20 allocation to the city of Minneapolis for a grant to the city of 55.21 Minneapolis and up to 15 percent of the allocation to the city 55.22 of St. Paul for a grant to the city of St. Paul, for 55.23 administration of the program or employment services provided to 55.24 the employers and employees involved in the incentive grant 55.25 program under this section. 55.26 (b) The incentive grant is in an amount equal to 20 percent 55.27 of the wages paid to an employee, not to exceed $5,000 per 55.28 employee per calendar year. The incentive grant is available to 55.29 an employer for a zone resident employed in the zone at 55.30 full-time wage levels of not less than 170 percent of minimum55.31 wage110 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of 55.32 four, as determined by the United States Department of 55.33 Agriculture. The incentive grant is not available to workers 55.34 employed in construction or employees of financial institutions, 55.35 gambling enterprises, public utilities, sports, fitness, and 55.36 health facilities, or racetracks. The employee must be employed 56.1 at that rate at the time the business applies for a grant, and 56.2 must have been employed for at least one year at the business. 56.3 A grant may be provided only for new jobs; for purposes of this 56.4 section, a "new job" is a job that did not exist in Minnesota 56.5 before May 6, 1994. The incentive grant authority is available 56.6 for the five calendar years after the application has been 56.7 approved to the extent the allocation to the city remains 56.8 available to fund the grants, and if the city certifies to the 56.9 commissioner on an annual basis that the business is in 56.10 compliance with the plan to recruit, hire, train, and retain 56.11 zone residents. The employer may designate an organization that 56.12 provides employment services to receive all or a portion of the 56.13 employer's incentive grant. 56.14 Sec. 74. [REPEALER.] 56.15 Minnesota Statutes 1996, sections 116J.581; and 116J.990, 56.16 subdivision 7, are repealed. 56.17 Sec. 75. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 56.18 Section 35 is effective the day following final enactment. 56.19 ARTICLE 2 56.20 PETROLEUM TANK RELEASE CLEANUP 56.21 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 115B.03, 56.22 subdivision 5, is amended to read: 56.23 Subd. 5. [EMINENT DOMAIN.] (a) The state, an agency of the 56.24 state, or a political subdivision is not a responsible person 56.25 under this section solely as a result of the acquisition of 56.26 property, or as a result of providing funds for the acquisition 56.27 of such property either through loan or grant, if the property 56.28 was acquired by the state, an agency of the state, or a 56.29 political subdivision that acquires property(1) through 56.30 exercise of the power of eminent domain , or(2) through 56.31 negotiated purchase in lieu of, or after filing a petition for 56.32 the taking of the property through eminent domain, or(3) after 56.33 adopting a redevelopment or development plan under sections 56.34 469.001 to 469.134 describing the property and stating its 56.35 intended use and the necessity of its taking is not a56.36 responsible person under this section solely as a result of the57.1 acquisition of the property, (4) after adopting a layout plan 57.2 for highway development under sections 161.15 to 161.241 57.3 describing the property and stating its intended use and the 57.4 necessity of its taking, or (5) through the use of a loan to 57.5 purchase right-of-way in the seven-county metropolitan area 57.6 under section 473.167. 57.7 (b) A person who acquires property from the state, an 57.8 agency of the state, or a political subdivision, is not a 57.9 responsible person under this section solely as a result of the 57.10 acquisition of property if the property was acquired by the 57.11 state, agency, or political subdivision through exercise of the 57.12 power of eminent domain or by negotiated purchase after filing a 57.13 petition for the taking of the property through eminent domain 57.14 or, after adopting a redevelopment or development plan under 57.15 sections 469.001 to 469.134 describing the property and stating 57.16 its intended use and the necessity of its taking, or after 57.17 adopting a layout plan for highway development under sections 57.18 161.15 to 161.241 describing the property and stating its 57.19 intended use and the necessity of its taking. 57.20 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 115C.021, is 57.21 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 57.22 Subd. 3a. [EMINENT DOMAIN.] (a) The department of 57.23 transportation is not responsible for a release from a tank 57.24 under this section solely as a result of the acquisition of 57.25 property or as a result of providing funds for the acquisition 57.26 of such property either through loan or grant, if the property 57.27 was acquired by the department through exercise of the power of 57.28 eminent domain, through negotiated purchase in lieu of or after 57.29 filing a petition for the taking of the property through eminent 57.30 domain, or after adopting a layout plan for highway development 57.31 under sections 161.15 to 161.241 describing the property and 57.32 stating its intended use and the necessity of its taking. 57.33 (b) A person who acquires property from the department, 57.34 other than property acquired through a land exchange, is not a 57.35 responsible person under this section solely as a result of the 57.36 acquisition of property if the property was acquired by the 58.1 department through exercise of the power of eminent domain, by 58.2 negotiated purchase after filing a petition for the taking of 58.3 the property through eminent domain, or after adopting a layout 58.4 plan for highway development under sections 161.15 to 161.241 58.5 describing the property and stating its intended use and the 58.6 necessity of its taking. 58.7 Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 115C.03, 58.8 subdivision 9, is amended to read: 58.9 Subd. 9. [REQUESTS FOR REVIEW, INVESTIGATION, AND 58.10 OVERSIGHT.] (a) The commissioner may, upon request: 58.11 (1) assist in determining whether a release has occurred; 58.12 and58.13 (2) assist in or supervise the development and 58.14 implementation of reasonable and necessary corrective actions; 58.15 and 58.16 (3) assist in or supervise the investigation, development, 58.17 and implementation of actions to minimize, eliminate, or clean 58.18 up petroleum contamination at sites where it is not certain that 58.19 the contamination is attributable to a release. 58.20 (b) Assistance may include review of agency records and 58.21 files and review and approval of a requester's investigation 58.22 plans and reports and corrective action plans and implementation. 58.23 (c) Assistance may include the issuance of a written 58.24 determination that an owner or prospective buyer of real 58.25 property will not be a responsible person under section 58.26 115C.021, if the commissioner finds the release came from a tank 58.27 not located on the property. The commissioner may also issue a 58.28 written confirmation that the real property was the site of a 58.29 release and that the tank from which the release occurred has 58.30 been removed or that the agency has issued a site closure letter 58.31 and has not revoked that status. The issuance of the written 58.32 determination or confirmation applies to tanks not on the 58.33 property or removed only and does not affect liability for 58.34 releases from tanks that are on the property at the time of 58.35 purchase. The commissioner may also issue site closure letters 58.36 and nonresponsible person determinations for sites contaminated 59.1 by petroleum where it is not certain that the contamination is 59.2 attributable to a release. The written determination or 59.3 confirmation extends to the successors and assigns of the person 59.4 to whom it originally applied, if the successors and assigns are 59.5 not otherwise responsible for the release. 59.6 (d) The person requesting assistance under this subdivision 59.7 shall pay the agency for the agency's cost, as determined by the 59.8 commissioner, of providing assistance. Money received by the 59.9 agency for assistance under this subdivision must be deposited 59.10 in the state treasury and credited to an account in the special 59.11 revenue fund. Money in this account is annually appropriated to 59.12 the commissioner for purposes of administering the subdivision. 59.13 Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 115C.08, 59.14 subdivision 4, is amended to read: 59.15 Subd. 4. [EXPENDITURES.] (a) Money in the fund may only be 59.16 spent: 59.17 (1) to administer the petroleum tank release cleanup 59.18 program established in this chapter; 59.19 (2) for agency administrative costs under sections 116.46 59.20 to 116.50, sections 115C.03 to 115C.06, and costs of corrective 59.21 action taken by the agency under section 115C.03, including 59.22 investigations; 59.23 (3) for costs of recovering expenses of corrective actions 59.24 under section 115C.04; 59.25 (4) for training, certification, and rulemaking under 59.26 sections 116.46 to 116.50; 59.27 (5) for agency administrative costs of enforcing rules 59.28 governing the construction, installation, operation, and closure 59.29 of aboveground and underground petroleum storage tanks; 59.30 (6) for reimbursement of the harmful substance compensation 59.31 account under subdivision 5 and section 115B.26, subdivision 4; 59.32 (7) for administrative and staff costs as set by the board 59.33 to administer the petroleum tank release program established in 59.34 this chapter; and59.35 (8) for corrective action performance audits under section 59.36 115C.093; and 60.1 (9) for contamination cleanup grants, as provided in 60.2 paragraph (c). 60.3 (b) Except as provided in paragraph (c), money in the fund 60.4 is appropriated to the board to make reimbursements or payments 60.5 under this section. 60.6 (c) $6,200,000 is annually appropriated from the fund to 60.7 the commissioner of trade and economic development for 60.8 contamination cleanup grants under section 116J.554, provided 60.9 that money appropriated in this paragraph may be used only for 60.10 cleanup costs attributable to petroleum contamination, as 60.11 determined by the commissioner of the pollution control agency. 60.12 Of this amount, the commissioner may spend up to $120,000 60.13 annually for administration of the contamination cleanup grant 60.14 program. 60.15 Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 115C.09, 60.16 subdivision 3, is amended to read: 60.17 Subd. 3. [REIMBURSEMENTS; SUBROGATION; APPROPRIATION.] (a) 60.18 The board shall reimburse an eligible applicant from the fund in 60.19 the following amounts: 60.20 (1) 90 percent of the total reimbursable costs on the first 60.21 $250,000 and 75 percent on any remaining costs in excess of 60.22 $250,000 on a site; 60.23 (2) for corrective actions at a residential site used as a 60.24 permanent residence at the time the release was discovered, 92.5 60.25 percent of the total reimbursable costs on the first $100,000 60.26 and 100 percent of any remaining costs in excess of $100,000; or60.27 (3) 90 percent of the total reimbursable costs on the first 60.28 $250,000 and 100 percent of the cumulative total reimbursable 60.29 costs in excess of $250,000 at all sites in which the 60.30 responsible person had interest, and for which the commissioner 60.31 has not issued a closure letter as of April 3, 1996, if the 60.32 responsible person dispensed less than 1,000,000 gallons of 60.33 petroleum at each location in each of the last three calendar 60.34 years that the responsible person dispensed petroleum at the 60.35 location and: 60.36 (i) has owned no more than three locations in the state at 61.1 which motor fuel was dispensed into motor vehicles and has 61.2 discontinued operation of all petroleum retail operations; or 61.3 (ii) has owned no more than one location in the state at 61.4 which motor fuel was dispensed into motor vehicles .; or 61.5 (4) With respect to projects begun on or after January 1, 61.6 1997, 90 percent of the total amount of all of the following 61.7 costs, regardless of whether a release has occurred at the 61.8 site: tank removal, closure in place, backfill, resurfacing, 61.9 utility service restoration, and, if a release has occurred at 61.10 the site, any reimbursable costs under subdivision 1. This 61.11 clause applies only if the tank or tanks involved are 61.12 underground tanks, and if the responsible person dispensed less 61.13 than 400,000 gallons of motor fuel during the last year in which 61.14 petroleum products were dispensed to the public at the location, 61.15 and the responsible person owns no more than one location in 61.16 this or any other state at which motor fuel was dispensed into 61.17 motor vehicles or watercraft. This clause expires December 31, 61.18 1999. 61.19 Not more than $1,000,000 may be reimbursed for costs 61.20 associated with a single release, regardless of the number of 61.21 persons eligible for reimbursement, and not more than $2,000,000 61.22 may be reimbursed for costs associated with a single tank 61.23 facility. 61.24 (b) A reimbursement may not be made from the fund under 61.25 this chapter until the board has determined that the costs for 61.26 which reimbursement is requested were actually incurred and were 61.27 reasonable. 61.28 (c) When an applicant has obtained responsible competitive 61.29 bids or proposals according to rules promulgated under this 61.30 chapter prior to June 1, 1995, the eligible costs for the tasks, 61.31 procedures, services, materials, equipment, and tests of the low 61.32 bid or proposal are presumed to be reasonable by the board, 61.33 unless the costs of the low bid or proposal are substantially in 61.34 excess of the average costs charged for similar tasks, 61.35 procedures, services, materials, equipment, and tests in the 61.36 same geographical area during the same time period. 62.1 (d) When an applicant has obtained a minimum of two 62.2 responsible competitive bids or proposals on forms prescribed by 62.3 the board and where the rules promulgated under this chapter 62.4 after June 1, 1995, designate maximum costs for specific tasks, 62.5 procedures, services, materials, equipment and tests, the 62.6 eligible costs of the low bid or proposal are deemed reasonable 62.7 if the costs are at or below the maximums set forth in the rules. 62.8 (e) Costs incurred for change orders executed as prescribed 62.9 in rules promulgated under this chapter after June 1, 1995, are 62.10 presumed reasonable if the costs are at or below the maximums 62.11 set forth in the rules, unless the costs in the change order are 62.12 above those in the original bid or proposal or are 62.13 unsubstantiated and inconsistent with the process and standards 62.14 required by the rules. 62.15 (f) A reimbursement may not be made from the fund in 62.16 response to either an initial or supplemental application for 62.17 costs incurred after June 4, 1987, that are payable under an 62.18 applicable insurance policy, except that if the board finds that 62.19 the applicant has made reasonable efforts to collect from an 62.20 insurer and failed, the board shall reimburse the applicant. 62.21 (g) If the board reimburses an applicant for costs for 62.22 which the applicant has insurance coverage, the board is 62.23 subrogated to the rights of the applicant with respect to that 62.24 insurance coverage, to the extent of the reimbursement by the 62.25 board. The board may request the attorney general to bring an 62.26 action in district court against the insurer to enforce the 62.27 board's subrogation rights. Acceptance by an applicant of 62.28 reimbursement constitutes an assignment by the applicant to the 62.29 board of any rights of the applicant with respect to any 62.30 insurance coverage applicable to the costs that are reimbursed. 62.31 Notwithstanding this paragraph, the board may instead request a 62.32 return of the reimbursement under subdivision 5 and may employ 62.33 against the applicant the remedies provided in that subdivision, 62.34 except where the board has knowingly provided reimbursement 62.35 because the applicant was denied coverage by the insurer. 62.36 (h) Money in the fund is appropriated to the board to make 63.1 reimbursements under this chapter. A reimbursement to a state 63.2 agency must be credited to the appropriation account or accounts 63.3 from which the reimbursed costs were paid. 63.4 (i) The board may reduce the amount of reimbursement to be 63.5 made under this chapter if it finds that the applicant has not 63.6 complied with a provision of this chapter, a rule or order 63.7 issued under this chapter, or one or more of the following 63.8 requirements: 63.9 (1) the agency was given notice of the release as required 63.10 by section 115.061; 63.11 (2) the applicant, to the extent possible, fully cooperated 63.12 with the agency in responding to the release; and 63.13 (3) the state and federal rules and regulations applicable 63.14 to the condition or operation of the tank when the noncompliance 63.15 caused or failed to mitigate the release. 63.16 (j) The reimbursement may be reduced as much as 100 percent 63.17 for failure by the applicant to comply with the requirements in 63.18 paragraph (i), clauses (1) to (3). In determining the amount of 63.19 the reimbursement reduction, the board shall consider: 63.20 (1) the reasonable determination by the agency of the 63.21 environmental impact of the noncompliance; 63.22 (2) whether the noncompliance was negligent, knowing, or 63.23 willful; 63.24 (3) the deterrent effect of the award reduction on other 63.25 tank owners and operators; and 63.26 (4) the amount of reimbursement reduction recommended by 63.27 the commissioner. 63.28 (k) An applicant may assign the right to receive 63.29 reimbursement to each lender who advanced funds to pay the costs 63.30 of the corrective action or to each contractor or consultant who 63.31 provided corrective action services. An assignment must be made 63.32 by filing with the board a document, in a form prescribed by the 63.33 board, indicating the identity of the applicant, the identity of 63.34 the assignee, the dollar amount of the assignment, and the 63.35 location of the corrective action. An assignment signed by the 63.36 applicant is valid unless terminated by filing a termination 64.1 with the board, in a form prescribed by the board, which must 64.2 include the written concurrence of the assignee. The board 64.3 shall maintain an index of assignments filed under this 64.4 paragraph. The board shall pay the reimbursement to the 64.5 applicant and to one or more assignees by a multiparty check. 64.6 The board has no liability to an applicant for a payment under 64.7 an assignment meeting the requirements of this paragraph. 64.8 Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 115C.09, is 64.9 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 64.10 Subd. 3e. [DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ELIGIBILITY.] The 64.11 department of transportation may apply to the board and is 64.12 eligible for reimbursement of reimbursable costs associated with 64.13 property that the department has acquired under section 64.14 115C.021, subdivision 3a, if corrective action pursuant to a 64.15 plan reviews and approved by the commissioner of the pollution 64.16 control agency in accordance with applicable rules and guidance 64.17 documents was taken on the entire property so acquired. 64.18 Notwithstanding subdivision 3, paragraph (a), the department of 64.19 transportation shall receive 100 percent of total reimbursable 64.20 costs associated with a single release up to $1,000,000. 64.21 Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 115C.13, is 64.22 amended to read: 64.23 115C.13 [REPEALER.] 64.24 Sections 115C.01, 115C.02, 115C.021, 115C.03, 115C.04, 64.25 115C.045, 115C.05, 115C.06, 115C.065, 115C.07, 115C.08, 115C.09, 64.26 115C.092, 115C.10, 115C.11, and 115C.12, are repealed effective 64.27 June 30, 20002005. 64.28 Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 116J.552, 64.29 subdivision 4, is amended to read: 64.30 Subd. 4. [DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.] "Development authority" 64.31 includes a statutory or home rule charter city, county, housing 64.32 and redevelopment authority, economic development authority, and 64.33 a port authority. 64.34 Sec. 9. [REPORT ON COORDINATION OF CLEANUP AND 64.35 REDEVELOPMENT OF CONTAMINATED PROPERTIES.] 64.36 The commissioner of trade and economic development, in 65.1 consultation with the commissioners of the pollution control 65.2 agency, commerce, agriculture, and revenue, and the director of 65.3 the metropolitan council, shall issue a report to the 65.4 legislature by January 15, 1998, which includes: 65.5 (1) recommendations from the agencies with regard to 65.6 establishing and administering an office to provide for the 65.7 coordination of programs providing state and regional assistance 65.8 in the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties, as 65.9 well as any legislative recommendations to provide for an 65.10 effective and efficient office; and 65.11 (2) a plan for additional changes to existing contaminated 65.12 property programs, including the consolidation of programs, to 65.13 streamline applications for assistance, ensure efficient and 65.14 effective administration of these programs, and provide for an 65.15 overall, coordinated state policy for the cleanup and 65.16 redevelopment of contaminated properties. 65.17 Sec. 10. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 65.18 Sections 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 are effective July 1, 1997. 65.19 Section 5 is effective retroactive to January 1, 1997. 65.20 ARTICLE 3 65.21 MINNESOTA EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 65.22 Section 1. [268.6715] [1997 MINNESOTA EMPLOYMENT AND 65.23 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.] 65.24 The 1997 Minnesota employment and economic development 65.25 program is established to assist businesses and communities to 65.26 create jobs that provide the wages, benefits, and on-the-job 65.27 training opportunities necessary to help low-wage workers and 65.28 people transitioning from public assistance to get and retain 65.29 jobs, and to help their families to move out of poverty. 65.30 Employment obtained under this program is not excluded from the 65.31 definition of "employment" by section 268.04, subdivision 12, 65.32 clause 10, paragraph (d). 65.33 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268.672, 65.34 subdivision 6, is amended to read: 65.35 Subd. 6. [ELIGIBLE JOB APPLICANT.] "Eligible job 65.36 applicant" means a person who: (1) has been a resident of this66.1 state for at least one month, (2) is unemployed, (3) is not66.2 receiving and is not qualified to receive reemployment insurance66.3 or workers' compensation, and (4) is determined to be likely to66.4 be available for employment by an eligible employer for the66.5 duration of the job.66.6 For the purposes of this subdivision, a farmer or any66.7 member of a farm family household who can demonstrate severe66.8 household financial need must be considered unemployed.66.9 (1) has attempted to secure a nonsubsidized job by 66.10 completing comprehensive job readiness and is: 66.11 (i) a temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) 66.12 recipient who is making good faith efforts to comply with the 66.13 family support agreement as defined under section 256.032, 66.14 subdivision 7a, but has failed to find suitable employment; or 66.15 (ii) a family general assistance recipient; 66.16 (2) is a member of a household supported only by: 66.17 (i) a low-income worker; or 66.18 (ii) a person who is underemployed as that term is defined 66.19 in section 268.61, subdivision 5; or 66.20 (3) is a member of a family that is eligible for, but not 66.21 receiving public assistance. 66.22 Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268.672, is 66.23 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 66.24 Subd. 13. [COMPREHENSIVE JOB READINESS.] "Comprehensive 66.25 job readiness" means a job search program administered by a 66.26 county, its designee, or workforce service area that teaches 66.27 self-esteem, marketable work habits, job-seeking skills, and 66.28 life-management skills, and may include job retention services. 66.29 Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268.672, is 66.30 amended by adding a subdivision. 66.31 Subd. 14. [ELIGIBLE PROGRAM PARTICIPANT.] "Eligible 66.32 program participant" means an eligible job applicant who is 66.33 participating in comprehensive job readiness, subsidized 66.34 employment, or job retention services. An individual who has 66.35 been dismissed for cause or quit subsidized employment without 66.36 good cause is not eligible for subsidized employment under the 67.1 program. 67.2 Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268.672, is 67.3 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 67.4 Subd. 15. [EMPLOYER.] "Employer" means a private or public 67.5 employer that: 67.6 (1) agrees to create a job that is long term and full time, 67.7 except a private nonprofit or public employer may provide a 67.8 temporary job; 67.9 (2) pays a wage of at least $2 per hour higher than the 67.10 minimum wage; and 67.11 (3) agrees to retain a participant at the same wage and 67.12 benefit level of the wage subsidy period after satisfactory 67.13 completion of the subsidy period. 67.14 Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268.672, is 67.15 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 67.16 Subd. 16. [FULL TIME.] "Full time" means 40 hours of work 67.17 per week or any other schedule considered full time by the 67.18 employer. In the case of a temporary assistance to needy 67.19 families recipient, "full time" means 40 hours comprised of the 67.20 number of hours of work needed to meet the recipient's work 67.21 requirement plus the number of hours spent in a training or 67.22 education program. The employer is required to pay and is 67.23 eligible to receive the subsidy only for hours worked by the 67.24 participant for the employer. 67.25 Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268.672, is 67.26 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 67.27 Subd. 17. [JOB RETENTION SERVICES.] "Job retention 67.28 services" means assistance that would not otherwise be provided 67.29 to an eligible job applicant with child care, transportation, 67.30 job coaching, employer-employee mediation, and other forms of 67.31 support services to help an applicant to transition to 67.32 employment and retain a job. 67.33 Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268.672, is 67.34 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 67.35 Subd. 18. [LOW-INCOME WORKER.] "Low-income worker" means a 67.36 worker who earns no more than $1 per hour more than the minimum 68.1 wage. 68.2 Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268.672, is 68.3 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 68.4 Subd. 19. [MINIMUM WAGE.] "Minimum wage" means the greater 68.5 of (1) the federal minimum wage in effect on or after September 68.6 1, 1997, and (2) the state minimum wage under section 177.24. 68.7 Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268.672, is 68.8 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 68.9 Subd. 20. [PROGRAM.] "Program" means the 1997 Minnesota 68.10 employment and economic development program. 68.11 Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268.672, is 68.12 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 68.13 Subd. 21. [WORKFORCE SERVICE AREA.] "Workforce service 68.14 area" means a service delivery area designated by the governor 68.15 under the Job Training Partnership Act, United States Code, 68.16 title 29, section 1501, et seq. 68.17 Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268.673, 68.18 subdivision 3, is amended to read: 68.19 Subd. 3. [DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY.] The 68.20 commissioner shall supervise wage subsidies, comprehensive job 68.21 readiness, and job retention services and shall provide 68.22 technical assistance to the local service units for the purpose68.23 of delivering wage subsidiescounties in their delivery. 68.24 Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268.673, 68.25 subdivision 4a, is amended to read: 68.26 Subd. 4a. [CONTRACTS WITH SERVICE PROVIDERSCOUNTIES.] The 68.27 commissioner shall contract directly with a certified local68.28 service providercounties, their designees, or workforce service 68.29 areas to deliver wage subsidies, comprehensive job readiness, 68.30 and job retention services if (1) each county served by 68.31 the providerdesignee or workforce service area agrees to the 68.32 contract and knows the amount of wage subsidy money, 68.33 comprehensive job readiness money, and job retention services 68.34 money allocated to the county under section 268.6751, and (2) 68.35 the providerdesignee or workforce service area agrees to meet 68.36 regularly with each county being served. The contracts must 69.1 require that no more than ten percent of the contract amount be 69.2 expended for administration. 69.3 Counties and workforce service areas are encouraged to 69.4 designate community-based providers of comprehensive job 69.5 readiness and job retention services. 69.6 Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268.673, 69.7 subdivision 5, is amended to read: 69.8 Subd. 5. [REPORT.] Each entitycounty delivering wage 69.9 subsidies, comprehensive job readiness, and job retention 69.10 services shall report to the commissioner on a quarterly basis: 69.11 (1) the number of persons placed in private sector jobs, in 69.12 temporary public sector jobs, or in other services; 69.13 (2) the outcome for each participant placed in a private69.14 sector job, in a temporary public sector job, or in another69.15 service; 69.16 (3) the number and type of employers employing persons 69.17 under the program; 69.18 (4) the amount of money spent in each local service unit69.19 county for wages, comprehensive job readiness, and job retention 69.20 services for each type of employment and each type of other 69.21 expense; 69.22 (5) the age, educational experience, family status, gender, 69.23 priority group status, race, and work experience of each person 69.24 in the program; 69.25 (6) the amount of wages received by persons while in the 69.26 program and 60 days after completing the program; and 69.27 (7) for each classification of persons described in clause 69.28 (5), the outcome of the wage subsidy placement, the 69.29 comprehensive job readiness, and the job retention services, 69.30 including length of time employed; nature of employment, whether 69.31 private sector, temporary public sector, or other service; and 69.32 the hourly wages ; and69.33 (8) any other information requested by the commissioner.69.34 Each report must include cumulative information, as well as69.35 information for each quarter. 69.36 Data collected on individuals under this subdivision are 70.1 private data on individuals as defined in section 13.02, 70.2 subdivision 12, except that summary data may be provided under 70.3 section 13.05, subdivision 7. 70.4 Sec. 15. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268.6751, 70.5 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 70.6 Subdivision 1. [ WAGE SUBSIDIESALLOCATION.] Wage subsidy 70.7 money, comprehensive job readiness money, and job retention 70.8 services money must be allocated to local service units in the70.9 following manner: 70.10 (a) The commissioner shall allocate 87.5 percent of the70.11 funds available for allocation to local service units for wage70.12 subsidy programs as follows: the proportion of the wage subsidy70.13 money available to each local service unit must be based on the70.14 number of unemployed persons in the local service unit for the70.15 most recent six-month period and the number of work readiness70.16 assistance cases and aid to families with dependent children70.17 cases in the local service unit for the most recent six-month70.18 period.70.19 (b) Five percent of the money available for wage subsidy70.20 programs must be allocated at the discretion of the commissioner.70.21 (c) Seven and one-half percent of the money available for70.22 wage subsidy programs must be allocated at the discretion of the70.23 commissioner to provide jobs for residents of federally70.24 recognized Indian reservations.70.25 (d)counties in proportion to the number of persons living 70.26 at or below the federal poverty threshold in each county. By 70.27 December 31 of each fiscal year, providers and local service70.28 unitscounties, designees, and workforce service areas receiving 70.29 wage subsidy money, comprehensive job readiness money, and job 70.30 retention services money shall report to the commissioner on the 70.31 use of allocated funds. The commissioner shall reallocate 70.32 uncommitted funds for each fiscal year according to the formula 70.33 in paragraph (a)this subdivision. 70.34 Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268.677, 70.35 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 70.36 Subdivision 1. [WAGE SUBSIDY, COMPREHENSIVE JOB READINESS, 71.1 AND JOB RETENTION SERVICES MONEY.] To the extent allowable under 71.2 federal and state law, wage subsidy money, comprehensive job 71.3 readiness money, and job retention services money must be pooled 71.4 and used in combination with money from other employment and 71.5 training services or income maintenance and support 71.6 services. At least 75 percent of the money appropriated for71.7 wage subsidies must be used to pay wages for eligible job71.8 applicants. For each eligible job applicant employed, the71.9 maximum state contribution from any combination of public71.10 assistance grant diversion and employment and training services71.11 governed under this chapter, including wage subsidies, is $4 per71.12 hour for wages and $1 per hour for fringe benefits. The use of71.13 wage subsidies is limited as follows:71.14 (a) The wage subsidy is $2.50 per hour for wages and up to 71.15 $1 per hour for reimbursement of employer-paid benefits for 71.16 health care, child care, or transportation expenses for 71.17 employers paying an eligible program participant an hourly wage 71.18 that is $2 to $2.99 per hour higher than the minimum wage. 71.19 (b) The wage subsidy is $4 per hour for wages and up to $1 71.20 per hour for reimbursement of employer paid benefits for health 71.21 care, child care, or transportation expenses for employers 71.22 paying an eligible program participant an hourly wage that is $3 71.23 or more per hour higher than the minimum wage. 71.24 (c) The wage subsidy for eachan eligible job applicant 71.25 placed in private or nonprofit employment, the state may71.26 subsidize wagesmay be paid for a maximum of 1,040 hours over a 71.27 period of 26 weeks. Employers are encouraged to use money from 71.28 other sources to provide increased wages to applicants they 71.29 employ. Job retention services may be provided to an eligible 71.30 program participant over a period of 78 weeks. 71.31 (b) For each eligible job applicant participating in a job71.32 training program and placed in private sector employment, the71.33 state may subsidize wages for a maximum of 1,040 hours over a71.34 period of 52 weeks.71.35 (c) For each eligible job applicant placed in a community71.36 investment program job, the state may provide wage subsidies for72.1 a maximum of 780 hours over a maximum of 26 weeks. For an72.2 individual placed in a community investment program job, the72.3 county share of the wage subsidy shall be 25 percent. Counties72.4 may use money from sources other than public assistance and wage72.5 subsidies, including private grants, contributions from72.6 nonprofit corporations and other units of government, and other72.7 state money, to increase the wages or hours of persons employed72.8 in community investment programs.72.9 (d) Notwithstanding the limitations of paragraphs (a) and72.10 (b), money may be used to provide a state contribution for wages72.11 and fringe benefits in private sector jobs for eligible72.12 applicants who had previously held temporary jobs with eligible72.13 government and nonprofit agencies or who had previously held72.14 community investment program jobs for which a state contribution72.15 had been made, and who are among the priority groups established72.16 in section 268.676, subdivision 1. The use of money under this72.17 paragraph shall be for a maximum of 1,040 hours over a maximum72.18 period of 26 weeks per job applicant.An employer of more than 72.19 four full-time employees shall receive wage subsidies for no 72.20 more than 25 percent of the employer's full-time workforce. 72.21 Sec. 17. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268.681, is 72.22 amended to read: 72.23 268.681 [BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT.] 72.24 Subdivision 1. [ELIGIBLE BUSINESSES.] A business employer 72.25 is an eligible employer if it enters into a written contract, 72.26 signed and subscribed to under oath, with a local service72.27 unitcounty or its contractordesignee, containing assurances 72.28 that: 72.29 (a) funds received by a business shall be used only as 72.30 permitted under sections 268.672 to 268.682; 72.31 (b) the business has submitted information to the local72.32 service unitcounty or, its contractordesignee, or 72.33 workforce service area (1) describing the duties and proposed 72.34 compensation of each employee proposed to be hired under the 72.35 program; and (2) demonstrating that, with the funds provided 72.36 under sections 268.672 to 268.682, the business is likely to 73.1 succeed and continue to employ persons hired using wage 73.2 subsidies; 73.3 (c) the business will use funds exclusively for 73.4 compensation and fringebenefits of eligible job applicants and 73.5 will provide employees hired with these funds with fringe73.6 benefits and other terms and conditions of employment comparable 73.7 to those provided to other employees of the business who do 73.8 comparable work; 73.9 (d) the funds are necessary to allow the business to begin, 73.10 or to employ additional people,expand, or to fill other open 73.11 positions but not to fill positions which would be filled even73.12 in the absence of wage subsidies; 73.13 (e) the business will cooperate with the local service unit73.14 county and the commissioner in collecting data to assess the 73.15 result of wage subsidies and the effectiveness of comprehensive 73.16 job readiness and job retention services; and 73.17 (f) the business is in compliance with all applicable 73.18 affirmative action, fair labor, health, safety, and 73.19 environmental standards. 73.20 Subd. 1a. [INELIGIBLE BUSINESSES.] A business employer is 73.21 ineligible to participate in the program and is ineligible to 73.22 receive wage subsidy money if: 73.23 (1) the business is a temporary employment agency; or 73.24 (2) the business is a restaurant. 73.25 For purposes of this subdivision, "temporary employment 73.26 agency" means a business that hires people to work in temporary 73.27 positions for employers who are clients of that business. 73.28 For purposes of this subdivision, "restaurant" includes, 73.29 but is not limited to, fast food restaurants. 73.30 Subd. 1b. [DISCHARGE OF PROGRAM PARTICIPANT.] A program 73.31 participant discharged from employment may challenge the 73.32 discharge as a violation of subdivision 1. 73.33 Subd. 2. [PRIORITIES.] (a) In allocating funds among 73.34 eligible businesses, the local service unitcounty or its 73.35 contractordesignee shall give priority to: 73.36 (1) businesses that will provide applicants with on-the-job 74.1 training and marketable job skills; 74.2 (2) businesses engaged in manufacturing; 74.3 (2)(3) nonretail businesses that are small businesses as 74.4 defined in section 645.445; and 74.5 (3)(4) businesses that export products outside the state. 74.6 (b) In addition to paragraph (a), a local service unit74.7 county must give priority to businesses that: 74.8 (1) have a high potential for growth and long-term job 74.9 creation; 74.10 (2) are labor intensive; 74.11 (3) make high use of local and Minnesota resources; 74.12 (4) are under ownership of women and minorities; 74.13 (5) make high use of new technology; 74.14 (6) produce energy conserving materials or services or are 74.15 involved in development of renewable sources of energy; and 74.16 (7) have their primary place of business in Minnesota. 74.17 Subd. 3. [PAYBACK.] (a) A business receiving wage 74.18 subsidies shall repay 70 percent of the amount initially 74.19 received for each eligible job applicant employed, if the 74.20 employee does not continue in the employment of the business 74.21 beyond the six-month subsidized period. If the employee 74.22 continues in the employment of the business for one year or 74.23 longer after the six-month subsidized period, the business need 74.24 not repay any of the funds received for that employee's wages. 74.25 If the employee continues in the employment of the business for 74.26 a period of less than one year after the expiration of the 74.27 six-month subsidized period, the business shall receive a 74.28 proportional reduction in the amount it must repay. 74.29 (b) If an employer dismisses an employee for good cause and 74.30 works in good faith with the local service unit or its 74.31 contractor to employ and train another person referred by 74.32 the local service unitcounty or, its contractor74.33 designee, or workforce service area, the payback formula shall 74.34 apply as if the original person had continued in employment. 74.35 (c) If a business receiving funds under the program reduces 74.36 the hourly wage after the six-month subsidy, the business must 75.1 repay a portion of the subsidy in direct proportion to the 75.2 amount that the hourly wage is reduced. 75.3 (d) A repayment schedule shall be negotiated and agreed to 75.4 by the local service unitcounty and the business prior to the 75.5 disbursement of the funds and is subject to renegotiation. The 75.6 local service unitcounty shall forward 25 percent of the75.7 payments received under this subdivision to the commissioner on75.8 a monthly basis and shall retain the remaining 75 percent for75.9 local program expenditures. Notwithstanding section 268.677,75.10 subdivision 2, the local service unit may use up to 20 percent75.11 of its share of the funds returnedretain payments received 75.12 under this subdivision for any administrative costs associated 75.13 with the collection of the funds under this subdivision and for 75.14 entering into new wage subsidy agreements. At least 80 percent75.15 of the local service unit's share of the funds returned under75.16 this subdivision must be used as provided in section 268.677.75.17 The commissioner shall deposit payments forwarded to the75.18 commissioner under this subdivision in the general fund.75.19 (e) If an employer is more than 60 days late in repaying a 75.20 subsidy as required in this subdivision, the county may engage a 75.21 licensed collection agency or refer the matter to the department 75.22 for collection under chapter 16D. 75.23 Subd. 4. [SUCCESSORSHIP.] A contract entered into by an 75.24 owner, employer, or manager under the wage subsidy program is 75.25 legally binding on any successor owner, employer, or manager. 75.26 Sec. 18. [268.6811] [FUND COMBINATIONS.] 75.27 To the extent allowable under federal law, money for job 75.28 training under Title II a of the Job Training Partnership Act, 75.29 United States Code, title 29, section 1501 et seq. and money 75.30 from other employment and training services or income 75.31 maintenance and support services, except services administered 75.32 under chapter 116L, may be pooled and used in combination with 75.33 money to provide subsidized employment, comprehensive job 75.34 readiness and job retention services under Minnesota Statutes, 75.35 section 268.6715 to 268.682. 75.36 Sec. 19. [REPEALER.] 76.1 Minnesota Statutes 1996, sections 268.672, subdivision 4; 76.2 268.673, subdivision 6; 268.676; 268.677, subdivisions 2 and 3; 76.3 268.678; and 268.679, subdivision 3, are repealed. 76.4 ARTICLE 4 76.5 HOUSING 76.6 Section 1. [LEAD HAZARD REDUCTION; ADVISORY TASK FORCE.] 76.7 Subdivision 1. [PURPOSE; DUTIES.] An advisory task force 76.8 on lead hazard reduction is established to: 76.9 (1) study and propose a program to certify residential 76.10 rental property as lead-safe; 76.11 (2) study and propose essential maintenance practices and 76.12 standard treatments to ensure that a residence remains lead-safe 76.13 after certification; 76.14 (3) identify the current barriers that cause lead liability 76.15 exclusion riders to be added to property owner insurance 76.16 liability policies; 76.17 (4) identify the legal rights and responsibilities of 76.18 landlords to provide lead-safe housing and the legal rights and 76.19 responsibilities of both landlords and tenants to maintain 76.20 lead-safe property; and 76.21 (5) study the legal liability of landlords and tenants when 76.22 a child becomes lead poisoned and propose methods to reduce 76.23 property owner liability while still protecting the legal rights 76.24 of children who become lead poisoned. 76.25 The task force shall report its findings and proposals to 76.26 the 1998 legislature. 76.27 Subd. 2. [MEMBERSHIP.] Members of the advisory task force 76.28 on lead hazard reduction are as follows: 76.29 (1) the chairs, or the chairs' designees, of the house of 76.30 representatives housing and housing finance division, and the 76.31 family and early childhood education finance division; 76.32 (2) the chairs, or the chairs' designees, of the senate 76.33 jobs, energy, and community development committee, and the 76.34 family and early childhood education finance division; 76.35 (3) one house member from the minority caucus, appointed by 76.36 the speaker, and one senator from the minority caucus, appointed 77.1 by the subcommittee on committees of the committee on rules and 77.2 administration; 77.3 (4) the commissioner of commerce or the commissioner's 77.4 designee; 77.5 (5) the commissioner of the housing finance agency or the 77.6 commissioner's designee; 77.7 (6) the commissioner of health or the commissioner's 77.8 designee; and 77.9 (7) up to 15 members appointed jointly by the commissioner 77.10 of commerce and the commissioner of the housing finance agency 77.11 to represent the following interests: landlords, tenants, 77.12 attorneys practicing landlord tenant law, parents of children 77.13 with lead poisoning, swab teams, insurers, the education 77.14 association, family physicians and pediatricians, realtors, the 77.15 Children's Defense Fund, the federal Environmental Protection 77.16 Agency, building inspectors, the paint and coatings industry, 77.17 and local boards of health. 77.18 Subd. 3. [CHAIR.] The commissioners of the housing finance 77.19 agency and the department of commerce shall convene the first 77.20 meeting of the advisory task force. At the advisory task 77.21 force's first meeting, the members shall select a member to 77.22 serve as chair. 77.23 Subd. 4. [TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.] The commissioners of 77.24 health, commerce, and the housing finance agency and the 77.25 attorney general shall provide assistance to the advisory task 77.26 force, including technical assistance relating to lead hazards 77.27 and the reduction of lead hazards, insurance, landlord-tenant 77.28 law, and other assistance as requested by the task force. 77.29 Subd. 5. [EXPENSES; ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT.] Members of 77.30 the advisory task force must receive per diem and expenses, in 77.31 the amount provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 15.059, 77.32 subdivision 3. Members' compensation and other administrative 77.33 expenses of the advisory task force must be paid for by the 77.34 Minnesota housing finance agency. 77.35 Subd. 6. [EFFECTIVE DATE; EXPIRATION.] This section is 77.36 effective the day following final enactment and expires June 30, 78.1 1998. 78.2 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268.38, 78.3 subdivision 7, is amended to read: 78.4 Subd. 7. [FUNDING COORDINATION.] Grant recipients shall 78.5 combine funds awarded under this section with other funds from 78.6 public and private sources. Programs receiving funds under this78.7 section are also eligible for assistance under section 462A.05,78.8 subdivision 20.78.9 Sec. 3. [366.152] [CONDITIONAL USES.] 78.10 A manufactured home park, as defined in section 327.14, 78.11 subdivision 3, is a conditional use in a zoning district that 78.12 allows the construction or placement of a building used or 78.13 intended to be used by two or more families. 78.14 Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 394.25, is 78.15 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 78.16 Subd. 3b. [CONDITIONAL USES.] A manufactured home park, as 78.17 defined in section 327.14, subdivision 3, is a conditional use 78.18 in a zoning district that allows the construction or placement 78.19 of a building used or intended to be used by two or more 78.20 families. 78.21 Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 462.357, is 78.22 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 78.23 Subd. 1b. [CONDITIONAL USES.] A manufactured home park, as 78.24 defined in section 327.14, subdivision 3, is a conditional use 78.25 in a zoning district that allows the construction or placement 78.26 of a building used or intended to be used by two or more 78.27 families. 78.28 Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 462A.05, 78.29 subdivision 14d, is amended to read: 78.30 Subd. 14d. [ACCESSIBILITY LOAN PROGRAM.] Rehabilitation 78.31 loans authorized under subdivision 14 may be made to eligible 78.32 persons and familieshouseholds without limitations relating to 78.33 the maximum incomes of the borrowers. 78.34 A person or familyhousehold is eligible to receive an 78.35 accessibility loan under the following conditions: 78.36 (1) the borrower or a member ofan individual residing in 79.1 the borrower's family requires a level of care provided in a79.2 hospital, skilled nursing facility, or intermediate care79.3 facility for persons with mental retardation or related79.4 conditions;home has a permanent physical or mental condition 79.5 that substantially limits one or more major life activities; and 79.6 (2) home care is appropriate; and79.7 (3)the improvement to the housing will enableassist the 79.8 borrower or a member of the borrower's family to reside79.9 household in residing in the housing. 79.10 Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 462A.05, 79.11 subdivision 30, is amended to read: 79.12 Subd. 30. [AGENCY INVESTMENT IN CERTAIN NOTES AND 79.13 MORTGAGES.] It may invest in, purchase, acquire, and take 79.14 assignments of existing notes and mortgages not closed for the 79.15 purpose of sale to the agency, from lenders that are nonprofit 79.16 or nonprofit entities, as defined in the agency's rules, 79.17 provided that: (1) the notes and mortgages evidence loans for 79.18 the construction, rehabilitation, purchase, improvement, or 79.19 refinancing of residential housing intended for occupancy and 79.20 occupied by low- and moderate-income persons and families; and 79.21 (2) the loan sellers utilize the funds derived from the 79.22 purchases in accordance with the authority contained in section 79.23 462A.07, subdivision 12, for the purposes and objectives of 79.24 sections 462A.02, 462A.03, 462A.05, 462A.07, and 462A.21; and 79.25 (3) the purchases are subject to security and limitations on the 79.26 costs and expenses of the loan sellers incidental to the 79.27 utilization of the purchase proceeds as the agency may 79.28 determine. The proceeds of the purchases authorized by this 79.29 subdivision shall not be subject to the limitations of section 79.30 462A.21, subdivisions 4k, 6, 9, and 126 and 9. In addition, it 79.31 may invest in, purchase, acquire, and take assignments of 79.32 existing federally insured mortgages for multifamily housing, 79.33 not closed for the purpose of sale to the agency, from any 79.34 banking institution, savings association, or other lender or 79.35 financial intermediary approved by the members; provided that 79.36 the multifamily housing is benefited by contracts for federal 80.1 housing assistance payments. 80.2 Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 462A.05, 80.3 subdivision 39, is amended to read: 80.4 Subd. 39. [EQUITY TAKE-OUT LOANS.] The agency may make 80.5 equity take-out loans to owners of section 8 project-based and 80.6 section 236 rental property upon which the agency holds a first 80.7 mortgage. The owner of a section 8 project-based rental 80.8 property must agree to participate in the section 8 program and 80.9 extend the low-income affordability restrictions on the housing 80.10 for the maximum term of the section 8 contract. The owner of 80.11 section 236 rental property must agree to participate in the 80.12 section 236 interest reduction payments program, to extend any 80.13 existing low-income affordability restrictions on the housing, 80.14 and to extend any rental assistance payments for the maximum 80.15 term permitted under the agreement for rental assistance 80.16 payments. The equity take-out loan must be secured by a 80.17 subordinate loan on the property and may include additional 80.18 appropriate security determined necessary by the agency. 80.19 Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 462A.05, is 80.20 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 80.21 Subd. 41. [DEMONSTRATION GRANTS.] The agency may make 80.22 demonstration grants to owners or managers of multifamily rental 80.23 property upon which the agency holds a mortgage for the purpose 80.24 of developing or coordinating services that promote the tenant's 80.25 ability to live independently, support the tenant's 80.26 self-sufficiency, improve the relationship between the tenants 80.27 and the community, or that otherwise strengthen the community. 80.28 Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 462A.13, is 80.29 amended to read: 80.30 462A.13 [BONDS AND NOTES; PURCHASE AND CANCELLATIONBY 80.31 AGENCY.] 80.32 The agency, subject to such agreements with noteholders or 80.33 bondholders as may then exist, shall have power out of any funds 80.34 available therefor to purchase notes or bonds of the agency, 80.35 which shall thereupon be canceled,either at initial issuance or 80.36 at a subsequent date, for cancellation or as an investment of 81.1 funds of the agency until required for its authorized purposes. 81.2 If so purchased, the notes or bonds shall be purchased at a 81.3 price not exceeding (a) if the notes or bonds are then 81.4 redeemable, the redemption price then applicable plus accrued 81.5 interest to the next interest payment date thereonpurchase 81.6 date, or (b) if the notes or bonds are not redeemable, the 81.7 redemption price applicable on the first date after such 81.8 purchase upon which the notes or bonds become subject to 81.9 redemption plus accrued interest to suchthe purchase date. 81.10 Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 462A.201, 81.11 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 81.12 Subd. 2. [LOW-INCOME HOUSING.] (a) The agency may, in 81.13 consultation with the advisory committee, use money from the 81.14 housing trust fund account to provide loans or grants for 81.15 projects for the development, construction, acquisition, 81.16 preservation, and rehabilitation of low-income rental and 81.17 limited equity cooperative housing units, including temporary 81.18 and transitional housing, and homes for ownership. Loans or 81.19 grants for residential housing for migrant farmworkers may be 81.20 made under this section. No more than 20 percent of available 81.21 funds may be used for home ownership projects. 81.22 (b) A rental or limited equity cooperative permanent 81.23 housing project must meet one of the following income tests: 81.24 (1) at least 75 percent of the rental and cooperative units 81.25 must be rented to or cooperatively owned by persons and families 81.26 whose income does not exceed 30 percent of the median family 81.27 income for the metropolitan area as defined in section 473.121, 81.28 subdivision 2; or 81.29 (2) all of the units funded by the housing trust fund 81.30 account must be used for the benefit of persons and families 81.31 whose income does not exceed 30 percent of the median family 81.32 income for the metropolitan area as defined in section 473.121, 81.33 subdivision 2. 81.34 The median family income may be adjusted for families of 81.35 five or more. 81.36 (c) Homes for ownership must be owned or purchased by 82.1 persons and families whose income does not exceed 50 percent of 82.2 the metropolitan area median income, adjusted for family size. 82.3 (d) In making the grants, the agency shall determine the 82.4 terms and conditions of repayment and the appropriate security, 82.5 if any, should repayment be required. To promote the geographic 82.6 distribution of grants and loans, the agency may designate a 82.7 portion of the grant or loan awards to be set aside for projects 82.8 located in specified congressional districts or other 82.9 geographical regions specified by the agency. The agency may 82.10 adopt rules for awarding grants and loans under this subdivision. 82.11 Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 462A.205, is 82.12 amended to read: 82.13 462A.205 [RENT ASSISTANCE FOR FAMILY STABILIZATION 82.14 DEMONSTRATION PROJECT.] 82.15 Subdivision 1. [FAMILY STABILIZATION DEMONSTRATION 82.16 PROJECT.] The agency, in consultation with the department of 82.17 human services, may establish a rent assistance for family 82.18 stabilization demonstration project. The purpose of the project 82.19 is to provide rental assistance to families who, at the time of 82.20 initial eligibility for rental assistance under this section, 82.21 were receiving public assistance, and had a caretaker parent 82.22 participating in a self-sufficiency program and at least one 82.23 minor child and to provide rental assistance to families who, at 82.24 the time of initial eligibility for rental assistance under this 82.25 section, were receiving public assistance, and had a caretaker 82.26 parent who had earned income and with at least one minor child. 82.27 The demonstration project is limited to counties with high 82.28 average housing costs. The program must offer two options: a 82.29 voucher option and a project-based voucher option. The funds 82.30 may be distributed on a request for proposal basis. 82.31 Subd. 2. [DEFINITIONS.] For the purposes of this section, 82.32 the following terms have the meanings given them. 82.33 (a) "Caretaker parent" means a parent, relative caretaker, 82.34 or minor caretaker as defined by the aid to families with 82.35 dependent children program, sections 256.72 to 256.87, or its 82.36 successor program. 83.1 (b) "County agency" means the agency designated by the 83.2 county board to implement financial assistance for current 83.3 public assistance programs and for the Minnesota family 83.4 investment program statewide. 83.5 (c) "Counties with high average housing costs" means 83.6 counties whose average federal section 8 fair market rents as 83.7 determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development 83.8 are in the highest one-third of average rents in the state. 83.9 (c)(d) "Designated rental property" is rental property (1) 83.10 that is made available by a self-sufficiency program for use by 83.11 participating families and meets federal section 8 existing 83.12 quality standards, or (2) that has received federal, state, or 83.13 local rental rehabilitation assistance since January 1, 1987, 83.14 and meets federal section 8 existing housing quality standards. 83.15 (e) "Earned income" for a family receiving rental 83.16 assistance under this section means cash or in-kind income 83.17 earned through the receipt of wages, salary, commissions, profit 83.18 from employment activities, net profit from self-employment 83.19 activities, payments made by an employer for regularly accrued 83.20 vacation or sick leave, and any other profit from activity 83.21 earned through effort or labor. 83.22 (f) "Family or participating family" means: 83.23 (1) a family with a caretaker parent who is participating 83.24 in a self-sufficiency program and with at least one minor child; 83.25 (2) a family that, at the time it began receiving rent 83.26 assistance under this section, had a caretaker parent 83.27 participating in a self-sufficiency program and had at least one 83.28 minor child; 83.29 (3) a family with a caretaker parent who is receiving 83.30 public assistance and has earned income and with at least one 83.31 minor child; or 83.32 (4) a family that, at the time it began receiving rent 83.33 assistance under this section, had a caretaker parent who had 83.34 earned income and at least one minor child. 83.35 (d)(g) "Gross family income" for a family receiving rental 83.36 assistance under this section means the gross amount of the 84.1 wages, salaries, social security payments, pensions, workers' 84.2 compensation, reemployment insurance, public assistance 84.3 payments, alimony, child support, and income from assets 84.4 received by the family. 84.5 (e)(h) "Local housing organization" means the agency of 84.6 local government responsible for administering the Department of 84.7 Housing and Urban Development's section 8 existing voucher and 84.8 certificate program or a nonprofit or for-profit organization 84.9 experienced in housing management. 84.10 (f)(i) "Public assistance" means aid to families with 84.11 dependent children, or its successor program, family general 84.12 assistance, or its successor program, or family work readiness, 84.13 or its successor program. 84.14 (g)(j) "Self-sufficiency program" means a program operated 84.15 by a certifiedan employment and training service provider as 84.16 defined in section 256.736, subdivision 1a, paragraph84.17 (e)chapter 256J, an employability program administered by a 84.18 community action agency, or courses of study at an accredited 84.19 institution of higher education pursued with at least half-time 84.20 student status. 84.21 Subd. 3. [LOCAL HOUSING ORGANIZATION.] The agency may 84.22 contract with a local housing organization to administer the 84.23 rent assistance under this section. The agency may pay the 84.24 local housing organization an administrative fee. The 84.25 administrative fee may not exceed $40 per unit per month. 84.26 Subd. 4. [AMOUNT AND PAYMENT OF RENT ASSISTANCE.] (a) This 84.27 subdivision applies to both the voucher option and the 84.28 project-based voucher option. 84.29 (b) Within the limits of available appropriations, eligible 84.30 families may receive monthly rent assistance for a 36-month 84.31 period starting with the month the family first receives rent 84.32 assistance under this section. The amount of the family's 84.33 portion of the rental payment is equal to at least 30 percent of 84.34 gross income. 84.35 (c) The rent assistance must be paid by the local housing 84.36 organization to the property owner. 85.1 (d) Subject to the limitations in paragraph (e), the amount 85.2 of rent assistance is the difference between the rent and the 85.3 family's portion of the rental payment. 85.4 (e) In no case: 85.5 (1) may the amount of monthly rent assistance be more than 85.6 $250 for housing located within the metropolitan area, as 85.7 defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2, or more than $200 for 85.8 housing located outside of the metropolitan area; 85.9 (2) may the owner receive more rent for assisted units than 85.10 for comparable unassisted units; nor 85.11 (3) may the amount of monthly rent assistance be more than 85.12 the difference between the family's portion of the rental 85.13 payment and the fair market rent for the unit as determined by 85.14 the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 85.15 Subd. 4a. [ADDITIONAL AUTHORIZED EXPENSES.] In addition to 85.16 the monthly rent assistance authorized under subdivision 4, rent 85.17 assistance may include up to $200 for a security deposit for 85.18 housing located outside the metropolitan area, as defined in 85.19 section 473.121, subdivision 2, and up to $250 for a security 85.20 deposit for housing located within the metropolitan area. 85.21 Subd. 5. [VOUCHER OPTION.] At least one-half of the 85.22 appropriated funds must be made available for a voucher option. 85.23 Under the voucher option, the Minnesota housing finance agency, 85.24 in consultation with the department of human services, will 85.25 award a number of vouchers to self-sufficiency program 85.26 administrators for participating families and to county agencies 85.27 for participating families with earned income. Families may use 85.28 the voucher for any rental housing that is certified by the 85.29 local housing organization as meeting section 8 existing housing 85.30 quality standards. 85.31 Subd. 6. [PROJECT-BASED VOUCHER OPTION.] A portion of the 85.32 appropriated funds must be made available for a project-based 85.33 voucher option. Under the project-based voucher option, the 85.34 Minnesota housing finance agency, in consultation with the 85.35 department of human services, will award a number of vouchers to 85.36 self-sufficiency program administrators and to county agencies 86.1 for participating families who live in designated rental 86.2 property that is certified by a local housing organization as 86.3 meeting section 8 existing housing quality standards. The86.4 Minnesota housing finance agency and local housing organizations86.5 must work with self-sufficiency program administrators to86.6 identify rental property that has received rental rehabilitation86.7 assistance since January 1, 1987. The agency may set aside a86.8 portion of the funds to be used in connection with rental86.9 rehabilitation projects which will be completed by July 1, 1992.86.10 Subd. 7. [PROPERTY OWNER.] In order to receive rent 86.11 assistance payments, the property owner must enter into a 86.12 standard lease agreement with the family which includes a clause 86.13 providing for good cause evictions only. Otherwise, the lease 86.14 may be any standard lease agreement. The agency and local 86.15 housing organizations must make model lease agreements available 86.16 to participating families and property owners. 86.17 Subd. 8. [AUTHORIZED LEVERAGE OF MONEY.] The agency may 86.18 leverage federal program money with program money from the 86.19 family stabilization demonstration project authorized under this 86.20 section. 86.21 Subd. 9. [VOUCHERS FOR FAMILIES WITH A CARETAKER PARENT 86.22 WITH EARNED INCOME.] (a) Applications to provide the rental 86.23 assistance for families with a caretaker parent with earned 86.24 income under either the voucher or project-based option must be 86.25 submitted jointly by a local housing organization and a county 86.26 agency. The application must include a description of how the 86.27 caretaker parent participants will be selected. 86.28 (b) County agencies awarded vouchers must select the 86.29 caretaker parents with earned income whose families will receive 86.30 the rent assistance. The county agency must notify the local 86.31 housing organization and the agency if: 86.32 (1) the caretaker parent no longer has earned income and is 86.33 not in compliance with the caretaker parent's employment plan or 86.34 job search plan; and 86.35 (2) for a period of six months, the caretaker parent has no 86.36 earned income and has failed to comply with the job search 87.1 support plan or employment plan. 87.2 (c) The county agency must provide the caretaker parent who 87.3 has no earned income and is not in compliance with the job 87.4 search support plan or employment plan with the notice specified 87.5 in Minnesota Rules, part 4900.3379. The county agency must send 87.6 a subsequent notice to the caretaker parent, the local housing 87.7 organization, and the Minnesota housing finance agency 60 days 87.8 before the termination of rental assistance. 87.9 (d) If the local housing organization receives notice from 87.10 a county agency that a caretaker parent whose initial 87.11 eligibility for rental assistance was based on the receipt of 87.12 earned income no longer has earned income and for a period of 87.13 six months after the termination of earned income has failed to 87.14 comply with the caretaker parent's job search plan or employment 87.15 plan, the local housing organization must notify the property 87.16 owner that rental assistance may terminate and notify the 87.17 caretaker parent of the termination of rental assistance under 87.18 Minnesota Rules, part 4900.3380. 87.19 (e) The county agency awarded vouchers for families with a 87.20 caretaker parent with earned income must comply with the 87.21 provisions of Minnesota Rules, part 4900.3377. 87.22 (f) For families whose initial eligibility for rental 87.23 assistance was based on the receipt of earned income, rental 87.24 assistance must be terminated under any of the following 87.25 conditions: 87.26 (1) the family is evicted from the property for cause; 87.27 (2) the caretaker parent no longer has earned income and, 87.28 after six months, is not in compliance with the parent's job 87.29 search or employment plan; 87.30 (3) 30 percent of the family's gross income equals or 87.31 exceeds the amount of the housing costs for two or more 87.32 consecutive months; 87.33 (4) the family has received rental assistance under this 87.34 section for a 36-month period; or 87.35 (5) the rental unit no longer meets federal section 8 87.36 existing housing quality standards, the owner refused to make 88.1 necessary repairs or alterations to bring the rental unit into 88.2 compliance within a reasonable time, and the caretaker parent 88.3 refused to relocate to a qualifying unit. 88.4 (g) If a county agency determines that a caretaker parent 88.5 no longer has earned income and is not in compliance with the 88.6 parent's job search or employment plan, the county agency must 88.7 notify the caretaker parent of that determination. The notice 88.8 must be in writing and must explain the effect of not having 88.9 earned income or failing to be in compliance with the job search 88.10 or employment plan will have on the rental assistance. The 88.11 notice must: 88.12 (1) state that rental assistance will end six months after 88.13 earned income has ended; 88.14 (2) specify the date the rental assistance will end; 88.15 (3) explain that after the date specified, the caretaker 88.16 parent will be responsible for the total housing costs; 88.17 (4) describe the actions the caretaker parent may take to 88.18 avoid termination of rental assistance; and 88.19 (5) inform the caretaker parent of the caretaker parent's 88.20 responsibility to notify the county agency if the caretaker 88.21 parent has earned income. 88.22 Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 462A.206, 88.23 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 88.24 Subd. 2. [AUTHORIZATION.] The agency may make grants or 88.25 loans to cities or nonprofit organizations for the purposes of 88.26 construction, acquisition, rehabilitation, demolition, permanent 88.27 financing, refinancing, gap financing of single or multifamily 88.28 housing, or full cycle home ownership services, as defined in 88.29 section 462A.209, subdivision 2. Gap financing is financing for 88.30 the difference between the cost of the improvement of the 88.31 blighted property, including acquisition, demolition, 88.32 rehabilitation, and construction, and the market value of the 88.33 property upon sale. The agency shall take into account the 88.34 amount of money that the city or nonprofit organization 88.35 leverages from other sources in awarding grants and loans. The 88.36 agency shall also consider the extent to which the grant or loan 89.1 recipient will coordinate use of the funds with its other 89.2 housing-related efforts or other housing-related efforts in the 89.3 recipient's geographic area. The city or nonprofit organization 89.4 must indicate in its application how the proposed project is 89.5 consistent with the consolidated housing plan. Not less than 89.6 ten days before submitting its application to the agency, a 89.7 nonprofit organization must notify the city in which the project 89.8 will be located of its intent to apply for funds. The city may 89.9 submit to the agency its written comments on the nonprofit 89.10 organization's application and the agency shall consider the 89.11 city's comments in reviewing the application. Cities and 89.12 nonprofit organizations may use the grants and loans to 89.13 establish revolving loan funds and to provide grants and loans 89.14 to eligible mortgagors. The city or nonprofit organization may 89.15 determine the terms and conditions of the grants and loans. An 89.16 agency loan may only be used by a city or nonprofit organization 89.17 to make loans. 89.18 Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 462A.206, 89.19 subdivision 4, is amended to read: 89.20 Subd. 4. [DESIGNATED AREAS.] For the purposes of focusing 89.21 resources, a city or a nonprofit organization located in a 89.22 metropolitan statistical area must designate neighborhoods 89.23 within which the grants or loans may be used, and a city or 89.24 nonprofit organization located outside of a metropolitan 89.25 statistical area must designate a geographic area within which 89.26 the grants or loans may be used. 89.27 Sec. 15. [462A.2065] [REPORT ON LOSS OF HOUSING.] 89.28 Each year, the commissioner shall report to the chair of 89.29 the house of representatives housing and housing finance 89.30 division and to the chair of the senate jobs, energy, and 89.31 community development committee, the information provided in the 89.32 reports made to the commissioner under section 469.0305. 89.33 Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 462A.207, 89.34 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 89.35 Subdivision 1. [ESTABLISHMENT.] The agency shall, within 89.36 the limits of available appropriations, establish a mortgage 90.1 foreclosure prevention and emergency rentalassistance program 90.2 to provide assistance to low-income and moderate-income persons 90.3 who are facing the loss of their housing due to circumstances 90.4 beyond their control. Priority for assistance under this 90.5 section must be given to persons and families at or below 60 90.6 percent of area median income, adjusted for family size, as 90.7 determined by the department of housing and urban development. 90.8 Sec. 17. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 462A.207, 90.9 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 90.10 Subd. 2. [ADMINISTRATION.] The agency may contract with 90.11 community-based, nonprofit organizations that meet the 90.12 requirements specified in this section to provide either90.13 mortgage foreclosure assistance or rental assistance, or both. 90.14 Preference must be given to nonprofit organizations that 90.15 demonstrate the greatest ability to leverage program money with 90.16 other sources of funding, or to organizations serving areas 90.17 without access to mortgage foreclosure assistance or rental90.18 assistance. The agency may require an organization to match 90.19 program money with other money or resources. 90.20 Sec. 18. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 462A.207, 90.21 subdivision 3, is amended to read: 90.22 Subd. 3. [ORGANIZATION ELIGIBILITY.] A nonprofit 90.23 organization must be able to demonstrate that it is qualified to 90.24 deliver program services, has relevant expertise in mortgage 90.25 foreclosure prevention or landlord and tenant procedures, and is 90.26 able to perform the duties required under the program. An 90.27 organization must provide the agency with a detailed description 90.28 of how the proposed program would be administered, including the 90.29 qualifications of staff. An organization may not be part of, 90.30 nor affiliated with, a mortgage lender nor provide assistance to 90.31 a household which occupies a housing unit owned or managed by 90.32 the organization. 90.33 Sec. 19. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 462A.207, 90.34 subdivision 4, is amended to read: 90.35 Subd. 4. [SELECTION CRITERIA.] The agency shall take the 90.36 following criteria into consideration when determining whether 91.1 an organization is qualified to administer the program: 91.2 (1) the prior experience of the nonprofit organization in 91.3 establishing, administering, and maintaining a mortgage 91.4 foreclosure prevention or a rental assistanceprogram; 91.5 (2) the documented familiarity of the organization 91.6 regarding mortgage foreclosure prevention procedures , landlord91.7 and tenant procedures,and other services available to assist 91.8 with preventing the loss of housing; 91.9 (3) the reasonableness of the proposed budget in meeting 91.10 the program objectives; 91.11 (4) the documented ability of the organization to provide 91.12 financial assistance; and 91.13 (5) the documented ability of the organization to provide 91.14 mortgage foreclosure prevention or other financial or tenant91.15 counseling. 91.16 Sec. 20. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 462A.207, 91.17 subdivision 6, is amended to read: 91.18 Subd. 6. [ASSISTANCE.] (a) Program assistance includes 91.19 general information, screening, assessment, referral services, 91.20 case management, advocacy, and financial assistance to borrowers 91.21 who are delinquent on mortgage ,or contract for deed , or rent91.22 payments. 91.23 (b) Not more than one-half of program funding may be used 91.24 for mortgage or financial counseling services. 91.25 (c) Financial assistance consists of :91.26 (1)payments for delinquent mortgage or contract for deed 91.27 payments, future mortgage or contract for deed payments for a 91.28 period of up to six months, property taxes, assessments, 91.29 utilities, insurance, home improvement repairs, future rent 91.30 payments for a period of up to six months, and relocation costs 91.31 if necessary, or other costs necessary to prevent foreclosure ;91.32 or. 91.33 (2) delinquent rent payments, utility bills, any fees or91.34 costs necessary to redeem the property, future rent payments for91.35 a period of up to six months, and relocation costs if necessary.91.36 (d) An individual or family may receive the lesser of six 92.1 months or $4,500 of financial assistance. 92.2 Sec. 21. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 462A.21, 92.3 subdivision 12a, is amended to read: 92.4 Subd. 12a. [PROGRAM MONEY TRANSFER.] Grants authorized92.5 under section 462A.05, subdivision 20, may be made only with92.6 specific appropriations by the legislature, butUnencumbered 92.7 balances of money appropriated for the purpose of loans or 92.8 grants for agency programs under these subdivisions may be 92.9 transferred between programs created by these subdivisions or in 92.10 accordance with section 462A.20, subdivision 3. 92.11 Sec. 22. [469.0305] [REPORT ON LOSS OF HOUSING.] 92.12 Subdivision 1. [EFFECTS OF WELFARE REFORM.] A public 92.13 agency administering a public housing program or a rent subsidy 92.14 program shall report to the commissioner of the housing finance 92.15 agency by February 1, each year, beginning in 1998, the 92.16 reduction in the number of units or section 8 certificates or 92.17 vouchers during the year and an assessment of the reasons for 92.18 the reduction, including whether it is due to the state's 92.19 welfare reform initiatives. 92.20 Subd. 2. [REDUCTION IN LOW-INCOME HOUSING UNITS.] A public 92.21 agency that acquires and demolishes housing occupied by persons 92.22 whose incomes are less than 50 percent of the area median income 92.23 shall report the number of units demolished to the commissioner 92.24 of the housing finance agency. The report must be submitted to 92.25 the commissioner of the housing finance agency no later than 92.26 March 15 of the following year. 92.27 Sec. 23. [REPEALER.] 92.28 Minnesota Statutes 1996, sections 268.39; 462A.05, 92.29 subdivision 20; 462A.206, subdivision 5; 462A.21, subdivisions 92.30 4k, 12, and 14, are repealed. 92.31 Sec. 24. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 92.32 Section 1 is effective as provided in that section. The 92.33 remainder of this article is effective July 1, 1997. 92.34 ARTICLE 5 92.35 CAPITAL INVESTMENT 92.36 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 268.917, is 93.1 amended to read: 93.2 268.917 [EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING AND CHILD PROTECTION 93.3 FACILITIES.] 93.4 The commissioner may make grants to state agencies and 93.5 political subdivisions to construct or rehabilitate facilities 93.6 for Head Start, early childhood and family education 93.7 facilitiesprograms, other early childhood intervention 93.8 programs, or demonstration family service centers housing 93.9 multiagency collaboratives, with priority to centers in counties 93.10 or municipalities with the highest number of children living in 93.11 poverty. The commissioner may also make grants to state 93.12 agencies and political subdivisions to construct or rehabilitate 93.13 facilities for crisis nurseries or child visitation centers. 93.14 The facilities must be owned by the state or a political 93.15 subdivision, but may be leased under section 16A.695 to 93.16 organizations that operate the programs. The commissioner shall 93.17 prescribe the terms and conditions of the leases. A grant for 93.18 an individual facility must not exceed $200,000 for each program 93.19 that is housed in the facility, up to a maximum of $500,000 for 93.20 a facility that houses three programs or more. The commissioner 93.21 shall give priority to grants that involve collaboration among 93.22 sponsors of programs under this section. At least 25 percent of 93.23 the amounts appropriated for these grants must be used in 93.24 conjunction with the youth employment and training programs 93.25 operated by the commissioner. Eligible programs must consult 93.26 with appropriate labor organizations to deliver education and 93.27 training. 93.28 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 446A.04, 93.29 subdivision 5, is amended to read: 93.30 Subd. 5. [FEES.] (a) The authority may set and collect 93.31 fees for costs incurred by the authority for audits, arbitrage 93.32 accounting, and payment of fees charged by the state board of 93.33 investment. The authority may also set and collect fees for 93.34 costs incurred by the commissioner, the department of health, 93.35 and the pollution control agency, including costs for personnel 93.36 and administrative services, for its financings and the 94.1 establishment and maintenance of reserve funds. Fees charged 94.2 directly to borrowers upon executing a loan agreement must not 94.3 exceed one-half of one percent of the loan amount. Servicing 94.4 fees assessed to loan repayments must not exceed two percent of 94.5 the loan repayment. The disposition of fees collected for costs 94.6 incurred by the authority is governed by section 446A.11, 94.7 subdivision 13. The authority shall enter into interagency 94.8 agreements to transfer funds into appropriate administrative 94.9 accounts established for fees collected under this subdivision 94.10 for costs incurred by the commissioner, the department of 94.11 health, or the pollution control agency must be credited to the94.12 general fund. 94.13 (b) The authority shall annually report to the chairs of 94.14 the finance and appropriations committees of the legislature on: 94.15 (1) the amount of fees collected under this subdivision for 94.16 costs incurred by the authority; 94.17 (2) the purposes for which the fee proceeds have been 94.18 spent; and 94.19 (3) the amount of any remaining balance of fee proceeds. 94.20 Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 446A.081, 94.21 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 94.22 Subdivision 1. [DEFINITIONS.] (a) For the purposes of this 94.23 section, the terms in this subdivision have the meanings given 94.24 them. 94.25 (b) "Act" means the federalSafe Drinking Water 94.26 Infrastructure FinancingAct Amendments of 1996, Public Law 94.27 Number 104-182. 94.28 (c) "Department" means the department of health. 94.29 Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 446A.081, 94.30 subdivision 4, is amended to read: 94.31 Subd. 4. [CAPITALIZATION GRANT AGREEMENT.] The authority 94.32 shall enter into an agreement with the administrator of the 94.33 United States Environmental Protection Agency to receive 94.34 capitalization grants for the fund. The authority and the 94.35 department shall enter into an operating agreement with the 94.36 administrator of the United States Environmental Protection 95.1 Agency to satisfy the criteria in the act to operate the fund. 95.2 The authority and the department may exercise the powers 95.3 necessary to comply with the requirements specified in 95.4 the agreementagreements and to ensure that loan recipients 95.5 comply with all applicable federal and state requirements. 95.6 Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 446A.081, 95.7 subdivision 9, is amended to read: 95.8 Subd. 9. [OTHER USES OF FUND.] The drinking water 95.9 revolving loan fund may be used as provided in the act, 95.10 including the following uses: 95.11 (1) to buy or refinance the debt obligations, at or below 95.12 market rates, of public water systems for drinking water 95.13 systems, where such debt was incurred after the date of 95.14 enactment of the act, for the purposes of construction of the 95.15 necessary improvements to comply with the national primary 95.16 drinking water regulations under the federal Safe Drinking Water 95.17 Act; 95.18 (2) to purchase or guarantee insurance for local 95.19 obligations to improve credit market access or reduce interest 95.20 rates; 95.21 (3) to provide a source of revenue or security for the 95.22 payment of principal and interest on revenue or general 95.23 obligation bonds issued by the authority if the bond proceeds 95.24 are deposited in the fund; 95.25 (4) to provide loans or loan guarantees for similar 95.26 revolving funds established by a governmental unit or state 95.27 agency; 95.28 (5) to earn interest on fund accounts; and95.29 (6) to pay the reasonable costs incurred by the authority, 95.30 the department of trade and economic development, and the 95.31 department for conducting activities as authorized and required 95.32 under the act up to the limits authorized under the act; and 95.33 (7) to develop and administer programs for water system 95.34 supervision, source water protection, and related programs 95.35 required under the act. 95.36 Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 446A.12, 96.1 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 96.2 Subdivision 1. [BONDING AUTHORITY.] The authority may 96.3 issue negotiable bonds in a principal amount that the authority 96.4 determines necessary to provide sufficient funds for achieving 96.5 its purposes, including the making of loans and purchase of 96.6 securities, the payment of interest on bonds of the authority, 96.7 the establishment of reserves to secure its bonds, the payment 96.8 of fees to a third party providing credit enhancement, and the 96.9 payment of all other expenditures of the authority incident to 96.10 and necessary or convenient to carry out its corporate purposes 96.11 and powers, but not including the making of grants. Bonds of 96.12 the authority may be issued as bonds or notes or in any other 96.13 form authorized by law. The principal amount of bonds issued 96.14 and outstanding under this section at any time may not exceed 96.15 $450,000,000$850,000,000, excluding bonds for which refunding 96.16 bonds or crossover refunding bonds have been issued. 96.17 Sec. 7. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 96.18 Section 1 is effective the day following final enactment. 96.19 ARTICLE 6 96.20 ECONOMIC SECURITY MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS 96.21 Section 1. Laws 1997, chapter 85, article 1, section 39, 96.22 subdivision 4, is amended to read: 96.23 Subd. 4. [EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING SERVICE PROVIDER.] 96.24 "Employment and training service provider" means: 96.25 (1) a public, private, or nonprofit employment and training 96.26 agency certified by the commissioner of economic security under 96.27 sections 268.0122, subdivision 3, and 268.871, subdivision 1, or 96.28 is approved under section 256J.51 and is included in the county 96.29 plan submitted under section 256J.50, subdivision 7; or 96.30 (2) a public, private, or nonprofit agency that is not96.31 certified by the commissioner under clause (1), but with which a96.32 county has contracted to provide employment and training96.33 services and which is included in the county's plan submitted96.34 under section 256J.50, subdivision 7; or96.35 (3)a county agency, if the county has optedis certified 96.36 under clause (1) to provide employment and training services and 97.1 the county has indicated that fact in the plan submitted under 97.2 section 256J.50, subdivision 7. 97.3 Notwithstanding section 268.871, an employment and training 97.4 services provider meeting this definition may deliver employment 97.5 and training services under this chapter. 97.6 Sec. 2. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 97.7 Section 1 is effective July 1, 1997.