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HF 2244

1st Engrossment - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 02/23/2012 03:19pm

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A bill for an act
relating to the permanent school fund; changing the Permanent School Fund
Advisory Committee into a legislative commission; granting the commission
authority to employ a director to oversee, manage, and administer school
trust lands; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 16A.06, subdivision
11; 16A.125, subdivision 5; 84.027, subdivision 18; 84.085, subdivision 1;
92.12, subdivision 1; 92.121; 92.13; 93.2236; 94.342, subdivision 5; 127A.30;
proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 127A.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 16A.06, subdivision 11, is amended to read:


Subd. 11.

Permanent school fund reporting.

The commissioner shall annually
report to thenew text begin Legislativenew text end Permanent School Fund deleted text beginAdvisory Committeedeleted text endnew text begin Commission,new text end and
the legislature the amount of the permanent school fund transfer and information about
the investment of the permanent school fund provided by the State Board of Investment.
The State Board of Investment shall provide information about how they maximized the
long-term economic return of the permanent school fund.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 16A.125, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Forest trust lands.

(a) The term "state forest trust fund lands" as used
in this subdivision, means public land in trust under the Constitution set apart as "forest
lands under the authority of the commissioner" of natural resources as defined by section
89.001, subdivision 13new text begin, but excludes school trust lands as defined in section 92.025new text end.

(b) The commissioner of management and budget shall credit the revenue from the
forest trust fund landsnew text begin, excluding school trust lands defined under section 92.025,new text end to the
forest suspense account. The account must specify the trust funds interested in the lands
and the respective receipts of the lands.

(c) After a fiscal year, the commissioner of management and budget shall certify the
total costs incurred for forestry during that year under appropriations for the protection,
improvement, administration, and management of state forest trust fund lands and
construction and improvement of forest roads to enhance the forest value of the lands.
The certificate must specify the trust funds interested in the lands. The commissioner of
natural resources shall supply the commissioner of management and budget with the
information needed for the certificate.

(d) After a fiscal year, the commissioner shall distribute the receipts credited to the
suspense account during that fiscal year as follows:

(1) the amount of the certified costs incurred by the deleted text beginstatedeleted text endnew text begin Department of Natural
Resources
new text end for forest management, forest improvement, and road improvement during the
fiscal year shall be transferred to the forest management investment account established
under section 89.039;

(2) the balance of the certified costs incurred by the deleted text beginstatedeleted text endnew text begin Department of Natural
Resources
new text end during the fiscal year shall be transferred to the general fund; and

(3) the balance of the receipts shall then be returned prorated to the trust funds in
proportion to their respective interests in the lands which produced the receipts.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 84.027, subdivision 18, is amended to read:


Subd. 18.

Permanent school fund authority; reporting.

The deleted text begincommissioner
of natural resources
deleted text endnew text begin director of trust lands and mineral assetsnew text end has the authority and
responsibility for the administration of school trust lands under sections 92.121 and
127A.31. The deleted text begincommissionerdeleted text endnew text begin directornew text end shall biannually report to the new text beginLegislative new text endPermanent
School Fund deleted text beginAdvisory Committeedeleted text endnew text begin Commissionnew text end and the legislature on the management of
the school trust lands that shows how the deleted text begincommissionerdeleted text endnew text begin directornew text end has and will continue
to achieve the following goals:

(1) manage the school trust lands efficiently;

(2) reduce the management expenditures of school trust lands and maximize the
revenues deposited in the permanent school trust fund;

(3) manage the sale, exchange, and commercial leasing of school trust lands to
maximize the revenues deposited in the permanent school trust fund and retain the value
from the long-term appreciation of the school trust lands; and

(4) manage the school trust lands to maximize the long-term economic return for the
permanent school trust fund while maintaining sound natural resource conservation and
management principles.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 84.085, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Authority.

(a) The commissioner of natural resources may accept for
and on behalf of the state any gift, bequest, devise, or grants of lands or interest in lands or
personal property of any kind or of money tendered to the state for any purpose pertaining
to the activities of the department or any of its divisions. Any money so received is hereby
appropriated and dedicated for the purpose for which it is granted. Lands and interests in
lands so received may be sold or exchanged as provided in chapter 94.

(b) When the commissioner of natural resources accepts lands or interests in land,
the commissioner may reimburse the donor for costs incurred to obtain an appraisal needed
for tax reporting purposes. If the state pays the donor for a portion of the value of the
lands or interests in lands that are donated, the reimbursement for appraisal costs shall not
exceed $1,500. If the donor receives no payment from the state for the lands or interests in
lands that are donated, the reimbursement for appraisal costs shall not exceed $5,000.

(c) The commissioner of natural resources, on behalf of the state, may accept and
use grants of money or property from the United States or other grantors for conservation
purposes not inconsistent with the laws of this state. Any money or property so received
is hereby appropriated and dedicated for the purposes for which it is granted, and shall
be expended or used solely for such purposes in accordance with the federal laws and
regulations pertaining thereto, subject to applicable state laws and rules as to manner
of expenditure or use providing that the commissioner may make subgrants of any
money received to other agencies, units of local government, private individuals, private
organizations, and private nonprofit corporations. Appropriate funds and accounts shall
be maintained by the commissioner of management and budget to secure compliance
with this section.

deleted text begin(d) The commissioner may accept for and on behalf of the permanent school fund a
donation of lands, interest in lands, or improvements on lands. A donation so received
shall become state property, be classified as school trust land as defined in section 92.025,
and be managed consistent with section 127A.31.
deleted text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 92.12, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Appraisers.

new text beginThe director of trust lands and mineral assets may have
any school trust land appraised.
new text endThe commissioner may have any deleted text beginschool trust ordeleted text end other
state lands appraised. The appraisals must be made by regularly appointed and qualified
state appraisers. To be qualified, an appraiser must hold a state appraiser license issued
by the Department of Commerce. The appraisal must be in conformity with the Uniform
Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice of the Appraisal Foundation.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 92.121, is amended to read:


92.121 PERMANENT SCHOOL FUND LANDS.

Thenew text begin director of trust lands and mineral assets and thenew text end commissioner of natural
resources shall exchange permanent school fund land as defined in the Minnesota
Constitution, article XI, section 8, located in state parks, state recreation areas, wildlife
management areas, scientific and natural areas, or state waysides or on lands managed
by the commissioner as old growth stands, for other lands as allowed by the Minnesota
Constitution, article XI, section 10, and section 94.343, subdivision 1, that are compatible
with the goal of the permanent school fund lands in section 127A.31 when, as a result
of management practices applied to the permanent school fund lands and associated
resources, revenue generation has been diminished or is prohibited and no alternative has
been put into effect to compensate the permanent school fund for the income losses.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 92.13, is amended to read:


92.13 STATE LANDS, DATE OF SALE.

The commissioner shall hold public sales of deleted text beginschool and otherdeleted text end state lands new text beginother than
school trust lands
new text endwhen it is advantageous to the state and to intending buyers and settlers.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 93.2236, is amended to read:


93.2236 MINERALS MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT.

(a) The minerals management account is created as an account in the natural
resources fund. Interest earned on money in the account accrues to the account. Money in
the account may be spent or distributed only as provided in paragraphs (b) and (c).

(b) If the balance in the minerals management account exceeds $3,000,000 on June
30, the amount exceeding $3,000,000 must be distributed to deleted text beginthe permanent school fund
and
deleted text end the permanent university fund. deleted text beginThe amount distributed to each fund must be in the
same proportion as the total mineral lease revenue received in the previous biennium
from school trust lands and university lands.
deleted text end

(c) Subject to appropriation by the legislature, money in the minerals management
account may be spent by the commissioner of natural resources for mineral resource
management and projects to enhance future mineral income and promote new mineral
resource opportunities.

new text begin (d) Beginning July 1, 2014, no revenue from school trust lands, including revenue
from severed minerals interests, shall be deposited in the minerals management account.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 94.342, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Additional restrictions on school trust land.

School trust land may
be exchanged with other Class A land only if the deleted text beginPermanent School Fund Advisory
Committee is appointed as temporary
deleted text endnew text begin director of trust lands and mineral assets is serving
as
new text end trustee of the school trust land for purposes of the exchange. The deleted text begincommitteedeleted text end new text begindirector
new text endshall provide independent legal counsel to review the exchanges.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 127A.30, is amended to read:


127A.30 new text beginLEGISLATIVE new text endPERMANENT SCHOOL FUND deleted text beginADVISORY
COMMITTEE
deleted text endnew text begin COMMISSIONnew text end.

Subdivision 1.

new text beginCommission established; new text endmembership.

deleted text beginA statedeleted text endnew text begin (a) The Legislativenew text end
Permanent School Fund deleted text beginAdvisory Committeedeleted text endnew text begin Commission of 12 membersnew text end is established
deleted text begin to advise the Department of Natural Resources on the management of permanent school
fund land, which is held in trust for the school districts of the state
deleted text endnew text begin in the legislative
branch
new text end. The deleted text beginadvisory committee must consistdeleted text endnew text begin commission consistsnew text end of the following
persons deleted text beginor their designeesdeleted text end: deleted text beginthe chairs of the education committees of the legislature, the
chairs of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over the K-12 education budget, the
chairs of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over the environment and natural
resources policy and budget, the chair of the senate Committee on Finance and the chair
of the house of representatives Committee on Ways and Means, the commissioner of
education, one superintendent from a nonmetropolitan district, one superintendent from a
metropolitan area district, one person with an expertise in forestry, one person with an
expertise in minerals and mining, one person with an expertise in real estate development,
one person with an expertise in renewable energy, one person with an expertise in
finance and land management, and one person with an expertise in natural resource
conservation. The school district superintendents shall be appointed by the commissioner
of education. The committee members with areas of expertise in forestry, minerals
and mining, real estate development, renewable energy, finance and land management,
and natural resource conservation shall be appointed by the commissioner of natural
resources. Members of the legislature shall be given the opportunity to recommend
candidates for vacancies on the committee to the commissioners of education and natural
resources. The advisory committee must also include a nonvoting member appointed
by the commissioner of natural resources. The commissioner of natural resources shall
provide administrative support to the committee. The members of the committee shall
serve without compensation. The members of the Permanent School Fund Advisory
Committee shall elect their chair and are bound by the provisions of sections 43A.38 and
116P.09, subdivision 6.
deleted text end

new text begin (1) six members of the senate, including three members from the majority party
and three members from the minority party, appointed by the senate Subcommittee on
Committees of the Committee on Rules and Administration; and
new text end

new text begin (2) six members of the house of representatives, including three majority party
members appointed by the speaker of the house and three minority party members
appointed by the minority leader.
new text end

new text begin (b) Appointed legislative members serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority
and continue to serve until their successors are appointed.
new text end

new text begin (c) The first meeting of the commission shall be convened by the chair of the
Legislative Coordinating Commission no later than December 1, 2014. Members shall
elect a chair, vice-chair, secretary, and other officers as determined by the commission. The
chair may convene meetings as necessary to conduct the duties prescribed by this section.
new text end

new text begin (d) Upon coordination with the Legislative Coordinating Commission, the
commission may appoint nonpartisan staff, including a director of trust lands and
mineral assets, and contract with consultants as necessary to carry out the functions of
the commission.
new text end

Subd. 2.

Duties.

The deleted text beginadvisory committeedeleted text end new text begincommission new text endshall review deleted text beginthe policies of
the Department of Natural Resources and
deleted text end current statutes on management of school trust
fund lands at least annually and shall recommend necessary changes in statutes, policy,
and implementation in order to ensure provident utilization of the permanent school fund
lands. By January 15 of each year, the deleted text beginadvisory committeedeleted text endnew text begin commissionnew text end shall submit
a report to the legislature with recommendations for the management of school trust
lands to secure long-term economic return for the permanent school fund, consistent with
sections 92.121 and 127A.31. The deleted text begincommittee'sdeleted text endnew text begin commission'snew text end annual report may include
recommendations to:

(1) manage the school trust lands efficiently;

(2) reduce the management expenditures of school trust lands and maximize the
revenues deposited in the permanent school trust fund;

(3) manage the sale, exchange, and commercial leasing of school trust lands to
maximize the revenues deposited in the permanent school trust fund and retain the value
from the long-term appreciation of the school trust lands; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(4) manage the school trust lands to maximize the long-term economic return for
the permanent school trust fund while maintaining sound natural resource conservation
and management principlesnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (5) make recommendations concerning the asset allocation of the school endowment
fund
new text end.

deleted text begin Subd. 3. deleted text end

deleted text begin Duration. deleted text end

deleted text begin Notwithstanding section 15.059, subdivision 5, the advisory
committee is permanent and does not expire.
deleted text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Conflict of interest. new text end

new text begin (a) A commission member may not be an advocate
for or against a commission action or vote on any action that may be a conflict of interest.
A conflict of interest must be disclosed as soon as it is discovered. The commission shall
follow the policies and requirements related to conflicts of interest developed by the Office
of Grants Management under section 16B.98.
new text end

new text begin (b) For the purposes of this section, a "conflict of interest" exists when a person
has an organizational conflict of interest or direct financial interests and those interests
present the appearance that it will be difficult for the person to impartially fulfill the
person's duty. An "organizational conflict of interest" exists when a person has an
affiliation with an organization that is subject to commission activities, which presents
the appearance of a conflict between organizational interests and commission member
duties. An "organizational conflict of interest" does not exist if the person's only affiliation
with an organization is being a member of the organization.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Open meetings. new text end

new text begin (a) Meetings of the commission and other groups
the commission may establish are subject to chapter 13D. Except where prohibited by
law, the commission shall establish additional processes to broaden public involvement
in all aspects of its deliberations, including recording meetings, video conferencing,
and publishing minutes. For the purposes of this subdivision, a meeting occurs when a
quorum is present and the members receive information or take action on any matter
relating to the duties of the commission. The quorum requirement for the commission
shall be seven members.
new text end

new text begin (b) Travel to and from scheduled and publicly noticed site visits by commission
members for the purposes of receiving information is not a violation of paragraph (a). Any
decision or agreement to make a decision during the travel is a violation of paragraph (a).
new text end

new text begin (c) Enforcement of this subdivision is governed by section 3.055, subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Director of trust lands and mineral assets. new text end

new text begin The director of trust lands
and mineral assets must be appointed according to subdivision 1, paragraph (d). The
Legislative Coordinating Commission shall provide office space for the director and
shall provide human resources, payroll, accounting, procurement, and other similar
administrative services to the director, except to the extent the director decides to obtain
these services from another public or private entity.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin School trust lands suspense account. new text end

new text begin A school trust lands suspense
account is established in the state treasury. The director shall credit all revenue from
the school trust lands to the school trust lands suspense account. After a fiscal year,
the director shall certify that year's costs for oversight, protection, improvement,
administration, and management of school trust lands against the account and distribute
the balance of the revenue to the school trust fund endowment.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 11.

new text begin [127A.3011] POLICY AND PURPOSE.
new text end

new text begin (a) The purpose of sections 127A.3011 to 127A.3019 is to establish a director to
oversee, manage, and administer Minnesota's school trust lands in accordance with the
provisions of the Minnesota Constitution, article XI, section 8.
new text end

new text begin (b) As trustee, the state must manage the lands and revenues generated from the
lands in the most prudent and profitable manner possible, and not for any purpose
inconsistent with the best interests of the trust beneficiaries as defined in the Minnesota
Constitution, article XI, section 8.
new text end

new text begin (c) The trustee must be concerned with both income for the current beneficiaries
and the preservation of trust assets for future beneficiaries, which requires a balancing of
short-term and long-term interests so that long-term benefits are not lost in an effort to
maximize short-term gains.
new text end

new text begin (d) Sections 127A.3011 to 127A.3019 shall be liberally construed to enable
the director and the commission to faithfully fulfill the state's obligations to the trust
beneficiaries.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 12.

new text begin [127A.3012] DEFINITIONS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Scope. new text end

new text begin For purposes of sections 127A.3011 to 127A.3019, the
definitions have the meanings given.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Commission. new text end

new text begin "Commission" means the Legislative Permanent School
Fund Commission.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Director. new text end

new text begin "Director" means the director of trust lands and mineral assets.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin School trust land. new text end

new text begin "School trust land" means land granted by the United
States for use of schools within each township, swampland granted to the state, and
internal improvement land that are reserved for permanent school fund purposes under the
Minnesota Constitution, article XI, section 8, and land exchanged, purchased, or granted
for the benefit of the permanent school fund.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 13.

new text begin [127A.3013] GOVERNANCE.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Management. new text end

new text begin (a) The director shall manage all school trust lands
within the state. The Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission shall provide
policies for the director and for the management of trust lands and assets.
new text end

new text begin (b) The director may enter into an agreement with the commissioner of natural
resources for administration and management of trust lands. This agreement must specify
the services that the Department of Natural Resources will provide to the director and
the fees the department will charge for providing these services. If the director and the
commissioner of natural resources cannot reach an agreement satisfactory to both parties,
the director may contract with an outside entity for these services.
new text end

new text begin (c) If, after July 1, 2014, the director determines that receiving administrative and
management services from the commissioner of natural resources is not the best way to
manage lands in the most prudent and profitable manner, the director may move these
services to another agency or outside entity.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Joint ventures. new text end

new text begin The director, upon approval of the Legislative Permanent
School Fund Commission, may enter into joint ventures to develop trust lands and
minerals.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 14.

new text begin [127A.3014] POLICIES.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Management. new text end

new text begin The commission shall establish policies for the
director of trust lands and mineral assets. The policies shall:
new text end

new text begin (1) be consistent with the Minnesota Constitution and state law;
new text end

new text begin (2) reflect undivided loyalty to the beneficiaries consistent with fiduciary duties;
new text end

new text begin (3) require the return of not less than fair market value for the use, sale, or exchange
of school trust assets;
new text end

new text begin (4) seek to optimize trust land revenues and increase the value of trust land holdings
consistent with the balancing of short-term and long-term interests, so that long-term
benefits are not lost in an effort to maximize short-term gains; and
new text end

new text begin (5) maintain the integrity of the trust and prevent the misapplication of its lands
and its revenues.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Duties. new text end

new text begin The commission and the director shall recommend to the governor
and the legislature any necessary or desirable changes in statutes relating to the trust
or their trust responsibilities. The commission shall develop policies for the long-term
benefit of the trust utilizing the broad discretion and power granted to it in sections
127A.3011 to 127A.3015.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Policies continued unless changed. new text end

new text begin Policies adopted by the Department
of Natural Resources prior to the effective date of this act regarding school trust lands
shall remain in effect until amended or repealed by the commission. The director shall be
the named party in substitution of the Department of Natural Resources or its predecessor
agencies with respect to all documents affecting trust lands from the effective date of
this act.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Accept land and property. new text end

new text begin The commission may accept for and on behalf
of the permanent school fund a donation of lands, interest in lands, or improvements on
lands. A donation so received shall become state property, be classified as school trust
land as defined in section 92.025, and be managed consistent with section 127A.31.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 15.

new text begin [127A.3015] DIRECTOR.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Term. new text end

new text begin The commission shall select the director on the basis of
outstanding professional qualifications pertinent to the purposes and activities of the trust.
The director serves in the unclassified service at the pleasure of the commission.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Compensation. new text end

new text begin The commission shall establish the compensation of
the director and annually report the director's compensation to the legislature. The
compensation and performance of the director shall be examined each year as part of the
commission's budget review process. The director's compensation is subject to approval
under section 3.855.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 16.

new text begin [127A.3016] RESPONSIBILITIES OF DIRECTOR.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Duties and budget review. new text end

new text begin In carrying out the policies of the
commission and in establishing procedures and rules, the director shall:
new text end

new text begin (1) take an oath of office before assuming any duties as the director;
new text end

new text begin (2) adopt procedures necessary for the proper administration of matters entrusted to
the director by state law and commission policy;
new text end

new text begin (3) faithfully manage the administration under the policies established by the
commission;
new text end

new text begin (4) submit to the commission and for public inspection an annual management
budget and financial plan for operations of the administration and, after approval by the
commission, submit the budget to the governor;
new text end

new text begin (5) direct and control the budget expenditures as finally authorized and appropriated;
new text end

new text begin (6) establish job descriptions and employ, within the limitation of the budget, staff
necessary to accomplish the purposes of the director's office;
new text end

new text begin (7) maintain appropriate records of trust activities to enable the legislative auditor to
conduct periodic audits of trust activities;
new text end

new text begin (8) provide that all leases, contracts, and agreements be submitted to legal counsel
for review of compliance with applicable law and fiduciary duties prior to execution and
utilize the services of the attorney general as provided in section 127A.3017;
new text end

new text begin (9) keep the commission, beneficiaries, governor, legislature, and the public
informed about the work of the director and commission by reporting to the commission
in a public meeting at least once during each calendar quarter; and
new text end

new text begin (10) respond in writing within a reasonable time to a request by the commission for
responses to questions on policies and practices affecting the management of the trust.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Additional responsibilities. new text end

new text begin The director may:
new text end

new text begin (1) contract with other public agencies or other public or private entities for
personnel management services; and
new text end

new text begin (2) with the approval of the commission, enter into joint ventures and other business
arrangements consistent with the purposes of the trust.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 17.

new text begin [127A.3017] ATTORNEY GENERAL.
new text end

new text begin The attorney general shall: represent the commission, director, or administration in
any legal action relating to trust lands; review leases, contracts, and agreements submitted
for review prior to execution; and undertake suits for the collection of royalties, rental,
and other damages in the name of the state.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 18.

new text begin [127A.3018] LAND EXCHANGE.
new text end

new text begin The director may enter into land exchange agreements with the commissioner of
natural resources according to the provisions of section 92.121.
new text end

Sec. 19.

new text begin [127A.3019] FOREST AND MINERALS MANAGEMENT.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Control. new text end

new text begin All forest and minerals management on school trust lands is
vested with the director according to the provisions of sections 127A.3011 to 127A.3019.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin May contract. new text end

new text begin The director may contract with any public or private entity
to make improvements to or upon trust lands and to carry out any of the responsibilities of
the office, so long as the contract requires strict adherence to trust management principles
and applicable law.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 20. new text beginTRANSFER OF ASSETS AND BUDGET RESPONSIBILITY.
new text end

new text begin Unless otherwise provided by statute, the responsibilities of the Department of
Natural Resources and any other state agency with respect to the permanent school fund
lands are transferred to the director of trust lands and mineral assets effective upon
establishment of the director under Minnesota Statutes, section 127A.3015.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 21. new text beginREVISOR'S INSTRUCTION.
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new text begin The revisor of statutes shall recode Minnesota Statutes, section 84.027, subdivision
18, as section 127.3016, subdivision 3.
new text end