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HF 3353

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/05/2018 03:10pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
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Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to hospital districts; providing clarity regarding pension programs and
benefits for private hospitals; amending Laws 1992, chapter 534, section 10,
subdivision 3.


Section 1.

Laws 1992, chapter 534, section 10, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.


(a) The hospital district shall have all the powers necessary and
convenient to provide for the acquisition, betterment, operation, maintenance, and
administration for the hospital, including nursing home, other facilities for the residential
occupancy of ambulatory elderly citizens who do not require nursing home or general
hospital care and related programs, as the board of directors shall determine to be necessary
and expedient. The enumeration of specific powers herein does not restrict the power of the
board to take any lawful action which, in the reasonable exercise of its discretion, it deems
necessary or convenient for the furtherance of the purpose for which the district exists,
whether or not the power to take the action is implied from any of the powers expressly
granted. These powers shall include, but not be limited to, the power to:

(1) employ management, administrative, nursing, and other personnel, legal counsel,
engineers, architects, accountants, and other qualified persons, who may be paid for their
services by monthly salaries, hourly wages, and pension benefits, or by fees as may be
agreed on;

(2) cause reports, plans, studies, and recommendations to be prepared;

(3) when acquiring real and personal property as authorized in subdivision 1, contract
for the acquisition by option, contract for deed, conditional sales contract, or otherwise;

(4) construct, equip, and furnish necessary buildings and grounds and maintain the same;

(5) adopt bylaws and rules and regulations to govern the operation and administration
of any and all hospital, nursing home, and other facilities under its control, and for the
admission of persons thereto;

(6) impose and collect charges for all services and facilities provided and made available
by it;

(7) borrow money and issue bonds as prescribed in sections 6 to 20;

(8) procure insurance against liability of the district or its officers and employees, or
both, for torts committed within the scope of their official duties, whether governmental or
proprietary, or for errors and omissions, and against damage to or destruction of any of its
facilities, equipment or other property;

(9) subject to subdivision 4, sell or lease any of its facilities or equipment as may be

(10) cause annual audits to be made of its accounts, books, vouchers, and funds by
competent public accountants; this provision shall be construed to be mandatory;

(11) require a corporate surety bond from officers and employees of the district, and in
the amount the board shall determine, and authorize payment of the premiums therefor; or

(12) provide loans to students as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 447.331.

(b) If the Swift county or Benson hospital is sold or leased to a private organization, the
successor employer shall provide hospital employees who were members of the public
employees retirement association immediately before the lease or sale a pension program
and benefits comparable to those provided by the public employees retirement text begin
The successor employer may meet the requirements of this paragraph by complying with
chapter 353F.
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