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HF 3423

as introduced - 84th Legislature (2005 - 2006) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 03/13/2006

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to higher education; providing a process for state support of a football
stadium at the University of Minnesota; providing funding to the Board of
Regents of the University of Minnesota for biotechnology and medical genomics
research and academic programs at the University of Minnesota-Rochester;
establishing a study abroad program; appropriating money; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2004, sections 297A.71, by adding a subdivision; 340A.404, subdivision
4a; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 136A; 473.

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

ARTICLE 1

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA FOOTBALL STADIUM

Section 1. new text beginPURPOSE; FINDINGS.
new text end

new text begin The legislature finds that construction of a new football stadium by the Board of
Regents of the University of Minnesota on the university's east bank campus in the
city of Minneapolis serves statewide public purposes. The legislature finds that the
public purposes served include, but are not limited to, providing an on-campus outdoor
intercollegiate football stadium as a public amenity for Minnesota's citizens, enhancing
the enjoyment of its citizens, and enhancing the university experience for students,
alumni, faculty, staff, and other supporters of the university. The legislature finds that
the university intends to join together with its students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other
supporters to raise funds to build a stadium to return college football to the university
campus. Further, the legislature finds that construction of a University of Minnesota
football stadium should be supported by the state and that the support should not detract
from or be a substitute for other operating and capital support by the state for the
university; however, state financial support for the stadium should be conditioned upon
the university providing for payment of a significant portion of the stadium's cost from
nonstate general revenue fund sources. The purpose of this act is to provide a firm 40
percent level of funding for a new university football stadium to be constructed and owned
by the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginDEFINITIONS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Applicability. new text end

new text begin The definitions in this section apply to sections 2 to 7.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Commissioner. new text end

new text begin "Commissioner" means the commissioner of finance.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Stadium. new text end

new text begin "Stadium" means an athletic stadium suitable for intercollegiate
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I football games and related
infrastructure improvements constructed on the University of Minnesota's east bank
campus in the city of Minneapolis.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Board. new text end

new text begin "Board" means the Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Commission. new text end

new text begin "Commission" means the Metropolitan Sports Facilities
Commission.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginACTIVITIES; CONTRACTS.
new text end

new text begin The legislature recognizes that the board has all powers necessary or convenient for
designing, constructing, equipping, improving, controlling, operating, and maintaining the
stadium and may enter into contracts that are, in its judgment, in the best interests of the
public for those purposes. Notwithstanding contrary law, the board may adopt the fair
and competitive design and construction procurement procedures in connection with the
stadium that it considers to be in the public interest. The total cost of the stadium must
not exceed $........ The board must ensure to the greatest extent practicable, that materials
derived from American-made steel are used in the construction of the stadium. Minnesota
Statutes, sections 16B.33 and 16B.335, do not apply to the stadium.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW.
new text end

new text begin The legislature requests that the board complete an environmental review of the
stadium project and perform the duties of the responsible governmental unit as prescribed
in the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act, Minnesota Statutes, chapter 116D, and the
rules adopted under that chapter. The legislature ratifies the Environmental Quality
Board's designation of the board as a responsible governmental unit.
new text end

Sec. 5. new text beginCONDITIONS FOR PAYMENT TO THE UNIVERSITY.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Nonstate revenues required. new text end

new text begin Before the commissioner may make
the first payment to the board authorized in this section, the commissioner must certify that
the board has received at least $....... in pledges, gifts, sponsorships, and other nonstate
general fund revenue support for the construction of the stadium.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Prohibited funding sources. new text end

new text begin No part of the money required to be obtained
by the board under subdivision 1 may be derived from:
new text end

new text begin (1) increased fees or charges imposed on students attending the University of
Minnesota; or
new text end

new text begin (2) money paid by any nonpublic entity as consideration for the right to determine
the name of the stadium.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Annual state payments; appropriation. new text end

new text begin On July 1 of each year after
certification by the commissioner, but no earlier than July 1, 2007, and for so long
thereafter as any bonds issued by the board for the construction of the stadium are
outstanding, the state must transfer to the board $....... to reimburse the board for its
stadium costs, provided that bonds issued to pay the state's share of such costs shall
not exceed $........
new text end

new text begin $....... is appropriated annually from the general fund for the purpose of this section.
Except to the extent of the annual appropriation described in this section, the state is not
required to pay any part of the cost of designing or constructing the stadium.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Affordable student access. new text end

new text begin Before the first payment is made under
subdivision 3, the board must certify to the commissioner that a provision for affordable
access for university students to the university sporting events held at the football stadium
has been made.
new text end

Sec. 6. new text beginNO FULL FAITH AND CREDIT.
new text end

new text begin Any bonds or other obligations issued by the board under this act are not public debt
of the state, and the full faith and credit and the taxing powers of the state are not pledged
for their payment, or of any payments that the state agrees to make under this act.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 297A.71, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 37. new text end

new text begin Construction materials; University of Minnesota football stadium.
new text end

new text begin Materials, supplies, or equipment used or consumed in connection with the construction,
equipping, or improvement of a football stadium constructed for use by the University
of Minnesota are exempt. This subdivision expires one year after substantial completion
of the football stadium.
new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 340A.404, subdivision 4a, is amended to read:


Subd. 4a.

State-owned recreation; entertainment facilities.

Notwithstanding any
other law, local ordinance, or charter provision, the commissioner may issue on-sale
intoxicating liquor licenses:

(1) to the state agency administratively responsible for, or to an entity holding a
concession or facility management contract with such agency for beverage sales at, the
premises of any Giants Ridge Recreation Area building or recreational improvement area
owned by the state in the town of White, St. Louis County;

(2) to the state agency administratively responsible for, or to an entity holding a
concession or facility management contract with such agency for beverage sales at, the
premises of any Ironworld Discovery Center building or facility owned by the state at
Chisholm; and

(3) to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for events at Northrop
Auditoriumnew text begin and spectator suites and clubs in any intercollegiate football stadium
constructed by the university on its Minneapolis campus
new text end.

The commissioner shall charge a fee for licenses issued under this subdivision in an
amount comparable to the fee for comparable licenses issued in surrounding cities.

Sec. 9.

new text begin [473.5955] TERMINATION OF LEASE.
new text end

new text begin The lease between the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota and the
commission dated May 19, 1982, that requires the University of Minnesota football team
to play its home football games at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome until July 1, 2012,
may be terminated by the board effective on or after the date designated by the board as
the date of completion of the stadium on the University of Minnesota's east bank campus
in the city of Minneapolis.
new text end

Sec. 10. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin Sections 1 to 9 are effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

ARTICLE 2

STUDY ABROAD GRANTS

Section 1.

new text begin [136A.89] GRANTS FOR STUDY ABROAD.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definition; eligible institution. new text end

new text begin For the purposes of this section, an
"eligible institution" is an accredited public or private not-for-profit higher education
institution located in Minnesota that awards primarily four-year academic degrees.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Grants. new text end

new text begin The Office of Higher Education may provide grants to Minnesota
resident students enrolled at eligible institutions to study abroad for at least one semester
and not more than one year. Grants must be awarded to eligible students who apply for
the grant. The number of grants an institution may apply for is limited to the number
of foreign students enrolled on a full-time basis in a four-year degree program at the
institution in the previous year. Grants may be awarded only for study-abroad destinations
that are directly related to the country of citizenship of a foreign student enrolled at the
institution. An institution, on behalf of the student, must request payment of the grant
from the Office of Higher Education. The maximum grant amount is $10,000 per student.
Grants may be awarded only to the extent appropriations are available.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Eligibility. new text end

new text begin A student is eligible for a study-abroad grant if the student is a
Minnesota resident and enrolled in a four-year degree program at an eligible institution.
Students in graduate or postgraduate degree programs are eligible for a study-abroad grant.
To be eligible for a study-abroad grant, a student must demonstrate proficiency in the
foreign language spoken in the country in which the study-abroad experience will occur
or have successfully completed at least four semesters of foreign language study in the
language spoken in the country in which the study-abroad experience will occur. A foreign
language is a language other than English and which is not the student's primary language.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Use of grant. new text end

new text begin A grant under this section may only be used to support study
abroad in a program that is approved by the student's school. The grant may be used to
support study only in countries where English is not the primary language, except that a
student may receive a grant to study in developing countries as defined by the World Bank.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Reporting. new text end

new text begin Participating institutions must provide to the Office of Higher
Education the following information each year:
new text end

new text begin (1) aggregate data on the number of international students enrolled at the institution;
new text end

new text begin (2) the number of its foreign students by country of citizenship;
new text end

new text begin (3) the students' level of academic progress; and
new text end

new text begin (4) the students' enrollment status.
new text end

new text begin Institutions must also provide aggregate data on students participating in a
study-abroad program supported by a grant under this section, including the countries in
which the study is taking place, academic status, and the number of successful completions
of the study-abroad program.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $....... is appropriated from the general fund in each fiscal year that the state makes a
transfer to reimburse the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota under article
1, section 5, subdivision 3, to the Office of Higher Education for study-abroad grants
under section 1.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin Section 1 is effective for study-abroad enrollment beginning in the fall 2007
semester or its equivalent and thereafter.
new text end

ARTICLE 3

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA-ROCHESTER

Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
new text end

new text begin (a) $19,000,000 in fiscal year 2006, $18,000,000 in fiscal year 2007, and $18,000,000
in fiscal year 2008 are appropriated from the general fund to the Board of Regents of the
University of Minnesota to fund a joint partnership with the University of Minnesota
and the Mayo Foundation for research in biotechnology and medical genomics. This
appropriation funds operating cost of the partnership on a reimbursement basis, including
salaries, and indirect operating costs at the federally negotiated rate of each institution, but
does not include reimbursement for capital cost.
new text end

new text begin (b) $5,000,000 in fiscal year 2006 is appropriated to the Board of Regents of the
University of Minnesota for academic programs at the University of Minnesota-Rochester.
new text end