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HF 3423

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 05/14/2018 05:12pm

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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; modifying provisions for legal representation of
department; providing for training and licensing of wildland firefighters; modifying
provisions for approved firewood;amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections
88.10, by adding a subdivision; 88.75, subdivision 1; 89.551; Minnesota Statutes
2017 Supplement, section 84.01, subdivision 6.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2017 Supplement, section 84.01, subdivision 6, is amended
to read:


Subd. 6.

Legal counsel.

The commissioner of natural resources may appoint attorneys
or outside counsel to render title opinions, represent the department in severed mineral
interest forfeiture actions brought pursuant to section 93.55, and, notwithstanding any statute
to the contrary, represent the state in quiet title or title registration actions affecting land or
interests in land administered by the commissioner and in all proceedings relating to road
vacations
.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 88.10, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


Subd. 3.

Wildland firefighters; training and licensing.

Forest officers and all
individuals employed as wildland firefighters under this chapter are not subject to the
requirements of chapter 299N.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 88.75, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Misdemeanor offenses; damages; injunctive relief.

(a) Any person
who violates any of the provisions of sections 88.03 to 88.22 for which no specific penalty
is therein prescribed shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and be punished accordingly.

(b) Failure by any person to comply with any provision or requirement of sections 88.03
to 88.22 to which such person is subject shall be deemed a violation thereof.

(c) Any person who violates any provisions of sections 88.03 to 88.22, in addition to
any penalties therein prescribed, or hereinbefore in this section prescribed, for such violation,
shall also be liable in full damages to any and every person suffering loss or injury by reason
of such violation, including liability to the state, and any of its political subdivisions, for
all expenses incurred in fighting or preventing the spread of, or extinguishing, any fire
caused by, or resulting from, any violation of these sections. Notwithstanding any statute
to the contrary, an attorney who is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and is an employee
of the Department of Natural Resources may represent the commissioner in proceedings
under this subdivision that are removed to district court from conciliation court.
All expenses
so collected by the state shall be deposited in the general fund. When a fire set by any person
spreads to and damages or destroys property belonging to another, the setting of the fire
shall be prima facie evidence of negligence in setting and allowing the same to spread.

(d) At any time the state, or any political subdivision thereof, either of its own motion,
or at the suggestion or request of the director, may bring an action in any court of competent
jurisdiction to restrain, enjoin, or otherwise prohibit any violation of sections 88.03 to 88.22,
whether therein described as a crime or not, and likewise to restrain, enjoin, or prohibit any
person from proceeding further in, with, or at any timber cutting or other operations without
complying with the provisions of those sections, or the requirements of the director pursuant
thereto; and the court may grant such relief, or any other appropriate relief, whenever it
shall appear that the same may prevent loss of life or property by fire, or may otherwise aid
in accomplishing the purposes of sections 88.03 to 88.22.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 89.551, is amended to read:


89.551 APPROVED FIREWOOD REQUIRED.

(a) After the commissioner issues an order under paragraph (b), a person may not possess
firewood on land administered by the commissioner of natural resources unless the firewood:

(1) was obtained from a firewood distribution facility located on land administered by
the commissioner;

(2) was obtained from a firewood dealer who is selling firewood that is approved by the
commissioner under paragraph (b); or

(3) has been approved by the commissioner of natural resources under paragraph (b).

(b) The commissioner of natural resources shall, by written order published in the State
Register, approve firewood for possession on lands administered by the commissioner. The
order is not subject to the rulemaking provisions of chapter 14, and section 14.386 does not
apply.

(c) A violation under this section is subject to confiscation of firewood and after May
1, 2008, confiscation
and a $100 penalty. A firewood dealer shall be subject to confiscation
and assessed a $100 penalty for each sale of firewood not approved under the provisions
of this section and sold for use on land administered by the commissioner.

(d) For the purposes of this section, "firewood" means any wood that is intended for use
in a campfire, as defined in section 88.01, subdivision 25.

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