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HF 3631

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/20/2020 01:17pm

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underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to state government; appropriating money to modify public spaces for
disability accommodations.

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

Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; SENSORY ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS.
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new text begin (a) $250,000 in fiscal year 2021 and $250,000 in fiscal year 2022 are appropriated from
the general fund to the Department of Administration, Office of Grant Management to fund
building modifications. The Office of Grant Management, in consultation with the Governor's
Council on Developmental Disabilities, shall award grants to state organizations, counties,
cities, and private holders of public access space to fund building modifications to provide
sensory accessibility or accommodations to increase accessible community involvement
and access for individuals who have autism spectrum disorder or a related disability or other
nonvisible health issue with sensory impacts. Grantees can use the grant to modify public
space to:
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new text begin (1) create sensory friendly spaces;
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new text begin (2) modify public use space to meet sensory friendly design standards;
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new text begin (3) equip a facility with mobile tool kits to support sensory needs; or
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new text begin (4) provide quiet zones or times of service.
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new text begin Grantees must also complete disability training to provide staff with the skills necessary to
successfully incorporate building modifications that support individuals within the sensory
modifications made.
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new text begin (b) By February 15, 2024, the commissioner shall report to the legislative committees
having jurisdiction over health and public safety policy on how this appropriation was spent
and what results were achieved.
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