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HF 3722

3rd Engrossment - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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

Current Version - 3rd Engrossment

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A bill for an act
relating to economic development; restricting certain waste management
practices; requiring state approval for government procurement agreements;
establishing a trade policy group; providing workplace communication
protection; classifying certain civil service positions; making technical changes;
regulating unemployment benefits; regulating use of funds; regulating and
renaming the Boxing Commission; defining terms; providing civil penalties;
regulating the Public Facilities Authority; providing for military reservist
economic injury loan; establishing a credit enhanced bond program; adjusting
debt ceilings; regulating state guarantee of certain debt payments; creating transit
improvement area accounts and a loan program; validating local approvals;
requiring subsidy documentation; granting convening authority and setting
deadlines for appointments; renumbering sections; requiring a study; requiring
recommendations; amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 116L.17,
subdivision 4; 268.125, subdivisions 1, 2, by adding a subdivision; 299M.03,
subdivision 2; 341.21, as amended; 341.23; 341.26; 341.28, as amended;
341.29; 341.30; 341.32, as amended; 341.33; 341.34, subdivision 1; 341.35;
341.37; 446A.12, subdivision 1; 462A.22, subdivision 1; Minnesota Statutes
2007 Supplement, sections 10A.01, subdivision 35; 116L.17, subdivision 1;
214.04, subdivision 3; 268.047, subdivisions 1, 2; 268.085, subdivisions 3,
9, 16; 268.125, subdivision 3; 341.22; 341.25; 341.27; 341.321; 446A.072,
subdivisions 3, 5a; 446A.086; Laws 2002, chapter 382, article 2, section 5,
subdivision 3, as added; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes,
chapters 115A; 116J; 181; 341; 446A; 469; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2006,
section 341.31.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 10A.01, subdivision 35,
is amended to read:


Subd. 35.

Public official.

"Public official" means any:

(1) member of the legislature;

(2) individual employed by the legislature as secretary of the senate, legislative
auditor, chief clerk of the house, revisor of statutes, or researcher, legislative analyst, or
attorney in the Office of Senate Counsel and Research or House Research;

(3) constitutional officer in the executive branch and the officer's chief administrative
deputy;

(4) solicitor general or deputy, assistant, or special assistant attorney general;

(5) commissioner, deputy commissioner, or assistant commissioner of any state
department or agency as listed in section 15.01 or 15.06, or the state chief information
officer;

(6) member, chief administrative officer, or deputy chief administrative officer of a
state board or commission that has either the power to adopt, amend, or repeal rules under
chapter 14, or the power to adjudicate contested cases or appeals under chapter 14;

(7) individual employed in the executive branch who is authorized to adopt, amend,
or repeal rules under chapter 14 or adjudicate contested cases under chapter 14;

(8) executive director of the State Board of Investment;

(9) deputy of any official listed in clauses (7) and (8);

(10) judge of the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals;

(11) administrative law judge or compensation judge in the State Office of
Administrative Hearings or referee in the Department of Employment and Economic
Development;

(12) member, regional administrator, division director, general counsel, or operations
manager of the Metropolitan Council;

(13) member or chief administrator of a metropolitan agency;

(14) director of the Division of Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement in the
Department of Public Safety;

(15) member or executive director of the Higher Education Facilities Authority;

(16) member of the board of directors or president of Minnesota Technology, Inc.;

(17) member of the board of directors or executive director of the Minnesota State
High School League;

(18) member of the Minnesota Ballpark Authority established in section 473.755;

(19) citizen member of the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources;

(20) manager of a watershed district, or member of a watershed management
organization as defined under section 103B.205, subdivision 13; deleted text beginor
deleted text end

(21) supervisor of a soil and water conservation districtnew text begin; or
new text end

new text begin (22) director of Explore Minnesota Tourismnew text end.

Sec. 2.

new text begin [115A.936] CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS AS COVER MATERIAL
PROHIBITED.
new text end

new text begin (a) Construction debris or residuals from processed construction debris containing
any amount of gypsum shall not be managed as cover material at disposal facilities unless:
new text end

new text begin (1) residual material is managed in an industrial or construction and demolition
disposal facility equipped with a liner and leachate collection system;
new text end

new text begin (2) residual material is not mechanically pulverized or size-reduced prior to
processing, screening, or application;
new text end

new text begin (3) a maximum effort is made to remove gypsum from the waste prior to processing,
screening, or application;
new text end

new text begin (4) residual material is mixed at a ratio of one part soil to one part residual material
prior to application; and
new text end

new text begin (5) the disposal facility does not accept any amount of cover material greater than
what is operationally necessary.
new text end

new text begin (b) For the purposes of this section, "residual material" means construction debris or
residuals from processed construction debris containing any amount of gypsum.
new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin [116J.976] STATE APPROVAL OF GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT
AGREEMENTS.
new text end

new text begin Any decision of the state to enter into government procurement agreements relating
to United States trade agreements must be approved by the governor and the legislature.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 4.

new text begin [116J.977] TRADE POLICY ADVISORY GROUP.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin The trade policy advisory group is established to
advise and assist the governor and the legislature regarding government procurement
agreements of United States trade agreements.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Membership. new text end

new text begin (a) The trade policy advisory group shall be comprised of
nine members as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) the governor, or the governor's designee;
new text end

new text begin (2) the commissioner of employment and economic development, or the
commissioner's designee;
new text end

new text begin (3) the commissioner of agriculture, or the commissioner's designee;
new text end

new text begin (4) the commissioner of administration, or the commissioner's designee;
new text end

new text begin (5) the attorney general, or a designee;
new text end

new text begin (6) two senators, including one member from the majority party and one member
from the minority party, appointed by the Subcommittee on Committees of the Committee
on Rules and Administration of the senate; and
new text end

new text begin (7) two members of the house of representatives, including one member appointed
by the speaker of the house and one member appointed by the minority leader.
new text end

new text begin (b) Members of the trade policy advisory group shall serve for a term of two years
and may be reappointed. Members shall serve until their successors have been appointed.
new text end

new text begin (c) The trade policy advisory group may invite representatives from other state
agencies, industries, trade and labor organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and
local governments to join the group as nonvoting ex officio members.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Administration. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of employment and economic
development or the commissioner's designee shall:
new text end

new text begin (1) coordinate with the other appointing authorities to designate their representatives;
and
new text end

new text begin (2) provide meeting space and administrative services for the group.
new text end

new text begin (b) The members shall elect a chair from the legislative members of the working
group. The chair will assume responsibility for convening future meetings of the group.
new text end

new text begin (c) Public members of the advisory group serve without compensation or payment of
expenses.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Duties. new text end

new text begin The trade policy advisory group shall:
new text end

new text begin (1) serve as an advisory group to the governor and the legislature on matters relating
to government procurement agreements of United States trade agreements;
new text end

new text begin (2) assess the potential impact of government procurement agreements on the state's
economy;
new text end

new text begin (3) advise the governor and the legislature of the group's findings and make
recommendations, including any draft legislation necessary to implement the
recommendations, to the governor and the legislature;
new text end

new text begin (4) determine, on a case-by-case basis, the impact of a specific government
procurement agreement by requesting input from state agencies, seeking expert advice,
convening public hearings, and taking other reasonable and appropriate actions;
new text end

new text begin (5) provide advice on other issues related to trade agreements other than government
procurement agreements when specifically requested by the governor or the legislature;
new text end

new text begin (6) request information from the Office of the United States Trade Representative
necessary to conduct an appropriate review of government procurement agreements or
other trade issues as directed by the governor or the legislature; and
new text end

new text begin (7) receive information obtained by the United States Trade Representative's Single
Point of Contact for Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding section 15.059, subdivision 5, this section
expires June 30, 2012.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2008.
new text end

Sec. 5.

new text begin [116J.996] MILITARY RESERVIST ECONOMIC INJURY LOANS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) The definitions in this subdivision apply to this
section.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Active service" has the meaning given in section 190.05.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of employment and economic
development.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Eligible business" means a small business, as defined in section 645.445, that
was operating in Minnesota on the date a military reservist received orders for active
service.
new text end

new text begin (e) "Essential employee" means a military reservist who is an owner or employee
of an eligible business and whose managerial or technical expertise is critical to the
day-to-day operation of the eligible business.
new text end

new text begin (f) "Military reservist" means a member of the reserve component of the armed
forces.
new text end

new text begin (g) "Reserve component of the armed forces" has the meaning given it in United
States Code, title 10, section 101(c).
new text end

new text begin (h) "Substantial economic injury" means an economic harm to an eligible business
that results in the inability of the eligible business to:
new text end

new text begin (1) meet its obligations as they mature;
new text end

new text begin (2) pay its ordinary and necessary operating expenses; or
new text end

new text begin (3) manufacture, produce, market, or provide a product or service ordinarily
manufactured, produced, marketed, or provided by the eligible business.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Loan program. new text end

new text begin The commissioner may make onetime, interest-free loans
of up to $20,000 per borrower to eligible businesses that have sustained or are likely to
sustain substantial economic injury as a result of the call to active service for 180 days
or more of an essential employee. Loans must be made for the purpose of preventing,
remedying, or ameliorating the substantial economic injury.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Revolving loan account. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall use money appropriated
for the purpose to establish a revolving loan account. All repayments of loans made
under this section must be deposited into this account. Interest earned on money in the
account accrues to the account. Money in the account is appropriated to the commissioner
for purposes of the loan program created in this section, including costs incurred by the
commissioner to establish and administer the program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Rules. new text end

new text begin Using the expedited rulemaking procedures of section 14.389, the
commissioner shall develop and publish expedited rules for loan applications, use of
funds, needed collateral, terms of loans, and other details of military reservist economic
injury loans.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 116L.17, subdivision 1, is
amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

(a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms
have the meanings given them in this subdivision.

(b) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of employment and economic
development.

(c) "Dislocated worker" means an individual who is a resident of Minnesota at the
time employment ceased or was working in the state at the time employment ceased and:

(1) has been permanently separated or has received a notice of permanent separation
from public or private sector employment and is eligible for or has exhausted entitlement
to unemployment benefits, and is unlikely to return to the previous industry or occupation;

(2) has been long-term unemployed and has limited opportunities for employment
or reemployment in the same or a similar occupation in the area in which the individual
resides, including older individuals who may have substantial barriers to employment by
reason of age;

(3) has been terminated or has received a notice of termination of employment as a
result of a plant closing or a substantial layoff at a plant, facility, or enterprise;

(4) has been self-employed, including farmers and ranchers, and is unemployed as a
result of general economic conditions in the community in which the individual resides
or because of natural disasters;

(5) has been permanently separated from employment in a restaurant, bar, or
lawful gambling organization from October 1, 2007, to October 1, 2009, due to the
implementation of any state law prohibiting smoking; deleted text beginordeleted text end

new text begin (6) is a veteran as defined by section 197.447, has been discharged or released from
active duty under honorable conditions within the last 36 months, and (i) is unemployed or
(ii) is employed in a job which pays less than what the veteran could verifiably earn; or
new text end

deleted text begin (6)deleted text end new text begin(7) new text endis a displaced homemaker. A "displaced homemaker" is an individual who
has spent a substantial number of years in the home providing homemaking service and
(i) has been dependent upon the financial support of another; and now due to divorce,
separation, death, or disability of that person, must find employment to self support; or (ii)
derived the substantial share of support from public assistance on account of dependents
in the home and no longer receives such support.

To be eligible under this clause, the support must have ceased while the worker
resided in Minnesota.

(d) "Eligible organization" means a state or local government unit, nonprofit
organization, community action agency, business organization or association, or labor
organization.

(e) "Plant closing" means the announced or actual permanent shutdown of a single
site of employment, or one or more facilities or operating units within a single site of
employment.

(f) "Substantial layoff" means a permanent reduction in the workforce, which is
not a result of a plant closing, and which results in an employment loss at a single site
of employment during any 30-day period for at least 50 employees excluding those
employees that work less than 20 hours per week.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 116L.17, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Use of funds.

Funds granted by the board under this section may be used
for any combination of the following, except as otherwise provided in this section:

(1) employment transition services such as developing readjustment plans for
individuals; outreach and intake; early readjustment; job or career counseling; testing;
orientation; assessment of skills and aptitudes; provision of occupational and labor market
information; job placement assistance; job search; job development; prelayoff assistance;
relocation assistance; and programs provided in cooperation with employers or labor
organizations to provide early intervention in the event of plant closings or substantial
layoffs;

(2) support services, including assistance to help the participant relocate to employ
existing skills; out-of-area job search assistance; family care assistance, including child
care; commuting assistance; emergency housing and rental assistance; counseling
assistance, including personal and financial; health care; emergency health assistance;
emergency financial assistance; work-related tools and clothing; and other appropriate
support services that enable a person to participate in an employment and training program
with the goal of reemployment;

(3) specific, short-term training to help the participant enhance current skills
in a similar occupation or industry; entrepreneurial training, customized training, or
on-the-job training; basic and remedial education to enhance current skills; and literacy
and work-related English training for non-English speakers; and

(4) long-term training in a new occupation or industry, including occupational skills
training or customized training in an accredited program recognized by one or more
relevant industries. Long-term training shall only be provided to dislocated workers
whose skills are obsolete and who have no other transferable skills likely to result in
employment at a comparable wage rate. Training shall only be provided for occupations or
industries with reasonable expectations of job availability based on the service provider's
thorough assessment of local labor market information where the individual currently
resides or is willing to relocate.new text begin This clause shall not restrict training in personal services
or other such industries.
new text end

Sec. 8.

new text begin [181.985] WORKPLACE COMMUNICATIONS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms
have the meanings given them.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Public employee" has the meaning given in section 179A.03, subdivision 14.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Public employer" has the meaning given in section 179A.03, subdivision 15.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Communication" means any printed or electronic document, letter, brochure,
flyer, advertisement, e-mail, text message, or similar means pertaining to union business
or labor organizing as provided under state law.
new text end

new text begin (e) "Employee organization" has the meaning given in section 179A.03, subdivision
6.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Collective bargaining agreements. new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes, chapter 179A,
shall not prohibit a collective bargaining agreement from including provisions related
to workplace communications.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 214.04, subdivision 3, is
amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Officers; staff.

The executive director of each health-related board and
the executive secretary of each non-health-related board shall be the chief administrative
officer for the board but shall not be a member of the board. The executive director or
executive secretary shall maintain the records of the board, account for all fees received
by it, supervise and direct employees servicing the board, and perform other services as
directed by the board. The executive directors, executive secretaries, and other employees
of the following boards shall be hired by the board, and the executive directors or executive
secretaries shall be in the unclassified civil service, except as provided in this subdivision:

(1) Dentistry;

(2) Medical Practice;

(3) Nursing;

(4) Pharmacy;

(5) Accountancy;

(6) Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture,
Geoscience, and Interior Design;

(7) Barber Examiners;

(8) Cosmetology;

(9) Teaching;

(10) Peace Officer Standards and Training;

(11) Social Work;

(12) Marriage and Family Therapy;

(13) Dietetics and Nutrition Practice; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(14) Licensed Professional Counselingdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (15) Combative Sports Commission.
new text end

The executive directors or executive secretaries serving the boards are hired by those
boards and are in the unclassified civil service, except for part-time executive directors
or executive secretaries, who are not required to be in the unclassified service. Boards
not requiring full-time executive directors or executive secretaries may employ them on
a part-time basis. To the extent practicable, the sharing of part-time executive directors
or executive secretaries by boards being serviced by the same department is encouraged.
Persons providing services to those boards not listed in this subdivision, except executive
directors or executive secretaries of the boards and employees of the attorney general, are
classified civil service employees of the department servicing the board. To the extent
practicable, the commissioner shall ensure that staff services are shared by the boards
being serviced by the department. If necessary, a board may hire part-time, temporary
employees to administer and grade examinations.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 268.047, subdivision 1, is
amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

General rule.

Unemployment benefits paid to an applicant,
including extendeddeleted text begin, additional,deleted text end and shared work benefits, will be used in computing
the future tax rate of a taxpaying base period employer or charged to the reimbursable
account of a base period nonprofit or government employer that has elected to be liable for
reimbursements except as provided in subdivisions 2 and 3. The amount of unemployment
benefits used in computing the future tax rate of taxpaying employers or charged to the
reimbursable account of a nonprofit or government employer that has elected to be liable
for reimbursements is the same percentage of the total amount of unemployment benefits
paid as the percentage of wage credits from the employer is of the total amount of wage
credits from all the applicant's base period employers.

In making computations under this subdivision, the amount of wage credits, if not a
whole dollar, must be computed to the nearest whole dollar.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 268.047, subdivision 2, is
amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Exceptions for all employers.

Unemployment benefits paid will not be
used in computing the future tax rate of a taxpaying base period employer or charged to
the reimbursable account of a base period nonprofit or government employer that has
elected to be liable for reimbursements when:

(1) the applicant was discharged from the employment because of aggravated
employment misconduct as determined under section 268.095. This exception applies
only to unemployment benefits paid for periods after the applicant's discharge from
employment;

(2) an applicant's discharge from that employment occurred because a law required
removal of the applicant from the position the applicant held;

(3) the employer is in the tourist or recreation industry and is in active operation of
business less than 15 calendar weeks each year and the applicant's wage credits from the
employer are less than 600 times the applicable state or federal minimum wage;

(4) the employer provided regularly scheduled part-time employment to the
applicant during the applicant's base period and continues to provide the applicant with
regularly scheduled part-time employment during the benefit year of at least 90 percent
of the part-time employment provided in the base period, and is an involved employer
because of the applicant's loss of other employment. This exception terminates effective
the first week that the employer fails to meet the benefit year employment requirements.
This exception applies to educational institutions without consideration of the period
between academic years or terms;

(5) the employer is a fire department or firefighting corporation or operator of
a life-support transportation service, and continues to provide employment for the
applicant as a volunteer firefighter or a volunteer ambulance service personnel during the
benefit year on the same basis that employment was provided in the base period. This
exception terminates effective the first week that the employer fails to meet the benefit
year employment requirements;

(6) the applicant's unemployment from this employer was a direct result of the
condemnation of property by a governmental agency, a fire, flood, or act of nature,
where 25 percent or more of the employees employed at the affected location, including
the applicant, became unemployed as a result. This exception does not apply where the
unemployment was a direct result of the intentional act of the employer or a person acting
on behalf of the employer;

(7) the unemployment benefits were paid by another state as a result of the
transferring of wage credits under a combined wage arrangement provided for in section
268.131;

(8) the applicant stopped working because of a labor dispute at the applicant's
primary place of employment if the employer was not a party to the labor dispute;

(9) the unemployment benefits were determined overpaid unemployment benefits
under section 268.18; deleted text beginordeleted text end

(10) new text beginthe applicant was employed as a replacement worker, for a period of six months
or longer, for an employee who is in the military reserve and was called for active duty
during the time the applicant worked as a replacement, and the applicant was laid off
because the employee returned to employment after active duty; or
new text end

new text begin (11) new text endthe trust fund was reimbursed for the unemployment benefits by the federal
government.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 268.085, subdivision 3, is
amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Payments that delay unemployment benefits.

(a) An applicant is not
eligible to receive unemployment benefits for any week with respect to which the applicant
is receiving, has received, or has filed for payment, equal to or in excess of the applicant's
weekly unemployment benefit amount, in the form of:

(1) vacation pay paid upon temporary, indefinite, or seasonal separation. This clause
does not apply to new text begin(i) new text endvacation pay paid upon a permanent separation from employmentnew text begin, or
(ii) vacation pay paid from a vacation fund administered by a union or a third party not
under the control of the employer
new text end;

(2) severance pay, bonus pay, sick pay, and any other payments, except earnings
under subdivision 5, and back pay under subdivision 6, paid by an employer because of,
upon, or after separation from employment, but only if the payment is considered wages at
the time of payment under section 268.035, subdivision 29; or

(3) pension, retirement, or annuity payments from any plan contributed to by a base
period employer including the United States government, except Social Security benefits
that are provided for in subdivision 4. The base period employer is considered to have
contributed to the plan if the contribution is excluded from the definition of wages under
section 268.035, subdivision 29, clause (1).

An applicant is not considered to have received the lump sum payment if the
applicant immediately deposits that payment in a qualified pension plan or account.

(b) This subdivision applies to all the weeks of payment. Payments under paragraph
(a), clauses (1) and (2), are applied to the period immediately following the last day
of employment deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin.new text end The number of weeks of paymentdeleted text begin, for purposes of those clauses,deleted text end
is determined as follows:

(1) if the payments are made periodically, the total of the payments to be received is
divided by the applicant's last level of regular weekly pay from the employer; or

(2) if the payment is made in a lump sum, that sum is divided by the applicant's last
level of regular weekly pay from the employer.

(c) If the payment is less than the applicant's weekly unemployment benefit amount,
unemployment benefits are reduced by the amount of the payment. If the computation
of reduced unemployment benefits is not a whole dollar, it is rounded down to the next
lower whole dollar.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 268.085, subdivision 9, is
amended to read:


Subd. 9.

Business owners.

Wage credits from an employer may not be used for
unemployment benefit purposes by any applicant who:

(1) individually, jointly, or in combination with the applicant's spouse, parent, or
child owns or controls directly or indirectly 25 percent or more interest in the employerdeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin;new text end or

new text begin (2) new text endis the spouse, parent, or minor child of any individual who owns or controls
directly or indirectly 25 percent or more interest in the employerdeleted text begin; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) is temporarily, seasonally, or indefinitely unemployed and not permanently
separated from the employment
deleted text end.

This subdivision is effective when the applicant has been paid deleted text beginfourdeleted text end new text beginfive new text endtimes
the applicant's weekly unemployment benefit amount in the current benefit year.new text begin This
subdivision does not apply if the applicant had wages paid of $7,500 or more from the
employer covered by this subdivision in each of the 16 calendar quarters prior to the
effective date of the benefit account.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 6, 2008, and applies to
applications for unemployment benefits filed on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 268.085, subdivision 16,
is amended to read:


Subd. 16.

Actively seeking suitable employment defined.

(a) "Actively seeking
suitable employment" means those reasonable, diligent efforts an individual in similar
circumstances would make if genuinely interested in obtaining suitable employment under
the existing conditions in the labor market area. Limiting the search to positions that are
not available or are above the applicant's training, experience, and qualifications is not
"actively seeking suitable employment."

(b) To be considered "actively seeking suitable employment" an applicant must,
when reasonable, contact those employers from whom the applicant was laid off because
of lack of work and request suitable employment.

(c) If reasonable prospects of suitable employment in the applicant's usual or
customary occupation do not exist, the applicant must actively seek other suitable
employment to be considered "actively seeking suitable employment." This applies to an
applicant who is seasonally unemployed.

(d) An applicant who is seeking employment only through a union is deleted text beginnotdeleted text endnew text begin considerednew text end
actively seeking suitable employment deleted text beginunlessdeleted text endnew text begin ifnew text end the applicant is in an occupation where
deleted text begin it is required by union rule that all thedeleted text end hiring in that locality is done through the
unionnew text begin.new text end deleted text beginor that all members aredeleted text end new text beginIf the applicant is a union member who is new text endrestricted
to obtaining employment among signatory contractors in the construction industrynew text begin,
seeking employment only with those signatory contractors is considered actively seeking
employment
new text end. The applicant must be a union member in good standing, registered with
the union for employment, and in compliance with other union rules to be considered
"actively seeking suitable employment."

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 268.125, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Additional unemployment benefits; when available.

Additional
unemployment benefits are available if:

new text begin (1) a county had a total unemployment rate for the prior 12-calendar month period of
at least 1.8 times the state average unemployment rate for the prior 12-calendar month
period and the state average unemployment rate for the same 12-calendar month period
was at least 4.6 percent. The commissioner must calculate the applicable unemployment
rates within 30 calendar days following the end of the month. Once it has been calculated
that the total unemployment rate in a county equals or exceeds 1.8 times the state average
unemployment rate for the prior 12-calendar month period, the additional benefits are
available beginning the Sunday following the date of calculation and continuing for a
minimum of 13 calendar weeks. This clause expires June 30, 2009; or
new text end

deleted text begin (1)deleted text end new text begin(2) (i) new text endat a facility that had 100 or more employees, the employer reduced
operations, resulting within a one-month period in the layoff of 50 percent or more of the
facility's work force, including reductions caused as a result of a major natural disaster
declared by the president;

deleted text begin (2)deleted text end new text begin(ii) new text endthe employer has no expressed plan to resume operations that would lead to
the reemployment of those employees in the immediate future; and

deleted text begin (3)deleted text end new text begin(iii) new text endthe seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the county that the facility
is located was ten percent or more during the month of the reduction or any of the three
months before or after the month of the reduction.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies retroactively from January 1, 2008.
new text end

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 268.125, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Payment deleted text beginof unemployment benefitsdeleted text endnew text begin from trust fund; effect on
employer
new text end.

Additional unemployment benefits are payable from the trust fund.new text begin Additional
unemployment benefits paid will not be used in computing the experience rating of a
taxpaying employer nor charged to the reimbursing account of a nonprofit or government
employer. This subdivision expires June 30, 2009.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 268.125, subdivision 3, is
amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Eligibility conditions.

An applicant is eligible to receive additional
unemployment benefits for any week during the applicant's benefit year if:

new text begin (1) for any week during which benefits are available under subdivision 1, clause (1):
new text end

new text begin (i) the applicant resides in a county that meets the requirements of subdivision 1,
clause (1), and resided in that county each week that regular unemployment benefits
were paid;
new text end

new text begin (ii) the applicant was not paid unemployment benefits for any week in the 12 months
before the effective date of the applicant's benefit account;
new text end

new text begin (iii) the applicant meets the same eligibility requirements that are required for
regular unemployment benefits under section 268.069; and
new text end

new text begin (iv) the applicant has exhausted regular unemployment benefits under section
268.07, is not entitled to receive extended unemployment benefits under section 268.115,
and is not entitled to receive unemployment benefits under any other state or federal law
for that week. This clause expires June 30, 2009; or
new text end

deleted text begin (1)deleted text end new text begin(2) new text endthe applicant was laid off from employment as a result of a reduction under
subdivision 1new text begin, clause (2),new text end or was laid off because of lack of work from that employer
during the three-month period before, or the three-month period after, the month of the
reduction under subdivision 1new text begin, clause (2)new text end;

deleted text begin (2)deleted text end new text begin(3) new text endthe applicant meets the new text beginsame new text endeligibility requirements new text beginthat are required for
regular unemployment benefits
new text endunder section ;

deleted text begin (3) deleted text end deleted text begin the applicant is not ineligible under section 268.095 because of a quit or a
discharge;
deleted text end

(4) the applicant has exhausted regular unemployment benefits under section 268.07,
is not entitled to receive extended unemployment benefits under section 268.115, and
is not entitled to receive unemployment benefits under any other state or federal law
for that week; and

(5) a majority of the applicant's wage credits were from the employer that had a
reduction in operations under subdivision 1new text begin, clause (2)new text end.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies retroactively from January 1, 2008, except clause (1), item (ii), which shall be
effective January 1, 2009.
new text end

Sec. 18.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 268.125, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Notice. new text end

new text begin The commissioner must notify applicants of the availability
of additional unemployment benefits by contacting applicants by mail or electronic
transmission, by posting a notice on the department's official Web site, and by appropriate
announcement. This subdivision expires June 30, 2009.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 19.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 299M.03, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Journeyman certificate.

Except for residential installations by the owner
of an occupied one- or two-family dwelling, a person may not install, connect, alter, repair,
or add to a fire protection system, under the supervision of a fire protection contractor,
unless annually certified to perform those duties as a journeyman sprinkler fitter or as a
registered apprentice sprinkler fitter. This subdivision does not apply to a person deleted text beginalteringdeleted text endnew text begin
maintaining
new text end or repairing a fire protection system if the system deleted text beginuses low pressure water
and the system
deleted text end is located in a facility regulated under the federal Mine Occupational
Safety and Health Act.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following enactment.
new text end

Sec. 20.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 341.21, as amended by Laws 2007, chapter
135, article 3, section 30, is amended to read:


341.21 DEFINITIONS.

Subdivision 1.

Applicability.

The definitions in this section apply to this chapter.

Subd. 2.

Boxing.

"Boxing" means the act of attack and defense with the fists, using
padded gloves, that is practiced as a sport under the rules of the Association of Boxing
Commissions, or equivalent. Where applicable, boxing includes tough person contests.

new text begin Subd. 2a. new text end

new text begin Combatant. new text end

new text begin "Combatant" means an individual who employs the act of
attack and defense as a boxer, tough person, or mixed martial artist while engaged in
a combative sport.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2b. new text end

new text begin Combative sport. new text end

new text begin "Combative sport" means a sport that employs the act
of attack and defense with the fists, with or without using padded gloves, or feet that is
practiced as a sport under the rules of the Association of Boxing Commissions, unified
rules for mixed martial arts, or their equivalent. Combative sports include professional
boxing and professional and amateur tough person and professional and amateur mixed
martial arts contests.
new text end

Subd. 3.

Commission.

"Commission" means the deleted text beginMinnesota Boxingdeleted text end new text beginCombative
Sports
new text endCommission.

Subd. 4.

new text beginCombative sports new text endcontest.

"new text beginCombative sports new text endcontest" means deleted text beginanydeleted text endnew text begin a
professional
new text end boxingnew text begin, a professional or amateur tough person, or a professional or amateur
mixed martial art bout, competition
new text end deleted text begincontestdeleted text end, match, or exhibition.

new text begin Subd. 4a. new text end

new text begin Director. new text end

new text begin "Director" means the executive director of the commission.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4b. new text end

new text begin HBV. new text end

new text begin "HBV" means the hepatitis B virus with the e-antigen present in
the most recent blood test.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4c. new text end

new text begin HCV. new text end

new text begin "HCV" means the hepatitis C virus.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4d. new text end

new text begin HIV. new text end

new text begin "HIV" means the human immunodeficiency virus.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4e. new text end

new text begin Individual. new text end

new text begin "Individual" means a living human being.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4f. new text end

new text begin Mixed martial arts contest. new text end

new text begin "Mixed martial arts contest" means a contest
between two or more individuals consisting of any combination of full contact martial art
including, but not limited to, Muay Thai and Karate, kickboxing, wrestling, grappling,
or other recognized martial art.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4g. new text end

new text begin Person. new text end

new text begin "Person" means an individual, corporation, partnership, limited
liability company, organization, or other business entity organized and existing under law,
its officers and directors, or a person holding 25 percent or more of the ownership of a
corporation that is authorized to do business under the laws of this state.
new text end

Subd. 5.

Professional.

"Professional" means any person who competes for any
money prize or a prize that exceeds the value of $50 or teaches, pursues, or assists in the
practice of deleted text beginboxingdeleted text endnew text begin a combative sportnew text end as a means of obtaining a livelihood or pecuniary
gain.

deleted text begin Subd. 6. deleted text end

deleted text begin Director. deleted text end

deleted text begin "Director" means the executive director of the commission.
deleted text end

Subd. 7.

Tough person contest.

"Tough person contest," including contests
marketed as tough man deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin ornew text end tough woman contests, means deleted text beginany boxing match consistingdeleted text endnew text begin
a contest
new text end of deleted text beginone-minute roundsdeleted text endnew text begin two-minute rounds consisting of not more than four roundsnew text end
between two or more deleted text beginpersonsdeleted text endnew text begin individualsnew text end who use their hands, or their feet, or bothdeleted text begin,deleted text end in any
manner. Tough person contest does not include deleted text beginkick boxingdeleted text endnew text begin kickboxingnew text end or any recognized
martial arts deleted text begincompetitiondeleted text endnew text begin contestnew text end.

deleted text begin Subd. 8. deleted text end

deleted text begin Mixed martial arts. deleted text end

deleted text begin "Mixed martial arts" means any combination of
boxing, kick boxing, wrestling, grappling, or other recognized martial arts.
deleted text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 21.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 341.22, is amended to read:


341.22 deleted text beginBOXINGdeleted text endnew text begin COMBATIVE SPORTSnew text end COMMISSION.

There is hereby created the Minnesota deleted text beginBoxingdeleted text endnew text begin Combative Sportsnew text end Commission
consisting of nine members who are citizens of this state. The members must be appointed
by the governor. One member of the commission must be a retired judge of the Minnesota
district court, Minnesota Court of Appeals, Minnesota Supreme Court, the United States
District Court for the District of Minnesota, or the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and
at least deleted text beginthreedeleted text endnew text begin fournew text end members must have knowledge of the boxing industry. At least four
members must have knowledge of the mixed martial arts industry. The governor shall
make serious efforts to appoint qualified women to serve on the commission. Membership
terms, compensation of members, removal of members, the filling of membership
vacancies, and fiscal year and reporting requirements must be as provided in sections
214.07 to 214.09. new text beginUnless otherwise provided, new text endthe provision of staff, administrative
services, and office space; the review and processing of complaints; the setting of fees; and
other provisions relating to commission operations deleted text beginmust bedeleted text endnew text begin arenew text end as provided in chapter 214.
The purpose of the commission is to protect health, promote safety, and ensure fair events.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 22.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 341.23, is amended to read:


341.23 LIMITATIONS.

No member of the deleted text beginBoxingdeleted text end commission may directly or indirectly promote a deleted text beginboxingdeleted text end
contest, directly or indirectly engage in the managing of a deleted text beginboxerdeleted text endnew text begin combatantnew text end, or have an
interest in any manner in the proceeds from a deleted text beginboxingdeleted text endnew text begin combative sportnew text end contest.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 23.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 341.25, is amended to read:


341.25 RULES.

(a) The commission may adopt rules that include standards for the physical
examination and condition of deleted text beginboxersdeleted text endnew text begin combatantsnew text end and referees.

(b) The commission may adopt other rules necessary to carry out the purposes
of this chapter, including, but not limited to, the conduct of deleted text beginboxing exhibitions, bouts,
and fights,
deleted text endnew text begin all combative sport contestsnew text end and their manner, supervision, time, and place.new text begin
Notwithstanding section 14.125, the commission shall publish a notice of intent to adopt
rules or a notice of hearing on or before September 1, 2008.
new text end

(c) The commission must adopt unified rules for mixed martial artsnew text begin contestsnew text end.

new text begin (d) The commission may adopt the rules of the Association of Boxing Commissions,
with amendments.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 24.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 341.26, is amended to read:


341.26 MEETINGS.

The commission shall hold a regular meeting quarterly and may hold special
meetings. Except as otherwise provided in law, all meetings of the commission must be
open to the public and reasonable notice of the meetings must be given under chapter
13D.new text begin If compliance with section 13D.02 is impractical, the commission may conduct a
meeting of its members by telephone or other electronic means so long as the following
conditions are met:
new text end

new text begin (1) all members of the commission participating in the meeting, wherever their
physical location, can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;
new text end

new text begin (2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the commission
can hear clearly all discussion and testimony and all votes of members of the commission
and, if needed, receive those services required by sections 15.44 and 15.441;
new text end

new text begin (3) at least one member of the commission is physically present at the regular
meeting location; and
new text end

new text begin (4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.
new text end

new text begin Each member of the commission participating in a meeting by telephone or other
electronic means is considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a
quorum and participating in all proceedings.
new text end

new text begin If a telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or
emergency meeting, the commission, to the extent practical, shall allow a person to
monitor the meeting electronically from a remote location. The commission may require
the person making such a connection to pay for documented costs that the commission
incurs as a result of the additional connection.
new text end

new text begin If a telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or
emergency meeting, the commission shall provide notice of the regular meeting location,
of the fact that some members may participate by telephone or other electronic means, and
that a person may monitor the meeting electronically from a remote location. The timing
and method of providing notice is governed by section 13D.04.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 25.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 341.27, is amended to read:


341.27 COMMISSION DUTIES.

The commission shall:

(1) issue, deny, renew, suspend, or revoke licenses;

(2) make and maintain records of its acts and proceedings including the issuance,
denial, renewal, suspension, or revocation of licenses;

(3) keep public records of the commission open to inspection at all reasonable times;

(4) assist the director in the development of rules to be implemented under this
chapter;

(5) conform to the rules adopted under this chapter; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(6) develop policies and procedures for regulating mixed martial artsdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (7) immediately suspend an individual license for a medical condition, including but
not limited to a medical condition resulting from an injury sustained during a match, bout,
or contest that has been confirmed by the ringside physician. The medical suspension must
be lifted after the commission receives written information from a physician licensed in
the home state of the licensee indicating that the combatant may resume competition, and
any other information that the commission may by rule require. Medical suspensions are
not subject to section 214.10; and
new text end

new text begin (8) evaluate the performance and compensation of the director, including eligibility
for salary increases, in keeping with state procedures.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 26.

new text begin [341.271] GIFT AUTHORITY.
new text end

new text begin The commission may apply for, receive, and expend in its own name grants and
gifts of money consistent with the powers and duties specified in section 341.27. The
commission may accept gifts, bequests, grants, payments for services, and other public
and private money to help finance the activities of the commission.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 27.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 341.28, as amended by Laws 2007, chapter
135, article 3, sections 34, 35, is amended to read:


341.28 REGULATION OF deleted text beginBOXINGdeleted text endnew text begin COMBATIVE SPORTnew text end CONTESTS.

Subdivision 1.

Regulatory authority; deleted text beginboxingdeleted text endnew text begin combative sportsnew text end.

All deleted text beginprofessional
boxing
deleted text endnew text begin combative sportnew text end contests are subject to this chapter. deleted text beginEvery contestant in a boxing
contest shall wear padded gloves that weigh at least eight ounces.
deleted text end The commission shall,
for every deleted text beginboxingdeleted text endnew text begin combative sportnew text end contest:

(1) direct a commission member to be present; and

(2) direct the attending commission member to make a written report of the contest.

All deleted text beginboxingdeleted text endnew text begin combative sportnew text end contests within this state must be conducted according to
the requirements of this chapter.

new text begin Subd. 1a. new text end

new text begin Regulatory authority; boxing contests. new text end

new text begin All professional boxing contests
are subject to this chapter. Every combatant in a boxing contest shall wear padded gloves
that weigh at least eight ounces. Officials at all boxing contests must be licensed under
this chapter.
new text end

Subd. 2.

Regulatory authority; tough person contests.

All new text beginprofessional and
amateur
new text endtough person contestsdeleted text begin, including amateur tough person contests,deleted text end are subject to
this chapter. All tough person contests are subject to deleted text beginAmericandeleted text endnew text begin Association ofnew text end Boxing
deleted text begin Commission (ABC)deleted text endnew text begin Commissionsnew text end rules. Every contestant in a tough person contest shall
have a physical examination prior to their bouts. Every contestant in a tough person
contest shall wear padded gloves that weigh at least 12 ounces. All tough person bouts are
limited to two-minute rounds and a maximum of four total rounds. Officials at new text beginall new text endtough
person deleted text beginboutsdeleted text endnew text begin contestsnew text end shall be licensed under this chapter.

Subd. 3.

Regulatory authority; new text beginmixed martial arts contests; new text endsimilar sporting
events.

All new text beginprofessional and amateur new text endmixed martial arts, ultimate fight contests, and
similar sporting events are subject to this chapternew text begin and all officials at these events must be
licensed under this chapter
new text end.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 28.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 341.29, is amended to read:


341.29 JURISDICTION OF COMMISSION.

The commission shall:

(1) have sole direction, supervision, regulation, control, and jurisdiction over all
deleted text begin boxingdeleted text endnew text begin combative sportsnew text end contests deleted text beginand tough person contestsdeleted text endnew text begin that arenew text end held within this state
unless a contest is exempt from the application of this chapter under federal law;

(2) have sole control, authority, and jurisdiction over all licenses required by this
chapter; and

(3) grant a license to an applicant if, in the judgment of the commission, the financial
responsibility, experience, character, and general fitness of the applicant are consistent
with the public interest, convenience, or necessity and the best interests of deleted text beginboxingdeleted text endnew text begin
combative sports
new text end and conforms with this chapter and the commission's rules.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 29.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 341.30, is amended to read:


341.30 LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS.

Subdivision 1.

Licensure; individuals.

All referees, judges, deleted text beginmatchmakers,deleted text end
promoters, trainers, ring announcers, timekeepers, ringside physicians, deleted text beginboxersdeleted text endnew text begin combatantsnew text end,
deleted text begin boxers'deleted text end managers, and deleted text beginboxers'deleted text end seconds are required to be licensed by the commission. The
commission shall not permit any of these persons to participate in the holding or conduct
of any deleted text beginboxingdeleted text endnew text begin combative sportnew text end contest unless the commission has first issued the person
a license.

Subd. 2.

Entity licensure.

Before participating in the holding or conduct of any
deleted text begin boxingdeleted text endnew text begin combative sportnew text end contest, a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or
other business entity organized and existing under law, its officers and directors, and
any person holding 25 percent or more of the ownership of the corporation shall obtain
a license from the commission and must be authorized to do business under the laws of
this state.

Subd. 3.

Background investigation.

The commission may require referees, judges,
deleted text begin matchmakers,deleted text end promoters, and deleted text beginboxersdeleted text endnew text begin combatantsnew text end to furnish fingerprints and background
information under commission rules before licensure. The commission shall charge a fee
for receiving fingerprints and background information in an amount determined by the
commission. The commission may require referees, judges, deleted text beginmatchmakers,deleted text end promoters,
and deleted text beginboxersdeleted text endnew text begin combatantsnew text end to furnish fingerprints and background information before
license renewal. The fee may include a reasonable charge for expenses incurred by the
commission or the Department of Public Safety. For this purpose, the commission and the
Department of Public Safety may enter into an interagency agreement.

Subd. 4.

Prelicensure requirements.

(a) Before the commission issues a license to
a promoter, deleted text beginmatchmaker,deleted text end corporation, or other business entity, the applicant shall:

(1) provide the commission with a copy of any agreement between a deleted text begincontestantdeleted text endnew text begin
combatant
new text end and the applicant that binds the applicant to pay the deleted text begincontestantdeleted text endnew text begin combatantnew text end a
certain fixed fee or percentage of the gate receipts;

(2) show on the application the owner or owners of the applicant entity and the
percentage of interest held by each owner holding a 25 percent or more interest in the
applicant;

(3) provide the commission with a copy of the latest financial statement of the
entity; and

(4) provide the commission with a copy or other proof acceptable to the commission
of the insurance contract or policy required by this chapter.

(b) Before the commission issues a license to a promoter, the applicant shall deposit
with the commission a cash bond or surety bond in an amount set by the commission.
The bond shall be executed in favor of this state and shall be conditioned on the faithful
performance by the promoter of the promoter's obligations under this chapter and the rules
adopted under it.new text begin An applicant for a license as a promoter shall submit an application a
minimum of six weeks before the combative sport contest is scheduled to occur.
new text end

(c) Before the commission issues a license to a deleted text beginboxerdeleted text endnew text begin combatantnew text end, the applicant
shall submit to the commission the results of a current medical examination on forms
furnished or approved by the commission. The medical examination must include an
ophthalmological and neurological examinationnew text begin, and documentation of test results for
HBV, HCV, and HIV, and any other blood test as the commission by rule may require
new text end.
The ophthalmological examination must be designed to detect any retinal defects or other
damage or condition of the eye that could be aggravated by deleted text beginboxingdeleted text endnew text begin combative sportsnew text end. The
neurological examination must include an electroencephalogram or medically superior
test if the deleted text beginboxerdeleted text endnew text begin combatantnew text end has been knocked unconscious in a previous deleted text beginboxing or other
athletic competition
deleted text endnew text begin contestnew text end. The commission may also order an electroencephalogram
or other appropriate neurological or physical examination before any contestdeleted text begin, match, or
exhibition
deleted text end if it determines that the examination is desirable to protect the health of the
deleted text begin boxer.deleted text endnew text begin combatant. The commission shall not issue a license to an applicant submitting
positive test results for HBV, HCV, or HIV.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 30.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 341.32, as amended by Laws 2007, chapter
135, article 3, section 36, is amended to read:


341.32 LICENSE FEES; EXPIRATION; RENEWAL.

Subdivision 1.

Annual licensure.

The commission may establish and issue annual
licenses subject to the collection of advance fees by the commission for promoters,
deleted text begin matchmakers,deleted text end managers, judges, referees, ring announcers, ringside physicians,
timekeepers, deleted text beginboxersdeleted text endnew text begin combatantsnew text end, deleted text beginboxers'deleted text end trainers, deleted text beginboxers'deleted text end seconds, business entities filing
for a license to participate in the holding of any deleted text beginboxingdeleted text end contest, and officers, directors, or
other persons affiliated with the business entity.

Subd. 2.

Expiration and renewal.

A license issued after July 1, 2007, is valid for
one year from the date it is issued and may be renewed by filing an application for renewal
with the commission and payment of the license deleted text beginfeedeleted text endnew text begin fees established in section 341.321new text end.
An application for a license and renewal of a license must be on a form provided by the
commission. There is a 30-day grace period during which a license may be renewed if a
late filing penalty fee equal to the license fee is submitted with the regular license fee.
A licensee that files late shall not conduct any activity regulated by this chapter until the
commission has renewed the license. If the licensee fails to apply to the commission within
the 30-day grace period, the licensee must apply for a new license under subdivision 1.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 31.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 341.321, is amended to read:


341.321 FEE SCHEDULE.

(a) The fee schedule fornew text begin professionalnew text end licenses issued by the deleted text beginMinnesota Boxingdeleted text end
commission is as follows:

(1) referees, deleted text begin$45deleted text endnew text begin $25new text end for each initial license and each renewal;

(2) promoters, $400 for each initial license and each renewal;

(3) judges and knockdown judges, deleted text begin$45deleted text endnew text begin $25new text end for each initial license and each renewal;

(4) trainers, deleted text begin$45deleted text endnew text begin $25new text end for each initial license and each renewal;

(5) ring announcers, deleted text begin$45deleted text endnew text begin $25new text end for each initial license and each renewal;

(6) deleted text beginboxers'deleted text end seconds, deleted text begin$45deleted text endnew text begin $25new text end for each initial license and each renewal;

(7) timekeepers, deleted text begin$45deleted text endnew text begin $25new text end for each initial license and each renewal;

(8) deleted text beginboxersdeleted text endnew text begin combatantsnew text end, deleted text begin$45deleted text endnew text begin $25new text end for each initial license and each renewal;

(9) managers, deleted text begin$45deleted text endnew text begin $25new text end for each initial license and each renewal; and

(10) ringside physicians, deleted text begin$45deleted text endnew text begin $25new text end for each initial license and each renewal.

new text begin In addition to the license fee and the late filing penalty fee in section 341.32, subdivision
2, if applicable, an individual who applies for a combatant license on the same day the
combative sporting event is held shall pay a fee of $100 at the time the application is
submitted.
new text end

(b) new text beginThe fee schedule for amateur licenses issued by the commission is as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) referees, $10 for each initial license and each renewal;
new text end

new text begin (2) promoters, $100 for each initial license and each renewal;
new text end

new text begin (3) judges and knockdown judges, $10 for each initial license and each renewal;
new text end

new text begin (4) trainers, $10 for each initial license and each renewal;
new text end

new text begin (5) ring announcers, $10 for each initial license and each renewal;
new text end

new text begin (6) seconds, $10 for each initial license and each renewal;
new text end

new text begin (7) timekeepers, $10 for each initial license and each renewal;
new text end

new text begin (8) combatant, $10 for each initial license and each renewal;
new text end

new text begin (9) managers, $10 for each initial license and each renewal; and
new text end

new text begin (10) ringside physicians, $10 for each initial license and each renewal.
new text end

new text begin (c) new text endThe commission shall establish deleted text beginand assess an eventdeleted text endnew text begin a contestnew text end fee for each deleted text beginsporting
event
deleted text endnew text begin combative sport contestnew text end. The deleted text begineventdeleted text endnew text begin contestnew text end fee is deleted text beginset at a minimum ofdeleted text end $1,500 per
event or deleted text begina percentagedeleted text endnew text begin not more than four percentnew text end of the new text begingross new text endticket sales as determined by
the commission when the deleted text beginsporting eventdeleted text endnew text begin combative sport contestnew text end is schedulednew text begin, except that
the amateur combative sport contest fee shall be $150
new text end.new text begin The commission shall consider the
size and type of venue when establishing a contest fee. The commission may establish the
maximum number of complimentary tickets allowed for each event by rule. An amateur
combative sport contest fee is nonrefundable.
new text end

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end All fees new text beginand penalties new text endcollected by the deleted text beginMinnesota Boxingdeleted text end commission must
be deposited in the deleted text beginBoxingdeleted text end commission account in the special revenue fund.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2008.
new text end

Sec. 32.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 341.33, is amended to read:


341.33 PHYSICAL EXAMINATION REQUIRED; FEES.

Subdivision 1.

Examination by physician.

All deleted text beginboxers and refereesdeleted text endnew text begin combatantsnew text end
must be examined by a physician licensed by this state within deleted text beginthreedeleted text endnew text begin 36new text end hours before
entering the ring, and the examining physician shall immediately file with the commission
a written report of the examination. The physician's examination deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin maynew text end report on the
condition of the deleted text beginboxer'sdeleted text endnew text begin combatant'snew text end heart and general physical and new text begingeneral new text endneurological
condition. The physician's report may record the condition of the deleted text beginboxer'sdeleted text endnew text begin combatant'snew text end
nervous system and brain as required by the commission. The physician may prohibit the
deleted text begin boxerdeleted text endnew text begin combatantnew text end from entering the ring if, in the physician's professional opinion, it is in
the best interest of the deleted text beginboxer'sdeleted text endnew text begin combatant'snew text end health. The cost of the examination is payable
by the person or entity conducting the contest or exhibition.

Subd. 2.

Attendance of physician.

A person holding or sponsoring a deleted text beginboxing contestdeleted text endnew text begin
combative sport contest,
new text end shall have in attendance a physician licensed by this state. The
commission may establish a schedule of fees to be paid to each attending physician by the
person holding or sponsoring the contest.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 33.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 341.34, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Required insurance.

The commission shall:

(1) require insurance coverage for a deleted text beginboxerdeleted text endnew text begin combatantnew text end to provide for medical,
surgical, and hospital care for injuries sustained in the ring in an amount of at least
deleted text begin $20,000deleted text endnew text begin $10,000new text end and payable to the deleted text beginboxerdeleted text endnew text begin combatantnew text end as beneficiary; and

(2) require life insurance for a deleted text beginboxerdeleted text endnew text begin combatantnew text end in the amount of at least deleted text begin$20,000deleted text endnew text begin
$10,000
new text end payable in case of accidental death resulting from injuries sustained in the ring.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 34.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 341.35, is amended to read:


341.35 deleted text beginPENALTIES FORdeleted text end NONLICENSED deleted text beginEXHIBITIONSdeleted text endnew text begin CONTESTSnew text end.

Any person or persons who send or cause to be sent, published, or otherwise made
known, any challenge to fight what is commonly known as a prize fight, or engage in any
public deleted text beginboxing or sparringdeleted text endnew text begin combative sportnew text end match or contest, with or without gloves, for
any prize, reward, or compensation, or for which any admission fee is charged directly or
indirectly, or go into training preparatory for the fight, exhibition, or contest, or act as a
trainer, aider, abettor, backer, umpire, referee, second, surgeon, assistant, or attendant at
the fight, exhibition, or contest, or in any preparation for same, and any owner or lessee of
any ground, building, or structure of any kind permitting the same to be used for any fight,
exhibition, or contest, is guilty of a misdemeanor unless deleted text begina licensedeleted text endnew text begin the licenses requirednew text end for
the holding of the fight, exhibition, or contest deleted text beginhasdeleted text endnew text begin havenew text end been issued by the commission in
compliance with the rules adopted by it.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 35.

new text begin [341.355] PENALTIES.
new text end

new text begin When the commission finds that a person has violated one or more provisions of
any statute, rule, or order that the commission is empowered to regulate, enforce, or
issue, the commission may impose, for each violation, a civil penalty of up to $10,000
for each violation, or a civil penalty that deprives the person of any economic advantage
gained by the violation, or both.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 36.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 341.37, is amended to read:


341.37 APPROPRIATION.

A deleted text beginBoxingdeleted text end commission account is created in the special revenue fund. Money in the
account is annually appropriated to the deleted text beginBoxingdeleted text end commission for the purposes of conducting
its statutory responsibilities and obligations.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 37.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 446A.072, subdivision 3,
is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Program administration.

(a) The authority shall provide supplemental
assistance, as provided in subdivision 5a to governmental units:

(1) whose projects are listed on the Pollution Control Agency's project priority list;

(2) that demonstrate their projects are a cost-effective solution to an existing
environmental or public health problem; and

(3) whose projects are approved by the USDA/RECD or certified by the
commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency.

(b) For a governmental unit receiving grant funding from the USDA/RECD,
applications must be made to the USDA/RECD with additional information submitted to
the authority as required by the authority. Eligible project costs and affordability criteria
shall be determined by the USDA/RECD.

(c) For a governmental unit not receiving grant funding from the USDA/RECD,
application must be made to the authority on forms prescribed by the authority for the
clean water revolving fund program with additional information as required by the
authority. In accordance with section 116.182, the Pollution Control Agency shall:

(1) calculate the essential project component percentage which must be multiplied
by the total project cost to determine the eligible project cost; and

(2) review and certify approved projects to the authority.

(d) deleted text beginAt the time funds are appropriated under this section,deleted text endnew text begin Each fiscal year the
authority shall make funds available for projects based on their ranking on the Pollution
Control Agency's project priority list.
new text end The authority shall reserve deleted text beginsupplemental assistancedeleted text end
new text begin funds new text endfor deleted text beginprojects in order of their rankings on the Pollution Control Agency's project
priority list and
deleted text endnew text begin a project when the applicant receives a funding commitment from the
United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA/RECD) or submits
plans and specifications to the Pollution Control Agency. Funds must be reserved
new text end in an
amount based on deleted text begintheir most recentdeleted text endnew text begin the projectnew text end cost deleted text beginestimatesdeleted text endnew text begin estimatenew text end submitted to the
authority deleted text beginordeleted text end new text beginprior to the appropriation of the funds and awarded in the amount reserved
or an amount based on
new text endthe as-bid costs, whichever is less.

Sec. 38.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 446A.072, subdivision 5a,
is amended to read:


Subd. 5a.

Type and amount of assistance.

(a) For a governmental unit receiving
grant funding from the USDA/RECD, the authority shall provide assistance in the form
of a grant of up to deleted text beginone-halfdeleted text endnew text begin 65 percentnew text end of the eligible grant deleted text beginamountdeleted text endnew text begin neednew text end determined by
USDA/RECD. A governmental unit may not receive a grant under this paragraph for more
than $4,000,000 or $15,000 per existing connection, whichever is less, unless specifically
approved by law. In the case of a sanitary district or other multijurisdictional project for
which the USDA/RECD is unable to fully fund deleted text beginup to one-halfdeleted text endnew text begin its sharenew text end of the eligible grant
deleted text begin amountdeleted text endnew text begin neednew text end, the authority may provide up to an additional $1,000,000 for each additional
governmental unit participating up to a maximum of $8,000,000 or $15,000 per existing
connection, whichever is less, but not to exceed the maximum grant level determined by
the USDA/RECD as needed to keep the project affordable.

(b) For a governmental unit not receiving grant funding from the USDA/RECD,
the authority shall provide assistance in the form of a loan for the eligible project costs
new text begin plus the outstanding balance on any existing wastewater system debt new text endthat new text begintogether new text endexceed
five percent of the market value of properties in the project service area, less the amount of
any other grant funding received by the governmental unit for the project. A governmental
unit may not receive a loan under this paragraph for more than $4,000,000 or $15,000 per
existing connection, whichever is less, unless specifically approved by law. In the case of
a sanitary district or other multijurisdictional project, the authority may provide a loan
under this paragraph for up to an additional $1,000,000 for each additional municipality
participating up to a maximum of $8,000,000 or $15,000 per existing connection,
whichever is less, unless specifically approved by law. A loan under this paragraph must
bear no interest, must be repaid as provided in subdivision 7, and must only be provided in
conjunction with a loan from the clean water revolving fund under section 446A.07.

(c) Notwithstanding the limits in paragraphs (a) and (b), for a governmental unit
receiving supplemental assistance under this section after January 1, 2002, if the authority
determines that the governmental unit's construction and installation costs are significantly
increased due to geological conditions of crystalline bedrock or karst areas and discharge
limits that are more stringent than secondary treatment, the authority shall provide
assistance in the form of half grant and half loan. Assistance from the authority may not
be more than $25,000 per existing connection. Any additional grant amount received for
the same project must be used to reduce the amount of the governmental unit's loan from
the new text beginclean new text endwater deleted text beginpollution controldeleted text end revolving fund that exceeds five percent of the market
value of properties in the project service area.

Sec. 39.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 446A.086, is amended to read:


446A.086 STATE MAY GUARANTEE deleted text beginCOUNTYdeleted text endnew text begin GOVERNMENTAL UNITnew text end
BUILDING DEBT; REPAYMENT.

Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

(a) As used in this section, the following terms have
the meanings given.

(b) "Authority" means the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority.

(c) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of finance.

(d) "Debt obligation" meansnew text begin:new text end

new text begin (1) new text enda general obligation bond issued by a county, a bond to which the general
obligation of a county is pledged under section 469.034, subdivision 2, or a bond payable
from a county lease obligation under section 641.24, to provide funds for the construction
of:

deleted text begin (1)deleted text endnew text begin (i)new text end jails;

deleted text begin (2)deleted text endnew text begin (ii)new text end correctional facilities;

deleted text begin (3)deleted text endnew text begin (iii)new text end law enforcement facilities;

deleted text begin (4)deleted text endnew text begin (iv)new text end social services and human services facilities;

deleted text begin (5)deleted text endnew text begin (v)new text end solid waste facilities; or

deleted text begin (6)deleted text endnew text begin (vi)new text end qualified housing development projects as defined in section 469.034,
subdivision 2new text begin; or
new text end

new text begin (2) a general obligation bond issued by a governmental unit to provide funds for the
construction, improvement, or rehabilitation of:
new text end

new text begin (i) wastewater facilities;
new text end

new text begin (ii) drinking water facilities;
new text end

new text begin (iii) stormwater facilities; or
new text end

new text begin (iv) any publicly owned building or infrastructure improvement that has received
partial funding from grants awarded by the commissioner of employment and economic
development related to redevelopment, contaminated site cleanup, bioscience, small cities
development programs, and rural business infrastructure programs, for which bonds are
issued by the authority under section 446A.087.
new text end

new text begin (e) "Governmental unit" means a county or a statutory or home rule charter citynew text end.

Subd. 2.

Application.

(a) This section provides a state guarantee of the payment of
principal and interest on debt obligations if:

(1) the obligations are issued after June 30, 2000;

(2) application to the Public Facilities Authority is made before issuance; and

(3) the obligations are covered by an agreement meeting the requirements of
subdivision 3.

(b) Applications to be covered by the provisions of this section must be made in a
form and contain the information prescribed by the authority. Applications are subject
to new text begineither new text enda fee of $500 for deleted text beginthe firstdeleted text endnew text begin eachnew text end bond issue requested by deleted text beginthedeleted text endnew text begin anew text end county deleted text beginand $250
for each bond issue thereafter
deleted text endnew text begin or governmental unit or the applicable fees under section
446A.087
new text end.

(c) Application fees paid under this section must be deposited in a separate deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin
credit enhancement
new text end bond guarantee account in the general fund. Money in the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin
credit enhancement
new text end bond guarantee account is appropriated to the authority for purposes
of administering this section.

(d) Neither the authority nor the commissioner is required to promulgate
administrative rules under this section and the procedures and requirements established by
the authority or commissioner under this section are not subject to chapter 14.

Subd. 3.

Agreement.

(a) For specified debt obligations deleted text beginof a countydeleted text end to be covered
by this section, the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end must enter an agreement with the authority
obligating the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end to be bound by this section.

(b) This agreement must be in a form prescribed by the authority and contain any
provisions required by the authority, including, at least, an obligation to:

(1) deposit with the paying agent three days before the date on which the payment is
due an amount sufficient to make that paymentnew text begin or ten days prior to the date a payment is
due on revenue bonds issued by the authority under section 446A.087
new text end;

(2) notify the authority, if the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end will be unable to make all
or a portion of the payment; and

(3) include a provision in the bond resolution and county's agreement with the paying
agent for the debt obligation that requires the paying agent to inform the commissioner if
it becomes aware of a default or potential default in the payment of principal or interest
on that issue or if, on the day two business days before the date a payment is due on that
issue, there are insufficient funds to make the payment on deposit with the paying agent.

(c) Funds invested in a refunding escrow account established under section 475.67
that are to become available to the paying agent on a principal or interest payment date are
deemed to be on deposit with the paying agent three business days before the payment date.

(d) The provisions of an agreement under this subdivision are binding as to an issue
as long as any debt obligation of the issue remains outstanding.

(e) This section and the obligations of the state under this section are not a public debt
of the state under article XI, section 4, of the Minnesota Constitution, and the legislature
may, at any time, choose not to appropriate amounts under subdivision 4, paragraph (b).

Subd. 4.

Notifications; payment; appropriation.

(a) After receipt of a notice of a
default or potential default in payment of principal or interest in debt obligations covered
by this section or an agreement under this section, and after consultation with the deleted text begincounty,deleted text endnew text begin
governmental unit and
new text end the paying agent, and after verification of the accuracy of the
information provided, the authority shall notify the commissioner of the potential default.
The notice must include a final figure as to the amount due that the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin governmental
unit
new text end will be unable to repay on the date due.

(b) Upon receipt of this notice from the authority, the commissioner shall issue a
warrant and authorize the authority to pay to the new text beginbond holders or new text endpaying agent for the
debt obligation the specified amount on or before the date due. The amounts needed
for the purposes of this subdivision are annually appropriated to the authority from the
general fund.

Subd. 5.

Interest on state paid amount.

If the state has paid part or all of the
principal or interest due on a deleted text begincounty'sdeleted text end debt obligation, the amount paid bears interest
from the date paid by the state until the date of repayment. The interest rate is the
commissioner's invested cash rate as it is certified by the commissioner. Interest only
accrues on the amounts paid and outstanding less the reduction in aid under subdivision 7
and other payments received from the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end.

Subd. 6.

Pledge of deleted text begincounty'sdeleted text endnew text begin governmental unit'snew text end full faith and credit.

If the
state has paid part or all of the principal or interest due on a deleted text begincounty'sdeleted text end debt obligation,
the deleted text begincounty'sdeleted text endnew text begin governmental unit'snew text end pledge of its full faith and credit and unlimited taxing
powers to repay the principal and interest due on those debt obligations becomes, without
an election or the requirement of a further authorization, a pledge of the full faith and
credit and unlimited taxing powers of the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end to repay to the state
the amount paid, with interest. Amounts paid by the state must be repaid in the order
in which the state payments were made.

Subd. 7.

Aid reduction for repayment.

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b),
the commissioner may reduce, by the amount paid by the state under this section on behalf
of the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end, plus the interest due on the state payments, the deleted text begincounty
program
deleted text endnew text begin local governmentnew text end aid under deleted text beginsection 477A.0124deleted text endnew text begin chapter 477Anew text end. The amount of any
aid reduction reverts from the appropriate account to the state general fund.

(b) If, after review of the financial situation of the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end, the
authority advises the commissioner that a total reduction of the aids would cause an
undue hardship on the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end, the authority, with the approval of the
commissioner, may establish a different schedule for reduction of aids to repay the state.
The amount of aids to be reduced are decreased by any amounts repaid to the state by the
deleted text begin countydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end from other revenue sources.

Subd. 8.

Tax levy for repayment.

(a) With the approval of the authority, a deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin
governmental unit
new text end may levy in the year the state makes a payment under this section an
amount up to the amount necessary to provide funds for the repayment of the amount
paid by the state plus interest through the date of estimated repayment by the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin
governmental unit
new text end. The proceeds of this levy may be used only for this purpose unless
they exceed the amount actually due. Any excess must be used to repay other state
payments made under this section or must be deposited in the debt redemption fund of
the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end. The amount of aids to be reduced to repay the state are
decreased by the amount levied.

(b) If the state is not repaid in full for a payment made under this section by
November 30 of the calendar year following the year in which the state makes the
payment, the authority shall require the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end to certify a property
tax levy in an amount up to the amount necessary to provide funds for repayment of the
amount paid by the state plus interest through the date of estimated repayment by the
deleted text begin countydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end. To prevent undue hardship, the authority may allow the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin
governmental unit
new text end to certify the levy over a five-year period. The proceeds of the levy
may be used only for this purpose unless they are in excess of the amount actually due, in
which case the excess must be used to repay other state payments made under this section
or must be deposited in the debt redemption fund of the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end. If the
authority orders the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end to levy, the amount of aids reduced to repay
the state are decreased by the amount levied.

(c) A levy under this subdivision is an increase in the levy limits of the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin
governmental unit
new text end for purposes of section 275.065, subdivision 6, and must be explained
as a specific increase at the meeting required under that provision.

Subd. 9.

Mandatory plan; technical assistance.

If the state makes payments on
behalf of a deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end under this section or the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end
defaults in the payment of principal or interest on an outstanding debt obligation, it must
submit a plan to the authority for approval specifying the measures it intends to implement
to resolve the issues which led to its inability to make the payment and to prevent
further defaults. If the authority determines that a deleted text begincounty'sdeleted text endnew text begin governmental unit'snew text end plan is
not adequate, the authority shall notify the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end that the plan has
been disapproved, the reasons for the disapproval, and that the state will not make future
payments under this section for debt obligations of the affected deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end
issued after the date specified in that notice until its plan is approved. The authority may
also notify the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitnew text end that until its plan is approved, aids due the deleted text begincountydeleted text endnew text begin
governmental unit
new text end will be withheld after a date specified in the notice.

Subd. 10.

Continuing disclosure agreements.

The authority may enter into written
agreements or contracts relating to the continuing disclosure of information needed to
facilitate the ability of deleted text begincountiesdeleted text endnew text begin governmental unitsnew text end to issue debt obligations according
to federal securities laws, rules, and regulations, including securities and exchange
commission rules and regulations, section 240.15c2-12. The agreements or contracts may
be in any form the authority deems reasonable and in the state's best interests.

new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Amount of debt obligation authorized. new text end

new text begin The amount of debt outstanding
under this section must not exceed $500,000,000.
new text end

Sec. 40.

new text begin [446A.087] CREDIT ENHANCED BOND PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment of program. new text end

new text begin A credit enhanced bond program is
established for the purposes set forth in subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Purpose. new text end

new text begin The purpose of the credit enhanced bond program is to
provide loans to governmental units through the purchase of general obligation bonds
of governmental units issued to finance all or a portion of the costs of a project. The
program shall include providing credit enhancement to the general obligation bonds of the
governmental unit through the guarantee program as provided in section 446A.086. The
authority shall obtain funds to make the loans authorized pursuant to this section through
the issuance of its revenue bonds payable from loan repayments pledged to the bonds, and
such other sources and security as are specifically pledged by the authority.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) Terms used in this section have the meanings given to
them in this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Applicant" means any governmental unit applying to the authority for a loan
pursuant to this section.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Borrower" means any governmental unit that has entered into a commitment
for the sale of its general obligation bonds to the authority pursuant to this section and
subsequently sells its general obligation bonds to the authority and enters into a regulatory
agreement.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Commitment" means a written agreement between a governmental unit and the
authority obligating the governmental unit to deliver its general obligation bonds to the
authority on a date in the future evidencing a loan pursuant to this section and to enter
into a regulatory agreement with the authority, all upon the terms and conditions set
forth in the commitment.
new text end

new text begin (e) "Eligible cost" means any cost of a project authorized by law to be financed from
the proceeds of general obligation bonds of a governmental unit.
new text end

new text begin (f) "General obligation bonds" means bonds or notes secured by the full faith and
credit and unlimited taxing powers of a governmental unit.
new text end

new text begin (g) "Project" means the construction, improvement, or rehabilitation of any publicly
owned building or infrastructure improvement that has received partial funding from
grants awarded by the commissioner of employment and economic development related to
redevelopment, contaminated site cleanup, bioscience, small cities development programs,
and rural business infrastructure programs.
new text end

new text begin (h) "Regulatory agreement" means a written agreement entered into by the authority
and a borrower in connection with the purchase of the borrower's general obligation bonds
by the authority pursuant to this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Establishment of fund and accounts. new text end

new text begin A credit enhancement bond
program fund is established for the purposes described in subdivision 2. Other accounts
may be established in the fund as necessary for its management and administration.
Money in the fund is annually appropriated to the authority and does not lapse. The fund
must be credited with investment income, and with repayments of principal and interest,
except for fees assessed under section 446A.04, subdivisions 5 and 15.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Management of fund and accounts. new text end

new text begin The authority shall manage and
administer the credit enhancement bond program fund and individual accounts in the fund.
For those purposes, the authority may exercise all powers provided in this chapter.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Applications. new text end

new text begin (a) Applicants for participation in the credit enhancement
bond program must submit an application to the authority on forms prescribed by the
authority. The applicant shall provide information customary to that needed for the
disclosure purposes in issuing general obligation bonds in the market, in addition to the
following information:
new text end

new text begin (1) the total estimated cost of the project and the amount of general obligation
bond proceeds sought;
new text end

new text begin (2) other sources of funding if the general obligation bond proceeds do not cover
the entire costs identified;
new text end

new text begin (3) the proposed sources of funds to be used for repayment of the general obligation
bonds;
new text end

new text begin (4) information showing the applicant's financial status and ability of the applicant
to repay loans;
new text end

new text begin (5) the proposed term and principal repayment schedule for the general obligation
bonds of the applicant; and
new text end

new text begin (6) the statutory authorization for the applicant to issue such general obligation
bonds, together with a statement that the statutory provision authorizes the use of proceeds
of such general obligation bonds to pay the costs of a project.
new text end

new text begin (b) The authority may establish deadlines or time periods for the submission of
applications to facilitate funding loans from the proceeds of a specific bond issue proposed
or previously issued by the authority, or the authority may accept applications from time
to time.
new text end

new text begin (c) Each application must be complete and accurate to be considered delivered to
and received by the authority or to be considered as having met any deadline established
by the authority with respect to an application period. If any application is determined by
the authority to be incomplete or inaccurate, the authority shall notify the applicant and
specify the missing or inaccurate information.
new text end

new text begin (d) The executive director and the staff of the authority shall evaluate the applications
to determine if the application should be accepted or rejected by the authority.
new text end

new text begin (e) The authority is not obligated to accept any application including those complete
and accurate and submitted by any specified deadline for submission if the authority
determines that it is not practicable to fund the loan for any reason including, but not
limited to, the creditworthiness of the applicant, the proposed loan amount, the term
and repayment schedule, the sources of funding available to the authority, and current
market conditions. Upon acceptance and approval of an application by the authority, the
authority may require that the applicant authorize, execute, and deliver a commitment to
the authority within such time period specified by the authority in its acceptance of the
application. The authority may reject an approved application for failure by the applicant
to authorize, execute, and deliver a commitment by the specified deadline.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Loan terms and conditions. new text end

new text begin (a) The terms and conditions of loans
provided by the authority pursuant to the credit enhanced bond program are as provided
by this section, any applicable bond resolution or series bond resolution of the authority,
any trust indenture pursuant to which any series of bonds of the authority are issued,
the regulatory agreement, the commitment and the general obligation bond, and the
authorizing resolution of the borrower.
new text end

new text begin (b) The loan must be made by the authority through its purchase of the general
obligation bond of the borrower. The borrower shall provide the authority with the
opinion of nationally recognized bond counsel as to the valid authorization, issuance, and
enforceability of the general obligation bond of the borrower, and the exclusion of interest
thereon from gross income for the purposes of federal taxation, subject to customary
qualifications. The general obligation bond of the borrower may pledge other specified
sources of revenues for repayment to the extent permitted or required by law, in addition
to the full faith and credit and unlimited taxing powers of the borrower.
new text end

new text begin (c) The authority may disburse the proceeds of the loan as a single payment for the
general obligation bond or from time to time pursuant to draw requests if the general
obligation bond of the borrower is structured as a periodic drawdown bond. In the event
the authority pays for the general obligation bond in a single payment, the borrower
shall establish a project account and disburse the proceeds of its general obligation bond
solely for costs of the project approved in its application pursuant to such additional
requirements specified in the regulatory agreement.
new text end

new text begin (d) In order to facilitate the issuance of the authority's revenue bonds to finance
a pool of loans to different borrowers, the authority may require the borrower in the
commitment to issue its general obligation bond on a date certain in the future, and
may require the borrower to pay the costs incurred by the authority as a result of the
borrower's failure to deliver its general obligation bond as required by the commitment.
The commitment may also require the borrower to provide to the authority full disclosure
of all material facts and financial information relating to the borrower that would be
required if the borrower issued its general obligation bond to the public, certified as to
completeness and accuracy by authorized officers of the borrower, and authorization for
the authority to use such information in connection with the sale of the authority's revenue
bonds or disclosure relating to the authority's revenue bonds.
new text end

new text begin (e) In addition to delivering its general obligation bond, each borrower shall enter
into a regulatory agreement with the authority providing additional terms of the loan
as the authority may specify, including providing to the authority periodic reports and
information relating to the acquisition or construction of the project and use of the
proceeds of the borrower's general obligation bond and periodic operating, financial, and
other information as to the creditworthiness of the borrower, and providing and filing
continuing secondary market disclosure to the extent required by the authority.
new text end

new text begin (f) The purchase or commitment to purchase general obligation bonds of borrowers
by the authority shall be subject to the availability of proceeds of revenue bonds of the
authority for such purpose and the authority is not liable to any borrower for the failure to
purchase its general obligation bond pursuant to a commitment or any other agreement if
proceeds of the authority's revenue bonds are not available for any reason.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Interest rate determination. new text end

new text begin The rate of interest on the general obligation
bonds of the borrower must be the true interest cost on the revenue bonds of the authority
issued to purchase such general obligation bonds of the borrower plus the ongoing
percentage fee charged by the authority under subdivision 10; provided that the interest
rate must not exceed any limit imposed by federal tax law with respect to the authority's
revenue bonds.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Market considerations. new text end

new text begin The authority may suspend offering loans if it is
determined by the executive director that there are extreme or unusual events impacting
the bond market and that to continue making loans would be detrimental to holders of the
authority's revenue bonds or the financial viability of the credit enhanced bond program,
or if the state is warned by one of its rating agencies that continuing to make loans will
result in lowering the state's bond rating. If the making of loans is suspended under this
section, the authority shall have the option to resume making loans once it has determined
that the conditions for suspending the program no longer exist.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Fees. new text end

new text begin The authority shall charge a nonrefundable application fee of
$1,000 payable by each applicant upon submission of an application to the authority. A
separate application fee must be payable for each application submitted, including a
resubmitted application for an application that was rejected by the authority or determined
to be incomplete or inaccurate by the authority. The authority shall charge an ongoing
periodic fee of ten basis points of the outstanding principal amount of the loan to be added
to, and be a component of, the interest rate on the general obligation bonds of the borrower.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Authority revenue bonds. new text end

new text begin (a) The authority is authorized to issue
revenue bonds as provided in this chapter to fund the credit enhanced bond program.
The revenue bonds may be issued in one or more series pursuant to a resolution of the
authority or a series resolution or pursuant to a trust indenture with a financial institution
with trust powers as trustee, authorized by resolution of the authority. Any issue of bonds
may be used to fund one or more loans, may be payable by the loans funded from such
issue of bonds and such additional loans as pledged by the authority, and may be payable
on a subordinated basis to other bonds. As permitted by the terms of any revenue bonds
issued by the authority, the authority may sell the general obligations pledged to the
payment of the revenue bonds and any proceeds of the sale in excess of those used to pay
the principal of the revenue bonds must be deposited to the credit enhanced bond program
fund and may be used to purchase additional general obligation bonds of borrowers, to
provide credit enhancement for the authority's revenue bonds, or to pay any other expense
of the credit enhanced bond program.
new text end

new text begin (b) The authority may issue short-term bonds in anticipation of issuing long-term
bonds for the purpose of acquiring general obligation bonds of borrowers.
new text end

new text begin (c) Bonds issued by the authority for the credit enhanced bond program must not
be general obligations of the authority to the payment of which the general assets of the
authority are pledged or available for payment. All bonds issued for the credit enhanced
bond programs by the authority must be revenue bonds payable solely from the sources
specified in the bond.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 12. new text end

new text begin Reports, disclosure, audits. new text end

new text begin (a) During the term of the loan the borrower
shall provide written reports to the authority. The content and timing of these reports must
be as specified in the regulatory agreement.
new text end

new text begin (b) During the term of the loan the borrower shall disclose to the authority any
material information or events adversely affecting the creditworthiness of the borrower
as specified in the regulatory agreement. If required by the authority in a regulatory
agreement, the borrower shall enter into a continuing disclosure undertaking to provide
disclosure to the market.
new text end

new text begin (c) During the term of the loan, the borrower shall provide to the authority on an
annual basis financial statements of the borrower audited by an independent accounting
firm, as further specified in the regulatory agreement.
new text end

Sec. 41.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 446A.12, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Bonding authority.

The authority may issue negotiable bonds in a
principal amount that the authority determines necessary to provide sufficient funds for
achieving its purposes, including the making of loans and purchase of securities, the
payment of interest on bonds of the authority, the establishment of reserves to secure
its bonds, the payment of fees to a third party providing credit enhancement, and the
payment of all other expenditures of the authority incident to and necessary or convenient
to carry out its corporate purposes and powers, but not including the making of grants.
Bonds of the authority may be issued as bonds or notes or in any other form authorized
by law. The principal amount of bonds issued and outstanding under this section at any
time may not exceed $1,500,000,000, excluding bonds for which refunding bonds or
crossover refunding bonds have been issueddeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin, and excluding any bonds issued for the
credit enhanced bond program or refunding or crossover refunding bonds issued under the
program. The principal amount of bonds issued and outstanding under section 446A.087,
may not exceed $500,000,000, excluding bonds for which refunding bonds or crossover
refunding bonds have been issued.
new text end

Sec. 42.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 462A.22, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Debt ceiling.

The aggregate principal amount of bonds and notes
which are outstanding at any time, excluding the principal amount of any bonds and
notes refunded by the issuance of new bonds or notes, shall not exceed the sum of
deleted text begin $3,000,000,000deleted text endnew text begin $5,000,000,000new text end.

Sec. 43.

new text begin [469.35] TRANSIT IMPROVEMENT AREA ACCOUNTS.
new text end

new text begin Two transit improvement area accounts are created, one in the general fund and one
in the bond proceeds fund. Money in the accounts may be used to make grants or loans as
provided in section 469.351 and for the commissioner's costs in reviewing applications
and making loans or grants. Money in the accounts must not be used to pay for the
operation of transit lines or the construction or operating costs of transit stations.
new text end

Sec. 44.

new text begin [469.351] TRANSIT IMPROVEMENT AREA LOAN PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) The terms defined in this section have the meanings
given them and apply to sections 469.35 and 469.351.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Applicant" means a local governmental unit or a joint powers board, established
under section 471.59.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of employment and economic
development.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Eligible organization" means an applicant that has been designated as a transit
improvement area by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (e) "Local governmental unit" means a statutory or home rule charter city or town,
or a county.
new text end

new text begin (f) "Transit improvement area" means a geographic area designated by the
commissioner composed of land parcels that are in proximity to a transit station.
new text end

new text begin (g) "Transit station" means a physical structure to support the interconnection of
public transit modes including at least one of the following modes: bus rapid transit,
light rail transit, and commuter rail.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Designation of transit improvement areas. new text end

new text begin A transit improvement area
must increase the effectiveness of a transit project by incorporating one or more public
transit modes with commercial, residential, or mixed-use development and by providing
for safe and pedestrian-friendly use. The commissioner, in consultation with affected state
and regional agencies, must designate transit improvement areas that meet the objectives
under this subdivision. Affected state and regional agencies include, but are not limited to,
the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency,
and the Metropolitan Council for transit improvement areas located in the seven-county
metropolitan region. To be eligible for designation, an applicant must submit a transit
area improvement plan according to the requirements and timelines established by the
commissioner. At a minimum, the plan must include the information specified under
subdivision 3. The commissioner may modify an applicant's plan to better achieve the
objectives of transit improvement areas. The commissioner must notify applicants of the
designations and must provide a statement of any changes to an applicant's plan with
justification for all changes.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Transit area improvement plan. new text end

new text begin (a) An applicant must adopt a transit area
improvement plan by resolution before submitting the application to the commissioner
with the information required in this subdivision. Each transit area improvement plan
must include the following:
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new text begin (1) a map indicating the geographic boundaries of the transit improvement area;
new text end

new text begin (2) a description of the project for which funding under subdivision 4 is being
requested;
new text end

new text begin (3) an analysis of the demographic mix of people who are anticipated to use the
transit station;
new text end

new text begin (4) a description of the ownership and intended use of public and private facilities
to be constructed in the transit improvement area, including infrastructure, buildings
and other structures, and parks;
new text end

new text begin (5) a description of pedestrian-friendly improvements to be provided, including
walkways, parkways, and signage;
new text end

new text begin (6) a statement of findings that the redevelopment or development of the transit
improvement area promotes higher density land uses resulting in increased transit
ridership;
new text end

new text begin (7) a statement of the anticipated sources and amounts of local public funds;
new text end

new text begin (8) a statement of the anticipated sources and amounts of private funds;
new text end

new text begin (9) a statement of the anticipated sources and amounts of leveraged regional, state,
and federal funds;
new text end

new text begin (10) a description of the linkages to existing and proposed local, regional, and state
transit systems; and
new text end

new text begin (11) a description of other factors in the proposed development to increase ridership.
new text end

new text begin (b) Transit improvement area plans with a residential component must propose at
least 12 residential units per acre or a density bonus that allows for an increase in the
number of residential units over what is permitted by the underlying zoning. The plan
must include a description of the variety of housing types, including housing appropriate
for low income persons, disabled persons, and senior citizens and the prices for each
housing type within the transit improvement area.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Transit improvement area loans. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner may make loans
to eligible organizations to be used for eligible costs under paragraph (b). A loan must be
used for a designated transit improvement area, under the following terms:
new text end

new text begin (1) the eligible organization must guarantee repayment of 100 percent of the loan;
new text end

new text begin (2) a loan must be for a term of ten years, unless repayment is from a tax increment
financing district or other state or federal funds, at an interest rate of two percent;
new text end

new text begin (3) the eligible organization must make annual interest-only payments during the
ten-year term of the loan;
new text end

new text begin (4) the eligible organization must pay the entire principal amount of the initial loan
at the end of the ten-year term;
new text end

new text begin (5) a loan may not exceed $2,000,000;
new text end

new text begin (6) the commissioner must disburse the loan on a cash-needs basis, based on costs
incurred by the eligible organization, as well as reporting and other requirements outlined
in subdivision 5;
new text end

new text begin (7) the eligible organization must maintain the funds in accounts that allow the funds
to be readily available for business investments;
new text end

new text begin (8) the eligible organization and the commissioner may agree on contract
specifications that are consistent with payback from a tax increment financing district or
from any other state and federal funds that may be forthcoming; and
new text end

new text begin (9) an eligible organization that receives a loan must report annually, in a format
prescribed by the commissioner, on the nature and amount of the business investments in
the transit improvement area, including an account of each financing transaction involving
loans received under this section, the types and amounts of financing from sources other
than the transit improvement area loan, the number of jobs created, and the amount of
private sector and nonstate investment leveraged.
new text end

new text begin (b) Loans under this section must be used to supplement and not replace funding
from existing sources or programs. Loans must not be used for the construction costs of
transit stations; transit systems; or the operating costs of public transit or transportation,
including, but not limited to, the costs of maintaining, staffing, or operating transit
stations. Loans from the bond proceeds fund must be spent to acquire and to better
publicly owned land and buildings and other public improvements of a capital nature.
Loans can be used for the following eligible expenditures according to an approved transit
area improvement plan:
new text end

new text begin (1) clearing land;
new text end

new text begin (2) relocation costs;
new text end

new text begin (3) corrections for soil, including removing or remediation of hazardous substances;
new text end

new text begin (4) construction or installation of walkways, bridges or tunnels for pedestrians,
bikeways, parking facilities, and signage;
new text end

new text begin (5) improvements to streetscapes;
new text end

new text begin (6) construction of public infrastructure to support construction of new affordable
housing, senior housing, or housing for disabled persons;
new text end

new text begin (7) construction of public infrastructure to support job creation in the area, especially
small business development;
new text end

new text begin (8) developing green spaces and parks; and
new text end

new text begin (9) administrative expenses of the local authority.
new text end

new text begin (c) All loan repayments under this section must be made to the appropriate account
under section 469.35 for reinvestment in transit improvement areas.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Loan requirements. new text end

new text begin All loans under this section are subject to an
investment agreement that must include:
new text end

new text begin (1) a description of the eligible organization, including business finance experience,
qualifications, and investment history;
new text end

new text begin (2) a description of the uses of investment proceeds by the eligible organization;
new text end

new text begin (3) an explanation of the investment objectives; and
new text end

new text begin (4) a description of the method of payment.
new text end

Sec. 45.

Laws 2002, chapter 382, article 2, section 5, subdivision 3, as added by Laws
2003, chapter 128, article 9, section 10, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Removal of area.

After adopting the first plan, any of the local
governmental units can elect not to be included within the central iron range sanitary
sewer district by delivering a written resolution of the governing body of the governmental
unit to the central iron range sanitary sewer district within deleted text begin60deleted text endnew text begin 180new text end days of adoption of the
first comprehensive plan. The area of the local governmental unit shall then be removed
from the district.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day after the governing bodies
of the cities of Hibbing, Buhl, Chisholm, and Kinney, and the town boards of Balkan
and Great Scott, and their chief clerical officers have timely complied with Minnesota
Statutes, section 645.021.
new text end

Sec. 46. new text beginCENTRAL IRON RANGE SANITARY SEWER DISTRICT.
new text end

new text begin Local approval of Laws 2003, chapter 128, article 9, amending portions of Laws
2002, chapter 382, article 2, having been timely completed by the cities of Hibbing,
Buhl, Chisholm, and Kinney, and the town boards of the towns of Balkan and Great
Scott, is approval of Laws 2002, chapter 382, article 2. Laws 2002, chapter 382, article
2, is effective December 27, 2003, upon completion of local approval of this section
under Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021. Actions undertaken in accordance with
Laws 2002, chapter 382, article 2, as amended by Laws 2003, chapter 128, article 9, are
validated by this section.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day after the governing bodies
of the cities of Hibbing, Buhl, Chisholm, and Kinney, and the town boards of Balkan
and Great Scott, and their chief clerical officers have timely complied with Minnesota
Statutes, section 645.021.
new text end

Sec. 47. new text beginBIOSCIENCE SUBSIDY.
new text end

new text begin Any bioscience or biotechnology project financed in whole or in part by state
appropriations or other public subsidies must document how and to what it extent the
project will provide a benefit to consumers in the form of more affordable pricing of the
products or services being publicly subsidized. The documentation must be reported to
the committees of the legislature with responsibility for economic development and to
committees with responsibility for finance.
new text end

Sec. 48.

new text begin INITIAL ADMINISTRATION.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Convening authority. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of employment and
economic development or the commissioner's designee shall convene the initial
organizational meeting of the trade policy advisory group.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Deadline for appointments and designations. new text end

new text begin The appointments and
designations authorized by Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.977, subdivision 2, must be
complete by September 30, 2008.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2008.
new text end

Sec. 49. new text beginMINNESOTA VACATION RENTAL LODGING STUDY.
new text end

new text begin Explore Minnesota Tourism shall conduct a study of vacation rental lodging in
Minnesota and report to the legislature any recommendations needed to protect consumers,
ensure tax compliance, promote safe rentals, and promote tourism in Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin Explore Minnesota Tourism shall consult with the Minnesota Department of
Revenue, Minnesota Department of Health, political subdivisions, and representatives of
the tourism industry including resorts, bed and breakfast establishments, cabin owner
associations, convention and visitor bureaus, and others to determine and recommend
regulations or legislation to define and promote the vacation rental lodging.
new text end

new text begin Explore Minnesota Tourism shall report by January 15, 2009, to the chairs and
ranking minority members of the house of representatives and senate committees with
jurisdiction over any recommendations developed from the study, including any proposed
legislation.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 50. new text beginMINNESOTA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ADVISORY
COUNCIL; RECOMMENDATIONS REQUIRED.
new text end

new text begin The Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council must provide a
recommendation to the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate and house
committees with jurisdiction over unemployment insurance by January 15, 2009, on
modifications to the additional unemployment insurance benefits provisions of Minnesota
Statutes, section 268.125, to better meet the needs of Minnesota's changing workforce.
Consideration in determining benefit entitlement must be given, but is not limited to,
the following:
new text end

new text begin (1) if the applicant's residence within a county, or some other type of regional or
labor market area, should be a factor;
new text end

new text begin (2) if prior work history should be a factor;
new text end

new text begin (3) if the industry worked in should be a factor;
new text end

new text begin (4) if the applicant's primary occupation should be a factor;
new text end

new text begin (5) if benefits should be limited to applicants unemployed only because of a layoff
due to lack of work; and
new text end

new text begin (6) if the size of the prior employer's workforce and the percentage decrease in
employment should be a factor.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 51. new text beginREVISOR'S INSTRUCTION; UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
TECHNICAL CHANGES.
new text end

new text begin The revisor of statutes shall make the following changes in Minnesota Statutes:
new text end

new text begin (1) renumber Minnesota Statutes, section 268.196, subdivision 3, as Minnesota
Statutes, section 268.199;
new text end

new text begin (2) renumber Minnesota Statutes, section 268.196, subdivision 4, as Minnesota
Statutes, section 268.211;
new text end

new text begin (3) change "additional assessments" to "special assessments" and change "shall" to
"must" in Minnesota Statutes, section 268.051, subdivision 1;
new text end

new text begin (4) change "referee" to "unemployment law judge" in Minnesota Statutes, section
10A.01, subdivision 35, clause (11);
new text end

new text begin (5) change "determination of eligibility or ineligibility" to "determination of
eligibility or determination of ineligibility" in Minnesota Statutes, section 268.101,
subdivision 4;
new text end

new text begin (6) change "shall be" to "is" in Minnesota Statutes, section 268.115, subdivision 8;
new text end

new text begin (7) change "shall be" to "is" in Minnesota Statutes, section 268.145, subdivision
5; and
new text end

new text begin (8) renumber Minnesota Statutes, section 268.03, subdivision 2, as Minnesota
Statutes, section 268.031.
new text end

Sec. 52. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 341.31, new text end new text begin is repealed.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end