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HF 4375

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/30/2022 01:09pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to state government; requiring the commissioner of employment and
economic development to prepare and submit an application for federal funds;
appropriating money; amending Laws 2021, First Special Session chapter 10,
article 1, section 7.

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

Section 1.

Laws 2021, First Special Session chapter 10, article 1, section 7, is amended
to read:


Sec. 7. BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT; APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL
FUNDING; APPROPRIATION.

(a) The commissioner of employment and economic development must prepare and
submit an application to the United States Department of the Treasury requesting that
$70,000,000 of Minnesota's capital projects fund allocation under Public Law 117-2 be
awarded to the state. The commissioner must submit the application required under this
paragraph by the later of September 30, 2021, or 90 days after the date on which the United
States Department of the Treasury begins accepting capital projects fund applications. The
commissioner must specify in the application that the award will be used for grants deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin that
satisfy
new text end the purposes specified under Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.395.

(b) Of the amount awarded to the state of Minnesota pursuant to the application required
in paragraph (a), notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 3.3005 and 4.07, 50 percent
in fiscal year 2022 and 50 percent in fiscal year 2023 are appropriated to the commissioner
of employment and economic development. This is a onetime appropriation and must be
used for grants deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin that satisfynew text end the purposes specified under Minnesota Statutes, section
116J.395.new text begin All money awarded under this section must be spent by December 31, 2026.
new text end

(c) The commissioner of employment and economic development may temporarily
modify program standards under Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.395, to the degree
necessary to comply with federal standards for funding received under this section.

Sec. 2. new text beginBROADBAND DEVELOPMENT; APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL
FUNDING; APPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of employment and economic development must prepare and
submit a grant plan application to the United States Department of the Treasury requesting
that $110,703,000 of Minnesota's capital projects fund allocation under Public Law 117-2
be used for grants that satisfy the purposes specified under Minnesota Statutes, section
116J.395. The commissioner must submit the application required under this paragraph by
September 24, 2022.
new text end

new text begin (b) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 3.3005 and 4.07, the amount awarded
to Minnesota pursuant to the application required in paragraph (a) is appropriated to the
commissioner of employment and economic development. This appropriation (1) must be
used only for grants that satisfy the purposes specified under Minnesota Statutes, section
116J.395, and (2) is available until December 31, 2026.
new text end

new text begin (c) The commissioner of employment and economic development may temporarily
modify program standards under Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.395, to the extent necessary
to comply with federal standards that apply to funding received under this section.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective retroactively from May 17, 2021.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginBROADBAND DEVELOPMENT; APPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 3.3005 and 4.07, if Minnesota receives
federal money for broadband development under Public Law 117-9, the Infrastructure
Investment and Jobs Act, the money is appropriated to the commissioner of economic
development for grants that satisfy the purposes specified under Minnesota Statutes, section
116J.395.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner of employment and economic development may temporarily
modify program standards under Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.395, to the extent necessary
to comply with federal standards that apply to funding received under this section.
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