relating to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority; classifying data; providing
for appointments; modifying duties; restricting the use of stadium space; requiring
reports;amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 13.55, subdivisions 1, 2;
43A.38, by adding a subdivision; 340A.404, subdivision 1; 352.01, subdivision
2a; 473.121, subdivision 5a; 473.164; 473.565, subdivision 1; 473.755, subdivision
4; 473.763, subdivision 2; 473J.03, by adding a subdivision; 473J.07, subdivisions
2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, by adding a subdivision; 473J.09, subdivision 13, by adding
subdivisions; 473J.13, subdivision 3; 473J.25, subdivision 3; repealing Minnesota
Statutes 2016, sections 137.50, subdivision 5; 473.551; 473.552; 473.553,
subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13; 473.556, subdivisions 1, 2,
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17; 473.561; 473.564, subdivisions 2, 3;
473.572; 473.581; 473.592, subdivision 1; 473.595; 473.598; 473.599; 473.76;
473J.09, subdivision 14.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
1.17MINNESOTA SPORTS FACILITIES AUTHORITY REFORMS
Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 13.55, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Public data. (a)
The data made not public by the provisions of subdivision 1
shall become public upon the occurrence of any of the following:
five years elapse from the date on which the lease or contract is entered into
between the facility and the inquiring party or parties or the event which was the
inquiry occurs at the facility, whichever occurs earlier;
the event which was the subject of inquiry does not occur; or
the event which was the subject of inquiry occurs elsewhere.
2.1 (b) Data regarding persons receiving free or discounted admission, tickets, or other
2.2from publicly owned and operated convention facilities, civic center authorities,
2.3Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority are public data unless the data are subject
2.4provisions of subdivision 1 or 4, paragraph (b).
Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 43A.38, is amended by adding a subdivision to
2.7 Subd. 10. Publicly owned facilities. This section applies to the members and employees
2.8of the public governing bodies responsible for management of publicly owned facilities,
2.9including sporting facilities, arenas, and performance venues. Personal use of the
2.10or a portion of the facility at no or reduced cost constitutes a "gift" under this
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.03, is amended by adding a subdivision to
2.13 Subd. 13. Stadium space. "Stadium space" means a seat, personal seat license, suite,
2.14club room, parking, or any other part of the stadium or license to access any part
2.15stadium that a member of the general public would have to pay to use or access.
Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.07, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Membership.
(a) The authority shall consist of five members.
The chair and two Three
members shall be appointed by the governor and confirmed
2.19by the senate
. One member appointed by the governor shall serve until December 31 of the
third year following appointment and one member shall serve until December 31 of the
fourth year following appointment. Thereafter, members appointed by the governor shall
serve four-year terms, beginning January 1. Each member serves until a successor is
appointed and takes office unless removed by the appointing authority for cause. Cause for
2.24removal includes violation of the employee code of ethics in section 43A.38
. The chair
serves at the pleasure of the governor.
(c) The mayor of the city shall appoint and the senate shall confirm
two members to the
authority. One member appointed by the mayor of the city shall serve until December
of the third year following appointment and one member shall serve until December
the fourth year following appointment. Thereafter, members appointed under this paragraph
shall serve four-year terms beginning January 1. Each member serves until a successor
appointed and takes office unless removed by the appointing authority for cause. Cause for
2.32removal includes violation of the employee code of ethics in section 43A.38
appointed under this paragraph may reside within the city and may be appointed officials
of a political subdivision.
(d) The initial members of the authority must be appointed not later than June 13,
3.4EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment and
3.5applies to members appointed after April 1, 2017. If the senate adjourns the 2017
3.6session without confirming an appointee appointed after April 1, 2017, that appointee
3.7serve until the senate denies confirmation of that appointee.
Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.07, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
Subd. 3. Compensation.
The authority may compensate its members
, other than the
as provided in section
. The chair shall receive
, unless otherwise provided by
3.11 other law, a salary in an amount fixed by the authority, no more than half of the salary of
3.12the executive director of the authority
and shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses to
the same extent as a member.
Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.07, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
Subd. 4. Chair.
The chair presides at all meetings of the authority, if present, and
performs all other assigned duties and functions. The members of the authority shall
3.17biennially elect a chair from among its members.
The authority may appoint from among
its members a vice-chair to act for the chair during the temporary absence or disability
the chair, and any other officers the authority determines are necessary or convenient.
Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.07, subdivision 7, is amended to read:
Subd. 7. Audit.
The legislative auditor shall audit the books and accounts of the authority
once each year or as often as the legislative auditor's funds and personnel permit.
authority shall pay the total cost of the audit pursuant to section
. The legislative
3.24auditor may conduct examinations of the authority's finances, budgets, expenditures,
3.25revenues, and its operation. The legislative auditor may periodically examine the
3.26use of stadium space by the authority's members, staff, family, friends, charitable
3.27organizations, and vendors.
Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.07, subdivision 8, is amended to read:
Subd. 8. Executive director; employees.
The authority may appoint an executive director
to serve as the chief executive officer of the authority. The executive director serves
pleasure of the authority and receives compensation as determined by the authority but not
4.1to exceed 115 percent of the governor's salary
. The executive director may be responsible
for the operation, management, and promotion of activities of the authority, as prescribed
by the authority. The executive director has the powers necessarily incident to the
performance of duties required and powers granted by the authority, but does not have
authority to incur liability or make expenditures on behalf of the authority without
or specific directions by the authority, as shown by the bylaws or minutes of a meeting
the authority. The executive director is responsible for hiring, supervision, and
of all other employees of the authority. The authority must conduct an annual employee
4.9evaluation of the executive director, which must be reviewed and approved by the entire
Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.07, is amended by adding a subdivision to
4.13 Subd. 8a. Budget; report. After adoption, the authority shall submit its annual budget
4.14to the commissioner of management and budget and to the chairs and ranking minority
4.15members of the senate finance and house of representatives ways and means committees.
Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.07, subdivision 9, is amended to read:
Subd. 9. Web site.
The authority shall establish a Web site for purposes of providing
information to the public concerning all actions taken by the authority. At a minimum,
Web site must contain a current version of the authority's bylaws, notices of upcoming
meetings, minutes of the authority's meetings, each annual budget, each use agreement,
4.21each management agreement, each sponsorship agreement, meeting minutes for all meetings,
4.22policies, and procedures,
and contact telephone, electronic mail, and facsimile numbers for
public comments. This subdivision does not apply to information that is classified as not
4.24public data, as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 8a, under other law
Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.09, subdivision 13, is amended to read:
Subd. 13. Legislative report.
The authority must report to the Legislative Commission
4.27on Minnesota Sports Facilities and the
chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative
committees with jurisdiction over state government finance and to the senate Finance
4.29Committee and the house of representatives Ways and Means Committee
by January 15 of
each year on the following:
(1) any recommended increases in the rate or dollar amount of tax;
(2) any recommended increases in the debt of the authority;
(3) the overall work and role of the authority;
(4) the authority's proposed operating and capital budgets;
(5) the authority's implementation of the operating and capital budgets
5.4information on actual revenues and expenditures, events conducted, and all expected
5.5unexpected maintenance and capital repair needs arising since the time of the last
5.7(6) a listing of all stadium amenities under the control of the authority since the
5.8the last report, and how the amenities were used.
Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.09, is amended by adding a subdivision
5.11 Subd. 16. Use of stadium space by authority members. Authority members may not
5.12use stadium space unless the use is for a legitimate business purpose. Legitimate
5.14 (1) participating in a marketing effort arranged by the authority's marketing vendor;
5.15 (2) conducting oversight of the operation of the stadium; or
5.16 (3) making stadium space available to nonprofit charitable organizations to provide
5.17access to events at the stadium for people served by the charitable organization.
Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.09, is amended by adding a subdivision
5.20 Subd. 17. Use of stadium space by staff members. The executive director may not use
5.21stadium space unless the use is for a legitimate business purpose and is approved
by a vote
5.22of the authority at a public meeting, and the legitimate business purpose is made
a part of
5.23the public record. Stadium space may not be used by the authority's staff members,
5.24than the executive director, unless the use is with the express written assignment
5.25by the executive director. Staff may not receive free food or beverages and may not
5.26free parking unless necessary to complete the assigned duties.
Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.09, is amended by adding a subdivision
5.29 Subd. 18. Use of stadium space by family and friends of authority members. The
5.30authority or its members may not grant access to stadium space to family members or
5.31of the authority's members or staff unless the use is for a legitimate business purpose
6.1is approved by a vote of the authority at a public meeting, and the legitimate business
6.2is made a part of the public record. A legitimate business purpose under this subdivision
6.3means being a prospective user of the stadium.
Sec. 15. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.09, is amended by adding a subdivision
6.6 Subd. 19. Use of stadium space by marketing vendor. If the authority contracts with
6.7a vendor for services to market the stadium, the authority may extend to the marketing
6.8vendor complimentary access to stadium space for the purpose of marketing the stadium
6.9prospective users of the stadium, provided the contract requires the vendor to report
6.10authority the following information within 30 days after each event at which the vendor
6.11used stadium space:
6.12 (1) the costs of use;
6.13 (2) the identity of each adult attendee and their legitimate business purpose for
6.14 (3) the date, time, and a general description of the stadium event at which the suite
6.16 (4) the value and description of any food, parking, or other benefits provided to
6.17 Data that the authority receives under this subdivision is public data unless otherwise
6.18classified by section 13.55.
Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.09, is amended by adding a subdivision
6.21 Subd. 21. Report on stadium space use by authority members, staff, and vendors.
6.22 The authority shall report the following information annually to the governor, the
6.23the city of Minneapolis, the chair of the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Sports
6.24Facilities, and the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate Finance Committee
6.25and the house of representatives Ways and Means Committee regarding use of stadium
6.26space by authority members, staff, family, friends, charitable organizations, and
6.28 (1) the costs of use;
6.29 (2) the identity of each adult attendee and their legitimate business purpose for
6.30 (3) the date, time, and a general description of the stadium event at which the suite
7.1 (4) the value and description of any food, parking, or other benefits provided to
Sec. 17. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.09, is amended by adding a subdivision
7.4 Subd. 22. Open market purchase. This section does not prohibit an authority member,
7.5staff member, friend, or family member of the authority or staff from attending events,
7.6renting rooms, or using suites at the stadium for which the person purchased a ticket,
7.7a room, or purchased a suite, on the open market through the same channels for the
7.8prices as are available to the public.
Sec. 18. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.09, is amended by adding a subdivision
7.11 Subd. 23. Code of conduct. The authority shall adopt and comply with the latest version
7.12of the state code of conduct promulgated by Minnesota Management and Budget. For
7.13purposes of section 43A.38 as applied to the authority, an authority member or an
7.14staff member is an "employee of the executive branch"; use of or preferential access
7.15stadium space by an authority member or by authority staff, unless permitted under
7.16section, constitutes a "gift" under section 43A.38, subdivision 2; and constitutes
7.17state property for the employee's private interest" under section 43A.48, subdivision
Sec. 19. LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR REVIEW OF MINNESOTA SPORTS
7.19FACILITIES AUTHORITY MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE.
7.20The legislative auditor is requested to conduct a review of the management structure
7.21the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority established in Minnesota Statutes, chapter
7.22The review is requested to prioritize consideration of the authority's leadership
7.23including the necessity for the authority to be simultaneously led by a full-time
7.24director and a full-time chair. As appropriate, the review may include recommendations
7.25legislation to improve the authority's management structure. The review must be submitted
7.26to the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Sports Facilities, and the chairs and ranking
7.27minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over state government
7.28finance and to the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate Finance Committee
7.29and the house of representatives Ways and Means Committee, no later than January 15,
Sec. 20. RECOVERY.
8.2The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority must make every effort to recover the fair
8.3market value of any food, parking, tickets, and access to stadium suites provided
to a person
8.4prior to January 1, 2017, if the provision of those benefits to the person was not
in the public
8.5interest. The authority shall report on recovery efforts to the commissioner of management
8.6and budget and to the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate finance and
8.7of representatives ways and means committees by May 31, 2017. Money recovered under
8.8this section is transferred by July 1, 2017, to the commissioner of management and
8.9for deposit in the general reserve account established under Minnesota Statutes, section
8.10297E.021, subdivision 4.
Sec. 21. TEMPORARY TRANSFER OF SUITE FOR USE BY NONPROFIT.
8.12 The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority must assign its rights to one stadium suite
8.13under the Stadium Use Agreement with the NFL team, as defined in Minnesota Statutes,
8.14section 473J.03, to a nonprofit charitable organization affiliated with and designated
8.15NFL team. This assignment must begin on the effective date of this act and must terminate
8.16on the day that a plan developed under section 22 for use of the suite is effective.
Sec. 22. TRANSFER OF SUITE.
8.18The Legislative Commission on Minnesota Sports Facilities shall report to the chairs
8.19and ranking minority members of the committees in the house of representatives and
8.20senate with jurisdiction over finance by February 1, 2018, with recommendations for
8.21future use, sale, or transfer of one or both suites in the NFL stadium owned by the
8.22Sports Facilities Authority. The report shall review the potential for an amendment
8.23use agreement with the primary tenant and shall discuss the potential revenue available
8.24from the sale or lease of one or both suites, and the potential of other means of
8.25the public, such as making the suites available for use by charitable organizations.
8.26developing its recommendations, the commission shall consult with the legislative
8.27the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the primary tenant of the stadium, the
8.28marketing and management firm engaged by the authority, and the commissioner of
8.29management and budget. The report shall include any draft legislation necessary to
Sec. 23. REPEALER.
8.32Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.09, subdivision 14, is repealed.
Sec. 24. EFFECTIVE DATE.
9.2 This act is effective the day following final enactment. The terms of all current
9.3of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority terminate May 31, 2017. Appointing authorities
9.4must appoint new members of the authority by May 10, 2017, to serve terms beginning
9.5June 1, 2017.
9.7METROPOLITAN SPORTS FACILITIES COMMISSION TECHNICAL CHANGES
Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 13.55, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. Not public classification.
The following data received, created, or
maintained by or for publicly owned and operated convention facilities, civic center
authorities, or the
classified as nonpublic data pursuant to section
13.02, subdivision 9
; or private data on
individuals pursuant to section
13.02, subdivision 12
(a) a letter or other documentation from any person who makes inquiry to or who is
contacted by the facility regarding the availability of the facility for staging events;
(b) identity of firms and corporations which contact the facility;
(c) type of event which they wish to stage in the facility;
(d) suggested terms of rentals; and
(e) responses of authority staff to these inquiries.
Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 340A.404, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. Cities.
(a) A city may issue an on-sale intoxicating liquor license to the
following establishments located within its jurisdiction:
(3) bowling centers;
(4) clubs or congressionally chartered veterans organizations with the approval of
commissioner, provided that the organization has been in existence for at least three
and liquor sales will only be to members and bona fide guests, except that a club
the general public to participate in a wine tasting conducted at the club under section
(5) sports facilities, restaurants, clubs, or bars located on land owned or leased
Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority; and
(6) sports facilities located on land owned by the Metropolitan Sports Commission;
10.4 (7) (6)
exclusive liquor stores.
(b) A city may issue an on-sale intoxicating liquor license, an on-sale wine license,
an on-sale malt liquor license to a theater within the city, notwithstanding any law,
ordinance, or charter provision. A license issued under this paragraph authorizes
all days of the week to persons attending events at the theater.
(c) A city may issue an on-sale intoxicating liquor license, an on-sale wine license,
an on-sale malt liquor license to a convention center within the city, notwithstanding
law, local ordinance, or charter provision. A license issued under this paragraph
sales on all days of the week to persons attending events at the convention center.
paragraph does not apply to convention centers located in the seven-county metropolitan
(d) A city may issue an on-sale wine license and an on-sale malt liquor license to
person who is the owner of a summer collegiate league baseball team, or to a person
a concessions or management contract with the owner, for beverage sales at a ballpark
stadium located within the city for the purposes of summer collegiate league baseball
at the ballpark or stadium, notwithstanding any law, local ordinance, or charter provision.
A license issued under this paragraph authorizes sales on all days of the week to
attending baseball games at the ballpark or stadium.
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 352.01, subdivision 2a, is amended to read:
Subd. 2a. Included employees.
(a) "State employee" includes:
(1) employees of the Minnesota Historical Society;
(2) employees of the State Horticultural Society;
(3) employees of the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association;
(4) employees of the adjutant general whose salaries are paid from federal funds and
who are not covered by any federal civilian employees retirement system;
(5) employees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities who are employed under
the university or college activities program;
(6) currently contributing employees covered by the system who are temporarily
employed by the legislature during a legislative session or any currently contributing
employee employed for any special service as defined in subdivision 2b, clause (6);
(7) employees of the legislature who are appointed without a limit on the duration
(8) trainees who are employed on a full-time established training program performing
the duties of the classified position for which they will be eligible to receive immediate
appointment at the completion of the training period;
(9) employees of the Minnesota Safety Council;
(10) any employees who are on authorized leave of absence from the Transit Operating
Division of the former Metropolitan Transit Commission and who are employed by the
labor organization which is the exclusive bargaining agent representing employees
Transit Operating Division;
(11) employees of the Metropolitan Council, Metropolitan Parks and Open Space
Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission,
or Metropolitan Mosquito Control
Commission unless excluded under subdivision 2b or are covered by another public pension
fund or plan under section
473.415, subdivision 3
(12) judges of the Tax Court;
(13) personnel who were employed on June 30, 1992, by the University of Minnesota
in the management, operation, or maintenance of its heating plant facilities, whose
employment transfers to an employer assuming operation of the heating plant facilities,
long as the person is employed at the University of Minnesota heating plant by that
or by its successor organization;
(14) personnel who are employed as seasonal employees in the classified or unclassified
(15) persons who are employed by the Department of Commerce as a peace officer in
the Commerce Fraud Bureau under section
who have attained the mandatory
retirement age specified in section
43A.34, subdivision 4
(16) employees of the University of Minnesota unless excluded under subdivision 2b,
(17) employees of the Middle Management Association whose employment began after
July 1, 2007, and to whom section
does not apply;
(18) employees of the Minnesota Government Engineers Council to whom section
does not apply;
(19) employees of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority;
(20) employees of the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees;
(21) employees of the Minnesota State Retirement System;
(22) employees of the State Agricultural Society;
(23) employees of the Gillette Children's Hospital Board who were employed in the
state unclassified service at the former Gillette Children's Hospital on March 28,
(24) if approved for coverage by the Board of Directors of Conservation Corps Minnesota,
employees of Conservation Corps Minnesota so employed on June 30, 2003.
(b) Employees specified in paragraph (a), clause (13), are included employees under
paragraph (a) if employer and employee contributions are made in a timely manner in
amounts required by section
. Employee contributions must be deducted from salary.
Employer contributions are the sole obligation of the employer assuming operation
University of Minnesota heating plant facilities or any successor organizations to
Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473.121, subdivision 5a, is amended to read:
Subd. 5a. Metropolitan agency.
"Metropolitan agency" means the Metropolitan Parks
and Open Space Commission
, and the
Metropolitan Airports Commission
, and Metropolitan
12.20 Sports Facilities Commission
Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473.164, is amended to read:
SPORTS, AIRPORT COMMISSIONS COMMISSION TO PAY COUNCIL
Subdivision 1. Annually reimburse.
Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission
12.25 and the
Metropolitan Airports Commission shall annually reimburse the council for costs
incurred by the council in the discharge of its responsibilities relating to the commission.
The costs may be charged against any revenue sources of the commission as determined
by the commission.
Subd. 2. Estimates, budget, transfer.
On or before May 1 of each year, the council
shall transmit to
commission an estimate of the costs which the council will incur
in the discharge of its responsibilities related to the commission in the next budget
including, without limitation, costs in connection with the preparation, review,
implementation and defense of plans, programs and budgets of the commission.
commission shall include the estimates in its budget for the next budget year and
transmit its comments concerning the estimated amount to the council during the budget
review process. Prior to December 15 of each year, the amount budgeted by
commission for the next budget year may be changed following approval by the council.
During each budget year, the commission shall transfer budgeted funds to the council
advance when requested by the council.
Subd. 3. Final statement.
At the conclusion of each budget year, the council, in
commission, shall adopt a final statement of costs incurred by
the council for
commission. Where costs incurred in the budget year have exceeded
the amount budgeted,
commission shall transfer to the council the additional moneys
needed to pay the amount of the costs in excess of the amount budgeted, and shall
a sum in its next budget. Any excess of budgeted costs over actual costs may be retained
by the council and applied to the payment of budgeted costs in the next year.
Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473.565, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. In MSRS; exceptions.
All employees of the former
be members of the Minnesota State Retirement System with respect to service rendered
or after May 17, 1977, except as provided in this section.
Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473.755, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
Subd. 4. Bylaws.
The authority shall adopt bylaws to establish rules of procedure, the
powers and duties of its officers, and other matters relating to the governance of
and the exercise of its powers. Except as provided in this section, the bylaws adopted
this subdivision shall be similar in form and substance to bylaws adopted by the Metropolitan
Sports Facilities Commission pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 2012,
Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473.763, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Acquisition.
Subject to the rules of Major League Baseball, the governor
13.28 the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission
must attempt to facilitate the formation of
a corporation to acquire the baseball franchise and to identify an individual private
owner of the corporation. The corporation formed to acquire the franchise shall have
capital structure in compliance with all of the following provisions:
(1) there may be two classes of capital stock: common stock and preferred stock. Both
classes of stock must give holders voting rights with respect to any relocation or
contraction of the franchise;
(2) the private managing owner must own no less than 25 percent and no more than 35
percent of the common stock. For purposes of this restriction, shares of common stock
owned by the private managing owner include shares of common stock owned by any related
taxpayer as defined in section 1313(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
Other than the rights of all other holders of common stock and preferred stock with
to relocation or voluntary contraction of the franchise, the private managing owner
control all aspects of the operation of the corporation;
(3) other than the private managing owner, no individual or entity may own more than
five percent of the common stock of the corporation;
(4) at least 50 percent of the ownership of the common stock must be sold to members
of the general public in a general solicitation and a person or entity must not own
one percent of common stock of the corporation; and
(5) the articles of incorporation, bylaws, and other governing documents must provide
that the franchise may not move outside of the state or agree to voluntary contraction
approval of at least 75 percent of the shares of common stock and at least 75 percent
shares of preferred stock. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, these 75 percent
requirements shall not be amended by the shareholders or by any other means.
Except as specifically provided by Laws 2006, chapter 257, no state agency may spend
money from any state fund for the purpose of generating revenue under this subdivision
for the purpose of providing operating support or defraying operating losses of a
Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.13, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
Subd. 3. Public access.
The authority will work to maximize access for public and
amateur sports, community, and civic events, and other public events in type and on
consistent with those
held at the
football stadium, as defined in Minnesota
473.551, subdivision 9
. The authority may provide that these events
have exclusive use of the premises at agreed-upon times subject to the scheduling
the NFL team under the lease or use agreement.
Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473J.25, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
Subd. 3. Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission abolished; interim powers
15.3conferred on authority.
Upon transfer to the authority of all remaining assets, liabilities,
and obligations of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, in subdivision 2,
Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission is abolished. When the remaining assets,
liabilities, and obligations of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission have
transferred to the authority and the commission has been abolished, the powers and
of the commission under Minnesota Statutes 2012,
, and any
other law shall devolve upon the authority, in addition to the powers and duties of
authority under chapter 473J, until the first NFL home game is played at the stadium.
Sec. 11. REPEALER.
15.12Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 137.50, subdivision 5; 473.551; 473.552; 473.553,
15.13subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13; 473.556, subdivisions
1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
15.146, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, and 17; 473.561; 473.564, subdivisions 2 and 3;
15.15473.581; 473.592, subdivision 1; 473.595; 473.598; 473.599; and 473.76, are repealed.
Sec. 12. EFFECTIVE DATE.
15.17Sections 1 to 11 are effective June 30, 2017.