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HF 861

1st Division Engrossment - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/21/2019 05:20pm

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; appropriating money for the Minnesota Licensing and
Registration System (MNLARS) and Driver and Vehicle Services; requiring a
report.

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

Section 1. new text beginDEFICIENCY FUNDING REQUEST FOR MNLARS AND DRIVER'S
LICENSE SYSTEM; APPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin (a) $12,268,000 in fiscal year 2019 is appropriated from the general fund to the
commissioner of public safety for the continued development and improvement of the
Minnesota Licensing and Registration System and the Driver's License System.
new text end

new text begin (b) Of this amount: (1) $5,500,000 is for Phase 2 of the Driver's License System
development and implementation, contracting staff and technology costs; and (2) $6,768,000
is for Minnesota Licensing and Registration System development, technology costs, contracts,
and staff.
new text end

new text begin (c) This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2021.
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. 2. new text beginDEFICIENCY FUNDING REQUEST FOR DVS; APPROPRIATION.
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new text begin (a) $3,472,000 in fiscal year 2019 is appropriated from the general fund to the
commissioner of public safety to increase the capacity of Driver and Vehicle Services to
meet the customer service levels needs of business partners and the public.
new text end

new text begin (b) This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2021.
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. 3. new text beginPROGRESS REPORT.
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new text begin Progress made with the appropriations in sections 1 and 2 must be reported directly to
the MNLARS Legislative Oversight Committee on a quarterly basis.
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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 beginDEPUTY REGISTRAR REIMBURSEMENTS.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Appropriation. new text end

new text begin (a) $10,000,000 in fiscal year 2019 is appropriated from
the general fund to the commissioner of management and budget for reimbursement grants
to deputy registrars as provided in this section. The commissioner must make the grants
available by June 30, 2019. This is a onetime appropriation.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner must use existing resources to administer the reimbursements.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Eligibility. new text end

new text begin A deputy registrar office operated by the state is not eligible to
receive funds under this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Aid distribution. new text end

new text begin (a) The reimbursement grant to each deputy registrar, as
identified by the Driver and Vehicle Services-designated office location number, is calculated
as follows:
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new text begin (1) ten percent of available funds allocated equally among all deputy registrars;
new text end

new text begin (2) 45 percent of available funds allocated proportionally based on (i) the number of
transactions where a filing fee under Minnesota Statutes, section 168.33, subdivision 7, is
retained by each deputy registrar from August 1, 2017, through December 31, 2018,
compared to (ii) the total number of transactions where a filing fee is retained by all deputy
registrars during that time period; and
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new text begin (3) 45 percent of available funds allocated proportionally based on (i) the number of
transactions where a filing fee is retained by each deputy registrar from July 1, 2014, through
June 30, 2017, compared to (ii) the total number of transactions where a filing fee is retained
by all deputy registrars during that time period.
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new text begin (b) For a deputy registrar appointed after July 1, 2014, the commissioner of management
and budget must identify whether a corresponding discontinued deputy registrar appointment
exists. If a corresponding discontinued deputy registrar is identified, the commissioner must
include the transactions of the discontinued deputy registrar in the calculations under
paragraph (a) for the deputy registrar appointed after July 1, 2014.
new text end

new text begin (c) For a deputy registrar appointed after July 1, 2014, to which paragraph (b) does not
apply, the commissioner of management and budget must calculate the deputy registrar's
proportional share under paragraph (a), clause (3), based on the average number of
transactions where a filing fee is retained among the deputy registrars, as calculated excluding
any deputy registrars for which this paragraph applies.
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new text begin (d) In the calculations under paragraph (a), the commissioner of management and budget
must exclude transactions for (1) a deputy registrar office operated by the state, and (2) a
discontinued deputy registrar for which paragraph (b) does not apply.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Documentation. new text end

new text begin One or more associations representing deputy registrars must
submit documentation to the commissioner of management and budget that provides credible
evidence of total increased costs and foregone revenue, calculated across all deputy registrars,
that is in excess of the amount appropriated for grants in subdivision 1. The commissioner
of management and budget must not release grants under this section until the evidence
required under this subdivision is submitted.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Conditions. new text end

new text begin (a) A deputy registrar who receives a grant under this section must:
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new text begin (1) remain operating as a deputy registrar for a period of at least 12 months following
the date of receipt of the funds; or
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new text begin (2) pay to the commissioner of management and budget an amount equal to the amount
of the grant.
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new text begin (b) The commissioner must deposit any money received under this subdivision in the
general fund.
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new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Immunity and release from liability. new text end

new text begin (a) The creation or payment of
reimbursement grants under this section is not: (1) an admission of liability by the state or
its employees for any act or omission arising from the development and deployment of the
Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS); and (2) admissible in a judicial
or administrative proceeding to establish liability or a legal duty.
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new text begin (b) A deputy registrar who accepts a grant under this section must agree in writing and
in a form developed by the commissioner to release the state and its employees from liability
arising from the development and deployment of MNLARS.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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