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4th Engrossment - 81st Legislature (1999 - 2000) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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  1.1                          A bill for an act 
  1.2             relating to the organization and operation of state 
  1.3             government; appropriating money for the general 
  1.4             legislative and administrative expenses of state 
  1.5             government with certain conditions; modifying 
  1.6             provisions relating to state government operations; 
  1.7             amending Minnesota Statutes 1998, sections 3.3005, by 
  1.8             adding a subdivision; 3.17; 3C.12, subdivision 2; 
  1.9             8.15, subdivisions 1, 2, and 3; 12.31, subdivision 2; 
  1.10            12.37; 13.03, subdivision 2; 13.05, by adding a 
  1.11            subdivision; 13.073, by adding a subdivision; 14.131; 
  1.12            14.23; 15.50, subdivision 2; 16A.102, subdivision 1; 
  1.13            16A.103, subdivision 1; 16A.11, by adding a 
  1.14            subdivision; 16A.126, subdivision 3; 16A.129, 
  1.15            subdivision 3; 16A.45, subdivision 1; 16A.85, 
  1.16            subdivision 1; 16B.03; 16B.104; 16B.24, subdivision 5; 
  1.17            16B.31, subdivision 2; 16B.32, subdivision 2; 16B.415; 
  1.18            16B.42, subdivision 1; 16B.46; 16B.465; 16B.72; 
  1.19            16B.73; 16B.748; 16C.14, subdivision 1; 16D.04, 
  1.20            subdivision 2; 16E.01, subdivision 1; 16E.02; 16E.08; 
  1.21            18.54; 21.92; 43A.047; 43A.22; 43A.23, subdivisions 1 
  1.22            and 2; 43A.30, by adding a subdivision; 43A.31, 
  1.23            subdivision 2, and by adding a subdivision; 60A.964, 
  1.24            subdivision 1; 60A.972, subdivision 3; 97B.025; 
  1.25            103G.301, subdivision 2; 103I.525, subdivision 9; 
  1.26            103I.531, subdivision 9; 103I.535, subdivision 9; 
  1.27            103I.541, subdivision 5; 115B.49, subdivisions 2 and 
  1.28            4; 115B.491, subdivisions 2 and 3; 116.07, subdivision 
  1.29            4d; 116.12; 116C.834, subdivision 1; 128C.02, by 
  1.30            adding a subdivision; 138.17, subdivisions 7 and 8; 
  1.31            144.98, subdivision 3; 176.102, subdivision 14; 
  1.32            183.375, subdivision 5; 192.49, subdivision 3; 197.79, 
  1.33            subdivision 10; 202A.18, by adding a subdivision; 
  1.34            202A.20, subdivision 2; 204B.25, subdivision 2, and by 
  1.35            adding a subdivision; 204B.27, by adding a 
  1.36            subdivision; 204B.28, subdivision 1; 223.17, 
  1.37            subdivision 3; 239.101, subdivision 4; 240A.09; 
  1.38            297F.08, by adding a subdivision; 299M.04; 325K.03, by 
  1.39            adding a subdivision; 325K.04; 325K.05, subdivision 1; 
  1.40            325K.09, by adding a subdivision; 325K.10, subdivision 
  1.41            5; 325K.14, by adding a subdivision; 325K.15, by 
  1.42            adding a subdivision; 326.50; 326.86, subdivision 1; 
  1.43            and 349.163, subdivision 4; Laws 1993, chapter 192, 
  1.44            section 16; Laws 1994, chapter 643, section 69, 
  1.45            subdivision 1; Laws 1995, First Special Session 
  1.46            chapter 3, article 12, section 7, subdivision 1, as 
  2.1             amended; section 10; Laws 1997, chapter 202, article 
  2.2             2, section 61; and Laws 1998, chapter 366, section 2; 
  2.3             proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, 
  2.4             chapters 16A; 16B; 16C; 43A; 240A; and 325F; proposing 
  2.5             coding for new law as Minnesota Statutes, chapter 
  2.6             604B; repealing Minnesota Statutes 1998, sections 
  2.7             4A.08; 4A.09; 4A.10; 15.90; 15.91; 15.92; 16A.103, 
  2.8             subdivision 3; 16A.1285, subdivisions 4 and 5; 16E.11; 
  2.9             16E.12; 16E.13; 207A.01; 207A.02; 207A.03; 207A.04; 
  2.10            207A.06; 207A.07; 207A.08; 207A.09; and 207A.10; Laws 
  2.11            1991, chapter 235, article 5, section 3, as amended; 
  2.12            Minnesota Rules, part 8275.0045, subpart 2; and 1999 
  2.13            S.F. No. 2223, if enacted. 
  2.15                             ARTICLE 1 
  2.16                           APPROPRIATIONS 
  2.18     The sums shown in the columns marked "APPROPRIATIONS" are 
  2.19  appropriated from the general fund, or another fund named, to 
  2.20  the agencies and for the purposes specified in this act, to be 
  2.21  available for the fiscal years indicated for each purpose.  The 
  2.22  figures "1999," "2000," and "2001," where used in this act, mean 
  2.23  that the appropriation or appropriations listed under them are 
  2.24  available for the year ending June 30, 1999, June 30, 2000, or 
  2.25  June 30, 2001, respectively.  
  2.26                          SUMMARY BY FUND 
  2.27                                                       BIENNIAL
  2.28                            2000          2001           TOTAL
  2.29  General              $349,954,000   $308,497,000   $658,451,000
  2.30  State 
  2.31  Government 
  2.32  Special Revenue        13,986,000     13,884,000     27,870,000 
  2.33  For 1999 - $465,000
  2.34  Health Care Access      1,842,000      1,871,000      3,713,000
  2.35  Environmental             236,000        242,000        478,000
  2.36  Solid Waste Fund          660,000        670,000      1,330,000
  2.37  Lottery Prize 
  2.38  Fund                      110,000        -0-            110,000
  2.39  Highway User
  2.40  Tax Distribution        2,129,000      2,173,000      4,302,000
  2.41  Trunk Highway              39,000         39,000         78,000 
  2.42  Workers'
  2.43  Compensation            7,024,000      6,959,000     13,983,000 
  2.44  TOTAL                $376,420,000   $334,854,000   $711,274,000
  3.1   For 1999 - $465,000
  3.2                                              APPROPRIATIONS 
  3.3                                          Available for the Year 
  3.4                                              Ending June 30 
  3.5                                             2000         2001 
  3.6   Sec. 2.  LEGISLATURE 
  3.7   Subdivision 1.  Total  
  3.8   Appropriation                         58,340,000     63,117,000
  3.9                 Summary by Fund
  3.10  General              58,151,000    62,928,000
  3.11  Health Care Access      150,000       150,000
  3.12  Trunk Highway            39,000        39,000
  3.13  The amounts that may be spent from this 
  3.14  appropriation for each program are 
  3.15  specified in the following subdivisions.
  3.16  Subd. 2.  Senate                      19,138,000     20,523,000
  3.17  $40,000 the first year is for senate 
  3.18  media services to produce a videotape 
  3.19  on the legislative process and to 
  3.20  distribute it, along with a teachers' 
  3.21  guide, to all secondary schools in the 
  3.22  state, and for senate information 
  3.23  services to construct and maintain a 
  3.24  Worldwide Web site to publicize and 
  3.25  promote the videotape. 
  3.26  Subd. 3.  House of Representatives    25,361,000     27,670,000
  3.27  Subd. 4.  Legislative 
  3.28  Coordinating Commission               13,841,000     14,924,000
  3.29                Summary by Fund
  3.30  General              13,652,000    14,735,000
  3.31  Health Care Access      150,000       150,000
  3.32  Trunk Highway            39,000        39,000
  3.33  $5,600,000 the first year and 
  3.34  $6,372,000 the second year are for the 
  3.35  office of the revisor of statutes. 
  3.36  $1,184,000 the first year and 
  3.37  $1,217,000 the second year are for the 
  3.38  legislative reference library. 
  3.39  $4,963,000 the first year and 
  3.40  $5,096,000 the second year are for the 
  3.41  office of the legislative auditor. 
  3.42  The legislative commission on pensions 
  3.43  and retirement shall study and report 
  3.44  to the legislature by January 15, 2000, 
  3.45  on the comparability of pension and 
  3.46  other postretirement benefits between 
  3.47  public sector and private sector 
  3.48  employees.  When comparing the 
  3.49  benefits, the commission shall select 
  3.50  comparable job classifications and 
  3.51  salary ranges.  The study must compare 
  4.1   pension portability, initial monthly 
  4.2   benefits, average annual benefit 
  4.3   increases, employer and employee 
  4.4   contribution rates, availability of 
  4.5   early retirement incentives, 
  4.6   administrative costs, and other factors 
  4.7   as necessary to compare benefits. 
  4.8   Sec. 3.  GOVERNOR AND 
  4.9   LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR                    4,052,000      4,171,000
  4.10  This appropriation is to fund the 
  4.11  offices of the governor and lieutenant 
  4.12  governor.  
  4.13  $19,000 the first year and $19,000 the 
  4.14  second year are for necessary expenses 
  4.15  in the normal performance of the 
  4.16  governor's and lieutenant governor's 
  4.17  duties for which no other reimbursement 
  4.18  is provided. 
  4.19  By September 1 of each year, the 
  4.20  commissioner of finance shall report to 
  4.21  the chairs of the senate governmental 
  4.22  operations budget division and the 
  4.23  house state government finance division 
  4.24  any personnel costs incurred by the 
  4.25  office of the governor and lieutenant 
  4.26  governor that were supported by 
  4.27  appropriations to other agencies during 
  4.28  the previous fiscal year.  The office 
  4.29  of the governor shall inform the chairs 
  4.30  of the divisions before initiating any 
  4.31  interagency agreements. 
  4.32  Not later than September 30, 1999, the 
  4.33  governor, in consultation with the 
  4.34  commissioners of agriculture and trade 
  4.35  and economic development, shall prepare 
  4.36  and submit an application for federal 
  4.37  permits as may be needed to authorize 
  4.38  the growing of experimental and 
  4.39  demonstration plots of industrial 
  4.40  hemp.  The governor shall also direct 
  4.41  the commissioner of agriculture, in 
  4.42  consultation with the commissioner of 
  4.43  public safety and other appropriate 
  4.44  commissioners, to establish standards 
  4.45  and forms for persons wishing to 
  4.46  register for growing experimental and 
  4.47  demonstration plots of industrial hemp. 
  4.48  Sec. 4.  STATE AUDITOR                 8,967,000      9,311,000
  4.49  Sec. 5.  STATE TREASURER               2,563,000      2,283,000
  4.50  $1,030,000 the first year and 
  4.51  $1,061,000 the second year are for the 
  4.52  treasurer to pay for banking services 
  4.53  by fees rather than by compensating 
  4.54  balances.  
  4.55  $75,000 the first year is a one-time 
  4.56  appropriation for a project to maximize 
  4.57  the use of electronic payments and 
  4.58  electronic receipts for state 
  4.59  transactions.  The state treasurer 
  4.60  shall report on the progress of this 
  4.61  project to the chairs of the 
  4.62  legislative committees responsible for 
  5.1   this budget item by January 15, 2000, 
  5.2   and 2001. 
  5.3   $278,000 the first year is to pay the 
  5.4   cost of clearing sales tax rebate 
  5.5   checks through commercial banks. 
  5.6   Sec. 6.  ATTORNEY GENERAL             27,853,000     28,177,000
  5.7                 Summary by Fund
  5.8   General              25,545,000    25,852,000
  5.9   State Government
  5.10  Special Revenue       1,713,000     1,717,000
  5.11  Environmental           135,000       138,000 
  5.12  Solid Waste             460,000       470,000 
  5.13  $991,000 the first year and $912,000 
  5.14  the second year are one-time 
  5.15  appropriations to improve information 
  5.16  technology.  The attorney general shall 
  5.17  report on the progress of this project 
  5.18  to the chairs of the legislative 
  5.19  committees responsible for this budget 
  5.20  item by January 15, 2000, and 2001.  
  5.21  The attorney general and commissioner 
  5.22  of finance shall continue to review the 
  5.23  funding mechanism for legal services.  
  5.24  By February 15, 2000, they shall submit 
  5.25  a joint report to the committees 
  5.26  responsible for funding the office of 
  5.27  the attorney general that details 
  5.28  further refinements to the legal 
  5.29  services funding mechanism. 
  5.30  The report should attempt to do the 
  5.31  following: 
  5.32  (1) identify criteria that 
  5.33  differentiate between a partner and a 
  5.34  pooled agency; 
  5.35  (2) clarify whose responsibility it is 
  5.36  to request funding for pooled 
  5.37  agencies:  the attorney general, the 
  5.38  agency, or both; 
  5.39  (3) determine what process the billing 
  5.40  rate should follow before 
  5.41  implementation; 
  5.42  (4) establish a mechanism to ensure 
  5.43  that legal service resources are 
  5.44  allocated as intended by the 
  5.45  legislature and a process to address 
  5.46  situations where demand exceeds 
  5.47  resources; 
  5.48  (5) determine if partner agencies 
  5.49  should continue to have general fund 
  5.50  dollars set aside in the attorney 
  5.51  general's base; and 
  5.52  (6) determine what method is used to 
  5.53  ascertain how much funding for legal 
  5.54  services the attorney general has in 
  5.55  its base for each agency. 
  6.1   Sec. 7.  SECRETARY OF STATE           11,844,000      6,160,000
  6.2   $5,803,000 the first year is a one-time 
  6.3   appropriation to upgrade the office's 
  6.4   computer systems by converting stored 
  6.5   data to digital images, by bringing the 
  6.6   systems into compliance with year 2000 
  6.7   requirements, and by completing phase 2 
  6.8   of the office computer system upgrade 
  6.9   project.  The secretary of state shall 
  6.10  report on the progress of this project 
  6.11  to the chairs of the legislative 
  6.12  committees responsible for this budget 
  6.13  item by January 15, 2000, and 2001. 
  6.14  Sec. 8.  CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND 
  6.15  PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD                  712,000        707,000
  6.16  Sec. 9.  INVESTMENT BOARD              2,310,000      2,376,000
  6.17  Sec. 10.  ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS      7,064,000      6,859,000
  6.18                Summary by Fund
  6.19  General                 400,000              
  6.20  Workers'
  6.21  Compensation          6,664,000     6,859,000
  6.22  The chief administrative law judge, in 
  6.23  cooperation with the state court 
  6.24  administrator, shall develop and 
  6.25  present to the legislature by January 
  6.26  15, 2000, a plan for funding the cost 
  6.27  of child support hearings out of 
  6.28  appropriations to the judicial branch 
  6.29  without increasing those appropriations.
  6.30  The appropriation from the workers' 
  6.31  compensation special compensation fund 
  6.32  is for considering workers' 
  6.33  compensation claims. 
  6.34  Sec. 11.  OFFICE OF STRATEGIC 
  6.35  AND LONG-RANGE PLANNING                6,891,000      4,417,000
  6.36  $100,000 the first year is to integrate 
  6.37  the office's information technology and 
  6.38  is available until June 30, 2003.  The 
  6.39  director shall report on the progress 
  6.40  of the unit to the chairs of the 
  6.41  legislative committees responsible for 
  6.42  this budget item by January 15, 2000, 
  6.43  2001, and 2002. 
  6.44  $1,600,000 the first year is for a 
  6.45  generic environmental impact statement 
  6.46  on animal agriculture. 
  6.47  $200,000 the first year is to perform 
  6.48  program evaluations of agencies in the 
  6.49  executive branch. 
  6.50  The program evaluation division will 
  6.51  report to the legislature by December 
  6.52  1, 2000, ways to reduce state 
  6.53  government expenditures by five to ten 
  6.54  percent. 
  6.55  $100,000 the first year is to provide 
  6.56  administrative support to 
  7.1   community-based planning efforts. 
  7.2   $150,000 the first year is for a grant 
  7.3   of $50,000 to the southwest regional 
  7.4   development commission for the 
  7.5   continuation of the pilot program and 
  7.6   two additional grants of $50,000 each 
  7.7   to regional development commissions or, 
  7.8   in regions not served by regional 
  7.9   development commissions, to regional 
  7.10  organizations selected by the director 
  7.11  of strategic and long-range planning, 
  7.12  to support planning work on behalf of 
  7.13  local units of government.  The 
  7.14  planning work shall include, but need 
  7.15  not be limited to:  
  7.16  (1) development of local zoning 
  7.17  ordinances; 
  7.18  (2) land use plans; 
  7.19  (3) community or economic development 
  7.20  plans; 
  7.21  (4) transportation and transit plans; 
  7.22  (5) solid waste management plans; 
  7.23  (6) wastewater management plans; 
  7.24  (7) workforce development plans; 
  7.25  (8) housing development plans and/or 
  7.26  market analysis; 
  7.27  (9) rural health service plans; 
  7.28  (10) natural resources management 
  7.29  plans; or 
  7.30  (11) development of geographical 
  7.31  information systems database to serve a 
  7.32  region's needs, including hardware and 
  7.33  software purchases and related labor 
  7.34  costs. 
  7.35  $200,000 the first year is to prepare 
  7.36  the generic environmental impact 
  7.37  statement on urban development required 
  7.38  by section 108.  Any unencumbered 
  7.39  balance remaining in the first year 
  7.40  does not cancel and is available for 
  7.41  the second year of the biennium. 
  7.42  $24,000 the first year is for the 
  7.43  southwest Minnesota wind monitoring 
  7.44  project. 
  7.45  Sec. 12.  ADMINISTRATION 
  7.46  Subdivision 1.  Total 
  7.47  Appropriation                         50,288,000     36,692,000
  7.48  For 1999 - $465,000
  7.49                Summary by Fund
  7.50  General              38,155,000    24,925,000
  7.51  State Government 
  8.1   Special Revenue      11,873,000    11,767,000
  8.2   For 1999 - $465,000
  8.3   Workers'
  8.4   Compensation            260,000      -0-
  8.5   The amounts that may be spent from this 
  8.6   appropriation for each program are 
  8.7   specified in the following subdivisions.
  8.8   Subd. 2.  Operations Management 
  8.9        4,007,000      4,155,000
  8.10  Subd. 3.  Office of Technology
  8.11       5,499,000      2,707,000
  8.12  The commissioner of administration 
  8.13  shall develop and submit to the chairs 
  8.14  of the senate governmental operations 
  8.15  budget division and the house state 
  8.16  government finance committee by January 
  8.17  15, 2000, a long-range plan identifying 
  8.18  the mission and goals of the office of 
  8.19  technology.  The appropriation for the 
  8.20  second year is not available until the 
  8.21  plan has been approved by a law enacted 
  8.22  at the 2000 regular session. 
  8.23                Summary by Fund
  8.24  General               5,071,000     2,707,000
  8.25  State Government 
  8.26  Special Revenue         168,000          -0- 
  8.27  Workers'
  8.28  Compensation            260,000          -0- 
  8.29  The amounts that may be spent from this 
  8.30  appropriation for each purpose are as 
  8.31  follows: 
  8.32  (a) Administrative Services
  8.33       2,871,000      2,707,000
  8.34  $468,000 the first year and $468,000 
  8.35  the second year are for ongoing costs 
  8.36  of the North Star II project under 
  8.37  Minnesota Statutes, section 16E.07. 
  8.38  $220,000 the first year is to continue 
  8.39  the intergovernmental information 
  8.40  systems advisory council for one more 
  8.41  year. 
  8.42  (b) One-Stop Business Licensing
  8.43  $500,000 the first year is a one-time 
  8.44  appropriation for the one-stop business 
  8.45  licensing system project under 
  8.46  Minnesota Statutes, section 16E.08.  
  8.47  The commissioner shall report on the 
  8.48  progress of this project to the chairs 
  8.49  of the legislative committees 
  8.50  responsible for this budget item by 
  8.51  January 15, 2000, and 2001. Before the 
  8.52  system is put into operation, the 
  9.1   security information technology project 
  9.2   of the commissioner of administration 
  9.3   shall perform a security audit of the 
  9.4   system and submit a report on the audit 
  9.5   to the chairs of the governmental 
  9.6   operations budget division of the 
  9.7   senate and the state government finance 
  9.8   committee of the house of 
  9.9   representatives. 
  9.10  (c) Small Agency Infrastructure 
  9.11                Summary by Fund
  9.12  General               1,700,000          -0-  
  9.13  State Government 
  9.14  Special Revenue         168,000          -0- 
  9.15  Workers'
  9.16  Compensation            260,000          -0- 
  9.17  This appropriation is for a one-time 
  9.18  transfer to eligible small agencies for 
  9.19  the small agency infrastructure 
  9.20  project.  The commissioner of 
  9.21  administration shall determine 
  9.22  priorities for which projects should be 
  9.23  funded, except that $323,000 is for the 
  9.24  public utilities commission.  An agency 
  9.25  whose strategic plan for information 
  9.26  technology was not approved before 
  9.27  April 1, 1999, may not receive money 
  9.28  from this appropriation.  This 
  9.29  appropriation is available until June 
  9.30  30, 2003.  The commissioner shall 
  9.31  report on the progress of this project 
  9.32  to the chairs of the legislative 
  9.33  committees responsible for this budget 
  9.34  item by January 15, 2000, 2001, and 
  9.35  2002. 
  9.36  Subd. 4.  Intertechnologies Group
  9.37      21,121,000     12,626,000
  9.38                Summary by Fund
  9.39  General               9,416,000       859,000
  9.40  State Government 
  9.41  Special Revenue      11,705,000    11,767,000
  9.42  For 1999 - $465,000
  9.43  The appropriation from the special 
  9.44  revenue fund is for recurring costs of 
  9.45  911 emergency telephone service. 
  9.46  $2,075,000 the first year is a one-time 
  9.47  appropriation to create a directory 
  9.48  services infrastructure to support the 
  9.49  electronic delivery of government 
  9.50  services and is available until June 
  9.51  30, 2003.  The commissioner shall 
  9.52  report on the progress of this project 
  9.53  to the chairs of the legislative 
  9.54  committees responsible for this budget 
  9.55  item by January 15, 2000, 2001, and 
  9.56  2002. 
 10.1   $340,000 the first year is a one-time 
 10.2   appropriation to conduct coordinated 
 10.3   security impact analysis and planning 
 10.4   in state agencies to support the 
 10.5   electronic delivery of government 
 10.6   services.  The commissioner shall 
 10.7   report on the progress of this project 
 10.8   to the chairs of the legislative 
 10.9   committees responsible for this budget 
 10.10  item by January 15, 2000, and 2001. 
 10.11  $1,400,000 the first year is a one-time 
 10.12  appropriation to create the security 
 10.13  infrastructure for network-based 
 10.14  systems to enable the electronic 
 10.15  delivery of government services and is 
 10.16  available until June 30, 2003.  The 
 10.17  commissioner shall report on the 
 10.18  progress of this project to the chairs 
 10.19  of the legislative committees 
 10.20  responsible for this budget item by 
 10.21  January 15, 2000, 2001, and 2002. 
 10.22  $350,000 the first year is for costs 
 10.23  related to the operation of the year 
 10.24  2000 project office. 
 10.25  $2,150,000 the first year is a one-time 
 10.26  appropriation to modify state business 
 10.27  systems to address year 2000 changes.  
 10.28  Up to $150,000 of this appropriation 
 10.29  may be allocated for year 2000 project 
 10.30  office costs.  The appropriation is 
 10.31  available only upon approval of the 
 10.32  commissioner of finance after the 
 10.33  commissioner has determined that all 
 10.34  other money allocated for replacement 
 10.35  or enhancement of existing technology 
 10.36  for year 2000 compliance will be 
 10.37  expended.  Notwithstanding Minnesota 
 10.38  Statutes, section 16A.285, after notice 
 10.39  to the commissioner of finance, any 
 10.40  unexpended balance of this 
 10.41  appropriation remaining after all year 
 10.42  2000 problems have been addressed may 
 10.43  be transferred and added to any of the 
 10.44  appropriations in this act for 
 10.45  information technology projects that 
 10.46  are available until June 30, 2003.  A 
 10.47  transfer must be reported to the chairs 
 10.48  of the senate governmental operations 
 10.49  budget division and the house state 
 10.50  government finance committee.  
 10.51  $2,260,000 the first year is a one-time 
 10.52  appropriation to the department of 
 10.53  administration for the ongoing costs 
 10.54  incurred by the state agencies 
 10.55  participating in the state-county 
 10.56  collaboration project.  For the 
 10.57  biennium beginning July 1, 2001, and 
 10.58  thereafter, the base appropriations 
 10.59  attributable to agencies other than the 
 10.60  department of administration must be 
 10.61  included in the budgets of those other 
 10.62  state agencies. 
 10.63  Subd. 5.  Facilities Management 
 10.64       11,602,000     9,418,000
 11.1   $5,447,000 the first year and 
 11.2   $5,460,000 the second year are for 
 11.3   office space costs of the legislature 
 11.4   and veterans organizations, for 
 11.5   ceremonial space, and for statutorily 
 11.6   free space. 
 11.7   $1,672,000 the first year is to 
 11.8   demolish the capitol square building 
 11.9   and restructure the site as a temporary 
 11.10  parking lot. 
 11.11  $520,000 the first year is to rebuild 
 11.12  and upgrade electronic security systems 
 11.13  in the capitol complex.  The 
 11.14  commissioner shall report on the 
 11.15  progress of this project to the chairs 
 11.16  of the legislative committees 
 11.17  responsible for this budget item by 
 11.18  January 15, 2000. 
 11.19  The commissioner of administration 
 11.20  shall install on the automatically 
 11.21  operated landscape irrigation system in 
 11.22  the capitol area a device, commonly 
 11.23  known as a rain check, to prevent the 
 11.24  system from being activated when a 
 11.25  predetermined amount of precipitation 
 11.26  has accumulated. 
 11.27  $100,000 the first year is for grants 
 11.28  to places of public accommodation to 
 11.29  assist them in achieving compliance 
 11.30  with the bleacher safety requirements 
 11.31  of new Minnesota Statutes, section 
 11.32  16B.616.  The commissioner shall give 
 11.33  highest priority to grant requests from 
 11.34  political subdivisions for whom the 
 11.35  cost of achieving compliance is the 
 11.36  greatest financial hardship.  State 
 11.37  grants are available when the 
 11.38  commissioner has determined that 
 11.39  matching funds in an amount equal to 
 11.40  the grant have been committed.  Any 
 11.41  unencumbered balance remaining in the 
 11.42  first year does not cancel and is 
 11.43  available for the second year of the 
 11.44  biennium. 
 11.45  Subd. 6.  Management Services
 11.46       3,622,000      3,670,000 
 11.47  $250,000 the first year and $200,000 
 11.48  the second year are for the information 
 11.49  policy training program under Minnesota 
 11.50  Statutes, section 13.073. 
 11.51  $150,000 the first year and $150,000 
 11.52  the second year are for a one-time 
 11.53  transfer to the Minnesota historical 
 11.54  society for the information policy 
 11.55  training program under Minnesota 
 11.56  Statutes, sections 13.073 and 138.17, 
 11.57  subdivisions 7 and 8. 
 11.58  $192,000 the first year and $196,000 
 11.59  the second year are for the office of 
 11.60  the state archaeologist. 
 11.61  Subd. 7.  Fiscal Agent
 12.1          994,000        786,000
 12.2   $72,000 the first year and $74,000 the 
 12.3   second year are for the developmental 
 12.4   disabilities council. 
 12.5   $660,000 the first year and $450,000 
 12.6   the second year are for the STAR 
 12.7   program. 
 12.8   $2,000 the first year and $2,000 the 
 12.9   second year are for the state 
 12.10  employees' band. 
 12.11  $260,000 the first year and $260,000 
 12.12  the second year are for a grant to the 
 12.13  Minnesota Children's Museum, of which 
 12.14  $100,000 the first year and $100,000 
 12.15  the second year are an appropriation 
 12.16  for administrative costs of Project 
 12.17  Greenstart. 
 12.18  Subd. 8.  Public Broadcasting 
 12.19       3,443,000      3,330,000
 12.20  $1,450,000 the first year and 
 12.21  $1,450,000 the second year are for 
 12.22  matching grants for public television.  
 12.23  $600,000 the first year and $600,000 
 12.24  the second year are for public 
 12.25  television equipment needs.  Equipment 
 12.26  grant allocations shall be made after 
 12.27  considering the recommendations of the 
 12.28  Minnesota public television association.
 12.29  $113,000 the first year is for grants 
 12.30  to noncommercial television stations to 
 12.31  assist with conversion to a digital 
 12.32  broadcast signal as mandated by the 
 12.33  federal government.  In order to 
 12.34  qualify for a grant, a station must 
 12.35  meet the criteria established for 
 12.36  grants in Minnesota Statutes, section 
 12.37  129D.12, subdivision 2. 
 12.38  $441,000 the first year and $441,000 
 12.39  the second year are for grants for 
 12.40  public information television 
 12.41  transmission of legislative 
 12.42  activities.  At least one-half must go 
 12.43  for programming to be broadcast in 
 12.44  rural Minnesota. 
 12.45  $25,000 the first year and $25,000 the 
 12.46  second year are for grants to the Twin 
 12.47  Cities regional cable channel. 
 12.48  $320,000 the first year and $320,000 
 12.49  the second year are for community 
 12.50  service grants to public educational 
 12.51  radio stations, which must be allocated 
 12.52  after considering the recommendations 
 12.53  of the Association of Minnesota Public 
 12.54  Educational Radio Stations under 
 12.55  Minnesota Statutes, section 129D.14.  
 12.56  Of this appropriation, $30,000 the 
 12.57  first year and $30,000 the second year 
 12.58  are for station WTIP-FM in Grand 
 12.59  Marais, which need not meet the 
 13.1   requirements of Minnesota Statutes, 
 13.2   section 129D.14, until July 1, 2002.  
 13.3   $494,000 the first year and $494,000 
 13.4   the second year are for equipment 
 13.5   grants to public radio stations.  These 
 13.6   grants must be allocated after 
 13.7   considering the recommendations of the 
 13.8   Association of Minnesota Public 
 13.9   Educational Radio Stations and 
 13.10  Minnesota Public Radio, Inc. 
 13.11  If an appropriation for either year for 
 13.12  grants to public television or radio 
 13.13  stations is not sufficient, the 
 13.14  appropriation for the other year is 
 13.15  available for it. 
 13.17  AND PLANNING BOARD                       888,000        306,000
 13.18  $586,000 the first year is to design 
 13.19  and construct a memorial to Hubert H. 
 13.20  Humphrey; to make a grant to the 
 13.21  National World War II Memorial Fund, 
 13.22  2300 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 501, 
 13.23  Arlington, Virginia 22201, as a 
 13.24  contribution to a national World War II 
 13.25  memorial; and for the capitol area 
 13.26  architectural and planning board, in 
 13.27  cooperation with the Minnesota 
 13.28  historical society and the Philippine 
 13.29  study group of Minnesota, to install in 
 13.30  the capitol rotunda a plaque that 
 13.31  corrects inaccurate historical 
 13.32  information presented on the current 
 13.33  Spanish-American War commemorative 
 13.34  plaque. 
 13.35  Sec. 14.  FINANCE 
 13.36  Subdivision 1.  Total 
 13.37  Appropriation                         24,448,000     17,925,000
 13.38  The amounts that may be spent from this 
 13.39  appropriation for each program are 
 13.40  specified in the following subdivisions.
 13.41  Subd. 2.  State Financial Management 
 13.42       7,805,000      7,993,000
 13.43   Subd. 3.  Information and 
 13.44  Management Services 
 13.45      16,643,000      9,932,000
 13.46  $100,000 the first year is for a grant 
 13.47  to the city of Mankato to complete the 
 13.48  Mankato area growth management and 
 13.49  planning study, phase 2.  The 
 13.50  appropriation is available until June 
 13.51  30, 2002.  The appropriation must be 
 13.52  matched by an in-kind donation of 
 13.53  $100,000 in administrative, technical, 
 13.54  and higher educational internship 
 13.55  support and supervision.  The value of 
 13.56  the in-kind donations must be 
 13.57  determined by the commissioner of 
 13.58  finance. 
 14.1   The city shall serve as fiscal agent to 
 14.2   complete the study under the 1997 
 14.3   regional planning joint powers 
 14.4   agreement among the cities of Mankato, 
 14.5   North Mankato, and Eagle Lake; the 
 14.6   counties of Nicollet and Blue Earth; 
 14.7   and the towns of Mankato, South Bend, 
 14.8   Lime, Decoria, and Belgrade, without 
 14.9   limitation on the rights of the parties 
 14.10  to that agreement to add or remove 
 14.11  members.  The study is intended as an 
 14.12  alternative to community-based 
 14.13  planning.  The study is intended to 
 14.14  develop information and analysis to 
 14.15  provide guidance on such issues as: 
 14.16  (1) the development of joint planning 
 14.17  agreements to implement a unified 
 14.18  growth management strategy; 
 14.19  (2) joint service ventures, such as 
 14.20  planning or zoning administration in 
 14.21  urban fringe areas; 
 14.22  (3) orderly growth and annexation 
 14.23  agreements between cities and 
 14.24  townships; 
 14.25  (4) feedlot regulations in urban fringe 
 14.26  areas and future growth corridors; 
 14.27  (5) service strategies for unsewered 
 14.28  subdivisions; 
 14.29  (6) other joint ventures for city, 
 14.30  county, and township service delivery 
 14.31  in fringe areas; 
 14.32  (7) feasibility of a rural township 
 14.33  taxing district; and 
 14.34  (8) alternatives to the current 
 14.35  community-based planning legislation 
 14.36  that would add flexibility and improve 
 14.37  the planning process. 
 14.38  The city of Mankato shall report the 
 14.39  results of the study to the legislature 
 14.40  by January 15, 2002. 
 14.41  $6,839,000 the first year is a one-time 
 14.42  appropriation to upgrade the human 
 14.43  resources and payroll system and is 
 14.44  available until June 30, 2003.  The 
 14.45  commissioner shall report on the 
 14.46  progress of this project to the chairs 
 14.47  of the legislative committees 
 14.48  responsible for this budget item by 
 14.49  January 15, 2000, 2001, and 2002. 
 14.50  The commissioner of finance shall work 
 14.51  with the commissioners of employee 
 14.52  relations and administration and shall 
 14.53  develop as part of the human resource 
 14.54  and payroll systems upgrade, and submit 
 14.55  to the chairs of the senate 
 14.56  governmental operations budget division 
 14.57  and the house state government finance 
 14.58  committee by January 15, 2000, a 
 14.59  long-range plan for the statewide 
 14.60  business systems:  human resources, 
 15.1   payroll, accounting, and procurement.  
 15.2   The plan must detail each system's 
 15.3   original development costs, its 
 15.4   expected life cycle, the estimated cost 
 15.5   of upgrading software to newer versions 
 15.6   during its life cycle, its operating 
 15.7   costs to date, and the factors that are 
 15.8   expected to drive future operating 
 15.9   costs within the departments of 
 15.10  finance, administration, and employee 
 15.11  relations.  The plan must also include 
 15.12  an evaluation of and recommendations on 
 15.13  whether, for the statewide business 
 15.14  systems, the state should use software 
 15.15  that is developed and maintained in 
 15.16  house; proprietary software, either 
 15.17  modified or unmodified; a private 
 15.18  vendor; or a particular combination of 
 15.19  these options. 
 15.20  The commissioner of finance, in 
 15.21  consultation with senate and house 
 15.22  fiscal staff and the commissioner of 
 15.23  administration, shall develop 
 15.24  recommendations for inclusion in the 
 15.25  governor's fiscal year 2002-2003 budget 
 15.26  document on the presentation of 
 15.27  internal service funds.  The 
 15.28  commissioner of finance shall submit 
 15.29  the recommendations to the chairs of 
 15.30  the senate governmental operations 
 15.31  budget division and the house state 
 15.32  government finance committee by January 
 15.33  15, 2000. 
 15.34  Sec. 15.  EMPLOYEE RELATIONS 
 15.35  Subdivision 1.  Total 
 15.36  Appropriation                         10,530,000     10,398,000
 15.37  The amounts that may be spent from this 
 15.38  appropriation for each program are 
 15.39  specified in the following subdivisions.
 15.40  Subd. 2.  Employee Insurance
 15.41       2,755,000      2,446,000
 15.42  $310,000 the first year is to prepare 
 15.43  to implement an optional, 
 15.44  participant-paid, long-term care 
 15.45  insurance program to be available to 
 15.46  state employees and their spouses and 
 15.47  parents, as provided in new Minnesota 
 15.48  Statutes, section 43A.318. 
 15.49  $2,375,000 the first year and 
 15.50  $2,376,000 the second year are for 
 15.51  transfer to the state employees 
 15.52  insurance fund to self-insure all 
 15.53  medical coverage provided through the 
 15.54  state employees group insurance 
 15.55  program, including the University of 
 15.56  Minnesota. 
 15.57  During the biennium ending June 30, 
 15.58  2001, the amount necessary to pay 
 15.59  premiums for coverage by the workers' 
 15.60  compensation reinsurance association 
 15.61  under Minnesota Statutes, section 
 15.62  79.34, is appropriated from the general 
 16.1   fund to the commissioner. 
 16.2   Subd. 3.  Human Resources
 16.3   Management
 16.4        7,775,000      7,952,000
 16.5   $123,000 the first year and $115,000 
 16.6   the second year are for a grant to the 
 16.7   government training service, of which 
 16.8   $48,000 the first year and $40,000 the 
 16.9   second year are a one-time 
 16.10  appropriation for information 
 16.11  technology and $25,000 the first year 
 16.12  and $25,000 the second year are a 
 16.13  one-time appropriation to conduct 
 16.14  conferences. 
 16.15  Subd. 4.  Technology Budget Book
 16.16  The department shall prepare a separate 
 16.17  budget book for the biennium beginning 
 16.18  July 1, 2001, containing all of the 
 16.19  administration's technology 
 16.20  initiatives.  The book must also 
 16.21  include a complete inventory of 
 16.22  state-owned and leased technology, 
 16.23  along with a projected replacement 
 16.24  schedule.  The inventory must include 
 16.25  information on how the technology fits 
 16.26  into the state's master plan. 
 16.27  Sec. 16.  REVENUE 
 16.28  Subdivision 1.  Total  
 16.29  Appropriation                         99,988,000     89,515,000
 16.30                Summary by Fund
 16.31  General              95,866,000    85,317,000
 16.32  Health Care Access    1,692,000     1,721,000
 16.33  Highway User 
 16.34  Tax Distribution      2,129,000     2,173,000
 16.35  Environmental           101,000       104,000
 16.36  Solid Waste             200,000       200,000
 16.37  The amounts that may be spent from this 
 16.38  appropriation for each program are 
 16.39  specified in the following subdivisions.
 16.40  Subd. 2.  Tax System Management
 16.41      97,942,000     87,477,000
 16.42                Summary by Fund
 16.43   General             93,380,000    82,760,000
 16.44  Health Care Access    1,692,000     1,721,000
 16.45  Highway User 
 16.46  Tax Distribution      2,129,000     2,173,000
 16.47  Environmental           101,000       104,000
 16.48  Solid Waste             200,000       200,000
 17.1   $12,000,000 the first year is a 
 17.2   one-time appropriation for the income 
 17.3   tax reengineering initiative and is 
 17.4   available until June 30, 2003, if the 
 17.5   carryforward from one biennium to the 
 17.6   next is approved by the commissioner of 
 17.7   finance after receiving the 
 17.8   recommendation of the chairs of the 
 17.9   funding committees overseeing the 
 17.10  department and in accordance with the 
 17.11  department's technology plan approved 
 17.12  by the commissioner of administration.  
 17.13  Failure or refusal to make a 
 17.14  recommendation promptly is deemed a 
 17.15  negative recommendation.  The 
 17.16  commissioner of revenue shall report on 
 17.17  the progress of this project to the 
 17.18  chairs of the legislative committees 
 17.19  responsible for this budget item by 
 17.20  January 15, 2000, 2001, and 2002. 
 17.21  $400,000 the first year is a one-time 
 17.22  appropriation to administer the farm 
 17.23  relief program enacted by the 1999 
 17.24  legislature. 
 17.25  Subd. 3.  Accounts Receivable Management
 17.26       2,486,000      2,557,000
 17.27  Subd. 4.  Other Provisions
 17.28  The building located in the capitol 
 17.29  complex at 600 North Robert Street, St. 
 17.30  Paul, is designated and named the 
 17.31  Harold E. Stassen building. 
 17.32  Sec. 17.  MILITARY AFFAIRS  
 17.33  Subdivision 1.  Total 
 17.34  Appropriation                         10,896,000    11,041,000
 17.35  The amounts that may be spent from this 
 17.36  appropriation for each program are 
 17.37  specified in the following subdivisions.
 17.38  Subd. 2.  Maintenance of Training 
 17.39  Facilities 
 17.40        6,777,000     6,869,000
 17.41  $1,325,000 the first year and 
 17.42  $1,325,000 the second year are 
 17.43  appropriated for asset preservation and 
 17.44  facility repair.  This appropriation 
 17.45  may be transferred between programs, to 
 17.46  the extent it is used for the same 
 17.47  purpose.  The adjutant general may use 
 17.48  other available funding for this 
 17.49  purpose, to the extent it is not 
 17.50  inconsistent with any other law. 
 17.51  Subd. 3.  General Support
 17.52        1,690,000     1,742,000
 17.53  $35,000 the first year and $35,000 the 
 17.54  second year are a one-time 
 17.55  appropriation to assist in the 
 17.56  operation and staffing of the Minnesota 
 17.57  national guard youth camp at Camp 
 18.1   Ripley.  This appropriation is 
 18.2   available only as matched, dollar for 
 18.3   dollar, by money from nonstate sources. 
 18.4   Subd. 4.  Enlistment Incentives
 18.5        2,354,000      2,355,000 
 18.6   Obligations for the reenlistment bonus 
 18.7   program, suspended on December 31, 
 18.8   1991, shall be paid from the amounts 
 18.9   available within the enlistment 
 18.10  incentives program. 
 18.11  If appropriations for either year of 
 18.12  the biennium are insufficient, the 
 18.13  appropriation from the other year is 
 18.14  available.  The appropriations for 
 18.15  enlistment incentives are available 
 18.16  until expended. 
 18.17  Subd. 5.  Emergency Services 
 18.18          75,000         75,000
 18.19  These appropriations are for expenses 
 18.20  of military forces ordered to active 
 18.21  duty under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 
 18.22  192.  If the appropriation for either 
 18.23  year is insufficient, the appropriation 
 18.24  for the other year is available for it. 
 18.25  Sec. 18.  VETERANS AFFAIRS             5,885,000      4,369,000
 18.26  $1,544,000 the first year and 
 18.27  $1,544,000 the second year are for 
 18.28  emergency financial and medical needs 
 18.29  of veterans.  If the appropriation for 
 18.30  either year is insufficient, the 
 18.31  appropriation for the other year is 
 18.32  available for it.  
 18.33  $12,000 the first year and $13,000 the 
 18.34  second year are one-time funding to 
 18.35  provide grants to local veterans' 
 18.36  organizations that provide 
 18.37  transportation services for veterans to 
 18.38  veterans administration medical 
 18.39  facilities. 
 18.40  The commissioner of veterans affairs, 
 18.41  in cooperation with the board of 
 18.42  directors of the Minnesota veterans 
 18.43  homes and the United States Veterans 
 18.44  Administration, shall study the 
 18.45  feasibility and desirability of 
 18.46  supplementing the missions of the 
 18.47  veterans homes and the Veterans 
 18.48  Administration hospitals in Minnesota 
 18.49  by entering into agreements with health 
 18.50  care providers throughout the state to 
 18.51  provide free or reduced-cost 
 18.52  comprehensive health care to veterans 
 18.53  close to their places of residence as a 
 18.54  supplement to private health 
 18.55  insurance.  The commissioner shall 
 18.56  report the results of the study and any 
 18.57  recommendations to the legislature by 
 18.58  January 15, 2000. 
 18.59  With the approval of the commissioner 
 19.1   of finance, the commissioner of 
 19.2   veterans affairs may transfer the 
 19.3   unencumbered balance from the veterans 
 19.4   relief program to other department 
 19.5   programs during the fiscal year.  
 19.6   Before the transfer, the commissioner 
 19.7   of veterans affairs shall explain why 
 19.8   the unencumbered balance exists.  The 
 19.9   amounts transferred must be identified 
 19.10  to the chairs of the senate 
 19.11  governmental operations budget 
 19.12  committee and the house state 
 19.13  government finance committee. 
 19.14  $275,000 the first year and $275,000 
 19.15  the second year are for a grant to the 
 19.16  Vinland National Center. 
 19.17  $1,485,000 the first year is to make 
 19.18  bonus payments authorized under 
 19.19  Minnesota Statutes, section 197.79.  
 19.20  The appropriation may not be used for 
 19.21  administrative purposes.  The 
 19.22  appropriation does not expire until the 
 19.23  commissioner acts on all applications 
 19.24  submitted under Minnesota Statutes, 
 19.25  section 197.79. 
 19.26  $105,000 the first year is to 
 19.27  administer the bonus program 
 19.28  established under Minnesota Statutes, 
 19.29  section 197.79.  The appropriation does 
 19.30  not expire until the commissioner acts 
 19.31  on all the applications submitted under 
 19.32  Minnesota Statutes, section 197.79. 
 19.33  $233,000 the first year and $235,000 
 19.34  the second year are for grants to 
 19.35  county veterans offices for training of 
 19.36  county veterans service officers. 
 19.37  Sec. 19.  VETERANS OF FOREIGN 
 19.38  WARS                                      41,000         41,000
 19.39  For carrying out the provisions of Laws 
 19.40  1945, chapter 455. 
 19.41  Sec. 20.  MILITARY ORDER OF 
 19.42  THE PURPLE HEART                          20,000         20,000
 19.43  Sec. 21.  DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS      13,000         13,000
 19.44  For carrying out the provisions of Laws 
 19.45  1941, chapter 425. 
 19.46  Sec. 22.  GAMBLING CONTROL             2,183,000      2,241,000
 19.47  Sec. 23.  RACING COMMISSION              390,000        402,000
 19.48  Sec. 24.  STATE LOTTERY                  110,000 
 19.49  This appropriation is from the lottery 
 19.50  prize fund to the commissioner of human 
 19.51  services for a grant to Project 
 19.52  Turnabout in Granite Falls to provide 
 19.53  compulsive gambling treatment and 
 19.54  education.  The appropriation is 
 19.55  available until June 30, 2001, and must 
 19.56  not become part of the base 
 19.57  appropriation. 
 20.1   The director of the state lottery shall 
 20.2   reimburse the general fund $150,000 the 
 20.3   first year and $150,000 the second year 
 20.4   for lottery-related costs incurred by 
 20.5   the department of public safety. 
 20.6   Sec. 25.  AMATEUR SPORTS 
 20.7   COMMISSION                             6,619,000        639,000
 20.8   $4,000,000 the first year is for grants 
 20.9   for ice centers under Minnesota 
 20.10  Statutes, section 240A.09, as amended 
 20.11  by this act.  The prohibition in 
 20.12  Minnesota Statutes, section 240A.09, on 
 20.13  grants to colleges and universities 
 20.14  does not apply to the project at the 
 20.15  University of Minnesota-Duluth for 
 20.16  which a grant application was pending 
 20.17  on the effective date of the 
 20.18  amendment.  Up to $1,000,000 of this 
 20.19  amount may be used for renovation 
 20.20  grants for existing ice arenas, 
 20.21  including renovation of bleachers to 
 20.22  meet code requirements.  Any 
 20.23  unencumbered balance remaining in the 
 20.24  first year does not cancel and is 
 20.25  available for the second year of the 
 20.26  biennium. 
 20.27  $2,000,000 the first year is for grants 
 20.28  for amateur athletic facilities and 
 20.29  programs under section 91 and to 
 20.30  prepare the plan for soccer facilities 
 20.31  required by this section.  $200,000 may 
 20.32  be used for special events or programs 
 20.33  and $30,000 may be used for the soccer 
 20.34  plan.  Any unencumbered balance 
 20.35  remaining in the first year does not 
 20.36  cancel and is available for the second 
 20.37  year of the biennium. 
 20.38  The commission shall develop a plan to 
 20.39  stimulate the development of new 
 20.40  facilities primarily for soccer 
 20.41  throughout the state and to make grants 
 20.42  to assist with the development of these 
 20.43  facilities.  The plan shall include an 
 20.44  assessment of needs, development and 
 20.45  financing alternatives, geographic and 
 20.46  demographic considerations, management 
 20.47  and use policies, and standards for the 
 20.48  design and construction of soccer 
 20.49  fields.  Before adopting the plan, the 
 20.50  commission shall hold public meetings 
 20.51  in at least three locations throughout 
 20.52  the state to receive comment.  The plan 
 20.53  must cover a 20-year development period.
 20.54  Sec. 26.  BOARD OF THE ARTS        
 20.55  Subdivision 1.  Total Appropriation   13,064,000     13,094,000
 20.56  Any unencumbered balance remaining in 
 20.57  this section the first year does not 
 20.58  cancel but is available for the second 
 20.59  year of the biennium. 
 20.60  Subd. 2.  Operations and Services 
 20.61         989,000      1,019,000 
 21.1   Subd. 3.  Grants Program 
 21.2        8,540,000      8,540,000 
 21.3   Subd. 4.  Regional Arts Councils 
 21.4        3,535,000      3,535,000 
 21.6   COMMISSION                             1,397,000      1,409,000
 21.7   Any unencumbered balance remaining in 
 21.8   the first year does not cancel but is 
 21.9   available for the second year of the 
 21.10  biennium. 
 21.11  $500,000 the first year and $500,000 
 21.12  the second year are a one-time 
 21.13  appropriation for the 
 21.14  Motheread/Fatheread program. 
 21.15  Sec. 28.  GENERAL CONTINGENT 
 21.16  ACCOUNTS                                 600,000        600,000
 21.17                Summary by Fund
 21.18  General                 100,000       100,000
 21.19  State Government 
 21.20  Special Revenue         400,000       400,000
 21.21  Workers' Compensation   100,000       100,000
 21.22  The appropriations in this section must 
 21.23  be spent with the approval of the 
 21.24  governor after consultation with the 
 21.25  legislative advisory commission under 
 21.26  Minnesota Statutes, section 3.30. 
 21.27  If an appropriation in this section for 
 21.28  either year is insufficient, the 
 21.29  appropriation for the other year is 
 21.30  available for it. 
 21.31  The special revenue appropriation is 
 21.32  available to be transferred to the 
 21.33  attorney general when the costs to 
 21.34  provide legal services to the health 
 21.35  boards exceed the biennial 
 21.36  appropriation to the attorney general 
 21.37  from the special revenue fund and for 
 21.38  transfer to the health boards if 
 21.39  required for unforeseen expenditures of 
 21.40  an emergency nature.  The boards 
 21.41  receiving the additional services or 
 21.42  supplemental appropriations shall set 
 21.43  their fees to cover the costs. 
 21.44  Sec. 29.  TORT CLAIMS                    275,000        275,000
 21.45  To be spent by the commissioner of 
 21.46  finance.  
 21.47  If the appropriation for either year is 
 21.48  insufficient, the appropriation for the 
 21.49  other year is available for it.  
 21.50  Sec. 30.  MINNESOTA STATE   
 21.51  RETIREMENT SYSTEM                      3,998,000      4,014,000
 21.52  The amounts estimated to be needed for 
 22.1   each program are as follows: 
 22.2   (a) Legislators 
 22.3        3,800,000      3,800,000
 22.4   Under Minnesota Statutes, sections 
 22.5   3A.03, subdivision 2; 3A.04, 
 22.6   subdivisions 3 and 4; and 3A.11. 
 22.7   (b) Constitutional Officers 
 22.8          198,000        214,000
 22.9   Under Minnesota Statutes, sections 
 22.10  352C.031, subdivision 5; 352C.04, 
 22.11  subdivision 3; and 352C.09, subdivision 
 22.12  2. 
 22.13  If an appropriation in this section for 
 22.14  either year is insufficient, the 
 22.15  appropriation for the other year is 
 22.16  available for it. 
 22.18  RETIREMENT FUND                        6,442,000      6,442,000
 22.19  $5,892,000 the first year and 
 22.20  $5,892,000 the second year are to the 
 22.21  commissioner of finance for payment to 
 22.22  the Minneapolis employees retirement 
 22.23  fund under Minnesota Statutes, section 
 22.24  422A.101, subdivision 3.  Payment must 
 22.25  be made in four equal installments, 
 22.26  March 15, July 15, September 15, and 
 22.27  November 15 each year.  
 22.28  $550,000 the first year and $550,000 
 22.29  the second year are to the commissioner 
 22.30  of finance for payment to the 
 22.31  Minneapolis employees retirement fund 
 22.32  for the supplemental benefit for 
 22.33  pre-1973 retirees under Minnesota 
 22.34  Statutes, section 356.865. 
 22.35  Sec. 32.  POLICE AND FIRE   
 22.36  AMORTIZATION AID                       6,295,000      6,303,000
 22.37  $4,925,000 the first year and 
 22.38  $4,925,000 the second year are to the 
 22.39  commissioner of revenue for state aid 
 22.40  to amortize the unfunded liability of 
 22.41  local police and salaried firefighters 
 22.42  relief associations under Minnesota 
 22.43  Statutes, section 423A.02. 
 22.44  $1,000,000 the first year and 
 22.45  $1,000,000 the second year are to the 
 22.46  commissioner of revenue for 
 22.47  supplemental state aid to amortize the 
 22.48  unfunded liability of local police and 
 22.49  salaried firefighters relief 
 22.50  associations under Minnesota Statutes, 
 22.51  section 423A.02, subdivision 1a. 
 22.52  $370,000 the first year and $378,000 
 22.53  the second year are to the commissioner 
 22.54  of revenue to pay reimbursements to 
 22.55  relief associations for firefighter 
 22.56  supplemental benefits paid under 
 22.57  Minnesota Statutes, section 424A.10. 
 23.1   Sec. 33.  BOARD OF GOVERNMENT   
 23.2   INNOVATION AND COOPERATION                1,014,000    1,018,000
 23.3      Sec. 34.  [STATEWIDE SYSTEMS ACCOUNT.] 
 23.4      Subdivision 1.  [CONTINUATION.] The statewide systems 
 23.5   account is a separate account in the general fund.  All money 
 23.6   resulting from billings for statewide systems services must be 
 23.7   deposited in the account.  For the purposes of this section, 
 23.8   statewide systems includes the state accounting system, payroll 
 23.9   system, human resources system, procurement system, and related 
 23.10  information access systems. 
 23.11     Subd. 2.  [BILLING PROCEDURES.] The commissioner of finance 
 23.12  may bill up to $7,520,000 in fiscal year 2000 and $7,520,000 in 
 23.13  fiscal year 2001 for statewide systems services provided to 
 23.14  state agencies, judicial branch agencies, the University of 
 23.15  Minnesota, the Minnesota state colleges and universities, and 
 23.16  other entities.  Billing must be based only on usage of services 
 23.17  relating to statewide systems provided by the intertechnologies 
 23.18  division.  Each agency shall transfer from agency operating 
 23.19  appropriations to the statewide systems account the amount 
 23.20  billed by the commissioner.  Billing policies and procedures 
 23.21  related to statewide systems services must be developed by the 
 23.22  commissioner of finance in consultation with the commissioners 
 23.23  of employee relations and administration, the University of 
 23.24  Minnesota, and the Minnesota state colleges and universities. 
 23.25     Subd. 3.  [APPROPRIATION.] Money transferred into the 
 23.26  account is appropriated to the commissioner of finance to pay 
 23.27  for statewide systems services during fiscal years 2000 and 2001.
 23.28     Sec. 35.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 3.3005, is 
 23.29  amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
 23.30     Subd. 3a.  [CHANGE IN PURPOSE.] If a request to spend 
 23.31  federal money is included in a governor's budget request and 
 23.32  approved according to subdivision 2a, but the purpose for which 
 23.33  the money is to be used changes from the time of the request and 
 23.34  approval, the amount may be allotted for expenditure after a 
 23.35  revised request is submitted according to subdivision 2 or the 
 23.36  requirements of subdivision 5 are met. 
 24.1      Sec. 36.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 3.17, is amended 
 24.2   to read: 
 24.3      3.17 [JOURNALS.] 
 24.4      A journal of the daily proceedings in each house shall be 
 24.5   printed and laid before each member at the beginning of the next 
 24.6   day's session.  After it has been publicly read and corrected, a 
 24.7   copy, kept by the secretary and chief clerk, respectively, and a 
 24.8   transcript as approved shall be certified by the secretary or 
 24.9   clerk to the printer, who shall print the corrected permanent 
 24.10  journal.  Executive messages, addresses, reports, 
 24.11  communications, and voluminous documents other than amendments 
 24.12  to the constitution or to bills and resolutions and the protests 
 24.13  of members submitted under the constitution, article 4, section 
 24.14  11, shall be omitted from the journals, unless otherwise ordered 
 24.15  by vote.  Before distributing journals and other publications to 
 24.16  members, legislative staff, and others, each house shall notify 
 24.17  prospective recipients of the cost of the publications and the 
 24.18  availability of the same information on the Internet. 
 24.19     Sec. 37.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 3C.12, 
 24.20  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 24.21     Subd. 2.  [FREE DISTRIBUTION.] The revisor shall distribute 
 24.22  without charge copies of each edition of Minnesota Statutes, 
 24.23  supplements to Minnesota Statutes, and Laws of Minnesota to the 
 24.24  persons or bodies listed in this subdivision.  Before 
 24.25  distributing the copies, the revisor shall ask inform these 
 24.26  persons or bodies of the cost of the publication and the 
 24.27  availability of statutes and session laws on the Internet, and 
 24.28  shall ask whether their work requires the full number of copies 
 24.29  authorized by this subdivision.  Unless a smaller number is 
 24.30  needed, the revisor shall distribute:  
 24.31     (a) 30 copies to the supreme court; 
 24.32     (b) 30 copies to the court of appeals; 
 24.33     (c) one copy to each judge of a district court; 
 24.34     (d) one copy to the court administrator of each district 
 24.35  court for use in each courtroom of the district court; 
 24.36     (e) one copy to each judge, district attorney, clerk of 
 25.1   court of the United States, and deputy clerk of each division of 
 25.2   the United States district court in Minnesota; 
 25.3      (f) 100 copies to the office of the attorney general; 
 25.4      (g) ten copies each to the governor's office, the 
 25.5   departments of agriculture, commerce, corrections, children, 
 25.6   families, and learning, finance, health, transportation, labor 
 25.7   and industry, economic security, natural resources, public 
 25.8   safety, public service, human services, revenue, and the 
 25.9   pollution control agency; 
 25.10     (h) two copies each to the lieutenant governor and the 
 25.11  state treasurer; 
 25.12     (i) 20 copies each to the department of administration, 
 25.13  state auditor, and legislative auditor; 
 25.14     (j) one copy each to other state departments, agencies, 
 25.15  boards, and commissions not specifically named in this 
 25.16  subdivision; 
 25.17     (k) one copy to each member of the legislature; 
 25.18     (l) 150 copies for the use of the senate and 200 copies for 
 25.19  the use of the house of representatives; 
 25.20     (m) 50 copies to the revisor of statutes from which the 
 25.21  revisor shall send the appropriate number to the Library of 
 25.22  Congress for copyright and depository purposes; 
 25.23     (n) four copies to the secretary of the senate; 
 25.24     (o) four copies to the chief clerk of the house of 
 25.25  representatives; 
 25.26     (p) 100 copies to the state law library; 
 25.27     (q) 100 copies to the law school of the University of 
 25.28  Minnesota; 
 25.29     (r) five copies each to the Minnesota historical society 
 25.30  and the secretary of state; 
 25.31     (s) one copy each to the public library of the largest 
 25.32  municipality of each county if the library is not otherwise 
 25.33  eligible to receive a free copy under this section or section 
 25.34  15.18; and 
 25.35     (t) one copy to each county library maintained pursuant to 
 25.36  chapter 134, except in counties containing cities of the first 
 26.1   class.  If a county has not established a county library 
 26.2   pursuant to chapter 134, the copy shall be provided to any 
 26.3   public library in the county. 
 26.4      Sec. 38.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 8.15, 
 26.5   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 26.6      Subdivision 1.  [FEE SCHEDULES.] The attorney general in 
 26.7   consultation with the commissioner of finance shall develop a 
 26.8   fee schedule to be used by the attorney general in developing 
 26.9   the agreements authorized in subdivision 3.  The attorney 
 26.10  general must submit a billing rate for the next biennium to the 
 26.11  commissioner of finance by August 1 of each even-numbered year. 
 26.12     The attorney general may not assess a county any fee for 
 26.13  legal services rendered in connection with a commitment 
 26.14  proceeding under section 253B.185 for which the attorney general 
 26.15  assumes responsibility under section 8.01. 
 26.16     Sec. 39.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 8.15, 
 26.17  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 26.18     Subd. 2.  [BIENNIAL BUDGET REQUEST.] (a) The attorney 
 26.19  general in consultation with the commissioner of finance shall 
 26.20  designate which agencies will have their legal service requests 
 26.21  included in the budget request of the attorney general.  
 26.22     (b) All other agencies, in consultation with the attorney 
 26.23  general and the commissioner of finance, shall include a request 
 26.24  for legal services in their biennial budget requests.  
 26.25     (c) The budget request of the attorney general must include 
 26.26  a consolidated listing that shows on one page all the 
 26.27  appropriations that will be used to support the office of the 
 26.28  attorney general and the finance division from which they will 
 26.29  be requested. 
 26.30     Sec. 40.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 8.15, 
 26.31  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
 26.32     Subd. 3.  [AGREEMENTS.] (a) To facilitate the delivery of 
 26.33  legal services, the attorney general may: 
 26.34     (1) enter into agreements with executive branch agencies, 
 26.35  political subdivisions, or quasi-state agencies to provide legal 
 26.36  services for the benefit of the citizens of Minnesota; and 
 27.1      (2) in addition to funds otherwise appropriated by the 
 27.2   legislature, accept and spend funds received under any agreement 
 27.3   authorized in clause (1) for the purpose set forth in clause 
 27.4   (1), subject to a report of receipts to the chairs of the senate 
 27.5   finance committee and the house ways and means committee by 
 27.6   October 15 each year. 
 27.7      (b) When entering into an agreement for legal services, the 
 27.8   attorney general must notify the committees responsible for 
 27.9   funding the office of the attorney general.  When the attorney 
 27.10  general enters into an agreement with a state agency, the 
 27.11  attorney general must also notify the committees responsible for 
 27.12  funding that agency. 
 27.13     Funds received under this subdivision must be deposited in 
 27.14  the general fund and are appropriated to the attorney general 
 27.15  for the purposes set forth in this subdivision. 
 27.16     Sec. 41.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 13.03, 
 27.17  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 27.18     Subd. 2.  [PROCEDURES.] (a) The responsible authority in 
 27.19  every state agency, political subdivision, and statewide system 
 27.20  shall establish procedures, consistent with this chapter, to 
 27.21  insure that requests for government data are received and 
 27.22  complied with in an appropriate and prompt manner. 
 27.23     (b) The responsible authority shall prepare public access 
 27.24  procedures in written form and update them no later than August 
 27.25  1 of each year as necessary to reflect any changes in personnel 
 27.26  or circumstances that might affect public access to government 
 27.27  data.  The responsible authority shall make copies of the 
 27.28  written public access procedures easily available to the public 
 27.29  by distributing free copies of the procedures to the public or 
 27.30  by posting a copy of the procedures in a conspicuous place 
 27.31  within the government entity that is easily accessible to the 
 27.32  public. 
 27.33     (c) Full convenience and comprehensive accessibility shall 
 27.34  be allowed to researchers including historians, genealogists and 
 27.35  other scholars to carry out extensive research and complete 
 27.36  copying of all records containing government data except as 
 28.1   otherwise expressly provided by law. 
 28.2      A responsible authority may designate one or more designees.
 28.3      Sec. 42.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 13.05, is 
 28.4   amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
 28.5      Subd. 11.  [PRIVATIZATION.] (a) If a government entity 
 28.6   enters into a contract with a private person to perform any of 
 28.7   its functions, the government entity shall include in the 
 28.8   contract terms that make it clear that all of the data created, 
 28.9   collected, received, stored, used, maintained, or disseminated 
 28.10  by the private person in performing those functions is subject 
 28.11  to the requirements of this chapter and that the private person 
 28.12  must comply with those requirements as if it were a government 
 28.13  entity.  The remedies in section 13.08 apply to the private 
 28.14  person under this subdivision. 
 28.15     (b) This subdivision does not create a duty on the part of 
 28.16  the private person to provide access to public data to the 
 28.17  public if the public data are available from the government 
 28.18  entity, except as required by the terms of the contract. 
 28.19     Sec. 43.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 13.073, is 
 28.20  amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
 28.22  PROCEDURES.] The commissioner shall, in consultation with 
 28.23  affected government entities, prepare model policies and 
 28.24  procedures to assist government entities in complying with the 
 28.25  requirements of this chapter that relate to public access to 
 28.26  government data and rights of subjects of data.  Upon completion 
 28.27  of a model for a governmental level, the commissioner shall 
 28.28  offer that model for formal adoption by that level of government.
 28.29  Government entities may adopt or reject the model offered by the 
 28.30  commissioner.  A government entity that adopts the 
 28.31  commissioner's model shall notify the commissioner in a form 
 28.32  prescribed by the commissioner.  
 28.33     Sec. 44.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 15.50, 
 28.34  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 28.35     Subd. 2.  [CAPITOL AREA PLAN.] (a) The board shall prepare, 
 28.36  prescribe, and from time to time, after a public hearing, amend 
 29.1   a comprehensive use plan for the capitol area, called the area 
 29.2   in this subdivision, which consists of that portion of the city 
 29.3   of Saint Paul comprehended within the following boundaries:  
 29.4   Beginning at the point of intersection of the center line of the 
 29.5   Arch-Pennsylvania freeway and the center line of Marion Street, 
 29.6   thence southerly along the center line of Marion Street extended 
 29.7   to a point 50 feet south of the south line of Concordia Avenue, 
 29.8   thence southeasterly along a line extending 50 feet from the 
 29.9   south line of Concordia Avenue to a point 125 feet from the west 
 29.10  line of John Ireland Boulevard, thence southwesterly along a 
 29.11  line extending 125 feet from the west line of John Ireland 
 29.12  Boulevard to the south line of Dayton Avenue, thence 
 29.13  northeasterly from the south line of Dayton Avenue to the west 
 29.14  line of John Ireland Boulevard, thence northeasterly to the 
 29.15  center line of the intersection of Old Kellogg Boulevard and 
 29.16  Summit Avenue, thence northeasterly along the center line of 
 29.17  Summit Avenue to the center line of the new West Kellogg 
 29.18  Boulevard, thence southerly along the east line of the new West 
 29.19  Kellogg Boulevard, to the center line of West Seventh Street, 
 29.20  thence northeasterly along the center line of West Seventh 
 29.21  Street to the center line of the Fifth Street ramp, thence 
 29.22  northwesterly along the center line of the Fifth Street ramp to 
 29.23  the east line of the right-of-way of Interstate Highway 35-E, 
 29.24  thence northeasterly along the east line of the right-of-way of 
 29.25  Interstate Highway 35-E to the south line of the right-of-way of 
 29.26  Interstate Highway 94, thence easterly along the south line of 
 29.27  the right-of-way of Interstate Highway 94 to the west line of 
 29.28  St. Peter Street, thence southerly to the south line of Exchange 
 29.29  Street, thence easterly along the south line of Exchange Street 
 29.30  to the west line of Cedar Street, thence northerly along the 
 29.31  west line of Cedar Street to the center line of Tenth Street, 
 29.32  thence northeasterly along the center line of Tenth Street to 
 29.33  the center line of Minnesota Street, thence northwesterly along 
 29.34  the center line of Minnesota Street to the center line of 
 29.35  Eleventh Street, thence northeasterly along the center line of 
 29.36  Eleventh Street to the center line of Jackson Street, thence 
 30.1   northwesterly along the center line of Jackson Street to the 
 30.2   center line of the Arch-Pennsylvania freeway extended, thence 
 30.3   westerly along the center line of the Arch-Pennsylvania freeway 
 30.4   extended and Marion Street to the point of origin.  If 
 30.5   construction of the labor interpretive center does not commence 
 30.6   prior to December 31, 2000, at the site recommended by the 
 30.7   board, the boundaries of the capitol area revert to their 
 30.8   configuration as of 1992.  
 30.9      Under the comprehensive plan, or a portion of it, the board 
 30.10  may regulate, by means of zoning rules adopted under the 
 30.11  Administrative Procedure Act, the kind, character, height, and 
 30.12  location, of buildings and other structures constructed or used, 
 30.13  the size of yards and open spaces, the percentage of lots that 
 30.14  may be occupied, and the uses of land, buildings and other 
 30.15  structures, within the area.  To protect and enhance the 
 30.16  dignity, beauty, and architectural integrity of the capitol 
 30.17  area, the board is further empowered to include in its zoning 
 30.18  rules design review procedures and standards with respect to any 
 30.19  proposed construction activities in the capitol area 
 30.20  significantly affecting the dignity, beauty, and architectural 
 30.21  integrity of the area.  No person may undertake these 
 30.22  construction activities as defined in the board's rules in the 
 30.23  capitol area without first submitting construction plans to the 
 30.24  board, obtaining a zoning permit from the board, and receiving a 
 30.25  written certification from the board specifying that the person 
 30.26  has complied with all design review procedures and standards.  
 30.27  Violation of the zoning rules is a misdemeanor.  The board may, 
 30.28  at its option, proceed to abate any violation by injunction.  
 30.29  The board and the city of Saint Paul shall cooperate in assuring 
 30.30  that the area adjacent to the capitol area is developed in a 
 30.31  manner that is in keeping with the purpose of the board and the 
 30.32  provisions of the comprehensive plan.  
 30.33     (b) The commissioner of administration shall act as a 
 30.34  consultant to the board with regard to the physical structural 
 30.35  needs of the state.  The commissioner shall make studies and 
 30.36  report the results to the board when it requests reports for its 
 31.1   planning purpose.  
 31.2      (c) No public building, street, parking lot, or monument, 
 31.3   or other construction may be built or altered on any public 
 31.4   lands within the area unless the plans for the project conform 
 31.5   to the comprehensive use plan as specified in paragraph (d) and 
 31.6   to the requirement for competitive plans as specified in 
 31.7   paragraph (e).  No alteration substantially changing the 
 31.8   external appearance of any existing public building approved in 
 31.9   the comprehensive plan or the exterior or interior design of any 
 31.10  proposed new public building the plans for which were secured by 
 31.11  competition under paragraph (e) may be made without the prior 
 31.12  consent of the board.  The commissioner of administration shall 
 31.13  consult with the board regarding internal changes having the 
 31.14  effect of substantially altering the architecture of the 
 31.15  interior of any proposed building.  
 31.16     (d) The comprehensive plan must show the existing land uses 
 31.17  and recommend future uses including:  areas for public taking 
 31.18  and use; zoning for private land and criteria for development of 
 31.19  public land, including building areas, open spaces, monuments, 
 31.20  and other memorials; vehicular and pedestrian circulation; 
 31.21  utilities systems; vehicular storage; elements of landscape 
 31.22  architecture.  No substantial alteration or improvement may be 
 31.23  made to public lands or buildings in the area without the 
 31.24  written approval of the board.  
 31.25     (e) The board shall secure by competitions plans for any 
 31.26  new public building.  Plans for any comprehensive plan, 
 31.27  landscaping scheme, street plan, or property acquisition that 
 31.28  may be proposed, or for any proposed alteration of any existing 
 31.29  public building, landscaping scheme or street plan may be 
 31.30  secured by a similar competition.  A competition must be 
 31.31  conducted under rules prescribed by the board and may be of any 
 31.32  type which meets the competition standards of the American 
 31.33  Institute of Architects.  Designs selected become the property 
 31.34  of the state of Minnesota, and the board may award one or more 
 31.35  premiums in each competition and may pay the costs and fees that 
 31.36  may be required for its conduct.  At the option of the board, 
 32.1   plans for projects estimated to cost less than $1,000,000 may be 
 32.2   approved without competition provided the plans have been 
 32.3   considered by the advisory committee described in paragraph 
 32.4   (h).  Plans for projects estimated to cost less than $400,000 
 32.5   and for construction of streets need not be considered by the 
 32.6   advisory committee if in conformity with the comprehensive plan. 
 32.7      (f) Notwithstanding paragraph (e), an architectural 
 32.8   competition is not required for the design of any light rail 
 32.9   transit station and alignment within the capitol area.  The 
 32.10  board and its advisory committee shall select a preliminary 
 32.11  design for any transit station in the capitol area.  Each stage 
 32.12  of any station's design through working drawings must be 
 32.13  reviewed by the board's advisory committee and approved by the 
 32.14  board to ensure that the station's design is compatible with the 
 32.15  comprehensive plan for the capitol area and the board's design 
 32.16  criteria.  The guideway and track design of any light rail 
 32.17  transit alignment within the capitol area must also be reviewed 
 32.18  by the board's advisory committee and approved by the board. 
 32.19     (g) Of the amount available for the light rail transit 
 32.20  design, adequate funds must be available to the board for design 
 32.21  framework studies and review of preliminary plans for light rail 
 32.22  transit alignment and stations in the capitol area. 
 32.23     (h) The board may not adopt any plan under paragraph (e) 
 32.24  unless it first receives the comments and criticism of an 
 32.25  advisory committee of three persons, each of whom is either an 
 32.26  architect or a planner, who have been selected and appointed as 
 32.27  follows:  one by the board of the arts, one by the board, and 
 32.28  one by the Minnesota Society of the American Institute of 
 32.29  Architects.  Members of the committee may not be contestants 
 32.30  under paragraph (e).  The comments and criticism must be a 
 32.31  matter of public information.  The committee shall advise the 
 32.32  board on all architectural and planning matters.  For that 
 32.33  purpose, the committee must be kept currently informed 
 32.34  concerning, and have access to, all data, including all plans, 
 32.35  studies, reports and proposals, relating to the area as the data 
 32.36  are developed or in the process of preparation, whether by the 
 33.1   commissioner of administration, the commissioner of trade and 
 33.2   economic development, the metropolitan council, the city of 
 33.3   Saint Paul, or by any architect, planner, agency or 
 33.4   organization, public or private, retained by the board or not 
 33.5   retained and engaged in any work or planning relating to the 
 33.6   area, and a copy of any data prepared by any public employee or 
 33.7   agency must be filed with the board promptly upon completion.  
 33.8      The board may employ stenographic or technical help that 
 33.9   may be reasonable to assist the committee to perform its duties. 
 33.10     When so directed by the board, the committee may serve as, 
 33.11  and any member or members of the committee may serve on, the 
 33.12  jury or as professional advisor for any architectural 
 33.13  competition, and the board shall select the architectural 
 33.14  advisor and jurors for any competition with the advice of the 
 33.15  committee.  
 33.16     The city of Saint Paul shall advise the board.  
 33.17     (i) The comprehensive plan for the area must be developed 
 33.18  and maintained in close cooperation with the commissioner of 
 33.19  trade and economic development, the planning department and the 
 33.20  council for the city of Saint Paul, and the board of the arts, 
 33.21  and no plan or amendment of a plan may be effective without 90 
 33.22  days' notice to the planning department of the city of Saint 
 33.23  Paul and the board of the arts and without a public hearing with 
 33.24  opportunity for public testimony.  
 33.25     (j) The board and the commissioner of administration, 
 33.26  jointly, shall prepare, prescribe, and from time to time revise 
 33.27  standards and policies governing the repair, alteration, 
 33.28  furnishing, appearance, and cleanliness of the public and 
 33.29  ceremonial areas of the state capitol building.  The board shall 
 33.30  consult with and receive advice from the director of the 
 33.31  Minnesota state historical society regarding the historic 
 33.32  fidelity of plans for the capitol building.  The standards and 
 33.33  policies developed under this paragraph are binding upon the 
 33.34  commissioner of administration.  The provisions of chapter 14, 
 33.35  including section 14.386, do not apply to this paragraph.  
 33.36     (k) The board in consultation with the commissioner of 
 34.1   administration shall prepare and submit to the legislature and 
 34.2   the governor no later than October 1 of each even-numbered year 
 34.3   a report on the status of implementation of the comprehensive 
 34.4   plan together with a program for capital improvements and site 
 34.5   development, and the commissioner of administration shall 
 34.6   provide the necessary cost estimates for the program.  The board 
 34.7   shall report any changes to the comprehensive plan adopted by 
 34.8   the board to the committee on governmental operations and 
 34.9   gambling of the house of representatives and the committee on 
 34.10  governmental operations and reform of the senate and upon 
 34.11  request shall provide testimony concerning the changes.  The 
 34.12  board shall also provide testimony to the legislature on 
 34.13  proposals for memorials in the capitol area as to their 
 34.14  compatibility with the standards, policies, and objectives of 
 34.15  the comprehensive plan. 
 34.16     (l) The state shall, by the attorney general upon the 
 34.17  recommendation of the board and within appropriations available 
 34.18  for that purpose, acquire by gift, purchase, or eminent domain 
 34.19  proceedings any real property situated in the area described in 
 34.20  this section, and it may also acquire an interest less than a 
 34.21  fee simple interest in the property, if it finds that the 
 34.22  property is needed for future expansion or beautification of the 
 34.23  area.  
 34.24     (m) The board is the successor of the state veterans 
 34.25  service building commission, and as such may adopt rules and may 
 34.26  reenact the rules adopted by its predecessor under Laws 1945, 
 34.27  chapter 315, and amendments to it.  
 34.28     (n) The board shall meet at the call of the chair and at 
 34.29  such other times as it may prescribe.  
 34.30     (o) The commissioner of administration shall assign 
 34.31  quarters in the state veterans service building to (1) the 
 34.32  department of veterans affairs, of which a part that the 
 34.33  commissioner of administration and commissioner of veterans 
 34.34  affairs may mutually determine must be on the first floor above 
 34.35  the ground, and (2) the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign 
 34.36  Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple 
 35.1   Heart, United Spanish War Veterans, and Veterans of World War I, 
 35.2   and their auxiliaries, incorporated, or when incorporated, under 
 35.3   the laws of the state, and (3) as space becomes available, to 
 35.4   other state departments and agencies as the commissioner may 
 35.5   deem desirable. 
 35.6      Sec. 45.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16A.102, 
 35.7   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 35.8      Subdivision 1.  [GOVERNOR'S RECOMMENDATION.] By the 
 35.9   fourth Monday Tuesday in January of each odd-numbered year, the 
 35.10  governor shall submit to the legislature a recommended revenue 
 35.11  target for the next two bienniums.  The recommended revenue 
 35.12  target must specify: 
 35.13     (1) the maximum share of Minnesota personal income to be 
 35.14  collected in taxes and other revenues to pay for state and local 
 35.15  government services; 
 35.16     (2) the division of the share between state and local 
 35.17  government revenues; and 
 35.18     (3) the mix and rates of income, sales, and other state and 
 35.19  local taxes including property taxes and other revenues.  
 35.20  The recommendations must be based on the November forecast 
 35.21  prepared under section 16A.103. 
 35.22     Sec. 46.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16A.103, 
 35.23  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 35.24     Subdivision 1.  [STATE REVENUE AND EXPENDITURES.] In 
 35.25  February and November each year, the commissioner shall prepare 
 35.26  a forecast of state revenue and expenditures.  The November 
 35.27  forecast must be delivered to the legislature and governor no 
 35.28  later than the end of the first week of December.  The February 
 35.29  forecast must be delivered to the legislature and governor by 
 35.30  the end of February.  Forecasts must be delivered to the 
 35.31  legislature and governor on the same day.  If requested by the 
 35.32  legislative commission on planning and fiscal policy, delivery 
 35.33  to the legislature must include a presentation to the 
 35.34  commission.  The forecast must assume the continuation of 
 35.35  current laws and reasonable estimates of projected growth in the 
 35.36  national and state economies and affected populations.  Revenue 
 36.1   must be estimated for all sources provided for in current law.  
 36.2   Expenditures must be estimated for all obligations imposed by 
 36.3   law and those projected to occur as a result of inflation and 
 36.4   variables outside the control of the legislature.  In 
 36.5   determining the rate of inflation, the application of inflation, 
 36.6   the amount of state bonding as it affects debt service, and the 
 36.7   other variables to be included in the expenditure part of the 
 36.8   forecast, the commissioner must consult with the chair of the 
 36.9   senate state government finance committee, the chair of the 
 36.10  house committee on ways and means, and house and senate fiscal 
 36.11  staff.  In addition, the commissioner shall forecast Minnesota 
 36.12  personal income for each of the years covered by the forecast 
 36.13  and include these estimates in the forecast documents.  A 
 36.14  forecast prepared during the first fiscal year of a biennium 
 36.15  must cover that biennium and the next biennium.  A forecast 
 36.16  prepared during the second fiscal year of a biennium must cover 
 36.17  that biennium and the next two bienniums. 
 36.18     Sec. 47.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16A.11, is 
 36.19  amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
 36.20     Subd. 7.  [FEES.] The detailed operating budget for each 
 36.21  executive branch agency must include proposals for any new fees 
 36.22  or any increases in existing fees.  For purposes of this 
 36.23  section, "fees" has the meaning given in section 16A.1283, but 
 36.24  excludes charges listed in paragraph (b) of that section. 
 36.25     Sec. 48.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16A.126, 
 36.26  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
 36.27     Subd. 3.  [REPAYMENT SCHEDULES.] The commissioner shall 
 36.28  make schedules for repayment to the general fund of the 
 36.29  transferred money.  A schedule to repay money used to buy 
 36.30  equipment may extend over the equipment's useful life. 
 36.31  Otherwise, a schedule may not extend beyond five years.  The 
 36.32  repayment must include interest at a rate comparable to the rate 
 36.33  earned by the state on invested treasurer's cash, as determined 
 36.34  monthly by the commissioner.  An amount necessary to pay the 
 36.35  interest is appropriated from the revolving fund to which the 
 36.36  transfer was made. 
 37.1      Sec. 49.  [16A.1283] [LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL REQUIRED.] 
 37.2      (a) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, an executive 
 37.3   branch state agency may not impose a new fee or increase an 
 37.4   existing fee unless the new fee or increase is approved by law.  
 37.5   For purposes of this section, a fee is any charge for goods, 
 37.6   services, regulation, or licensure, and, notwithstanding 
 37.7   paragraph (b), clause (3), includes charges for admission to or 
 37.8   for use of public facilities owned by the state. 
 37.9      (b) This section does not apply to: 
 37.10     (1) charges billed within or between state agencies, or 
 37.11  billed to federal agencies; 
 37.12     (2) the Minnesota state colleges and universities system; 
 37.13  or 
 37.14     (3) charges for goods and services provided for the direct 
 37.15  and primary use of a private individual, business, or other 
 37.16  entity. 
 37.17     (c) An executive branch agency may reduce a fee that was 
 37.18  set by rule before the effective date of this section without 
 37.19  legislative approval.  Chapter 14 does not apply to fee 
 37.20  reductions under this paragraph. 
 37.21     Sec. 50.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16A.129, 
 37.22  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
 37.23     Subd. 3.  [CASH ADVANCES.] When the operations of any 
 37.24  nongeneral fund account would be impeded by projected cash 
 37.25  deficiencies resulting from delays in the receipt of grants, 
 37.26  dedicated income, or other similar receivables, and when the 
 37.27  deficiencies would be corrected within the budget period 
 37.28  involved, the commissioner of finance may use general fund cash 
 37.29  reserves to meet cash demands.  If funds are transferred from 
 37.30  the general fund to meet cash flow needs, the cash flow 
 37.31  transfers must be returned to the general fund as soon as 
 37.32  sufficient cash balances are available in the account to which 
 37.33  the transfer was made.  The fund to which general fund cash was 
 37.34  advanced must pay interest on the cash advance at a rate 
 37.35  comparable to the rate earned by the state on invested 
 37.36  treasurer's cash, as determined monthly by the commissioner.  An 
 38.1   amount necessary to pay the interest is appropriated from the 
 38.2   nongeneral fund to which the cash advance was made.  Any 
 38.3   interest earned on general fund cash flow transfers accrues to 
 38.4   the general fund and not to the accounts or funds to which the 
 38.5   transfer was made.  The commissioner may advance general fund 
 38.6   cash reserves to nongeneral fund accounts where the receipts 
 38.7   from other governmental units cannot be collected within the 
 38.8   budget period. 
 38.9      Sec. 51.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16A.45, 
 38.10  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 38.11     Subdivision 1.  [CANCEL; CREDIT.] Once each fiscal year the 
 38.12  commissioner and the treasurer shall cancel upon their books all 
 38.13  outstanding unpaid commissioner's warrants, except warrants 
 38.14  issued for federal assistance programs, that have been issued 
 38.15  and delivered for more than six months prior to that date and 
 38.16  credit to the general fund the respective amounts of the 
 38.17  canceled warrants on or before June 30 of the preceding year and 
 38.18  credit state amounts subject to section 345.43 and federal 
 38.19  amounts to the appropriate account in the federal fund.  These 
 38.20  warrants are presumed abandoned under section 345.38 and are 
 38.21  subject to the provisions of sections 345.31 to 345.60.  The 
 38.22  commissioner and the treasurer shall cancel upon their books all 
 38.23  outstanding unpaid commissioner's warrants issued for federal 
 38.24  assistance programs that have been issued and delivered for more 
 38.25  than the period of time set pursuant to the federal program and 
 38.26  credit to the general fund and the appropriate account in the 
 38.27  federal fund, the amount of the canceled warrants. 
 38.28     Sec. 52.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16A.85, 
 38.29  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 38.30     Subdivision 1.  [AUTHORIZATION.] The commissioner of 
 38.31  administration may determine, in conjunction with the 
 38.32  commissioner of finance, the personal property needs of the 
 38.33  various state departments, agencies, boards, commissions and the 
 38.34  legislature of the kinds of property identified in this 
 38.35  subdivision that may be economically funded through a master 
 38.36  lease program and request the commissioner of finance to execute 
 39.1   a master lease.  The master lease may be used only to finance 
 39.2   the following kinds of purchases: 
 39.3      (a) The master lease may be used to finance purchases by 
 39.4   the commissioner of administration with money from an internal 
 39.5   services fund. 
 39.6      (b) The master lease may be used to refinance a purchase of 
 39.7   equipment already purchased under a lease-purchase agreement. 
 39.8      (c) The master lease may be used to finance purchases of 
 39.9   large equipment with a capital value of more than $100,000 and a 
 39.10  useful life of more than ten years. 
 39.11     (d) The legislature may specifically authorize a particular 
 39.12  purchase to be financed using the master lease.  The legislature 
 39.13  anticipates that this authorization will be given only to 
 39.14  finance the purchase of major pieces of equipment with a capital 
 39.15  value of more than $10,000. 
 39.16     The commissioner of finance may authorize the sale and 
 39.17  issuance of certificates of participation relative to a master 
 39.18  lease in an amount sufficient to fund these personal property 
 39.19  needs.  The term of the certificates must be less than the 
 39.20  expected useful life of the equipment whose purchase is financed 
 39.21  by the certificates.  The commissioner of administration may use 
 39.22  the proceeds from the master lease or the sale of the 
 39.23  certificates of participation to acquire the personal property 
 39.24  through the appropriate procurement procedure in chapter 16C. 
 39.25  Money appropriated for the lease or acquisition of this personal 
 39.26  property is appropriated to the commissioner of finance to make 
 39.27  master lease payments. 
 39.28     Sec. 53.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16B.03, is 
 39.29  amended to read: 
 39.30     16B.03 [APPOINTMENTS.] 
 39.31     The commissioner is authorized to appoint staff, including 
 39.32  a deputy commissioner two deputy commissioners, in accordance 
 39.33  with chapter 43A.  
 39.34     Sec. 54.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16B.104, is 
 39.35  amended to read: 
 40.1      (a) The commissioner, in consultation with the office of 
 40.2   technology, shall develop nonvisual technology access 
 40.3   standards.  The standards must be included in all contracts for 
 40.4   the procurement of information technology by, or for the use of, 
 40.5   agencies, political subdivisions, and the Minnesota state 
 40.6   colleges and universities.  The University of Minnesota is 
 40.7   encouraged to consider similar standards.  
 40.8      (b) The nonvisual access standards must include the 
 40.9   following minimum specifications: 
 40.10     (1) that effective, interactive control and use of the 
 40.11  technology including the operating system, applications 
 40.12  programs, prompts, and format of the data presented, are readily 
 40.13  achievable by nonvisual means; 
 40.14     (2) that the nonvisual access technology must be compatible 
 40.15  with information technology used by other individuals with whom 
 40.16  the blind or visually impaired individual must interact; 
 40.17     (3) that nonvisual access technology must be integrated 
 40.18  into networks used to share communications among employees, 
 40.19  program participants, and the public; and 
 40.20     (4) that the nonvisual access technology must have the 
 40.21  capability of providing equivalent access by nonvisual means to 
 40.22  telecommunications or other interconnected network services used 
 40.23  by persons who are not blind or visually impaired. 
 40.24     (c) Nothing in this section requires the installation of 
 40.25  software or peripheral devices used for nonvisual access when 
 40.26  the information technology is being used by individuals who are 
 40.27  not blind or visually impaired. 
 40.28     Sec. 55.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16B.24, 
 40.29  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
 40.30     Subd. 5.  [RENTING OUT STATE PROPERTY.] (a)  [AUTHORITY.] 
 40.31  The commissioner may rent out state property, real or personal, 
 40.32  that is not needed for public use, if the rental is not 
 40.33  otherwise provided for or prohibited by law.  The property may 
 40.34  not be rented out for more than five years at a time without the 
 40.35  approval of the state executive council and may never be rented 
 40.36  out for more than 25 years.  A rental agreement may provide that 
 41.1   the state will reimburse a tenant for a portion of capital 
 41.2   improvements that the tenant makes to state real property if the 
 41.3   state does not permit the tenant to renew the lease at the end 
 41.4   of the rental agreement. 
 41.5      (b)  [RESTRICTIONS.] Paragraph (a) does not apply to state 
 41.6   trust fund lands, other state lands under the jurisdiction of 
 41.7   the department of natural resources, lands forfeited for 
 41.8   delinquent taxes, lands acquired under section 298.22, or lands 
 41.9   acquired under section 41.56 which are under the jurisdiction of 
 41.10  the department of agriculture.  
 41.11     (c)  [FORT SNELLING CHAPEL; RENTAL.] The Fort Snelling 
 41.12  Chapel, located within the boundaries of Fort Snelling State 
 41.13  Park, is available for use only on payment of a rental fee.  The 
 41.14  commissioner shall establish rental fees for both public and 
 41.15  private use.  The rental fee for private use by an organization 
 41.16  or individual must reflect the reasonable value of equivalent 
 41.17  rental space.  Rental fees collected under this section must be 
 41.18  deposited in the general fund.  
 41.19     (d)  [RENTAL OF LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS.] The commissioner 
 41.20  shall establish rental rates for all living accommodations 
 41.21  provided by the state for its employees.  Money collected as 
 41.22  rent by state agencies pursuant to this paragraph must be 
 41.23  deposited in the state treasury and credited to the general fund.
 41.25  AGENCIES.] The commissioner may lease portions of the 
 41.26  state-owned buildings in the capitol complex, the capitol square 
 41.27  building, the health building, the Duluth government center, and 
 41.28  the building at 1246 University Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota, to 
 41.29  state agencies and the court administrator on behalf of the 
 41.30  judicial branch of state government and charge rent on the basis 
 41.31  of space occupied.  Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, all 
 41.32  money collected as rent pursuant to the terms of this section 
 41.33  shall be deposited in the state treasury.  Money collected as 
 41.34  rent to recover the depreciation and bond interest costs of a 
 41.35  building funded from the state bond proceeds fund shall be 
 41.36  credited to the general fund.  Money collected as rent to 
 42.1   recover the depreciation costs of a building funded from the 
 42.2   state bond proceeds fund and money collected as rent to recover 
 42.3   capital expenditures from capital asset preservation and 
 42.4   replacement appropriations and statewide building access 
 42.5   appropriations shall be credited to a segregated account in a 
 42.6   special revenue fund.  Money in the account is appropriated to 
 42.7   the commissioner to be expended for asset preservation projects 
 42.8   as determined by the commissioner.  Money collected as rent to 
 42.9   recover the depreciation and interest costs of a building built 
 42.10  with other state dedicated funds shall be credited to the 
 42.11  dedicated fund which funded the original acquisition or 
 42.12  construction.  All other money received shall be credited to the 
 42.13  general services revolving fund. 
 42.14     Sec. 56.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16B.31, 
 42.15  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 42.16     Subd. 2.  [APPROPRIATIONS.] Plans must be paid for out of 
 42.17  money appropriated for the purpose of improving or constructing 
 42.18  the building.  No part of the balance may be expended until the 
 42.19  commissioner has secured suitable plans and specifications, 
 42.20  prepared by a competent architect or engineer, and accompanied 
 42.21  by a detailed statement of the cost, quality, and description of 
 42.22  all material and labor required for the completion of the work.  
 42.23  No plan may be adopted, and no improvement made or building 
 42.24  constructed by the commissioner or any other agency to whom an 
 42.25  appropriation is made for a capital improvement, that 
 42.26  contemplates the expenditure for its completion of more money 
 42.27  than the appropriation for it, unless otherwise provided in this 
 42.28  section or the act making the appropriation.  The 
 42.29  commissioner or other agency may not direct or permit any 
 42.30  expenditure beyond that appropriated, and any agent of the 
 42.31  commissioner violating this provision is guilty of a gross 
 42.32  misdemeanor. 
 42.33     Sec. 57.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16B.32, 
 42.34  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 42.36  (a) The commissioner of administration in consultation with the 
 43.1   department of public service, in cooperation with one or more 
 43.2   public utilities or comprehensive energy services providers, may 
 43.3   conduct a shared-savings program involving energy conservation 
 43.4   expenditures on state-owned buildings.  The public utility or 
 43.5   energy services provider shall contract with appropriate state 
 43.6   agencies to implement energy efficiency improvements in the 
 43.7   selected buildings.  A contract must require the public utility 
 43.8   or energy services provider to include all energy efficiency 
 43.9   improvements in selected buildings that are calculated to 
 43.10  achieve a cost payback within ten years.  The contract must 
 43.11  require that the public utility or energy services provider be 
 43.12  repaid solely from energy cost savings and only to the extent of 
 43.13  energy cost savings.  Repayments must be interest-free.  The 
 43.14  goal of the program in this paragraph is to demonstrate that 
 43.15  through effective energy conservation the total energy 
 43.16  consumption per square foot of state-owned and wholly 
 43.17  state-leased buildings could be reduced by at least 25 percent 
 43.18  from consumption in the base year of 1990.  All agencies 
 43.19  participating in the program must report to the commissioner of 
 43.20  administration their monthly energy usage, building schedules, 
 43.21  inventory of energy-consuming equipment, and other information 
 43.22  as needed by the commissioner to manage and evaluate the program.
 43.23     (b) The commissioner may exclude from the program of 
 43.24  paragraph (a) a building in which energy conservation measures 
 43.25  are carried out.  "Energy conservation measures" means measures 
 43.26  that are applied to a state building that improve energy 
 43.27  efficiency and have a simple return of investment in ten years 
 43.28  or within the remaining period of a lease, whichever time is 
 43.29  shorter, and involves energy conservation, conservation 
 43.30  facilities, renewable energy sources, improvements in operations 
 43.31  and maintenance efficiencies, or retrofit activities. 
 43.32     (c) This subdivision expires January 1, 2001. 
 43.33     Sec. 58.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16B.415, is 
 43.34  amended to read: 
 43.36     The commissioner, through a division of technology 
 44.1   management, is responsible for ongoing operations of state 
 44.2   agency information technology activities.  These include records 
 44.3   management, activities relating to the Government Data Practices 
 44.4   Act, arranging for operation of the state information 
 44.5   infrastructure, and activities necessary to make state 
 44.6   information systems year 2000 compliant. 
 44.7      Sec. 59.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16B.42, 
 44.8   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 44.9      Subdivision 1.  [COMPOSITION.] The intergovernmental 
 44.10  information systems advisory council is composed of (1) two 
 44.11  members from each of the following groups:  counties outside of 
 44.12  the seven-county metropolitan area, cities of the second and 
 44.13  third class outside the metropolitan area, cities of the second 
 44.14  and third class within the metropolitan area, and cities of the 
 44.15  fourth class; (2) one member from each of the following groups:  
 44.16  the metropolitan council, an outstate regional body, counties 
 44.17  within the metropolitan area, cities of the first class, school 
 44.18  districts in the metropolitan area, school districts outside the 
 44.19  metropolitan area, and public libraries; (3) one member each 
 44.20  appointed by the state departments of children, families, and 
 44.21  learning, human services, revenue, and economic security, the 
 44.22  office of strategic and long-range planning, office of 
 44.23  technology, administration, and the legislative auditor; (4) one 
 44.24  member from the office of the state auditor, appointed by the 
 44.25  auditor; (5) one member appointed by each of the following 
 44.26  organizations:  League of Minnesota Cities, Association of 
 44.27  Minnesota Counties, Minnesota Association of Township Officers, 
 44.28  and Minnesota Association of School Administrators; and (6) one 
 44.29  member of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker 
 44.30  and one member of the senate appointed by the subcommittee on 
 44.31  committees of the committee on rules and administration.  The 
 44.32  legislative members appointed under clause (6) are nonvoting 
 44.33  members.  The commissioner of administration shall appoint 
 44.34  members under clauses (1) and (2).  The terms, compensation, and 
 44.35  removal of the appointed members of the advisory council are as 
 44.36  provided in section 15.059, but the council does not expire 
 45.1   until June 30, 1999 2000.  
 45.2      Sec. 60.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16B.46, is 
 45.3   amended to read: 
 45.5      The commissioner shall supervise and control all state 
 45.6   telecommunication facilities and services, including any 
 45.7   transmission, emission, or reception of signs, signals, writing, 
 45.8   images, and sounds or intelligence of any nature by wire, radio, 
 45.9   optical, or other electromagnetic systems.  Nothing in this 
 45.10  section or section 16B.465 modifies, amends, or abridges any 
 45.11  powers and duties presently vested in or imposed upon the 
 45.12  commissioner of transportation or the commissioner of public 
 45.13  safety relating to telecommunications facilities or the 
 45.14  commissioner of transportation relating only to radio air 
 45.15  navigation facilities or other air navigation facilities.  
 45.16     Sec. 61.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16B.465, is 
 45.17  amended to read: 
 45.19     Subdivision 1.  [POLICY.] (a) The state through its 
 45.20  departments and agencies shall seek ways to meet its 
 45.21  telecommunications needs in a manner that will help to promote 
 45.22  investment and growth of the private sector information 
 45.23  infrastructure throughout the state.  
 45.24     (b) The commissioner shall ensure that telecommunications 
 45.25  services are acquired in a manner that: 
 45.26     (1) promotes the availability of technologies with 
 45.27  statewide high-speed or advanced telecommunications capability 
 45.28  for both public and private customers in a reasonable and timely 
 45.29  fashion; 
 45.30     (2) enables the cost-effective provision of 
 45.31  telecommunications services to the entities identified in this 
 45.32  section; 
 45.33     (3) uses standards-based open, interoperable networks to 
 45.34  the extent practicable; 
 45.35     (4) promotes fair and open competition in the delivery of 
 45.36  telecommunications services; 
 46.1      (5) allows effective state information infrastructure 
 46.2   network management, responsiveness, and fault protection; 
 46.3      (6) provides networkwide security and confidentiality as 
 46.4   appropriate for promoting public safety, health, and welfare; 
 46.5   and 
 46.6      (7) meets performance standards that are reasonable and 
 46.7   necessary.  
 46.8      (c) The state may purchase, own, or lease customer premises 
 46.9   equipment.  Customer premises equipment consists of terminal and 
 46.10  associated equipment and inside wire located at an end user's 
 46.11  premises and connected with communication channels at the point 
 46.12  established in a building or a complex to separate customer 
 46.13  equipment from the network.  Customer premises equipment also 
 46.14  includes, but is not limited to, communications devices eligible 
 46.15  for distribution to communications impaired persons under 
 46.16  section 237.51, subdivision 1. 
 46.17     (d) This section does not prohibit the commissioner or 
 46.18  other governmental entity from owning, leasing, operating, and 
 46.19  staffing a network operation center that allows the commissioner 
 46.20  to test, troubleshoot, and maintain network operations.  
 46.21     Subd. 1a.  [CREATION.] Except as provided in subdivision 4, 
 46.22  the commissioner, through the state information 
 46.23  infrastructure provides, shall arrange for the provision of 
 46.24  voice, data, video, and other telecommunications transmission 
 46.25  services to state agencies;.  The state information 
 46.26  infrastructure may also serve educational institutions, 
 46.27  including public schools as defined in section 120A.05, 
 46.28  subdivisions 9, 11, 13, and 17, nonpublic, church or religious 
 46.29  organization schools that provide instruction in compliance with 
 46.30  sections 120A.22, 120A.24, and 124A.41, and private colleges; 
 46.31  public corporations; and state political subdivisions.  It is 
 46.32  not a telephone company for purposes of chapter 237.  It The 
 46.33  commissioner may purchase, own, or lease any telecommunications 
 46.34  network facilities or equipment after first seeking bids or 
 46.35  proposals and having determined that the private sector cannot, 
 46.36  will not, or is unable to provide these services, facilities, or 
 47.1   equipment as bid or proposed in a reasonable or timely fashion 
 47.2   consistent with policy set forth in this section.  The 
 47.3   commissioner shall not resell or sublease any services or 
 47.4   facilities to nonpublic entities except it may to serve private 
 47.5   schools and colleges.  The commissioner has the responsibility 
 47.6   for planning, development, and operations of the state 
 47.7   information infrastructure in order to provide cost-effective 
 47.8   telecommunications transmission services to state information 
 47.9   infrastructure users consistent with the policy set forth in 
 47.10  this section. 
 47.11     Subd. 3.  [DUTIES.] (a) The commissioner, after 
 47.12  consultation with the office of technology, shall: 
 47.13     (1) provide arrange for voice, data, video, and other 
 47.14  telecommunications transmission services to the state and to 
 47.15  political subdivisions through an account in the 
 47.16  intertechnologies revolving fund; 
 47.17     (2) manage vendor relationships, network function, and 
 47.18  capacity planning in order to be responsive to the needs of the 
 47.19  state information infrastructure users; 
 47.20     (3) set rates and fees for services; 
 47.21     (4) approve contracts for services, facilities, or 
 47.22  equipment relating to the system; 
 47.23     (5) in consultation with the office of technology, develop 
 47.24  the a system plan, including plans for the phasing of its 
 47.25  implementation and maintenance of the initial system, and the 
 47.26  annual program and fiscal plans for the system; and 
 47.27     (6) in consultation with the office of technology, 
 47.28  commissioner of children, families, and learning in regard to 
 47.29  schools, assist state agencies, political subdivisions of the 
 47.30  state, and higher education institutions, including private 
 47.31  colleges and public and private schools, to identify their 
 47.32  telecommunication needs, and develop a plan for interconnection 
 47.33  of the network with private colleges and public and private 
 47.34  schools in the state plans for interoperability of the network 
 47.35  consistent with the policies in subdivision 1, paragraphs (a) 
 47.36  and (b).  When requested, the commissioner may also assist in 
 48.1   identifying, purchasing, or leasing their customer premises 
 48.2   equipment. 
 48.3      (b) The commissioner may purchase, own, or lease any 
 48.4   telecommunications network facilities or equipment after first 
 48.5   seeking bids or proposals and having determined that the private 
 48.6   sector cannot, will not, or is unable to provide these services, 
 48.7   facilities, or equipment as bid or proposed in a reasonable and 
 48.8   timely fashion consistent with the policy set forth in this 
 48.9   section.  
 48.10     Subd. 4.  [PROGRAM PARTICIPATION.] (a) The commissioner may 
 48.11  require the participation of state agencies, the state board of 
 48.12  education, and the board of trustees of the Minnesota state 
 48.13  colleges and universities and may request the participation of 
 48.14  the board of regents of the University of Minnesota, in the 
 48.15  planning and implementation of the network to provide 
 48.16  interconnective technologies.  The board of trustees of the 
 48.17  Minnesota state colleges and universities may opt out of 
 48.18  participation as a subscriber on the network, in whole or in 
 48.19  part, if the board is able to secure telecommunications services 
 48.20  from another source that ensures it will achieve the policy 
 48.21  objectives set forth in subdivision 1 of this section.  
 48.22     Subd. 4a.  [ALTERNATIVE AGGREGATION.] The commissioner may, 
 48.23  but is not required to, approve community-based aggregation of 
 48.24  demand for telecommunications services for state agencies, 
 48.25  including Minnesota state colleges and universities.  To be 
 48.26  considered a community-based aggregation project: 
 48.27     (1) the project must aggregate telecommunications demands 
 48.28  of state agencies with that of the private sector in a community 
 48.29  or a group of communities in a geographic region to the extent 
 48.30  permitted by law; and 
 48.31     (2) the aggregation must result in telecommunications 
 48.32  infrastructure improvements that ensure the policy set forth in 
 48.33  subdivision 1, paragraphs (a) and (b). 
 48.34     Subd. 4b.  [RATES.] (a) The commissioner shall establish 
 48.35  reimbursement rates in cooperation with the commissioner of 
 48.36  finance to be billed to participating agencies and educational 
 49.1   institutions sufficient to cover the operating, maintenance, and 
 49.2   administrative costs of the system. 
 49.3      (b) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision 4, a direct 
 49.4   appropriation made to an educational institution for usage costs 
 49.5   associated with the state information infrastructure must only 
 49.6   be used by the educational institution for payment of usage 
 49.7   costs of the network as billed by the commissioner of 
 49.8   administration.  
 49.9      Subd. 6.  [APPROPRIATION.] Money appropriated for the state 
 49.10  information infrastructure and fees for telecommunications 
 49.11  services must be deposited in an account in the 
 49.12  intertechnologies fund.  Money in the account is appropriated 
 49.13  annually to the commissioner to operate telecommunications 
 49.14  services carry out the purposes of this section. 
 49.15     Subd. 7.  [EXEMPTION.] The system is exempt from the 
 49.16  five-year limitation on contracts set by sections 16C.05, 
 49.17  subdivision 2, paragraph (a), clause (5), 16C.08, subdivision 3, 
 49.18  clause (7), and 16C.09, clause (6). 
 49.19     Sec. 62.  [16B.616] [BLEACHER SAFETY.] 
 49.20     Subdivision 1.  [DEFINITIONS.] (a) For purposes of this 
 49.21  section, the following terms have the meanings given. 
 49.22     (b) "Place of public accommodation" means a public or 
 49.23  privately owned sports or entertainment arena, gymnasium, 
 49.24  auditorium, stadium, hall, special event center in a public 
 49.25  park, or other facility for public assembly. 
 49.26     (c) "Bleacher" refers to any tiered or stepped seating 
 49.27  facility, whether temporary or permanent, used in a place of 
 49.28  public accommodation for the seating of its occupants. 
 49.29     Subd. 2.  [APPLICATION.] All places of public accommodation 
 49.30  must comply with the provisions of this section. 
 49.31     Subd. 3.  [SAFETY REQUIREMENTS.] In places of public 
 49.32  accommodation using bleacher seating, all bleachers or bleacher 
 49.33  open spaces over 30 inches above grade or the floor below, must 
 49.34  conform to the following safety requirements: 
 49.35     (1) the open space between bleacher footboards, seats, and 
 49.36  guardrails must not exceed four inches, unless approved safety 
 50.1   nets are installed; 
 50.2      (2) bleachers must have vertical perimeter guardrails with 
 50.3   no more than four-inch rail spacing between vertical rails or 
 50.4   other approved guardrails that address climbability and are 
 50.5   designed to prevent accidents; and 
 50.6      (3) the state building official shall determine whether the 
 50.7   safety nets and guardrail climbability meet the requirements of 
 50.8   the alternate design section of the State Building Code.  All 
 50.9   new bleachers manufactured, installed, sold, or distributed 
 50.10  after January 1, 2001, must comply with the State Building Code 
 50.11  in effect and clauses (1), (2), and (3). 
 50.12     Subd. 4.  [ENFORCEMENT.] (a) A statutory or home rule 
 50.13  charter city that is not covered by the code because of action 
 50.14  taken under section 16B.72 or 16B.73 is responsible for 
 50.15  enforcement in the city of the code's requirements for bleacher 
 50.16  safety.  In all other areas where the code does not apply 
 50.17  because of action taken under section 16B.72 or 16B.73, the 
 50.18  county is responsible for enforcement of those requirements. 
 50.19     (b) Municipalities that have not adopted the code may 
 50.20  enforce the code requirements for bleacher safety by either 
 50.21  entering into a joint powers agreement for enforcement with 
 50.22  another municipality that has adopted the code or contracting 
 50.23  for enforcement with a qualified and certified building official 
 50.24  or state licensed design professional to enforce the code. 
 50.25     (c) Municipalities, school districts, organizations, 
 50.26  individuals, and other persons operating or owning places of 
 50.27  public accommodation with bleachers shall provide a signed 
 50.28  certification of compliance to the commissioner by January 1, 
 50.29  2001.  The certification shall be prepared by a qualified and 
 50.30  certified building official or state licensed design 
 50.31  professional and shall certify that the bleachers have been 
 50.32  inspected and are in compliance with the requirements of this 
 50.33  section and are structurally sound. 
 50.35  commissioner, in addition to other remedies provided for 
 50.36  violations of this chapter, shall forbid use of bleachers not in 
 51.1   compliance with this section. 
 51.2      Subd. 6.  [PERIODIC INSPECTIONS.] Bleacher footboards and 
 51.3   guardrails must be reinspected at least every five years and a 
 51.4   structural inspection must be made at least every ten years.  
 51.5   Inspections may be completed in the same manner as provided in 
 51.6   subdivision 4.  This section does not preclude a municipal 
 51.7   authority from establishing additional reinspections under the 
 51.8   State Building Code.  
 51.9      Sec. 63.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16B.72, is 
 51.10  amended to read: 
 51.12  COUNTIES.] 
 51.13     Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, 
 51.14  a county that is not a metropolitan county as defined by section 
 51.15  473.121, subdivision 4, may provide, by a vote of the majority 
 51.16  of its electors residing outside of municipalities that have 
 51.17  adopted the State Building Code before January 1, 1977, that no 
 51.18  part of the State Building Code except the building requirements 
 51.19  for handicapped persons, the requirements for bleacher safety, 
 51.20  and the requirements for elevator safety applies within its 
 51.21  jurisdiction.  
 51.22     The county board may submit to the voters at a regular or 
 51.23  special election the question of adopting the building code.  
 51.24  The county board shall submit the question to the voters if it 
 51.25  receives a petition for the question signed by a number of 
 51.26  voters equal to at least five percent of those voting in the 
 51.27  last general election.  The question on the ballot must be 
 51.28  stated substantially as follows:  
 51.29     "Shall the State Building Code be adopted in .......... 
 51.30  County?"  
 51.31     If the majority of the votes cast on the proposition is in 
 51.32  the negative, the State Building Code does not apply in the 
 51.33  subject county, outside home rule charter or statutory cities or 
 51.34  towns that adopted the building code before January 1, 1977, 
 51.35  except the building requirements for handicapped persons, the 
 51.36  requirements for bleacher safety, and the requirements for 
 52.1   elevator safety do apply.  
 52.2      Nothing in this section precludes a municipality or town 
 52.3   that has not adopted the State Building Code from adopting and 
 52.4   enforcing by ordinance or other legal means the State Building 
 52.5   Code within its jurisdiction.  
 52.6      Sec. 64.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16B.73, is 
 52.7   amended to read: 
 52.9   LOCAL OPTION.] 
 52.10     The governing body of a municipality whose population is 
 52.11  less than 2,500 may provide that the State Building Code, except 
 52.12  the requirements for handicapped persons, the requirements for 
 52.13  bleacher safety, and the requirements for elevator safety, will 
 52.14  not apply within the jurisdiction of the municipality, if the 
 52.15  municipality is located in whole or in part within a county 
 52.16  exempted from its application under section 16B.72.  If more 
 52.17  than one municipality has jurisdiction over an area, the State 
 52.18  Building Code continues to apply unless all municipalities 
 52.19  having jurisdiction over the area have provided that the State 
 52.20  Building Code, except the requirements for handicapped persons, 
 52.21  the requirements for bleacher safety, and the requirements for 
 52.22  elevator safety, does not apply within their respective 
 52.23  jurisdictions.  Nothing in this section precludes a municipality 
 52.24  or town from adopting and enforcing by ordinance or other legal 
 52.25  means the State Building Code within its jurisdiction. 
 52.26     Sec. 65.  [16C.065] [COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS.] 
 52.27     (a) The commissioner or an agency official to whom the 
 52.28  commissioner has delegated duties under section 16C.03, 
 52.29  subdivision 16, may not approve a contract or purchase of goods 
 52.30  or services in an amount greater than $5,000,000 unless a 
 52.31  cost-benefit analysis has been completed and shows a positive 
 52.32  benefit to the public.  The management analysis division must 
 52.33  perform or direct the performance of the analysis.  A 
 52.34  cost-benefit analysis must be performed for a project if an 
 52.35  aggregation of contracts or purchases for a project exceeds 
 52.36  $5,000,000. 
 53.1      (b) All cost-benefit analysis documents under this section, 
 53.2   including preliminary drafts and notes, are public data. 
 53.3      (c) If a cost-benefit analysis does not show a positive 
 53.4   benefit to the public, the governor may approve a contract or 
 53.5   purchase of goods or services if a cost-effectiveness study had 
 53.6   been done that shows the proposed project is the most effective 
 53.7   way to provide a necessary public good. 
 53.8      (d) This section applies to contracts for goods or services 
 53.9   that are expected to have a useful life of more than three 
 53.10  years.  This section does not apply for purchase of goods or 
 53.11  services for response to a natural disaster if an emergency has 
 53.12  been declared by the governor. 
 53.13     Sec. 66.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16C.14, 
 53.14  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 53.15     Subdivision 1.  [CONTRACT CONDITIONS.] The commissioner may 
 53.16  contract to purchase by installment payments capital or other 
 53.17  equipment or services intended to improve the energy efficiency 
 53.18  of a state building or facility if: 
 53.19     (1) the term of the contract does not exceed ten years, 
 53.20  with not more than a ten-year payback beginning at the 
 53.21  completion of the project; 
 53.22     (2) the entire cost of the contract is a percentage of the 
 53.23  resultant savings in energy costs only.  "Savings in energy cost"
 53.24  means a comparison of energy cost and energy usage under the 
 53.25  precontract conditions, including reasonable projections of 
 53.26  energy cost and usage if no change is made to the precontract 
 53.27  conditions, against energy cost and usage with the changes made 
 53.28  under the contract.  If it is impractical to directly measure 
 53.29  energy cost and/or energy usage, reasonable engineering 
 53.30  estimates may be substituted for measured results; 
 53.31     (3) the contract for purchase must be completed using a 
 53.32  solicitation; 
 53.33     (4) the commissioner has determined that the contract 
 53.34  vendor is a responsible vendor; 
 53.35     (5) the contract vendor can finance or obtain financing for 
 53.36  the performance of the contract without state assistance or 
 54.1   guarantee; and 
 54.2      (6) the state may unilaterally cancel the agreement if the 
 54.3   legislature fails to appropriate funds to continue the contract 
 54.4   or if the contractor at any time during the term of the contract 
 54.5   fails to perform its contractual obligations, including failure 
 54.6   to deliver or install equipment or materials, failure to replace 
 54.7   faulty equipment or materials in a timely fashion, and failure 
 54.8   to maintain the equipment as agreed in the contract. 
 54.9      Sec. 67.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16D.04, 
 54.10  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 54.11     Subd. 2.  [AGENCY PARTICIPATION.] (a) A state agency may, 
 54.12  at its option, refer debts to the commissioner for collection.  
 54.13  The ultimate responsibility for the debt, including the 
 54.14  reporting of the debt to the commissioner of finance and the 
 54.15  decision with regard to the continuing collection and 
 54.16  uncollectibility of the debt, remains with the referring state 
 54.17  agency. 
 54.18     (b) When a debt owed to a state agency becomes 121 days 
 54.19  past due, the state agency must refer the debt to the 
 54.20  commissioner for collection.  This requirement does not apply if 
 54.21  there is a dispute over the amount or validity of the debt, if 
 54.22  the debt is the subject of legal action or administrative 
 54.23  proceedings, or the agency determines that the debtor is 
 54.24  adhering to acceptable payment arrangements.  The commissioner, 
 54.25  in consultation with the commissioner of finance, may provide 
 54.26  that certain types of debt need not be referred to the 
 54.27  commissioner for collection under this paragraph.  Methods and 
 54.28  procedures for referral must follow internal guidelines prepared 
 54.29  by the commissioner of finance. 
 54.30     Sec. 68.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16E.01, 
 54.31  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 54.32     Subdivision 1.  [PURPOSE.] The office of technology, 
 54.33  referred to in this chapter as the "office," is an agency in the 
 54.34  executive branch managed by an executive director appointed by 
 54.35  the governor under the supervision of the commissioner of 
 54.36  administration.  The office shall provide leadership and 
 55.1   direction for information and communications technology policy 
 55.2   in Minnesota.  The office shall coordinate strategic investments 
 55.3   in information and communications technology to encourage the 
 55.4   development of a technically literate society and to ensure 
 55.5   sufficient access to and efficient delivery of government 
 55.6   services.  
 55.7      Sec. 69.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16E.02, is 
 55.8   amended to read: 
 55.10     Subdivision 1.  [OFFICE MANAGEMENT AND STRUCTURE.] The 
 55.11  executive director commissioner of administration is the state's 
 55.12  chief information officer and technology advisor to the 
 55.13  governor.  The salary of the executive director may not exceed 
 55.14  85 percent of the governor's salary.  The executive director may 
 55.15  employ a deputy director, assistant directors, and other 
 55.16  employees that the executive director may consider necessary.  
 55.17  The executive director and the deputy and assistant directors 
 55.18  and one confidential secretary serve in the unclassified 
 55.19  service.  The staff of the office must include individuals 
 55.20  knowledgeable in information and communications technology.  The 
 55.21  executive director may appoint other personnel as necessary to 
 55.22  operate the office of technology in accordance with chapter 43A. 
 55.23     Subd. 2.  [INTERGOVERNMENTAL PARTICIPATION.] The executive 
 55.24  director commissioner of administration or the director's 
 55.25  commissioner's designee shall serve as a member of the Minnesota 
 55.26  education telecommunications council, the geographic information 
 55.27  systems council, the library planning task force, or their 
 55.28  respective successor organizations, and as a member of Minnesota 
 55.29  Technology, Inc., the Minnesota health data institute as a 
 55.30  nonvoting member, and the Minnesota world trade center 
 55.31  corporation. 
 55.32     Sec. 70.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16E.08, is 
 55.33  amended to read: 
 55.35     The office shall coordinate the design, establishment, 
 55.36  implementation, and maintenance of an electronic system to allow 
 56.1   the public to retrieve by computer information prepared by the 
 56.2   department of trade and economic development bureau of business 
 56.3   licenses on licenses and their requirements.  The office shall 
 56.4   establish the format and standards for retrieval consistent with 
 56.5   state information and data interchange policies.  The system 
 56.6   must also be designed to allow the public to apply for and 
 56.7   obtain business licenses and permits on line.  The office shall 
 56.8   integrate the system with the North Star online information 
 56.9   system.  The office shall work in collaboration with the 
 56.10  department of trade and economic development bureau of business 
 56.11  licenses.  The bureau is responsible for creating and operating 
 56.12  the system. 
 56.13     Sec. 71.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 43A.047, is 
 56.14  amended to read: 
 56.15     43A.047 [CONTRACTED SERVICES.] 
 56.16     (a) Executive agencies, including the Minnesota state 
 56.17  colleges and universities system, must demonstrate that they 
 56.18  cannot use available staff before hiring outside consultants or 
 56.19  services.  If use of consultants is necessary, agencies are 
 56.20  encouraged to negotiate contracts that will involve permanent 
 56.21  staff, so as to upgrade and maximize training of state employees.
 56.22     (b) If agencies reduce operating budgets, agencies must 
 56.23  give priority to reducing spending on professional and technical 
 56.24  service contracts before laying off permanent employees. 
 56.25     (c) Agencies must report to the senate finance and house 
 56.26  ways and means committees commissioner of administration by 
 56.27  August November 1 each year on implementation of this section 
 56.28  during the previous fiscal year.  The reports must include 
 56.29  amounts spent on professional and technical service contracts 
 56.30  during the previous fiscal year.  The commissioner shall compile 
 56.31  the reports into a uniform format and forward them to the chairs 
 56.32  of the senate finance and house ways and means committees by 
 56.33  November 15. 
 56.34     Sec. 72.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 43A.22, is 
 56.35  amended to read: 
 56.36     43A.22 [BENEFITS; INTENT.] 
 57.1      (a) It is the intent of the state to provide eligible 
 57.2   employees and other eligible persons with life insurance and 
 57.3   hospital, medical, and dental benefits coverage through provider 
 57.4   organizations, hereafter referred to as "carriers," authorized 
 57.5   to do business in the state.  
 57.6      (b) The commissioner may self-insure any hospital and 
 57.7   medical plan offered under sections 43A.22 to 43A.31 to promote 
 57.8   reasonably stable and predictable premiums for hospital and 
 57.9   medical benefits paid by the state and its employees and to 
 57.10  promote affordable, ongoing relationships between employees and 
 57.11  dependents and their medical providers.  The commissioner shall 
 57.12  consult with the commissioners of commerce and health and human 
 57.13  services regarding the development and reporting of quality of 
 57.14  care measures. 
 57.15     Sec. 73.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 43A.23, 
 57.16  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 57.17     Subdivision 1.  [GENERAL.] The commissioner is authorized 
 57.18  to request bids from carriers or to negotiate with carriers and 
 57.19  to enter into contracts with carriers which in the judgment of 
 57.20  the commissioner are best qualified to underwrite and service 
 57.21  the benefit plans.  Contracts entered into with carriers are not 
 57.22  subject to the requirements of sections 16C.16 to 16C.19.  The 
 57.23  commissioner may negotiate premium rates and coverage provisions 
 57.24  with all carriers licensed under chapters 62A, 62C, and 62D.  
 57.25  The commissioner may also negotiate reasonable restrictions to 
 57.26  be applied to all carriers under chapters 62A, 62C, and 62D.  
 57.27  Contracts to underwrite the benefit plans must be bid or 
 57.28  negotiated separately from contracts to service the benefit 
 57.29  plans, which may be awarded only on the basis of competitive 
 57.30  bids.  The commissioner shall consider the cost of the plans, 
 57.31  conversion options relating to the contracts, service 
 57.32  capabilities, character, financial position, and reputation of 
 57.33  the carriers, and any other factors which the commissioner deems 
 57.34  appropriate.  Each benefit contract must be for a uniform term 
 57.35  of at least one year, but may be made automatically renewable 
 57.36  from term to term in the absence of notice of termination by 
 58.1   either party.  The commissioner shall, to the extent feasible, 
 58.2   make hospital and medical benefits available from at least one 
 58.3   carrier licensed to do business pursuant to each of chapters 
 58.4   62A, 62C, and 62D.  The commissioner need not provide health 
 58.5   maintenance organization services to an employee who resides in 
 58.6   an area which is not served by a licensed health maintenance 
 58.7   organization.  The commissioner may refuse to allow a health 
 58.8   maintenance organization to continue as a carrier.  The 
 58.9   commissioner may elect not to offer all three types of carriers 
 58.10  if there are no bids or no acceptable bids by that type of 
 58.11  carrier or if the offering of additional carriers would result 
 58.12  in substantial additional administrative costs.  A carrier 
 58.13  licensed under chapter 62A is exempt from the tax imposed by 
 58.14  section 60A.15 on premiums paid to it by the state. 
 58.15     All self-insured hospital and medical service products must 
 58.16  comply with coverage mandates, data reporting, and consumer 
 58.17  protection requirements applicable to the licensed carrier 
 58.18  administering the product, had the product been insured, 
 58.19  including chapters 62J, 62M, and 62Q.  Any self-insured products 
 58.20  that limit coverage to a network of providers or provide 
 58.21  different levels of coverage between network and nonnetwork 
 58.22  providers shall comply with section 62D.123 and geographic 
 58.23  access standards for health maintenance organizations adopted by 
 58.24  the commissioner of health in rule under chapter 62D. 
 58.25     Sec. 74.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 43A.23, 
 58.26  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 58.28  Each contract under sections 43A.22 to 43A.30 shall contain a 
 58.29  detailed statement of benefits offered and shall include any 
 58.30  maximums, limitations, exclusions, and other definitions of 
 58.31  benefits the commissioner deems necessary or desirable.  Each 
 58.32  hospital and medical benefits contract shall provide benefits at 
 58.33  least equal to those required by section 62E.06, subdivision 2.  
 58.34     (b) All summaries of benefits describing the hospital and 
 58.35  medical service benefits offered to state employees must comply 
 58.36  with laws and rules for content and clarity applicable to the 
 59.1   licensed carrier administering the product.  Referral procedures 
 59.2   must be clearly described.  The commissioners of commerce and 
 59.3   health, as appropriate, shall review the summaries of benefits, 
 59.4   whether written or electronic, and advise the commissioner of 
 59.5   employee relations on any changes needed to ensure compliance. 
 59.6      Sec. 75.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 43A.30, is 
 59.7   amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
 59.8      Subd. 6.  [CONTINGENCY RESERVE.] The commissioner shall 
 59.9   maintain a contingency reserve within the employee insurance 
 59.10  trust fund.  The reserve must be used to increase the controls 
 59.11  over medical plan provisions and insurance costs for the state's 
 59.12  employee populations.  The reserve consists of appropriations 
 59.13  from the general fund, receipts from billings to agencies, and 
 59.14  credited investment gains and losses attributable to balances in 
 59.15  the account.  The state board of investment shall invest the 
 59.16  assets of the account according to section 11A.24. 
 59.17     Sec. 76.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 43A.31, 
 59.18  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 59.19     Subd. 2.  [COMMISSIONER REPORTS.] The commissioner shall 
 59.20  transmit a report each biennium to the legislative commission on 
 59.21  employee relations concerning the operation of sections 43A.22 
 59.22  to 43A.30, including a study of local and statewide market 
 59.23  trends regarding provider concentration, costs, and other 
 59.24  factors as they may relate to the state's health benefits 
 59.25  purchasing strategy.  The commissioner shall consult with the 
 59.26  commissioners of commerce and health in the conduct of this 
 59.27  study.  The commissioner shall also report the number, type, and 
 59.28  disposition of complaints relating to the insurance programs 
 59.29  offered by the commissioner.  
 59.30     Sec. 77.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 43A.31, is 
 59.31  amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
 59.32     Subd. 5.  [CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE.] The commissioner shall 
 59.33  employ staff for the purposes of assisting state employees and 
 59.34  their dependents in: 
 59.35     (1) understanding their benefits and coverage levels; 
 59.36     (2) obtaining information and responses to questions 
 60.1   regarding issues of coverage, benefits, and service from 
 60.2   carriers and providers; and 
 60.3      (3) making use of all grievance, appeals, and complaint 
 60.4   resolution processes provided by law or contract. 
 60.5      Sec. 78.  [43A.318] [PUBLIC EMPLOYEES GROUP LONG-TERM CARE 
 60.7      Subdivision 1.  [DEFINITIONS.] (a) [SCOPE.] For the 
 60.8   purposes of this section, the terms defined have the meaning 
 60.9   given them. 
 60.10     (b) [ADVISORY COMMITTEE; COMMITTEE.] "Advisory committee" 
 60.11  or "committee" means the committee created under subdivision 3. 
 60.12     (c) [COMMITTEE MEMBER; MEMBER.] "Committee member" or 
 60.13  "member" means a person serving on the advisory committee 
 60.14  created under subdivision 3. 
 60.15     (d) [ELIGIBLE PERSON.] "Eligible person" means: 
 60.16     (1) an active member of a public pension plan of the state; 
 60.17     (2) an employee or elected official of the state who is not 
 60.18  eligible for participation in a public employee pension plan of 
 60.19  the state; or 
 60.20     (3) a spouse or parent of a person described in clause (1) 
 60.21  or (2), regardless of the enrollment status in the program of 
 60.22  the person described in clause (1) or (2). 
 60.23     (e) [PROGRAM.] "Program" means the statewide public 
 60.24  employees long-term care insurance program created under 
 60.25  subdivision 2. 
 60.26     (f) [PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PENSION PLAN.] "Public employee 
 60.27  pension plan" means any Minnesota public pension plan or fund 
 60.28  that provides pension or retirement coverage for state employees.
 60.29     (g) [QUALIFIED VENDOR.] "Qualified vendor" means an entity 
 60.30  licensed or authorized to underwrite, provide, or administer 
 60.31  group long-term care insurance benefits in this state.  
 60.32     Subd. 2.  [PROGRAM CREATION; GENERAL PROVISIONS.] (a) The 
 60.33  commissioner may administer a program to make long-term care 
 60.34  coverage available to eligible persons.  The commissioner may 
 60.35  determine the program's funding arrangements, request bids from 
 60.36  qualified vendors, and negotiate and enter into contracts with 
 61.1   qualified vendors.  Contracts are not subject to the 
 61.2   requirements of section 16C.16 or 16C.19.  Contracts must be for 
 61.3   a uniform term of at least one year, but may be made 
 61.4   automatically renewable from term to term in the absence of 
 61.5   notice of termination by either party.  The program may not be 
 61.6   self-insured until the commissioner has completed an actuarial 
 61.7   study of the program and reported the results of the study to 
 61.8   the legislature and self-insurance has been specifically 
 61.9   authorized by law. 
 61.10     (b) The program may provide coverage for home, community, 
 61.11  and institutional long-term care and any other benefits as 
 61.12  determined by the commissioner.  Coverage is optional.  The 
 61.13  enrolled eligible person must pay the full cost of the coverage. 
 61.14     (c) The commissioner shall promote activities that attempt 
 61.15  to raise awareness of the need for long-term care insurance 
 61.16  among residents of the state and encourage the increased 
 61.17  prevalence of long-term care coverage.  These activities must 
 61.18  include the sharing of knowledge gained in the development of 
 61.19  the program. 
 61.20     (d) The commissioner may employ and contract with persons 
 61.21  and other entities to perform the duties under this section and 
 61.22  may determine their duties and compensation consistent with this 
 61.23  chapter. 
 61.24     (e) The benefits provided under this section are not terms 
 61.25  and conditions of employment as defined under section 179A.03, 
 61.26  subdivision 19, and are not subject to collective bargaining. 
 61.27     (f) The commissioner shall establish underwriting criteria 
 61.28  for entry of all eligible persons into the program.  Eligible 
 61.29  persons who would be immediately eligible for benefits may not 
 61.30  enroll. 
 61.31     (g) Eligible persons who meet underwriting criteria may 
 61.32  enroll in the program upon hiring and at other times established 
 61.33  by the commissioner. 
 61.34     (h) An eligible person enrolled in the program may continue 
 61.35  to participate in the program even if an event, such as 
 61.36  termination of employment, changes the person's employment 
 62.1   status. 
 62.2      (i) Participating public employee pension plans and public 
 62.3   employers may provide automatic pension or payroll deduction for 
 62.4   payment of long-term care insurance premiums to qualified 
 62.5   vendors contracted with under this section. 
 62.6      (j) The premium charged to program enrollees must include 
 62.7   an administrative fee to cover all program expenses incurred in 
 62.8   addition to the cost of coverage.  All fees collected are 
 62.9   appropriated to the commissioner for the purpose of 
 62.10  administrating the program. 
 62.11     Subd. 3.  [ADVISORY COMMITTEE.] (a) The committee consists 
 62.12  of:  
 62.13     (1) the executive directors or designees of the Minnesota 
 62.14  state retirement system, the public employees retirement 
 62.15  association, and the teachers retirement association; 
 62.16     (2) one member of the investment advisory committee of the 
 62.17  state board of investment provided under section 11A.08 
 62.18  appointed by the board; 
 62.19     (3) one staff member of the department of human services 
 62.20  appointed by the commissioner of human services; 
 62.21     (4) one staff member of the department of commerce 
 62.22  appointed by the commissioner of commerce; 
 62.23     (5) one member of the medical community with clinical 
 62.24  knowledge of long-term care appointed by the commissioner of 
 62.25  employee relations; and 
 62.26     (6) six members representing the interests of eligible 
 62.27  persons, including exclusive representatives of employees as 
 62.28  defined by section 179A.03, subdivision 8, and unrepresented 
 62.29  employees appointed by the commissioner of employee relations. 
 62.30     (b) Appointment to and removal from the committee must be 
 62.31  in the manner provided in section 15.059. 
 62.32     (c) The members of the committee described in paragraph 
 62.33  (a), clauses (1) to (5), serve without term limits.  The terms 
 62.34  of members described in paragraph (a), clause (6), are governed 
 62.35  by section 15.059, subdivision 2. 
 62.36     (d) Members serve without compensation, but are eligible 
 63.1   for reimbursement of expenses in the same manner and amount as 
 63.2   authorized under section 43A.18, subdivision 2. 
 63.3      (e) The committee shall advise the commissioner on program 
 63.4   issues, including, but not limited to, benefits, coverage, 
 63.5   funding, eligibility, enrollment, underwriting, and marketing. 
 63.6      Subd. 4.  [LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE TRUST FUND.] (a) The 
 63.7   long-term care insurance trust fund in the state treasury 
 63.8   consists of deposits of the premiums received from persons 
 63.9   enrolled in the program.  All money in the fund is appropriated 
 63.10  to the commissioner to pay premiums, claims, refunds, 
 63.11  administrative costs, and other related service costs.  The 
 63.12  commissioner shall reserve an amount of money sufficient to 
 63.13  cover the actuarially estimated costs of claims incurred but 
 63.14  unpaid.  The trust fund must be used solely for the purpose of 
 63.15  the program. 
 63.16     (b) The state board of investment shall invest the money in 
 63.17  the fund according to section 11A.24.  Investment income and 
 63.18  losses attributable to the fund must be credited to or deducted 
 63.19  from the fund. 
 63.20     Subd. 5.  [PRIVATE SOURCES.] This section does not prohibit 
 63.21  or limit individuals or local governments from purchasing 
 63.22  long-term care insurance through other private sources. 
 63.23     Sec. 79.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 128C.02, is 
 63.24  amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
 63.25     Subd. 3a.  [PARTICIPATION IN EXHIBITIONS.] Minnesota 
 63.26  amateur sports commission exhibitions in which high school 
 63.27  students participate individually or as members of a team do not 
 63.28  qualify as games, contests, or other extracurricular activities 
 63.29  for state high school league purposes under this chapter. 
 63.30     Sec. 80.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 138.17, 
 63.31  subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
 63.32     Subd. 7.  [RECORDS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM.] A records 
 63.33  management program for the application of efficient and 
 63.34  economical management methods to the creation, utilization, 
 63.35  maintenance, retention, preservation, and disposal of official 
 63.36  records shall be administered by the commissioner of 
 64.1   administration with assistance from the director of the 
 64.2   historical society.  The state records center which stores and 
 64.3   services state records not in state archives shall be 
 64.4   administered by the commissioner of administration.  The 
 64.5   commissioner of administration is empowered to (1) establish 
 64.6   standards, procedures, and techniques for effective management 
 64.7   of government records, (2) make continuing surveys of paper work 
 64.8   operations, and (3) recommend improvements in current records 
 64.9   management practices including the use of space, equipment, and 
 64.10  supplies employed in creating, maintaining, preserving and 
 64.11  disposing of government records.  It shall be the duty of the 
 64.12  head of each state agency and the governing body of each county, 
 64.13  municipality, and other subdivision of government to cooperate 
 64.14  with the commissioner in conducting surveys and to establish and 
 64.15  maintain an active, continuing program for the economical and 
 64.16  efficient management of the records of each agency, county, 
 64.17  municipality, or other subdivision of government.  When 
 64.18  requested by the commissioner, public officials shall assist in 
 64.19  the preparation of an inclusive inventory of records in their 
 64.20  custody, to which shall be attached a schedule, approved by the 
 64.21  head of the governmental unit or agency having custody of the 
 64.22  records and the commissioner, establishing a time period for the 
 64.23  retention or disposal of each series of records.  When the 
 64.24  schedule is unanimously approved by the records disposition 
 64.25  panel, the head of the governmental unit or agency having 
 64.26  custody of the records may dispose of the type of records listed 
 64.27  in the schedule at a time and in a manner prescribed in the 
 64.28  schedule for particular records which were created after the 
 64.29  approval.  A list of records disposed of pursuant to this 
 64.30  subdivision shall be forwarded to the commissioner and the 
 64.31  archivist by the head of the governmental unit or agency.  The 
 64.32  archivist shall maintain a list of all records destroyed. 
 64.33     Sec. 81.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 138.17, 
 64.34  subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
 64.35     Subd. 8.  [EMERGENCY RECORDS PRESERVATION.] In light of the 
 64.36  danger of nuclear or natural disaster, the commissioner of 
 65.1   administration, with the assistance of the director of the 
 65.2   historical society, shall establish and maintain a program for 
 65.3   the selection and preservation of public records considered 
 65.4   essential to the operation of government and to the protection 
 65.5   of the rights and interests of persons, and shall make or cause 
 65.6   to be made preservation duplicates or designate as preservation 
 65.7   duplicates existing copies of such essential public records.  
 65.8   Preservation duplicates shall be durable, accurate, complete, 
 65.9   and clear, and such duplicates reproduced by photographic or 
 65.10  other process which accurately reproduces and forms a durable 
 65.11  medium for so reproducing the original shall have the same force 
 65.12  and effect for all purposes as the original record whether the 
 65.13  original record is in existence or not.  A transcript, 
 65.14  exemplification, or certified copy of such preservation 
 65.15  duplicate shall be deemed for all purposes to be a transcript, 
 65.16  exemplification, or certified copy of the original record.  Such 
 65.17  preservation duplicates shall be preserved in the place and 
 65.18  manner of safekeeping prescribed by the commissioner. 
 65.19     Every county, municipality, or other subdivision of 
 65.20  government may institute a program for the preservation of 
 65.21  necessary documents essential to the continuity of government.  
 65.22  Such a program shall first be submitted to the commissioner for 
 65.23  approval or disapproval and no such program shall be instituted 
 65.24  until such approval is obtained. 
 65.25     Sec. 82.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 192.49, 
 65.26  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
 65.27     Subd. 3.  [ALLOWANCES FOR MILITARY EXPENSE.] (a) Allowances 
 65.28  for the necessary military expenses of all organizations, units, 
 65.29  or detachments of the military forces, including clerk hire, 
 65.30  office supplies, postage, and other actual outlay, shall may be 
 65.31  paid by the adjutant general out of the funds appropriated for 
 65.32  the maintenance of the military forces, such.  These allowances 
 65.33  annually may not to exceed:  
 65.34     (1) for the state headquarters and for the division 
 65.35  headquarters when located in this state $2,000 $2,500 each; 
 65.36     (2) $3,000 a year for the commanding general of troops; 
 66.1      (3) for any other organization commanded by a general 
 66.2   officer $1,000 plus $100 for each immediately and directly 
 66.3   subordinate organization or unit $2,200; 
 66.4      (4) for any brigade, group, battalion, squadron, or 
 66.5   equivalent organization $200 $500 plus $100 for each immediately 
 66.6   and directly subordinate organization or unit; and $300 
 66.7      (5) $600 for incidental expenses of each company, battery, 
 66.8   or detachment; and at the time of the annual encampment or 
 66.9   maneuvers, for each division or camp headquarters mess $200; for 
 66.10  each officers' mess of a regiment, group, or higher headquarters 
 66.11  $200; and for the officers' mess of each battalion or equivalent 
 66.12  headquarters $100. 
 66.13     (b) Allowances authorized under this section shall be 
 66.14  expended and accounted for as prescribed by the 
 66.15  commander-in-chief in orders or rules adjutant general. 
 66.16     Sec. 83.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 197.79, 
 66.17  subdivision 10, is amended to read: 
 66.18     Subd. 10.  [DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS.] The application 
 66.19  period for the bonus program established in this section shall 
 66.20  be November 1, 1997, to June 30, 1999 2001.  The department may 
 66.21  not receive or accept new applications after June 30, 1999 2001. 
 66.22     Sec. 84.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 202A.18, is 
 66.23  amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
 66.24     Subd. 2a.  [PREFERENCE BALLOT.] Prior to the opening of 
 66.25  nominations for the election of permanent offices and delegates, 
 66.26  a ballot must be distributed to permit caucus participants to 
 66.27  indicate their preference for the offices of president of the 
 66.28  United States or governor.  The results of preference voting 
 66.29  must be reported to the secretary of state immediately upon 
 66.30  conclusion of the voting, in the manner provided by the 
 66.31  secretary of state.  The secretary of state shall provide the 
 66.32  appropriate forms to the party for reporting the results. 
 66.33     Sec. 85.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 202A.20, 
 66.34  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 66.35     Subd. 2.  [REPORTING CAUCUS RESULTS.] The secretary of 
 66.36  state may provide a method for the timely reporting of caucus 
 67.1   results to the public shall promptly report to the public the 
 67.2   results of preference balloting at the precinct caucuses. 
 67.3      Sec. 86.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 204B.25, 
 67.4   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 67.5      Subd. 2.  [RULES OF SECRETARY OF STATE.] The secretary of 
 67.6   state shall adopt rules establishing a program programs for the 
 67.7   training of county auditors, local election officials, and 
 67.8   election judges by county auditors as required by this section.  
 67.9      Sec. 87.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 204B.25, is 
 67.10  amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
 67.11     Subd. 4.  [TRAINING FOR LOCAL ELECTION OFFICIALS.] At least 
 67.12  once every two years, the county auditor shall conduct training 
 67.13  sessions for the municipal and school district clerks in the 
 67.14  county.  The training sessions must be conducted in the manner 
 67.15  provided by the secretary of state.  No local election official 
 67.16  may administer an election without receiving training from the 
 67.17  county auditor. 
 67.18     Sec. 88.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 204B.27, is 
 67.19  amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
 67.21  MATERIALS.] The secretary of state shall develop a training 
 67.22  program in election administration for county auditors and shall 
 67.23  certify each county auditor who successfully completes the 
 67.24  training program.  The secretary of state shall provide each 
 67.25  county auditor with materials for use in training local election 
 67.26  officials and election judges. 
 67.27     Sec. 89.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 204B.28, 
 67.28  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 67.30  OFFICIALS.] At least 12 weeks before each state primary 
 67.31  regularly scheduled general election, each county auditor shall 
 67.32  conduct a training program for meeting with local election 
 67.33  officials to review the procedures for the election.  The county 
 67.34  auditor may require the municipal clerks and the chairs of the 
 67.35  election boards in the county to meet for this training program 
 67.36  before the election at a time and place set by the county 
 68.1   auditor.  The training program shall include instruction in 
 68.2   election procedures and the duties of municipal clerks and 
 68.3   election judges.  The chairs of the election boards shall be 
 68.4   compensated by the municipalities for the incidental expenses 
 68.5   incurred by them to attend a training program attend this 
 68.6   meeting. 
 68.7      Sec. 90.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 240A.09, is 
 68.8   amended to read: 
 68.9      240A.09 [PLAN DEVELOPMENT; CRITERIA.] 
 68.10     The Minnesota amateur sports commission shall develop a 
 68.11  plan to promote the development of proposals for new statewide 
 68.12  public ice facilities including proposals for ice centers and 
 68.13  matching grants based on the criteria in this section. 
 68.14     (a) For ice center proposals, the commission will give 
 68.15  priority to proposals that come from more than one local 
 68.16  government unit.  Institutions of higher education are not 
 68.17  eligible to receive a grant. 
 68.18     (b) In the metropolitan area as defined in section 473.121, 
 68.19  subdivision 2, the commission is encouraged to give priority to 
 68.20  the following proposals: 
 68.21     (1) proposals for construction of two or more ice sheets in 
 68.22  a single new facility; 
 68.23     (2) proposals for construction of an additional sheet of 
 68.24  ice at an existing ice center; 
 68.25     (3) proposals for construction of a new, single sheet of 
 68.26  ice as part of a sports complex with multiple sports facilities; 
 68.27  and 
 68.28     (4) proposals for construction of a new, single sheet of 
 68.29  ice that will be expanded to a two-sheet facility in the future. 
 68.30     (c) The commission shall administer a site selection 
 68.31  process for the ice centers.  The commission shall invite 
 68.32  proposals from cities or counties or consortia of cities.  A 
 68.33  proposal for an ice center must include matching contributions 
 68.34  including in-kind contributions of land, access roadways and 
 68.35  access roadway improvements, and necessary utility services, 
 68.36  landscaping, and parking. 
 69.1      (d) Proposals for ice centers and matching grants must 
 69.2   provide for meeting the demand for ice time for female groups by 
 69.3   offering up to 50 percent of prime ice time, as needed, to 
 69.4   female groups.  For purposes of this section, prime ice time 
 69.5   means the hours of 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 
 69.6   9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.  
 69.7      (e) The location for all proposed facilities must be in 
 69.8   areas of maximum demonstrated interest and must maximize 
 69.9   accessibility to an arterial highway. 
 69.10     (f) To the extent possible, all proposed facilities must be 
 69.11  dispersed equitably, must be located to maximize potential for 
 69.12  full utilization and profitable operation, and must accommodate 
 69.13  noncompetitive family and community skating for all ages. 
 69.14     (g) The commission may also use the funds money to upgrade 
 69.15  current facilities, purchase girls' ice time, or conduct amateur 
 69.16  women's hockey and other ice sport tournaments. 
 69.17     (h) To the extent possible, 50 percent of all grants must 
 69.18  be awarded to communities in greater Minnesota.  
 69.19     (i) To the extent possible, technical assistance shall be 
 69.20  provided to Minnesota communities by the commission on ice arena 
 69.21  planning, design, and operation, including the marketing of ice 
 69.22  time. 
 69.23     (j) A grant for new facilities may not exceed $250,000. 
 69.24     (k) The commission may use funds make grants for 
 69.25  rehabilitation and renovation grants.  A rehabilitation or 
 69.26  renovation grant may not exceed $100,000.  Priority must be 
 69.27  given to grant applications for indoor air quality improvements, 
 69.28  including zero emission ice resurfacing equipment. 
 69.29     (k) (l) Grant funds money may be used for ice centers 
 69.30  designed for sports other than hockey. 
 69.31     (m) Grant money may be used to upgrade existing facilities 
 69.32  to comply with the bleacher safety requirements of section 
 69.33  16B.616. 
 69.34     Sec. 91.  [240A.12] [GRANTS FOR ATHLETIC FACILITIES AND 
 69.35  PROGRAMS.] 
 69.36     Subdivision 1.  [GRANTS.] The commission may make matching 
 70.1   grants to political subdivisions of the state:  
 70.2      (1) to acquire and better public land and buildings and 
 70.3   other public improvements of a capital nature to be used for 
 70.4   community facilities and related infrastructure primarily for 
 70.5   amateur athletics; 
 70.6      (2) to renovate existing facilities used primarily for 
 70.7   amateur athletics; 
 70.8      (3) to support recreational programs for children and 
 70.9   adolescents; and 
 70.10     (4) to support special events involving amateur athletics. 
 70.11     Subd. 2.  [GEOGRAPHIC DISPERSAL.] To the extent possible, 
 70.12  over time, the commission shall disperse grants equally among 
 70.13  the state's congressional districts and award one-half of all 
 70.14  grants to communities or institutions outside the metropolitan 
 70.15  area as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2. 
 70.17  grant under this section must be matched by recipient 
 70.18  communities or institutions in accordance with this 
 70.19  subdivision.  A matching contribution may include an in-kind 
 70.20  contribution of land, access roadways and access roadway 
 70.21  improvements, and necessary utility services, landscaping, and 
 70.22  parking.  A grant for new facilities may not exceed $100,000 and 
 70.23  must be matched by the recipient at a rate of four times the 
 70.24  amount of the grant.  A grant for renovation of existing 
 70.25  facilities may not exceed $50,000 and must be matched equally by 
 70.26  the recipient.  A grant for recreational programs may not exceed 
 70.27  $20,000 and must be matched equally by the recipient.  A grant 
 70.28  for a special event or program may not exceed $100,000 and must 
 70.29  be matched equally by the recipient. 
 70.30     Sec. 92.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 297F.08, is 
 70.31  amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
 70.32     Subd. 8a.  [REVOLVING ACCOUNT.] A heat-applied cigarette 
 70.33  tax stamp revolving account is created.  The commissioner shall 
 70.34  use the amounts in this fund to purchase heat-applied stamps for 
 70.35  resale.  The commissioner shall charge distributors for the tax 
 70.36  value of the stamps they receive along with the commissioner's 
 71.1   cost to purchase the stamps and ship them to the distributor.  
 71.2   The stamp purchase and shipping costs recovered must be credited 
 71.3   to the revolving account and are appropriated to the 
 71.4   commissioner for the further purchases and shipping costs.  The 
 71.5   revolving account is initially funded by a $40,000 transfer from 
 71.6   the department of revenue. 
 71.7      Sec. 93.  [325F.015] [UNSAFE BLEACHERS.] 
 71.8      A person shall not manufacture, sell, distribute, or 
 71.9   install bleachers within this state that do not comply with 
 71.10  section 16B.616.  For purposes of this section, "person" means 
 71.11  an individual, public or private entity, however organized, or a 
 71.12  unit of state or local government. 
 71.13     Sec. 94.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 325K.03, is 
 71.14  amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
 71.15     Subd. 4.  [CERTIFICATION PRACTICE STATEMENT.] The secretary 
 71.16  in the role of licensed certification authority may adopt and 
 71.17  amend a certification practice statement without using the 
 71.18  provisions of chapter 14. 
 71.19     Sec. 95.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 325K.04, is 
 71.20  amended to read: 
 71.21     325K.04 [FEES.] 
 71.22     (a) The secretary may adopt rules establishing shall set 
 71.23  reasonable fees for all services rendered under this chapter, in 
 71.24  amounts sufficient to compensate for the costs of all 
 71.25  services provided by the secretary under this chapter.  All fees 
 71.26  recovered by the secretary must be deposited in the state 
 71.27  general fund.  Until July 1, 2001, the fees need not be set by 
 71.28  rule.  
 71.29     (b) The digital signature account is created in the special 
 71.30  revenue fund.  All fees recovered by the secretary must be 
 71.31  deposited in the digital signature account.  Money in the 
 71.32  digital signature account is appropriated to the secretary to 
 71.33  pay the costs of all services provided by the secretary. 
 71.34     Sec. 96.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 325K.05, 
 71.35  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 71.36     Subdivision 1.  [LICENSE CONDITIONS.] To obtain or retain a 
 72.1   license, a certification authority must: 
 72.2      (1) be the subscriber of a certificate published in a 
 72.3   recognized repository; 
 72.4      (2) employ as operative personnel only persons who have not 
 72.5   been convicted within the past 15 years of a felony or a crime 
 72.6   involving fraud, false statement, or deception; 
 72.7      (3) employ as operative personnel only persons who have 
 72.8   demonstrated knowledge and proficiency in following the 
 72.9   requirements of this chapter; 
 72.10     (4) file with the secretary a suitable guaranty, unless the 
 72.11  certification authority is a department, office, or official of 
 72.12  a federal, state, city, or county governmental entity that is 
 72.13  self-insured; 
 72.14     (5) use a trustworthy system, including a secure means for 
 72.15  limiting access to its private key; 
 72.16     (6) present proof to the secretary of having working 
 72.17  capital reasonably sufficient, according to rules adopted by the 
 72.18  secretary, to enable the applicant to conduct business as a 
 72.19  certification authority; 
 72.20     (7) register its business organization with the secretary, 
 72.21  unless the applicant is a governmental entity or is otherwise 
 72.22  prohibited from registering; and 
 72.23     (8) require a potential subscriber to appear in person 
 72.24  before the certification authority, or an agent of the 
 72.25  certification authority, to prove the subscriber's identity 
 72.26  before a certificate is issued to the subscriber; and 
 72.27     (9) comply with all further licensing requirements 
 72.28  established by rule by the secretary. 
 72.29  The secretary may, by rule, establish standards by which the 
 72.30  in-person registration required in clause (8) may be waived. 
 72.31     Sec. 97.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 325K.09, is 
 72.32  amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
 72.33     Subd. 3.  [ACCEPTANCE.] A recipient who accepts a digital 
 72.34  signature when the certificate was issued by a licensed 
 72.35  certification authority becomes a party to and accepts all of 
 72.36  the terms and conditions of the licensed certification 
 73.1   authority's certification practice statement. 
 73.2      Sec. 98.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 325K.10, 
 73.3   subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
 73.4      Subd. 5.  [ORDER OF SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION.] The 
 73.5   secretary may order the licensed certification authority to 
 73.6   suspend or revoke a certificate that the certification authority 
 73.7   issued if, after giving any required notice and opportunity for 
 73.8   the certification authority and subscriber to be heard in 
 73.9   accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, chapter 14, 
 73.10  the secretary determines that: 
 73.11     (1) the certificate was issued without substantial 
 73.12  compliance with this section; and 
 73.13     (2) the noncompliance poses a significant risk to persons 
 73.14  reasonably relying on the certificate. 
 73.15     Upon determining that an emergency requires an immediate 
 73.16  remedy, and in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, 
 73.17  chapter 14, the secretary may issue an order suspending a 
 73.18  certificate for a period not to exceed 48 96 hours. 
 73.19     Sec. 99.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 325K.14, is 
 73.20  amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
 73.21     Subd. 9.  [ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES.] For purposes of this 
 73.22  section, the provisions of chapter 14 do not apply when the 
 73.23  secretary acts as a licensed certification authority for 
 73.24  governmental entities. 
 73.25     Sec. 100.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 325K.15, is 
 73.26  amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
 73.27     Subd. 8.  [ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES.] For purposes of this 
 73.28  section, the provisions of chapter 14 do not apply when the 
 73.29  secretary acts as a licensed certification authority for 
 73.30  governmental entities. 
 73.31     Sec. 101.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 349.163, 
 73.32  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
 73.33     Subd. 4.  [INSPECTION OF MANUFACTURERS.] Employees of the 
 73.34  board and the division of alcohol and gambling enforcement may 
 73.35  inspect the books, records, inventory, and business premises of 
 73.36  a licensed manufacturer without notice during the normal 
 74.1   business hours of the manufacturer.  The board may charge a 
 74.2   manufacturer for the actual cost of conducting scheduled or 
 74.3   unscheduled inspections of the manufacturer's facilities, where 
 74.4   the amount charged to the manufacturer for such inspections in 
 74.5   any year does not exceed $7,500.  The board shall deposit in a 
 74.6   separate account in the state treasury all money received as 
 74.7   reimbursement for the costs of inspections.  Until July 1, 1999, 
 74.8   Money in the account is appropriated to the board to pay the 
 74.9   costs of the inspections. 
 74.10     Sec. 102.  Laws 1993, chapter 192, section 16, is amended 
 74.11  to read: 
 74.13  AND PLANNING BOARD                       326,000        334,000
 74.14  Any unencumbered balance of the 
 74.15  appropriation for the first year does 
 74.16  not cancel and is available for use in 
 74.17  the second year. 
 74.18  $75,000 the first year and $82,000 the 
 74.19  second year are to create a memorial to 
 74.20  Hubert H. Humphrey in the capitol 
 74.21  area.  Of these amounts, up to $75,000 
 74.22  may be used by the board to select an 
 74.23  appropriate site for the memorial.  
 74.24  $82,000 is available only as matched, 
 74.25  one state dollar for three dollars, by 
 74.26  contributions from nonstate sources.  
 74.27  The board shall establish design 
 74.28  requirements, choose the design, and 
 74.29  oversee construction of the memorial.  
 74.30  In establishing the memorial, the board 
 74.31  may accept money from nonstate sources 
 74.32  and contract with other private or 
 74.33  public agencies.  The appropriation is 
 74.34  available until expended. 
 74.35     Sec. 103.  Laws 1994, chapter 643, section 69, subdivision 
 74.36  1, is amended to read: 
 74.37     Subdivision 1.  [TASK FORCE MEMBERSHIP.] An 18-member A 
 74.38  19-member planning task force for library and information 
 74.39  services shall be established and shall be composed of:  three 
 74.40  representatives appointed by the chancellor of the higher 
 74.41  education board, one of whom may be serving on the MINITEX 
 74.42  advisory committee; two representatives appointed by the 
 74.43  president of the University of Minnesota, one of whom may be 
 74.44  serving on the MINITEX advisory committee; one representative 
 74.45  appointed by the president of the Minnesota private college 
 74.46  council; the director of MINITEX; one representative appointed 
 75.1   by the commissioner of finance; one representative appointed by 
 75.2   the commissioner of administration; one representative appointed 
 75.3   by the executive director of the Minnesota higher education 
 75.4   coordinating board; the director of the office of library 
 75.5   development and services; five representatives of public 
 75.6   libraries appointed by the director of library development and 
 75.7   services; two representatives of elementary and secondary 
 75.8   schools appointed by the commissioner of education; and one 
 75.9   representative appointed by the governor.  The executive 
 75.10  director of the Minnesota higher education coordinating board 
 75.11  shall confer with the other appointing authorities to ensure 
 75.12  that at least one-half of the task force members are employed in 
 75.13  occupations unrelated to library science.  The executive 
 75.14  director of the Minnesota higher education coordinating board 
 75.15  shall convene the first meeting of the task force. 
 75.16     Sec. 104.  Laws 1995, First Special Session chapter 3, 
 75.17  article 12, section 7, subdivision 1, as amended by Laws 1997, 
 75.18  First Special Session chapter 4, article 9, section 2, and Laws 
 75.19  1998, chapter 270, section 4, is amended to read: 
 75.20     Subdivision 1.  [STATE COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP.] The membership 
 75.21  of the Minnesota education telecommunications council 
 75.22  established in Laws 1993, First Special Session chapter 2, is 
 75.23  expanded to include representatives of elementary and secondary 
 75.24  education.  The membership shall consist of three 
 75.25  representatives from the University of Minnesota; three 
 75.26  representatives of the board of trustees for Minnesota state 
 75.27  colleges and universities; one representative of the higher 
 75.28  education services offices; one representative appointed by the 
 75.29  private college council; eight representatives selected by the 
 75.30  commissioner of children, families, and learning, at least one 
 75.31  of which must come from each of the six higher education 
 75.32  telecommunication regions; the director commissioner of the 
 75.33  office of technology administration; two members each from the 
 75.34  senate and the house of representatives selected by the 
 75.35  subcommittee on committees of the committee on rules and 
 75.36  administration of the senate and the speaker of the house, one 
 76.1   member from each body must be a member of the minority party; 
 76.2   and three representatives of libraries, one representing 
 76.3   regional public libraries, one representing multitype libraries, 
 76.4   and one representing community libraries, selected by the 
 76.5   governor.  The council shall: 
 76.6      (1) develop a statewide vision and plans for the use of 
 76.7   distance learning technologies and provide leadership in 
 76.8   implementing the use of such technologies; 
 76.9      (2) recommend to the commissioner and the legislature by 
 76.10  December 15, 1996, a plan for long-term governance and a 
 76.11  proposed structure for statewide and regional 
 76.12  telecommunications; 
 76.13     (3) recommend educational policy relating to 
 76.14  telecommunications; 
 76.15     (4) determine priorities for use; 
 76.16     (5) oversee coordination of networks for post-secondary 
 76.17  campuses, K-12 education, and regional and community libraries; 
 76.18     (6) review application for telecommunications access grants 
 76.19  under Minnesota Statutes, section 124C.74, and recommend to the 
 76.20  department grants for funding; 
 76.21     (7) determine priorities for grant funding proposals; and 
 76.22     (8) work with the office of technology to ensure 
 76.23  consistency of the operation of the learning network with 
 76.24  standards of an open system architecture. 
 76.25     The council shall consult with representatives of the 
 76.26  telecommunication industry in implementing this section. 
 76.27     Sec. 105.  Laws 1995, First Special Session chapter 3, 
 76.28  article 12, section 10, is amended to read: 
 76.29     Sec. 10.  [ELECTRONIC COST REDUCTION.] 
 76.30     The commissioner of education shall identify methods to 
 76.31  reduce the costs of Internet access for school districts.  The 
 76.32  commissioner shall work in conjunction with MNet the state 
 76.33  information infrastructure, the department of administration, 
 76.34  and the telecommunication industry to provide Internet access 
 76.35  and long distance phone service at a favorable group rate. 
 76.36     Sec. 106.  Laws 1997, chapter 202, article 2, section 61, 
 77.1   is amended to read: 
 77.3      Appointing authorities in state government shall encourage 
 77.4   may allow each employee to take an unpaid leave of absence for 
 77.5   up to 160 hours during the period ending June 30, 1999 2001.  
 77.6   Each appointing authority approving such a leave shall allow the 
 77.7   employee to continue accruing vacation and sick leave, be 
 77.8   eligible for paid holidays and insurance benefits, accrue 
 77.9   seniority, and accrue service credit in state retirement plans 
 77.10  permitting service credits for authorized leaves of absence as 
 77.11  if the employee had actually been employed during the time of 
 77.12  the leave.  If the leave of absence is for one full pay period 
 77.13  or longer, any holiday pay shall be included in the first 
 77.14  payroll warrant after return from the leave of absence.  The 
 77.15  appointing authority shall attempt to grant requests for unpaid 
 77.16  leaves of absence consistent with the need to continue efficient 
 77.17  operation of the agency.  However, each appointing authority 
 77.18  shall retain discretion to grant or refuse to grant requests for 
 77.19  leaves of absence and to schedule and cancel leaves, subject to 
 77.20  applicable provisions of collective bargaining agreements and 
 77.21  compensation plans.  
 77.22     Sec. 107.  Laws 1998, chapter 366, section 2, is amended to 
 77.23  read: 
 77.24  Sec. 2.  LEGISLATURE                                     25,000
 77.25  This appropriation is to the 
 77.26  legislative coordinating commission for 
 77.27  a grant to the Council of State 
 77.28  Governments to organize and fund a 
 77.29  series of meetings between members of 
 77.30  the Minnesota legislature and members 
 77.31  of the Manitoba and Ontario 
 77.32  parliaments.  Approximately Up to six 
 77.33  members of each body may attend the 
 77.34  meetings.  Meetings may involve all 
 77.35  three bodies or the legislature and one 
 77.36  of the parliaments.  The meetings shall 
 77.37  be at the capital cities of the state 
 77.38  or of the provinces.  This 
 77.39  appropriation is available until June 
 77.40  30, 2000. 
 77.42  COMMITTEE.] 
 77.43     Subdivision 1.  [COMMITTEE; DEFINITION.] (a) The 
 78.1   environmental quality board shall establish an urban development 
 78.2   environmental steering committee consisting of representatives 
 78.3   of developers, environmental interests, agricultural landowners, 
 78.4   and other stakeholders.  The urban development environmental 
 78.5   steering committee shall advise the environmental quality board 
 78.6   on the scope and content of the generic environmental impact 
 78.7   statement required in subdivision 2. 
 78.8      (b) Compensation of members and reimbursement of their 
 78.9   expenses is governed by Minnesota Statutes, section 15.059.  The 
 78.10  committee expires upon completion of the generic environmental 
 78.11  impact statement required in subdivision 2 and presentation of 
 78.12  the report to the legislature. 
 78.13     (c) For the purposes of this section, "urban development" 
 78.14  means development in: 
 78.15     (1) cities with more than 15,000 population; and 
 78.16     (2) areas with densities greater than 200 people per square 
 78.17  mile in proximity to cities with more than 15,000 population. 
 78.19  generic environmental impact statement must be prepared under 
 78.20  the direction of the environmental quality board to examine the 
 78.21  long-term effects of urban development, past, present, and 
 78.22  future, upon the economy, environment, and way of life of the 
 78.23  residents of this state.  The study may address: 
 78.24     (1) the overall dimension of urban development in this 
 78.25  state, including the past and current trends of settlement and 
 78.26  population growth, the types and location of urban development, 
 78.27  and the relationship of past and current development patterns to 
 78.28  existing land use policies; 
 78.29     (2) environmental quality issues associated with urban 
 78.30  development such as the effects of urban development on air, 
 78.31  groundwater, surface water, and land, including the impact of 
 78.32  urban development on the loss of agricultural land in urbanizing 
 78.33  areas; 
 78.34     (3) economic issues such as the comparative economic impact 
 78.35  of alternative means of urban development, including the 
 78.36  economic efficiency of the alternatives; 
 79.1      (4) social issues such as the comparative social impact of 
 79.2   alternative means of urban development; and 
 79.3      (5) the roles of various units of government in regulating 
 79.4   various aspects of land use decisions. 
 79.5      Sec. 109.  [STATE TRAVEL OFFICE.] 
 79.6      Subdivision 1.  [STUDY.] The commissioner of administration 
 79.7   shall study the feasibility and potential advantages of 
 79.8   establishing a state travel office in the executive branch to 
 79.9   manage and oversee arrangements for air and surface travel by 
 79.10  state employees and officials.  In conducting the study, the 
 79.11  commissioner shall consider travel procedures currently used by 
 79.12  the state in comparison with those used by the federal 
 79.13  government, other states, and private businesses. 
 79.14     Subd. 2.  [ISSUES.] The study required by subdivision 1 
 79.15  must address, at a minimum: 
 79.16     (1) the relative merits of central versus decentralized 
 79.17  management and oversight of travel; 
 79.18     (2) current procedures used by the legislative, judicial, 
 79.19  and executive branches of the state as well as the Minnesota 
 79.20  state colleges and universities and the University of Minnesota; 
 79.21     (3) statutory and other authority necessary to manage and 
 79.22  oversee state travel; 
 79.23     (4) the relative merits of state operation of travel 
 79.24  services versus the provision of travel services by travel 
 79.25  agencies under contract; 
 79.26     (5) the use of one travel agency versus several preferred 
 79.27  agencies; 
 79.28     (6) the criteria used in selecting the preferred agencies; 
 79.29     (7) managing frequent-flier miles versus other options; and 
 79.30     (8) the use of Internet-based travel authorization and 
 79.31  booking versus traditional methods. 
 79.32     Subd. 3.  [REPORT.] The commissioner shall report to the 
 79.33  legislature on the conclusions of the study by January 15, 
 79.34  2000.  The report must include recommendations for any 
 79.35  legislation that might be necessary to implement the report's 
 79.36  conclusions. 
 80.1      Sec. 110.  [BUDGET PRINCIPLES; BUDGET REVIEW.] 
 80.2      Subdivision 1.  [PRINCIPLES.] The legislative commission on 
 80.3   planning and fiscal policy shall establish principles and 
 80.4   standards related to budgeting that simplify the process, 
 80.5   minimize the number of state funds and special accounts, and are 
 80.6   consistent with generally accepted accounting principles.  The 
 80.7   principles must define when it is appropriate to create special 
 80.8   or dedicated funds and accounts, when it is appropriate to 
 80.9   create open appropriations from the general fund and open 
 80.10  appropriations of dedicated receipts, and the appropriate level 
 80.11  of budgetary reserves.  
 80.12     Subd. 2.  [REVIEW OF PAST BUDGET ACTIONS.] With the 
 80.13  assistance of the commissioner of finance and staff of the house 
 80.14  and senate, the commission shall: 
 80.15     (1) review the biennial budget instructions issued by the 
 80.16  commissioner of finance for the 2000-2001 biennial budget, 
 80.17  specifically instructions on how to establish the budget base, 
 80.18  the inflation factors used, how to calculate caseload 
 80.19  adjustments, and related program requirements; 
 80.20     (2) review all statutory open and standing appropriations 
 80.21  and identify any that are inconsistent with the commission's 
 80.22  principles; 
 80.23     (3) review all reserve accounts and the level of reserves 
 80.24  and identify any that are inconsistent with the commission's 
 80.25  principles; and 
 80.26     (4) review other related issues as deemed appropriate by 
 80.27  the commission. 
 80.29  commission, in consultation with the commissioner of finance, 
 80.30  shall develop and recommend to the legislature a process whereby 
 80.31  a bill that affects the budget may be reviewed to determine 
 80.32  whether the appropriations and accounts it creates are 
 80.33  consistent with the principles adopted by the commission.  The 
 80.34  commission shall consider how this review should be coordinated 
 80.35  or integrated with the process for creating fiscal notes and 
 80.36  whether the review should be done by staff of the executive 
 81.1   branch or by staff of the legislative branch. 
 81.2      Subd. 4.  [REPORT.] The commission shall report the 
 81.3   principles and standards it has established, the results of its 
 81.4   review of past budget actions, and its recommended process for 
 81.5   reviewing future budget actions to the legislature and the 
 81.6   governor by December 1, 1999. 
 81.7      Sec. 111.  [LOAN REPAYMENT.] 
 81.8      The loan made by the Minneapolis community development 
 81.9   agency to the Minneapolis park and recreation board in 1986 to 
 81.10  acquire property for the central riverfront regional park must 
 81.11  not be repaid by any funds from the state of Minnesota or funds 
 81.12  of political subdivisions of the state, including the 
 81.13  metropolitan council. 
 81.15     Responsibility for the state employee assistance program 
 81.16  under Minnesota Statutes, section 16B.39, subdivision 2, is 
 81.17  transferred from the commissioner of administration to the 
 81.18  commissioner of employee relations under Minnesota Statutes, 
 81.19  section 15.039. 
 81.20     Sec. 113.  [OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY; TRANSFER.] 
 81.21     In accordance with Minnesota Statutes, sections 15.039 and 
 81.22  43A.045, the responsibilities of the executive director of the 
 81.23  office of technology under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 16E, and 
 81.24  otherwise, are transferred to the commissioner of administration.
 81.25     Sec. 114.  [INSTRUCTION TO REVISOR.] 
 81.26     (a) The revisor of statutes shall renumber Minnesota 
 81.27  Statutes, section 256.482, subdivision 5a, as Minnesota 
 81.28  Statutes, section 16B.055, subdivision 2, and renumber the 
 81.29  existing text of Minnesota Statutes, section 16B.055, as 
 81.30  subdivision 1. 
 81.31     (b) In the next edition of Minnesota Statutes, the revisor 
 81.32  of statutes shall change the term "executive director of the 
 81.33  office of technology" to "commissioner of administration" and 
 81.34  the term "executive director," wherever it refers to the 
 81.35  executive director of the office of technology, to 
 81.36  "commissioner." 
 82.1      (c) The revisor of statutes shall renumber Minnesota 
 82.2   Statutes, section 16B.39, subdivision 2, in chapter 43A. 
 82.3      Sec. 115.  [REPEALER.] 
 82.4      (a) Minnesota Rules, part 8275.0045, subpart 2, is repealed.
 82.5      (b) Minnesota Statutes 1998, sections 15.90; 15.91; 15.92; 
 82.6   16A.103, subdivision 3; 16E.11; 16E.12; and 16E.13, are repealed.
 82.7      (c) Laws 1991, chapter 235, article 5, section 3, as 
 82.8   amended by Laws 1995, chapter 254, article 1, section 91, is 
 82.9   repealed. 
 82.10     (d) Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16A.1285, subdivisions 
 82.11  4 and 5, are repealed. 
 82.12     (e) Minnesota Statutes 1998, sections 207A.01; 207A.02; 
 82.13  207A.03; 207A.04; 207A.06; 207A.07; 207A.08; 207A.09; and 
 82.14  207A.10, are repealed. 
 82.15     (f) S.F. No. 2223 of the 1999 regular session, if enacted, 
 82.16  is repealed. 
 82.17     (g) Minnesota Statutes 1998, sections 4A.08; 4A.09; and 
 82.18  4A.10, are repealed. 
 82.19     Sec. 116.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
 82.20     (a) Section 41 is effective January 1, 2001.  Section 43 is 
 82.21  effective July 1, 2000, with respect to preparation of the model 
 82.22  policies and procedures by the commissioner of administration, 
 82.23  and January 1, 2001, with respect to the other provisions of 
 82.24  section 43. 
 82.25     (b) Sections 62 to 64 and 93 are effective January 1, 2001. 
 82.26     (c) Sections 94 to 100 are effective the day following 
 82.27  final enactment. 
 82.28     (d) Sections 47, 49, 55, and 115, paragraphs (d) and (g), 
 82.29  are effective July 1, 2001. 
 82.30     (e) Section 61 is effective the day following final 
 82.31  enactment and applies only to contracts executed on or after 
 82.32  that date. 
 82.33     (f) The commissioner of employee relations may not 
 82.34  implement the long-term care insurance plan under section 78 
 82.35  until April 1, 2000. 
 82.36                             ARTICLE 2 
 83.1                              YEAR 2000 
 83.2      Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 12.31, 
 83.3   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 83.5   governor may declare a peacetime emergency.  A peacetime 
 83.6   declaration of emergency may be declared only when an act of 
 83.7   nature, a technological failure or malfunction, a terrorist 
 83.8   incident, an industrial accident, a hazardous materials 
 83.9   accident, or a civil disturbance endangers life and property and 
 83.10  local government resources are inadequate to handle the 
 83.11  situation.  It must not be continued for more than five days 
 83.12  unless extended by resolution of the executive council up to 30 
 83.13  days.  An order, or proclamation declaring, continuing, or 
 83.14  terminating an emergency must be given prompt and general 
 83.15  publicity and filed with the secretary of state.  
 83.16     Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 12.37, is amended 
 83.17  to read: 
 83.19  CONTRACTS.] 
 83.20     During an emergency or disaster, each political 
 83.21  subdivision, notwithstanding any statutory or charter provision 
 83.22  to the contrary, and through its governing body acting within or 
 83.23  without the corporate limits of the political subdivision, may: 
 83.24     (1) enter into contracts and incur obligations necessary to 
 83.25  combat the disaster by protecting the health and safety of 
 83.26  persons and property and by providing emergency assistance to 
 83.27  the victims of the disaster; and 
 83.28     (2) exercise the powers vested by this subdivision in the 
 83.29  light of the exigencies of the disaster without compliance with 
 83.30  time-consuming procedures and formalities prescribed by law 
 83.31  pertaining to: 
 83.32     (i) the performance of public work; 
 83.33     (ii) entering into contracts; 
 83.34     (iii) incurring of obligations; 
 83.35     (iv) employment of temporary workers; 
 83.36     (v) rental of equipment; 
 84.1      (vi) purchase of supplies and materials; 
 84.2      (vii) limitations upon tax levies; and 
 84.3      (viii) the appropriation and expenditure of public funds, 
 84.4   for example, but not limited to, publication of ordinances and 
 84.5   resolutions, publication of calls for bids, provisions of civil 
 84.6   service laws and rules, provisions relating to low bids, and 
 84.7   requirements for budgets.  
 84.8      The failure or malfunction of public infrastructure or 
 84.9   systems critical to the delivery of municipal services due to 
 84.10  year 2000 problems with computers and electronically controlled 
 84.11  devices shall constitute an emergency for the purposes of this 
 84.12  section. 
 84.13     Sec. 3.  [604B.01] [YEAR 2000 ACTIVITIES; IMMUNITY.] 
 84.14     Subdivision 1.  [DEFINITIONS.] For the purpose of this 
 84.15  section, the terms defined in this section have the meanings 
 84.16  given them. 
 84.17     Subd. 2.  [ASSOCIATION.] "Association" means a trade, 
 84.18  professional, governmental, or similar organization the members 
 84.19  of which are individuals, enterprises, or governmental units 
 84.20  engaged in similar lines of business, services, or activity. 
 84.21     Subd. 3.  [STATE AGENCY.] "State agency" means the 
 84.22  University of Minnesota, Minnesota state colleges and 
 84.23  universities, and the departments, boards, agencies, and 
 84.24  commissions in the executive, judicial, and legislative branches.
 84.25     Subd. 4.  [YEAR 2000 SOLUTION INFORMATION.] "Year 2000 
 84.26  solution information" means information related to solutions 
 84.27  that address the inability of computer systems, software, or 
 84.28  electronically controlled devices to recognize certain dates in 
 84.29  1999 and after December 31, 1999.  That inability may cause 
 84.30  disruptions in electronic communications or the functioning of 
 84.31  electronically controlled equipment resulting or reasonably 
 84.32  anticipated to result from erroneous data that is or may be 
 84.33  supplied by electronic devices. 
 84.34     Subd. 5.  [ASSOCIATION AND RELATED IMMUNITY.] No cause of 
 84.35  action may be maintained against an association for damages or 
 84.36  harm resulting from the collection of year 2000 solution 
 85.1   information or the publication of that information or against 
 85.2   any person or entity for providing year 2000 solution 
 85.3   information to the association. 
 85.4      Subd. 6.  [STATE AGENCY IMMUNITY.] No cause of action may 
 85.5   be maintained against a state agency for damages or harm 
 85.6   resulting from the collection of year 2000 solution information 
 85.7   or the publication of that information. 
 85.8      Subd. 7.  [GOVERNMENTAL UNIT IMMUNITY.] No cause of action 
 85.9   may be maintained against a governmental unit as defined in 
 85.10  section 462.384, subdivision 2, including governmental units 
 85.11  acting jointly under section 471.59, for damages or harm 
 85.12  resulting from the collection, publication, or dissemination of 
 85.13  year 2000 solution information to other governmental units or to 
 85.14  the metropolitan council or agencies. 
 85.15     Subd. 8.  [EXCEPTION.] Subdivisions 5 to 7 do not apply if 
 85.16  the party against whom the claim is brought knew in fact that 
 85.17  the year 2000 solution information provided was materially false.
 85.18     Subd. 9.  [NO IMPLIED CAUSE OF ACTION CREATED.] No 
 85.19  liability on the part of any person or any public or private 
 85.20  entity is implied or created by this section by the absence of a 
 85.21  grant of immunity under this section. 
 85.22     Sec. 4.  [EMERGENCIES.] 
 85.23     (a) The governor may declare an emergency under this 
 85.24  section for purposes of Minnesota Statutes, sections 12.31, 
 85.25  12.36, and 12.37.  The governor may declare an emergency under 
 85.26  authority of this section only to the extent that actual or 
 85.27  potential failure of computers or electronically controlled 
 85.28  devices creates an actual or imminent serious threat to the 
 85.29  health or safety of persons or an actual or imminent threat of 
 85.30  catastrophic loss to property or the environment. 
 85.31     (b) A declaration for purposes of Minnesota Statutes, 
 85.32  section 12.31, must be made according to procedures in that 
 85.33  section. 
 85.34     (c) The governor may declare an emergency under this 
 85.35  section for purposes of Minnesota Statutes, section 12.36 or 
 85.36  12.37, without declaring a peacetime emergency under Minnesota 
 86.1   Statutes, section 12.31.  A declaration for purposes of 
 86.2   Minnesota Statutes, section 12.36 or 12.37, may specify that it 
 86.3   applies to all or certain units of state or local government, 
 86.4   must specify the time period for which it applies, and must be 
 86.5   filed with the secretary of state. 
 86.6      (d) This section is in addition to and does not limit 
 86.7   authority granted to the governor or local government officials 
 86.8   by Minnesota Statutes, chapter 12, or other law. 
 86.9      (e) After April 1, 2000, the governor may not use this 
 86.10  section as authority to declare an emergency. 
 86.11     (f) If an emergency is declared under authority of this 
 86.12  section, a unit of state or local government may omit compliance 
 86.13  with the procedures and law listed in Minnesota Statutes, 
 86.14  sections 12.36, paragraph (a), clause (2), and 12.37, clause 
 86.15  (2), only to the extent necessary to protect health and safety 
 86.16  of persons or avoid catastrophic loss to property or the 
 86.17  environment.  A unit of state or local government must report to 
 86.18  the year 2000 project office in the department of administration 
 86.19  on omitting compliance with procedures and laws.  The report 
 86.20  must be filed within 30 days of the action that did not comply 
 86.21  with the customary laws. 
 86.22     Sec. 5.  [YEAR 2000 PROBLEM REPORTS.] 
 86.23     All electric utilities, as defined in Minnesota Statutes, 
 86.24  section 216B.38, subdivision 5, and telephone companies, as 
 86.25  defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 237.01, subdivisions 2 
 86.26  and 3, must file status reports on year 2000 problems with the 
 86.27  public utilities commission and the department of public 
 86.28  service, with a copy to the division of emergency management of 
 86.29  the department of public safety, on July 1 and October 1, 1999.  
 86.30  The status report must include a statement of the percentage of 
 86.31  the assessment phase that has been completed to date, the 
 86.32  percentage of the remediation phase that has been completed to 
 86.33  date, and the percentage of the testing of corrective actions 
 86.34  phase that has been completed to date.  The foregoing questions, 
 86.35  along with others deemed appropriate, must be included in a Y2K 
 86.36  status report form that must be provided by the department of 
 87.1   public safety, division of emergency management.  If a report 
 87.2   indicates that all year 2000 problems have been remediated, an 
 87.3   entity need not file a subsequent report unless there has been a 
 87.4   change. 
 87.7      Subdivision 1.  [MUNICIPAL CONTRACTS.] Minnesota Statutes, 
 87.8   section 471.345, does not apply to the purchase or rental of 
 87.9   supplies, materials, and equipment nor to the construction, 
 87.10  alteration, repair, and maintenance of real or personal property 
 87.11  if the governing body of a municipality determines that there is 
 87.12  an urgency due to the actual or potential failure or malfunction 
 87.13  of public infrastructure or systems critical to the delivery of 
 87.14  municipal services due to year 2000 problems with computers and 
 87.15  electronically controlled devices. 
 87.16     Subd. 2.  [SPECIAL PROCEDURE.] A contract exempted from 
 87.17  Minnesota Statutes, section 471.345, by subdivision 1 may, at 
 87.18  the discretion of the municipality, be made by direct 
 87.19  negotiation by obtaining two or more quotations or in the open 
 87.20  market.  All quotations shall be kept on file for a period of at 
 87.21  least one year after receipt.  
 87.22     Subd. 3.  [APPLICABILITY OF OTHER LAWS.] This section 
 87.23  supersedes any inconsistent law. 
 87.24     Subd. 4.  [REPORTS.] A municipality must report to the year 
 87.25  2000 project office in the department of administration on each 
 87.26  instance in which it omitted compliance with the uniform 
 87.27  municipal contracting law under authority of this section. 
 87.28     Subd. 5.  [EXPIRATION.] This section applies only to a 
 87.29  contract entered into or goods or services purchased before 
 87.30  April 1, 2000. 
 87.31     Sec. 7.  [YEAR 2000 PROBLEM; LOCAL GOVERNMENT DEBT.] 
 87.32     Subdivision 1.  [SCOPE.] For the purpose of this section, 
 87.33  the terms defined in subdivisions 2 to 4 have the meanings given 
 87.34  them. 
 87.35     Subd. 2.  [YEAR 2000 PROBLEM.] "Year 2000 problem" means 
 87.36  disruptions in electronic communications or the functioning of 
 88.1   electronically controlled equipment resulting or reasonably 
 88.2   anticipated to result from erroneous data that is or may be 
 88.3   supplied by electronic devices in 1999 or on or after January 1, 
 88.4   2000. 
 88.5      Subd. 3.  [POLITICAL SUBDIVISION.] "Political subdivision" 
 88.6   means a home rule charter city, a statutory city, a school 
 88.7   district, a county, a town, the metropolitan council, or any 
 88.8   local governmental entity authorized by general or special law 
 88.9   or charter to own and operate electronically controlled 
 88.10  equipment. 
 88.11     Subd. 4.  [YEAR 2000 PROBLEM REMEDIATION COST.] "Year 2000 
 88.12  problem remediation cost" means a cost or expense of any nature 
 88.13  incurred by a political subdivision in planning for and taking 
 88.14  remedial or preventive action to prepare for or correct the year 
 88.15  2000 problem. 
 88.16     Subd. 5.  [AUTHORITY.] Any law or charter provision 
 88.17  authorizing a political subdivision to borrow money and incur 
 88.18  debt is deemed to include the authority to borrow money and 
 88.19  incur that debt for year 2000 problem remediation. 
 88.20     Debt incurred for year 2000 problem remediation is not 
 88.21  subject to debt limits and notwithstanding any contrary 
 88.22  provision of law or charter provision, need not be approved by 
 88.23  the voters of a political subdivision.  A political subdivision 
 88.24  not otherwise authorized to borrow money and incur debt may, 
 88.25  with approval of the appropriate governmental subdivision with 
 88.26  taxing authority, incur debt for year 2000 problem remediation 
 88.27  in the same manner and subject to the same limitations as 
 88.28  statutory cities.  A debt may not be incurred until the year 
 88.29  2000 project office in the department of administration 
 88.30  certifies to the commissioner of revenue that the proposed use 
 88.31  of the debt is related only to remediation of a year 2000 
 88.32  problem. 
 88.33     Subd. 6.  [SUNSET.] The authority to incur debt under this 
 88.34  section expires December 31, 2000, provided that debt incurred 
 88.35  under this section need not be repaid until December 31, 2005. 
 88.36     Subd. 7.  [INTERPRETATION.] This section is to be construed 
 89.1   liberally to achieve its purpose. 
 89.2      Sec. 8.  [DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH; YEAR 2000 ACTIVITY.] 
 89.3      Subdivision 1.  [DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SURVEY.] The 
 89.4   department of health must, by July 30, 1999, survey all 
 89.5   hospitals, nursing homes, nontransient noncommunity water 
 89.6   systems operated by a public entity, and community water supply 
 89.7   systems for year 2000 problems and solutions related to their 
 89.8   operations.  The department, upon request, must disseminate 
 89.9   information about those year 2000 problems and proposed 
 89.10  solutions to hospitals, nursing homes, and water supply system 
 89.11  operators in a prompt and reasonable manner. 
 89.12     Subd. 2.  [STATUS REPORTS.] All hospitals, nursing homes, 
 89.13  nontransient noncommunity water systems operated by a public 
 89.14  entity, and community water supply systems must file status 
 89.15  reports on year 2000 problems with the department of health, 
 89.16  with a copy to the division of emergency management of the 
 89.17  department of public safety, on July 1 and October 1, 1999.  The 
 89.18  status report must include a statement of the percentage of the 
 89.19  assessment phase that has been completed to date, the percentage 
 89.20  of the remediation phase that has been completed to date, and 
 89.21  the percentage of the testing of corrective actions phase that 
 89.22  has been completed to date.  The foregoing questions, along with 
 89.23  others deemed appropriate, must be included in a Y2K status 
 89.24  report form that must be provided by the department of public 
 89.25  safety, division of emergency management.  If there has been no 
 89.26  change since the previous report, the report may indicate only 
 89.27  that no change has occurred. 
 89.28     Sec. 9.  [DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES; YEAR 2000 
 89.29  ACTIVITY.] 
 89.30     If year 2000 computer problems create a failure or 
 89.31  malfunction in the infrastructure or systems used by the 
 89.32  department of human services for payment to health care 
 89.33  providers under state government programs or counties, the 
 89.34  commissioner of human services shall continue to pay all health 
 89.35  care providers paid under state government programs or counties 
 89.36  by manual warrant or other measures within the statutorily 
 90.1   required time period. 
 90.2      Sec. 10.  [STATUS REPORTS.] 
 90.3      (a) The recipients of the status reports required by 
 90.4   sections 5 and 8, subdivision 2, including the division of 
 90.5   emergency management, shall consult with those required to file 
 90.6   those reports concerning the form of the report. 
 90.7      (b) All reports provided under sections 5 and 8 shall be 
 90.8   considered Year 2000 Readiness Disclosures. 
 90.10     The status reports required by sections 5 and 8, 
 90.11  subdivision 2, may not be used as evidence in any action seeking 
 90.12  damages or other relief because of a year 2000 problem. 
 90.13     Sec. 12.  [YEAR 2000 LOAN FUND.] 
 90.14     (a) $20,000,000 is appropriated from the general fund in 
 90.15  fiscal year 2000 to the commissioner of finance to capitalize a 
 90.16  fund, to be used to make loans to school districts; counties; 
 90.17  joint powers boards; home rule charter and statutory cities; and 
 90.18  towns to meet the costs they incur in addressing year 2000 
 90.19  problems. 
 90.20     (b) A loan may not be made until the year 2000 project 
 90.21  office of the department of administration certifies to the 
 90.22  commissioner of finance that: 
 90.23     (1) the proposed use of the loan is related only to 
 90.24  remediation of a year 2000 problem; 
 90.25     (2) the unit of local government has insufficient resources 
 90.26  available to address year 2000 problems; and 
 90.27     (3) the loan would be used to remediate problems that are 
 90.28  likely to affect public health and safety or cause catastrophic 
 90.29  loss to property or the environment.  
 90.30     (c) The local units of government that received the loans 
 90.31  must repay them by June 30, 2001.  Interest is payable on the 
 90.32  loan at the rate earned by the state on invested treasurer's 
 90.33  cash, as determined monthly by the commissioner of finance.  
 90.34  Repayments must be deposited in the general fund. 
 90.35     (d) A unit of local government receiving a loan under this 
 90.36  section must report to the year 2000 project office in the 
 91.1   department of administration within 60 days of receiving the 
 91.2   loan.  The report must state how the loan was used in accordance 
 91.3   with the criteria of paragraph (b). 
 91.4      (e) This appropriation cancels April 1, 2000. 
 91.5      Any canceled money must be deposited in the general fund. 
 91.6      Sec. 13.  [COMMISSIONER REVIEW.] 
 91.7      The commissioner of administration, through staff of the 
 91.8   Y2K project office, is responsible for reviewing use of 
 91.9   emergency authority and emergency funds under this act and shall 
 91.10  review reports from state agencies and political subdivisions 
 91.11  under sections 4, 5, 6, and 12.  If the commissioner determines 
 91.12  that funds obtained under section 12 were not used in a manner 
 91.13  consistent with the requirements of section 12, paragraph (b), 
 91.14  the political subdivision must pay interest on the loan at the 
 91.15  rate of 12 percent, compounded annually from the time the loan 
 91.16  was received. 
 91.17     Sec. 14.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
 91.18     Section 3 is effective the day following final enactment 
 91.19  and does not affect or apply to any lawsuit pending on the 
 91.20  effective date.  Sections 1, 2, and 4 to 13 are effective the 
 91.21  day following final enactment. 
 91.22                             ARTICLE 3 
 91.23                         CONFORMING CHANGES 
 91.24     Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 14.131, is 
 91.25  amended to read: 
 91.27     Before the agency orders the publication of a rulemaking 
 91.28  notice required by section 14.14, subdivision 1a, the agency 
 91.29  must prepare, review, and make available for public review a 
 91.30  statement of the need for and reasonableness of the rule.  The 
 91.31  statement of need and reasonableness must be prepared under 
 91.32  rules adopted by the chief administrative law judge and must 
 91.33  include the following to the extent the agency, through 
 91.34  reasonable effort, can ascertain this information: 
 91.35     (1) a description of the classes of persons who probably 
 91.36  will be affected by the proposed rule, including classes that 
 92.1   will bear the costs of the proposed rule and classes that will 
 92.2   benefit from the proposed rule; 
 92.3      (2) the probable costs to the agency and to any other 
 92.4   agency of the implementation and enforcement of the proposed 
 92.5   rule and any anticipated effect on state revenues; 
 92.6      (3) a determination of whether there are less costly 
 92.7   methods or less intrusive methods for achieving the purpose of 
 92.8   the proposed rule; 
 92.9      (4) a description of any alternative methods for achieving 
 92.10  the purpose of the proposed rule that were seriously considered 
 92.11  by the agency and the reasons why they were rejected in favor of 
 92.12  the proposed rule; 
 92.13     (5) the probable costs of complying with the proposed rule; 
 92.14  and 
 92.15     (6) an assessment of any differences between the proposed 
 92.16  rule and existing federal regulations and a specific analysis of 
 92.17  the need for and reasonableness of each difference.  
 92.18     For rules setting, adjusting, or establishing regulatory, 
 92.19  licensure, or other charges for goods and services, the 
 92.20  statement of need and reasonableness must include the comments 
 92.21  and recommendations of the commissioner of finance and must 
 92.22  address any fiscal and policy concerns raised during the review 
 92.23  process, as required by section 16A.1285.  
 92.24     The statement must describe how the agency, in developing 
 92.25  the rules, considered and implemented the legislative policy 
 92.26  supporting performance-based regulatory systems set forth in 
 92.27  section 14.002. 
 92.28     The statement must also describe the agency's efforts to 
 92.29  provide additional notification to persons or classes of persons 
 92.30  who may be affected by the proposed rule or must explain why 
 92.31  these efforts were not made. 
 92.32     The agency must send a copy of the statement of need and 
 92.33  reasonableness to the legislative reference library when it 
 92.34  becomes available for public review.  
 92.35     Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 14.23, is amended 
 92.36  to read: 
 93.2      Before the date of the section 14.22 notice, the agency 
 93.3   shall prepare a statement of need and reasonableness, which must 
 93.4   be available to the public.  The statement of need and 
 93.5   reasonableness must include the analysis required in section 
 93.6   14.131 and the comments and recommendations of the commissioner 
 93.7   of finance, and must address any fiscal and policy concerns 
 93.8   raised during the review process, as required by section 
 93.9   16A.1285.  The statement must also describe the agency's efforts 
 93.10  to provide additional notification to persons or classes of 
 93.11  persons who may be affected by the proposed rules or must 
 93.12  explain why these efforts were not made.  For at least 30 days 
 93.13  following the notice, the agency shall afford the public an 
 93.14  opportunity to request a public hearing and to submit data and 
 93.15  views on the proposed rule in writing. 
 93.16     The agency shall send a copy of the statement of need and 
 93.17  reasonableness to the legislative reference library when it 
 93.18  becomes available to the public.  
 93.19     Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 16B.748, is 
 93.20  amended to read: 
 93.21     16B.748 [RULES.] 
 93.22     The commissioner may adopt rules for the following purposes:
 93.23     (1) to set a fee under section 16A.1285 for processing a 
 93.24  construction or installation permit or elevator contractor 
 93.25  license application; 
 93.26     (2) to set a fee under section 16A.1285 to cover the cost 
 93.27  of elevator inspections; 
 93.28     (3) to establish minimum qualifications for elevator 
 93.29  inspectors that must include possession of a current elevator 
 93.30  constructor electrician's license issued by the state board of 
 93.31  electricity and proof of successful completion of the national 
 93.32  elevator industry education program examination or equivalent 
 93.33  experience; 
 93.34     (4) (2) to establish criteria for the qualifications of 
 93.35  elevator contractors; 
 93.36     (5) (3) to establish elevator standards under sections 
 94.1   16B.61, subdivisions 1 and 2, and 16B.64; 
 94.2      (6) (4) to establish procedures for appeals of decisions of 
 94.3   the commissioner under chapter 14 and procedures allowing the 
 94.4   commissioner, before issuing a decision, to seek advice from the 
 94.5   elevator trade, building owners or managers, and others 
 94.6   knowledgeable in the installation, construction, and repair of 
 94.7   elevators; and 
 94.8      (7) (5) to establish requirements for the registration of 
 94.9   all elevators. 
 94.10     Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 18.54, is amended 
 94.11  to read: 
 94.13     Subdivision 1.  [SERVICES AND FEES.] The commissioner may 
 94.14  make small lot inspections or perform other necessary services 
 94.15  for which another charge is not specified.  For these services 
 94.16  the commissioner shall set a fee plus expenses that will recover 
 94.17  the cost of performing this service, as provided in section 
 94.18  16A.1285.  The commissioner may set an additional acreage fee 
 94.19  for inspection of seed production fields for exporters in order 
 94.20  to meet domestic and foreign plant quarantine requirements. 
 94.22  commissioner shall have the authority to provide special 
 94.23  services such as virus disease-free certification and other 
 94.24  similar programs.  Participation by nursery stock growers shall 
 94.25  be voluntary.  Plants offered for sale as certified virus-free 
 94.26  must be grown according to certain procedures in a manner 
 94.27  defined by the commissioner for the purpose of eliminating 
 94.28  viruses and other injurious disease or insect pests.  The 
 94.29  commissioner shall collect reasonable fees from participating 
 94.30  nursery stock growers for services and materials that are 
 94.31  necessary to conduct this type of work, as provided in section 
 94.32  16A.1285.  
 94.33     Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 21.92, is amended 
 94.34  to read: 
 94.35     21.92 [SEED INSPECTION FUND.] 
 94.36     There is established in the state treasury an account known 
 95.1   as the seed inspection fund.  Fees and penalties collected by 
 95.2   the commissioner under sections 21.80 to 21.92 and interest 
 95.3   attributable to money in the account shall be deposited into 
 95.4   this account.  The rates at which the fees are charged may be 
 95.5   adjusted pursuant to section 16A.1285.  
 95.6      Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 60A.964, 
 95.7   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 95.8      Subdivision 1.  [AMOUNT.] The licensing fee for a viatical 
 95.9   settlement provider license is $750 for initial licensure and 
 95.10  $250 for each annual renewal.  The commissioner may adjust the 
 95.11  fees as provided under section 16A.1285 to recover the costs of 
 95.12  administration and enforcement.  The fees must be limited to the 
 95.13  cost of license administration and enforcement and must be 
 95.14  deposited in the state treasury, credited to a special account, 
 95.15  and appropriated to the commissioner. 
 95.16     Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 60A.972, 
 95.17  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
 95.18     Subd. 3.  [FEES.] The licensing fee for a viatical 
 95.19  settlement broker is $750 for initial licensure and $250 for 
 95.20  each annual renewal.  Failure to pay the renewal fee within the 
 95.21  time required by the commissioner results in an automatic 
 95.22  revocation of the license.  The commissioner may adjust the fees 
 95.23  as provided under section 16A.1285 to recover the costs of 
 95.24  administration and enforcement.  The fees must be limited to the 
 95.25  cost of license administration and enforcement and must be 
 95.26  deposited in the state treasury, credited to a special account, 
 95.27  and appropriated to the commissioner. 
 95.28     Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 97B.025, is 
 95.29  amended to read: 
 95.30     97B.025 [ADVANCED HUNTER EDUCATION.] 
 95.31     The commissioner may establish advanced education courses 
 95.32  for hunters and trappers.  The commissioner, with the approval 
 95.33  of the commissioner of finance, may impose a fee not to exceed 
 95.34  $10 for each person attending an advanced education course.  The 
 95.35  commissioner shall establish the fee under section 16A.1285.  
 95.36     Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 103G.301, 
 96.1   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 96.2      Subd. 2.  [PERMIT APPLICATION FEES.] (a) An application for 
 96.3   a permit authorized under this chapter, and each request to 
 96.4   amend or transfer an existing permit, must be accompanied by a 
 96.5   permit application fee to defray the costs of receiving, 
 96.6   recording, and processing the application or request to amend or 
 96.7   transfer.  
 96.8      (b) The application fee for a permit to appropriate water, 
 96.9   a permit to construct or repair a dam that is subject to dam 
 96.10  safety inspection, a state general permit, or to apply for the 
 96.11  state water bank program is $75.  The application fee for a 
 96.12  permit to work in public waters or to divert waters for mining 
 96.13  must be at least $75, but not more than $500, in accordance with 
 96.14  a schedule of fees adopted under section 16A.1285.  
 96.15     Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 103I.525, 
 96.16  subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
 96.17     Subd. 9.  [INCOMPLETE OR LATE RENEWAL.] If a licensee fails 
 96.18  to submit all information required for renewal in subdivision 8 
 96.19  or submits the application and information after the required 
 96.20  renewal date: 
 96.21     (1) the licensee must include an additional late fee set by 
 96.22  the commissioner under section 16A.1285; and 
 96.23     (2) the licensee may not conduct activities authorized by 
 96.24  the well contractor's license until the renewal application, 
 96.25  renewal application fee, late fee, and all other information 
 96.26  required in subdivision 8 are submitted. 
 96.27     Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 103I.531, 
 96.28  subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
 96.29     Subd. 9.  [INCOMPLETE OR LATE RENEWAL.] If a licensee fails 
 96.30  to submit all information required for renewal in subdivision 8 
 96.31  or submits the application and information after the required 
 96.32  renewal date: 
 96.33     (1) the licensee must include an additional late fee set by 
 96.34  the commissioner under section 16A.1285; and 
 96.35     (2) the licensee may not conduct activities authorized by 
 96.36  the limited well contractor's license until the renewal 
 97.1   application, renewal application fee, and late fee, and all 
 97.2   other information required in subdivision 8 are submitted. 
 97.3      Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 103I.535, 
 97.4   subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
 97.5      Subd. 9.  [INCOMPLETE OR LATE RENEWAL.] If a licensee fails 
 97.6   to submit all information required for renewal in subdivision 8 
 97.7   or submits the application and information after the required 
 97.8   renewal date: 
 97.9      (1) the licensee must include an additional late fee set by 
 97.10  the commissioner under section 16A.1285; and 
 97.11     (2) the licensee may not conduct activities authorized by 
 97.12  the elevator shaft contractor's license until the renewal 
 97.13  application, renewal application fee, and late fee, and all 
 97.14  other information required in subdivision 8 are submitted. 
 97.15     Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 103I.541, 
 97.16  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
 97.17     Subd. 5.  [INCOMPLETE OR LATE RENEWAL.] If a registered 
 97.18  person submits a renewal application after the required renewal 
 97.19  date: 
 97.20     (1) the registered person must include an additional late 
 97.21  fee set by the commissioner under section 16A.1285; and 
 97.22     (2) the registered person may not conduct activities 
 97.23  authorized by the monitoring well contractor's registration 
 97.24  until the renewal application, renewal application fee, late 
 97.25  fee, and all other information required in subdivision 4 are 
 97.26  submitted. 
 97.27     Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 115B.49, 
 97.28  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 97.29     Subd. 2.  [REVENUE SOURCES.] Revenue from the following 
 97.30  sources must be deposited in the state treasury and credited to 
 97.31  the account: 
 97.32     (1) the proceeds of the fees imposed by subdivision 4; 
 97.33     (2) interest attributable to investment of money in the 
 97.34  account; 
 97.35     (3) penalties and interest collected under subdivision 4, 
 97.36  paragraph (d) (c); and 
 98.1      (4) money received by the commissioner for deposit in the 
 98.2   account in the form of gifts, grants, and appropriations. 
 98.3      Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 115B.49, 
 98.4   subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
 98.5      Subd. 4.  [REGISTRATION; FEES.] (a) The owner or operator 
 98.6   of a drycleaning facility shall register on or before July 1 of 
 98.7   each year with the commissioner of revenue in a manner 
 98.8   prescribed by the commissioner of revenue and pay a registration 
 98.9   fee for the facility.  The amount of the fee is: 
 98.10     (1) $500, for facilities with a full-time equivalence of 
 98.11  fewer than five; 
 98.12     (2) $1,000, for facilities with a full-time equivalence of 
 98.13  five to ten; and 
 98.14     (3) $1,500, for facilities with a full-time equivalence of 
 98.15  more than ten. 
 98.16     (b) A person who sells drycleaning solvents for use by 
 98.17  drycleaning facilities in the state shall collect and remit to 
 98.18  the commissioner of revenue in a manner prescribed by the 
 98.19  commissioner of revenue, on or before the 20th day of the month 
 98.20  following the month in which the sales of drycleaning solvents 
 98.21  are made, a fee of: 
 98.22     (1) $3.50 for each gallon of perchloroethylene sold for use 
 98.23  by drycleaning facilities in the state; and 
 98.24     (2) 70 cents for each gallon of hydrocarbon-based 
 98.25  drycleaning solvent sold for use by drycleaning facilities in 
 98.26  the state. 
 98.27     (c) The commissioner shall, after a public hearing but 
 98.28  notwithstanding section 16A.1285, subdivision 4, annually adjust 
 98.29  the fees in this subdivision as necessary to maintain annual 
 98.30  income of at least: 
 98.31     (1) $600,000 beginning July 1, 1997; 
 98.32     (2) $700,000 beginning July 1, 1998; and 
 98.33     (3) $800,000 beginning July 1, 1999. 
 98.34  Any adjustment under this paragraph must be prorated among all 
 98.35  the fees in this subdivision.  After adjustment under this 
 98.36  paragraph, the fees in this subdivision must not be greater than 
 99.1   two times their original amount.  The commissioner shall notify 
 99.2   the commissioner of revenue of an adjustment under this 
 99.3   paragraph no later than March 1 of the year in which the 
 99.4   adjustment is to become effective.  The adjustment is effective 
 99.5   for sales of drycleaning solvents made, and annual registration 
 99.6   fees due, beginning on July 1 of the same year. 
 99.7      (d) To enforce this subdivision, the commissioner of 
 99.8   revenue may examine documents, assess and collect fees, conduct 
 99.9   investigations, issue subpoenas, grant extensions to file 
 99.10  returns and pay fees, impose penalties and interest on the 
 99.11  annual registration fee under paragraph (a) and the monthly fee 
 99.12  under paragraph (b), abate penalties and interest, and 
 99.13  administer appeals, in the manner provided in chapters 270 and 
 99.14  289A.  The penalties and interest imposed on taxes under chapter 
 99.15  297A apply to the fees imposed under this subdivision.  
 99.16  Disclosure of data collected by the commissioner of revenue 
 99.17  under this subdivision is governed by chapter 270B. 
 99.18     Sec. 16.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 115B.491, 
 99.19  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 99.20     Subd. 2.  [RETURN REQUIRED.] On or before the 20th of each 
 99.21  calendar month, every drycleaning facility that has purchased 
 99.22  drycleaning solvents for use in this state during the preceding 
 99.23  calendar month, upon which the fee imposed by section 115B.49, 
 99.24  subdivision 4, paragraph (b), has not been paid to the seller of 
 99.25  the drycleaning solvents, shall file a return with the 
 99.26  commissioner of revenue showing the quantity of solvents 
 99.27  purchased and a computation of the fee under section 115B.49, 
 99.28  subdivision 4, paragraph (d) (c).  The fee must accompany the 
 99.29  return.  The return must be made upon a form furnished and 
 99.30  prescribed by the commissioner of revenue and must contain such 
 99.31  other information as the commissioner of revenue may require. 
 99.32     Sec. 17.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 115B.491, 
 99.33  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
 99.34     Subd. 3.  [APPLICABILITY.] All of the provisions of section 
 99.35  115B.49, subdivision 4, paragraph (d) (c), apply to this section.
 99.36     Sec. 18.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 116.07, 
100.1   subdivision 4d, is amended to read: 
100.2      Subd. 4d.  [PERMIT FEES.] (a) The agency may collect permit 
100.3   fees in amounts not greater than those necessary to cover the 
100.4   reasonable costs of reviewing and acting upon applications for 
100.5   agency permits and implementing and enforcing the conditions of 
100.6   the permits pursuant to agency rules.  Permit fees shall not 
100.7   include the costs of litigation.  The agency shall adopt rules 
100.8   under section 16A.1285 establishing a system for charging permit 
100.9   fees collected under this subdivision.  The fee schedule must 
100.10  reflect reasonable and routine permitting, implementation, and 
100.11  enforcement costs.  The agency may impose an additional 
100.12  enforcement fee to be collected for a period of up to two years 
100.13  to cover the reasonable costs of implementing and enforcing the 
100.14  conditions of a permit under the rules of the agency.  Any money 
100.15  collected under this paragraph shall be deposited in the 
100.16  environmental fund. 
100.17     (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), and section 16A.1285, 
100.18  subdivision 2, the agency shall collect an annual fee from the 
100.19  owner or operator of all stationary sources, emission 
100.20  facilities, emissions units, air contaminant treatment 
100.21  facilities, treatment facilities, potential air contaminant 
100.22  storage facilities, or storage facilities subject to the 
100.23  requirement to obtain a permit under subchapter V of the federal 
100.24  Clean Air Act, United States Code, title 42, section 7401 et 
100.25  seq., or section 116.081.  The annual fee shall be used to pay 
100.26  for all direct and indirect reasonable costs, including attorney 
100.27  general costs, required to develop and administer the permit 
100.28  program requirements of subchapter V of the federal Clean Air 
100.29  Act, United States Code, title 42, section 7401 et seq., and 
100.30  sections of this chapter and the rules adopted under this 
100.31  chapter related to air contamination and noise.  Those costs 
100.32  include the reasonable costs of reviewing and acting upon an 
100.33  application for a permit; implementing and enforcing statutes, 
100.34  rules, and the terms and conditions of a permit; emissions, 
100.35  ambient, and deposition monitoring; preparing generally 
100.36  applicable regulations; responding to federal guidance; 
101.1   modeling, analyses, and demonstrations; preparing inventories 
101.2   and tracking emissions; and providing information to the public 
101.3   about these activities. 
101.4      (c) The agency shall adopt fee rules in accordance with the 
101.5   procedures in section 16A.1285, subdivision 5, set fees that: 
101.6      (1) will result in the collection, in the aggregate, from 
101.7   the sources listed in paragraph (b), of an amount not less than 
101.8   $25 per ton of each volatile organic compound; pollutant 
101.9   regulated under United States Code, title 42, section 7411 or 
101.10  7412 (section 111 or 112 of the federal Clean Air Act); and each 
101.11  pollutant, except carbon monoxide, for which a national primary 
101.12  ambient air quality standard has been promulgated; 
101.13     (2) may result in the collection, in the aggregate, from 
101.14  the sources listed in paragraph (b), of an amount not less than 
101.15  $25 per ton of each pollutant not listed in clause (1) that is 
101.16  regulated under this chapter or air quality rules adopted under 
101.17  this chapter; and 
101.18     (3) shall collect, in the aggregate, from the sources 
101.19  listed in paragraph (b), the amount needed to match grant funds 
101.20  received by the state under United States Code, title 42, 
101.21  section 7405 (section 105 of the federal Clean Air Act). 
101.22  The agency must not include in the calculation of the aggregate 
101.23  amount to be collected under clauses (1) and (2) any amount in 
101.24  excess of 4,000 tons per year of each air pollutant from a 
101.25  source.  The increase in air permit fees to match federal grant 
101.26  funds shall be a surcharge on existing fees.  The commissioner 
101.27  may not collect the surcharge after the grant funds become 
101.28  unavailable.  In addition, the commissioner shall use nonfee 
101.29  funds to the extent practical to match the grant funds so that 
101.30  the fee surcharge is minimized. 
101.31     (d) To cover the reasonable costs described in paragraph 
101.32  (b), the agency shall provide in the rules promulgated under 
101.33  paragraph (c) for an increase in the fee collected in each year 
101.34  by the percentage, if any, by which the Consumer Price Index for 
101.35  the most recent calendar year ending before the beginning of the 
101.36  year the fee is collected exceeds the Consumer Price Index for 
102.1   the calendar year 1989.  For purposes of this paragraph the 
102.2   Consumer Price Index for any calendar year is the average of the 
102.3   Consumer Price Index for all-urban consumers published by the 
102.4   United States Department of Labor, as of the close of the 
102.5   12-month period ending on August 31 of each calendar year.  The 
102.6   revision of the Consumer Price Index that is most consistent 
102.7   with the Consumer Price Index for calendar year 1989 shall be 
102.8   used. 
102.9      (e) Any money collected under paragraphs (b) to (d) must be 
102.10  deposited in an air quality account in the environmental fund 
102.11  and must be used solely for the activities listed in paragraph 
102.12  (b).  
102.13     (f) Persons who wish to construct or expand an air emission 
102.14  facility may offer to reimburse the agency for the costs of 
102.15  staff overtime or consultant services needed to expedite permit 
102.16  review.  The reimbursement shall be in addition to fees imposed 
102.17  by paragraphs (a) to (d).  When the agency determines that it 
102.18  needs additional resources to review the permit application in 
102.19  an expedited manner, and that expediting the review would not 
102.20  disrupt air permitting program priorities, the agency may accept 
102.21  the reimbursement.  Reimbursements accepted by the agency are 
102.22  appropriated to the agency for the purpose of reviewing the 
102.23  permit application.  Reimbursement by a permit applicant shall 
102.24  precede and not be contingent upon issuance of a permit and 
102.25  shall not affect the agency's decision on whether to issue or 
102.26  deny a permit, what conditions are included in a permit, or the 
102.27  application of state and federal statutes and rules governing 
102.28  permit determinations. 
102.29     Sec. 19.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 116.12, is 
102.30  amended to read: 
102.32     Subdivision 1.  [FEE SCHEDULES.] The agency shall establish 
102.33  the fees provided in subdivisions 2 and 3 in the manner provided 
102.34  in section 16A.1285 to cover expenditures of amounts 
102.35  appropriated from the environmental fund to the agency for 
102.36  permitting, monitoring, inspection, and enforcement expenses of 
103.1   the hazardous waste activities of the agency.  
103.2      Subd. 2.  [HAZARDOUS WASTE GENERATOR FEE.] (a) Each 
103.3   generator of hazardous waste shall pay a fee on the hazardous 
103.4   waste generated by that generator.  The agency shall adopt rules 
103.5   in accordance with chapter 14 establishing a system for charging 
103.6   fees to generators.  The rules must include the basis for 
103.7   determining the amount of fees, and procedures and deadlines for 
103.8   payment of fees.  The agency shall base the amount of fees on 
103.9   the quantity of hazardous waste generated and may charge a 
103.10  minimum fee for each generator not exempted by the agency.  In 
103.11  adopting the fee rules, the agency shall consider: 
103.12     (1) reducing the fees for generators using environmentally 
103.13  beneficial hazardous waste management methods, including 
103.14  recycling; 
103.15     (2) the agency resources allocated to regulating the 
103.16  various sizes or types of generators; 
103.17     (3) adjusting fees for sizes or types of generators that 
103.18  would bear a disproportionate share of the fees to be collected; 
103.19  and 
103.20     (4) whether implementing clauses (1) to (3) would require 
103.21  excessive staff time compared to staff time available for 
103.22  providing technical assistance to generators or would make the 
103.23  fee system difficult for generators to understand. 
103.24     (b) The agency may exempt generators of very small 
103.25  quantities of hazardous wastes otherwise subject to the fee if 
103.26  it finds that the cost of administering a fee on those 
103.27  generators is excessive relative to the proceeds of the fee.  
103.28     (c) The agency shall reduce fees charged to generators in 
103.29  counties which also charge generator fees to reflect a lesser 
103.30  level of activity by the agency in those counties.  The fees 
103.31  charged by the agency in those counties shall be collected by 
103.32  the counties in the manner in which and at the same time as 
103.33  those counties collect their generator fees.  Counties shall 
103.34  remit to the agency the amount of the fees charged by the agency 
103.35  by the last day of the month following the month in which they 
103.36  were collected.  If a county does not collect or remit generator 
104.1   fees due to the agency, the agency may collect fees from 
104.2   generators in that county according to rules adopted under 
104.3   paragraph (a). 
104.4      (d) The agency may not impose a volume-based fee under this 
104.5   subdivision on material that is reused at the facility where the 
104.6   material is generated in a manner that the facility owner or 
104.7   operator can demonstrate does not increase the toxicity of, or 
104.8   the level of hazardous substances or pollutants or contaminants 
104.9   in, products that leave the facility.  The agency may impose a 
104.10  flat annual fee on a facility that generates the type of 
104.11  material described in the preceding sentence, provided that the 
104.12  fee reflects the reasonable and necessary costs of inspections 
104.13  of the facility. 
104.14     Subd. 3.  [FACILITY FEES.] The agency shall charge 
104.15  hazardous waste facility fees including, but not limited to, an 
104.16  original permit fee, a reissuance fee, a major modification fee, 
104.17  and an annual facility fee for any hazardous waste facility 
104.18  regulated by the agency.  The agency shall adopt rules in 
104.19  accordance with chapter 14 establishing a system for charging 
104.20  hazardous waste facility fees.  The agency may exempt facilities 
104.21  otherwise subject to the fee if regulatory oversight of those 
104.22  facilities is minimal.  The agency may include reasonable and 
104.23  necessary costs of any environmental review required under 
104.24  chapter 116D in the original permit fee for any hazardous waste 
104.25  facility. 
104.26     Sec. 20.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 116C.834, 
104.27  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
104.28     Subdivision 1.  [COSTS.] All costs incurred by the state to 
104.29  carry out its responsibilities under the compact and under 
104.30  sections 116C.833 to 116C.843 shall be paid by generators of 
104.31  low-level radioactive waste in this state through fees assessed 
104.32  by the pollution control agency.  The agency shall assess the 
104.33  fees in the manner provided in section 16A.1285.  Fees may be 
104.34  reasonably assessed on the basis of volume or degree of hazard 
104.35  of the waste produced by a generator.  Costs for which fees may 
104.36  be assessed include, but are not limited to:  
105.1      (1) the state contribution required to join the compact; 
105.2      (2) the expenses of the Commission member and state agency 
105.3   costs incurred to support the work of the Interstate Commission; 
105.4   and 
105.5      (3) regulatory costs. 
105.6      Sec. 21.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 144.98, 
105.7   subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
105.8      Subd. 3.  [FEES.] (a) An application for certification 
105.9   under subdivision 1 must be accompanied by the biennial fee 
105.10  specified in this subdivision.  The fees are for: 
105.11     (1) base certification fee, $500; and 
105.12     (2) test category certification fees: 
105.13  Test Category                                  Certification Fee
105.14  Bacteriology                                              $200
105.15  Inorganic chemistry, fewer than four constituents         $100
105.16  Inorganic chemistry, four or more constituents            $300
105.17  Chemistry metals, fewer than four constituents            $200
105.18  Chemistry metals, four or more constituents               $500
105.19  Volatile organic compounds                                $600
105.20  Other organic compounds                                   $600
105.21     (b) The total biennial certification fee is the base fee 
105.22  plus the applicable test category fees.  The biennial 
105.23  certification fee for a contract laboratory is 1.5 times the 
105.24  total certification fee. 
105.25     (c) Laboratories located outside of this state that require 
105.26  an on-site survey will be assessed an additional $1,200 fee. 
105.27     (d) The commissioner of health may adjust fees under 
105.28  section 16A.1285 without rulemaking.  Fees must be set so that 
105.29  the total fees support the laboratory certification program.  
105.30  Direct costs of the certification service include program 
105.31  administration, inspections, the agency's general support costs, 
105.32  and attorney general costs attributable to the fee function. 
105.33     Sec. 22.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 176.102, 
105.34  subdivision 14, is amended to read: 
105.35     Subd. 14.  [FEES.] The commissioner shall impose fees under 
105.36  section 16A.1285 sufficient to cover the cost of approving and 
106.1   monitoring qualified rehabilitation consultants, consultant 
106.2   firms, and vendors of rehabilitation services.  These fees are 
106.3   payable to the special compensation fund. 
106.4      Sec. 23.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 183.375, 
106.5   subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
106.6      Subd. 5.  [FEES.] All fees collected by the division of 
106.7   boiler inspection shall be paid into the state treasury in the 
106.8   manner provided by law for fees received by other state 
106.9   departments and credited to the general fund.  When fees are to 
106.10  be set by the commissioner, they shall be set pursuant to 
106.11  section 16A.1285.  
106.12     Sec. 24.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 223.17, 
106.13  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
106.14     Subd. 3.  [GRAIN BUYERS AND STORAGE FUND; FEES.] The 
106.15  commissioner shall set the fees for inspections under sections 
106.16  223.15 to 223.22 at levels necessary to pay the expenses of 
106.17  administering and enforcing sections 223.15 to 223.22.  These 
106.18  fees may be adjusted pursuant to the provisions of section 
106.19  16A.1285.  
106.20     The fee for any license issued or renewed after June 30, 
106.21  1997, shall be set according to the following schedule: 
106.22     (a) $100 plus $50 for each additional location for grain 
106.23  buyers whose gross annual purchases are less than $100,000; 
106.24     (b) $200 plus $50 for each additional location for grain 
106.25  buyers whose gross annual purchases are at least $100,000, but 
106.26  not more than $750,000; 
106.27     (c) $300 plus $100 for each additional location for grain 
106.28  buyers whose gross annual purchases are more than $750,000 but 
106.29  not more than $1,500,000; 
106.30     (d) $400 plus $100 for each additional location for grain 
106.31  buyers whose gross annual purchases are more than $1,500,000 but 
106.32  not more than $3,000,000; and 
106.33     (e) $500 plus $100 for each additional location for grain 
106.34  buyers whose gross annual purchases are more than $3,000,000.  
106.35     There is created in the state treasury the grain buyers and 
106.36  storage fund.  Money collected pursuant to sections 223.15 to 
107.1   223.19 shall be paid into the state treasury and credited to the 
107.2   grain buyers and storage fund and is appropriated to the 
107.3   commissioner for the administration and enforcement of sections 
107.4   223.15 to 223.22. 
107.5      Sec. 25.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 239.101, 
107.6   subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
107.7      Subd. 4.  [SETTING WEIGHTS AND MEASURES FEES.] The 
107.8   department shall review its schedule of inspection fees at the 
107.9   end of each six months.  When a review indicates that the 
107.10  schedule of inspection fees should be adjusted, the commissioner 
107.11  shall fix the fees by rule, in accordance with section 16A.1285, 
107.12  to ensure that the fees charged are sufficient to recover all 
107.13  costs connected with the inspections. 
107.14     Sec. 26.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 299M.04, is 
107.15  amended to read: 
107.16     299M.04 [RULES; FEES; ORDERS; PENALTIES.] 
107.17     The commissioner shall adopt permanent rules for operation 
107.18  of the council; regulation by municipalities; permit, filing, 
107.19  inspection, certificate, and license fees; qualifications, 
107.20  examination, and licensing of fire protection contractors; 
107.21  certification of journeyman sprinkler fitters; registration of 
107.22  apprentices; and the administration and enforcement of this 
107.23  chapter.  Fees must be set under section 16A.1285.  Permit fees 
107.24  must be a percentage of the total cost of the fire protection 
107.25  work. 
107.26     The commissioner may issue a cease and desist order to 
107.27  cease an activity considered an immediate risk to public health 
107.28  or public safety.  The commissioner shall adopt permanent rules 
107.29  governing when an order may be issued; how long the order is 
107.30  effective; notice requirements; and other procedures and 
107.31  requirements necessary to implement, administer, and enforce the 
107.32  provisions of this chapter.  
107.33     The commissioner, in place of or in addition to licensing 
107.34  sanctions allowed under this chapter, may impose a civil penalty 
107.35  not greater than $1,000 for each violation of this chapter or 
107.36  rule adopted under this chapter, for each day of violation.  The 
108.1   commissioner shall adopt permanent rules governing and 
108.2   establishing procedures for implementation, administration, and 
108.3   enforcement of this paragraph.  
108.4      Sec. 27.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 326.50, is 
108.5   amended to read: 
108.6      326.50 [APPLICATION; FEES.] 
108.7      Application for an individual contracting pipefitter 
108.8   competency or an individual journeyman pipefitter competency 
108.9   license shall be made to the department of labor and industry, 
108.10  with fees.  The applicant shall be licensed only after passing 
108.11  an examination by the department of labor and industry.  Fees 
108.12  and conditions for renewal of an individual contracting 
108.13  pipefitter competency or an individual journeyman pipefitter 
108.14  competency license shall be determined by the department by rule 
108.15  under chapter 14 and section 16A.1285.  
108.16     Sec. 28.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 326.86, 
108.17  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
108.18     Subdivision 1.  [LICENSING FEE.] The licensing fee for 
108.19  persons licensed pursuant to sections 326.83 to 326.991 is $75 
108.20  per year.  The commissioner may adjust the fees under section 
108.21  16A.1285 to recover the costs of administration and 
108.22  enforcement.  The fees must be limited to the cost of license 
108.23  administration and enforcement and must be deposited in the 
108.24  state treasury and credited to the general fund.  
108.25     Sec. 29.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
108.26     This article is effective July 1, 2001.