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HF 956

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/27/2019 12:59pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to capital investment; appropriating money to the Minnesota Amateur
Sports Commission for Mighty Ducks grants; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018,
section 240A.09.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 240A.09, is amended to read:


240A.09 PLAN DEVELOPMENT; CRITERIA.

The Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission shall develop a plan to promote the
development of proposals for new statewide public ice facilities including proposals for ice
centers and matching grants based on the criteria in this section.

(a) For ice center proposals, the commission will give priority to proposals that come
from more than one local government unit. Institutions of higher education are not eligible
to receive a grant.

(b) The commission must give priority to grant applications for indoor air quality
improvements and projects that eliminate R-22. For purposes of this section:

(1) "indoor air quality improvements" means: (i) renovation or replacement of heating,
ventilating, and air conditioning systems in existing indoor ice arenas whose ice resurfacing
and ice edging equipment are not powered by electricity in order to reduce concentrations
of carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide; and (ii) acquisition of zero-emission ice resurfacing
and ice edging equipment. The new or renovated systems may include continuous electronic
air monitoring devices to automatically activate the ventilation systems when the
concentration of carbon monoxide or nitrogen dioxide reaches a predetermined level; and

(2) "projects that eliminate R-22," means replacement of ice-making systems in existing
public facilities that use R-22 as a refrigerant, with systems that use alternative
non-ozone-depleting refrigerants.

(c) In the metropolitan area as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2, the commission
is encouraged to give priority to the following proposals:

(1) proposals for construction of two or more ice sheets in a single new facility;

(2) proposals for construction of an additional sheet of ice at an existing ice center;

(3) proposals for construction of a new, single sheet of ice as part of a sports complex
with multiple sports facilities; and

(4) proposals for construction of a new, single sheet of ice that will be expanded to a
two-sheet facility in the future.

(d) The commission shall administer a site selection process for the ice centers. The
commission shall invite proposals from cities or counties or consortia of cities. A proposal
for an ice center must include matching contributions including in-kind contributions of
land, access roadways and access roadway improvements, and necessary utility services,
landscaping, and parking.

(e) Proposals for ice centers and matching grants must provide for meeting the demand
for ice time for female groups by offering up to 50 percent of prime ice time, as needed, to
female groups. For purposes of this section, prime ice time means the hours of 4:00 p.m.
to 10:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

(f) The location for all proposed facilities must be in areas of maximum demonstrated
interest and must maximize accessibility to an arterial highway.

(g) To the extent possible, all proposed facilities must be dispersed equitably, must be
located to maximize potential for full utilization and profitable operation, and must
accommodate noncompetitive family and community skating for all ages.

(h) The commission may also use the money to upgrade current facilities, purchase girls'
ice time, or conduct amateur women's hockey and other ice sport tournaments.

(i) To the extent possible, 50 percent of all grants must be awarded to communities in
greater Minnesota.

(j) To the extent possible, technical assistance shall be provided to Minnesota
communities by the commission on ice arena planning, design, and operation, including the
marketing of ice time and on projects described in paragraph (b).

(k) A grant for new facilities may not exceed $250,000.

(l) The commission may make grants for rehabilitation and renovation. A rehabilitation
or renovation grant for air quality may not exceed $200,000 and a rehabilitation or renovation
grant for R-22 elimination may not exceed deleted text begin$50,000deleted text endnew text begin $250,000new text end for indirect cooling systems
and may not exceed deleted text begin$400,000deleted text endnew text begin $500,000new text end for direct cooling systems. Priority must be given
to grant applications for indoor air quality improvements, including zero emission ice
resurfacing equipment, and for projects that eliminate R-22.

(m) Grant money may be used for ice centers designed for sports other than hockey.

(n) Grant money may be used to upgrade existing facilities to comply with the bleacher
safety requirements of section 326B.112.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; MIGHTY DUCKS.
new text end

new text begin $2,000,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $2,000,000 in fiscal year 2021 are appropriated from
the general fund to the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission for the purposes of Minnesota
Statutes, section 240A.09, paragraph (b).
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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