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SF 1011

1st Engrossment - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/18/2019 02:14pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to government accountability; providing for state and local government
settlement accountability and transparency; requiring reports; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2018, section 13.43, subdivision 8; proposing coding for new law in
Minnesota Statutes, chapters 3; 15; 465.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [3.161] LEGISLATIVE SETTLEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Nondisclosure agreements prohibited. new text end

new text begin A nondisclosure agreement must
not be imposed on a party alleging misconduct as a condition of an award or settlement by
any employee or legislative member of the house of representatives, senate, or Legislative
Coordinating Commission if the award or settlement results from an allegation of sexual
harassment or sexual assault. A party alleging misconduct must receive a nondisclosure
agreement if requested by the party alleging misconduct as part of a settlement or award.
An agreement or a portion of an agreement that violates this subdivision is void and
unenforceable.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Reports on settlements. new text end

new text begin (a) By January 15, 2020, and annually thereafter, the
secretary of the senate, the chief clerk of the house of representatives, and the executive
director of the Legislative Coordinating Commission shall submit to the chair and ranking
minority member of the Legislative Coordinating Commission, and make available to the
public on the legislature's website, a report on all payments made with public funds for the
previous calendar year for awards and settlements in connection with an allegation of
employee or employer misconduct by any person employed in or serving as a member of
the senate, house of representatives, or joint offices of the legislature. The requirements of
this subdivision apply regardless of whether the parties have entered into a nondisclosure
agreement. The report must include:
new text end

new text begin (1) the amount paid for each award or settlement in connection with an allegation of
employee or employer misconduct, including attorney fees and related costs;
new text end

new text begin (2) the source of the public funds used for the award or settlement; and
new text end

new text begin (3) the legislative body or office that is a party to the settlement and the name of the
individual who allegedly committed the violation.
new text end

new text begin (b) The report under paragraph (a) must not disclose the identity of any individual who
received an award or settlement, or who made the allegation of misconduct against the
legislature.
new text end

new text begin (c) For the purposes of this section:
new text end

new text begin (1) "employee misconduct" means conduct by an employee that results in an award or
settlement for conduct that is prohibited by law or a policy of the employer;
new text end

new text begin (2) "employer misconduct" means conduct by an employer that results in an award or
settlement for conduct by the employer that is prohibited by law or a policy of the employer,
or due to employee misconduct for which the employer may be responsible or liable; and
new text end

new text begin (3) "public funds" means all general, special, permanent, trust, and others funds,
regardless of source or purpose, held or administered by the legislative branch.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and
applies to settlements and awards paid on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 13.43, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Harassment data.

new text begin(a) new text endWhen allegations of sexual or other types of harassment
are made against an employee, the employee does not have access to data that would identify
the complainant or other witnesses if the responsible authority determines that the employee's
access to that data would:

(1) threaten the personal safety of the complainant or a witness; or

(2) subject the complainant or witness to harassment.

If a disciplinary proceeding is initiated against the employee, data on the complainant
or witness shall be available to the employee as may be necessary for the employee to
prepare for the proceeding.

new text begin (b) In addition to data that are public under subdivision 2, the following private personnel
data regarding allegations of harassment may be disclosed to the complainant:
new text end

new text begin (1) whether the allegations were substantiated; and
new text end

new text begin (2) whether the allegations resulted in disciplinary or nondisciplinary corrective action.
new text end

new text begin A complainant who receives private personnel data under this paragraph may not further
release the data except to a court; a law enforcement agency; a prosecuting authority; a
federal, state, or local civil rights enforcement authority; or an attorney representing the
complainant when the data are relevant to obtaining a restraining order or to enable the
complainant to pursue other legal remedies.
new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin [15.476] REPORT ON SETTLEMENTS.
new text end

new text begin (a) By January 15, 2020, and annually thereafter, the commissioner of management and
budget, on behalf of and with cooperation from each state agency and department, shall
submit to the chair and ranking minority member of the Legislative Coordinating
Commission, and make available to the public on the Department of Management and
Budget website, a report on all payments made with public funds for the previous calendar
year for awards and settlements in connection with an allegation of employee or employer
misconduct by any person employed in the executive branch as defined under section 43A.02,
subdivision 22. The report must include:
new text end

new text begin (1) the amount paid for each award or settlement in connection with an allegation of
employee or employer misconduct, including attorney fees and related costs;
new text end

new text begin (2) the source of the public funds used for the award or settlement;
new text end

new text begin (3) the employing agency or department; and
new text end

new text begin (4) if there has been final disposition of disciplinary action for purposes of section 13.43,
the name of the individual who committed the violation.
new text end

new text begin (b) The report under paragraph (a) must not disclose the identity of any individual who
received an award or settlement, or who made the allegation of misconduct against an
employee or an employing agency.
new text end

new text begin (c) For the purposes of this section:
new text end

new text begin (1) "employee misconduct" means conduct by an employee that results in an award or
settlement for conduct that is prohibited by law or a policy of the employer;
new text end

new text begin (2) "employer misconduct" means conduct by an employer that results in an award or
settlement for conduct by the employer that is prohibited by law or a policy of the employer,
or due to employee misconduct for which the employer may be responsible or liable; and
new text end

new text begin (3) "public funds" means all general, special, permanent, trust, and others funds,
regardless of source or purpose, held or administered by the executive branch.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 4.

new text begin [465.791] REPORT ON SETTLEMENTS.
new text end

new text begin (a) By January 15, 2020, and annually thereafter, each political subdivision of the state
shall submit to the chair and ranking minority member of the Legislative Coordinating
Commission, and make available to the public on the political subdivision's website, if the
political subdivision maintains a website, a report on all payments made with public funds
for the previous calendar year for awards and settlements in connection with an allegation
of employee or employer misconduct by any person employed by the political subdivision
as defined under paragraph (c). The report must include:
new text end

new text begin (1) the amount paid for each award or settlement in connection with an allegation of
employee or employer misconduct, including attorney fees and related costs;
new text end

new text begin (2) the source of the public funds used for the award or settlement; and
new text end

new text begin (3) if there has been a final disposition of disciplinary action for purposes of section
13.43, the name of the individual who committed the violation.
new text end

new text begin (b) The report under paragraph (a) must not disclose the identity of any individual who
received an award or settlement, or who made the allegation of misconduct against an
employee or an employing political subdivision.
new text end

new text begin (c) For the purposes of this section:
new text end

new text begin (1) "employee misconduct" means conduct by an employee that results in an award or
settlement for conduct that is prohibited by law or a policy of the employer;
new text end

new text begin (2) "employer misconduct" means conduct by an employer that results in an award or
settlement for conduct by the employer that is prohibited by law or a policy of the employer,
or due to employee misconduct for which the employer may be responsible or liable;
new text end

new text begin (3) "political subdivision" means a county, home rule charter or statutory city, town,
school district, metropolitan or regional agency, public corporation, or special taxing district;
and
new text end

new text begin (4) "public funds" means all general, special, permanent, trust, and other funds, regardless
of source or purpose, held or administered by the political subdivision.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 5. new text beginUNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA REPORT ON SETTLEMENTS.
new text end

new text begin The University of Minnesota is requested to issue an annual report on payments made
with public funds in connection with University of Minnesota employees or the university
as the employer in the same manner as required of the commissioner of management and
budget under Minnesota Statutes, section 15.476. For the purposes of this section, "public
funds" means all general, special, permanent, trust, and other funds, regardless of source
or purpose, held or administered by the University of Minnesota.
new text end