1st Engrossment - 83rd Legislature (2003 - 2004) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to veterans; amending tuition and textbook 1.3 reimbursement grant program; updating and correcting 1.4 certain language relating to veterans homes; amending 1.5 Minnesota Statutes 2002, sections 198.001, by adding a 1.6 subdivision; 198.004, subdivision 1; 198.005; 198.007; 1.7 198.261; Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, section 1.8 192.501, subdivision 2; repealing Minnesota Statutes 1.9 2002, sections 198.001, subdivision 7; 198.002, 1.10 subdivision 5; 198.003, subdivision 2. 1.11 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.12 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, section 1.13 192.501, subdivision 2, is amended to read: 1.14 Subd. 2. [TUITION AND TEXTBOOK REIMBURSEMENT GRANT 1.15 PROGRAM.] (a) The adjutant general shall establish a program to 1.16 provide tuition and textbook reimbursement grants to eligible 1.17 members of the Minnesota National Guard within the limitations 1.18 of this subdivision. 1.19 (b) Eligibility is limited to a member of the National 1.20 Guard who: 1.21 (1) is serving satisfactorily as defined by the adjutant 1.22 general; 1.23 (2) is attending a postsecondary educational institution, 1.24 as defined by section 136A.15, subdivision 6, including a 1.25 vocational or technical school operated or regulated by this 1.26 state or another state or province; and 1.27 (3) provides proof of satisfactory completion of 1.28 coursework, as defined by the adjutant general. 2.1 In addition, if a member of the Minnesota National Guard is 2.2 killed in the line of state active service or federally funded 2.3 state active service, as defined in section 190.05, subdivisions 2.4 5a and 5b, the member's surviving spouse, and any surviving 2.5 dependent who has not yet reached 24 years of age, is eligible 2.6 for a tuition and textbook reimbursement grant. 2.7 The adjutant general may, within the limitations of this 2.8 paragraph and other applicable laws, determine additional 2.9 eligibility criteria for the grant, and must specify the 2.10 criteria in department regulations and publish changes as 2.11 necessary. 2.12 (c) The amount of a tuition and textbook reimbursement 2.13 grant must be specified on a schedule as determined and 2.14 published in department regulations by the adjutant general, but 2.15 is limited to a maximum of an amount equal to the greater of: 2.16 (1)
75 percent ofthe cost of tuition for lower division 2.17 programs in the College of Liberal Arts at the Twin Cities 2.18 campus of the University of Minnesota in the most recent 2.19 academic year; or 2.20 (2) 50 percent ofthe cost of tuition for the program in 2.21 which the person is enrolled at that Minnesota public 2.22 institution, or if that public institution is outside the state 2.23 of Minnesota, for the cost of a comparable program at the 2.24 University of Minnesota, except that in the case of a survivor 2.25 as defined in paragraph (b), the amount of the tuition and 2.26 textbook reimbursement grant for coursework satisfactorily 2.27 completed by the person is limited to 100 percent of the cost of 2.28 tuition for postsecondary courses at a Minnesota public 2.29 educational institution. 2.30 Paragraph (b) notwithstanding, a person is no longer 2.31 eligible for a grant under this subdivision once the person has 2.32 received grants under this subdivision for the equivalent of 208 2.33 quarter credits or 144 semester credits of coursework. 2.34 (d) Tuition and textbook reimbursement grants received 2.35 under this subdivision may not be considered by the Minnesota 2.36 Higher Education Services Office or by any other state board, 3.1 commission, or entity in determining a person's eligibility for 3.2 a scholarship or grant-in-aid under sections 136A.095 to 3.3 136A.1311. 3.4 (e) If a member fails to complete a term of enlistment 3.5 during which a tuition and textbook reimbursement grant was 3.6 paid, the adjutant general may seek to recoup a prorated amount 3.7 as determined by the adjutant general. 3.8 [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective July 1, 2004. 3.9 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 198.001, is 3.10 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 3.11 Subd. 9. [EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.] "Executive director" means 3.12 the executive director for the board of directors of the 3.13 Minnesota veterans homes. 3.14 Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 198.004, 3.15 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 3.16 Subdivision 1. [APPOINTMENT.] The board shall appoint an 3.17 executive director. The executive director shall serve in the 3.18 unclassified service at the pleasure of the board. The 3.19 executive director must be a resident of the state of Minnesota, 3.20 a citizen of the United States, and a veteran as that term is 3.21 defined in section 197.447. The executive director shall serve 3.22 as secretary of the board. 3.23 Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 198.005, is 3.24 amended to read: 3.25 198.005 [ADMINISTRATORS.] 3.26 The board shall appoint an administrator for each of the 3.27 veterans homes. The administrators act as the administrative 3.28 head for their respective veterans homes. The administrators 3.29 shall have a current Minnesota nursing home administrator's 3.30 license and shall serve in the unclassified service. The 3.31 salaries of the administrators are not subject to section 3.32 43A.17, subdivision 1. The administrators serve at the pleasure 3.33 of the board and report directly to the executive director. 3.34 Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 198.007, is 3.35 amended to read: 3.36 198.007 [QUALITY ASSURANCE.] 4.1 The boardEach home shall createhave a utilization review 4.2 committee for each homecomprised of the appropriate 4.3 professionals employed by or under contract to the home. The 4.4 committee shall use the case-mixa patient classification system 4.5 established under section 144.072approved by the board to 4.6 assess the appropriateness and quality of care and services 4.7 provided residents of the homes. 4.8 The boardEach home shall createhave an admissions 4.9 committee for each homecomprised of the appropriate 4.10 professionals employed by or under contract to each home and 4.11 adopt a preadmission screening program for all applicants for 4.12 admission to the homes who may require nursing or boarding care, 4.13 taking into account the eligibility requirements in section 4.14 198.022, the admissions criteria established by board rules, and 4.15 the availability of space in the homes. 4.16 Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 198.261, is 4.17 amended to read: 4.18 198.261 [CANTEEN AND, COFFEE SHOP, AND WOOD SHOP.] 4.19 Any profits derived from the operation of canteens and, 4.20 coffee shops, and wood shops at the Minnesota veterans homes 4.21 shall be used by the board only for the direct benefit of the 4.22 residents of the homes. 4.23 Sec. 7. [REPEALER.] 4.24 Minnesota Statutes 2002, sections 198.001, subdivision 7; 4.25 198.002, subdivision 5; and 198.003, subdivision 2, are repealed.