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as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 02/17/2017 09:20am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; establishing the Department of Parks and Trails;
transferring authority; requiring a report; authorizing rulemaking;amending
Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 15.01; 15.06, subdivision 1; 84.027, subdivision
2; 84.029, subdivision 2; 84.03; 84.8031; 84.83, subdivision 4a; 85.045, subdivision
1; 85.053, subdivision 1; 85.46, subdivisions 1, 6; 85.535, subdivision 1; 85.536,
subdivisions 1, 5, 10; 86A.05, subdivisions 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 13, 15; proposing coding
for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 85.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 15.01, is amended to read:


15.01 DEPARTMENTS OF THE STATE.

The following agencies are designated as the departments of the state government: the
Department of Administration; the Department of Agriculture; the Department of Commerce;
the Department of Corrections; the Department of Education; the Department of Employment
and Economic Development; the Department of Health; the Department of Human Rights;
the Department of Labor and Industry; the Department of Management and Budget; the
Department of Military Affairs; the Department of Natural Resources; new text beginthe Department of
Parks and Trails;
new text endthe Department of Public Safety; the Department of Human Services; the
Department of Revenue; the Department of Transportation; the Department of Veterans
Affairs; and their successor departments.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 15.06, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Applicability.

This section applies to the following departments or
agencies: the Departments of Administration, Agriculture, Commerce, Corrections,
Education, Employment and Economic Development, Health, Human Rights, Labor and
Industry, Management and Budget, Natural Resources, new text beginParks and Trails, new text endPublic Safety,
Human Services, Revenue, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs; the Housing Finance and
Pollution Control Agencies; the Office of Commissioner of Iron Range Resources and
Rehabilitation; the Office of MN.IT Services; the Bureau of Mediation Services; and their
successor departments and agencies. The heads of the foregoing departments or agencies
are "commissioners."

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 84.027, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

General.

The commissioner shall have charge and control of all the public
lands, deleted text beginparks,deleted text end timber, waters, minerals, and wild animals of the statenew text begin, excluding public lands
under the jurisdiction of the commissioner of parks and trails,
new text end and of the use, sale, leasing,
or other disposition thereof, and of all records pertaining to the performance of the
commissioner's functions relating thereto.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 84.029, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Acquisition of land for trails.

The commissionernew text begin of parks and trailsnew text end may
acquire, by gift, purchase, or lease, easements or other interests in land for trails, and
recreational uses related to trails, where necessary to complete trails established primarily
in state forests, state parks, or other public land under the jurisdiction of the commissionernew text begin
of parks and trails
new text end, when railroad rights-of-way are abandoned, when the use of township
roads is compatible with vehicular travel, or when needed to complete trails established by
the legislature.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 84.03, is amended to read:


84.03 ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND POWERS.

So far as practicable the commissioner shall collect and arrange statistics and other
information in reference to the lands and general and special resources of the state.

The commissioner is hereby authorized and empowered to take such measures as the
commissioner may deem advisable to advertise, both within and without the state, sales of
all state lands,new text begin excluding lands under the jurisdiction of the commissioner of parks and
trails,
new text end and to secure, compile, and issue such valuable statistics of the resources of the state.

The commissioner may adopt and promulgate reasonable rules, not inconsistent with
law, governing the use and enjoyment of state deleted text beginlanddeleted text endnew text begin lands, excluding lands under the
jurisdiction of the commissioner of parks and trails, including state land
new text end reserved from sale,
deleted text begin state parks, state water-access sites, state trails,deleted text end state monuments, state scientific and natural
areas, new text beginand new text endstate wilderness areas, and deleted text beginrecreationaldeleted text endnew text begin othernew text end areas owned by other state, local
and federal agencies and operated under agreement by the Department of Natural Resources,
which shall have the force and effect of law. A reasonable fee may be fixed, charged, and
collected by the commissioner for the privilege of the use of any or all of the foregoing
privileges and facilities.

The commissioner, on or before November 15 of each even-numbered year, shall report
to the legislature the commissioner's acts and doings, with recommendation for the
improvement or conservation of deleted text beginstate parks, state water-access sites, state trails, anddeleted text end state
monuments, state scientific and natural areas, state forests, state wildlife management areas,
public hunting grounds, public shooting grounds, food and cover planting areas, wildlife
lands, recreational or public hunting areas, state wild and scenic rivers, state wilderness
areas, and all other recreational lands under the jurisdiction of the Department of Natural
Resources, and for desirable accessions thereto, such report to include an inventory of the
tracts and parcels of land, and rights, interests, and easements therein, held by the state or
withdrawn from sale for any of these purposes, with the value thereof, and a list of the name,
location, size, and description of each deleted text beginstate trail,deleted text end state scientific and natural area, state wildlife
management area, deleted text beginstate water-access site,deleted text end and state wild, scenic, or recreational river
designated by the commissioner, and each public hunting grounds, public shooting grounds,
food and cover planting area, wildlife lands, and recreational or public hunting area acquired
by the commissioner since the last report. The commissioner shall maintain a long range
plan governing the use of the public domain under the commissioner's jurisdiction.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 84.8031, is amended to read:


84.8031 GRANT-IN-AID APPLICATIONS; REVIEW PERIOD.

The commissioner new text beginof parks and trails new text endmust review an off-road vehicle grant-in-aid
application and, if approved, commence public review of the application within 60 days
after the completed application has been locally approved and submitted to an area parks
and trails office. If the commissioner new text beginof parks and trails new text endfails to approve or deny the
application within 60 days after submission, the application is deemed approved and the
commissioner must provide for a 30-day public review period.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 84.83, subdivision 4a, is amended to read:


Subd. 4a.

Trail continuation on lands acquired by the state.

When the commissioner
new text begin of parks and trails new text endacquires lands with easements or other agreements for snowmobile trails
that have received grant-in-aid financing under this section, the commissioner shall:

(1) continue the easements or other agreements for the snowmobile trail; or

(2) develop an alternative route for the trail, including acquiring any necessary easements
or other agreements for the trail right-of-way and providing funding for all expenses
associated with clearing and marking the snowmobile trail.

Sec. 8.

new text begin [85.0112] DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND TRAILS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin The Department of Parks and Trails is created under the
supervision and control of the commissioner of parks and trails who is appointed by the
governor according to section 15.06.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Transfer of powers. new text end

new text begin The Department of Parks and Trails is the successor of
the Department of Natural Resources' Division of Parks and Trails, and the existing powers
and duties of the commissioner of natural resources carried out by the division are transferred
to the commissioner of parks and trails according to section 15.039.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Commissioner authority and duties. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of parks and trails
has administrative authority over state parks, state trails, and other units of the outdoor
recreation system as provided under chapter 86A. The commissioner shall also administer:
new text end

new text begin (1) the adopt-a-park program under section 85.045;
new text end

new text begin (2) local recreation grants under section 85.019;
new text end

new text begin (3) parks and trails grants under section 85.535;
new text end

new text begin (4) motorized trail grants-in-aid under sections 84.794, 84.803, 84.83, and 84.927;
new text end

new text begin (5) the cross-country-ski trail grant-in-aid program under section 85.44; and
new text end

new text begin (6) the Minnesota Naturalist Corps program under section 84.992.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Staff. new text end

new text begin The commissioner may appoint a deputy commissioner, hire staff, and
enter into contracts as necessary.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Rules. new text end

new text begin The commissioner may adopt rules pursuant to chapter 14 as necessary
to carry out the commissioner's duties and responsibilities.
new text end

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 85.045, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Creation.

The Minnesota adopt-a-park program is established. The
commissioner new text beginof parks and trails new text endshall deleted text begincoordinate the program through the regional offices
of the Department of Natural Resources
deleted text endnew text begin administer the programnew text end.

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 85.053, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Form, issuance, validity.

(a) The commissioner new text beginof parks and trails new text endshall
prepare and provide state park permits for each calendar year that state a motor vehicle may
enter and use state parks, state recreation areas, and state waysides over 50 acres in area.
State park permits must be available and placed on sale by January 1 of the calendar year
that the permit is valid. A separate motorcycle permit may be prepared and provided by the
commissioner.

(b) An annual state park permit may be used from the time it is purchased for a 12-month
period. State park permits in each category must be numbered consecutively for each year
of issue.

(c) State park permits shall be issued by employees of the deleted text beginDivisiondeleted text endnew text begin Departmentnew text end of Parks
and deleted text beginRecreationdeleted text endnew text begin Trailsnew text end as designated by the commissionernew text begin of parks and trailsnew text end. State park
permits also may be consigned to and issued by agents designated by the commissioner
who are not employees of the deleted text beginDivisiondeleted text endnew text begin Departmentnew text end of Parks and deleted text beginRecreationdeleted text endnew text begin Trailsnew text end. All
proceeds from the sale of permits and all unsold permits consigned to agents shall be returned
to the commissioner at such times as the commissioner may direct, but no later than the end
of the calendar year for which the permits are effective. No part of the permit fee may be
retained by an agent. An additional charge or fee in an amount to be determined by the
commissioner, but not to exceed four percent of the price of the permit, may be collected
and retained by an agent for handling or selling the permits.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 85.46, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Pass in possession.

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), while riding,
leading, or driving a horse on lands administered by the commissionernew text begin of natural resources
or the commissioner of parks and trails
new text end, except forest roads and forest roads rights-of-way,
a person 16 years of age or over shall carry in immediate possession a valid horse pass. The
pass must be available for inspection by a peace officer, a conservation officer, or an
employee designated under section 84.0835. A person who violates any provision of this
subdivision is guilty of a petty misdemeanor.

(b) A valid horse pass is not required under this section for a person riding, leading, or
driving a horse on property that is owned by the person or the person's spouse, child, parent,
or guardian.

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 85.46, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Disposition of receipts.

Fees collected under this section, except for the issuing
fee, shall be deposited in the state treasury and credited to the horse pass account in the
natural resources fund. Except for the electronic licensing system commission established
by the commissioner under section 84.027, subdivision 15, the fees are appropriated to the
commissioner of deleted text beginnatural resourcesdeleted text endnew text begin parks and trailsnew text end for trail acquisition, trail and facility
development, and maintenance, enforcement, and rehabilitation of horse trails or trails
authorized for horse use, whether for riding, leading, or driving, on land administered by
the commissionernew text begin of natural resources or the commissioner of parks and trailsnew text end.

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 85.535, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Establishment.

The commissioner of deleted text beginnatural resourcesdeleted text endnew text begin parks and trailsnew text end
shall administer a program to provide grants from the parks and trails fund to support parks
and trails of regional or statewide significance. Grants shall not be made under this section
for state parks, state recreational areas, or state trails.

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 85.536, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Establishment; purpose.

The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and
Trails Commission is created to undertake system planning and provide recommendations
to the deleted text beginlegislaturedeleted text endnew text begin commissioner of parks and trailsnew text end for grants funded by the parks and trails
fund to counties and cities outside of the seven-county metropolitan area for parks and trails
of regional significance.

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 85.536, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Districts; plans and hearings.

(a) The commissioner of deleted text beginnatural resourcesdeleted text endnew text begin parks
and trails
new text end, in consultation with the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Coalition,
shall establish six regional parks and trails districts in the state encompassing the area outside
the seven-county metropolitan area. The commissioner shall establish districts by combining
counties and may not assign a county to more than one district.

(b) The commission shall develop a strategic plan and criteria for determining parks and
trails of regional significance that are eligible for funding from the parks and trails fund and
meet the criteria under subdivision 6.

(c) Counties within each district may jointly prepare, after consultation with all affected
municipalities, and submit to the commission, and from time to time revise and resubmit
to the commission, a master plan for the acquisition and development of parks and trails of
regional significance located within the district. Districtwide plans and master plans for
individual parks and trails must meet the protocols and criteria as set forth in the Greater
Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails strategic plan. The counties, after consultation with
the commission, shall jointly hold a public hearing on the proposed plan and budget at a
time and place determined by the counties. Not less than 15 days before the hearing, the
counties shall provide notice of the hearing stating the date, time, and place of the hearing
and the place where the proposed plan and budget may be examined by any interested
person. At any hearing, interested persons shall be permitted to present their views on the
plan and budget.

(d) The commission shall review each master plan to determine whether it meets the
conditions of subdivision 6. If it does not, the commission shall return the plan with its
comments to the district for revision and resubmittal.

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 85.536, subdivision 10, is amended to read:


Subd. 10.

Report.

The commission shall submit a report by January 15 each year listing
its recommendations under subdivision 7, in priority order, to the deleted text beginchairs and ranking minority
members of the committees of the senate and house of representatives with primary
jurisdiction over legacy appropriations
deleted text endnew text begin commissioner of parks and trailsnew text end.

Sec. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 86A.05, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

State park; purpose; resource and site qualifications; administration.

(a)
A state park shall be established to protect and perpetuate extensive areas of the state
possessing those resources which illustrate and exemplify Minnesota's natural phenomena
and to provide for the use, enjoyment, and understanding of such resources without
impairment for the enjoyment and recreation of future generations.

(b) No unit shall be authorized as a state park unless its proposed location substantially
satisfies the following criteria:

(1) exemplifies the natural characteristics of the major landscape regions of the state, as
shown by accepted classifications, in an essentially unspoiled or restored condition or in a
condition that will permit restoration in the foreseeable future; or contains essentially
unspoiled natural resources of sufficient extent and importance to meaningfully contribute
to the broad illustration of the state's natural phenomena; and

(2) contains natural resources, sufficiently diverse and interesting to attract people from
throughout the state; and

(3) is sufficiently large to permit protection of the plant and animal life and other natural
resources which give the park its qualities and provide for a broad range of opportunities
for human enjoyment of these qualities.

(c) State parks shall be administered by the commissioner of deleted text beginnatural resourcesdeleted text endnew text begin parks and
trails
new text end in a manner which is consistent with the purposes of this subdivision to preserve,
perpetuate, and interpret natural features that existed in the area of the park prior to settlement
and other significant natural, scenic, scientific, or historic features that are present.
Management shall seek to maintain a balance among the plant and animal life of the park
and to reestablish desirable plants and animals that were formerly indigenous to the park
area but are now missing. Programs to interpret the natural features of the park shall be
provided. Outdoor recreation activities to utilize the natural features of the park that can be
accommodated without material disturbance of the natural features of the park or the
introduction of undue artificiality into the natural scene may be permitted. Park use shall
be primarily for aesthetic, cultural, and educational purposes, and shall not be designed to
accommodate all forms or unlimited volumes of recreational use. Physical development
shall be limited to those facilities necessary to complement the natural features and the
values being preserved.

Sec. 18.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 86A.05, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

State recreation area; purpose; resource and site qualifications;
administration.

(a) A state recreation area shall be established to provide a broad selection
of outdoor recreation opportunities in a natural setting which may be used by large numbers
of people.

(b) No unit shall be authorized as a state recreation area unless its proposed location
substantially satisfies the following criteria:

(1) contains natural or artificial resources which provide outstanding outdoor recreational
opportunities that will attract visitors from beyond the local area;

(2) contains resources which permit intensive recreational use by large numbers of
people; and

(3) may be located in areas which have serious deficiencies in public outdoor recreation
facilities, provided that state recreation areas should not be provided in lieu of municipal,
county, or regional facilities.

(c) State recreation areas shall be administered by the commissioner of deleted text beginnatural resourcesdeleted text endnew text begin
parks and trails
new text end in a manner which is consistent with the purposes of this subdivision
primarily to provide as broad a selection of opportunities for outdoor recreation as is
consistent with maintaining a pleasing natural environment. Scenic, historic, scientific,
scarce, or disappearing resources within state recreation areas shall be recommended for
authorization as historic sites or designated scientific and natural areas pursuant to section
86A.08 to preserve and protect them. Physical development shall enhance and promote the
use and enjoyment of the natural recreational resources of the area.

Sec. 19.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 86A.05, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

State trail; purpose; resource and site qualifications; administration;
designation.

(a) A state trail shall be established to provide a recreational travel route which
connects units of the outdoor recreation system or the national trail system, provides access
to or passage through other areas which have significant scenic, historic, scientific, or
recreational qualities or reestablishes or permits travel along an historically prominent travel
route or which provides commuter transportation.

(b) No unit shall be authorized as a state trail unless its proposed location substantially
satisfies the following criteria:

(1) permits travel in an appropriate manner along a route which provides at least one of
the following recreational opportunities:

(i) travel along a route which connects areas or points of natural, scientific, cultural, and
historic interest;

(ii) travel through an area which possesses outstanding scenic beauty;

(iii) travel over a route designed to enhance and utilize the unique qualities of a particular
manner of travel in harmony with the natural environment;

(iv) travel along a route which is historically significant as a route of migration,
commerce, or communication;

(v) travel between units of the state outdoor recreation system or the national trail system;
and

(2) utilizes, to the greatest extent possible consistent with the purposes of this subdivision,
public lands, rights-of-way, and the like; and

(3) provides maximum potential for the appreciation, conservation, and enjoyment of
significant scenic, historical, natural, or cultural qualities of the areas through which the
trail may pass; and

(4) takes into consideration predicted public demand and future use.

(c) State trails shall be administered by the commissioners of transportation or deleted text beginnatural
resources
deleted text endnew text begin parks and trailsnew text end as specified by law in a manner which is consistent with the
purposes of this subdivision. State trails established by the commissioner of deleted text beginnatural resourcesdeleted text endnew text begin
parks and trails
new text end shall be managed to provide a travel route through an area with a minimum
disturbance of the natural environment and recognizing other multiple land use activities.
Trail markers shall be limited to those providing safety information and interpretation.

(d) Facilities for the rest and comfort of trail users shall be provided primarily within
units of the outdoor recreation system through which the trail passes. When additional
facilities are required to insure the rest and comfort of the traveler, the managing agency
may develop such facilities along the trail and shall designate the facilities as trail waysides.
In addition to the foregoing purpose, trail waysides shall be developed for the preservation
and interpretation of the trail's natural, historic, or scenic values, and may include facilities
for primitive camping, picnicking, sanitation, and parking for access to the trail.

Sec. 20.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 86A.05, subdivision 9, is amended to read:


Subd. 9.

State water-access site; purpose; resource and site qualifications;
administration.

(a) A state water-access site shall be established to provide public access
to rivers and lakes which are suitable for outdoor water recreation and where the access is
necessary to permit public use.

(b) No unit shall be authorized as a state water-access site unless its proposed location
substantially satisfies the following criteria:

(1) the body of water to which access is being provided and surrounding lands can
withstand additional recreational use without undue damage to the environment or undue
risks to the health and safety of water users;

(2) public access to the body of water is either nonexistent or inadequate.

(c) State water-access sites shall be administered by the commissioner of deleted text beginnatural resourcesdeleted text endnew text begin
parks and trails
new text end or the commissioner of transportation in a manner which is consistent with
the purposes of this subdivision to provide public access to water. Access roads, off-road
parking areas, refuse containers, sanitary facilities, and facilities for limited picnicking and
primitive camping may be provided when the commissioner determines that these activities
are justifiable and are compatible with the resource and the natural environment.

Sec. 21.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 86A.05, subdivision 11, is amended to read:


Subd. 11.

State historic sites; purpose; resource and site qualifications;
administration; designation.

(a) A state historic site shall be established to preserve,
restore, and interpret buildings and other structures, locales, sites, antiquities, and related
lands which aptly illustrate significant events, personalities, and features of the history and
archaeology of the state or nation.

(b) No unit shall be authorized as a state historic site unless it is historically important
for any of the following reasons:

(1) is the site of or directly associated with a significant historical event; or

(2) is associated with persons whose lives and accomplishments are historically unique
or important; or

(3) embodies the distinctive characteristics of an architectural style or method of
construction which represents a particular and significant historical period, or the work of
a master builder, designer, or architect; or

(4) has yielded, or is likely to yield, historical or archaeological artifacts, records, or
other original data or information; or

(5) is a geographical feature of outstanding significance and includes, by way of example,
the highest point in the state, the continental divide, and the source of the Mississippi River.

(c) State historic sites shall be administered by the commissioner of natural resources,
new text begin the commissioner of parks and trails, new text endthe Minnesota Historical Society, the Board of Regents
of the University of Minnesota, governmental subdivisions of the state, or by county historical
societies jointly or independently as designated by law in a manner which is consistent with
the purposes of this subdivision to maintain and, if necessary, restore the historical integrity
of the site to commemorate or illustrate its historical importance. Ancient features of
significance shall be protected from disturbance until archaeological research has been
completed. Interpretive programs for visitors shall be provided including, where practicable,
interpretation of research programs under supervised conditions. Recreational use of natural
features shall be permitted only where this can be accomplished without detriment to
historical values. Physical development shall be limited to those facilities necessary to
achieve the management and use objectives.

Sec. 22.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 86A.05, subdivision 13, is amended to read:


Subd. 13.

Additional parks; administration.

All other state parks which, though not
meeting the resource and site qualifications contained in subdivisions 2 and 3, were in
existence on January 1, 1984, shall be administered by the commissioner of deleted text beginnatural resourcesdeleted text endnew text begin
parks and trails
new text end as units of the outdoor recreation system.

Sec. 23.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 86A.05, subdivision 15, is amended to read:


Subd. 15.

State boater wayside.

(a) Boater waysides may be established to provide for
public use.

(b) No unit shall be authorized as a state boater wayside unless its proposed location
substantially satisfies the following criteria:

(1) contains resources that are desirable for use by boaters;

(2) is accessible by persons traveling by boat, canoe, or kayak; and

(3) may be near, associated with, or located within a unit of the outdoor recreation system
under this section.

(c) State boater waysides shall be administered by the commissioner of deleted text beginnatural resourcesdeleted text endnew text begin
parks and trails
new text end in a manner that is consistent with the purpose of this subdivision. Facilities
for sanitation, picnicking, overnight mooring, camping, fishing, and swimming may be
provided when the commissioner determines that these activities are justifiable and
compatible with the resources and the natural environment.

Sec. 24. new text beginTRANSFER OF AUTHORITY; REPORT.
new text end

new text begin By January 1, 2018, the commissioner of natural resources shall submit a report to the
chairs and ranking minority members of the house of representatives and senate committees
and divisions with jurisdiction over environment and natural resources and the parks and
trails fund with recommendations on transferring authority for state parks, state trails, state
recreation areas, and other units of the outdoor recreation system as provided in this act.
new text end

Sec. 25. new text beginREVISOR'S INSTRUCTIONS.
new text end

new text begin (a) The revisor of statutes shall change the term "commissioner of natural resources" to
"commissioner of parks and trails" wherever the term appears in Minnesota Statutes, sections
84.930; 84.992; 85.0115; 85.012; 85.015; 85.053, subdivision 2a; 85.056; 85.32; 85.40;
and 85.46, subdivisions 2, 3, and 5.
new text end

new text begin (b) By January 1, 2018, the revisor of statutes shall submit a report to the chairs and
ranking minority members of the house of representatives and senate committees and
divisions with jurisdiction over environment and natural resources and the parks and trails
fund with recommendations for updating Minnesota Statutes and Minnesota Rules to conform
with the transfer of authority for state parks, state trails, state recreation areas, and other
units of the outdoor recreation system as provided in this act.
new text end

Sec. 26. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin Sections 1 to 23 are effective July 1, 2018.
new text end