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SF 1278

as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 05/23/2013 02:04pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to veterans; making changes to various provisions related to veterans;
modifying certain provisions related to veterans income tax issues; making
changes to the GI Bill; modifying county veteran service officer grants;
appropriating money for the Gold Star Program and to certain veterans service
organizations; providing civil immunity for participation in the yellow ribbon
program in certain situations; providing a military retirement pay subtraction;
providing a veterans jobs tax credit; making honor guard funding permanent;
authorizing a special veterans license plate; creating a special lottery game for
veterans; designating the Honor and Remember Flag as an official symbol of the
state's commitment to military service members who have lost their lives in
service to our country; establishing a presumption of rehabilitation through a
person's honorable military service following a prior offense; extending the
market value exclusion for surviving spouses; appropriating money for a new
veterans cemetery; authorizing American Indian veterans plaque; appropriating
money;amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 124D.09, subdivision
9; 197.608, subdivisions 3, 4, 5, 6; 197.791, subdivisions 1, 4, 5; 273.13,
subdivision 34; 290.01, subdivision 19b; 290.0677, subdivisions 1a, 2; 290.091,
subdivision 2; 364.03, subdivision 3; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
Statutes, chapters 168; 192; 196; 197; 290; 349A; repealing Minnesota Statutes
2012, section 197.608, subdivision 2a.

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

ARTICLE 1

VETERANS TAX ISSUES

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 273.13, subdivision 34, is amended to read:


Subd. 34.

Homestead of disabled veteran or family caregiver.

(a) All or a
portion of the market value of property owned by a veteran and serving as the veteran's
homestead under this section is excluded in determining the property's taxable market
value if the veteran has a service-connected disability of 70 percent or more as certified
by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. To qualify for exclusion under this
subdivision, the veteran must have been honorably discharged from the United States
armed forces, as indicated by United States Government Form DD214 or other official
military discharge papers.

(b)(1) For a disability rating of 70 percent or more, $150,000 of market value is
excluded, except as provided in clause (2); and

(2) for a total (100 percent) and permanent disability, $300,000 of market value is
excluded.

(c) If a disabled veteran qualifying for a valuation exclusion under paragraph (b),
clause (2), predeceases the veteran's spouse, and if upon the death of the veteran the
spouse holds the legal or beneficial title to the homestead and permanently resides there,
the exclusion shall carry over to the benefit of the veteran's spouse deleted text beginfor the current taxes
payable year and for five additional taxes payable years or
deleted text end until such time as the spouse
remarries, or sells, transfers, or otherwise disposes of the propertydeleted text begin, whichever comes firstdeleted text end.
Qualification under this paragraph requires an annual application under paragraph (h).

(d) If the spouse of a member of any branch or unit of the United States armed
forces who dies due to a service-connected cause while serving honorably in active
service, as indicated on United States Government Form DD1300 or DD2064, holds
the legal or beneficial title to a homestead and permanently resides there, the spouse is
entitled to the benefit described in paragraph (b), clause (2), deleted text beginfor five taxes payable years,
or
deleted text end until such time as the spouse remarries or sells, transfers, or otherwise disposes of the
propertydeleted text begin, whichever comes firstdeleted text end.

(e) If a veteran meets the disability criteria of paragraph (a) but does not own
property classified as homestead in the state of Minnesota, then the homestead of the
veteran's primary family caregiver, if any, is eligible for the exclusion that the veteran
would otherwise qualify for under paragraph (b).

(f) In the case of an agricultural homestead, only the portion of the property
consisting of the house and garage and immediately surrounding one acre of land qualifies
for the valuation exclusion under this subdivision.

(g) A property qualifying for a valuation exclusion under this subdivision is not
eligible for the market value exclusion under subdivision 35, or classification under
subdivision 22, paragraph (b).

(h) To qualify for a valuation exclusion under this subdivision a property owner
must apply to the assessor by July 1 of each assessment year, except that an annual
reapplication is not required once a property has been accepted for a valuation exclusion
under paragraph (a) and qualifies for the benefit described in paragraph (b), clause (2), and
the property continues to qualify until there is a change in ownership. For an application
received after July 1 of any calendar year, the exclusion shall become effective for the
following assessment year.

(i) A first-time application by a qualifying spouse for the market value exclusion under
paragraph (d) must be made any time within two years of the death of the service member.

(j) For purposes of this subdivision:

(1) "active service" has the meaning given in section 190.05;

(2) "own" means that the person's name is present as an owner on the property deed;

(3) "primary family caregiver" means a person who is approved by the secretary of
the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for assistance as the primary provider
of personal care services for an eligible veteran under the Program of Comprehensive
Assistance for Family Caregivers, codified as United States Code, title 38, section 1720G;
and

(4) "veteran" has the meaning given the term in section 197.447.

(k) The purpose of this provision of law providing a level of homestead property tax
relief for gravely disabled veterans, their primary family caregivers, and their surviving
spouses is to help ease the burdens of war for those among our state's citizens who bear
those burdens most heavily.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective beginning with taxes payable in 2014.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 290.01, subdivision 19b, is amended to read:


Subd. 19b.

Subtractions from federal taxable income.

For individuals, estates,
and trusts, there shall be subtracted from federal taxable income:

(1) net interest income on obligations of any authority, commission, or
instrumentality of the United States to the extent includable in taxable income for federal
income tax purposes but exempt from state income tax under the laws of the United States;

(2) if included in federal taxable income, the amount of any overpayment of income
tax to Minnesota or to any other state, for any previous taxable year, whether the amount
is received as a refund or as a credit to another taxable year's income tax liability;

(3) the amount paid to others, less the amount used to claim the credit allowed under
section 290.0674, not to exceed $1,625 for each qualifying child in grades kindergarten
to 6 and $2,500 for each qualifying child in grades 7 to 12, for tuition, textbooks, and
transportation of each qualifying child in attending an elementary or secondary school
situated in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, or Wisconsin, wherein a
resident of this state may legally fulfill the state's compulsory attendance laws, which
is not operated for profit, and which adheres to the provisions of the Civil Rights Act
of 1964 and chapter 363A. For the purposes of this clause, "tuition" includes fees or
tuition as defined in section 290.0674, subdivision 1, clause (1). As used in this clause,
"textbooks" includes books and other instructional materials and equipment purchased
or leased for use in elementary and secondary schools in teaching only those subjects
legally and commonly taught in public elementary and secondary schools in this state.
Equipment expenses qualifying for deduction includes expenses as defined and limited in
section 290.0674, subdivision 1, clause (3). "Textbooks" does not include instructional
books and materials used in the teaching of religious tenets, doctrines, or worship, the
purpose of which is to instill such tenets, doctrines, or worship, nor does it include books
or materials for, or transportation to, extracurricular activities including sporting events,
musical or dramatic events, speech activities, driver's education, or similar programs. No
deduction is permitted for any expense the taxpayer incurred in using the taxpayer's or
the qualifying child's vehicle to provide such transportation for a qualifying child. For
purposes of the subtraction provided by this clause, "qualifying child" has the meaning
given in section 32(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;

(4) income as provided under section 290.0802;

(5) to the extent included in federal adjusted gross income, income realized on
disposition of property exempt from tax under section 290.491;

(6) to the extent not deducted or not deductible pursuant to section 408(d)(8)(E)
of the Internal Revenue Code in determining federal taxable income by an individual
who does not itemize deductions for federal income tax purposes for the taxable year, an
amount equal to 50 percent of the excess of charitable contributions over $500 allowable
as a deduction for the taxable year under section 170(a) of the Internal Revenue Code,
under the provisions of Public Law 109-1 and Public Law 111-126;

(7) for individuals who are allowed a federal foreign tax credit for taxes that do not
qualify for a credit under section 290.06, subdivision 22, an amount equal to the carryover
of subnational foreign taxes for the taxable year, but not to exceed the total subnational
foreign taxes reported in claiming the foreign tax credit. For purposes of this clause,
"federal foreign tax credit" means the credit allowed under section 27 of the Internal
Revenue Code, and "carryover of subnational foreign taxes" equals the carryover allowed
under section 904(c) of the Internal Revenue Code minus national level foreign taxes to
the extent they exceed the federal foreign tax credit;

(8) in each of the five tax years immediately following the tax year in which an
addition is required under subdivision 19a, clause (7), or 19c, clause (15), in the case of a
shareholder of a corporation that is an S corporation, an amount equal to one-fifth of the
delayed depreciation. For purposes of this clause, "delayed depreciation" means the amount
of the addition made by the taxpayer under subdivision 19a, clause (7), or subdivision 19c,
clause (15), in the case of a shareholder of an S corporation, minus the positive value of
any net operating loss under section 172 of the Internal Revenue Code generated for the
tax year of the addition. The resulting delayed depreciation cannot be less than zero;

(9) job opportunity building zone income as provided under section 469.316;

(10) to the extent included in federal taxable income, the amount of compensation
paid to members of the Minnesota National Guard or other reserve components of the
United States military for active service, excluding compensation for services performed
under the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) program. For purposes of this clause, "active
service" means (i) state active service as defined in section 190.05, subdivision 5a, clause
(1); or (ii) federally funded state active service as defined in section 190.05, subdivision
5b
, but "active service" excludes service performed in accordance with section 190.08,
subdivision 3
;

(11) to the extent included in federal taxable income, the amount of compensation
paid to Minnesota residents who are members of the armed forces of the United States
or United Nations for active duty performed under United States Code, title 10; or the
authority of the United Nations;

(12) an amount, not to exceed $10,000, equal to qualified expenses related to a
qualified donor's donation, while living, of one or more of the qualified donor's organs
to another person for human organ transplantation. For purposes of this clause, "organ"
means all or part of an individual's liver, pancreas, kidney, intestine, lung, or bone marrow;
"human organ transplantation" means the medical procedure by which transfer of a human
organ is made from the body of one person to the body of another person; "qualified
expenses" means unreimbursed expenses for both the individual and the qualified donor
for (i) travel, (ii) lodging, and (iii) lost wages net of sick pay, except that such expenses
may be subtracted under this clause only once; and "qualified donor" means the individual
or the individual's dependent, as defined in section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code. An
individual may claim the subtraction in this clause for each instance of organ donation for
transplantation during the taxable year in which the qualified expenses occur;

(13) in each of the five tax years immediately following the tax year in which an
addition is required under subdivision 19a, clause (8), or 19c, clause (16), in the case of a
shareholder of a corporation that is an S corporation, an amount equal to one-fifth of the
addition made by the taxpayer under subdivision 19a, clause (8), or 19c, clause (16), in the
case of a shareholder of a corporation that is an S corporation, minus the positive value of
any net operating loss under section 172 of the Internal Revenue Code generated for the
tax year of the addition. If the net operating loss exceeds the addition for the tax year, a
subtraction is not allowed under this clause;

(14) to the extent included in the federal taxable income of a nonresident of
Minnesota, compensation paid to a service member as defined in United States Code, title
10, section 101(a)(5), for military service as defined in the Servicemembers Civil Relief
Act, Public Law 108-189, section 101(2);

(15) to the extent included in federal taxable income, the amount of national service
educational awards received from the National Service Trust under United States Code,
title 42, sections 12601 to 12604, for service in an approved Americorps National Service
program;

(16) to the extent included in federal taxable income, discharge of indebtedness
income resulting from reacquisition of business indebtedness included in federal taxable
income under section 108(i) of the Internal Revenue Code. This subtraction applies only
to the extent that the income was included in net income in a prior year as a result of the
addition under section 290.01, subdivision 19a, clause (16); deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(17) the amount of the net operating loss allowed under section 290.095, subdivision
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, paragraph (c)deleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (18) to the extent included in federal taxable income, compensation received from a
pension or other retirement pay from the federal government for service in the military,
as computed under United States Code, title 10, sections 1401 to 1414, 1447 to 1455,
and 12733.
new text end

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new text begin This section is effective for taxable years beginning after
December 31, 2012.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 290.0677, subdivision 1a, is amended to read:


Subd. 1a.

Credit allowed; past military service.

(a) A qualified individual is
allowed a credit against the tax imposed under this chapter for past military service. The
credit equals $750. The credit allowed under this subdivision is reduced by deleted text begintendeleted text endnew text begin fivenew text end percent
of adjusted gross income in excess of $30,000, but in no case is the credit less than zero.

(b) For a nonresident or a part-year resident, the credit under this subdivision
must be allocated based on the percentage calculated under section 290.06, subdivision
2c, paragraph (e).

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new text begin This section is effective for taxable years beginning after
December 31, 2012.
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Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 290.0677, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Definitions.

(a) For purposes of this sectionnew text begin,new text end the following terms have
the meanings given.

(b) "Designated area" means a:

(1) combat zone designated by Executive Order from the President of the United
States;

(2) qualified hazardous duty area, designated in Public Law; or

(3) location certified by the U. S. Department of Defense as eligible for combat zone
tax benefits due to the location's direct support of military operations.

(c) "Active military service" means active duty service in any of the United States
armed forces, the National Guard, or reserves.

(d) "Qualified individual" means an individual who hasnew text begin:
new text end

(1) deleted text begineither (i)deleted text endnew text begin met one of the following criteria:
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new text begin (i) hasnew text end served at least 20 years in the military deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin;
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(ii) has a service-connected disability rating of 100 percent for a total and permanent
disability; new text beginor
new text end

new text begin (iii) has been determined by the military to be eligible for compensation from a
pension or other retirement pay from the federal government for service in the military,
as computed under United States Code, title 10, sections 1401 to 1414, 1447 to 1455,
or 12733;
new text endand

(2) separated from military service before the end of the taxable year.

(e) "Adjusted gross income" has the meaning given in section 61 of the Internal
Revenue Code.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for taxable years beginning after
December 31, 2012.
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Sec. 5.

new text begin [290.0693] VETERANS JOBS TAX CREDIT.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms
have the meanings given.
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new text begin (b)(1) "Qualified employee" means an employee as defined in section 290.92,
subdivision 1, who meets the following criteria:
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new text begin (i) the employee is a resident of Minnesota on the date of hire;
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new text begin (ii) the employee is paid wages as defined in section 290.92, subdivision 1; and
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new text begin (iii) the employee's wages are attributable to Minnesota under section 290.191,
subdivision 12;
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new text begin (2) "Qualified employee" does not include:
new text end

new text begin (i) any employee who bears any of the relationships to the employer described in
subparagraphs (A) to (G) of section 152(d)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code;
new text end

new text begin (ii) if the employer is a corporation, an employee who owns, directly or indirectly,
more than 50 percent in value of the outstanding stock of the corporation, or if the
employer is an entity other than a corporation, an employee who owns, directly or
indirectly, more than 50 percent of the capital and profits interests in the entity, as
determined with the application of section 267(c) of the Internal Revenue Code; or
new text end

new text begin (iii) if the employer is an estate or trust, any employee who is a fiduciary of the estate
or trust, or is an individual who bears any of the relationships described in subparagraphs
(A) to (G) of section 152(d)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code to a grantor, beneficiary,
or fiduciary of the estate or trust.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Qualified employer" means an employer that hired a disabled veteran, an
unemployed veteran, or a veteran as a qualified employee.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Disabled veteran" is a veteran who has a service-connected disability rating
as adjudicated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, or by the retirement
board of one of the several branches of the armed forces.
new text end

new text begin (e) "Unemployed veteran" is a veteran who:
new text end

new text begin (1) received unemployment compensation under state or federal law at any time
during the two-year period prior to the date of hire; and
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new text begin (2) was unemployed on the date of hire.
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new text begin (f) "Veteran" has the meaning given in section 197.447.
new text end

new text begin (g) "Date of hire" means the day that the qualified employee begins performing
services as an employee of the qualified employer.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Credit allowed. new text end

new text begin (a) A qualified employer is allowed a credit for each
of the following individuals that the qualified employer hires as a qualified employee
during the taxable year:
new text end

new text begin (1) a disabled veteran;
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new text begin (2) an unemployed veteran; or
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new text begin (3) a veteran.
new text end

new text begin (b) Subject to the requirements of this section, there is no limit to the number of
credits that a qualified employer may claim under this section during a taxable year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Credit amount for hiring certain veterans. new text end

new text begin (a) A qualified employer who
is required to file a return under section 289A.08, subdivision 1, 2, or 3, is allowed a credit
against the tax imposed by this chapter as determined under this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin (b) For hiring a disabled veteran as a qualified employee, the credit equals ten
percent of the wages paid to the qualified employee during the taxable year, but the
amount of the credit shall not exceed $3,000.
new text end

new text begin (c) For hiring an unemployed veteran as a qualified employee, the credit equals
ten percent of the wages paid to the qualified employee during the taxable year, but the
amount of the credit shall not exceed $1,500.
new text end

new text begin (d) For hiring a veteran as a qualified employee, the credit equals ten percent
of the wages paid to the qualified employee during the taxable year, but the amount of
the credit shall not exceed $500.
new text end

new text begin (e) The credit is limited to the liability for tax under this chapter for the taxable year.
If the credit for a taxable year exceeds the liability for tax under this chapter, the excess
may not be carried over to a subsequent taxable year.
new text end

new text begin (f) A qualified employer may claim the credit available under paragraph (b), (c), or
(d) either for the taxable year in which the qualified employee is hired or for the taxable
year immediately following the year in which the qualified employee was hired, but the
qualified employer may not claim the credit for both taxable years.
new text end

new text begin (g) A qualified employer is allowed only one of the credits authorized under
paragraphs (b) to (d) upon hiring a disabled veteran, an unemployed veteran, or a veteran
as a qualified employee.
new text end

new text begin (h) A qualified employer may not claim a credit under this subdivision for hiring a
disabled veteran, an unemployed veteran, or a veteran as a qualified employee if the
qualified employer currently employs or has previously employed the disabled veteran,
unemployed veteran, or veteran.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Flow-through entities. new text end

new text begin Credits granted to a partnership, limited liability
company taxed as a partnership, S corporation, or multiple owners of a business are passed
through to the partners, members, shareholders, or owners, respectively, pro rata to each
partner, member, shareholder, or owner based on their share of the entity's assets or as
specially allocated in their organizational documents, as of the last day of the taxable year.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for taxable years beginning after
December 31, 2012.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 290.091, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Definitions.

For purposes of the tax imposed by this section, the following
terms have the meanings given:

(a) "Alternative minimum taxable income" means the sum of the following for
the taxable year:

(1) the taxpayer's federal alternative minimum taxable income as defined in section
55(b)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code;

(2) the taxpayer's itemized deductions allowed in computing federal alternative
minimum taxable income, but excluding:

(i) the charitable contribution deduction under section 170 of the Internal Revenue
Code;

(ii) the medical expense deduction;

(iii) the casualty, theft, and disaster loss deduction; and

(iv) the impairment-related work expenses of a disabled person;

(3) for depletion allowances computed under section 613A(c) of the Internal
Revenue Code, with respect to each property (as defined in section 614 of the Internal
Revenue Code), to the extent not included in federal alternative minimum taxable income,
the excess of the deduction for depletion allowable under section 611 of the Internal
Revenue Code for the taxable year over the adjusted basis of the property at the end of the
taxable year (determined without regard to the depletion deduction for the taxable year);

(4) to the extent not included in federal alternative minimum taxable income, the
amount of the tax preference for intangible drilling cost under section 57(a)(2) of the
Internal Revenue Code determined without regard to subparagraph (E);

(5) to the extent not included in federal alternative minimum taxable income, the
amount of interest income as provided by section 290.01, subdivision 19a, clause (1); and

(6) the amount of addition required by section 290.01, subdivision 19a, clauses (7)
to (9), (12), (13), and (16) to (18);

less the sum of the amounts determined under the following:

(1) interest income as defined in section 290.01, subdivision 19b, clause (1);

(2) an overpayment of state income tax as provided by section 290.01, subdivision
19b
, clause (2), to the extent included in federal alternative minimum taxable income;

(3) the amount of investment interest paid or accrued within the taxable year on
indebtedness to the extent that the amount does not exceed net investment income, as
defined in section 163(d)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Interest does not include
amounts deducted in computing federal adjusted gross income;

(4) amounts subtracted from federal taxable income as provided by section 290.01,
subdivision 19b
, clauses (6), (8) to (14), deleted text beginanddeleted text end (16)new text begin, and (18)new text end; and

(5) the amount of the net operating loss allowed under section 290.095, subdivision
11
, paragraph (c).

In the case of an estate or trust, alternative minimum taxable income must be
computed as provided in section 59(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

(b) "Investment interest" means investment interest as defined in section 163(d)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code.

(c) "Net minimum tax" means the minimum tax imposed by this section.

(d) "Regular tax" means the tax that would be imposed under this chapter (without
regard to this section and section 290.032), reduced by the sum of the nonrefundable
credits allowed under this chapter.

(e) "Tentative minimum tax" equals 6.4 percent of alternative minimum taxable
income after subtracting the exemption amount determined under subdivision 3.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for taxable years beginning after
December 31, 2012.
new text end

ARTICLE 2

COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICERS

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 197.608, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Eligibility.

(a) To be eligible for a grant under deleted text beginthis programdeleted text endnew text begin subdivision 6new text end,
a county must employ a county veterans service officer as authorized by sections 197.60
and 197.606, who is certified to serve in this position by the commissioner.

(b) A county that employs a newly hired county veterans service officer who is
serving an initial probationary period and who has not been certified by the commissioner
is eligible to receive a grant under subdivision deleted text begin2adeleted text endnew text begin 6 for one year from the date the county
veterans service officer is appointed
new text end.

(c) deleted text beginExcept for the situation described in paragraph (b),deleted text end A county whose county
veterans service officer does not receive certification deleted text beginduring any year of the three-year
cycle is not eligible to receive a grant during the remainder of that cycle or the next
three-year cycle
deleted text endnew text begin by the end of the first year of the county veterans service officer's
appointment is ineligible for the grant under subdivision 6 until the county veterans
service officer receives certification
new text end.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 197.608, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Grant process.

(a) The commissioner shall determine the process for
awarding grants. A grant may be used only for the purpose of enhancing the operations of
the County Veterans Service Office.

(b) The commissioner shall provide a list of qualifying uses for grant expenditures
as developed in subdivision 5 and shall approve a grant new text beginunder subdivision 6 new text endonly for a
qualifying use and if there are sufficient funds remaining in the grant program to cover the
full amount of the grant.

new text begin (c) The commissioner is authorized to use any unexpended funding for this program
to provide training and education for county veterans service officers.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 197.608, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Qualifying uses.

The commissioner shall consult with the Minnesota
Association of County Veterans Service Officers in developing a list of qualifying uses for
grants awarded under deleted text beginthis programdeleted text endnew text begin subdivision 6new text end.

deleted text begin The commissioner is authorized to use any unexpended funding for this program to
provide training and education for county veterans service officers.
deleted text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 197.608, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Grant amount.

new text begin (a) Each county is eligible to receive an annual grant of
$7,500 for the following purposes:
new text end

new text begin (1) to provide outreach to the county's veterans;
new text end

new text begin (2) to assist in the reintegration of combat veterans into society;
new text end

new text begin (3) to collaborate with other social service agencies, educational institutions, and
other community organizations for the purposes of enhancing services offered to veterans;
new text end

new text begin (4) to reduce homelessness among veterans; and
new text end

new text begin (5) to enhance the operations of the county veterans service office.
new text end

new text begin (b) In addition to the grant amount in paragraph (a), each county is eligible to receive
an additional annual grant under this paragraph.
new text endThe amount of each new text beginadditional annual
new text endgrant must be determined by the commissioner and may not exceed:

(1) deleted text begin$1,400deleted text endnew text begin $0new text end, if the county's veteran population is less than 1,000;

(2) deleted text begin$2,800deleted text endnew text begin $2,500new text end, if the county's veteran population is 1,000 or more but less than
3,000;

(3) deleted text begin$4,200deleted text endnew text begin $5,000new text end, if the county's veteran population is 3,000 or more but less deleted text beginthen
10,000
deleted text endnew text begin than 4,999new text end; deleted text beginor
deleted text end

(4) deleted text begin$5,600deleted text endnew text begin $7,500new text end, if the county's veteran population is deleted text begin10,000deleted text endnew text begin 5,000new text end or moredeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin but
less than 9,999;
new text end

new text begin (5) $10,000, if the county's veteran population is 10,000 or more but less than 19,999;
new text end

new text begin (6) $15,000, if the county's veteran population is 20,000 or more but less than
29,999; or
new text end

new text begin (7) $20,000, if the county's veteran population is 30,000 or more.
new text end

new text begin (c) The Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers is eligible to
receive an annual grant of $50,000. The grant shall be used for administrative costs of
the association, certification of mandated county veterans service officer training and
accreditation, and costs associated with reintegration services.
new text end

The veteran population of each county shall be determined by the figure supplied by
the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, as adopted by the commissioner.

Sec. 5. new text beginVETERANS SERVICE OFFICE; APPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $1,005,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2014 and $1,005,000 is appropriated in fiscal
year 2015 from the general fund to the commissioner of veterans affairs for the additional
grants authorized by section 4. This amount is added to the agency's base budget.
new text end

Sec. 6. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 197.608, subdivision 2a, new text end new text begin is repealed.
new text end

ARTICLE 3

MISCELLANEOUS VETERANS PROVISIONS

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 124D.09, subdivision 9, is amended to read:


Subd. 9.

Enrollment priority.

new text begin(a) new text endA postsecondary institution shall give priority
to its postsecondary students when enrolling 10th, 11th, and 12th grade pupils in its
courses. A postsecondary institution may provide information about its programs to a
secondary school or to a pupil or parent and it may advertise or otherwise recruit or solicit
a secondary pupil to enroll in its programs on educational and programmatic grounds only.
An institution must not enroll secondary pupils, for postsecondary enrollment options
purposes, in remedial, developmental, or other courses that are not college level. Once a
pupil has been enrolled in a postsecondary course under this section, the pupil shall not
be displaced by another student.

new text begin (b) If a postsecondary institution enrolls a secondary school pupil in a course under
this section, the postsecondary institution may not deny access to that same course to an
otherwise enrolled and qualified postsecondary student who qualifies as a veteran under
section 197.447, and who can demonstrate to the postsecondary institution's satisfaction
that the institution's established enrollment timelines were not practicable for that student.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2013.
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [192.535] CIVIL IMMUNITY; BEYOND THE YELLOW RIBBON
PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin As used in this section, the following terms have the
meanings given them:
new text end

new text begin (1) "program" means the "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" program;
new text end

new text begin (2) "program administrator" means any individual with responsibility for
coordinating the program or coordinating volunteers participating in the program;
new text end

new text begin (3) "services" means any voluntary assistance coordinated by the program that is
related to the home maintenance, transportation, physical or emotional health, personal
finances, or other similar needs of a service member, a retired service member, or a veteran;
new text end

new text begin (4) "service member" means a person serving in active military service, as defined
in section 190.05, subdivision 5;
new text end

new text begin (5) "retired service member" means a former service member who has been awarded
an honorable discharge or a medical discharge under honorable conditions from any
branch or unit of the United States armed forces, and is eligible for a pension or other
retirement pay from the federal government for service in the military; and
new text end

new text begin (6) "veteran" has the meaning given in section 197.447.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Civil immunity. new text end

new text begin (a) A program administrator and any person that, in good
faith, participates in any capacity in the program and provides services is not liable for
damages resulting from the acts or omissions by that person in providing the services,
unless the damage is the result of a willful, wanton, or reckless act or omission of the
person providing the service.
new text end

new text begin (b) A recipient of services provided by a person participating in any capacity in the
program is not liable for damages incurred by the person in the course of providing the
services, unless the damage is the result of a willful, wanton, or reckless act or omission of
the recipient.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Exception. new text end

new text begin This section does not apply:
new text end

new text begin (1) to the extent the acts or omissions are covered by an insurance policy issued to
the person or to the entity providing the services; and
new text end

new text begin (2) to a person who provides services during the course of the person's regular
employment and for which the person receives compensation.
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 damages incurred on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin [197.987] HONOR AND REMEMBER FLAG.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Legislative findings. new text end

new text begin The legislature of the state of Minnesota finds
and determines that:
new text end

new text begin (1) since the Revolutionary War, more than 1,000,000 members of the United States
armed forces have paid the ultimate price by sacrificing their lives in active military
service for the United States of America;
new text end

new text begin (2) the contribution made by those fallen members of the armed forces is deserving
of state and national recognition; and
new text end

new text begin (3) the Honor and Remember Flag is an appropriate symbol that acknowledges the
selfless sacrifice of those members of the United States armed forces.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Designation. new text end

new text begin The Honor and Remember Flag described in subdivision
3 is designated as the symbol of our state's concern and commitment to honoring and
remembering the lives of all members of the United States armed forces who have lost
their lives in the line of duty while serving honorably in active military service in the
United States armed forces or of a service-connected cause due to or aggravated by that
service, as determined by the United States Department of Defense or the United States
Department of Veterans Affairs. This designation is contingent on the flag being available
for purchase at a reasonable price.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Description. new text end

new text begin The Honor and Remember Flag shall conform substantially
to the following description: The Honor and Remember Flag is the same standard
proportions as the flag of the United States of America. Its design contains a red field that
occupies the top three-quarters and a white field that occupies the bottom quarter of the
flag. In the center of the red field is a five-pointed, gold star with the top point located
near the top of the red field and the two bottom points extending about one-quarter of the
way into the white field. The gold star has a white border surrounded by a blue border.
Between the two bottom points of the star is a tri-folded American flag displaying the blue
field and some stars, which is the configuration of the American flag presented to the
family of the deceased at a military memorial service. At the top of the tri-folded flag,
extending into the center of the gold star, is a stylized, three-part flame, with one blue part
and two red parts. In the white field below the tri-folded flag, the words "Honor and
Remember" are centered. The Honor and Remember Flag is protected by U. S. copyright,
registration number VA0001670661, owned by Honor and Remember, Inc.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Suggested days for flag display. new text end

new text begin (a) The chief administrator of each
governmental building or facility within this state, as defined in paragraph (b), is
encouraged to display the Honor and Remember Flag on the following days each year:
new text end

new text begin (1) Armed Forces Day, the third Saturday in May;
new text end

new text begin (2) Flag Day, June 14;
new text end

new text begin (3) July 2nd and July 3rd, in remembrance of the 262 soldiers of the 1st Regiment
Minnesota Volunteer Infantry who, at the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil
War, fought so gallantly and successfully to repulse two major Confederate attacks on the
main Union line, suffering over 80 percent casualties, thereby turning the battle and the
war and helping to preserve the Union itself at that pivotal moment in our nation's history;
new text end

new text begin (4) July 4th, Independence Day;
new text end

new text begin (5) the third Friday of September, National POW/MIA Recognition Day;
new text end

new text begin (6) November 11, Veterans Day;
new text end

new text begin (7) July 27, Korean War Armistice Day;
new text end

new text begin (8) March 29, Vietnam Veterans Day; and
new text end

new text begin (9) any day on which the United States flag is displayed at a governmental building
or facility within this state.
new text end

new text begin (b) For purposes of this section, "governmental building or facility within this state"
means the following locations:
new text end

new text begin (1) the Minnesota State Capitol, the Office of the Governor and each other Minnesota
constitutional office, the chambers of the Minnesota Senate and the Minnesota House of
Representatives, the Minnesota Judicial Center and each Minnesota District Court House,
any official state of Minnesota veterans memorial, Minnesota veterans home, Minnesota
veterans cemetery, state veterans service centers, and state veterans community-based
outreach centers; and
new text end

new text begin (2) any appropriate local government building or facility, as determined by the
governing body of that local government.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Limitation. new text end

new text begin This section may not be construed or interpreted to require
any employee to report to work solely for the purpose of providing for the display of the
Honor and Remember Flag or any other flag.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Implementation. new text end

new text begin If a governmental building or facility within this state
opts to display the Honor and Remember Flag, the chief administrator of that facility shall
prescribe procedures necessary for the display.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Flag donation. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding sections 10A.071 and 471.895, any
named public office or public official may accept a donation of one or more Honor and
Remember Flags for the purpose of this section.
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.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 364.03, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Evidence of rehabilitation.

(a) A person who has been convicted of a
crime or crimes which directly relate to the public employment sought or to the occupation
for which a license is sought shall not be disqualified from the employment or occupation
if the person can show competent evidence of sufficient rehabilitation and present fitness
to perform the duties of the public employment sought or the occupation for which the
license is sought. deleted text beginSufficientdeleted text end new text beginCompetent new text endevidence of new text beginsufficient new text endrehabilitation may be
established by the production ofnew text begin a certified copy of a United States Department of Defense
form DD-214 showing the person's honorable discharge, or separation under honorable
conditions, from the United States armed forces for military service rendered following
conviction for any crime that would otherwise disqualify the person from the public
employment sought or the occupation for which the license is sought, or
new text end:

(1) a copy of the local, state, or federal release order; and

(2) evidence showing that at least one year has elapsed since release from any local,
state, or federal correctional institution without subsequent conviction of a crime; and
evidence showing compliance with all terms and conditions of probation or parole; or

(3) a copy of the relevant Department of Corrections discharge order or other
documents showing completion of probation or parole supervision.

(b) In addition to the documentary evidence presented, the licensing or hiring
authority shall consider any evidence presented by the applicant regarding:

(1) the nature and seriousness of the crime or crimes for which convicted;

(2) all circumstances relative to the crime or crimes, including mitigating
circumstances or social conditions surrounding the commission of the crime or crimes;

(3) the age of the person at the time the crime or crimes were committed;

(4) the length of time elapsed since the crime or crimes were committed; and

(5) all other competent evidence of rehabilitation and present fitness presented,
including, but not limited to, letters of reference by persons who have been in contact with
the applicant since the applicant's release from any local, state, or federal correctional
institution.

new text begin (c) The certified copy of a person's United States Department of Defense form
DD-214 showing the person's honorable discharge or separation under honorable
conditions from the United States armed forces ceases to qualify as competent evidence of
sufficient rehabilitation for purposes of this section upon the person's conviction for any
felony crime committed by the person subsequent to the effective date of that honorable
discharge or separation from military service.
new text end

Sec. 5. new text beginMINNESOTA ASSISTANCE COUNCIL FOR VETERANS;
APPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $250,000 in fiscal year 2014 and $250,000 in fiscal year 2015 are appropriated from
the general fund to the commissioner of veterans affairs for a grant to the Minnesota
Assistance Council for Veterans to provide assistance throughout Minnesota to veterans
and their families who are homeless or in danger of homelessness, including assistance
with the following: (1) utilities; (2) employment; and (3) legal issues. The assistance
authorized under this section must be made according to guidelines established by the
commissioner. In order to avoid duplication of services, the commissioner must ensure
that this assistance is coordinated with all other available programs for veterans.
new text end

Sec. 6. new text beginAMERICAN INDIAN VETERANS PLAQUE AUTHORIZED.
new text end

new text begin (a) The legislature and Minnesota's American Indian veterans wish to honor
American Indian veterans from this state who have honorably and bravely served in the
United States armed forces, during both peacetime and war.
new text end

new text begin (b) A memorial plaque may be placed in the court of honor on the Capitol grounds
by Minnesota's American Indian veterans to recognize the valiant service of American
Indian veterans from this state who have honorably and bravely served in the United
States armed forces, during both peacetime and war. The plaque must be furnished by
Minnesota's American Indian veterans and must be approved by the commissioner of
veterans affairs and the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board.
new text end

ARTICLE 4

GOVERNOR'S FUND-RAISING INITIATIVES FOR VETERANS

Section 1.

new text begin [168.1299] SPECIAL "SUPPORT OUR VETERANS" PLATES.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin General requirements and procedures. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner shall
issue special "Support Our Veterans" plates to an applicant who:
new text end

new text begin (1) is a registered owner of a passenger automobile;
new text end

new text begin (2) pays a fee of $10 to cover costs of handling and manufacturing the plates;
new text end

new text begin (3) pays the registration tax required under section 168.013;
new text end

new text begin (4) pays the fees required under this chapter;
new text end

new text begin (5) contributes a minimum of $30 annually to the "Support Our Troops" account
under section 190.19; and
new text end

new text begin (6) complies with this chapter and the rules governing registration of motor vehicles
and licensing of drivers.
new text end

new text begin (b) The Support Our Veterans plate application must indicate that the annual
contribution specified under paragraph (a), clause (5), is a minimum contribution to receive
the special plate and that the applicant may make an additional contribution to the account.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Design. new text end

new text begin After consultation with interested groups, the commissioner of
veterans affairs shall design the "Support Our Veterans" plates, subject to the approval of
the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin No refund. new text end

new text begin Contributions under this section must not be refunded.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Plates transfer. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding section 168.12, subdivision 1, on
payment of a transfer fee of $5, plates issued under this section may be transferred to
another passenger automobile by the individual to whom the "Support Our Veterans"
plates were issued.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Contribution and fees credited. new text end

new text begin Contributions under subdivision
1, paragraph (a), clause (5), must be paid to the commissioner and credited to the
"Support Our Troops" account established in section 190.19. The contribution credited
to the "Support Our Troops" account under this subdivision must be transferred to the
commissioner of veterans affairs and used only for the purposes established under section
196.31, subdivision 4. The fees collected under this section must be deposited in the
vehicle services operating account in the special revenue fund under section 299A.705.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Record. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall maintain a record of the number of
plates issued under this section.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective January 1, 2014, for plates issued
on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [196.31] SUPPORT OUR VETERANS ACCOUNT.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin The Minnesota "Support Our Veterans" account
is established in the special revenue fund. The account shall consist of contributions
from private sources and appropriations. Money in the account is appropriated to the
Department of Veterans Affairs.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Purpose. new text end

new text begin Money appropriated to the Department of Veterans Affairs from
the Minnesota "Support Our Veterans" account shall be used to establish a grant program
to address the emerging needs of veterans. The commissioner shall administer a grant
program and award grants with the money from this account to eligible individuals or
organizations.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Eligibility. new text end

new text begin To be eligible for a grant under this section, an individual or
organization must apply to the commissioner by submitting a proposal that meets the
criteria specified by the commissioner. In addition, the proposal must:
new text end

new text begin (1) not duplicate services provided elsewhere;
new text end

new text begin (2) have set goals and performance measures; and
new text end

new text begin (3) be used for one of the purposes listed in subdivision 4.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Uses. new text end

new text begin Money appropriated to the Department of Veterans Affairs from the
Minnesota "Support Our Veterans" account may be used to award grants for the following
purposes:
new text end

new text begin (1) outreach to underserved veterans;
new text end

new text begin (2) providing services and programs for veterans and their families;
new text end

new text begin (3) assisting in the reintegration of combat veterans into society;
new text end

new text begin (4) assisting in the reduction of homelessness among veterans; and
new text end

new text begin (5) addressing other emerging needs of veterans as determined by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Annual report. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of veterans affairs must report by
February 1, 2014, and each year thereafter, to the chairs and ranking minority members
of the legislative committees and divisions with jurisdiction over veterans affairs on
the number, amounts, and use of grants made by the commissioner from the Minnesota
"Support Our Veterans" account in the previous year.
new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin [349A.17] SPECIAL GAME; VETERANS.
new text end

new text begin (a) The Minnesota Lottery shall establish a scratch-off game whose receipts are
dedicated to the "Support Our Veterans" account established under section 196.31. The
game shall be in play at least once each year, on a theme and with content chosen by
the lottery.
new text end

new text begin (b) The transfer under paragraph (a) shall consist of gross receipts, as defined
in section 349A.01, subdivision 7, less the lottery's expenses related to the veterans'
scratch-off games, as described in section 349A.10, subdivision 6, and less amounts
transmitted to the Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund pursuant to the
Minnesota Constitution, article XI, section 14.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginDEPOSIT OF FUNDS.
new text end

new text begin The Minnesota Lottery shall deposit any funds created under games authorized
under Minnesota Statutes, section 349A.17, on a monthly basis into the "Support Our
Veterans" account established under Minnesota Statutes, section 196.31, and shall be made
available for those uses listed in Minnesota Statutes, section 196.31, subdivision 4.
new text end

ARTICLE 5

GOVERNOR'S GI BILL MODIFICATIONS

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 197.791, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

(a) The definitions in this subdivision apply to this
section.

(b) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of veterans affairs, unless otherwise
specified.

(c) "Cost of attendance" for undergraduate students has the meaning given in section
136A.121, subdivision 6, multiplied by a factor of 1.2. Cost of attendance for graduate
students has the meaning given in section 136A.121, subdivision 6, multiplied by a factor
of 1.2, using the tuition and fee maximum established by law for four-year programs. For
purposes of calculating the cost of attendance for graduate students, full time is eight
credits or more per term or the equivalent.

(d) "Child" means a natural or adopted child of a person described in subdivision 4,
paragraph (a), clause (1), item (i) or (ii).

(e) "Eligible institution" means a postsecondary institution under section 136A.101,
subdivision 4, or a graduate school licensed or registered with the state of Minnesota
serving only graduate students.

(f) "Program" means the Minnesota GI Bill program established in this section,
unless otherwise specified.

(g) "Time of hostilities" means any action by the armed forces of the United States
that is recognized by the issuance of a presidential proclamation or a presidential executive
order in which the armed forces expeditionary medal or other campaign service medals
are awarded according to presidential executive order, and any additional period or place
that the commissioner determines and designates, after consultation with the United States
Department of Defense, to be a period or place where the United States is in a conflict that
places persons at such a risk that service in a foreign country during that period or in that
place should be considered to be included.

(h) "Veteran" has the meaning given in section 197.447. deleted text beginVeteran also includes
a service member who has received an honorable discharge after leaving each period of
federal active duty service and has:
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deleted text begin (1) served 90 days or more of federal active duty in a foreign country during a time
of hostilities in that country; or
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deleted text begin (2) been awarded any of the following medals:
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deleted text begin (i) Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal;
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deleted text begin (ii) Kosovo Campaign Medal;
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deleted text begin (iii) Afghanistan Campaign Medal;
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deleted text begin (iv) Iraq Campaign Medal;
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deleted text begin (v) Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; or
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deleted text begin (vi) any other campaign medal authorized for service after September 11, 2001; or
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deleted text begin (3) received a service-related medical discharge from any period of service in a
foreign country during a time of hostilities in that country.
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A service member who has fulfilled the requirements for being a veteran under this
paragraph but is still serving actively in the United States armed forces is also a veteran
for the purposes of this section.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 197.791, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Eligibility.

(a) A person is eligible for educational assistance under this
section if:

(1) the person is:

(i) a veteran who is serving or has served honorably in any branch or unit of the
United States armed forces at any time deleted text beginon or after September 11, 2001deleted text end;

(ii) a nonveteran who has served honorably for a total of five years or more
cumulatively as a member of the Minnesota National Guard or any other active or reserve
component of the United States armed forces, and any part of that service occurred on or
after September 11, 2001;

(iii) the surviving spouse or child of a person who has served in the military deleted text beginat any
time on or after September 11, 2001,
deleted text end and who has died as a direct result of that military
servicenew text begin, only if the surviving spouse or child is eligible to receive federal education
benefits under United States Code, title 38, chapter 33, as amended, or United States
Code, title 38, chapter 35, as amended
new text end; or

(iv) the spouse or child of a person who has served in the military at any time deleted text beginon or
after September 11, 2001,
deleted text end and who has a total and permanent service-connected disability
as rated by the United States Veterans Administrationnew text begin, only if the spouse or child is
eligible to receive federal education benefits under United States Code, title 38, chapter
33, as amended, or United States Code, title 38, chapter 35, as amended
new text end;new text begin and
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(2) the person receiving the educational assistance is a Minnesota resident, as
defined in section 136A.101, subdivision 8; and

(3) the person receiving the educational assistance:

(i) is an undergraduate or graduate student at an eligible institution;

(ii) is maintaining satisfactory academic progress as defined by the institution for
students participating in federal Title IV programs;

(iii) is enrolled in an education program leading to a certificate, diploma, or degree
at an eligible institution;

(iv) has applied for educational assistance under this section prior to the end of the
academic term for which the assistance is being requested;

(v) is in compliance with child support payment requirements under section
136A.121, subdivision 2, clause (5); and

(vi) has completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

(b) A person's eligibility terminates when the person becomes eligible for benefits
under section 135A.52.

(c) To determine eligibility, the commissioner may require official documentation,
including the person's federal form DD-214 or other official military discharge papers;
correspondence from the United States Veterans Administration; birth certificate; marriage
certificate; proof of enrollment at an eligible institution; signed affidavits; proof of
residency; proof of identity; or any other official documentation the commissioner
considers necessary to determine eligibility.

(d) The commissioner may deny eligibility or terminate benefits under this section
to any person who has not provided sufficient documentation to determine eligibility for
the program. An applicant may appeal the commissioner's eligibility determination or
termination of benefits in writing to the commissioner at any time. The commissioner
must rule on any application or appeal within 30 days of receipt of all documentation that
the commissioner requires. The decision of the commissioner regarding an appeal is final.
However, an applicant whose appeal of an eligibility determination has been rejected by
the commissioner may submit an additional appeal of that determination in writing to the
commissioner at any time that the applicant is able to provide substantively significant
additional information regarding the applicant's eligibility for the program. An approval
of an applicant's eligibility by the commissioner following an appeal by the applicant is
not retroactively effective for more than one year or the semester of the person's original
application, whichever is later.

(e) Upon receiving an application with insufficient documentation to determine
eligibility, the commissioner must notify the applicant within 30 days of receipt of the
application that the application is being suspended pending receipt by the commissioner of
sufficient documentation from the applicant to determine eligibility.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 197.791, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Benefit amount.

(a) On approval by the commissioner of eligibility for
the program, the applicant shall be awarded, on a funds-available basis, the educational
assistance under the program for use at any time according to program rules at any
eligible institution.

(b) The amount of educational assistance in any semester or term for an eligible
person must be determined by subtracting from the eligible person's cost of attendance the
amount the person received or was eligible to receive in that semester or term from:

(1) the federal Pell Grant;

(2) the state grant program under section 136A.121; and

(3) any federal military or veterans educational benefits including but not limited
to the Montgomery GI Bill, GI Bill Kicker, the federal tuition assistance program,
vocational rehabilitation benefits, and any other federal benefits associated with the
person's status as a veteran, except veterans disability payments from the United States
Veterans Administrationnew text begin and payments made under the Veterans Retraining Assistance
Program (VRAP)
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(c) The amount of educational assistance for any eligible person who is a full-time
student must not exceed the following:

(1) $1,000 per semester or term of enrollment;

(2) $3,000 per state fiscal year; and

(3) $10,000 in a lifetime.

For a part-time student, the amount of educational assistance must not exceed
$500 per semester or term of enrollment. For the purpose of this paragraph, a part-time
undergraduate student is a student taking fewer than 12 credits or the equivalent for a
semester or term of enrollment and a part-time graduate student is a student considered
part time by the eligible institution the graduate student is attending. The minimum award
for undergraduate and graduate students is $50 per term.

Sec. 4. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; GI BILL.
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new text begin $100,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of veterans
affairs to administer the changes made to the GI Bill in sections 3 and 4. This appropriation
is added to the agency's base budget.
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ARTICLE 6

ADDITIONAL GOVERNOR APPROPRIATIONS

Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; GOLD STAR PROGRAM.
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new text begin $100,000 in fiscal year 2014 and $100,000 in fiscal year 2015 are appropriated from
the general fund to the commissioner of veterans affairs to administer and implement the
Gold Star Program for surviving family members of deceased veterans.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; HONOR GUARDS.
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new text begin $200,000 in fiscal year 2014 and $200,000 in fiscal year 2015 are appropriated
from the general fund to the commissioner of veterans affairs for compensation for
honor guards at the funerals of veterans under Minnesota Statutes, section 197.231. This
appropriation is added to the agency's base budget.
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Sec. 3. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; IT UPGRADES.
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new text begin $618,000 in fiscal year 2014 and $382,000 in fiscal year 2015 are appropriated from
the general fund to the commissioner of veterans affairs to improve and modernize the
department's information technology systems. These funds shall be transferred to the
Office of Enterprise Technology. This is a onetime transfer and is available until spent.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; VETERANS CEMETERY IN FILLMORE COUNTY.
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new text begin $425,000 in fiscal year 2015 is appropriated from the general fund to the
commissioner of veterans affairs for operation of the new veterans cemetery in Fillmore
County. This amount is added to the program's base funding.
new text end

Sec. 5. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS.
new text end

new text begin $353,000 in fiscal year 2014 and $353,000 in fiscal year 2015 are appropriated
from the general fund to the commissioner of veterans affairs for grants to the
following congressionally chartered veterans service organizations, as designated by
the commissioner: Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart,
American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, AMVETS,
and Paralyzed Veterans of America. This funding must be allocated in direct proportion to
the funding currently being provided by the commissioner to these organizations.
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