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SF 1647

4th Engrossment - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 05/27/2015 12:17pm

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

Current Version - 4th Engrossment

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; establishing a budget for transportation; appropriating
money for transportation, including Department of Transportation, Metropolitan
Council, and Department of Public Safety activities; amending various provisions
governing transportation policy and finance; establishing an account; requiring
reports; amending Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections 13.69, subdivision 1;
16E.15, subdivision 2; 117.036, subdivisions 2, 4; 160.20, subdivision 4; 160.27,
by adding a subdivision; 161.231; 161.321, subdivisions 2a, 2c, 4; 162.07,
subdivision 1a; 168.013, subdivisions 1d, 1g; 168.053, subdivision 1; 168.1299,
subdivision 1; 168.33, subdivision 7; 168A.07, by adding a subdivision;
168D.06; 169.18, subdivision 12; 169.475, subdivision 2; 169.49; 169.782,
subdivisions 1, 2, 4; 169.798, subdivision 4; 169.81, by adding a subdivision;
169.87, subdivision 6; 173.02, by adding a subdivision; 173.15; 174.40, by
adding a subdivision; 219.76; 219.761; 221.031, by adding a subdivision;
221.605, by adding a subdivision; 222.50, subdivision 7; 299A.465, subdivisions
2, 5, by adding subdivisions; 299D.085, subdivision 2; 299D.09; 360.305,
subdivision 4; 473.146, subdivision 4; Laws 2009, chapter 158, section 10, as
amended; Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 10, section 11, subdivision 2; article
11, section 3; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 160;
162; 299F; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 299E.02.

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

ARTICLE 1

TRANSPORTATION APPROPRIATIONS

Section 1. new text begin SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS.
new text end

new text begin The amounts shown in this section summarize direct appropriations by fund made
in this act, and do not have legal effect.
new text end

new text begin 2016
new text end
new text begin 2017
new text end
new text begin Total
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 139,347,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 135,792,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 275,139,000
new text end
new text begin Airports
new text end
new text begin 25,109,000
new text end
new text begin 25,109,000
new text end
new text begin 50,218,000
new text end
new text begin C.S.A.H.
new text end
new text begin 670,768,000
new text end
new text begin 698,495,000
new text end
new text begin 1,369,263,000
new text end
new text begin M.S.A.S.
new text end
new text begin 170,743,000
new text end
new text begin 178,141,000
new text end
new text begin 348,884,000
new text end
new text begin Special Revenue
new text end
new text begin 61,475,000
new text end
new text begin 62,210,000
new text end
new text begin 123,685,000
new text end
new text begin H.U.T.D.
new text end
new text begin 2,192,000
new text end
new text begin 2,213,000
new text end
new text begin 4,405,000
new text end
new text begin Trunk Highway
new text end
new text begin 1,673,708,000
new text end
new text begin 1,672,006,000
new text end
new text begin 3,345,714,000
new text end
new text begin Total
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 2,743,342,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 2,773,966,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 5,517,308,000
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginTRANSPORTATION APPROPRIATIONS.new text end

new text begin The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to
the agencies and for the purposes specified in this article. The appropriations are from
the trunk highway fund, or another named fund, and are available for the fiscal years
indicated for each purpose. Amounts for "Total Appropriation" and sums shown in
the corresponding columns marked "Appropriations by Fund" are summary only and
do have legal effect. The figures "2016" and "2017" used in this article mean that the
appropriations listed under them are available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, or
June 30, 2017, respectively. "The first year" is fiscal year 2016. "The second year" is fiscal
year 2017. "The biennium" is fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
new text end

new text begin APPROPRIATIONS
new text end
new text begin Available for the Year
new text end
new text begin Ending June 30
new text end
new text begin 2016
new text end
new text begin 2017
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginDEPARTMENT OF
TRANSPORTATION
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Total Appropriation
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 2,488,269,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 2,496,573,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2016
new text end
new text begin 2017
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 44,115,000
new text end
new text begin 21,058,000
new text end
new text begin Airports
new text end
new text begin 25,109,000
new text end
new text begin 25,109,000
new text end
new text begin C.S.A.H.
new text end
new text begin 670,768,000
new text end
new text begin 698,495,000
new text end
new text begin M.S.A.S.
new text end
new text begin 170,743,000
new text end
new text begin 178,141,000
new text end
new text begin Trunk Highway
new text end
new text begin 1,577,534,000
new text end
new text begin 1,573,770,000
new text end

new text begin The amounts that may be spent for each
purpose are specified in the following
subdivisions.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Multimodal Systems
new text end

new text begin (a) Aeronautics
new text end

new text begin (1) Airport Development and Assistance
new text end
new text begin 19,798,000
new text end
new text begin 19,798,000
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is from the state
airports fund and must be spent according
to Minnesota Statutes, section 360.305,
subdivision 4
.
new text end

new text begin The base appropriation in each of fiscal years
2018 and 2019 is $14,298,000.
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section
16A.28, subdivision 6, this appropriation is
available for five years after appropriation.
If the appropriation for either year is
insufficient, the appropriation for the other
year is available for it.
new text end

new text begin (2) Aviation Support and Services
new text end
new text begin 6,661,000
new text end
new text begin 6,661,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2016
new text end
new text begin 2017
new text end
new text begin Airports
new text end
new text begin 5,311,000
new text end
new text begin 5,311,000
new text end
new text begin Trunk Highway
new text end
new text begin 1,350,000
new text end
new text begin 1,350,000
new text end

new text begin $80,000 in each year is from the state airports
fund for the Civil Air Patrol.
new text end

new text begin The base appropriation from the trunk
highway fund in fiscal year 2018 is
$1,479,000 and in fiscal year 2019 is
$1,623,000.
new text end

new text begin (b) Transit
new text end
new text begin 20,543,000
new text end
new text begin 20,567,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2016
new text end
new text begin 2017
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 19,745,000
new text end
new text begin 19,745,000
new text end
new text begin Trunk Highway
new text end
new text begin 798,000
new text end
new text begin 822,000
new text end

new text begin The base appropriation from the general
fund in each of fiscal years 2018 and 2019
is $17,245,000.
new text end

new text begin The base appropriation from the trunk
highway fund in fiscal year 2018 is $846,000
and in fiscal year 2019 is $873,000.
new text end

new text begin (c) Safe Routes to School
new text end
new text begin 500,000
new text end
new text begin 500,000
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is from the general fund
for the safe routes to school program under
Minnesota Statutes, section 174.40.
new text end

new text begin (d) Passenger Rail
new text end
new text begin 500,000
new text end
new text begin 500,000
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is from the general
fund for passenger rail system planning,
alternatives analysis, environmental analysis,
design, and preliminary engineering under
Minnesota Statutes, sections 174.632 to
174.636.
new text end

new text begin (e) Freight
new text end
new text begin 13,445,000
new text end
new text begin 5,452,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2016
new text end
new text begin 2017
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 8,401,000
new text end
new text begin 256,000
new text end
new text begin Trunk Highway
new text end
new text begin 5,044,000
new text end
new text begin 5,196,000
new text end

new text begin $145,000 in the first year is from the general
fund for a grant to the Minnesota Commercial
Railway for emergency temporary repairs
to approximately 6.5 miles of railroad track
described as that portion of the Minnesota
Commercial main running lead, between
M&D Junction in White Bear Lake and the
end of track in Hugo.
new text end

new text begin $3,000,000 in the first year is from the
general fund for port development assistance
program grants under Minnesota Statutes,
chapter 457A. Any improvements made with
the proceeds of these grants must be publicly
owned. This is a onetime appropriation and
is available in the second year.
new text end

new text begin $5,000,000 in the first year is from the
general fund for rail grade crossing
safety improvements. This is a onetime
appropriation and is available in the second
year.
new text end

new text begin The base appropriation from the trunk
highway fund in fiscal year 2018 is
$5,350,000 and in fiscal year 2019 is
$5,522,000.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin State Roads
new text end

new text begin (a) Operations and Maintenance
new text end
new text begin 288,405,000
new text end
new text begin 290,916,000
new text end

new text begin The base appropriation in fiscal year 2018
is $292,140,000 and in fiscal year 2019 is
$301,545,000.
new text end

new text begin (b) Program Planning and Delivery
new text end
new text begin 237,529,000
new text end
new text begin 231,252,000
new text end

new text begin $130,000 in each year is available for
administrative costs of the targeted group
business program.
new text end

new text begin $266,000 in each year is available for grants
to metropolitan planning organizations
outside the seven-county metropolitan area.
new text end

new text begin $900,000 in each year is available for
grants for transportation studies outside
the metropolitan area to identify critical
concerns, problems, and issues. These
grants are available: (1) to regional
development commissions; (2) in regions
where no regional development commission
is functioning, to joint powers boards
established under agreement of two or
more political subdivisions in the region to
exercise the planning functions of a regional
development commission; and (3) in regions
where no regional development commission
or joint powers board is functioning, to the
department's district office for that region.
new text end

new text begin $1,000,000 in each year is available
for management of contaminated and
regulated material on property owned by
the Department of Transportation, including
mitigation of property conveyances, facility
acquisition or expansion, chemical release at
maintenance facilities, and spills on the trunk
highway system where there is no known
responsible party. If the appropriation for
either year is insufficient, the appropriation
for the other year is available for it.
new text end

new text begin $6,804,000 in the first year and $1,000,000 in
the second year are available for the purposes
stated in Minnesota Statutes, section 12A.16,
subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin The base appropriation for program
planning and delivery in fiscal year 2018
is $227,004,000 and in fiscal year 2019 is
$234,331,000.
new text end

new text begin (c) State Road Construction
new text end
new text begin 779,664,000
new text end
new text begin 744,166,000
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is for the actual
construction, reconstruction, and
improvement of trunk highways, including
design-build contracts, internal department
costs associated with delivering the
construction program, and consultant usage
to support these activities. This includes the
cost of actual payment to landowners for
lands acquired for highway rights-of-way,
payment to lessees, interest subsidies, and
relocation expenses.
new text end

new text begin $1,000,000 in the first year is to complete
projects using funds made available to
the commissioner of transportation under
title XII of the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law
111-5, and implemented under Minnesota
Statutes, section 161.36, subdivision 7.
new text end

new text begin $10,000,000 in each year is for the
transportation economic development
program under Minnesota Statutes, section
174.12.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner may expend up to one-half
of one percent of the federal appropriations
under this paragraph as grants to opportunity
industrialization centers and other nonprofit
job training centers for job training programs
related to highway construction.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner may transfer up to
$15,000,000 each year to the transportation
revolving loan fund.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner may receive money
covering other shares of the cost of
partnership projects. These receipts are
appropriated to the commissioner for these
projects.
new text end

new text begin The base appropriation for state road
construction in each of fiscal years 2018 and
2019 is $695,800,000.
new text end

new text begin (d) Highway Debt Service
new text end
new text begin 197,381,000
new text end
new text begin 231,199,000
new text end

new text begin $187,881,000 the first year and $221,699,000
the second year are for transfer to the state
bond fund. If this appropriation is insufficient
to make all transfers required in the year
for which it is made, the commissioner
of management and budget shall transfer
the deficiency amount under the statutory
open appropriation, and notify the chairs
and ranking minority members of the
legislative committees with jurisdiction over
transportation finance and the chairs of the
senate Committee on Finance and the house
of representatives Committee on Ways and
Means of the amount of the deficiency. Any
excess appropriation cancels to the trunk
highway fund.
new text end

new text begin (e) Statewide Radio Communications
new text end
new text begin 5,358,000
new text end
new text begin 5,486,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2016
new text end
new text begin 2017
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 35,000
new text end
new text begin 3,000
new text end
new text begin Trunk Highway
new text end
new text begin 5,323,000
new text end
new text begin 5,483,000
new text end

new text begin $3,000 in each year is from the general fund to
equip and operate the Roosevelt signal tower
for Lake of the Woods weather broadcasting.
new text end

new text begin $32,000 in the first year is from the general
fund for a weather transmitter in Lake of the
Woods County.
new text end

new text begin The base appropriation from the trunk
highway fund in fiscal year 2018 is
$5,645,000 and in fiscal year 2019 is
$5,826,000.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Local Roads
new text end

new text begin (a) County State-Aid Roads
new text end
new text begin 670,768,000
new text end
new text begin 698,495,000
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is from the county
state-aid highway fund under Minnesota
Statutes, section 161.081, and chapter 162,
and is available until spent.
new text end

new text begin If the commissioner of transportation
determines that a balance remains in the
county state-aid highway fund following
the appropriations and transfers made in
this paragraph, and that the appropriations
made are insufficient for advancing county
state-aid highway projects, an amount
necessary to advance the projects, not to
exceed the balance in the county state-aid
highway fund, is appropriated in each year
to the commissioner. Within two weeks
of a determination under this contingent
appropriation, the commissioner of
transportation shall notify the commissioner
of management and budget and the chairs
and ranking minority members of the
legislative committees with jurisdiction
over transportation finance concerning
funds appropriated. The commissioner shall
identify in the next budget submission to the
legislature under Minnesota Statutes, section
16A.11, any amount that is appropriated
under this paragraph.
new text end

new text begin (b) Municipal State-Aid Roads
new text end
new text begin 170,743,000
new text end
new text begin 178,141,000
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is from the municipal
state-aid street fund under Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 162, and is available until
spent.
new text end

new text begin If the commissioner of transportation
determines that a balance remains in the
municipal state-aid street fund following the
appropriations and transfers made in this
paragraph, and that the appropriations made
are insufficient for advancing municipal
state-aid street projects, an amount necessary
to advance the projects, not to exceed
the balance in the municipal state-aid
street fund, is appropriated in each year
to the commissioner. Within two weeks
of a determination under this contingent
appropriation, the commissioner of
transportation shall notify the commissioner
of management and budget and the chairs
and ranking minority members of the
legislative committees with jurisdiction
over transportation finance concerning
funds appropriated. The commissioner shall
identify in the next budget submission to the
legislature under Minnesota Statutes, section
16A.11, any amount that is appropriated
under this paragraph.
new text end

new text begin (c) Small Cities Assistance
new text end
new text begin 12,500,000
new text end
new text begin 0
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is from the general fund
for small cities assistance under Minnesota
Statutes, section 162.145.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Agency Management
new text end

new text begin (a) Agency Services
new text end
new text begin 42,722,000
new text end
new text begin 43,519,000
new text end

new text begin The base appropriation in fiscal year 2018
is $44,316,000 and in fiscal year 2019 is
$45,206,000.
new text end

new text begin (b) Buildings
new text end
new text begin 18,772,000
new text end
new text begin 19,321,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2016
new text end
new text begin 2017
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 54,000
new text end
new text begin 54,000
new text end
new text begin Trunk Highway
new text end
new text begin 18,718,000
new text end
new text begin 19,267,000
new text end

new text begin Any money appropriated to the commissioner
of transportation for building construction for
any fiscal year before the first year is available
to the commissioner of transportation
during the biennium to the extent that the
commissioner spends the money on the
building construction projects for which the
money was originally encumbered during the
fiscal year for which it was appropriated.
new text end

new text begin If the appropriation for either year is
insufficient, the appropriation for the other
year is available for it.
new text end

new text begin The base appropriation from the trunk
highway fund in fiscal year 2018 is
$20,031,000 and in fiscal year 2019 is
$20,885,000.
new text end

new text begin (c) Tort Claims
new text end
new text begin 600,000
new text end
new text begin 600,000
new text end

new text begin If the appropriation for either year is
insufficient, the appropriation for the other
year is available for it.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Transfers
new text end

new text begin With the approval of the commissioner of
management and budget, the commissioner
of transportation may transfer unencumbered
balances among the appropriations from the
trunk highway fund and the state airports
fund made in this section. No transfer
may be made from the appropriations for
state road construction or for debt service.
Transfers under this rider may not be made
between funds. Transfers under this rider
must be reported immediately to the chairs
and ranking minority members of the
legislative committees with jurisdiction over
transportation finance.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner of transportation shall
transfer from the flexible highway account in
the county state-aid highway fund the entire
amount in each year to the county turnback
account in the county state-aid highway
fund. The funds transferred are for highway
turnback purposes under Minnesota Statutes,
section 161.081, subdivision 3.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Previous State Road Construction
Appropriations
new text end

new text begin Any money appropriated to the commissioner
of transportation for state road construction
for any fiscal year before the first year is
available to the commissioner during the
biennium to the extent that the commissioner
spends the money on the state road
construction project for which the money
was originally encumbered during the fiscal
year for which it was appropriated.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Contingent Appropriation
new text end

new text begin The commissioner of transportation, with
the approval of the governor and the
written approval of at least five members
of a group consisting of the members of
the Legislative Advisory Commission
under Minnesota Statutes, section 3.30,
and the ranking minority members of the
legislative committees with jurisdiction over
transportation finance, may transfer all or
part of the unappropriated balance in the
trunk highway fund to an appropriation:
(1) for trunk highway design, construction,
or inspection in order to take advantage of
an unanticipated receipt of income to the
trunk highway fund or to take advantage
of federal advanced construction funding;
(2) for trunk highway maintenance in order
to meet an emergency; or (3) to pay tort
or environmental claims. Nothing in this
subdivision authorizes the commissioner
to increase the use of federal advanced
construction funding beyond amounts
specifically authorized. Any transfer as
a result of the use of federal advanced
construction funding must include an
analysis of the effects on the long-term
trunk highway fund balance. The amount
transferred is appropriated for the purpose of
the account to which it is transferred.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginMETROPOLITAN COUNCIL
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 81,626,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 101,126,000
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is from the general fund
for transit system operations under Minnesota
Statutes, sections 473.371 to 473.449.
new text end

new text begin Of this amount, $27,300,000 is available
through fiscal year 2018.
new text end

new text begin Of this appropriation, $1,000,000 in
each year is for financial assistance to
replacement service providers under
Minnesota Statutes, section 473.388, to
implement a demonstration project that
provides regular route transit or express
bus service between municipalities in the
metropolitan area, as defined in Minnesota
Statutes, section 473.121, subdivision 2,
excluding cities of the first class. The council
may not retain any portion of funds specified
in this rider. The replacement service
providers shall collectively identify one or
more demonstration projects for financial
assistance and submit a notification of the
allocation to the council. The council shall
allocate the appropriated funds as directed by
the replacement service providers. Criteria
for evaluating and identifying demonstration
projects must include but are not limited to:
(1) scope of service offering improvements;
(2) integration with transit facilities and
major business, retail, or suburban centers;
(3) extent to which a proposed route
complements existing transit service; and
(4) density of employment along a proposed
route. This is a onetime appropriation.
new text end

new text begin Of this appropriation, $200,000 in the first
year is for grants payable by July 31, 2016,
to transportation management organizations
that provide services exclusively or primarily
in (1) each city of the first class, as provided
under section 410.01; and (2) the city having
the highest population as of the effective
date of this section located along the marked
Interstate Highway 494 corridor. Permissible
uses include administrative expenses and
programming and service expansion,
including but not limited to staffing,
communications, outreach and education
program development, and operations
management. The council may not retain any
portion of funds under this appropriation.
new text end

new text begin The base appropriation in each of fiscal years
2018 and 2019 is $89,820,000.
new text end

Sec. 5. new text beginDEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Total Appropriation
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 173,447,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 176,267,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2016
new text end
new text begin 2017
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 13,606,000
new text end
new text begin 13,608,000
new text end
new text begin Special Revenue
new text end
new text begin 61,475,000
new text end
new text begin 62,210,000
new text end
new text begin H.U.T.D.
new text end
new text begin 2,192,000
new text end
new text begin 2,213,000
new text end
new text begin Trunk Highway
new text end
new text begin 96,174,000
new text end
new text begin 98,236,000
new text end

new text begin The amounts that may be spent for each
purpose are specified in the following
subdivisions.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Administration and Related Services
new text end

new text begin (a) Office of Communications
new text end
new text begin 517,000
new text end
new text begin 530,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2016
new text end
new text begin 2017
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 113,000
new text end
new text begin 115,000
new text end
new text begin Trunk Highway
new text end
new text begin 404,000
new text end
new text begin 415,000
new text end
new text begin (b) Public Safety Support
new text end
new text begin 9,035,000
new text end
new text begin 9,124,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2016
new text end
new text begin 2017
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 3,982,000
new text end
new text begin 3,987,000
new text end
new text begin H.U.T.D.
new text end
new text begin 1,366,000
new text end
new text begin 1,366,000
new text end
new text begin Trunk Highway
new text end
new text begin 3,687,000
new text end
new text begin 3,771,000
new text end

new text begin The base appropriation from the general
fund in each of fiscal years 2018 and 2019 is
$3,537,000.
new text end

new text begin $380,000 in each year is from the general
fund for payment of public safety officer
survivor benefits under Minnesota Statutes,
section 299A.44. If the appropriation for
either year is insufficient, the appropriation
for the other year is available for it.
new text end

new text begin $1,367,000 in each year is from the general
fund to be deposited in the public safety
officer's benefit account. This money
is available for reimbursements under
Minnesota Statutes, section 299A.465.
new text end

new text begin $600,000 in each year is from the general
fund and $100,000 in each year is from the
trunk highway fund for soft body armor
reimbursements under Minnesota Statutes,
section 299A.38.
new text end

new text begin $450,000 in each year is from the general
fund for the creation of two emergency
response teams. One emergency response
team must be under the jurisdiction of the
St. Cloud Fire Department, or a similarly
located fire department if necessary, and one
emergency response team must be under the
jurisdiction of the Duluth Fire Department.
The commissioner shall allocate the funds
as needed to facilitate the creation and
maintenance of the emergency response
teams. This is a onetime appropriation.
new text end

new text begin (c) Technology and Support Service
new text end
new text begin 3,685,000
new text end
new text begin 3,685,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2016
new text end
new text begin 2017
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 1,322,000
new text end
new text begin 1,322,000
new text end
new text begin H.U.T.D.
new text end
new text begin 19,000
new text end
new text begin 19,000
new text end
new text begin Trunk Highway
new text end
new text begin 2,344,000
new text end
new text begin 2,344,000
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin State Patrol
new text end

new text begin (a) Patrolling Highways
new text end
new text begin 81,516,000
new text end
new text begin 83,121,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2016
new text end
new text begin 2017
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 154,000
new text end
new text begin 37,000
new text end
new text begin H.U.T.D.
new text end
new text begin 92,000
new text end
new text begin 92,000
new text end
new text begin Trunk Highway
new text end
new text begin 81,270,000
new text end
new text begin 82,992,000
new text end

new text begin $858,000 from the trunk highway fund in the
first year and $117,000 from the general fund
in the first year is to purchase a single-engine
aircraft for the State Patrol.
new text end

new text begin (b) Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
new text end
new text begin 8,023,000
new text end
new text begin 8,257,000
new text end
new text begin (c) Capitol Security
new text end
new text begin 8,035,000
new text end
new text begin 8,147,000
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is from the general fund.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner may not: (1) spend
any money from the trunk highway fund
for capitol security; or (2) permanently
transfer any state trooper from the patrolling
highways activity to capitol security.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner may not transfer any
money appropriated to the commissioner
under this section: (1) to capitol security; or
(2) from capitol security.
new text end

new text begin (d) Vehicle Crimes Unit
new text end
new text begin 715,000
new text end
new text begin 736,000
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is from the highway user
tax distribution fund.
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is to investigate: (1)
registration tax and motor vehicle sales tax
liabilities from individuals and businesses
that currently do not pay all taxes owed;
and (2) illegal or improper activity related
to sale, transfer, titling, and registration of
motor vehicles.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Driver and Vehicle Services
new text end

new text begin (a) Vehicle Services
new text end
new text begin 29,818,000
new text end
new text begin 30,082,000
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is from the vehicle
services operating account in the special
revenue fund.
new text end

new text begin $59,000 in each year is for the creation of a
Data Services Unit within the Division of
Driver and Vehicle Services.
new text end

new text begin The base appropriation from the special
revenue fund in each of fiscal years 2018 and
2019 is $21,846,000.
new text end

new text begin The base appropriation from the highway
user tax distribution fund in each of fiscal
years 2018 and 2019 is $8,236,000.
new text end

new text begin (b) Driver Services
new text end
new text begin 30,286,000
new text end
new text begin 30,740,000
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is from the driver services
operating account in the special revenue fund.
new text end

new text begin $31,000 in each year is for the creation of a
Data Services Unit within the Division of
Driver and Vehicle Services.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Traffic Safety
new text end

new text begin 446,000
new text end
new text begin 457,000
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Pipeline Safety
new text end

new text begin 1,371,000
new text end
new text begin 1,388,000
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is from the pipeline safety
account in the special revenue fund.
new text end

Sec. 6. new text beginAPPROPRIATION CANCELLATION.
new text end

new text begin $29,700,000 of the appropriation under Laws 2013, chapter 117, article 1, section 4,
is canceled to the general fund on the effective date 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. 7. new text beginAPPROPRIATION CANCELLATIONS.
new text end

new text begin All unspent funds, estimated to be $2,380,000, to provide the 20 percent local match
funding required to obtain Federal Highway Administration emergency relief funds to
repair local roads and bridges damaged by June 2014 flooding, under Laws 2015, chapter
2, section 3, are canceled to the general fund on June 30, 2015.
new text end

Sec. 8. new text beginDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION; APPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $2,380,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of
transportation in fiscal year 2016 to provide the 20 percent local match funding required to
obtain Federal Highway Administration emergency relief funds to repair local roads and
bridges damaged by flooding in June 2014. This is a onetime appropriation.
new text end

ARTICLE 2

TRANSPORTATION POLICY

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 13.69, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Classifications.

(a) The following government data of the
Department of Public Safety are private data:

(1) medical data on driving instructors, licensed drivers, and applicants for parking
certificates and special license plates issued to physically disabled persons;

(2) other data on holders of a disability certificate under section 169.345, except
thatnew text begin (i)new text end data that are not medical data may be released to law enforcement agenciesnew text begin, and
(ii) data necessary for enforcement of sections 169.345 and 169.346 may be released to
parking enforcement employees or parking enforcement agents of statutory or home rule
charter cities and towns
new text end;

(3) Social Security numbers in driver's license and motor vehicle registration
records, except that Social Security numbers must be provided to the Department of
Revenue for purposes of tax administration, the Department of Labor and Industry for
purposes of workers' compensation administration and enforcement, and the Department
of Natural Resources for purposes of license application administration; and

(4) data on persons listed as standby or temporary custodians under section 171.07,
subdivision 11
, except that the data must be released to:

(i) law enforcement agencies for the purpose of verifying that an individual is a
designated caregiver; or

(ii) law enforcement agencies who state that the license holder is unable to
communicate at that time and that the information is necessary for notifying the designated
caregiver of the need to care for a child of the license holder.

The department may release the Social Security number only as provided in clause
(3) and must not sell or otherwise provide individual Social Security numbers or lists of
Social Security numbers for any other purpose.

(b) The following government data of the Department of Public Safety are
confidential data: data concerning an individual's driving ability when that data is received
from a member of the individual's family.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 16E.15, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Software sale fund.

(a) Except as provided in deleted text beginparagraphdeleted text endnew text begin paragraphsnew text end (b)
new text beginand (c)new text end, proceeds deleted text beginofdeleted text endnew text begin fromnew text end the sale or licensing of software products or services by the chief
information officer must be credited to the MN.IT services revolving fund. If a state
agency other than the Office of MN.IT Services has contributed to the development of
software sold or licensed under this section, the chief information officer may reimburse
the agency by discounting computer services provided to that agency.

(b) Proceeds deleted text beginofdeleted text endnew text begin fromnew text end the sale or licensing of software products or services developed
by the Pollution Control Agency, or custom developed by a vendor for the agency, must be
credited to the environmental fund.

new text begin (c) If the Department of Transportation develops software products or services using
trunk highway funds, proceeds from the subsequent sale or licensing of the software
products or services must be credited to the trunk highway fund. This paragraph also
applies to software products or services custom developed by a vendor for the department
using trunk highway funds.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 117.036, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Appraisal.

(a) Before commencing an eminent domain proceeding under
this chapternew text begin for an acquisition greater than $25,000new text end, the acquiring authority must obtain at
least one appraisal for the property proposed to be acquired. In making the appraisal, the
appraiser must confer with one or more of the owners of the property, if reasonably possible.
new text beginFor acquisitions less than $25,000, the acquiring authority may obtain a minimum damage
acquisition report in lieu of an appraisal. In making the minimum damage acquisition
report, the qualified person with appraisal knowledge must confer with one or more of
the owners of the property, if reasonably possible.
new text end Notwithstanding section 13.44, the
acquiring authority must provide the owner with a copy of new text begin(1) new text endeach appraisalnew text begin for property
acquisitions over $25,000, or (2) the minimum damage acquisition report for properties
under $25,000,
new text end the acquiring authority has obtained for the property at the time an offer is
made, but no later than 60 days before presenting a petition under section 117.055deleted text begin, anddeleted text endnew text begin.
The acquiring authority must also
new text end inform the owner of the right to obtain an appraisal under
this section. Upon request, the acquiring authority must make available to the owner all
appraisals deleted text beginof the propertydeleted text endnew text begin for properties over $25,000, or the minimum damage acquisition
report for properties under $25,000
new text end. If the acquiring authority is considering both a full
and partial taking of the property, the acquiring authority shall obtain and provide the
owner with appraisals deleted text beginfor both types of takingsdeleted text endnew text begin for properties over $25,000 for both types
of takings, or minimum damage acquisition reports for properties under $25,000
new text end.

(b) The owner may obtain an appraisal by a qualified appraiser of the property
proposed to be acquired. The owner is entitled to reimbursement for the reasonable costs
of the appraisal from the acquiring authority up to a maximum of $1,500 for single family
and two-family residential property and minimum damage acquisitions and $5,000 for
other types of property, provided that the owner submits to the acquiring authority the
information necessary for reimbursement, including a copy of the owner's appraisal,
at least five days before a condemnation commissioners' hearing. For purposes of this
deleted text beginparagraphdeleted text endnew text begin subdivisionnew text end, a "minimum damage acquisition" means an interest in property
that a qualified person deleted text beginwith appraisal knowledgedeleted text endnew text begin having an understanding of the local real
estate market
new text end indicates can be acquired for deleted text begina cost of $10,000deleted text endnew text begin $25,000new text end or less.

(c) The acquiring authority must pay the reimbursement to the owner within 30
days after receiving a copy of the appraisal and the reimbursement information. Upon
agreement between the acquiring authority and the owner, the acquiring authority may pay
the reimbursement directly to the appraiser.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 117.036, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Use of appraisal at commissioners' hearing.

An appraisalnew text begin or
minimum damage acquisition report
new text end must not be used or considered in a condemnation
commissioners' hearing, nor may the appraiser who prepared the appraisalnew text begin or the person
who prepared the minimum damage acquisition report
new text end testify, unless a copy of the
appraiser's written reportnew text begin or the minimum damage acquisition reportnew text end is provided to the
opposing party at least five days before the hearing.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 160.20, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Conditions.

(a) A road authority may accept applications for permits for
installation of drain tile along or across the right-of-way under its jurisdiction. The road
authority may adopt reasonable rules for the installations and may require a bond before
granting a permit. Permits for installation along a highway right-of-way must ensure that
the length of the installation is restricted to the minimum necessary to achieve the desired
agricultural benefits. A permit must not allow open trenches to be left on the right-of-way
after installation of the drain tile is completed. A road authority that grants a permit for
tile drain installation is not responsible for damage to that installation resulting from the
action of the authority or any other permittee utilizing the right-of-way.

(b) A person who installs drain tile along or across a highway right-of-way without
obtaining a permit as provided in this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(c) The commissioner shall take no action under this section which will result in the
loss of federal aid for highway construction in the state.

(d) For the purpose of deleted text beginthis sectiondeleted text endnew text begin subdivisions 2 to 4new text end, "highway" means any
highway as defined in section 160.02 which is located outside the corporate limits of a
home rule charter or statutory city.

Sec. 6.

new text begin [160.235] TRAFFIC SIGNAL TIMING OPTIMIZATION.
new text end

new text begin (a) A road authority that has ownership of a traffic signal on a principal arterial
roadway or roadway with an average daily traffic greater than 20,000 vehicles per day
must complete an inventory of all traffic signals under its ownership and submit it to the
Department of Transportation district engineer. The inventory must include age of all
signals, control equipment, communications, detection type, timing plans in operation,
and date of last timing optimization.
new text end

new text begin (b) Based on the information from the inventory, a road authority subject to
paragraph (a) must develop and implement a traffic signal system optimization plan, which
must include re-evaluation of traffic signal timing at least once every five years. Each road
authority with a traffic signal optimization plan must annually certify compliance with its
plan and submit the certification as part of its annual maintenance expenditure report.
new text end

new text begin (c) Upon request of a local road authority, the commissioner shall provide reasonable
technical assistance to meet the requirements under 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. The
initial inventory under paragraph (a) must be submitted on or before December 30, 2015.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 160.27, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Temporary permit for field application. new text end

new text begin (a) In connection with
the use of the road right-of-way of a road authority, excluding on controlled-access
highways under section 160.08, a property owner or occupant of property abutting the
road right-of-way may apply for a permit for temporary placement, for up to 14 days, of a
pressurized flexible force main for the transport of manure for field application.
new text end

new text begin (b) The property owner or occupant must:
new text end

new text begin (1) identify the entire length of the right-of-way for use under the permit;
new text end

new text begin (2) place the force main within the backslope of the road authority's right-of-way
where possible;
new text end

new text begin (3) place pumping equipment outside the road authority's right-of-way; and
new text end

new text begin (4) meet all of the permit requirements identified by the road authority.
new text end

new text begin (c) Once the road authority has issued a permit, the property owner or occupant may
install the force main over the length of the right-of-way from the permittee's property to
where the manure will be applied, irrespective of whether the permittee is the owner or
occupant of all property abutting the portion of the right-of-way where the force main is
to be installed.
new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 161.231, is amended to read:


161.231 APPROPRIATION; PROCEEDS FROM deleted text beginLEASEDdeleted text endnew text begin STATE
new text endPROPERTY.

There is appropriated annually from the fund or account in the state treasury to which
the deleted text beginrentaldeleted text end money fromnew text begin the sale, lease, conveyance, or disposal ofnew text end state deleted text beginleaseddeleted text end property
is credited a sufficient amount of money to carry out the state's obligations under the
provisions of sectionsnew text begin 15.16, 117.135, 117.226, 161.16, 161.202,new text end 161.23, subdivision 3,
new text begin161.24, 161.241, 161.43, 161.433, 161.44, 161.442,new text end and 272.68, subdivision 3new text begin, including
the inventorying, marketing, and property management activities required to sell, lease,
rent, permit, convey, or otherwise dispose of the land or the interest in the land. At the
discretion of the commissioner of transportation, money in the account at the end of each
biennium may cancel to the trunk highway fund
new text end.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 161.321, subdivision 2a, is amended to read:


Subd. 2a.

Small targeted group business; subcontracting goals.

(a) The
commissionerdeleted text begin, as a condition of awarding a construction contract,deleted text end may set goals deleted text beginthat
require the
deleted text endnew text begin for targeted group business participation in contracts. As a condition of award,
the
new text end prime contractor new text beginis required new text endto deleted text beginsubcontract portions of the contract to small targeted
group businesses. Prime contractors must demonstrate good faith efforts to meet the
project goals.
deleted text enddeleted text beginThe commissioner shall establish a procedure for granting waivers from
the subcontracting requirement when qualified small targeted group businesses are not
reasonably available
deleted text endnew text begin either meet the goal or demonstrate good faith efforts to meet the
goal. The commissioner must establish a procedure for evaluating the good faith efforts
of contractors that do not meet the goal
new text end. The commissioner may establish (1) financial
incentives for prime contractors who exceed the goals set for the use of subcontractors
under this subdivision; and (2) sanctions for prime contractors who fail to make good faith
efforts to meet the goals set under this subdivision.

(b) The small targeted group business subcontracting requirements of this
subdivision do not apply to prime contractors who are small targeted group businesses.

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 161.321, subdivision 2c, is amended to read:


Subd. 2c.

Veteran-owned small business; subcontracting goals.

(a) The
commissionerdeleted text begin, as a condition of awarding a construction contract,deleted text end may set goals deleted text beginthat
require the prime contractor to subcontract portions of the contract to veteran-owned small
businesses
deleted text endnew text begin for veteran-owned small business participation in contractsnew text end, except when
prohibited by federal law or rule as a condition of receiving federal funds. new text begin As a condition
of award, the
new text endprime deleted text begincontractorsdeleted text endnew text begin contractornew text end must new text begineither meet the goal or new text enddemonstrate good
faith efforts to meet the deleted text beginprojectdeleted text end goals. The commissioner deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end establish a procedure
for deleted text begingranting waivers from the subcontracting requirement when qualified veteran-owned
small businesses are not reasonably available
deleted text endnew text begin evaluating the good faith efforts of
contractors that do not meet the goal
new text end. The commissioner may establish (1) financial
incentives for prime contractors who exceed the goals set for the use of subcontractors
under this subdivision; and (2) sanctions for prime contractors who deleted text beginhave not been granted
a waiver and
deleted text end fail to new text beginmake good faith efforts to new text endmeet goals set under this subdivision.

(b) The subcontracting requirements of this subdivision do not apply to prime
contractors who are veteran-owned small businesses.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 161.321, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Contract awards, limitations.

deleted text beginContracts awarded pursuant to this section
are subject to all limitations contained in rules adopted by
deleted text endnew text begin The commissioner may elect to
subject contracts awarded under this section to limitations contained in rules adopted by
new text endthe commissioner of administration.

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 162.07, subdivision 1a, is amended to read:


Subd. 1a.

Apportionment sum and excess sum.

(a) For purposes of this
subdivision, "distribution amount" means the amount identified in section 162.06,
subdivision 1, after the deductions provided for in section 162.06 for administrative costs,
disaster account, research account, and state park road account.

(b) The apportionment sum is calculated deleted text beginby subtracting the excess sum, as calculated
in paragraph (c), from
deleted text endnew text begin as 68 percent ofnew text end the distribution amount.

(c) The excess sum is calculated as deleted text beginthe sum of revenue withindeleted text endnew text begin 32 percent ofnew text end the
distribution amountdeleted text begin:deleted text endnew text begin.
new text end

deleted text begin (1) attributed to that portion of the gasoline excise tax rate under section 296A.07,
subdivision 3, in excess of 20 cents per gallon, and to that portion of the excise tax rates
in excess of the energy equivalent of a gasoline excise tax rate of 20 cents per gallon
for E85 and M85 under section 296A.07, subdivision 3, and special fuel under section
296A.08, subdivision 2;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) attributed to a change in the passenger vehicle registration tax under section
168.013, imposed on or after July 1, 2008, that exceeds (i) the amount collected in fiscal
year 2008, multiplied by (ii) the annual average United States Consumer Price Index for
the calendar year previous to the current calendar year, divided by the annual average
United States Consumer Price Index for calendar year 2007; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) attributed to that portion of the motor vehicle sales tax revenue in excess of the
percentage allocated to the county state-aid highway fund in fiscal year 2007.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (d) For purposes of this subdivision, the United States Consumer Price Index
identified in paragraph (c) is for all urban consumers, United States city average, as
determined by the United States Department of Labor.
deleted text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2015, for distribution
calculations on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 13.

new text begin [162.145] SMALL CITIES ASSISTANCE.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

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

new text begin (b) "Eligible city" means a statutory or home rule charter city that does not receive
municipal state aid under sections 162.09 to 162.14 in the calendar year in which funds
are distributed under this section.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Maximum aid" means 3.5 multiplied by the unweighted average amount of
assistance to a city in a fiscal year.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Population" means the most recent population estimated or established as of 30
days before the date of an allocation under subdivision 4, of (i) the most recent federal
census, (ii) a special census conducted under contract with the United States Bureau of
the Census, (iii) a population estimate made by the Metropolitan Council pursuant to
section 473.24, or (iv) a population estimate of the state demographer made pursuant to
section 4A.02.
new text end

new text begin (e) "State-aid adjustment factor" means the greater of zero, or:
new text end

new text begin (1) 0.005; minus
new text end

new text begin (2) the number of lane miles of county state-aid highway in a city, divided by the
total number of lane miles of county state-aid highway in all eligible cities.
new text end

new text begin (f) "Total population" means the sum of populations of all eligible cities.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Small cities assistance account. new text end

new text begin A small cities assistance account is
created in the special revenue fund. The account consists of funds as provided by law,
and any other money donated, allotted, transferred, or otherwise provided to the account.
Money in the account may only be expended as provided under this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Administration. new text end

new text begin (a) Subject to funds made available by law, the
commissioner shall allocate all funds as provided in subdivision 4 and shall notify the
commissioner of revenue.
new text end

new text begin (b) Following notification from the commissioner of transportation, the
commissioner of revenue shall distribute the specified funds to cities in the same manner
as local government aid under chapter 477A. An appropriation to the commissioner of
transportation under this section is available to the commissioner of revenue for the
purposes specified in this paragraph.
new text end

new text begin (c) Notwithstanding other law to the contrary, in order to receive distributions under
this section, a city must conform to the standards in section 477A.017, subdivision 2. A
city that receives funds under this section must make and preserve records necessary to
show that the funds are spent in compliance with subdivision 4.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Distribution formula. new text end

new text begin (a) In each fiscal year in which funds are available
under this section, the commissioner shall allocate funds to eligible cities.
new text end

new text begin (b) The preliminary aid to each city is calculated as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) 5 percent of funds allocated equally among all eligible cities;
new text end

new text begin (2) 35 percent of funds allocated proportionally based on each city's share of lane
miles of municipal streets compared to total lane miles of municipal streets of all eligible
cities;
new text end

new text begin (3) 35 percent of funds allocated proportionally based on each city's share of
population compared to total population of all eligible cities; and
new text end

new text begin (4) 25 percent of funds allocated proportionally based on each city's share of state-aid
adjustment factor compared to the sum of state-aid adjustment factors of all eligible cities.
new text end

new text begin (c) The final aid to each city is calculated as the lesser of:
new text end

new text begin (1) the preliminary aid to the city multiplied by an aid factor; or
new text end

new text begin (2) the maximum aid.
new text end

new text begin (d) The commissioner shall set the aid factor under paragraph (c), which must be the
same for all eligible cities, so that the total funds allocated under this subdivision equals
the total amount available for the fiscal year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Use of funds. new text end

new text begin (a) Funds distributed under this section are available only for
construction and maintenance of roads located within the city, including:
new text end

new text begin (1) land acquisition, environmental analysis, design, engineering, construction,
reconstruction, and maintenance;
new text end

new text begin (2) road projects partially located within the city;
new text end

new text begin (3) projects on county state-aid highways located within the city; and
new text end

new text begin (4) cost participation on road projects under the jurisdiction of another unit of
government.
new text end

new text begin (b) Except for projects under paragraph (a), clause (3), funds distributed under this
section are not subject to state-aid requirements under this chapter, including but not
limited to engineering standards adopted by the commissioner in rules.
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. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 168.013, subdivision 1d, is amended to read:


Subd. 1d.

Trailer.

(a) On trailers registered at a gross vehicle weight of greater
than 3,000 pounds, the annual tax is based on total gross weight and is 30 percent of the
Minnesota base rate prescribed in subdivision 1e, when the gross weight is 15,000 pounds
or less, and when the gross weight of a trailer is more than 15,000 pounds, the tax for the
first eight years of vehicle life is 100 percent of the tax imposed in the Minnesota base rate
schedule, and during the ninth and succeeding years of vehicle life the tax is 75 percent of
the Minnesota base rate prescribed by subdivision 1enew text begin. A trailer registered at a gross vehicle
weight greater than 3,000 pounds but no greater than 7,200 pounds may be taxed either:
(1) annually as provided in this paragraph; or (2) once every three years on the basis of
total gross weight and is 90 percent of the Minnesota base rate prescribed in subdivision
1e, provided that the filing fee under section 168.33, subdivision 7, paragraph (a), is
multiplied by three, with funds collected by the commissioner allocated proportionally in
the same manner as provided in section 168.33, subdivision 7, paragraph (e)
new text end.

(b) Farm trailers with a gross weight in excess of 10,000 pounds and as described in
section 168.002, subdivision 8, are taxed as farm trucks as prescribed in subdivision 1c.

(c) Effective on and after July 1, 2001, trailers registered at a gross vehicle weight
of 3,000 pounds or less must display a distinctive plate. The registration on the license
plate is valid for the life of the trailer only if it remains registered at the same gross vehicle
weight. The onetime registration tax for trailers registered for the first time in Minnesota
is $55. For trailers registered in Minnesota before July 1, 2001, and for which:

(1) registration is desired for the remaining life of the trailer, the registration tax
is $25; or

(2) permanent registration is not desired, the biennial registration tax is $10 for the
first renewal if registration is renewed between and including July 1, 2001, and June 30,
2003. These trailers must be issued permanent registration at the first renewal on or after
July 1, 2003, and the registration tax is $20.

For trailers registered at a gross weight of 3,000 pounds or less before July 1, 2001,
but not renewed until on or after July 1, 2003, the registration tax is $20 and permanent
registration must be issued.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies to taxes payable for a registration period starting on or after January 1, 2016.
new text end

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 168.013, subdivision 1g, is amended to read:


Subd. 1g.

Recreational vehicle.

(a) Self-propelled recreational vehicles deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin must
new text endbe separately licensed and taxed annually on the basis of total gross weight deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin.new text end The
tax deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end be graduated according to the Minnesota base rate schedule prescribed
in subdivision 1e, but in no event less than $20, except as otherwise provided in this
subdivision.

(b) For all self-propelled recreational vehicles, the tax for the ninth and succeeding
years of vehicle life deleted text beginshall bedeleted text endnew text begin isnew text end 75 percent of the tax imposed in the Minnesota base rate
schedule.

(c) Towed recreational vehicles deleted text beginshalldeleted text end new text begin mustnew text end be separately licensed and taxed new text beginunder
either one of the following, as determined by the vehicle owner: (1)
new text endannually on the basis
of total gross weight at 30 percent of the Minnesota base rate prescribed in subdivision 1e
deleted text beginbutdeleted text end new text begin; or (2) once every three years on the basis of total gross weight at 90 percent of the
Minnesota base rate prescribed in subdivision 1e, provided that the filing fee under section
168.33, subdivision 7, paragraph (a), is multiplied by three, with funds collected by the
commissioner allocated proportionally in the same manner as provided in section 168.33,
subdivision 7, paragraph (e).
new text endIn no event new text beginis the tax under this paragraph new text endless than $5.

(d) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, all trailers and semitrailers taxed
pursuant to this section deleted text beginshall bedeleted text endnew text begin arenew text end exempt from any wheelage tax now or hereafter
imposed by any political subdivision or political subdivisions.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment,
and applies to taxes payable for a registration period starting on or after January 1, 2016.
new text end

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 168.053, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Application; fee; penalty.

Any person, firm, or corporation new text beginwith
a business located in Minnesota
new text endengaged in the business of transporting motor vehicles
owned by another, by delivering, by drive-away or towing methods, either singly or by
means of the full mount method, the saddle mount method, the tow bar method, or any other
combination thereof, and under their own power, vehicles over the highways of the state
from the manufacturer or any other point of origin, to any point of destination, within or
without the state, shall make application to the registrar for a drive-away in-transit license.
This application for annual license shall be accompanied by a registration fee of $250 and
contain information the registrar may require. Upon the filing of the application and the
payment of the fee, the registrar shall issue to each drive-away operator a drive-away
in-transit license plate, which must be carried and displayed on the power unit consistent
with section 169.79 and the plate shall remain on the vehicle while being deleted text beginoperated within
Minnesota
deleted text endnew text begin transportednew text end. The license plate issued under this subdivision is not valid for the
purpose of permanent vehicle registration deleted text beginand is not valid outside Minnesotadeleted text end. Additional
drive-away in-transit license plates desired by any drive-away operator may be secured
from the registrar of motor vehicles upon the payment of a fee of $5 for each set of
additional license plates. Any person, firm, or corporation engaging in the business as a
drive-away operator, of transporting and delivering by means of full mount method, the
saddle mount method, the tow bar method, or any combination thereof, and under their
own power, motor vehicles, who fails or refuses to file or cause to be filed an application,
as is required by law, and to pay the fees therefor as the law requires, shall be found guilty
of violating the provisions of sections 168.053 to 168.057; and, upon conviction, fined
not less than $50, and not more than $100, and all costs of court. Each day so operating
without securing the license and plates as required shall constitute a separate offense.

Sec. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 168.1299, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Issuance.

Notwithstanding section 168.1293, the commissioner shall
issue special Minnesota golf plates or a single motorcycle plate to an applicant who:

(1) is a registered owner of a passenger automobile, one-ton pickup truck,
motorcycle, or recreational vehicle;

(2) pays a fee of $10 and any other fees required by this chapter;

(3) contributes a minimum of $30 annually deleted text beginafter January 1, 2017,deleted text end to the Minnesota
Section PGA Foundation account; and

(4) complies with this chapter and rules governing registration of motor vehicles
and licensing of drivers.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2015, and applies to plates
issued on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 18.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 168.33, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Filing fees; allocations.

(a) In addition to all other statutory fees and
taxes, a filing fee of:

(1) $6 is imposed on every vehicle registration renewal, excluding pro rate
transactions; and

(2) $10 is imposed on every other type of vehicle transaction, including new text beginmotor
carrier fuel licenses under sections 168D.05 and 168D.06, and
new text endpro rate transactions.

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a):

(1) a filing fee may not be charged for a document returned for a refund or for
a correction of an error made by the Department of Public Safety, a dealer, or a deputy
registrar; and

(2) no filing fee or other fee may be charged for the permanent surrender of a title
for a vehicle.

(c) The filing fee must be shown as a separate item on all registration renewal
notices sent out by the commissioner.

(d) The statutory fees and taxes, and the filing fees imposed under paragraph (a)
may be paid by credit card or debit card. The deputy registrar may collect a surcharge
on the statutory fees, taxes, and filing fee not greater than the cost of processing a credit
card or debit card transaction, in accordance with emergency rules established by the
commissioner of public safety. The surcharge must be used to pay the cost of processing
credit and debit card transactions.

(e) The fees collected under this subdivision by the department must be allocated
as follows:

(1) of the fees collected under paragraph (a), clause (1):

(i) $4.50 must be deposited in the vehicle services operating account; and

(ii) $1.50 must be deposited:

(A) in the driver and vehicle services technology account until sufficient funds have
been deposited in that account to cover all costs of administration, development, and
initial full deployment of the driver and vehicle services information system; and

(B) after completion of the deposit of funds under subitem (A) in the vehicle
services operating account; and

(2) of the fees collected under paragraph (a), clause (2):

(i) $3.50 must be deposited in the general fund;

(ii) $5.00 must be deposited in the vehicle services operating account; and

(iii) $1.50 must be deposited:

(A) in the driver and vehicle services technology account until sufficient funds have
been deposited in that account to cover all costs of administration, development, and
initial full deployment of the driver and vehicle services information system; and

(B) after completion of the deposit of funds under subitem (A) in the vehicle services
operating account.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 19.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 168A.07, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Fees. new text end

new text begin The filing fee to create a conditional registration shall conform with
the fee provided in section 168.33, subdivision 7, paragraph (a), clause (3). A subsequent
removal and clearing of a conditional registration is considered a separate transaction and
requires payment of an additional filing fee of the same amount, provided the removal and
clearing was initiated by a motor vehicle dealer licensed under section 168.27.
new text end

Sec. 20.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 168D.06, is amended to read:


168D.06 FUEL LICENSE FEES.

License fees paid to the commissioner under the International Fuel Tax Agreement
must be deposited in the vehicle services operating account in the special revenue fund
under section 299A.705. The commissioner shall charge an annual fuel license fee of
$15, deleted text beginanddeleted text end an annual application filing fee of $13 for quarterly reporting of fuel taxnew text begin, and a
reinstatement fee of $100 to reinstate a revoked International Fuel Tax Agreement license
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. 21.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 169.18, subdivision 12, is amended to read:


Subd. 12.

Passing certain parked vehicles.

(a) When approaching and before
passing a freeway service patrolnew text begin vehiclenew text end, road maintenancenew text begin vehicle, utility company
vehicle
new text end, or construction vehicle with its warning lights activated that is parked or otherwise
stopped on or next to a street or highway having two lanes in the same direction, the driver
of a vehicle shall safely move the vehicle to the lane farthest away from the new text beginparked or
stopped
new text endvehicle, if it is possible to do so.

(b) When approaching and before passing a freeway service patrolnew text begin vehiclenew text end, road
maintenancenew text begin vehicle, utility company vehiclenew text end, or construction vehicle with its warning
lights activated that is parked or otherwise stopped on or next to a street or highway
having more than two lanes in the same direction, the driver of a vehicle shall safely move
the vehicle so as to leave a full lane vacant between the driver and any lane in which the
vehicle is completely or partially parked or otherwise stopped, if it is possible to do so.

Sec. 22.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 169.475, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Prohibition on usenew text begin; penaltynew text end.

new text begin(a) new text endNo person may operate a motor vehicle
while using a wireless communications device to compose, read, or send an electronic
message, when the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic.

new text begin (b) A person who violates paragraph (a) a second or subsequent time must pay a
fine of $225, plus the amount specified in the uniform fine schedule established by the
Judicial Council.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2015, and applies to
violations committed on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 23.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 169.49, is amended to read:


169.49 HEADLAMPS.

(a) Every motor vehicledeleted text begin,deleted text end other than a motorcycledeleted text begin, shalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end be equipped with at
least two headlamps, deleted text beginwithdeleted text endnew text begin includingnew text end at least one on each side of the front of the motor
vehicledeleted text begin, whichdeleted text endnew text begin.new text end Headlamps deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end comply with the requirements and limitations set
forth in sections 169.47 to deleted text begin169.79deleted text endnew text begin 169.66new text end.

(b) Every motorcycle deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end be equipped with at least one and not more than
deleted text begintwodeleted text endnew text begin fournew text end headlamps, which deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end comply with the requirements and limitations of
sections 169.47 to deleted text begin169.79deleted text endnew text begin 169.66new 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. 24.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 169.782, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Driver; daily inspectionnew text begin,new text end report.

(a) The driver of a commercial
motor vehicle shall deleted text beginreport in writing at the completion of each day's work ondeleted text end new text begininspect daily
new text endeach commercial motor vehicle the driver has operated. A person who owns one or more
commercial motor vehicles and who employs drivers for those commercial motor vehicles
must require each driver to submit a written report new text beginat the completion of each day's work
new text endas required by this section.new text begin The driver of a commercial motor vehicle subject to this
section is not required to prepare and submit a written report if no defect or deficiency
is discovered by or reported to the driver, except that the driver of a passenger-carrying
commercial motor vehicle shall prepare and submit a written report regardless of whether
any defect or deficiency is discovered by or reported to the driver.
new text end

new text begin (b)new text end Thenew text begin inspection andnew text end report must cover the following parts and accessories: service
brakes, including trailer and semitrailer brake connections; parking (hand) brake; steering
mechanism; lighting devices and reflectors; tires; horn; windshield wiper or wipers; rear
vision mirror or mirrors; coupling devices; wheels and rims; and emergency equipment.

deleted text begin (b)deleted text endnew text begin (c)new text end The report must identify the vehicle and list any defect or deficiency
discovered by or reported to the driver that would affect the safe operation of the vehicle or
result in its mechanical breakdown. If no defect or deficiency is discovered by or reported
to the driver, the report must so indicate. The driver must sign the report after completing
it. In the case of a commercial motor vehicle operated by two drivers, the signature of one
of the drivers satisfies the requirements of this subdivision if both drivers agree concerning
the defects or deficiencies. If a driver operates more than one commercial motor vehicle
during a day's work, a report must be prepared for each vehicle operated.

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end Before operating or allowing the operation of a commercial motor vehicle
on which a report has been prepared under this subdivision, the owner of the vehicle or
the owner's agent must repair defects or deficiencies listed on the report that would likely
affect the safe operation of the vehicle. Before allowing the commercial motor vehicle to
be operated again, the owner or the owner's agent must certify, on the report listing the
defect or deficiency, that the defect or deficiency has been corrected or that correction is
unnecessary. A motor carrier must keep the original vehicle inspection report for at least
three months after the date of inspection. The report must be available for inspection by
an authorized federal, state, or local official at any time during this period.

deleted text begin (d)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end A copy of the vehicle inspection report, including a certification of corrections
resulting from the report, must be carried in the commercial motor vehicle, or in the power
unit of a commercial motor vehicle combination, at all times when the vehicle or power
unit is operated until the next inspection report is completed under this subdivision. The
copy must be made available on demand to (1) a peace officer, (2) a person authorized
under section 221.221, and (3) a person described in section 299D.06.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 25.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 169.782, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Driver; pretrip inspection.

(a) deleted text beginBefore drivingdeleted text endnew text begin Prior to the first operation
of
new text end a commercial motor vehiclenew text begin following completion of a daily inspection report under
subdivision 1
new text end, a driver must:

(1) review the most recent vehicle inspection report on the vehicle;

(2) determine that the vehicle is in safe operating condition; and

(3) sign the inspection report in the vehicle.

new text begin (b) new text endThe driver shall sign the report only if all defects and deficiencies listed in the
report have been certified as having been corrected or as not requiring correction.

deleted text begin (b) If the commercial motor vehicle does not contain the previous day's inspection
report, the driver must make the inspection and complete the report required under
subdivision 1.
deleted 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. 26.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 169.782, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Exceptions.

(a) deleted text beginWith the exception of subdivision 2, paragraph (a), clause
(2),
deleted text end This section does not apply to a commercial motor vehicle that is a farm truck that may
be operated by a person not holding a commercial driver's licensenew text begin, provided that before
driving the vehicle, a driver must determine that the vehicle is in safe operating condition
new text end.

(b) This section does not apply to a commercial motor vehicle held for resale by a
motor vehicle dealer licensed under section 168.27.

(c) This section does not apply to a covered farm vehicle as defined in Code of
Federal Regulations, title 49, section 390.5, that is not carrying hazardous materials of
a type or quantity that requires the vehicle to be placarded in accordance with Code of
Federal Regulations, title 49, section 172.504.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 27.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 169.798, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

deleted text beginAttestation ofdeleted text end Insurance new text begininformation new text endrequired.

Every owner, when
applying for motor vehicle or motorcycle registration, reregistration, or transfer of
ownership, must deleted text beginattestdeleted text end new text beginprovide information showing new text endthat the motor vehicle or motorcycle
is covered by an insurance policy.new text begin Information required under this subdivision consists
of the insurance company's name, the policy number, and the policy expiration date for
the subject motor vehicle or motorcycle.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective January 1, 2016, and applies to
registrations, reregistrations, and transfers of ownership occurring on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 28.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 169.81, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 3f. new text end

new text begin Length limits exclusion; aerodynamic device. new text end

new text begin An aerodynamic device
that meets the requirements under Code of Federal Regulations, title 23, section 658.16
(b)(4), is excluded from each calculation of length under subdivision 2, 3, or 3c, including
(1) total vehicle length; and (2) length of a semitrailer or trailer, whether in a vehicle
combination or not.
new text end

Sec. 29.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 169.87, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Recycling and garbage vehicles.

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b),
weight restrictions imposed under subdivisions 1 and 2 do not apply to a vehicle that
does not exceed 20,000 pounds per single axle and is designed and used exclusively for
recycling, while engaged in recycling in a political subdivision that mandates curbside
recycling pickup.

(b) Weight restrictions imposed under subdivisions 1 and 2 do not apply tonew text begin:new text end (1) a
vehicle that does not exceed 14,000 pounds per single axle and is used exclusively for
recycling as described in paragraph (a)deleted text begin, ordeleted text endnew text begin;new text end (2) a vehicle that does not exceed 14,000
pounds per single axle and is designed and used exclusively for collecting mixed municipal
solid waste, as defined in section 115A.03, subdivision 21, while engaged in such
collectionnew text begin; or (3) a portable toilet service vehicle that does not exceed 14,000 pounds per
single axle or 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, and is designed and used exclusively
for collecting liquid waste from portable toilets, while engaged in such collection
new text end.

(c) Notwithstanding section 169.80, subdivision 1, a violation of weight restrictions
imposed under subdivisions 1 and 2 by a vehicle designed and used exclusively for
recycling while engaged in recycling in a political subdivision that mandates curbside
recycling pickup while engaged in such collection, deleted text beginordeleted text end by a vehicle that is designed and
used exclusively for collecting mixed municipal solid waste as defined in section 115A.03,
subdivision 21
, while engaged in such collection, new text beginor by a portable toilet service vehicle
that is designed and used exclusively for collecting liquid waste from portable toilets,
while engaged in such collection,
new text endis not subject to criminal penalties but is subject to a
civil penalty for excess weight under section 169.871.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 30.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 173.02, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 18a. new text end

new text begin Electronic advertising device. new text end

new text begin (a) "Electronic advertising device"
means an advertising device capable of displaying digital content that can be changed
through messaging or electronic communications technology.
new text end

new text begin (b) Digital content consists of static text and images only, and does not include
animation, flashing or moving lights, video, or other content having the appearance of
movement.
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. 31.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 173.15, is amended to read:


173.15 PROHIBITED ADVERTISING DEVICES.

new text begin (a) new text endAfter June 8, 1971 no advertising device shall be erected or maintained:

(1) which purports to be or resembles an official traffic-control device, sign, or
signal, or railroad sign or signal; or which hides from view or interferes in any material
degree with the effectiveness of any traffic-control device, sign, or signal, or railroad sign
or signal, or which obstructs or interferes with the driver's view of approaching, merging,
or intersecting traffic for a distance not to exceed 500 feet;

(2) which prominently displays the word "stop" or "danger";

(3) which contains statements, words, or pictures of an obscene, indecent, or
immoral character, or such as would offend public morals or decency;

(4) on any right-of-way of the interstate system of highways, except as otherwise
provided by law or allowed by the commissioner;

(5) on private land without the consent of the owner or occupant thereof;

(6) on trees, shrubs, or which are painted or drawn upon rocks or natural features,
or on public utility poles;

(7) which has distracting flashing or moving lights so designed or lighted as to
be a traffic hazard;

(8) to which access can be obtained only from an interstate main-traveled way but
excluding frontage roads adjacent thereto;

(9) which are structurally unsafe, are in disrepair, or are abandoned.

new text begin (b) The prohibition under paragraph (a), clause (7), does not include an electronic
advertising device that changes displayed digital content no more frequently than once
every six seconds.
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. 32.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 174.40, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 4a. new text end

new text begin Eligibility. new text end

new text begin A statutory or home rule charter city, county, or town is
eligible to receive funding under this section only if it has adopted subdivision regulations
that require safe routes to school infrastructure in developments authorized on or after
June 1, 2016.
new text end

Sec. 33.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 219.76, is amended to read:


219.76 deleted text beginFIREdeleted text end new text beginDAMAGE new text endCAUSED BY deleted text beginENGINEdeleted text endnew text begin TRAIN OR CONTENTSnew text end;
INSURABLE INTEREST.

A railroad deleted text begincorporation owning ordeleted text end operating deleted text begina railroaddeleted text end in this state is responsible in
damages to every person new text beginwho is injured new text endand deleted text begincorporationdeleted text end new text beginpublic or private entity or person
new text endwhose property is injurednew text begin, damaged,new text end or destroyed by fire deleted text begincommunicateddeleted text end new text beginspread new text enddirectly
or indirectly by the locomotive deleted text beginenginesdeleted text endnew text begin or rolling stock new text end in use upon its railroad linenew text begin, or
contents of the rolling stock, or caused directly or indirectly by spill, tear, discharge, or
combustion of train contents
new text end. Each railroad deleted text begincorporationdeleted text end shall have an insurable interest
in the property upon the route of its railroad line and may procure insurance in its own
behalf for its protection against the damages.

Sec. 34.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 219.761, is amended to read:


219.761 deleted text beginEXTINGUISHING LOCOMOTIVEdeleted text endnew text begin RESPONSE TO
TRAIN-RELATED
new text end FIREnew text begin OR OTHER EMERGENCYnew text end; REIMBURSEMENT.

Subdivision 1.

Reimbursement.

new text begin(a)new text end A railroad operating in Minnesota is liable for
all reasonable expenses of deleted text beginextinguishment whendeleted text end a fire or deleted text beginfire hazarddeleted text endnew text begin othernew text end emergency new text beginthat
new text endis proximately caused by a railroad locomotive, rolling stock new text beginor its contentsnew text end, or employees
on a railroad right-of-way deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end operating propertynew text begin, or other propertynew text end. If deleted text beginthe fire department
deleted text enddeleted text beginof a local government or nonprofit firefighting corporation extinguishesdeleted text endnew text begin an emergency
responder, local government entity, or nonprofit firefighting corporation responds to
new text end a
fire deleted text beginarising from one occurrencedeleted text end new text beginor responds to another emergency new text endand deems that it is
entitled to reimbursement for its expenses, it shall, within 60 days after the first full day
after deleted text beginextinguishmentdeleted text endnew text begin the emergency responsenew text end, give the railroaddeleted text begin, by mail,deleted text end written notice
stating the circumstances of the fire new text beginor other emergency new text endas then known. The notice
may be given to the railroad at any address at which the owner has an office, agent, or
other place of business in this state. The date of the mailing is the date or service of the
notice.new text begin For purposes of this paragraph, reasonable response expenses include all expenses
incurred by a fire department or other emergency responder in supplying mutual aid
assistance, regardless of whether the fire department or emergency responder is entitled
to reimbursement from the entity requesting assistance.
new text end

new text begin (b) new text endIf after notice and claim for reimbursement, the railroad deleted text beginworking the right-of-way
deleted text endrefuses to reimburse the local governmentnew text begin,new text end or nonprofit firefighting corporationnew text begin, or other
emergency responders
new text end for expenses incurred, the claimant may recover by civil action
reasonable expenses, costs, disbursements, and attorney's fees.

Subd. 2.

Information in claim.

All claims must set forth the basis of the claim
including the time, date, place, and circumstances of the claim. A claim must also include
an itemization of costs incurred to extinguish the firenew text begin or respond to the emergencynew text end. The
state Fire Marshal, in consultation with fire department chiefs deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin,new text end representatives of the
interested railroadsnew text begin, representatives of local government entities, nonprofit firefighting
corporations, and other emergency responders
new text end, may recommend that additional
information be included in a claim.

Subd. 3.

Other costs, remedies.

(a) If the railroads are required to pay property
taxes pursuant to chapter 272 or any other law, they shall also pay the fees and assessments
required of property owners situated within the same political subdivision for firefighting
and protection expenses.

(b) Neither the enactment of this section nor its subsequent repeal or termination
alters the statutory or common law rights, duties, or obligations of railroad companies
with regard to fires new text beginand other emergencies new text endcaused directly or indirectly by a railroad
locomotive, rolling stock, new text begincontents, new text endor new text beginrailroad new text endemployees on a railroad right-of-way
deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin, new text end operating propertynew text begin, or other property, or caused directly or indirectly by spill, tear,
discharge, or combustion of train contents
new text end.

Sec. 35.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 221.031, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 9a. new text end

new text begin Federal out-of-service order; operation prohibited. new text end

new text begin No intrastate
carrier, private carrier engaged in intrastate commerce, or person providing intrastate
transportation service described in section 221.025 shall operate a commercial motor
vehicle in Minnesota while a motor carrier out-of-service order issued by the Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration under Code of Federal Regulations, title 49, part
385 or 386, is in effect.
new text end

Sec. 36.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 221.605, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Federal out-of-service order; operation prohibited. new text end

new text begin No interstate carrier
or private carrier engaged in interstate commerce shall operate a commercial motor
vehicle in Minnesota while a motor carrier out-of-service order issued by the Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration under Code of Federal Regulations, title 49, part
385 or 386, is in effect.
new text end

Sec. 37.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 222.50, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Expenditures.

(a) The commissioner may expend money from the rail
service improvement account for the following purposes:

(1) to make transfers as provided under section 222.57 or to pay interest adjustments
on loans guaranteed under the state rail user and rail carrier loan guarantee program;

(2) to pay a portion of the costs of capital improvement projects designed to improve
rail service of a rail user or a rail carrier;

(3) to pay a portion of the costs of rehabilitation projects designed to improve rail
service of a rail user or a rail carrier;

(4) to acquire, maintain, manage, and dispose of railroad right-of-way pursuant to
the state rail bank program;

(5) to provide for aerial photography survey of proposed and abandoned railroad
tracks for the purpose of recording and reestablishing by analytical triangulation the
existing alignment of the inplace track;

(6) to pay a portion of the costs of acquiring a rail line by a regional railroad
authority established pursuant to chapter 398A;

(7) to pay the state matching portion of federal grants for rail-highway grade
crossing improvement projects;

(8) for expenditures made before July 1, 2017, to pay the state matching portion
of grants under the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery
(TIGER) program of the United States Department of Transportation; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(9) to fund rail planning studiesnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (10) to pay a portion of the costs of capital improvement projects designed to
improve capacity or safety at rail yards
new text end.

(b) All money derived by the commissioner from the disposition of railroad
right-of-way or of any other property acquired pursuant to sections 222.46 to 222.62 shall
be deposited in the rail service improvement account.

Sec. 38.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 299A.465, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Officer or firefighter killed in line of duty.

(a) This subdivision applies
when a peace officer deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end firefighternew text begin, or volunteer firefighter new text end is killed while on duty and
discharging the officer's deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end firefighter'snew text begin, or volunteer firefighter's new text end duties as a peace officer
deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin, new text endfirefighternew text begin, or volunteer firefighternew text end.

(b) The officer's or firefighter's employer shall continue to cover the deceased
officer's or firefighter's dependents, including the officer's or firefighter's spouse:

(1) if the officer deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end firefighternew text begin, or volunteer firefighter new text end was receiving dependent
coverage at the time of the officer's deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end firefighter'snew text begin, or volunteer firefighter's new text end death under
the employer's group health plan; or

(2) if the officer's deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end firefighter'snew text begin, or volunteer firefighter's new text end spouse was not covered
as a dependent at the time of the officer's deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end firefighter'snew text begin, or volunteer firefighter's new text end death,
but at that time was eligible, or afterward becomes eligible, to be a dependent on the
employer's group health plan.

(c) The employer is responsible for the employer's contribution for the coverage of
the officer's deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end firefighter'snew text begin, or volunteer firefighter's new text end dependents. new text beginSubject to subdivision
5, paragraph (b), clause (2),
new text endcoverage must continue for a dependent of the officer deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,
new text endfirefighter deleted text beginfor the period of time that the person is a dependent up to the age of 65deleted text endnew text begin, or
volunteer firefighter as follows: (1) for a surviving spouse, until the surviving spouse
reaches the age of 65; and (2) for each other dependent, until the dependent reaches the
age of 26, except as otherwise provided in section 62L.02, subdivision 11
new text end.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective January 1, 2016, and applies to
officer, firefighter, and volunteer firefighter deaths that occur on and after the effective date.
new text end

Sec. 39.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 299A.465, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 2a. new text end

new text begin Volunteer firefighter killed in line of duty. new text end

new text begin (a) This subdivision
applies when a volunteer firefighter is killed while on duty and discharging the volunteer
firefighter's duties as a volunteer firefighter and the municipality or municipalities that
operate the fire department did not offer a group health insurance policy to which a
volunteer firefighter was eligible to subscribe.
new text end

new text begin (b) The municipality or municipalities that operate the fire department that the
volunteer firefighter served with shall, until coverage terminates as provided under
subdivision 2, paragraph (c), either: (1) provide health insurance coverage for the
volunteer firefighter's dependents that is equivalent to the average benefit provided by the
municipality or municipalities to dependents of its employees who are covered by the
plan; or (2) reimburse the dependents, if the municipality or municipalities do not offer a
group health insurance plan for any employees, for a minimum of 50 percent of the cost of
health insurance premiums for coverage selected by the dependents.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective January 1, 2016, and applies to
volunteer firefighter deaths that occur on and after the effective date.
new text end

Sec. 40.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 299A.465, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Definition.

For purposes of this section:

(a) "Peace officer" or "officer" has the meaning given in section 626.84, subdivision
1
, paragraph (c).

(b) "Dependent" means a person whonew text begin: (1) new text end meets the definition of dependent in
section 62L.02, subdivision 11, at the time of the officer's or firefighter's injury or deathdeleted text begin. a
person
deleted text endnew text begin, or at the time of the volunteer firefighter's death; and (2) new text endis not deleted text begina dependent for
purposes of this section during the period of time the person is
deleted text end covered under another
group health plan.new text begin For purposes of this section, the term "eligible employee" as defined
under section 62L.02, subdivision 13, includes a volunteer firefighter.
new text end

(c) "Firefighter" has the meaning given in Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 424.03,
but does not include volunteer firefighters.

new text begin (d) "Volunteer firefighter" has the meaning given in section 299N.03, subdivision 7,
and includes paid per call.
new text end

new text begin (e) "Fire department" has the meaning given in section 299N.03, subdivision 4.
new text end

new text begin (f) For purposes of subdivisions 2 to 5a, "employer" includes a municipality or
municipalities that operate the fire department in which a volunteer firefighter serves.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective January 1, 2016, and applies to
officer and firefighter deaths that occur on and after the effective date.
new text end

Sec. 41.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 299A.465, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 5a. new text end

new text begin Minimum benefit. new text end

new text begin Nothing in this section prohibits an employer from
providing benefits to survivors of deceased volunteer firefighters that are greater than the
benefits required under this section.
new text end

Sec. 42.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 299D.085, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Certificate.

No person may operate as an overdimensional load escort
driver in this state without a certificate issued by the commissioner, or by a state with
which the commissioner has entered into a reciprocal agreement. The commissioner shall
assess a fee for each certificate applicant, calculated to cover the commissioner's cost of
establishing and administering the program.new text begin No other certification is required to escort
an overdimensional load.
new text end

Sec. 43.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 299D.09, is amended to read:


299D.09 ESCORT SERVICE; APPROPRIATION; RECEIPTS.

new text begin (a) new text endFees charged for escort services provided by the State Patrol are annually
appropriated to the commissioner of public safety to administer and provide these services.

new text begin (b) new text endThe fee charged for services provided by the State Patrol deleted text beginwith a vehicle is $79.28
an hour. The fee charged for services provided without a vehicle is $59.28 an hour
deleted text endnew text beginshall be set to recover actual costs as determined by the commissioner of public safety
by July 1 each year
new text end.

new text begin (c) new text endThe fees charged for State Patrol flight services are $140 an hour for a fixed wing
aircraft, $490 an hour for a helicopter, and $600 an hour for the Queen Air in fiscal year
2012; and $139.64 an hour for a fixed wing aircraft, $560.83 an hour for a helicopter, and
$454.84 an hour for the Queen Air in fiscal year 2013 and thereafter.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 44.

new text begin [299F.037] REPORTING FIREFIGHTER DEATHS.
new text end

new text begin Whenever an active firefighter dies, whether or not the death is presumed to be in the
line of duty, the fire chief of the deceased firefighter must report, without undue delay,
the death to the state fire marshal. The notification shall identify the cause of death and
contain information concerning the circumstances of the death.
new text end

Sec. 45.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 360.305, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Costs allocated; local contribution; hangar construction account.

(a)
deleted text beginExcept as otherwise provided in this subdivisiondeleted text endnew text begin Annually by June 1new text end, the commissioner
of transportation shall deleted text beginrequire as a condition of assistance by the state that thedeleted text endnew text begin establish
local contribution rates which will apply to a
new text end political subdivision, municipality, or public
corporation deleted text beginmake a substantial contribution to the cost of the construction, improvement,
maintenance, or operation of the airport, in connection with which the assistance of the
state is sought. These costs are referred to as project costs
deleted text endnew text begin when applying for state or
federal funding assistance to construct, improve, maintain, or operate an airport, or to
acquire land for airport facilities or clear zones. If the commissioner does not establish
local contribution rates by June 1, the previous rates apply
new text end.

(b) deleted text beginFor any airport, whether key, intermediate, or landing strip, where only state and
local funds are to be used, the contribution shall be not less than one-fifth of the sum of:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) the project costs;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) acquisition costs of the land and clear zones, which are referred to as acquisition
costs.
deleted text end new text begin The commissioner may pay all costs beyond the local contribution. Local
contribution rates shall not be less than five percent of the total cost of the activity or
acquisition, except that the commissioner may require less than five percent for research
projects, radio or navigational aids, activities, or acquisitions for which federal funds are
available to cover more than 90 percent of the total cost, or as otherwise necessary to
respond to an emergency.
new text end

(c) deleted text beginFor any airport where federal, state, and local funds are to be used, the
contribution shall not be less than five percent of the sum of the project costs and
acquisition costs.
deleted text endnew text begin The commissioner's establishment of local contribution rates is not
subject to the rulemaking requirements of chapter 14.
new text end

deleted text begin (d) The commissioner may pay the total cost of radio and navigational aids.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (e) Notwithstanding paragraph (b) or (c), the commissioner may pay all of the
project costs of a new landing strip, but not an intermediate airport or key airport, or may
pay an amount equal to the federal funds granted and used for a new landing strip plus
all of the remaining project costs; but the total amount paid by the commissioner for the
project costs of a new landing strip, unless specifically authorized by an act appropriating
funds for the new landing strip, shall not exceed $200,000.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (f) Notwithstanding paragraph (b) or (c), the commissioner may pay all the project
costs for research and development projects, including, but not limited to noise abatement;
provided that in no event shall the sums expended under this paragraph exceed five
percent of the amount appropriated for construction grants.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (g)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end To receive aid under this section deleted text beginfor project costs or for acquisition costsdeleted text end, the
municipality must enter into an agreement with the commissioner giving assurance that
the airport will be operated and maintained in a safe, serviceable manner for aeronautical
purposes only for the use and benefit of the public:

(1) for 20 years after the date deleted text beginthatdeleted text end new text beginthe municipality receives new text endany state funds for
deleted text beginprojectdeleted text endnew text begin construction or improvementnew text end costs deleted text beginare received by the municipalitydeleted text end; and

(2) for 99 years after the date deleted text beginthatdeleted text end new text beginthe municipality receives new text endany state funds for new text beginland
new text endacquisition costs deleted text beginare received by the municipalitydeleted text end. If any land acquired with state funds
ceases to be used for aviation purposes, the municipality shall repay the state airports fund
the same percentage of the appraised value of the property as that percentage of the costs
of acquisition and participation provided by the state to acquire the land.

The agreement may contain other conditions as the commissioner deems reasonable.

deleted text begin (h)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end The commissioner shall establish a hangar construction revolving account,
which shall be used for the purpose of financing the construction of hangar buildings to
be constructed by municipalities owning airports. All municipalities owning airports are
authorized to enter into contracts for the construction of hangars, and contracts with
the commissioner for the financing of hangar construction for an amount and period of
time as may be determined by the commissioner and municipality. All receipts from the
financing contracts shall be deposited in the hangar construction revolving account and
are reappropriated for the purpose of financing construction of hangar buildings. deleted text beginThe
commissioner may pay from the hangar construction revolving account 80 percent of the
cost of financing construction of hangar buildings. For purposes of this paragraph, the
construction of hangars shall include their design.
deleted text end The commissioner shall transfer up to
$4,400,000 from the state airports fund to the hangar construction revolving account.

deleted text begin (i)deleted text endnew text begin (f)new text end The commissioner may deleted text beginpay a portion of the purchase price of anydeleted text endnew text begin contribute
to costs incurred by any municipality for
new text end airport maintenance andnew text begin operations,new text end safety
equipmentnew text begin,new text end and deleted text beginof the actualdeleted text end airport snow removal deleted text begincosts incurred by any municipality.
The portion to be paid by the state shall not exceed two-thirds of the cost of the purchase
price or snow removal. To receive aid a municipality must enter into an agreement of the
type referred to in paragraph (g)
deleted text end.

deleted text begin (j)deleted text endnew text begin (g)new text end This subdivision applies only to project costs or acquisition costs of
municipally owned airports incurred after June 1, 1971.

Sec. 46.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 473.146, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Transportation planning.

(a) The Metropolitan Council is the designated
planning agency for any long-range comprehensive transportation planning required by
section 134 of the Federal Highway Act of 1962, Section 4 of Urban Mass Transportation
Act of 1964 and Section 112 of Federal Aid Highway Act of 1973 and other federal
transportation laws. The council shall assure administration and coordination of
transportation planning with appropriate state, regional and other agencies, counties,
and municipalities.

(b) The council shall establish an advisory body consisting of citizens and
representatives of municipalities, counties, and state agencies in fulfillment of the planning
responsibilities of the council. The membership of the advisory body must consist of:

(1) the commissioner of transportation or the commissioner's designee;

(2) the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency or the commissioner's
designee;

(3) one member of the Metropolitan Airports Commission appointed by the
commission;

(4) one person appointed by the council to represent nonmotorized transportation;

(5) one person appointed by the commissioner of transportation to represent the
freight transportation industry;

(6) two persons appointed by the council to represent public transit;

(7) ten elected officials of cities within the metropolitan area, including one
representative from each first-class city, appointed by the Association of Metropolitan
Municipalities;

(8) one member of the county board of each county in the seven-county metropolitan
area, appointed by the respective county boards;

(9) eight citizens appointed by the council, one from each council precinct; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(10)new text begin one elected official from a city participating in the replacement service program
under section 473.388, appointed by the Suburban Transit Association; and
new text end

new text begin (11)new text end one member of the council, appointed by the council.

new text begin (c) new text endThe council shall appoint a chair from among the members of the advisory body.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment,
and applies in the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and
Washington.
new text end

Sec. 47.

Laws 2009, chapter 158, section 10, as amended by Laws 2012, chapter 287,
article 3, section 56, and Laws 2014, chapter 255, section 20, is amended to read:


Sec. 10. EFFECTIVE DATE.

Sections 2 and 3 are effective August 1, 2009deleted text begin, and the amendments made in sections
2 and 3 to Minnesota Statutes, sections 169.011 and 169.045, expire July 31, 2015
deleted 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. 48.

Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 10, section 11, subdivision 2, is amended to
read:


Subd. 2.

Evaluation of response preparedness and funding.

By January 15, 2017,
the commissioner of public safety shall submit an evaluation of safety preparedness and
funding related to incidents involving transportation of oil new text beginand other hazardous materials
new text endto the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction
over transportation and public safety policy and finance. At a minimum, the evaluation
must:

(1) provide an update to the report under subdivision 1 that identifies notable
changes and provides updated information as appropriate;

(2) new text beginanalyze preparedness and impacts to public safety from ethanol transportation by
rail, which must provide the same information with respect to ethanol as is required for oil
under subdivision 1, clauses (1) to (3) and (6);
new text end

new text begin (3) new text endevaluate the effectiveness of training and response preparedness activities under
Minnesota Statutes, section 299A.55, using the criteria established under subdivision
1, clause (5);

deleted text begin (3)deleted text end new text begin(4) new text endidentify current sources of funds, funding levels, and any unfunded needs for
preparedness activities;

deleted text begin (4)deleted text end new text begin(5) new text endanalyze equity in the distribution of funding sources for preparedness
activities, which must include but is not limited to (i) examination of the public-private
partnership financing model, and (ii) review of balance across industries involved in
storage and distribution of oil; and

deleted text begin (5)deleted text end new text begin(6) new text endmake recommendations for any programmatic or legislative changes.

Sec. 49.

Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 11, section 3, the effective date, is amended to
read:


EFFECTIVE DATE.

Subdivisions 1 to 4 are effective January 1, 2015, for special
Minnesota golf plates issued on or after that date. Subdivision 5 is effective deleted text beginJanuary 1,
2017
deleted text endnew text begin July 1, 2015new 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. 50. new text beginLEGISLATIVE ROUTE NO. 228 REMOVED.
new text end

new text begin (a) Minnesota Statutes, section 161.115, subdivision 159, is repealed effective the
day after the commissioner of transportation receives a copy of the agreement between
the commissioner and the governing body of Otter Tail County to transfer jurisdiction of
Legislative Route No. 228 and after the commissioner notifies the revisor of statutes
under paragraph (b).
new text end

new text begin (b) The revisor of statutes shall delete the route identified in paragraph (a) from
Minnesota Statutes when the commissioner of transportation sends notice to the revisor
electronically or in writing that the conditions required to transfer the route have been
satisfied.
new text end

Sec. 51. new text beginLEGISLATIVE ROUTE NO. 275 REMOVED.
new text end

new text begin (a) Minnesota Statutes, section 161.115, subdivision 206, is repealed effective the
day after the commissioner of transportation receives a copy of the agreement between the
commissioner and the governing body of Lac qui Parle County to transfer jurisdiction
of Legislative Route No. 275 and after the commissioner notifies the revisor of statutes
under paragraph (b).
new text end

new text begin (b) The revisor of statutes shall delete the route identified in paragraph (a) from
Minnesota Statutes when the commissioner of transportation sends notice to the revisor
electronically or in writing that the conditions required to transfer the route have been
satisfied.
new text end

Sec. 52. new text beginCOST PARTICIPATION POLICY.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner of transportation, in consultation with representatives of local
units of government, shall create and adopt a policy concerning cost participation
for cooperative construction projects and maintenance responsibilities between the
Department of Transportation and local units of government. The policy must minimize
the share of cooperative project costs to be funded by the local units of government, while
complying in all respects with the state constitutional requirements concerning allowable
uses of the trunk highway fund. The policy should provide and include sufficient flexibility
for unique projects and locations if doing so results in a lower total project cost. The
policy must be completed and adopted by the commissioner no later than March 1, 2016.
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. 53. new text beginENGINE BRAKES; REGULATION BY ST. PAUL.
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding any other law or charter provision, the governing body of the city
of St. Paul may by ordinance restrict or prohibit the use of an engine brake on motor
vehicles along Legislative Route No. 392, also known as marked Interstate Highway 94,
between Johnson Parkway and marked Trunk Highway 52. Upon notification by the city
of St. Paul to the commissioner of transportation of the city's adoption of the ordinance,
the commissioner of transportation shall erect the appropriate signs, with the cost of
the signs to be paid by the city. For purposes of this section, "engine brake" means any
device that uses the engine and transmission to impede the forward motion of the motor
vehicle by compression of the engine.
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. 54. new text beginCONCRETE DIAMOND GRINDING SLURRY.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner of transportation shall not engage in a study, including under any
agreement with a consultant, related to the deposit of slurry generated from highway
diamond grinding on the side of roadways, unless the commissioner consults with
interested representatives of the road construction and maintenance industry regarding the
methodology and specifications for the study. The commissioner or a consultant operating
under an agreement with the commissioner shall consult with interested representatives
of the road construction and maintenance industry to evaluate methods of determining
best management practices.
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. 55. new text beginLEGISLATIVE REPORT ON VEHICLE TITLE TRANSFER FEE
FUNDS.
new text end

new text begin By November 1, 2015, the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency shall
submit a report on motor vehicle title transfer fee funds to the chairs and ranking
minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over transportation and
environment policy and finance. At a minimum, the report must (1) identify the annual
amount of revenue from the motor vehicle title transfer fee under Minnesota Statutes,
section 115A.908, over fiscal years 2012 to 2015; (2) evaluate the policy rationale for
allocation of revenue from the title transfer fee; and (3) specify uses of funds from the
title transfer fee, including identification of any motor vehicle, road, or bridge purposes
for which funds are used.
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. 56. new text beginREPORT ON DEDICATED FUND EXPENDITURES.
new text end

new text begin By January 15, 2016, the commissioners of transportation and public safety, in
consultation with the commissioner of management and budget, shall jointly submit
a report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with
jurisdiction over transportation finance. The report must list detailed expenditures and
transfers from the trunk highway fund and highway user tax distribution fund for fiscal
years 2010 through 2015, and shall include information on the purpose of each expenditure.
new text end

Sec. 57. new text beginROAD DESIGN STANDARDS.
new text end

new text begin By August 15, 2016, the commissioner of transportation shall, in collaboration
with city and county engineers, establish and adopt design standards and guidelines to
be applied consistently to trunk highways, county state-aid highways, and municipal
state-aid streets with similar characteristics. The standards and guidelines must align the
state-aid standards with the Department of Transportation trunk highway standards and
technical memoranda as appropriate. The commissioner shall report the adopted standards
and guidelines to the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate and house of
representatives committees with jurisdiction over transportation policy by August 15,
2016, and present an interim report by March 15, 2016.
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. 58. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 299E.02, new text end new text begin is repealed.
new text end