2nd Unofficial Engrossment - 80th Legislature (1997 - 1998) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to the organization and operation of state 1.3 government; appropriating money for the department of 1.4 transportation and other agencies with certain 1.5 conditions; regulating certain activities and 1.6 practices; providing for fees; establishing revolving 1.7 account; requiring a study; amending Minnesota 1.8 Statutes 1996, sections 16B.335, subdivision 1; 1.9 161.082, by adding a subdivision; 162.09, subdivision 1.10 4; 162.181, subdivisions 1 and 3; 168.011, subdivision 1.11 9; 168.1291, subdivision 1; 168A.29, subdivision 1; 1.12 169.06, subdivision 4; 169.14, subdivision 3; 169.85; 1.13 169.974, subdivision 2; 169.983; 171.06, subdivision 1.14 2a; 171.13, subdivision 5, and by adding a 1.15 subdivision; 171.29, subdivision 2; 173.13, 1.16 subdivision 4; 174.03, by adding a subdivision; 1.17 299A.38, subdivision 2, and by adding a subdivision; 1.18 299C.10, subdivision 4; 299C.46, subdivision 3, and by 1.19 adding a subdivision; 457A.04, subdivision 2; 473.408, 1.20 subdivision 7; and 473.446, subdivision 1a; proposing 1.21 coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 1.22 162; 168; 299A; 299D; and 360. 1.23 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.24 Section 1. [TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER AGENCIES 1.25 APPROPRIATIONS.] 1.26 The sums shown in the columns marked "APPROPRIATIONS" are 1.27 appropriated from the general fund, or another named fund, to 1.28 the agencies and for the purposes specified in this act, to be 1.29 available for the fiscal years indicated for each purpose. The 1.30 figures "1997," "1998," and "1999," where used in this act, mean 1.31 that the appropriation or appropriations listed under them are 1.32 available for the year ending June 30, 1997, June 30, 1998, or 1.33 June 30, 1999, respectively. If the figures are not used, the 1.34 appropriations are available for the year ending June 30, 1998, 2.1 or June 30, 1999, respectively. The term "first year" means the 2.2 year ending June 30, 1998, and the term "second year" means the 2.3 year ending June 30, 1999. Appropriations for the year ending 2.4 June 30, 1997, are in addition to appropriations made in 2.5 previous years. 2.6 SUMMARY BY FUND 2.7 1997 1998 1999 TOTAL 2.8 General $ 290,000 $124,078,000 $100,507,000 $224,875,000 2.9 Airports 18,016,000 18,078,000 36,094,000 2.10 C.S.A.H. 318,289,000 327,512,000 645,801,000 2.11 Highway User 14,035,000 14,134,000 28,169,000 2.12 M.S.A.S. 96,580,000 99,264,000 195,844,000 2.13 Special Revenue 912,000 927,000 1,839,000 2.14 Trunk 2.15 Highway 8,905,000 940,546,000 944,020,000 1,893,471,000 2.16 TOTAL $9,195,000 $1,512,456,000 $1,504,442,000 $3,026,093,000 2.17 APPROPRIATIONS 2.18 Available for the Year 2.19 Ending June 30 2.20 1997 1998 1999 2.21 Sec. 2. TRANSPORTATION 2.22 Subdivision 1. Total 2.23 Appropriation $ 8,905,000 $1,339,861,000 $1,342,057,000 2.24 The appropriations in this section are 2.25 from the trunk highway fund, except 2.26 when another fund is named. 2.27 Summary by Fund 2.28 1997 1998 1999 2.29 General 41,519,000 32,737,000 2.30 Airports 17,966,000 18,028,000 2.31 C.S.A.H. 318,289,000 327,512,000 2.32 M.S.A.S. 96,580,000 99,264,000 2.33 Trunk Highway 8,905,000 865,507,000 864,516,000 2.34 The amounts that may be spent from this 2.35 appropriation for each program are 2.36 specified in the following subdivisions. 2.37 Subd. 2. Aeronautics 18,296,000 17,958,000 2.38 Summary by Fund 2.39 Airports 17,896,000 17,958,000 2.40 General 400,000 -0- 3.1 The amounts that may be spent from this 3.2 appropriation for each activity are as 3.3 follows: 3.4 (a) Airport Development and Assistance 3.5 1998 1999 3.6 12,948,000 12,948,000 3.7 $12,846,000 the first year and 3.8 $12,846,000 the second year are for 3.9 navigational aids, construction grants, 3.10 and maintenance grants. If the 3.11 appropriation for either year is 3.12 insufficient, the appropriation for the 3.13 other year is available for it. 3.14 These appropriations must be spent in 3.15 accordance with Minnesota Statutes, 3.16 section 360.305, subdivision 4. 3.17 $12,000 the first year and $12,000 the 3.18 second year are for maintenance of the 3.19 Pine Creek Airport. 3.20 $90,000 the first year and $90,000 the 3.21 second year are for air service grants. 3.22 (b) Aviation Support 3.23 4,880,000 4,941,000 3.24 $65,000 the first year and $65,000 the 3.25 second year are for the civil air 3.26 patrol. 3.27 $200,000 the first year and $200,000 3.28 the second year are for the air service 3.29 marketing program under Minnesota 3.30 Statutes, section 360.0151. 3.31 (c) Air Transportation Services 3.32 468,000 69,000 3.33 Summary by Fund 3.34 Airports 68,000 69,000 3.35 General 400,000 -0- 3.36 $400,000 the first year is from the 3.37 general fund for refurbishing a federal 3.38 surplus jet airplane for state 3.39 ownership and use. 3.40 Subd. 3. Transit 15,823,000 15,837,000 3.41 Summary by Fund 3.42 General 15,512,000 15,521,000 3.43 Trunk Highway 311,000 316,000 3.44 If the appropriation for either year is 3.45 insufficient, the appropriation for the 3.46 other year is available. 3.47 The amounts that may be spent from this 3.48 appropriation for each activity are as 4.1 follows: 4.2 (a) Greater Minnesota Transit 4.3 Assistance 4.4 15,056,000 15,056,000 4.5 This appropriation is from the general 4.6 fund. 4.7 (b) Transit Administration 4.8 767,000 781,000 4.9 Summary by Fund 4.10 General 456,000 465,000 4.11 Trunk Highway 311,000 316,000 4.12 Subd. 4. Railroads and Waterways 4,752,000 2,184,000 4.13 Summary by Fund 4.14 General 3,547,000 953,000 4.15 Trunk Highway 1,205,000 1,231,000 4.16 $3,000,000 is from the general fund for 4.17 port development assistance under 4.18 Minnesota Statutes, chapter 457A. This 4.19 appropriation is available until June 4.20 30, 1999. This is a one-time 4.21 appropriation and may not be added to 4.22 the agency's budget base. 4.23 $1,000,000 the first year is from the 4.24 general fund for the study of commuter 4.25 rail service under section 8. This 4.26 appropriation is available until June 4.27 30, 1999. Of this amount the 4.28 commissioner may spend up to $100,000 4.29 for the costs of managing the study. 4.30 Subd. 5. Motor Carrier Regulation 2,437,000 2,487,000 4.31 Summary by Fund 4.32 General 110,000 113,000 4.33 Trunk Highway 2,327,000 2,374,000 4.34 Subd. 6. Local Roads 414,869,000 426,776,000 4.35 Summary by Fund 4.36 C.S.A.H. 318,289,000 327,512,000 4.37 M.S.A.S. 96,580,000 99,264,000 4.38 The amounts that may be spent from this 4.39 appropriation for each activity are as 4.40 follows: 4.41 (a) County State Aids 4.42 318,289,000 327,512,000 4.43 This appropriation is from the county 4.44 state-aid highway fund and is available 4.45 until spent. 5.1 (b) Municipal State Aids 5.2 96,580,000 99,264,000 5.3 This appropriation is from the 5.4 municipal state-aid street fund and is 5.5 available until spent. 5.6 If an appropriation for either county 5.7 state aids or municipal state aids does 5.8 not exhaust the balance in the fund 5.9 from which it is made in the year for 5.10 which it is made, the commissioner of 5.11 finance, upon request of the 5.12 commissioner of transportation, shall 5.13 notify the committee on finance of the 5.14 senate and the committee on ways and 5.15 means of the house of representatives 5.16 of the amount of the remainder and 5.17 shall then add that amount to the 5.18 appropriation. The amount added is 5.19 appropriated for the purposes of county 5.20 state aids or municipal state aids, as 5.21 appropriate. 5.22 Subd. 7. Bridges 21,800,000 16,000,000 5.23 This appropriation is from the general 5.24 fund. 5.25 Of this amount, $5,800,000 the first 5.26 year is for grants to political 5.27 subdivisions for key bridges, and is to 5.28 be spent in accordance with Minnesota 5.29 Statutes, section 174.50, subdivisions 5.30 4 to 7. 5.31 Of this amount, $16,000,000 the first 5.32 year and $16,000,000 the second year 5.33 are for trunk highway bridges. 5.34 Subd. 8. State Roads 8,905,000 811,101,000 821,349,000 5.35 The amounts that may be spent from this 5.36 appropriation for each activity are as 5.37 follows: 5.38 (a) State Road Construction 5.39 8,905,000 446,533,000 446,421,000 5.40 It is estimated that these 5.41 appropriations will be funded as 5.42 follows: 5.43 Federal Highway Aid 5.44 225,000,000 225,000,000 5.45 Highway User Taxes 5.46 221,533,000 221,421,000 5.47 The commissioner of transportation 5.48 shall notify the chair of the committee 5.49 on finance of the senate and chair of 5.50 the committee on ways and means of the 5.51 house of representatives quarterly of 5.52 any events that should cause these 5.53 estimates to change. 6.1 This appropriation is for the actual 6.2 construction, reconstruction, and 6.3 improvement of trunk highways. This 6.4 includes the cost of actual payment to 6.5 landowners for lands acquired for 6.6 highway rights-of-way, payment to 6.7 lessees, interest subsidies, and 6.8 relocation expenses. 6.9 The appropriation for fiscal year 1997 6.10 is for state road construction and is 6.11 added to the appropriations in Laws 6.12 1995, chapter 265, article 2, section 6.13 2, subdivision 7, clause (a). 6.14 The commissioner of transportation may 6.15 receive money covering other shares of 6.16 the cost of partnership projects. 6.17 These receipts are appropriated to the 6.18 commissioner for these projects. 6.19 Before proceeding with a project, or a 6.20 series of projects on a single highway, 6.21 with a cost exceeding $10,000,000, the 6.22 commissioner shall consider the 6.23 feasibility of alternative means of 6.24 financing the project or series of 6.25 projects, including but not limited to 6.26 congestion pricing, tolls, mileage 6.27 pricing, and public-private partnership. 6.28 (b) Highway Debt Service 6.29 15,161,000 13,539,000 6.30 $5,951,000 the first year and 6.31 $5,403,000 the second year are for 6.32 transfer to the state bond fund. 6.33 If this appropriation is insufficient 6.34 to make all transfers required in the 6.35 year for which it is made, the 6.36 commissioner of finance shall notify 6.37 the committee on finance of the senate 6.38 and the committee on ways and means of 6.39 the house of representatives of the 6.40 amount of the deficiency and shall then 6.41 transfer that amount under the 6.42 statutory open appropriation. 6.43 Any excess appropriation must be 6.44 canceled to the trunk highway fund. 6.45 (c) Research and Investment Management 6.46 11,679,000 11,864,000 6.47 $499,000 the first year and $499,000 6.48 the second year are available for 6.49 grants for transportation studies 6.50 outside the metropolitan area to 6.51 identify critical concerns, problems, 6.52 and issues. These grants are available 6.53 to (1) regional development 6.54 commissions, (2) in regions where no 6.55 regional development commission is 6.56 functioning, joint powers boards 6.57 established under agreement of two or 6.58 more political subdivisions in the 6.59 region to exercise the planning 6.60 functions of a regional development 7.1 commission, and (3) in regions where no 7.2 regional development commission or 7.3 joint powers board is functioning, the 7.4 department's district office for that 7.5 region. 7.6 $198,000 the first year and $198,000 7.7 the second year are available for 7.8 grants to metropolitan planning 7.9 organizations outside the seven-county 7.10 metropolitan area. 7.11 $75,000 the first year and $75,000 the 7.12 second year are for a transportation 7.13 research contingent account to finance 7.14 research projects that are reimbursable 7.15 from the federal government or from 7.16 other sources. If the appropriation 7.17 for either year is insufficient, the 7.18 appropriation for the other year is 7.19 available for it. 7.20 (d) Central Engineering Services 7.21 56,593,000 57,384,000 7.22 Of these appropriations, $2,190,000 the 7.23 first year and $2,190,000 the second 7.24 year are for scientific equipment. If 7.25 the appropriation for either year is 7.26 insufficient, the appropriation for the 7.27 other year is available for it. 7.28 (e) Design and Construction Engineering 7.29 72,448,000 73,860,000 7.30 Of this amount, $2,850,000 the first 7.31 year and $2,850,000 the second year are 7.32 related to the appropriation for trunk 7.33 highway bridges in subdivision 7. 7.34 (f) State Road Operations 7.35 202,431,000 205,503,000 7.36 Summary by Fund 7.37 General 100,000 100,000 7.38 Trunk Highway 202,331,000 205,403,000 7.39 $11,689,000 the first year and 7.40 $11,689,000 the second year are for 7.41 road equipment. If the appropriation 7.42 for either year is insufficient, the 7.43 appropriation for the other year is 7.44 available for it. 7.45 $100,000 the first year and $100,000 7.46 the second year are from the general 7.47 fund for grants to the Minnesota 7.48 highway safety center at St. Cloud 7.49 State University for driver education. 7.50 (g) Electronic Communications 7.51 6,256,000 12,778,000 7.52 Summary by Fund 8.1 General 9,000 9,000 8.2 Trunk Highway 6,247,000 12,769,000 8.3 $9,000 the first year and $9,000 the 8.4 second year are from the general fund 8.5 for equipment and operation of the 8.6 Roosevelt signal tower for Lake of the 8.7 Woods weather broadcasting. 8.8 Subd. 9. General Support 38,512,000 39,466,000 8.9 Summary by Fund 8.10 General 41,000 41,000 8.11 Airports 70,000 70,000 8.12 Trunk Highway 38,401,000 39,355,000 8.13 The amounts that may be spent from this 8.14 appropriation for each activity are as 8.15 follows: 8.16 (a) General Management 8.17 25,599,000 25,924,000 8.18 (b) General Services 8.19 12,913,000 13,542,000 8.20 Summary by Fund 8.21 General 41,000 41,000 8.22 Airports 70,000 70,000 8.23 Trunk Highway 12,802,000 13,431,000 8.24 $1,500,000 the first year and 8.25 $1,500,000 the second year are for data 8.26 processing development. If the 8.27 appropriation for either year is 8.28 insufficient, the appropriation for the 8.29 other year is available for it. 8.30 The commissioner of transportation 8.31 shall manage the department of 8.32 transportation in such a manner as to 8.33 provide seasonal employees of the 8.34 department with the maximum feasible 8.35 amount of employment security 8.36 consistent with the efficient delivery 8.37 of department programs. 8.38 Subd. 10. Buildings 12,271,000 -0- 8.39 $6,771,000 is for ongoing operational 8.40 building needs. $5,500,000 is for the 8.41 Cedar Avenue truck station in Richfield. 8.42 The appropriation of $644,000 in Laws 8.43 1996, chapter 455, article 2, section 8.44 2, clause (5), for the Deer Lake 8.45 equipment storage building, is 8.46 reappropriated for a Virginia 8.47 headquarters building addition for the 8.48 state patrol. 8.49 Subd. 11. Transfers 9.1 The commissioner of transportation with 9.2 the approval of the commissioner of 9.3 finance may transfer unencumbered 9.4 balances among the appropriations from 9.5 the trunk highway fund and the state 9.6 airports fund made in this section. No 9.7 transfer may be made from the 9.8 appropriation for state road 9.9 construction. No transfer may be made 9.10 from the appropriations for debt 9.11 service to any other appropriation. 9.12 Transfers may not be made between funds. 9.13 Transfers must be reported immediately 9.14 to the committee on finance of the 9.15 senate and the committee on ways and 9.16 means of the house of representatives. 9.17 Subd. 12. Contingent Appropriation 9.18 The commissioner of transportation, 9.19 with the approval of the governor after 9.20 consultation with the legislative 9.21 advisory commission under Minnesota 9.22 Statutes, section 3.30, may transfer 9.23 all or part of the unappropriated 9.24 balance in the trunk highway fund to an 9.25 appropriation (1) for trunk highway 9.26 design, construction, or inspection in 9.27 order to take advantage of an 9.28 unanticipated receipt of income to the 9.29 trunk highway fund, (2) for trunk 9.30 highway maintenance in order to meet an 9.31 emergency, or (3) to pay tort or 9.32 environmental claims. The amount 9.33 transferred is appropriated for the 9.34 purpose of the account to which it is 9.35 transferred. 9.36 Sec. 3. METROPOLITAN COUNCIL 9.37 TRANSIT 73,100,000 57,000,000 9.38 (a) The council may not spend more than 9.39 $36,000,000 for metro mobility in the 9.40 1998-1999 biennium except for proceeds 9.41 from bond sales when use of those 9.42 proceeds for metro mobility capital 9.43 expenditures is authorized by law. 9.44 (b) Any appropriation in excess of 9.45 $49,351,000 the first year and 9.46 $49,351,000 the second year may not be 9.47 added to the agency's budget base. 9.48 (c) $100,000, or so much of this amount 9.49 as the metropolitan council determines 9.50 is necessary, is for development of the 9.51 school transportation plan under 9.52 section 10. 9.53 (d) The council may not raise fares for 9.54 regular route service it provides 9.55 during the 1998-1999 biennium. 9.56 (e) The council shall use this 9.57 appropriation to meet the following 9.58 goals, and thereby provide at least 9.59 139,000,000 riders per biennium: 9.60 (1) preserve current transit service 9.61 levels; 10.1 (2) enhance transit service reliability 10.2 to assure commuters that they will 10.3 arrive at work on time; 10.4 (3) implement improvements in transit 10.5 service for commuters; 10.6 (4) develop and implement programs that 10.7 enhance partnerships with employers in 10.8 order to promote transit use by 10.9 employees and link job-seekers to new 10.10 jobs; 10.11 (5) make selected routes more efficient 10.12 for commuters by limiting the number of 10.13 stops and decreasing travel time; 10.14 (6) effectively manage connections of 10.15 suburban circulators and other regular 10.16 route services with timed transfers; 10.17 and 10.18 (7) increase service in targeted areas 10.19 to support all work shifts. 10.20 (f) The council shall work with 10.21 metropolitan counties to ensure that 10.22 transportation is not a barrier for 10.23 economically disadvantaged persons 10.24 seeking to obtain and keep jobs. 10.25 (g) Of this amount, up to $1,000,000 10.26 the first year and $1,000,000 the 10.27 second year may be used by the council 10.28 to make grants to metropolitan counties 10.29 and nonprofit organizations in the 10.30 metropolitan area currently working to 10.31 place disadvantaged persons in jobs 10.32 where transportation has proven to be a 10.33 barrier to job placement. Grants may 10.34 be used to: 10.35 (1) provide full or partial bus fare 10.36 reimbursement; 10.37 (2) work with employers to ensure that 10.38 transportation meets employment 10.39 opportunities in the metropolitan area; 10.40 and 10.41 (3) provide or contract for 10.42 transportation links between public 10.43 transportation routes and employment 10.44 locations. This appropriation is 10.45 available until June 30, 1999. 10.46 (h) Of this amount, $16,000,000 the 10.47 first year must be used by the council 10.48 for transit capital improvements to 10.49 maximize available funds for transit 10.50 capital projects. This appropriation 10.51 is available until June 30, 1999. 10.52 Except as otherwise provided in this 10.53 section, the metropolitan council shall 10.54 not use the appropriation in this 10.55 section for capital expenditures. 10.56 Sec. 4. PUBLIC SAFETY 10.57 Subdivision 1. Total 10.58 Appropriation 290,000 98,453,000 104,343,000 11.1 Summary by Fund 11.2 1997 1998 1999 11.3 General 290,000 9,459,000 10,770,000 11.4 Special Revenue -0- 912,000 927,000 11.5 Trunk Highway -0- 74,172,000 78,637,000 11.6 Highway User -0- 13,910,000 14,009,000 11.7 Subd. 2. Administration 11.8 and Related Services 10,635,000 11,914,000 11.9 Summary by Fund 11.10 General 2,830,000 3,953,000 11.11 Trunk Highway 6,490,000 6,616,000 11.12 Highway User 1,315,000 1,345,000 11.13 $326,000 the first year and $326,000 11.14 the second year are for payment of 11.15 public safety officer survivor benefits 11.16 under Minnesota Statutes, section 11.17 299A.44. If the appropriation for 11.18 either year is insufficient, the 11.19 appropriation for the other year is 11.20 available for it. 11.21 $299,000 the first year and $308,000 11.22 the second year are for soft body armor 11.23 reimbursements under Minnesota 11.24 Statutes, section 299A.38. 11.25 $1,851,000 the first year and 11.26 $1,830,000 the second year are 11.27 appropriated from the general fund for 11.28 transfer by the commissioner of finance 11.29 to the trunk highway fund on January 1, 11.30 1998, and January 1, 1999, 11.31 respectively, in order to reimburse the 11.32 trunk highway fund for expenses not 11.33 related to the fund. These represent 11.34 amounts appropriated out of the trunk 11.35 highway fund for general fund purposes 11.36 in the administration and related 11.37 services program. 11.38 $580,000 the first year and $610,000 11.39 the second year are appropriated from 11.40 the highway user tax distribution fund 11.41 for transfer by the commissioner of 11.42 finance to the trunk highway fund on 11.43 January 1, 1998, and January 1, 1999, 11.44 respectively, in order to reimburse the 11.45 trunk highway fund for expenses not 11.46 related to the fund. These represent 11.47 amounts appropriated out of the trunk 11.48 highway fund for highway user tax 11.49 distribution fund purposes in the 11.50 administration and related services 11.51 program. 11.52 $716,000 the first year and $716,000 11.53 the second year are appropriated from 11.54 the highway user tax distribution fund 11.55 for transfer by the commissioner of 12.1 finance to the general fund on January 12.2 1, 1998, and January 1, 1999, 12.3 respectively, in order to reimburse the 12.4 general fund for expenses not related 12.5 to the fund. These represent amounts 12.6 appropriated out of the general fund 12.7 for operation of the criminal justice 12.8 data network related to driver and 12.9 motor vehicle licensing. 12.10 $1,128,000 the second year from the 12.11 general fund and $575,000 the first 12.12 year and $575,000 the second year from 12.13 the trunk highway fund are to enhance 12.14 the criminal justice computer systems. 12.15 Subd. 3. State Patrol 290,000 52,001,000 56,115,000 12.16 Summary by Fund 12.17 General 290,000 2,844,000 2,949,000 12.18 Trunk Highway 49,067,000 53,076,000 12.19 Highway User 90,000 90,000 12.20 The appropriation for fiscal year 1997 12.21 is for transfer to the trunk highway 12.22 fund to cover the costs of deploying 12.23 state patrol troopers to the city of 12.24 Minneapolis to assist the city in 12.25 combating violent crime. 12.26 $864,000 the first year and $864,000 12.27 the second year are for installing, 12.28 maintaining, and operating video 12.29 cameras on state patrol vehicles 12.30 purchased on or after July 1, 1997. 12.31 This appropriation is from the general 12.32 fund. This amount may not be added to 12.33 the agency's budget base. 12.34 $1,675,000 the first year and $424,000 12.35 the second year from the trunk highway 12.36 fund are for the development and 12.37 operational costs of computer-aided 12.38 dispatching, records management, and 12.39 station office automation systems. 12.40 $3,480,000 for the second year is from 12.41 the trunk highway fund for employment 12.42 of up to 29 additional state troopers 12.43 to be assigned to patrolling highways, 12.44 and additional support personnel for 12.45 those troopers. This appropriation is 12.46 available to the commissioner at the 12.47 rate of $120,000 for each state trooper 12.48 employed after July 1, 1998, and 12.49 assigned to patrolling highways. The 12.50 number of state troopers assigned to 12.51 patrolling highways at any time during 12.52 the biennium may not be less than the 12.53 number so assigned on July 1, 1997, 12.54 plus additional state troopers employed 12.55 as a result of this appropriation. 12.56 The commissioner shall identify and 12.57 implement measures to increase the 12.58 representation of females and 12.59 minorities in the state patrol so that 12.60 the trooper population more accurately 13.1 reflects the population served by the 13.2 state patrol. 13.3 When an otherwise qualified candidate 13.4 does not have the educational credits 13.5 to meet the current peace officer 13.6 standards and training board licensing 13.7 standards, the commissioner may provide 13.8 the financial resources to obtain the 13.9 education necessary to meet the 13.10 licensing requirements. Of this 13.11 appropriation, $150,000 the second year 13.12 from the trunk highway fund is for 13.13 assistance to these otherwise qualified 13.14 individuals to prepare them for the 13.15 trooper candidate school beginning in 13.16 January 1999. 13.17 $600,000 the first year and $1,200,000 13.18 the second year from the trunk highway 13.19 fund are to implement wage increases 13.20 for state patrol troopers, trooper 1s, 13.21 and corporals. The wage adjustments 13.22 are based on an internal Hay study 13.23 conducted by the department of employee 13.24 relations. 13.25 Subd. 4. Driver and 13.26 Vehicle Services 34,553,000 35,031,000 13.27 Summary by Fund 13.28 General 3,724,000 3,807,000 13.29 Trunk Highway 18,324,000 18,650,000 13.30 Highway User 12,505,000 12,574,000 13.31 $867,000 the first year and $777,000 13.32 the second year from the highway user 13.33 tax distribution fund are for 13.34 purchasing manufactured license plates 13.35 from the department of corrections. 13.36 Subd. 5. Traffic 13.37 Safety 352,000 356,000 13.38 Summary by Fund 13.39 General 61,000 61,000 13.40 Trunk Highway 291,000 295,000 13.41 Subd. 6. Pipeline Safety 912,000 927,000 13.42 This appropriation is from the pipeline 13.43 safety account in the special revenue 13.44 fund. 13.45 Sec. 5. MINNESOTA SAFETY COUNCIL 67,000 67,000 13.46 This appropriation is from the trunk 13.47 highway fund. 13.48 Sec. 6. GENERAL CONTINGENT 13.49 ACCOUNTS 375,000 375,000 13.50 The appropriations in this section may 13.51 only be spent with the approval of the 13.52 governor after consultation with the 13.53 legislative advisory commission 14.1 pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 14.2 3.30. 14.3 If an appropriation in this section for 14.4 either year is insufficient, the 14.5 appropriation for the other year is 14.6 available for it. 14.7 Summary by Fund 14.8 Trunk Highway 200,000 200,000 14.9 Highway User 125,000 125,000 14.10 Airports 50,000 50,000 14.11 Sec. 7. TORT CLAIMS 600,000 600,000 14.12 This appropriation is to be spent by 14.13 the commissioner of finance. 14.14 This appropriation is from the trunk 14.15 highway fund. 14.16 If the appropriation for either year is 14.17 insufficient, the appropriation for the 14.18 other year is available for it. 14.19 Sec. 8. [COMMUTER RAIL SERVICE STUDY.] 14.20 Subdivision 1. [STUDY.] The commissioner of 14.21 transportation, through the division of railroads and waterways, 14.22 shall conduct a study of the potential of utilizing freight rail 14.23 corridors in the Twin Cities metropolitan area for commuter rail 14.24 service. The commissioner shall perform the study in 14.25 coordination with the metropolitan council and metropolitan 14.26 regional rail authorities and shall consider, among other 14.27 things, the positive and negative effects of commuter rail 14.28 service on surrounding neighborhoods. 14.29 Subd. 2. [REPORT.] The commissioner shall report the 14.30 findings and recommendations of the study to the governor and 14.31 legislature by January 15, 1998, and February 1, 1999. If in 14.32 the report required by January 15, 1998, the commissioner 14.33 identifies one or more rail corridors that have potential for a 14.34 commuter rail demonstration project, the commissioner, alone or 14.35 in cooperation with the metropolitan council and one or more 14.36 metropolitan regional rail authorities, may propose legislation 14.37 to the 1998 legislative session that provides for acquisition or 14.38 lease of the corridors, improvements necessary for their use for 14.39 commuter rail purposes, acquisition of commuter rail rolling 14.40 stock, and operation of commuter rail services. 15.1 Subd. 3. [REGIONAL RAIL AUTHORITIES.] Nothing in this 15.2 section may be construed to prohibit or restrict a regional rail 15.3 authority in the performance of any duty or exercise of any 15.4 power under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 398A. 15.5 Sec. 9. [RAILROAD SERVICE PRESERVATION.] 15.6 No state or local agency or political subdivision may take 15.7 any action that would have the effect of precluding the use for 15.8 commuter rail service of any rail line that is providing rail 15.9 service within the seven-county metropolitan area on the 15.10 effective date of this section. 15.11 Sec. 10. [SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION PLAN.] 15.12 Subdivision 1. [DEVELOPMENT OF PLAN.] The metropolitan 15.13 council, the school board of special school district No. 1, 15.14 Minneapolis, and the school board of independent school district 15.15 No. 625, St. Paul, in consultation with an advisory board, shall 15.16 develop a school transportation plan, the goal of which is to 15.17 make available school transportation through the metropolitan 15.18 council's public transit system, at no cost to students, to no 15.19 fewer than 75 percent of the students transported by Minneapolis 15.20 public schools and no fewer than 75 percent of the students 15.21 transported by St. Paul public schools, in grades 9 to 12, 15.22 during the 1998-1999 school year. 15.23 Subd. 2. [ADVISORY BOARD.] The metropolitan council and 15.24 the school boards shall convene and consult with an advisory 15.25 board concerning the development of the school transportation 15.26 plan. The advisory board shall include, without limitation, the 15.27 school transportation directors from the Minneapolis and St. 15.28 Paul school districts; secondary students and parents of 15.29 secondary students who use school transportation in those school 15.30 districts; representatives of nonpublic schools located within 15.31 the districts; a representative of the department of children, 15.32 families, and learning; and administrators of secondary schools 15.33 within the districts. 15.34 Subd. 3. [SCOPE OF PLAN.] The transportation plan must 15.35 include, without being limited to: 15.36 (1) a plan for service of the maximum possible number of 16.1 students, with a goal of transporting no less than 75 percent of 16.2 the students in grades 9 to 12 who are transported in each 16.3 district, with a minimum number of new transit routes; 16.4 (2) a recommendation for school day start and end times to 16.5 optimize use of public transit for school transportation; 16.6 (3) an analysis of availability of public transit for 16.7 special education students; open enrollment students; students 16.8 enrolled in nonpublic schools, charter schools, post-secondary 16.9 enrollment options programs, area learning centers, and other 16.10 nontraditional programs; and students participating in school 16.11 activities before or after the school day; 16.12 (4) a description of the quality of service to be available 16.13 to students, including maximum length of ride, number of 16.14 transfers required, and maximum distance between home or school 16.15 and bus stop; 16.16 (5) a recommendation concerning policies applicable to 16.17 fares for student ridership throughout the school day and 16.18 identification by public transit drivers of students entitled to 16.19 free school transportation; 16.20 (6) a plan to extend the goals and requirements of the 16.21 state's school transportation safety program to the 16.22 transportation of students on public transit, to the maximum 16.23 feasible extent; 16.24 (7) a method for communicating information to students 16.25 whose school transportation will be provided by public transit, 16.26 and their parents and guardians, of the school transportation 16.27 plan to be implemented in the 1998-1999 school year and 16.28 identification of a contact person to answer resulting 16.29 questions; 16.30 (8) recommendations concerning any legislation required to 16.31 implement the school transportation plan; 16.32 (9) an analysis of the cost to the metropolitan council of 16.33 providing the service outlined in the school transportation 16.34 plan; 16.35 (10) a description of the services that the districts will 16.36 be able to discontinue by virtue of the implementation of the 17.1 school transportation plan, and the financial impact to the 17.2 school districts of discontinuing these services; and 17.3 (11) an analysis of the safety implications of the plan. 17.4 Subd. 4. [REPORT.] The metropolitan council and school 17.5 boards for the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts shall 17.6 report the school transportation plan to the senate children, 17.7 families and learning K-12 committee and transportation 17.8 committee, and to the house of representatives education 17.9 committee and transportation and transit committee before 17.10 January 30, 1998. The cost to the Minneapolis and St. Paul 17.11 school districts for providing transportation and 17.12 transportation-related services to students in grades 9 to 12 17.13 under the school transportation plan developed as provided in 17.14 section 1 must not exceed the projected cost, as determined by 17.15 the districts, of providing equivalent transportation and 17.16 transportation-related services using district-provided 17.17 transportation. 17.18 Sec. 11. [SCREENING AND ADVISORY COMMITTEES.] 17.19 Notwithstanding any other law, the following advisory 17.20 committees do not expire on June 30, 1997: 17.21 (1) the county state-aid rules advisory committee 17.22 established under Minnesota Statutes, section 162.02, 17.23 subdivision 2; 17.24 (2) the county state-aid screening board established under 17.25 Minnesota Statutes, section 162.07, subdivision 5; 17.26 (3) the municipal state-aid rules advisory committee 17.27 established under Minnesota Statutes, section 162.09, 17.28 subdivision 2; and 17.29 (4) the municipal state-aid screening committee established 17.30 under Minnesota Statutes, section 162.13, subdivision 3. 17.31 Sec. 12. [STATE ROAD CONSTRUCTION; APPROPRIATIONS FOR 17.32 PREVIOUS YEARS.] 17.33 Any money appropriated to the commissioner of 17.34 transportation for state road construction for any fiscal year 17.35 before fiscal year 1999 is available to the commissioner during 17.36 fiscal years 1998 and 1999 to the extent that the commissioner 18.1 spends the money on the state road construction project for 18.2 which the money was originally encumbered during the fiscal year 18.3 for which it was appropriated. 18.4 The commissioner of transportation shall report to the 18.5 commissioner of finance by August 1 of each fiscal year, on a 18.6 form the commissioner of finance provides, on expenditures made 18.7 during the previous fiscal year that are authorized by this 18.8 section. 18.9 Sec. 13. [DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION; LAND TRANSFER.] 18.10 Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 18.11 commissioner of transportation shall at the earliest feasible 18.12 date transfer to the city of Duluth at no cost a tract of land 18.13 consisting of 0.59 acres of parcel No. 211 in the city of Duluth. 18.14 Sec. 14. [JIM RICE MEMORIAL PARKWAY.] 18.15 That portion of West River Parkway in the city of 18.16 Minneapolis, from its intersection with Portland Avenue to its 18.17 intersection with East Broadway Street, is hereby designated the 18.18 Jim Rice Memorial Parkway. 18.19 Sec. 15. [DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM.] 18.20 Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 473.384, 18.21 subdivision 6, regarding percentages of total operating costs to 18.22 be subsidized by the metropolitan council, until June 30, 2001, 18.23 the metropolitan council may establish the appropriate 18.24 percentage operating subsidy to be granted to individual 18.25 recipients under the subdivision. The metropolitan council must 18.26 establish the percentage annually, based on available transit 18.27 funds and the council's determination of a reasonable subsidy 18.28 per passenger trip in comparison to similar transit or 18.29 paratransit service in the metropolitan area. The council may 18.30 provide a subsidy up to 100 percent of a recipient's operating 18.31 costs for all or any portion of the transit or paratransit 18.32 service and may require recipients to pay up to 100 percent of 18.33 their own operating costs for all or any portion of the service. 18.34 Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 16B.335, 18.35 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 18.36 Subdivision 1. [CONSTRUCTION AND MAJOR REMODELING.] (a) 19.1 The commissioner, or any other recipient to whom an 19.2 appropriation is made to acquire or better public lands or 19.3 buildings or other public improvements of a capital nature, must 19.4 not prepare final plans and specifications for any construction, 19.5 major remodeling, or land acquisition in anticipation of which 19.6 the appropriation was made until the agency that will use the 19.7 project has presented the program plan and cost estimates for 19.8 all elements necessary to complete the project to the chair of 19.9 the senate finance committee and the chair of the house ways and 19.10 means committee and the chairs have made their recommendations, 19.11 and the chair of the house capital investment committee is 19.12 notified. "Construction or major remodeling" means construction 19.13 of a new building or substantial alteration of the exterior 19.14 dimensions or interior configuration of an existing building. 19.15 The presentation must note any significant changes in the work 19.16 that will be done, or in its cost, since the appropriation for 19.17 the project was enacted or from the predesign submittal. The 19.18 program plans and estimates must be presented for review at 19.19 least two weeks before a recommendation is needed. The 19.20 recommendations are advisory only. Failure or refusal to make a 19.21 recommendation is considered a negative recommendation. The 19.22 chairs of the senate finance committee, the house capital 19.23 investment committee, and the house ways and means committee 19.24 must also be notified whenever there is a substantial change in 19.25 a construction or major remodeling project, or in its cost. 19.26 (b) Capital projects exempt from the requirements of this 19.27 section include construction, renovation, or improvements to 19.28 dams, highway rest areas, truck stations, storage facilities not 19.29 consisting primarily of offices or heated work areas, trails, 19.30 bike paths, sewer separation projects, water and wastewater 19.31 facilities, campgrounds, roads, bridges, port development 19.32 projects for which the commissioner of transportation has 19.33 entered into an assistance agreement under section 457A.04, or 19.34 any other capital project with a construction cost of less than 19.35 $200,000. 19.36 Sec. 17. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 161.082, is 20.1 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 20.2 Subd. 3. [TRANSFERS TO TURNBACK ACCOUNT.] (a) Whenever a 20.3 county submits plans for a project to be funded from the county 20.4 turnback account and the commissioner determines that the 20.5 project would be approved for funding except for insufficient 20.6 money in the county turnback account, the commissioner may 20.7 transfer from the unencumbered balance of the construction 20.8 account in the county state-aid highway fund an amount 20.9 sufficient to pay the costs of the project. 20.10 (b) The commissioner may make a transfer under paragraph (a) 20.11 only if the commissioner determines that the transfer would not 20.12 reduce the unencumbered balance of the construction account in 20.13 the county state-aid highway fund to less than $50,000,000. 20.14 (c) Not later than ten years after any transfer under 20.15 paragraph (a), the commissioner shall transfer from the county 20.16 turnback account to the construction account in the county 20.17 state-aid highway fund an amount sufficient to repay the amount 20.18 transferred under paragraph (a). 20.19 Sec. 18. [162.082] [METROPOLITAN TOWN ROAD ACCOUNT.] 20.20 Subdivision 1. [DEFINITION.] For purposes of this section 20.21 "metropolitan town" means any town within the seven-county 20.22 metropolitan area as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2, 20.23 that has a population of 9,000 or more according to the most 20.24 recent federal decennial census. 20.25 Subd. 2. [ACCOUNT CREATED.] A metropolitan town road 20.26 account is created in the county state-aid highway fund. 20.27 Subd. 3. [APPORTIONMENT.] Funds in the metropolitan town 20.28 road account must be apportioned to each county in the 20.29 seven-county metropolitan area so that each such county receives 20.30 the percentage that the total miles of town road in metropolitan 20.31 towns in the county bears to the total miles of town roads in 20.32 metropolitan towns in the metropolitan area. 20.33 Subd. 4. [DISTRIBUTION TO COUNTIES.] Upon determining the 20.34 amount of money to be apportioned to each county under section 20.35 162.07, the commissioner shall also determine the amounts in the 20.36 metropolitan town road account to be apportioned under 21.1 subdivision 3. The apportionment must be included in the 21.2 statement sent to the commissioner of finance and the county 21.3 auditor and county engineer of each county under section 162.08, 21.4 subdivision 2. The amounts so apportioned and allocated to each 21.5 county from the metropolitan town road account must be paid by 21.6 the state to the treasurer of each county at the same time that 21.7 payments are made under section 162.08, subdivision 2, provided 21.8 that the amounts must be paid in a sufficient time to allow the 21.9 county to distribute the amounts to each metropolitan town by 21.10 March 1, annually. 21.11 Subd. 5. [DISTRIBUTION TO TOWNS.] By March 1 of each year, 21.12 or within 30 days of receipt of payment from the commissioner, 21.13 whichever occurs earlier, the county treasurer of each county 21.14 that receives money under subdivision 4 must pay to each 21.15 metropolitan town in the county an amount that the commissioner 21.16 certifies to the county treasurer that the town would have 21.17 received from the municipal state-aid street fund in the 21.18 apportionment of that fund for that calendar year if the town 21.19 were a city eligible for municipal state-aid street fund 21.20 apportionments, based on the formula in section 162.13, 21.21 subdivision 1. For purposes of calculating a metropolitan 21.22 town's apportionment from the municipal state-aid street fund, 21.23 the town shall designate, subject to standards and approval 21.24 requirements under section 162.09, subdivision 2, a metropolitan 21.25 town road system of not more than 20 percent of the metropolitan 21.26 town's total town road mileage, and this system is the 21.27 equivalent of a city's municipal state-aid street system for 21.28 calculation of money needs. A metropolitan town's expenditure 21.29 of money from the account is subject to the municipal state-aid 21.30 standards contained in rules adopted under section 162.09, 21.31 subdivision 2. 21.32 Subd. 6. [EXCESS APPORTIONMENT.] If the amount that a 21.33 county distributes under subdivision 5 for any year is less than 21.34 the amount that the county receives for that year under 21.35 subdivision 4, the county may retain the excess amount. A 21.36 county that retains an amount under this subdivision may spend 22.1 the money so retained only on county state-aid highways located 22.2 within a metropolitan town in the county. 22.3 Sec. 19. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 162.09, 22.4 subdivision 4, is amended to read: 22.5 Subd. 4. [FEDERAL CENSUS TO BE CONCLUSIVE.] (a) In 22.6 determining whether any city has a population of 5,000 or more, 22.7 the last federal census shall be conclusive, except as otherwise 22.8 provided in this subdivision. 22.9 (b) A city that has previously been classified as having a 22.10 population of 5,000 or more for the purposes of chapter 162 and 22.11 whose population decreases by less than 15 percent from the 22.12 census figure that last qualified the city for inclusion shall 22.13 receive the following percentages of its 1981 apportionment for 22.14 the years indicated: 1982, 66 percent and 1983, 33 percent. 22.15 Thereafter the city shall not receive any apportionment from the 22.16 municipal state-aid street fund unless its population is 22.17 determined to be 5,000 or over by a federal census. The 22.18 governing body of the city may contract with the United States 22.19 Bureau of the Census to take one special census before January 22.20 1, 1986. A certified copy of the results of the census shall be 22.21 filed with the appropriate state authorities by the city. The 22.22 result of the census shall be the population of the city for the 22.23 purposes of any law providing that population is a required 22.24 qualification for distribution of highway aids under chapter 22.25 162. The special census shall remain in effect until the 1990 22.26 federal census is completed and filed. The expense of taking 22.27 the special census shall be paid by the city. 22.28 (c) If an entire area not heretofore incorporated as a city 22.29 is incorporated as such during the interval between federal 22.30 censuses, its population shall be determined by its 22.31 incorporation census. The incorporation census shall be 22.32 determinative of the population of the city only until the next 22.33 federal census. 22.34 (d) The population of a city created by the consolidation 22.35 of two or more previously incorporated cities shall be 22.36 determined by the most recent population estimate of the 23.1 metropolitan council or state demographer, until the first 23.2 federal decennial census or special census taken after the 23.3 consolidation. 23.4 (e) The population of a city that is not receiving a 23.5 municipal state-aid street fund apportionment shall be 23.6 determined, upon request of the city, by the most recent 23.7 population estimate of the metropolitan council or state 23.8 demographer. A municipal state-aid street fund apportionment 23.9 received by the city must be based on this population estimate 23.10 until the next federal decennial census or special census. 23.11 Sec. 20. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 162.181, 23.12 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 23.13 Subdivision 1. [LIMITATION ON AMOUNT.] Except as otherwise 23.14 provided herein, any county may, in accordance with chapter 475, 23.15 issue and sell its obligations, the total amount thereof not to 23.16 exceed the total of the preceding two years state-aid 23.17 allotments, for the purpose of establishing, locating, 23.18 relocating, constructing, reconstructing, and improving county 23.19 state-aid highways
thereinand constructing buildings and other 23.20 facilities for maintaining county state-aid highways. In the 23.21 resolution providing for the issuance of the obligations, the 23.22 county board of the county shall irrevocably pledge and 23.23 appropriate to the sinking fund from which the obligations are 23.24 payable, an amount of the moneysmoney allotted or to be 23.25 allotted to the county from its account in the county state-aid 23.26 highway fund sufficient to pay the principal of and the interest 23.27 on the obligations as they respectively come due. The 23.28 obligations shall be issued in the amounts and on terms such 23.29 that the amount of principal and interest due in any calendar 23.30 year on the obligations, including any similar obligations of 23.31 the county which are outstanding, shall not exceed 50 percent of 23.32 the amount of the last annual allotment preceding the bond issue 23.33 received by the county from the construction account in the 23.34 county state-aid highway fund. All interest on the obligations 23.35 shall be paid out of the county's normal maintenance account in 23.36 the county state-aid highway fund. The obligations may be made 24.1 general obligations, but if moneysmoney of the county other 24.2 than moneysmoney received from the county state-aid highway 24.3 fund, are used for payment of the obligations, the moneysmoney 24.4 so used shall be restored to the appropriate fund from 24.5 the moneysmoney next received by the county from the 24.6 construction or maintenance account in the county state-aid 24.7 highway fund which are not required to be paid into a sinking 24.8 fund for obligations. 24.9 Sec. 21. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 162.181, 24.10 subdivision 3, is amended to read: 24.11 Subd. 3. [PROCEEDS TO BE USED FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES.] 24.12 MoneysMoney received from the sale of the obligations and spent 24.13 for the establishment, location, relocation, construction, 24.14 reconstruction, and improvement of county state-aid highways 24.15 within the county shall be spent only in accordance with other 24.16 provisions of law and the rules of the transportation 24.17 commissioner relating to the establishment, location,24.18 relocation, construction, reconstruction, and improvement of24.19 county state-aid highways within the county issuing the24.20 obligationsthose purposes. 24.21 Sec. 22. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 168.011, 24.22 subdivision 9, is amended to read: 24.23 Subd. 9. [BUS; INTERCITY BUS.] (a) "Bus" means (1) every 24.24 motor vehicle designed for carrying more than 15 passengers 24.25 including the driver and used for transporting persons, and(2) 24.26 every motor vehicle that is (i) designed for carrying more than 24.27 ten passengers including the driver, (ii) used for transporting 24.28 persons, and (iii) owned by a nonprofit organization and not 24.29 operated for hire or for commercial purposes, or (3) every motor 24.30 vehicle certified by the department of transportation as a 24.31 special transportation service provider vehicle and receiving 24.32 reimbursement as provided in section 256B.0625, subdivision 17. 24.33 (b) "Intercity bus" means any bus operating as a common 24.34 passenger carrier over regular routes and between fixed termini, 24.35 but excluding all buses operating wholly within the limits of 24.36 one city, or wholly within two or more contiguous cities, or 25.1 between contiguous cities and a terminus outside the corporate 25.2 limits of such cities, and not more than 20 miles distant 25.3 measured along the fixed route from such corporate limits. 25.4 Sec. 23. [168.1235] [VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS; 25.5 SPECIAL LICENSE PLATE STICKERS.] 25.6 Subdivision 1. [GENERAL REQUIREMENTS; FEES.] (a) On 25.7 payment of a fee of $10 for each set of two license plates, or 25.8 for a single plate in the case of a motorcycle plate, payment of 25.9 the registration tax required by law, and compliance with other 25.10 laws relating to the registration and licensing of a passenger 25.11 automobile, pickup truck, van, self-propelled recreational 25.12 equipment, or motorcycle, as applicable, the registrar shall 25.13 issue a special license plate sticker for each plate to an 25.14 applicant who is a member of a congressionally chartered 25.15 veterans service organization and is an owner or joint owner of 25.16 a passenger automobile, pickup truck, van, self-propelled 25.17 recreational equipment, or motorcycle. 25.18 (b) The additional fee of $10 is payable at the time of 25.19 initial application for the special license plate stickers and 25.20 when the license plates must be replaced or renewed. An 25.21 applicant must not be issued more than two sets of special 25.22 license plate stickers for vehicles listed in paragraph (a) and 25.23 owned or jointly owned by the applicant. 25.24 (c) The commissioner of veterans affairs shall determine 25.25 what documentation is required by each applicant to show that 25.26 the applicant is a member of a congressionally chartered 25.27 veterans service organization and is entitled to the special 25.28 license plate stickers. 25.29 Subd. 2. [DESIGN.] (a) The commissioner of veterans 25.30 affairs, after consultation with each of the congressionally 25.31 chartered veterans service organizations, shall design the 25.32 special license plate stickers, subject to the approval of the 25.33 registrar. The emblem, symbol, or other pictorial 25.34 representation on the sticker must be at least as large as the 25.35 letters and numerals on the plate and the registrar shall allow 25.36 for plates with spaces for the stickers in place of a numeral or 26.1 letter. 26.2 (b) Each congressionally chartered veterans service 26.3 organization must arrange for any applicable rules of the 26.4 national organization to be changed or copyrights to be released 26.5 before the commissioner may issue special license plate stickers 26.6 to members of any particular service organization under this 26.7 section. 26.8 Subd. 3. [NUMBER ESTIMATED.] The commissioner of veterans 26.9 affairs shall estimate the number of special plate stickers that 26.10 will be required and submit the estimate to the registrar. 26.11 Subd. 4. [PLATE TRANSFERS.] Notwithstanding section 168.12 26.12 or other law to the contrary, on payment of a fee of $5, the 26.13 special plate stickers issued under subdivision 1, may be 26.14 transferred to other license plates on a passenger automobile, 26.15 pickup truck, van, motorcycle, or self-propelled recreational 26.16 equipment owned or jointly owned by the person to whom the 26.17 stickers were issued. 26.18 Subd. 5. [FEES CREDITED.] Fees collected under this 26.19 section must be paid into the state treasury and credited to the 26.20 highway user tax distribution fund. 26.21 Sec. 24. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 168.1291, 26.22 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 26.23 Subdivision 1. [DEFINITION.] For purposes of this section 26.24 "special license plates" means license plates issued under 26.25 sections 168.12, subdivisions 2b to 2e; 168.123; 168.1235; 26.26 168.129; 168.1292; and 168.1296. 26.27 Sec. 25. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 168A.29, 26.28 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 26.29 Subdivision 1. [AMOUNTS.] (a) The department shall be paid 26.30 the following fees: 26.31 (1) for filing an application for and the issuance of an 26.32 original certificate of title, the sum of $2; 26.33 (2) for each security interest when first noted upon a 26.34 certificate of title, including the concurrent notation of any 26.35 assignment thereof and its subsequent release or satisfaction, 26.36 the sum of $2, except that no fee is due for a security interest 27.1 filed by a public authority under section 168A.05, subdivision 27.2 8; 27.3 (3) for the transfer of the interest of an owner and the 27.4 issuance of a new certificate of title, the sum of $2; 27.5 (4) for each assignment of a security interest when first 27.6 noted on a certificate of title, unless noted concurrently with 27.7 the security interest, the sum of $1; 27.8 (5) for issuing a duplicate certificate of title, the sum 27.9 of $4. 27.10 (b) After June 30, 1994, in addition to each of the fees 27.11 required under paragraph (a), clauses (1) and (3), the 27.12 department shall be paid :27.13 (1) from July 1, 1994, to June 30, 1997,$3.50 ; but then27.14 (2) after June 30, 1997, $1. 27.15 The additional fee collected under this paragraph must be 27.16 deposited in the transportation servicesspecial revenue fund 27.17 and credited to the state patrolpublic safety motor vehicle 27.18 account established in section 299D.10299A.70. 27.19 Sec. 26. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.06, 27.20 subdivision 4, is amended to read: 27.21 Subd. 4. [OBEDIENCE TO AND REQUIRED TRAFFIC-CONTROL 27.22 DEVICES.] (a) The driver of any vehicle shall obey the 27.23 instructions of any official traffic-control device applicable 27.24 thereto placed in accordance with the provisions of this 27.25 chapter, unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police 27.26 officer, subject to the exceptions granted the driver of an 27.27 authorized emergency vehicle in this chapter. 27.28 (b) No provision of this chapter for which official 27.29 traffic-control devices are required shall be enforced against 27.30 an alleged violator if at the time and place of the alleged 27.31 violation an official device is not in proper position and 27.32 sufficiently legible to be seen by an ordinarily observant 27.33 person. Whenever a particular section does not state that 27.34 official traffic-control devices are required, such section 27.35 shall be effective even though no devices are erected or in 27.36 place. 28.1 (c) Whenever official traffic-control devices are placed in 28.2 position approximately conforming to the requirements of this 28.3 chapter, such devices shall be presumed to have been so placed 28.4 by the official act or direction of lawful authority, unless the 28.5 contrary shall be established by competent evidence. 28.6 (d) Any official traffic-control device placed pursuant to 28.7 the provisions of this chapter and purporting to conform to the 28.8 lawful requirements pertaining to such devices shall be presumed 28.9 to comply with the requirements of this chapter, unless the 28.10 contrary shall be established by competent evidence. 28.11 (e) A flagger in a designated work zone may stop vehicles 28.12 and hold vehicles in place until it is safe for the vehicles to 28.13 proceed. A person operating a motor vehicle that has been 28.14 stopped by a flagger in a designated work zone may proceed after 28.15 stopping only on instruction by the flag person. 28.16 Sec. 27. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.14, 28.17 subdivision 3, is amended to read: 28.18 Subd. 3. [REDUCED SPEED REQUIRED.] (a) The driver of any 28.19 vehicle shall, consistent with the requirements, drive at an 28.20 appropriate reduced speed when: 28.21 (1) approaching and crossing an intersection or railway 28.22 grade crossing , when; 28.23 (2) approaching and going around a curve , when; 28.24 (3) approaching a hill crest , when; 28.25 (4) traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway , and when; 28.26 or 28.27 (5) special hazards exist with respect to pedestrians or 28.28 other traffic or by reason of weather or highway conditions. 28.29 (b) The driver of any vehicle shall ensure that the vehicle 28.30 is kept under control whenever approaching or passing an 28.31 authorized emergency vehicle stopped with emergency lights 28.32 flashing on the right-of-way of any street or highway. The 28.33 exercise of control required for a driver to comply with this 28.34 paragraph is that control possible and necessary by the driver 28.35 to prevent injury to person or property and to avoid 28.36 interference with the performance of emergency duties by 29.1 emergency personnel. 29.2 (c) A person who violates paragraph (b) shall be assessed 29.3 an additional surcharge equal to two times the amount of the 29.4 fine imposed for the speed violation, but not less than $50. 29.5 Sec. 28. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.85, is 29.6 amended to read: 29.7 169.85 [WEIGHING; PENALTY.] 29.8 Subdivision 1. [DRIVERS TO STOP FOR WEIGHING.] The driver 29.9 of a vehicle which has been lawfully stopped may be required by 29.10 a peace officer to submit the vehicle and load to a weighing by 29.11 means of portable or stationary scales, and the peace officer 29.12 may require that the vehicle be driven to the nearest available 29.13 scales if the distance to the scales is no further than five 29.14 miles, or if the distance from the point where the vehicle is 29.15 stopped to the vehicle's destination is not increased by more 29.16 than ten miles as a result of proceeding to the nearest 29.17 available scales. Official traffic control devices as 29.18 authorized by section 169.06 may be used to direct the driver to 29.19 the nearest scale. When a truck weight enforcement operation is 29.20 conducted by means of portable or stationary scales and signs 29.21 giving notice of the operation are posted within the highway 29.22 right-of-way and adjacent to the roadway within two miles of the 29.23 operation, the driver of a truck or combination of vehicles 29.24 registered for or weighing in excess of 12,000 pounds shall 29.25 proceed to the scale site and submit the vehicle to weighing and 29.26 inspection. 29.27 Subd. 2. [UNLOADING.] Upon weighing a vehicle and load, as 29.28 provided in this section, an officer may require the driver to 29.29 stop the vehicle in a suitable place and remain standing until a 29.30 portion of the load is removed that is sufficient to reduce the 29.31 gross weight of the vehicle to the limit permitted under section 29.32 169.825. A suitable place is a location where loading or 29.33 tampering with the load is not prohibited by federal, state, or 29.34 local law, rule or ordinance. A driver may be required to 29.35 unload a vehicle only if the weighing officer determines that 29.36 (a) on routes subject to the provisions of section 169.825, the 30.1 weight on an axle exceeds the lawful gross weight prescribed by 30.2 section 169.825, by 2,000 pounds or more, or the weight on a 30.3 group of two or more consecutive axles in cases where the 30.4 distance between the centers of the first and last axles of the 30.5 group under consideration is ten feet or less exceeds the lawful 30.6 gross weight prescribed by section 169.825, by 4,000 pounds or 30.7 more; or (b) on routes designated by the commissioner in section 30.8 169.832, subdivision 11, the overall weight of the vehicle or 30.9 the weight on an axle or group of consecutive axles exceeds the 30.10 maximum lawful gross weights prescribed by section 169.825; or 30.11 (c) the weight is unlawful on an axle or group of consecutive 30.12 axles on a road restricted in accordance with section 169.87. 30.13 Material unloaded must be cared for by the owner or driver of 30.14 the vehicle at the risk of the owner or driver. 30.15 Subd. 3. [VIOLATION.] A driver of a vehicle who (1) fails 30.16 or refuses to stop and submit the vehicle and load to a weighing 30.17 as required in this section, or who(2) fails or refuses, when 30.18 directed by an officer upon a weighing of the vehicle, to stop 30.19 the vehicle and otherwise comply with the provisions of this 30.20 section, or (3) fails to comply with an official traffic control 30.21 device as authorized by section 169.06 that directs the driver 30.22 to the nearest scale is guilty of a misdemeanor. 30.23 Subd. 4. [ARREST.] A peace officer may arrest the driver 30.24 of a motor vehicle if the peace officer has probable cause to 30.25 believe that the driver has operated the vehicle in violation of 30.26 subdivision 3 within the past four hours. 30.27 Subd. 5. [IDENTIFICATION OF DRIVER.] A person who owns or 30.28 leases a motor vehicle that a peace officer has probable cause 30.29 to believe has been operated in violation of subdivision 3 must 30.30 identify the driver of the motor vehicle upon request of the 30.31 peace officer. Violation of this subdivision is a petty 30.32 misdemeanor. 30.33 Sec. 29. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.974, 30.34 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 30.35 Subd. 2. [LICENSE REQUIREMENTS.] No person shall operate a 30.36 motorcycle on any street or highway without having a valid 31.1 standard driver's license with a two-wheeled vehicle endorsement 31.2 as provided by law. No such two-wheeled vehicle endorsement 31.3 shall be issued unless the person applying therefor has in 31.4 possession a valid two-wheeled vehicle instruction permit as 31.5 provided herein, has passed a written examination and road test 31.6 administered by the department of public safety for such 31.7 endorsement, and, in the case of applicants under 18 years of 31.8 age, shall present a certificate or other evidence of having 31.9 successfully completed an approved two-wheeled vehicle driver's 31.10 safety course in this or another state, in accordance with rules 31.11 promulgated by the state board of education for courses offered 31.12 through the public schools, or rules promulgated by the 31.13 commissioner of public safety for courses offered by a private 31.14 or commercial school or institute. The commissioner of public 31.15 safety may waive the road test for any applicant on determining 31.16 that the applicant possesses a valid license to operate a 31.17 two-wheeled vehicle issued by a jurisdiction that requires a 31.18 comparable road test for license issuance. A two-wheeled 31.19 vehicle instruction permit shall be issued to any person over 16 31.20 years of age, who is in possession of a valid driver's license, 31.21 who is enrolled in an approved two-wheeled vehicle driver's 31.22 safety course, and who has passed a written examination for such 31.23 permit and has paid such fee as the commissioner of public 31.24 safety shall prescribe. A two-wheeled vehicle instruction 31.25 permit shall be effective for 45 daysone year, and may be 31.26 renewed under rules to be prescribed by the commissioner of 31.27 public safety. 31.28 No person who is operating by virtue of a two-wheeled 31.29 vehicle instruction permit shall: 31.30 (a) carry any passengers on the streets and highways of 31.31 this state on the motorcycle which the person is operating; 31.32 (b) drive the motorcycle at night time; 31.33 (c) drive the motorcycle on any highway marked by the 31.34 commissioner as an interstate highway pursuant to title 23 of 31.35 the United States Code; or 31.36 (d) drive the motorcycle without wearing protective 32.1 headgear that complies with standards established by the 32.2 commissioner of public safety. 32.3 Notwithstanding the provisions of this subdivision, the 32.4 commissioner of public safety may, however, issue a special 32.5 motorcycle permit, restricted or qualified in such manner as the 32.6 commissioner of public safety shall deem proper, to any person 32.7 demonstrating a need therefor and unable to qualify for a 32.8 standard driver's license. 32.9 Sec. 30. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.983, is 32.10 amended to read: 32.11 169.983 [SPEEDING VIOLATIONS; CREDIT CARD PAYMENT OF 32.12 FINES.] 32.13 The officer who issues a citation for a violation by a32.14 person who does not reside in Minnesotaof section 169.14any 32.15 provision of this chapter designated as a petty misdemeanor 32.16 under section 169.89, subdivision 1, shall give the defendant 32.17 the option to plead guilty to the violation upon issuance of the 32.18 citation and to pay the fine to the issuing officer with a 32.19 credit card. 32.20 The commissioner of public safety shall adopt rules to 32.21 implement this section, including specifying the types of credit 32.22 cards that may be used. 32.23 Sec. 31. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 171.06, 32.24 subdivision 2a, is amended to read: 32.25 Subd. 2a. [MOTORCYCLE ENDORSEMENT RENEWAL FEE 32.26 INCREASED.] (a) The fee for any duplicate driversdriver's 32.27 license which is obtained for the purpose of adding a 32.28 two-wheeled vehicle endorsement is increased by $16included in 32.29 the examination fee for each first such duplicate license and 32.30 $13 for each renewal thereof. The additional feefees shall be 32.31 paid into the state treasury and credited as follows: 32.32 (1) $8.50$11 of the additional fee for eachcombined 32.33 examination and first duplicate license fees, and $7 of the 32.34 additionalfee for each renewal, must be credited to the 32.35 motorcycle safety fund which is hereby created; provided that 32.36 any fee receipts in excess of $750,000 in a fiscal year shall be 33.1 credited 90 percent to the trunk highway fund and ten percent to 33.2 the general fund, as provided in section 171.26. 33.3 (2) The remainder of the additional feefees must be 33.4 credited to the general fund. 33.5 (b) All application forms prepared by the commissioner for 33.6 two-wheeled vehicle endorsements shall clearly contain the 33.7 information that of the total feefees charged for the 33.8 endorsement, $7 isthose fees listed in paragraph (a), clause 33.9 (1), are dedicated to the motorcycle safety fund. 33.10 Sec. 32. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 171.13, 33.11 subdivision 5, is amended to read: 33.12 Subd. 5. [EXAMINATION FEE FOR VEHICLE ENDORSEMENT.] Any 33.13 person applying to secure a motorcycle,school bus, tank 33.14 vehicle, passenger, double-trailer or triple-trailer, or 33.15 hazardous materials vehicle endorsement on the person's driver's 33.16 license shall pay a $2.50 examination fee at the place of 33.17 application. 33.18 Sec. 33. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 171.13, is 33.19 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 33.20 Subd. 6. [INITIAL MOTORCYCLE ENDORSEMENT FEES.] A person 33.21 applying for a motorcycle endorsement on a driver's license 33.22 shall pay at the place of application a total fee of $29, which 33.23 includes the examination fee, endorsement fee, and fee for a 33.24 duplicate driver's license. Of this amount, $11 must be 33.25 credited as provided in section 171.06, subdivision 2a, 33.26 paragraph (a), clause (1), and the remainder must be credited to 33.27 the general fund. 33.28 Sec. 34. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 171.29, 33.29 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 33.30 Subd. 2. [FEES, ALLOCATION.] (a) A person whose driver's 33.31 license has been revoked as provided in subdivision 1, except 33.32 under section 169.121 or 169.123, shall pay a $30 fee before the 33.33 driver's license is reinstated. 33.34 (b) A person whose driver's license has been revoked as 33.35 provided in subdivision 1 under section 169.121 or 169.123 shall 33.36 pay a $250 fee plus a $10 surcharge before the driver's license 34.1 is reinstated. The $250 fee is to be credited as follows: 34.2 (1) Twenty percent shall be credited to the trunk highway 34.3 fund. 34.4 (2) Fifty-five percent shall be credited to the general 34.5 fund. 34.6 (3) Eight percent shall be credited to a separate account 34.7 to be known as the bureau of criminal apprehension account. 34.8 Money in this account may be appropriated to the commissioner of 34.9 public safety and the appropriated amount shall be apportioned 34.10 80 percent for laboratory costs and 20 percent for carrying out 34.11 the provisions of section 299C.065. 34.12 (4) Twelve percent shall be credited to a separate account 34.13 to be known as the alcohol-impaired driver education account. 34.14 Money in the account may beis appropriated as follows: 34.15 (i) The first $200,000 in a fiscal year is to the 34.16 commissioner of children, families, and learning for programs in 34.17 elementary and secondary schools. 34.18 (ii) The remainder credited in a fiscal year is 34.19 appropriated to the commissioner of transportation to be spent 34.20 as grants to the Minnesota highway safety center at St. Cloud 34.21 State University for programs relating to alcohol and highway 34.22 safety education in elementary and secondary schools. 34.23 (5) Five percent shall be credited to a separate account to 34.24 be known as the traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury 34.25 account. $100,000 is annually appropriated from the account to 34.26 the commissioner of human services for traumatic brain injury 34.27 case management services. The remaining money in the account is 34.28 annually appropriated to the commissioner of health to establish 34.29 and maintain the traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury 34.30 registry created in section 144.662 and to reimburse the 34.31 commissioner of economic security for the reasonable cost of 34.32 services provided under section 268A.03, clause (o). 34.33 (c) The $10 surcharge shall be credited to a separate 34.34 account to be known as the remote electronic alcohol monitoring 34.35 pilot program account. Up to $250,000 is annually appropriated 34.36 from this account to the commissioner of corrections for a 35.1 remote electronic alcohol monitoring pilot program. The 35.2 unencumbered balance remaining in the first year of the biennium 35.3 does not cancel but is available for the second year. 35.4 Sec. 35. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 173.13, 35.5 subdivision 4, is amended to read: 35.6 Subd. 4. [FEES.] The annual fee for each such permit or 35.7 renewal thereof shall be as follows: 35.8 (1) If the advertising area of the advertising device does 35.9 not exceed 50 square feet, the fee shall be $25$30. 35.10 (2) If the advertising area exceeds 50 square feet but does 35.11 not exceed 300 square feet, the fee shall be $50$60. 35.12 (3) If the advertising area exceeds 300 square feet, the 35.13 fee shall be $100$120. 35.14 (4) No fee shall be charged for a permit for official signs 35.15 and notices as they are defined in section 173.02, except that a 35.16 fee may be charged for a star city sign erected under section 35.17 173.085. 35.18 Sec. 36. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 174.03, is 35.19 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 35.20 Subd. 6a. [ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF NONHIGHWAY ALTERNATIVES.] 35.21 If the commissioner considers congestion pricing, tolls, mileage 35.22 pricing, or public-private partnerships in order to meet the 35.23 transportation needs of commuters in the department's 35.24 metropolitan district between 2001 and 2020, the commissioner 35.25 shall, in cooperation with the metropolitan council and the 35.26 regional railroad authorities in the district, compare the 35.27 economics of these financing methods with the economics of 35.28 nonhighway alternatives for moving commuters. The commissioner 35.29 shall analyze the economics as they relate to both individuals 35.30 and to the transportation system. 35.31 Sec. 37. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 299A.38, 35.32 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 35.33 Subd. 2. [STATE AND LOCAL REIMBURSEMENT.] Peace officers 35.34 and heads of local law enforcement agencies who buy vests for 35.35 the use of peace officer employees may apply to the commissioner 35.36 for reimbursement of funds spent to buy vests. On approving an 36.1 application for reimbursement, the commissioner shall pay the 36.2 applicant an amount equal to the lesser of one-half of the 36.3 vest's purchase price or $300, as adjusted according to 36.4 subdivision 2a. The political subdivision that employs the 36.5 peace officer shall pay at least the lesser of one-half of the 36.6 vest's purchase price or $300, as adjusted according to 36.7 subdivision 2a. The political subdivision may not deduct or pay 36.8 its share of the vest's cost from any clothing, maintenance, or 36.9 similar allowance otherwise provided to the peace officer by the 36.10 law enforcement agency. 36.11 Sec. 38. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 299A.38, is 36.12 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 36.13 Subd. 2a. [ADJUSTMENT OF REIMBURSEMENT AMOUNT.] On October 36.14 1, 1997, the commissioner of public safety shall adjust the $300 36.15 reimbursement amounts specified in subdivision 2, and in each 36.16 subsequent year, on October 1, the commissioner shall adjust the 36.17 reimbursement amount applicable immediately preceding that 36.18 October 1 date. The adjusted rate must reflect the annual 36.19 percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for all urban 36.20 consumers, published by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, 36.21 occurring in the one-year period ending on the preceding June 1. 36.22 Sec. 39. [299A.70] [PUBLIC SAFETY MOTOR VEHICLE ACCOUNT.] 36.23 The public safety motor vehicle account is created in the 36.24 special revenue fund, consisting of the fees collected under 36.25 section 168A.29, subdivision 1, paragraph (b). Money in the 36.26 account is annually appropriated to the commissioner for 36.27 purchasing and equipping department vehicles. 36.28 Sec. 40. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 299C.10, 36.29 subdivision 4, is amended to read: 36.30 Subd. 4. [FEE FOR BACKGROUND CHECK; ACCOUNT; 36.31 APPROPRIATION.] The superintendent shall collect a fee in an 36.32 amount to cover the expense for each background check provided 36.33 for a purpose not directly related to the criminal justice 36.34 system or required by section 624.7131, 624.7132, or 624.714. 36.35 The proceeds of the fee must be deposited in a special account. 36.36 Until July 1, 1997,Money in the account is appropriated to the 37.1 commissioner to maintain and improve the quality of the criminal 37.2 record system in Minnesota. 37.3 Sec. 41. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 299C.46, is 37.4 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 37.5 Subd. 2a. [NONCRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCY DEFINED.] For the 37.6 purposes of sections 299C.46 to 299C.49, "noncriminal justice 37.7 agency" means an agency of a state or an agency of a political 37.8 subdivision of a state charged with the responsibility of 37.9 performing checks of state databases connected to the criminal 37.10 justice data communication network. 37.11 Sec. 42. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 299C.46, 37.12 subdivision 3, is amended to read: 37.13 Subd. 3. [AUTHORIZED USE, FEE.] (a) The criminal justice 37.14 data communications network shall be used exclusively by: 37.15 (1) criminal justice agencies in connection with the 37.16 performance of duties required by law; 37.17 (2) agencies investigating federal security clearances of 37.18 individuals for assignment or retention in federal employment 37.19 with duties related to national security, as required by Public 37.20 Law Number 99-1691; and37.21 (3) other agencies to the extent necessary to provide for 37.22 protection of the public or property in an emergency or disaster 37.23 situation .; and 37.24 (4) noncriminal justice agencies statutorily mandated, by 37.25 state or national law, to conduct checks into state databases 37.26 prior to disbursing licenses or providing benefits. 37.27 (b) The commissioner of public safety shall establish a 37.28 monthly network access charge to be paid by each participating 37.29 criminal justice agency. The network access charge shall be a 37.30 standard fee established for each terminal, computer, or other 37.31 equipment directly addressable by the criminal justicedata 37.32 communications network, as follows: January 1, 1984 to December 37.33 31, 1984, $40 connect fee per month; January 1, 1985 and 37.34 thereafter, $50 connect fee per month. 37.35 (c) The commissioner of public safety is authorized to 37.36 arrange for the connection of the data communications network 38.1 with the criminal justice information system of the federal 38.2 government, any adjacent state, or Canada. 38.3 Sec. 43. [299D.11] [STATE PATROL; VEHICLE LIGHTING.] 38.4 Any motor vehicle of the state patrol that is purchased 38.5 after July 1, 1997, and used primarily in the enforcement of 38.6 highway traffic regulations must have all flashing lights 38.7 authorized under section 169.64, other than turn signals and 38.8 flashing hazard lights, mounted on the top of the vehicle. This 38.9 section does not apply to specially marked patrol vehicles 38.10 described in section 169.98, subdivision 2. 38.11 Sec. 44. [360.0151] [AIR SERVICE MARKETING PROGRAM.] 38.12 Subdivision 1. [PROGRAM ESTABLISHED.] The commissioner of 38.13 transportation shall establish an air service marketing program 38.14 to encourage the preservation and expansion of scheduled 38.15 passenger air carrier service to greater Minnesota. The 38.16 commissioner may spend funds appropriated from the state 38.17 airports fund for (1) air service marketing grants and (2) 38.18 conducting statewide studies to determine the feasibility of air 38.19 service initiatives. The commissioner may develop a single, 38.20 recognizable statewide marketing program to increase visibility 38.21 of and ridership at airports with scheduled air carrier service. 38.22 Subd. 2. [GRANTS AUTHORIZED.] (a) The commissioner may 38.23 make air service marketing grants to political subdivisions that 38.24 own and operate airports designated by order of the commissioner 38.25 as key airports. The commissioner shall make a project 38.26 agreement with each political subdivision receiving a grant 38.27 under this section that provides for: 38.28 (1) a detailed description of the project for which the 38.29 grant is provided; 38.30 (2) a schedule of the project; and 38.31 (3) the division of costs of the project between the state 38.32 and the recipient. 38.33 (b) Payments by the commissioner under a project agreement 38.34 may only be made to reimburse local costs already incurred. 38.35 Subd. 3. [USES OF GRANT.] (a) Costs for the following 38.36 activities related to commercial passenger air service at the 39.1 recipient's airport are eligible for reimbursement under this 39.2 section: 39.3 (1) advertising of service; 39.4 (2) public relations activities intended to educate the 39.5 public on the value of the airport and its commercial passenger 39.6 air service; 39.7 (3) marketing studies; or 39.8 (4) service improvement activities such as route analysis, 39.9 service studies, and other activities intended to preserve or 39.10 increase service from an existing or new-entry air carrier. 39.11 (b) A grant under this section may not be used for: 39.12 (1) an activity that promotes an airport within the service 39.13 area of another airport; 39.14 (2) a promotional activity that features one specific air 39.15 carrier at an airport when more than one air carrier serves the 39.16 airport; 39.17 (3) administrative costs associated with the marketing 39.18 program or with the routine operation of the airport; or 39.19 (4) payments to air carriers as fare subsidies, service 39.20 subsidies, or seat guarantees. 39.21 Sec. 45. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 457A.04, 39.22 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 39.23 Subd. 2. [COSTS.] An assistance agreement must specify 39.24 those project costs which may be paid in whole or in part with 39.25 assistance from the commissioner. Assistance agreements may 39.26 provide that only the following costs may be so paid: 39.27 (1) final engineering costs on a commercial navigation 39.28 facility project; 39.29 (2) capital improvements to a commercial navigation 39.30 facility; and 39.31 (3) costs of dredging necessary to open a new commercial 39.32 navigation facility project, to provide access to on-shore 39.33 facilities from existing channels, to provide for fleeting 39.34 operations, and for disposal of dredged material. 39.35 The following costs may not be paid with assistance from 39.36 the commissioner: 40.1 (1) the applicant's administrative, insurance, and legal 40.2 costs; 40.3 (2) costs of acquiring project permits; 40.4 (3) costs of preparing environmental documents, feasibility 40.5 studies, or project designs; 40.6 (4) interest on money borrowed by the applicant or charged 40.7 to the applicant for late payment of project costs; 40.8 (5) any costs related to the routine maintenance, repair, 40.9 or operation of a commercial navigation facility; and 40.10 (6) costs of dredging to maintain an existing channel ; and40.11 (7) costs for a project that involves only dredging. 40.12 Sec. 46. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 473.408, 40.13 subdivision 7, is amended to read: 40.14 Subd. 7. [EMPLOYEE PLANDISCOUNT PASSES.] The council may 40.15 offer monthlypasses for regular route bus service for sale to 40.16 employers at a special discount subject to the provisions of 40.17 this subdivision. An employer may be eligible to purchase 40.18 passes at a special discount if the employer agrees to establish 40.19 a payroll deduction plan asa means for its employees to 40.20 purchase the passes at a price at or below the amount charged by 40.21 the council. The special discount on passes sold pursuant to 40.22 this subdivision shall be determined by the council. 40.23 Sec. 47. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 473.446, 40.24 subdivision 1a, is amended to read: 40.25 Subd. 1a. [TAXATION WITHIN TRANSIT AREA.] For the purposes 40.26 of sections 473.405 to 473.449, and the metropolitan transit 40.27 system, the metropolitan council shall levy upon all taxable 40.28 property within the metropolitan transit area but outside of the 40.29 metropolitan transit taxing district, defined in subdivision 2, 40.30 a transit tax, which shall be equal to ten percent of the sum of 40.31 the levies provided in subdivision 1, clauses (a) to (c). The 40.32 proceeds of this tax shall be used only for paratransit services 40.33 or ride sharing programs designed to serve persons located 40.34 within the transit area but outside of the transit taxing 40.35 district. 40.36 The regional transit board shall annually determine which41.1 cities and towns qualify for the 0.510 or 0.765 tax capacity41.2 rate reduction and certify this list to the county auditor on or41.3 before September 15. No changes shall be made to the list after41.4 September 15 of the same levy year.41.5 Sec. 48. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 41.6 (a) Any provision making an appropriation for fiscal year 41.7 1997 is effective the day following final enactment. 41.8 (b) Sections 9, 11, 40, and 44 are effective the day 41.9 following final enactment. Sections 10, 16, 20, 21, 34, and 45 41.10 are effective July 1, 1997. Section 27 is effective August 1, 41.11 1997, and applies to violations occurring on and after that 41.12 date. Section 18 is effective July 1, 1998.