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Conference Committee Report - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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A bill for an act
relating to government operations; appropriating money for the general legislative
and administrative expenses of state government; amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 15B.17, subdivision 1; 16A.1286, subdivision 2; 16B.03; 43A.02, by adding a subdivision; 43A.03, subdivision 3; 43A.24, subdivision 1; 270B.14, by adding a subdivision; repealing Laws 2006, chapter 253, section 22.

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

ARTICLE 1

STATE GOVERNMENT 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 article.
new text end

new text begin 2008
new text end
new text begin 2009
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 298,493,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 306,401,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 604,894,000
new text end
new text begin Health Care Access
new text end
new text begin 1,825,000
new text end
new text begin 1,869,000
new text end
new text begin 3,694,000
new text end
new text begin State Government Special
Revenue
new text end
new text begin 2,119,000
new text end
new text begin 2,124,000
new text end
new text begin 4,234,000
new text end
new text begin Environmental
new text end
new text begin 443,000
new text end
new text begin 450,000
new text end
new text begin 893,000
new text end
new text begin Remediation
new text end
new text begin 250,000
new text end
new text begin 250,000
new text end
new text begin 500,000
new text end
new text begin Special Revenue
new text end
new text begin 4,005,000
new text end
new text begin 3,851,000
new text end
new text begin 7,856,000
new text end
new text begin Highway User Tax
Distribution
new text end
new text begin 2,143,000
new text end
new text begin 2,190,000
new text end
new text begin 4,333,000
new text end
new text begin Workers' Compensation
new text end
new text begin 7,640,000
new text end
new text begin 7,350,000
new text end
new text begin 14,990,000
new text end
new text begin Total
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 316,918,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 324,485,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 641,403,000
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginSTATE GOVERNMENT 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
general fund, or another named fund, and are available for the fiscal years indicated
for each purpose. The figures "2008" and "2009" used in this article mean that the
appropriations listed under them are available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, or
June 30, 2009, respectively. "The first year" is fiscal year 2008. "The second year" is fiscal
year 2009. "The biennium" is fiscal years 2008 and 2009. Appropriations for the fiscal
year ending June 30, 2007, are effective the day following final enactment.
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 2008
new text end
new text begin 2009
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginLEGISLATURE
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 65,793,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 67,352,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2008
new text end
new text begin 2009
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 65,665,000
new text end
new text begin 67,224,000
new text end
new text begin Health Care Access
new text end
new text begin 128,000
new text end
new text begin 128,000
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 Senate
new text end

new text begin 23,158,000
new text end
new text begin 23,677,000
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin House of Representatives
new text end

new text begin 28,467,000
new text end
new text begin 29,167,000
new text end

new text begin During the biennium ending June 30, 2009,
any revenues received by the house of
representatives from sponsorship notices in
broadcast or print media are appropriated to
the house of representatives.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Legislative Coordinating Commission
new text end

new text begin 14,168,000
new text end
new text begin 14,508,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 14,040,000
new text end
new text begin 14,380,000
new text end
new text begin Health Care Access
new text end
new text begin 128,000
new text end
new text begin 128,000
new text end

new text begin $360,000 the first year and $360,000 the
second year are for public information
television, Internet, Intranet, and other
transmission of legislative activities. At
least one-half of those amounts must go for
programming to be broadcast and transmitted
to rural Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin $5,188,000 the first year and $5,316,000 the
second year are for the Office of the Revisor
of Statutes.
new text end

new text begin $1,182,000 the first year and $1,211,000 the
second year are for the Legislative Reference
Library.
new text end

new text begin $5,587,000 the first year and $5,721,000
the second year are for the Office of the
Legislative Auditor.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginGOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT
GOVERNOR
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 3,687,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 3,793,000
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is to fund the offices of
the governor and lieutenant governor.
new text end

new text begin $19,000 the first year and $19,000 the
second year are for necessary expenses in
the normal performance of the governor's
and lieutenant governor's duties for which no
other reimbursement is provided.
new text end

new text begin By September 1 of each year, the
commissioner of finance shall report to
the chairs of the senate Governmental
Operations Budget Division and the house
State Government Finance Division any
personnel costs incurred by the Office of
the Governor and Lieutenant Governor that
were supported by appropriations to other
agencies during the previous fiscal year.
The Office of the Governor shall inform the
chairs of the divisions before initiating any
interagency agreements.
new text end

Sec. 5. new text beginSTATE AUDITOR
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 9,024,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 9,060,000
new text end

new text begin $484,000 the first year and $244,000 the
second year are for staff retention.
new text end

Sec. 6. new text beginATTORNEY GENERAL
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 25,857,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 26,867,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2008
new text end
new text begin 2009
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 23,743,000
new text end
new text begin 24,748,000
new text end
new text begin State Government
Special Revenue
new text end
new text begin 1,719,000
new text end
new text begin 1,724,000
new text end
new text begin Environmental
new text end
new text begin 145,000
new text end
new text begin 145,000
new text end
new text begin Remediation
new text end
new text begin 250,000
new text end
new text begin 250,000
new text end

Sec. 7. new text beginSECRETARY OF STATE
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 6,046,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 6,340,000
new text end

Sec. 8. new text beginCAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC
DISCLOSURE BOARD
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 714,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 734,000
new text end

Sec. 9. new text beginINVESTMENT BOARD
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 151,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 151,000
new text end

Sec. 10. new text beginOFFICE OF ENTERPRISE
TECHNOLOGY
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 6,680,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 6,755,000
new text end

new text begin $2,910,000 the first year and $2,915,000
the second year are for information
technology security. The base appropriation
is $3,675,000 in fiscal year 2010 and
$3,675,000 in fiscal year 2011.
new text end

Sec. 11. new text beginADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 7,810,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 7,528,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2008
new text end
new text begin 2009
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 270,000
new text end
new text begin 278,000
new text end
new text begin Workers'
Compensation
new text end
new text begin 7,540,000
new text end
new text begin 7,250,000
new text end

Sec. 12. new text beginADMINISTRATION
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 20,594,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 21,065,000
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 State Facilities Services
new text end

new text begin 11,176,000
new text end
new text begin 11,412,000
new text end

new text begin $7,888,000 the first year and $7,888,000 the
second year are for office space costs of the
legislature and veterans organizations, for
ceremonial space, and for statutorily free
space.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin State and Community Services
new text end

new text begin 3,072,000
new text end
new text begin 3,252,000
new text end

new text begin (a) $60,000 the first year and $240,000 the
second year are to fund activities to prepare
for and promote the 2010 census. Base
funding for this activity is $260,000 in fiscal
year 2010 and $180,000 in fiscal year 2011.
new text end

new text begin (b) $805,000 the first year and $805,000 the
second year are for the Land Management
Information Center.
new text end

new text begin (c) $196,000 the first year and $196,000 the
second year are for the Office of the State
Archaeologist.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Administrative Management Services
new text end

new text begin 4,491,000
new text end
new text begin 4,546,000
new text end

new text begin $74,000 the first year and $74,000 the second
year are for the Developmental Disabilities
Council.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Public Broadcasting
new text end

new text begin 1,855,000
new text end
new text begin 1,855,000
new text end

new text begin $1,161,000 the first year and $1,161,000
the second year are for matching grants for
public television.
new text end

new text begin $200,000 the first year and $200,000
the second year are for public television
equipment grants.
new text end

new text begin Equipment or matching grant allocations
shall be made after considering the
recommendations of the Minnesota Public
Television Association.
new text end

new text begin $17,000 the first year and $17,000 the second
year are for grants to the Twin Cities regional
cable channel.
new text end

new text begin $287,000 the first year and $287,000 the
second year are for community service grants
to public educational radio stations. The
grants must be allocated after considering
the recommendations of the Association of
Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations
under Minnesota Statutes, section 129D.14.
new text end

new text begin $190,000 the first year and $190,000 the
second year are for equipment grants to
Minnesota Public Radio, Inc.
new text end

new text begin Any unencumbered balance remaining the
first year for grants to public television or
radio stations does not cancel and is available
for the second year.
new text end

Sec. 13. new text beginCAPITOL AREA
ARCHITECTURAL AND PLANNING
BOARD
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 307,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 319,000
new text end

Sec. 14. new text beginFINANCE
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 15,229,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 15,664,000
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 State Financial Management
new text end

new text begin 8,692,000
new text end
new text begin 8,945,000
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Information and Management
Services
new text end

new text begin 6,537,000
new text end
new text begin 6,719,000
new text end

Sec. 15. new text beginEMPLOYEE RELATIONS
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 5,657,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 5,613,000
new text end

Sec. 16. new text beginREVENUE
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 113,231,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 117,686,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2008
new text end
new text begin 2009
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 109,093,000
new text end
new text begin 113,450,000
new text end
new text begin Health Care Access
new text end
new text begin 1,697,000
new text end
new text begin 1,741,000
new text end
new text begin Highway User Tax
Distribution
new text end
new text begin 2,143,000
new text end
new text begin 2,190,000
new text end
new text begin Environmental
new text end
new text begin 298,000
new text end
new text begin 305,000
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 Tax System Management
new text end

new text begin 93,744,000
new text end
new text begin 96,980,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 89,606,000
new text end
new text begin 92,744,000
new text end
new text begin Health Care Access
new text end
new text begin 1,697,000
new text end
new text begin 1,741,000
new text end
new text begin Highway User Tax
Distribution
new text end
new text begin 2,143,000
new text end
new text begin 2,190,000
new text end
new text begin Environmental
new text end
new text begin 298,000
new text end
new text begin 305,000
new text end

new text begin $3,455,000 the first year and $4,352,000
the second year are for additional activities
to identify and collect tax liabilities from
individuals and businesses that currently do
not pay all taxes owed. This initiative is
expected to result in new general revenues of
$21,200,000 for the biennium ending June
30, 2009.
new text end

new text begin The department must report to the chairs of
the house of representatives Ways and Means
and senate Finance Committees by March 1,
2008, and January 15, 2009, on the following
performance indicators:
new text end

new text begin (1) the number of corporations noncompliant
with the corporate tax system each year and
the percentage and dollar amounts of valid
tax liabilities collected;
new text end

new text begin (2) the number of businesses noncompliant
with the sales and use tax system and the
percentage and dollar amount of the valid tax
liabilities collected; and
new text end

new text begin (3) the number of individual noncompliant
cases resolved and the percentage and dollar
amounts of valid tax liabilities collected.
new text end

new text begin The reports must also identify base-level
expenditures and staff positions related to
compliance and audit activities, including
baseline information as of January 1, 2006.
The information must be provided at the
budget activity level.
new text end

new text begin $30,000 the first year and $30,000 the second
year are for preparation of the income tax
sample.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Accounts Receivable Management
new text end

new text begin 19,487,000
new text end
new text begin 20,706,000
new text end

new text begin $875,000 the first year and $1,555,000 the
second year are for additional activities
to identify and collect tax liabilities from
individuals and businesses that currently do
not pay all taxes owed. This initiative is
expected to result in new general revenues of
$30,000,000 for the biennium ending June
30, 2009.
new text end

Sec. 17. new text beginGAMBLING CONTROL
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 2,875,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 2,952,000
new text end

new text begin These appropriations are from the lawful
gambling regulation account in the special
revenue fund.
new text end

Sec. 18. new text beginRACING COMMISSION
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 1,130,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 899,000
new text end

new text begin (a) These appropriations are from the racing
and card playing regulation accounts in the
special revenue fund.
new text end

new text begin (b) $295,000 the first year and $64,000 the
second year and thereafter are for information
technology improvements implemented in
consultation with the Office of Enterprise
Technology.
new text end

Sec. 19. new text beginSTATE LOTTERY
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section
349A.10, the operating budget must not
exceed $27,378,000 in fiscal year 2008 and
$28,141,000 in fiscal year 2009.
new text end

Sec. 20. new text beginTORT CLAIMS
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 161,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 161,000
new text end

new text begin To be spent by the commissioner of finance.
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

Sec. 21. new text beginMINNESOTA STATE RETIREMENT
SYSTEM
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 1,608,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 1,649,000
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 If an appropriation in this section for either
year is insufficient, the appropriation for the
other year is available for it.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Legislators
new text end

new text begin 1,170,000
new text end
new text begin 1,200,000
new text end

new text begin Under Minnesota Statutes, sections 3A.03,
subdivision 2; 3A.04, subdivisions 3 and 4;
and 3A.115.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Constitutional Officers
new text end

new text begin 438,000
new text end
new text begin 449,000
new text end

new text begin Under Minnesota Statutes, section 352C.001.
new text end

Sec. 22. new text beginMINNEAPOLIS EMPLOYEES
RETIREMENT FUND
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 9,000,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 9,000,000
new text end

new text begin These amounts are estimated to be needed
under Minnesota Statutes, section 422A.101,
subdivision 3.
new text end

Sec. 23. new text beginTEACHERS RETIREMENT
ASSOCIATION
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 15,800,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 15,800,000
new text end

new text begin The amounts estimated to be needed are as
follows:
new text end

new text begin (a) Special direct state aid to first class city
teachers retirement funds authorized under
Minnesota Statutes, section 354A.12, subdivisions
3a and 3c.
new text end
new text begin 13,300,000
new text end
new text begin 13,300,000
new text end
new text begin (b) Special direct state matching aid to
Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund
Association authorized under Minnesota Statutes,
section 354A.12, subdivision 3b.
new text end
new text begin 2,500,000
new text end
new text begin 2,500,000
new text end

Sec. 24. new text beginST. PAUL TEACHERS
RETIREMENT FUND
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 2,967,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 2,967,000
new text end

new text begin The amounts estimated to be needed for
special direct state aid to first class city
teachers retirement funds authorized under
Minnesota Statutes, section 354A.12,
subdivisions 3a and 3c.
new text end

Sec. 25. new text beginAMATEUR SPORTS COMMISSION
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 303,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 306,000
new text end

new text begin The amount available for appropriation to
the commission under Laws 2005, chapter
156, article 2, section 43, is reduced in the
first year and the second year by the amounts
appropriated in this section.
new text end

new text begin The base appropriation is $206,000 in fiscal
year 2010 and $206,000 in fiscal year 2011.
new text end

Sec. 26. new text beginCOUNCIL ON BLACK
MINNESOTANS
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 285,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 292,000
new text end

Sec. 27. new text beginCOUNCIL ON CHICANO/LATINO
AFFAIRS
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 277,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 283,000
new text end

Sec. 28. new text beginCOUNCIL ON ASIAN-PACIFIC
MINNESOTANS
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 247,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 254,000
new text end

Sec. 29. new text beginINDIAN AFFAIRS COUNCIL
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 485,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 495,000
new text end

Sec. 30. new text beginGENERAL CONTINGENT
ACCOUNTS
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 1,000,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 500,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2008
new text end
new text begin 2009
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 500,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin State Government
Special Revenue
new text end
new text begin 400,000
new text end
new text begin 400,000
new text end
new text begin Workers'
Compensation
new text end
new text begin 100,000
new text end
new text begin 100,000
new text end

new text begin The appropriations in this section may only
be spent with the approval of the governor
after consultation with the Legislative
Advisory Commission under Minnesota
Statutes, section 3.30.
new text end

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

new text begin If a contingent account appropriation is made
in one fiscal year, it should be considered a
biennial appropriation.
new text end

Sec. 31. new text beginCOMPENSATION INCREASES
new text end

new text begin The appropriations in this article, and any
statutory appropriations from which state
employee compensation is paid from any
fund, include an amount sufficient to fund
compensation increases of at least 3.25
percent of the 2007 compensation base for
the first year, compounded at the rate of 3.25
percent for the second year. This amount
must be used for that purpose and no other.
new text end

ARTICLE 2

STATE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 15B.17, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Proposals.

(a) Before a state agency or other public body developsdeleted text begin,
to submit to the legislature and the governor,
deleted text end a budget proposal or plans for capital
improvements within the Capitol Areanew text begin to submit to the legislature and the governornew text end,
it must consult with the board.

(b) The public body must provide enough money for the board's review and planning
if the board decides its review and planning services are necessary.new text begin Money received by the
board under this subdivision is deposited in the special revenue fund and appropriated to
the board.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 16A.1286, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Billing procedures.

The commissioner may bill up to $7,520,000 in
each fiscal year for statewide systems services provided to state agencies, judicial branch
agencies, the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities,
and other entities. deleted text beginBilling must be based only on usage of services relating to statewide
systems provided by the Intertechnologies Division.
deleted text end Each agency shall transfer from
agency operating appropriations to the statewide systems account the amount billed by
the commissioner. Billing policies and procedures related to statewide systems services
must be developed by the commissioner in consultation with the commissioners of
employee relations and administration, the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota
State Colleges and Universities.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 16B.03, is amended to read:


16B.03 APPOINTMENTS.

The commissioner is authorized to appoint staff, including deleted text begintwodeleted text end new text beginone new text enddeputy
deleted text begin commissionersdeleted text endnew text begin commissionernew text end, in accordance with chapter 43A.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 43A.02, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 18a. new text end

new text begin Domestic partner. new text end

new text begin "Domestic partner" means a person who has entered
into a committed interdependent relationship with another adult of the same sex, where
the partners:
new text end

new text begin (1) are responsible for each other's basic common welfare;
new text end

new text begin (2) share a common residence and intend to do so indefinitely;
new text end

new text begin (3) are not related by blood or adoption to an extent that would prohibit marriage in
this state; and
new text end

new text begin (4) are legally competent and qualified to enter into a contract.
new text end

new text begin For purposes of this subdivision, domestic partners may share a common residence,
even if:
new text end

new text begin (1) they do not each have a legal right to possess the residence; or
new text end

new text begin (2) one or both domestic partners possess additional real property.
new text end

new text begin If one domestic partner temporarily leaves the common residence with the intention
to return, the domestic partners continue to share a common residence for the purposes
of this subdivision.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 43A.03, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Organization.

The department shall be organized into two bureaus which
shall be designated the Personnel Bureau and the Labor Relations Bureau. Each bureau
shall be responsible for administering the duties and functions assigned to it by law.
When the duties of the bureaus are not mandated by law, the commissioner may establish
and revise the assignments of either bureau. deleted text beginEach bureau shall be under the direction of
a deputy commissioner.
deleted text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 43A.24, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

General.

Employees, including persons on layoff from a civil
service position, and employees who are employed less than full time, shall be eligible
for state paid life insurance and hospital, medical and dental benefits as provided in
collective bargaining agreements or plans established pursuant to section 43A.18. new text begin If a
collective bargaining agreement or plan provides state paid health insurance for spouses of
employees, the insurance must be made available to domestic partners of state employees
on the same terms and conditions.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 270B.14, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 19. new text end

new text begin Disclosure to Department of Finance. new text end

new text begin The commissioner may disclose
to the commissioner of finance returns or return information necessary in order to prepare
a revenue forecast under section 16A.103.
new text end

Sec. 8. new text beginDEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYEE RELATIONS ABOLISHED; DUTIES
TRANSFERRED.
new text end

new text begin (a) The Department of Employee Relations and the position of the commissioner
of employee relations are abolished as of January 1, 2008. Duties of the Department of
Employee Relations and the commissioner of employee relations are transferred on or
before January 1, 2008, to the commissioner of finance, except as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) duties relating to administration of the state employees workers' compensation
program are transferred on or before January 1, 2008, to the commissioner of
administration; and
new text end

new text begin (2) duties relating to health care purchasing improvement under Minnesota Statutes,
section 43A.312, are transferred on or before January 1, 2008, to the commissioner
of health.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner of employee relations, in consultation with the commissioner
of finance, may specify one or more dates before January 1, 2008, on which any or all of
the transfers provided in paragraph (a) will occur.
new text end

new text begin (c) The governor may, in consultation with the commissioner of employee relations,
the commissioner of finance, the commissioner of administration, and the director of the
Office of Enterprise Technology, transfer other duties of the Department of Employee
Relations to other state agencies in order to most effectively and efficiently accomplish the
reorganization required by this act.
new text end

new text begin (d) Transfer of duties under this section is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
15.039.
new text end

new text begin (e) In addition to any other protection, no employee in the classified service shall
suffer job loss, have a salary reduced, or have employment benefits reduced as a result of
a reorganization mandated or recommended under authority of this section. No action
taken after January 1, 2009, shall be considered a result of reorganization for the purposes
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. 9. new text beginELECTRONIC DATA STUDY AND REPORT.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Study. new text end

new text begin The chief information officer, in consultation with the
state archivist and the legislative reference librarian, shall study how government data
as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 13.02, hardware, software, and media can be
created, maintained, exchanged, and preserved by the state to ensure access, competition,
and interoperability. The evaluation must consider, but not be limited to, the policies of
other states and nations with regard to electronic records management guidelines for
state archives, including policies and procedures needed to preserve all state data no
matter what its medium of storage, public access to information, expected storage life of
electronic data, costs of implementation, and potential cost savings. The chief information
officer shall solicit comments from stakeholders, including, but not limited to: the
legislative auditor, the attorney general, records management professionals, librarians, the
media, and historians, including representatives of the Minnesota Historical Society. The
chief information officer shall also solicit comments from members of the public. The
chief information officer shall, in consultation with stakeholders, identify what changes,
if any, should be made to the government records management provisions in Minnesota
Statutes, sections 138.17 to 138.226.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin The chief information officer shall report the officer's findings
and recommendations to the chairs of the senate State and Local Government Operations
and Oversight Committee, house of representatives Governmental Operations, Reform,
Technology and Elections Committee, and the senate and house of representatives State
Government Finance Divisions by January 15, 2008.
new text end

Sec. 10. new text beginVOLUNTARY UNPAID LEAVE OF ABSENCE.
new text end

new text begin (a) Appointing authorities in state government may allow each employee to take
unpaid leaves of absence for up to 1,040 hours between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2009.
Each appointing authority approving such a leave shall allow the employee to continue
accruing vacation and sick leave, be eligible for paid holidays and insurance benefits,
accrue seniority, and, if payments are made under paragraph (b), accrue service credit
and credited salary in the state retirement plans as if the employee had actually been
employed during the time of leave. An employee covered by the unclassified plan may
voluntarily make the employee contributions to the unclassified plan during the leave of
absence. If the employee makes these contributions, the appointing authority must make
the employer contribution. If the leave of absence is for one full pay period or longer,
any holiday pay shall be included in the first payroll warrant after return from the leave of
absence. The appointing authority shall attempt to grant requests for the unpaid leaves of
absence consistent with the need to continue efficient operation of the agency. However,
each appointing authority shall retain discretion to grant or refuse to grant requests for
leaves of absence and to schedule and cancel leaves, subject to the applicable provisions
of collective bargaining agreements and compensation plans.
new text end

new text begin (b) To receive eligible service credit and credited salary in a defined benefit plan, the
member shall pay an amount equal to the applicable employee contribution rates. If an
employee pays the employee contribution for the period of the leave under this section,
the appointing authority must pay the employer contribution. The appointing authority
may, at its discretion, pay the employee contributions. Contributions must be made in a
time and manner prescribed by the executive director of the applicable pension plan.
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. 11. new text beginREVISOR'S INSTRUCTION.
new text end

new text begin In the next and subsequent editions of Minnesota Statutes and Minnesota Rules, the
revisor of statutes must replace references to the Department of Employee Relations and
commissioner of employee relations with references to the appropriate department and
commissioner specified in section 8. The revisor of statutes, in consultation with affected
commissioners of state agencies, must prepare a bill for introduction in the 2008 legislative
session making other statutory changes needed to implement or conform with section 8.
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. 12. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Laws 2006, chapter 253, section 22, new text end new text begin is repealed.
new text end