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as introduced - 83rd Legislature (2003 - 2004) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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  1.1                          A bill for an act 
  1.2             relating to state government; transferring tourism 
  1.3             functions from Department of Employment and Economic 
  1.4             Development to Explore Minnesota Tourism; 
  1.5             appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2002, 
  1.6             sections 116J.01, subdivision 5; 160.276, subdivision 
  1.7             5; Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, sections 
  1.8             15.057; 15.75, subdivision 5; 116J.011; 116J.60; 
  1.9             161.20, subdivision 3; 270B.14, subdivision 13; 
  1.10            proposing coding for new law as Minnesota Statutes, 
  1.11            chapter 116U; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2002, 
  1.12            sections 116J.01, subdivision 4; 116J.036; 116J.615; 
  1.13            116J.616; 116J.63, subdivision 4. 
  1.15     Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, section 
  1.16  15.057, is amended to read: 
  1.18     No state department, bureau, or division, whether the same 
  1.19  operates on funds appropriated or receipts or fees of any nature 
  1.20  whatsoever, except the Department of Transportation, the 
  1.21  Department of Employment and Economic Development, the Game and 
  1.22  Fish Division, the Department of Economic Security, and the 
  1.23  State Agricultural Society, and Explore Minnesota Tourism shall 
  1.24  use any of such funds for the payment of the salary or expenses 
  1.25  of a publicity representative.  The head of any such department, 
  1.26  bureau, or division shall be personally liable for funds used 
  1.27  contrary to this provision.  This section shall not be 
  1.28  construed, however, as preventing any such department, bureau, 
  1.29  or division from sending out any bulletins or other publicity 
  2.1   required by any state law or necessary for the satisfactory 
  2.2   conduct of the business for which such department, bureau, or 
  2.3   division was created. 
  2.4      Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, section 15.75, 
  2.5   subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
  2.7   ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.] The commissioner of employment and 
  2.8   economic development may enter into agreements with regional 
  2.9   entities established under subdivision 4 to prepare plans to 
  2.10  ensure coordination of the department's business development, 
  2.11  community development, and trade and tourism functions with 
  2.12  programs of local units of government and other public and 
  2.13  private development agencies in the regions.  The plans will 
  2.14  identify regional development priorities and serve as a guide 
  2.15  for the implementation of the department's programs in the 
  2.16  regions. 
  2.17     Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 116J.01, 
  2.18  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
  2.19     Subd. 5.  [DEPARTMENTAL ORGANIZATION.] (a) The commissioner 
  2.20  shall organize the department as provided in section 15.06.  
  2.21     (b) The commissioner may establish divisions and offices 
  2.22  within the department.  The commissioner may employ four deputy 
  2.23  commissioners in the unclassified service.  One deputy must 
  2.24  direct the Minnesota Trade Office and must be experienced and 
  2.25  knowledgeable in matters of international trade.  One must 
  2.26  direct the Office of Tourism and be knowledgeable in matters of 
  2.27  tourism.  
  2.28     (c) The commissioner shall: 
  2.29     (1) employ assistants and other officers, employees, and 
  2.30  agents that the commissioner considers necessary to discharge 
  2.31  the functions of the commissioner's office; 
  2.32     (2) define the duties of the officers, employees, and 
  2.33  agents, and delegate to them any of the commissioner's powers, 
  2.34  duties, and responsibilities, subject to the commissioner's 
  2.35  control and under conditions prescribed by the commissioner.  
  2.36     (d) The commissioner shall ensure that there are at least 
  3.1   three trade employment and economic development officers in 
  3.2   state offices in nonmetropolitan areas of the state who will 
  3.3   work with local units of government on developing local trade 
  3.4   employment and economic development. 
  3.5      Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, section 
  3.6   116J.011, is amended to read: 
  3.7      116J.011 [MISSION.] 
  3.8      The mission of the Department of Employment and Economic 
  3.9   Development is to employ all of the available state government 
  3.10  resources to facilitate an economic environment that produces 
  3.11  net new job growth in excess of the national average, to improve 
  3.12  the quality of existing jobs, and to increase nonresident and 
  3.13  resident tourism revenues support the economic success of 
  3.14  individuals, businesses, and communities by providing 
  3.15  opportunities for growth.  It is part of the department's 
  3.16  mission that within the department's resources the commissioner 
  3.17  shall endeavor to: 
  3.18     (1) prevent the waste or unnecessary spending of public 
  3.19  money; 
  3.20     (2) use innovative fiscal and human resource practices to 
  3.21  manage the state's resources and operate the department as 
  3.22  efficiently as possible; 
  3.23     (3) coordinate the department's activities wherever 
  3.24  appropriate with the activities of other governmental agencies; 
  3.25     (4) use technology where appropriate to increase agency 
  3.26  productivity, improve customer service, increase public access 
  3.27  to information about government, and increase public 
  3.28  participation in the business of government; 
  3.29     (5) utilize constructive and cooperative labor-management 
  3.30  practices to the extent otherwise required by chapters 43A and 
  3.31  179A; 
  3.32     (6) report to the legislature on the performance of agency 
  3.33  operations and the accomplishment of agency goals in the 
  3.34  agency's biennial budget according to section 16A.10, 
  3.35  subdivision 1; and 
  3.36     (7) recommend to the legislature appropriate changes in law 
  4.1   necessary to carry out the mission and improve the performance 
  4.2   of the department. 
  4.3      Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, section 
  4.4   116J.60, is amended to read: 
  4.5      116J.60 [PROMOTIONAL EXPENSES.] 
  4.6      In the promotion of tourism, trade, and economic 
  4.7   development of the state, the commissioner of employment and 
  4.8   economic development may expend money appropriated by the 
  4.9   legislature for these purposes in the same manner as private 
  4.10  persons, firms, corporations, and associations make expenditures 
  4.11  for these purposes.  An expenditure for food, lodging, or travel 
  4.12  is not governed by the travel rules of the commissioner of 
  4.13  employee relations.  No money shall be expended for the 
  4.14  appearance in radio or television broadcasts by an elected 
  4.15  public official. 
  4.16     Sec. 6.  [116U.05] [EXPLORE MINNESOTA TOURISM.] 
  4.17     Explore Minnesota Tourism is created as an office in the 
  4.18  executive branch with a director appointed by the governor.  The 
  4.19  director is under the supervision of the commissioner of 
  4.20  employment and economic development.  The director serves in the 
  4.21  unclassified service and must be qualified by experience and 
  4.22  training in travel and tourism. 
  4.23     Sec. 7.  [116U.10] [DEFINITIONS.] 
  4.24     Subdivision 1.  [SCOPE.] As used in this chapter, the terms 
  4.25  defined in this section have the meanings given them. 
  4.26     Subd. 2.  [DIRECTOR.] "Director" means the director of 
  4.27  Explore Minnesota Tourism. 
  4.28     Subd. 3.  [OFFICE.] "Office" means Explore Minnesota 
  4.29  Tourism. 
  4.30     Sec. 8.  [116U.15] [MISSION.] 
  4.31     The mission of Explore Minnesota Tourism is to promote and 
  4.32  facilitate increased travel to and within the state of 
  4.33  Minnesota.  Its goals are to: 
  4.34     (1) expand public and private partnerships through 
  4.35  increased interagency efforts and increased tourism industry 
  4.36  participation; 
  5.1      (2) increase productivity through enhanced flexibility and 
  5.2   options; and 
  5.3      (3) use innovative fiscal and human resource practices to 
  5.4   manage the state's resources and operate the office as 
  5.5   efficiently as possible. 
  5.6      The director shall report to the legislature on the 
  5.7   performance of the office's operations and the accomplishment of 
  5.8   its goals in the office's biennial budget according to section 
  5.9   16A.10, subdivision 1. 
  5.10     Sec. 9.  [116U.20] [ORGANIZATION.] 
  5.11     The director shall: 
  5.12     (1) employ assistants and other officers, employees, and 
  5.13  agents that the director considers necessary to discharge the 
  5.14  functions of the office; and 
  5.15     (2) define the duties of the officers, employees, and 
  5.16  agents, and delegate to them any of the director's powers, 
  5.17  duties, and responsibilities, subject to the director's control 
  5.18  and under conditions prescribed by the director. 
  5.19     Sec. 10.  [116U.25] [EXPLORE MINNESOTA TOURISM COUNCIL.] 
  5.20     (a) The director shall be advised by the Explore Minnesota 
  5.21  Tourism Council consisting of up to 26 voting members appointed 
  5.22  by the governor for four-year terms, including: 
  5.23     (1) the director of Explore Minnesota Tourism who serves as 
  5.24  the chair; 
  5.25     (2) eleven representatives of statewide associations 
  5.26  representing bed and breakfast establishments, golf, festivals 
  5.27  and events, counties, convention and visitor bureaus, lodging, 
  5.28  resorts, trails, campgrounds, restaurants, and chambers of 
  5.29  commerce; 
  5.30     (3) one representative from each of the four tourism 
  5.31  marketing regions of the state as designated by the office; 
  5.32     (4) six representatives of the tourism business 
  5.33  representing transportation, retail, travel agencies, tour 
  5.34  operators, travel media, and convention facilities; 
  5.35     (5) one or more ex-officio members including at least one 
  5.36  from the University of Minnesota Tourism Center; 
  6.1      (6) two legislators, one from each house appointed 
  6.2   according to its rules; and 
  6.3      (7) other persons, if any, as designated from time to time 
  6.4   by the governor. 
  6.5      (b) The council shall act to serve the broader interests of 
  6.6   tourism in Minnesota by promoting activities that support, 
  6.7   maintain, and expand the state's domestic and international 
  6.8   travel market, thereby generating increased visitor 
  6.9   expenditures, tax revenue, and employment. 
  6.10     (c) Filling of membership vacancies is as provided in 
  6.11  section 15.059.  The terms of one-half of the members shall be 
  6.12  coterminous with the governor and the terms of the remaining 
  6.13  one-half of the members shall end on the first Monday in January 
  6.14  one year after the terms of the other members.  Members may 
  6.15  serve until their successors are appointed and qualify.  Members 
  6.16  are not compensated.  A member may be reappointed. 
  6.17     (d) The council shall meet at least four times per year and 
  6.18  at other times determined by the council.  Notwithstanding 
  6.19  section 15.059, the council does not expire. 
  6.20     Sec. 11.  [116U.30] [DUTIES OF DIRECTOR.] 
  6.21     (a) The director shall: 
  6.22     (1) publish, disseminate, and distribute informational and 
  6.23  promotional materials; 
  6.24     (2) promote and encourage the coordination of Minnesota 
  6.25  tourism promotion efforts with other state agencies and develop 
  6.26  multiagency marketing strategies when appropriate; 
  6.27     (3) promote and encourage the expansion and development of 
  6.28  international tourism marketing; 
  6.29     (4) advertise and disseminate information about Minnesota 
  6.30  travel opportunities; 
  6.31     (5) aid various local communities to improve their tourism 
  6.32  marketing programs; 
  6.33     (6) coordinate and implement a comprehensive state tourism 
  6.34  marketing program that takes into consideration public and 
  6.35  private businesses and attractions; 
  6.36     (7) contract for professional services if the work or 
  7.1   services cannot be satisfactorily performed by employees of the 
  7.2   agency or by any other state agency; 
  7.3      (8) provide local, regional, and statewide tourism 
  7.4   organizations with information, technical assistance, training, 
  7.5   and advice on using state tourism programs; and 
  7.6      (9) generally gather, compile, and make available 
  7.7   statistical information relating to Minnesota tourism and 
  7.8   related areas in this state, with authority to call upon other 
  7.9   state agencies for statistical data and results obtained by them 
  7.10  and to arrange and compile that statistical information. 
  7.11     (b) The director may: 
  7.12     (1) apply for, receive, and spend money for tourism 
  7.13  development and marketing from other agencies and tourism 
  7.14  organizations and businesses; 
  7.15     (2) apply for, accept, and disburse grants and other aids 
  7.16  for tourism development and marketing from the federal 
  7.17  government and other sources; 
  7.18     (3) enter into contracts and agreements with agencies of 
  7.19  the federal government, local governmental units, regional 
  7.20  development commissions, other state agencies, the University of 
  7.21  Minnesota and other educational institutions, other states, 
  7.22  Canadian provinces, local, statewide, and regional tourism 
  7.23  organizations, and private persons as necessary to perform the 
  7.24  director's duties; 
  7.25     (4) enter into interagency agreements and agree to share 
  7.26  net revenues with the contributing agencies; 
  7.27     (5) make grants; 
  7.28     (6) conduct market research and analysis to improve 
  7.29  marketing techniques in the area of tourism; 
  7.30     (7) monitor and study trends in the tourism industry and 
  7.31  provide resources and training to address change; 
  7.32     (8) annually convene conferences of Minnesota tourism 
  7.33  providers for the purposes of exchanging information on tourism 
  7.34  development, coordinating marketing activities, and formulating 
  7.35  tourism development strategies; and 
  7.36     (9) enter into contracts or other agreements with private 
  8.1   persons and public entities, including agreements to establish 
  8.2   and maintain offices and other types of representation in 
  8.3   foreign countries, to promote international travel and to 
  8.4   implement this chapter. 
  8.5      (c) Contracts made under this section are not subject to 
  8.6   the provisions of chapter 16C concerning competitive bidding. 
  8.7      Sec. 12.  [116U.35] [PROMOTIONAL EXPENSES.] 
  8.8      To promote tourism of the state, the director may expend 
  8.9   money appropriated by the legislature for these purposes in the 
  8.10  same manner as private persons, firms, corporations, and 
  8.11  associations make expenditures for these purposes.  An 
  8.12  expenditure for food, lodging, or travel is not governed by the 
  8.13  travel rules of the commissioner of employee relations.  No 
  8.14  money may be expended for the appearance in radio or television 
  8.15  broadcasts by an elected public official. 
  8.16     Sec. 13.  [116U.40] [SPECIFIC AGREEMENTS PROHIBITED.] 
  8.17     The director may not enter into an agreement which would 
  8.18  obligate the state to pay any part of a debt incurred by a 
  8.19  public or private facility, organization, or attraction. 
  8.20     Sec. 14.  [116U.45] [SALE OF PUBLICATIONS AND PROMOTIONAL 
  8.22     The director may sell reports, publications, or related 
  8.23  publicity or promotional material of the office as the director 
  8.24  determines. 
  8.25     Fees for reports, publications, or related publicity or 
  8.26  promotional material are not subject to section 14.386 or to the 
  8.27  rulemaking requirements of chapter 14 in general and are not 
  8.28  subject to section 16A.1283 or 16A.1285.  The fees prescribed by 
  8.29  the director must be commensurate with the distribution 
  8.30  objective of the office for the material produced or with the 
  8.31  cost of furnishing the services.  
  8.32     Office publications may contain advertising and may receive 
  8.33  advertising revenue from profit and nonprofit organizations, 
  8.34  associations, individuals and corporations, and other state, 
  8.35  federal, or local government agencies.  The director shall set 
  8.36  advertising rates and fees commensurate with services rendered 
  9.1   and distribution objectives. 
  9.2      Revenue under this section is governed by section 116U.50, 
  9.3   paragraph (a). 
  9.4      Sec. 15.  [116U.50] [REVENUE.] 
  9.5      All revenue received by the office must be deposited in a 
  9.6   special revenue account and is appropriated to the director for 
  9.7   the purposes of this chapter.  The money does not cancel and is 
  9.8   available until expended. 
  9.9      Sec. 16.  [116U.55] [GIFTS, GRANTS, AND ENDOWMENTS.] 
  9.10     The office may accept gifts of money, property, or 
  9.11  services, may apply for and accept grants from the United 
  9.12  States, the state, a subdivision of the state, or a person for 
  9.13  any of its purposes; may enter into an agreement required in 
  9.14  connection with it; and may hold, use, and dispose of the money, 
  9.15  property, or services in accordance with the terms of the gift, 
  9.16  grant, or agreement relating to it.  The office may also make 
  9.17  grants, gifts, and bequests of money, property, or services and 
  9.18  enter into contracts to carry out the same. 
  9.19     Sec. 17.  [116U.60] [NONPROFIT CORPORATIONS AND 
  9.20  FOUNDATIONS.] 
  9.21     The director may establish nonprofit corporations and 
  9.22  charitable foundations. 
  9.23     Sec. 18.  [116U.65] [TRANSITION.] 
  9.24     (a) Effective July 1, 2004, all Office of Tourism duties of 
  9.25  the Department of Employment and Economic Development are 
  9.26  transferred to Explore Minnesota Tourism under Minnesota 
  9.27  Statutes, section 15.039. 
  9.28     (b) The Department of Employment and Economic Development 
  9.29  shall provide research; communications; administration, 
  9.30  including fiscal, technology, and human resources assistance; 
  9.31  and legislative services to Explore Minnesota Tourism through 
  9.32  June 30, 2005.  Effective July 1, 2005, one full-time equivalent 
  9.33  position for communications and one for research is permanently 
  9.34  transferred from the Department of Employment and Economic 
  9.35  Development to Explore Minnesota Tourism. 
  9.36     (c) Funding for the services in paragraph (b), rent, and 
 10.1   salaries shall be added to Explore Minnesota Tourism's base 
 10.2   budget for the biennium ending June 30, 2007, and the base 
 10.3   budget for the Department of Employment and Economic Development 
 10.4   is reduced by that amount. 
 10.5      Sec. 19.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 160.276, 
 10.6   subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
 10.8   commissioner shall provide space free of charge to the Office of 
 10.9   Explore Minnesota Tourism for travel information centers.  The 
 10.10  commissioner shall not charge the Office of Explore Minnesota 
 10.11  Tourism for any regular expenses associated with the operation 
 10.12  of the travel information centers.  The commissioner shall 
 10.13  provide highway maps free of charge for use and distribution 
 10.14  through the travel information centers.  
 10.15     Sec. 20.  Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, section 
 10.16  161.20, subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
 10.18  commissioner may expend trunk highway funds only for trunk 
 10.19  highway purposes.  Payment of expenses related to Bureau of 
 10.20  Criminal Apprehension laboratory, Office of Explore Minnesota 
 10.21  Tourism kiosks, Minnesota Safety Council, tort claims, driver 
 10.22  education programs, Emergency Medical Services Board, and 
 10.23  Mississippi River Parkway Commission do not further a highway 
 10.24  purpose and do not aid in the construction, improvement, or 
 10.25  maintenance of the highway system. 
 10.26     Sec. 21.  Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, section 
 10.27  270B.14, subdivision 13, is amended to read: 
 10.29  TOURISM.] The commissioner may disclose to the Office of Explore 
 10.30  Minnesota Tourism in the Department of Employment and Economic 
 10.31  Development, the name, address, standard industrial North 
 10.32  American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code, and 
 10.33  telephone number of a travel or tourism related business that is 
 10.34  authorized to collect sales and use tax.  The data may be used 
 10.35  only by the Office of Explore Minnesota Tourism to survey travel 
 10.36  or tourism related businesses. 
 11.1      Sec. 22.  [REPEALER.] 
 11.2      Minnesota Statutes 2002, sections 116J.01, subdivision 4; 
 11.3   116J.036; 116J.615; 116J.616; and 116J.63, subdivision 4, are 
 11.4   repealed. 
 11.5      Sec. 23.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
 11.6      Except as specified otherwise, this act is effective July 
 11.7   1, 2004.