1st Engrossment - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 09/03/2014 10:20am
A bill for an act
relating to public safety; deputy registrars; removing the residency requirement
for deputy registrars; amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 168.33,
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 168.33, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
(a) The commissioner may appoint, and for cause
discontinue, a deputy registrar for any statutory or home rule charter city as the public
interest and convenience may require, without regard to whether the county auditor of
the county in which the city is situated has been appointed as the deputy registrar for the
county or has been discontinued as the deputy registrar for the county, and without regard
to whether the county in which the city is situated has established a county license bureau
that issues motor vehicle licenses as provided in section 373.32.
(b) The commissioner may appoint, and for cause discontinue, a deputy registrar
for any statutory or home rule charter city as the public interest and convenience may
require, if the auditor for the county in which the city is situated chooses not to accept
appointment as the deputy registrar for the county or is discontinued as a deputy registrar,
or if the county in which the city is situated has not established a county license bureau
that issues motor vehicle licenses as provided in section 373.32. deleted text beginThe individual appointed
by the commissioner as a deputy registrar for any statutory or home rule charter city must
be a resident of the county in which the city is situated.
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(c) The commissioner may appoint, and for cause discontinue, the county auditor of
each county as a deputy registrar.
(d) Despite any other provision, a person other than a county auditor or a director
of a county license bureau, who was appointed by the registrar before August 1, 1976,
as a deputy registrar for any statutory or home rule charter city, may continue to serve
as deputy registrar and may be discontinued for cause only by the commissioner. The
county auditor who appointed the deputy registrars is responsible for the acts of deputy
registrars appointed by the auditor.
(e) Each deputy, before entering upon the discharge of duties, shall take and
subscribe an oath to faithfully discharge the duties and to uphold the laws of the state.
(f) If a deputy registrar appointed under this subdivision is not an officer or employee
of a county or statutory or home rule charter city, the deputy shall in addition give bond to
the state in the sum of $10,000, or a larger sum as may be required by the commissioner,
conditioned upon the faithful discharge of duties as deputy registrar.
(g) A corporation governed by chapter 302A or 317A may be appointed a deputy
registrar. Upon application by an individual serving as a deputy registrar and the giving of
the requisite bond as provided in this subdivision, personally assured by the individual or
another individual approved by the commissioner, a corporation named in an application
then becomes the duly appointed and qualified successor to the deputy registrar.
(h) Each deputy registrar appointed under this subdivision shall keep and maintain
office locations approved by the commissioner for the registration of vehicles and the
collection of taxes and fees on vehicles.
(i) The deputy registrar shall keep records and make reports to the commissioner as
the commissioner requires. The records must be maintained at the offices of the deputy
registrar. The records and offices of the deputy registrar must at all times be open to the
inspection of the commissioner or the commissioner's agents. The deputy registrar shall
report to the commissioner by the next working day following receipt all registrations
made and taxes and fees collected by the deputy registrar.
(j) The filing fee imposed under subdivision 7 must be deposited in the treasury of
the place for which appointed or, if not a public official, a deputy shall retain the filing fee,
but the registration tax and any additional fees for delayed registration the deputy registrar
has collected the deputy registrar shall deposit by the next working day following receipt
in an approved state depository to the credit of the state through the commissioner of
management and budget. The place for which the deputy registrar is appointed through its
governing body must provide the deputy registrar with facilities and personnel to carry out
the duties imposed by this subdivision if the deputy is a public official. In all other cases,
the deputy shall maintain a suitable facility for serving the public.
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