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SF 2569

3rd Engrossment - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 04/15/2016 08:41am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; establishing autonomous vehicles task force to serve
mobility needs of people with disabilities; providing support for the task force;
defining terms; appropriating money.

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

Section 1. new text beginDEFINITION OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE.
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new text begin For the purposes of this act, "autonomous vehicle" is a vehicle equipped with
technology that has the capability to drive a vehicle without the active control or monitoring
of a human operator. Autonomous vehicle excludes a motor vehicle enabled with active
safety systems or driver assistance systems, including, without limitation, a system to
provide electronic blind spot assistance, crash avoidance, emergency braking, parking
assistance, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assistance, lane departure warning, or traffic
jam and queuing assistant, unless the system alone or in combination with other systems
enables the vehicle to drive without the active control or monitoring by a human operator.
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Sec. 2. new text beginESTABLISHMENT OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES TASK FORCE.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Purpose. new text end

new text begin The autonomous vehicles task force is established to
report to the legislature concerning issues related to the use by people with disabilities of
autonomous vehicles on public roads and highways.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Task force membership. new text end

new text begin (a) The autonomous vehicles task force consists
of 21 members, all of whom are voting members and who must be appointed by July
31, 2016, as follows:
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new text begin (1) two senators, including one senator appointed by the senate majority leader and
one senator appointed by the senate minority leader;
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new text begin (2) two members of the house of representatives, including one member appointed
by the speaker of the house of representatives and one member appointed by the minority
leader;
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new text begin (3) the commissioner of public safety or a designee;
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new text begin (4) the commissioner of transportation or a designee;
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new text begin (5) the commissioner of commerce or a designee;
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new text begin (6) one member appointed by the Minnesota State Council on Disability;
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new text begin (7) one member with experience in greater Minnesota paratransit administration
appointed by the commissioner of transportation;
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new text begin (8) one member with experience in metropolitan-area paratransit administration
appointed by the Metropolitan Council;
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new text begin (9) three members who are not public officials, and at least one of whom represents
the disability community, appointed by the senate majority leader;
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new text begin (10) three members who are not public officials, and at least one of whom represents
the disability community, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives;
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new text begin (11) three members who are not public officials, and at least one of whom represents
the disability community, appointed by the governor;
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new text begin (12) one member with expertise in autonomous vehicle technology, appointed by
the commissioner of transportation; and
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new text begin (13) one member representing the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, appointed
by the commissioner of commerce.
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new text begin (b) The appointing authorities for the members appointed under clauses (9), (10),
and (11), shall to the extent practicable make their appointments to reflect geographic
balance across the state. The governor must select one of the appointees under paragraph
(a), clause (11), to serve as chair of the task force.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin First meeting; chair. new text end

new text begin The member who is appointed to serve as the chair
shall convene the first meeting of the task force by October 15, 2016. The task force may
elect from among its members a cochair and any other officers the task force determines
are necessary or convenient.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Duties. new text end

new text begin The task force shall examine and report to the legislature concerning
ways in which autonomous vehicles can be designed, equipped, managed, and deployed to
serve the mobility needs of people with disabilities. To further this goal, the task force shall
design a demonstration project to identify means by which autonomous vehicles can be best
equipped and utilized to provide mobility service for people with disabilities. By January
31, 2017, the task force shall report its findings and recommendations for implementing
the technology demonstration project to the chairs and ranking minority members of the
legislative committees with jurisdiction over transportation policy and finance.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Authorization. new text end

new text begin The task force may solicit gifts, grants, or donations
of any kind from any private or public source to carry out the purposes of this act. All
gifts, grants, or donations received by the task force must be deposited in an autonomous
vehicle project account established in the special revenue fund. Money in the account is
appropriated to the commissioner of transportation for the activities of the task force and
implementation of the demonstration project.
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new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Compensation. new text end

new text begin Public members of the task force shall receive no
compensation or per diem payments for participating on the task force.
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new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Administrative support. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of transportation must
provide meeting space, administrative support, and staff support for the task force. The
task force may hold meetings in any publicly accessible location in the state.
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new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Open Meeting Law. new text end

new text begin Meetings of the task force are subject to Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 13D.
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new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin The task force shall report its findings and recommendations to
the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction
over transportation policy and finance. The report must include findings concerning
recommended legislation, administrative rules, and policies to utilize autonomous vehicles
in the provision of equitable, safe, and cost-effective transportation solutions to people
with disabilities both in the metropolitan area and greater Minnesota. The report must
analyze benefits, costs, business models, liability issues, legal implications, and safety
issues. The report must be submitted by December 31, 2018.
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new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Sunset. new text end

new text begin This section expires June 30, 2019.
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Sec. 3. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $500,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of transportation
for the expenses of the task force described in sections 1 and 2, including expenses of
administrative and staff support.
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Sec. 4. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
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new text begin Sections 1 to 3 are effective the day following final enactment.
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