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SF 2814

4th Engrossment - 84th Legislature (2005 - 2006) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; modifying and renaming the Legislative
Commission on Minnesota Resources; adding citizens and making structural
changes; modifying prior appropriations; appropriating money; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2004, sections 116P.02, subdivision 4; 116P.03; 116P.04,
subdivision 5; 116P.05, as amended; 116P.07; 116P.08, subdivisions 3, 4, 5, 6;
116P.09, subdivisions 1, 6, by adding a subdivision; 116P.11; Minnesota Statutes
2005 Supplement, section 10A.01, subdivision 35; Laws 2005, First Special
Session chapter 1, article 2, section 11, subdivision 10; repealing Minnesota
Statutes 2004, sections 116P.02, subdivision 2; 116P.06; Laws 2005, First Special
Session chapter 1, article 2, section 156, subdivision 2.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2005 Supplement, section 10A.01, subdivision 35,
is amended to read:


Subd. 35.

Public official.

"Public official" means any:

(1) member of the legislature;

(2) individual employed by the legislature as secretary of the senate, legislative
auditor, chief clerk of the house, revisor of statutes, or researcher, legislative analyst, or
attorney in the Office of Senate Counsel and Research or House Research;

(3) constitutional officer in the executive branch and the officer's chief administrative
deputy;

(4) solicitor general or deputy, assistant, or special assistant attorney general;

(5) commissioner, deputy commissioner, or assistant commissioner of any state
department or agency as listed in section 15.01 or 15.06, or the state chief information
officer;

(6) member, chief administrative officer, or deputy chief administrative officer of a
state board or commission that has either the power to adopt, amend, or repeal rules under
chapter 14, or the power to adjudicate contested cases or appeals under chapter 14;

(7) individual employed in the executive branch who is authorized to adopt, amend,
or repeal rules under chapter 14 or adjudicate contested cases under chapter 14;

(8) executive director of the State Board of Investment;

(9) deputy of any official listed in clauses (7) and (8);

(10) judge of the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals;

(11) administrative law judge or compensation judge in the State Office of
Administrative Hearings or referee in the Department of Employment and Economic
Development;

(12) member, regional administrator, division director, general counsel, or operations
manager of the Metropolitan Council;

(13) member or chief administrator of a metropolitan agency;

(14) director of the Division of Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement in the
Department of Public Safety;

(15) member or executive director of the Higher Education Facilities Authority;

(16) member of the board of directors or president of Minnesota Technology, Inc.; deleted text beginor
deleted text end

(17) member of the board of directors or executive director of the Minnesota State
High School Leaguedeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; or
new text end

new text begin (18) a citizen member of the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota
Resources.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 116P.02, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Commission.

"Commission" means the deleted text beginLegislativedeleted text end new text beginLegislative-Citizen
new text end Commission on Minnesota Resources.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 116P.03, is amended to read:


116P.03 TRUST FUND NOT TO SUPPLANT EXISTING FUNDINGnew text begin;
APPROPRIATIONS
new text end.

(a) The trust fund may not be used as a substitute for traditional sources of funding
environmental and natural resources activities, but the trust fund shall supplement the
traditional sources, including those sources used to support the criteria in section 116P.08,
subdivision 1
. The trust fund must be used primarily to support activities whose benefits
become available only over an extended period of time.

(b) The commission must determine the amount of the state budget spent from
traditional sources to fund environmental and natural resources activities before and after
the trust fund is established and include a comparison of the amount in the report under
section 116P.09, subdivision 7.

new text begin (c) For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2007, and each year thereafter, the amount
of the environment and natural resources trust fund that is available for appropriation
under the terms of the Minnesota Constitution, article XI, section 14, shall be appropriated
by law.
new text end

new text begin (d) The amount appropriated from the environment and natural resources trust fund
may be spent only for the public purpose of protection, conservation, preservation, and
enhancement of the state's air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources.
Recommendations made by the commission under this chapter must be consistent with
the Minnesota Constitution, article XI, section 14; chapter 116P; and the strategic plan
adopted under section 116P.08, subdivision 3, and must demonstrate a direct benefit to the
state's environment and natural resources.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 116P.04, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Audits required.

The legislative auditor shall audit trust fund expenditures
to ensure that the money is spent for the purposes deleted text beginprovided in the commission's budget
plan
deleted text endnew text begin for which the money was appropriatednew text end.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 116P.05, as amended by Laws 2005, First
Special Session chapter 1, article 2, section 135, is amended to read:


116P.05 deleted text beginLEGISLATIVEdeleted text end new text beginLEGISLATIVE-CITIZEN new text endCOMMISSION ON
MINNESOTA RESOURCES.

Subdivision 1.

Membership.

(a) A deleted text beginLegislativedeleted text end new text beginLegislative-Citizen new text endCommission on
Minnesota Resources of deleted text begin20deleted text endnew text begin 17new text end members is created new text beginin the legislative branchnew text end, consisting
of deleted text beginthe chairs of the house and senate committees on environment and natural resources
or designees appointed for the terms of the chairs,
deleted text end the chairs of the house and senate
committees on environment and natural resources finance or designees appointed for
the terms of the chairs, deleted text beginthe chairs of the house Ways and Means and Senate Finance
Committees or designees appointed for the terms of the chairs, seven
deleted text endnew text begin fournew text end members of the
senate appointed by the Subcommittee on Committees of the Committee on Rules and
Administration, and deleted text beginsevendeleted text endnew text begin four new text end members of the house appointed by the speaker.

At least deleted text beginthreedeleted text endnew text begin twonew text end members from the senate and deleted text beginthreedeleted text endnew text begin twonew text end members from the house
must be from the minority caucus. Members are entitled to reimbursement for per diem
expenses plus travel expenses incurred in the services of the commission.

new text begin Seven citizens are members of the commission, five appointed by the governor, one
appointed by the Senate Subcommittee on Committees of the Committee on Rules and
Administration, and one appointed by the speaker of the house. The citizen members
are selected and recommended to the appointing authorities according to subdivision
1a and must:
new text end

new text begin (1) have experience or expertise in the science, policy, or practice of the protection,
conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the state's air, water, land, fish, wildlife,
and other natural resources;
new text end

new text begin (2) have strong knowledge in the state's environment and natural resource issues
around the state; and
new text end

new text begin (3) have demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment.
new text end

(b) Members shall deleted text beginappointdeleted text endnew text begin develop procedures to electnew text end a chair deleted text beginwhodeleted text endnew text begin that rotates
between legislative and citizen members. The chair
new text end shall preside and convene meetings as
often as necessary to conduct duties prescribed by this chapter.

(c) new text beginAppointed legislative new text endmembers shall serve on the commission deleted text beginuntil their
successors are appointed
deleted text endnew text begin for two-year terms, beginning in January of each odd-numbered
year and continuing through the end of December of the next even-numbered year. Citizen
and legislative members continue to serve until their successors are appointed
new text end.

(d) new text beginA citizen member may be removed by an appointing authority for cause.new text end
Vacancies occurring on the commission shall not affect the authority of the remaining
members of the commission to carry out their duties, and vacancies shall be filled new text beginfor the
remainder of the term
new text end in the same manner under paragraph (a).

new text begin (e) Citizen members shall be initially appointed according to the following schedule
of terms:
new text end

new text begin (1) two members appointed by the governor for a term ending the first Monday in
January 2010;
new text end

new text begin (2) one member appointed by the senate Subcommittee on Committees of the
Committee on Rules and Administration for a term ending the first Monday in January
2010 and one member appointed by the speaker of the house for a term ending the first
Monday in January 2010;
new text end

new text begin (3) two members appointed by the governor for a term ending the first Monday in
January 2009; and
new text end

new text begin (4) one member appointed by the governor for a term ending the first Monday in
January 2008.
new text end

new text begin (f) Citizen members are entitled to per diem and reimbursement for expenses
incurred in the services of the commission, as provided in section 15.059, subdivision 3.
new text end

new text begin (g) The governor's appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the senate.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 1a. new text end

new text begin Citizen selection committee. new text end

new text begin The governor shall appoint a trust fund
citizen selection committee of five members who come from different regions of the state
and who have knowledge and experience of state environment and natural resource issues.
new text end

new text begin The duties of the trust fund citizen selection committee shall be to:
new text end

new text begin (1) identify citizen candidates to be members of the commission as part of the open
appointments process under section 15.0597;
new text end

new text begin (2) request and review citizen candidate applications to be members of the
commission; and
new text end

new text begin (3) interview the citizen candidates and recommend an adequate pool of candidates
to be selected for commission membership by the governor, the senate, and the house
of representatives.
new text end

new text begin Members are entitled to travel expenses incurred to fulfill their duties under this
subdivision as provided in section 15.059, subdivision 6.
new text end

Subd. 2.

Duties.

(a) The commission shall recommend deleted text begina budget plandeleted text endnew text begin an annual
legislative bill
new text end for deleted text beginexpendituresdeleted text endnew text begin appropriationsnew text end from the environment and natural resources
trust fund and shall adopt a strategic plan as provided in section 116P.08.new text begin Approval of
the recommended legislative bill requires an affirmative vote of at least 12 members
of the commission.
new text end

(b) The commission shall recommend expenditures to the legislature from the state
land and water conservation account in the natural resources fund.

(c) It is a condition of acceptance of the appropriations made from the Minnesota
environment and natural resources trust fund, and oil overcharge money under section
4.071, subdivision 2, that the agency or entity receiving the appropriation must submit a
work program and semiannual progress reports in the form determined by the deleted text beginLegislativedeleted text end
new text begin Legislative-Citizen new text endCommission on Minnesota Resources, and comply with applicable
reporting requirements under section 116P.16. None of the money provided may be spent
unless the commission has approved the pertinent work program.

(d) The peer review panel created under section 116P.08 must also review, comment,
and report to the commission on research proposals applying for an appropriation from the
oil overcharge money under section 4.071, subdivision 2.

(e) The commission may adopt operating procedures to fulfill its duties under
chapter 116P.

new text begin (f) As part of the operating procedures, the commission shall:
new text end

new text begin (1) ensure that members' expectations are to participate in all meetings related to
funding decision recommendations;
new text end

new text begin (2) recommend adequate funding for increased citizen outreach and communications
for trust fund expenditure planning;
new text end

new text begin (3) allow administrative expenses as part of individual project expenditures based
on need;
new text end

new text begin (4) provide for project outcome evaluation;
new text end

new text begin (5) keep the grant application, administration, and review process as simple as
possible; and
new text end

new text begin (6) define and emphasize the leveraging of additional sources of money that project
proposers should consider when making trust fund proposals.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Sunset. new text end

new text begin This section expires June 30, 2016, unless extended by law.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 116P.07, is amended to read:


116P.07 INFORMATION GATHERING.

The commission may convene public forums new text beginor employ other methods new text endto gather
information for establishing priorities for funding.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 116P.08, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Strategic plan required.

(a) The commission shall adopt a strategic
plan for making expenditures from the trust fund, including identifying the priority
areas for funding for the next six years. The strategic plan must be deleted text beginupdateddeleted text endnew text begin reviewednew text end
every two years. deleted text beginThe plan is advisory only. The commission shall submit the plan, as a
recommendation, to the house of representatives Ways and Means and senate Finance
Committees by January 1 of each odd-numbered year.
deleted text endnew text begin The strategic plan must have clearly
stated short- and long-term goals and strategies for trust fund expenditures, must provide
measurable outcomes for expenditures, and must determine areas of emphasis for funding.
new text end

(b) The commission deleted text beginmay accept or modify the draft of the strategic plan submitted
to it by the advisory committee before voting on the plan's adoption
deleted text endnew text begin shall consider the
long-term strategic plans of agencies with environment and natural resource programs
and responsibilities and plans of conservation and environmental organizations during the
development and review of the strategic plan
new text end.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 116P.08, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

deleted text beginBudget plandeleted text endnew text begin Legislative recommendationsnew text end.

(a) Funding may be provided
only for those projects that meet the categories established in subdivision 1.

(b) deleted text beginProjects submitted to the commission for funding may be referred to the advisory
committee for recommendation.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (c)deleted text end The commission must deleted text beginadopt a budget plandeleted text endnew text begin recommend an annual legislative billnew text end
to make deleted text beginexpendituresdeleted text endnew text begin appropriationsnew text end from the trust fund for the purposes provided in
subdivision 1. The deleted text beginbudget plandeleted text endnew text begin recommendationsnew text end must be submitted to the governor for
inclusion in the biennial budget and supplemental budget submitted to the legislature.

new text begin (c) The commission may recommend regional block grants for a portion of trust
fund expenditures to partner with existing regional organizations that have strong citizen
involvement, to address unique local needs and capacity, and to leverage all available
funding sources for projects.
new text end

new text begin (d) The commission may recommend the establishment of an annual emerging
issues account in its annual legislative bill for funding emerging issues, which come up
unexpectedly, but which still adhere to the commission's strategic plan, to be approved by
the governor after initiation and recommendation by the commission.
new text end

deleted text begin (d)deleted text end new text begin(e) new text endMoney in the trust fund may not be spent except under an appropriation
by law.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 116P.08, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Public meetings.

deleted text beginAlldeleted text endnew text begin Technicalnew text end advisory committee and commission
meetings must be open to the public. The commission shall attempt to meet deleted text beginat least once
in each of the state's congressional districts
deleted text end new text beginthroughout various regions of the statenew text endnew text begin new text endduring
each biennium.

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 116P.08, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Peer review.

(a) Research proposals must include a stated purposenew text begin directly
connected to the trust fund's constitutional mandate, this chapter, and the adopted strategic
plan under subdivision 3
new text end, new text begina new text endtimeline, potential outcomes, and an explanation of the need
for the research. All research proposals must be reviewed by a peer review panel before
receiving an appropriation.

(b) In conducting research proposal reviews, the peer review panel shall:

(1) comment on the methodology proposed and whether it can be expected to yield
appropriate and useful information and data;

(2) comment on the need for the research and about similar existing information
available, if any; and

(3) report to the commission deleted text beginand advisory committeedeleted text end on clauses (1) and (2).

(c) The peer review panel also must review completed research proposals that have
received an appropriation and comment and report upon whether the project reached
the intended goals.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 116P.09, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Administrative authority.

The commission may appoint legal
and other personnel and consultants necessary to carry out functions and duties of the
commission. Permanent employees shall be in the unclassified service. In addition,
the commission may request staff assistance and data from any other agency of state
government as needed for the execution of the responsibilities of the commission deleted text beginand
advisory committee
deleted text end and an agency must promptly furnish it.

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 116P.09, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Conflict of interest.

A commission member, new text begina technical new text endadvisory
committee member, new text begina new text endpeer review panelist, or an employee of the commission may not
participate in or vote on a decision of the commission, advisory committee, or peer
review panel relating to an organization in which the member, panelist, or employee has
either a direct or indirect personal financial interest. While serving on the deleted text beginlegislativedeleted text end
commission, new text begintechnical new text endadvisory committee, or peer review panel, or being an employee of
the commission, a person shall avoid any potential conflict of interest.

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 116P.09, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Technical advisory committees. new text end

new text begin The commission shall make use of
available public and private expertise on environment and natural resource issues by
appointing necessary technical advisory committees to review funding proposals and
evaluate project outcomes. Compensation for technical advisory committee members is
governed by section 15.059, subdivision 6.
new text end

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 116P.11, is amended to read:


116P.11 AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR DISBURSEMENT.

(a) The amount deleted text beginbienniallydeleted text endnew text begin annuallynew text end available from the trust fund for the deleted text beginbudget plandeleted text endnew text begin
legislative bill
new text end developed by the commission is as defined in the Minnesota Constitution,
article XI, section 14.

(b) Any appropriated funds not encumbered in the biennium in which they are
appropriated cancel and must be credited to the principal of the trust fund.

Sec. 15.

Laws 2005, First Special Session chapter 1, article 2, section 11, subdivision
10, is amended to read:


Subd. 10.

Energy

1,896,000
1,896,000
Summary by Fund
Trust Fund
1,896,000
1,896,000

(a) Clean Energy Resource Teams and
Community Wind Energy Rebate new text beginand
Financial Assistance
new text end Program

$350,000 the first year and $350,000 the
second year are from the trust fund to the
commissioner of commerce. $300,000 of
this appropriation is to provide technical
assistance to implement cost-effective
conservation, energy efficiency, and
renewable energy projects. $400,000 of this
appropriation is to assist deleted text begintwodeleted text end Minnesota
communities in developing locally owned
wind energy projects by offering financial
assistance new text beginandnew text end rebates.new text begin This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2009, at which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered, unless an earlier date is
specified in the work program.
new text end

(b) [Paragraph (b) was vetoed by the
governor.]

(c) Manure Methane Digester Compatible
Wastes and Electrical Generation

$50,000 the first year and $50,000 the
second year are from the trust fund to the
commissioner of agriculture to research the
potential for a centrally located, multifarm
manure digester and the potential use of
compatible waste streams with manure
digesters.

(d) Dairy Farm Digesters

$168,000 the first year and $168,000 the
second year are from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the Minnesota Project for a
pilot project to evaluate anaerobic digester
technology on average size dairy farms of
50 to 300 cows.

(e) Wind to Hydrogen Demonstration

$400,000 the first year and $400,000 the
second year are from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the University of Minnesota,
West Central Research and Outreach Center,
to develop a model community-scale
wind-to-hydrogen facility.

(f) Natural Gas Production from Agricultural
Biomass

$50,000 the first year and $50,000 the
second year are from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Sebesta Blomberg and
Associates to demonstrate potential natural
gas yield using anaerobic digestion of blends
of chopped grasses or crop residue with hog
manure and determine optimum operating
conditions for conversion to natural gas.

(g) Biomass-Derived Oils for Generating
Electricity and Reducing Emissions

$75,000 the first year and $75,000 the second
year are from the trust fund to the University
of Minnesota to evaluate the environmental
and performance benefits of using renewable
biomass-derived oils, such as soybean oil,
for generating electricity.

(h) [Paragraph (h) was vetoed by the
governor.]

(i) [Paragraph (i) was vetoed by the
governor.]

Sec. 16. new text beginCARRYFORWARD.
new text end

new text begin The appropriation under Laws 2003, chapter 128, article 1, section 9, subdivision
6, paragraph (c), for local initiative grants - parks and natural areas, is available until
June 30, 2007. The appropriation under Laws 2003, chapter 128, article 1, section 9,
subdivision 6, paragraph (l), as amended by Laws 2005, First Special Session chapter 1,
article 2, section 150, for land acquisition, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, is available
until June 30, 2008.
new text end

Sec. 17. new text beginCONTINUITY.
new text end

new text begin (a) The Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources shall continue to operate
until the full membership of the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources
is appointed under section 5, but no later than August 15, 2006.
new text end

new text begin (b) The staff of the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources shall provide
administrative and professional services to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on
Minnesota Resources, as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 15.039, subdivision 7.
new text end

Sec. 18. new text beginTRANSITION PROVISIONS FOR LEGISLATIVE MEMBERS.
new text end

new text begin Legislative members initially appointed to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on
Minnesota Resources serve through January 2, 2007, or for those who are still legislators
in January 2007, until their successors are appointed.
new text end

Sec. 19. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin (a) $550,000 in fiscal year 2007 is appropriated from the environment and natural
resources trust fund to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources for
administration, as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.09, subdivision 5.
new text end

new text begin (b) The fiscal year 2006 administrative budget under Laws 2005, First Special
Session chapter 1, article 2, section 11, subdivision 3, is for the Legislative Commission
on Minnesota Resources or its successor commission, as provided in Minnesota Statutes,
section 15.039, subdivision 6.
new text end

new text begin (c) Administrative expenses saved through the elimination of the citizens advisory
committee may be used for administration of the Legislative Commission on Minnesota
Resources or its successor commission.
new text end

Sec. 20. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS; MINNESOTA RESOURCES.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin General. new text end

new text begin Unless otherwise specified, the amounts appropriated
under this section are from the environment and natural resources trust fund and added
to the appropriations in Laws 2005, First Special Session chapter 1, article 2, section 11.
Unless otherwise provided, the amounts appropriated in this section are available until
June 30, 2008, when projects must be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Enhancing civic understanding of groundwater. new text end

new text begin $75,000 in fiscal
year 2006 and $75,000 in fiscal year 2007 are appropriated to the Science Museum
of Minnesota to create groundwater exhibits and a statewide traveling groundwater
classroom program. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2009, at which time
the project must be completed and final products delivered, unless an earlier date is
specified in the work program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Phillips biomass community energy system. new text end

new text begin $250,000 in fiscal year 2006
and $250,000 in fiscal year 2007 are appropriated to the commissioner of commerce for
an agreement with Phillips Community Energy Cooperative to assist in the distribution
system equipment and construction costs for a biomass district energy system. This
appropriation is contingent on all appropriate permits being obtained and a signed
commitment of financing for the biomass electrical generating facility being in place.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Laurentian Energy Authority biomass project. new text end

new text begin $200,000 in fiscal year
2006 and $200,000 in fiscal year 2007 are appropriated to the commissioner of commerce
for an agreement with Virginia Public Utility to lease land and plant approximately 1,000
acres of trees to support a proposed conversion to a biomass power plant.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Land cover mapping for natural resource protection. new text end

new text begin $125,000 in
fiscal year 2006 and $125,000 in fiscal year 2007 are appropriated to the commissioner
of natural resources for an agreement with Hennepin County to develop geographic
information system tools for prioritizing natural areas for protection and restoration and to
update and complete land cover classification mapping.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Lake Superior research. new text end

new text begin $133,000 in fiscal year 2006 and $134,000 in
fiscal year 2007 are appropriated to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota
for the Large Lakes Observatory for research on Lake Superior waters. $28,000 in fiscal
year 2007 from the Great Lakes protection account under Minnesota Statutes, section
116Q.02, is appropriated to the Board of Regents for the same purpose.
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is available until June 30, 2009, at which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered, unless an earlier date is specified in the work
program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Impacts on Minnesota's aquatic resources from climate change.
new text end

new text begin $125,000 in fiscal year 2006 and $125,000 in fiscal year 2007 are appropriated to the
Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for the Natural Resources Institute to
quantify climate, hydrologic, and ecological variability and trends and identify indicators
of future climate. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2009, at which time the
project must be completed and final products delivered, unless an earlier date is specified
in the work program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Land exchange revolving fund for Aitkin, Cass, and Crow Wing
Counties.
new text end

new text begin $145,000 in fiscal year 2006 and $145,000 in fiscal year 2007 are appropriated
to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Aitkin County for a
six-year revolving loan fund to improve public and private land ownership patterns,
increase management efficiency, and protect critical habitat in Aitkin, Cass, and Crow
Wing Counties. By June 30, 2011, Aitkin County shall repay the $290,000 to the
commissioner of finance for deposit in the environment and natural resources trust fund.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Riparian land acquisition. new text end

new text begin $370,000 in fiscal year 2006 and $270,000
in fiscal year 2007 are appropriated to the commissioner of natural resources for fee title
acquisition and easements on high-priority, sensitive riparian lands that provide high
value for watershed protection.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Statewide conservation and preservation plan. new text end

new text begin $150,000 in fiscal year
2006 and $150,000 in fiscal year 2007 is to the Legislative Commission on Minnesota
Resources, or its successor commission, to issue a request for a proposal to develop a
statewide comprehensive plan for conservation and preservation.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Forest legacy. new text end

new text begin $250,000 in fiscal year 2006 and $250,000 in fiscal year
2007 is to the commissioner of natural resources to acquire easements as described under
Minnesota Statutes, chapter 84C, on private lands. The conservation easements must
guarantee public access, including hunting and fishing.
new text end

Sec. 21. new text beginREVISOR'S INSTRUCTION.
new text end

new text begin The revisor of statutes shall change the term "Legislative Commission on Minnesota
Resources" to "Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources" wherever it
appears in Minnesota Statutes and Minnesota Rules.
new text end

Sec. 22. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2004, sections 116P.02, subdivision 2; and 116P.06; new text end new text begin and new text end new text begin Laws
2005, First Special Session chapter 1, article 2, section 156, subdivision 2,
new text end new text begin are repealed.
new text end

Sec. 23. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin Sections 1 to 4; 5, subdivisions 1, 2, and 3; and 6 to 22, are effective June 1, 2006.
Section 5, subdivision 1a, is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end