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SF 3062

2nd Engrossment - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 06/06/2018 01:54pm

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A bill for an act
relating to higher education; making clarifying and technical changes to loan
forgiveness programs; ratifying certain higher education labor agreements;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 136A.1791, subdivision 8; 136A.1795,
subdivision 2; 136A.901, subdivision 1; Minnesota Statutes 2017 Supplement,
section 136A.1789, subdivision 2; Laws 2017, chapter 89, article 1, section 2,
subdivisions 20, 31, 32, 33, 34.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2017 Supplement, section 136A.1789, subdivision 2, is
amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Creation of account.

(a) An aviation degree loan forgiveness program account
is established in the special revenue fund to provide qualified pilots and qualified aircraft
technicians with financial assistance in repaying qualified education loans. The commissioner
must use money from the account to establish and administer the aviation degree loan
forgiveness program.

(b) Appropriations made to Money in the aviation degree loan forgiveness program
account do not cancel and are is appropriated to the commissioner for purposes of this
section, does not cancel, and is
available until expended.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 136A.1791, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Fund Account established.

A teacher shortage loan forgiveness repayment
fund account is created in the special revenue fund for depositing money appropriated to
or received by the commissioner for the program. Money deposited in the fund shall not
revert to any state fund at the end of any fiscal year but remains in the loan forgiveness
repayment fund
account is appropriated to the commissioner, does not cancel, and is
continuously available for loan forgiveness under this section.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 136A.1795, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Establishment; administration.

(a) The commissioner shall establish and
administer a loan forgiveness program for large animal veterinarians who:

(1) agree to practice in designated rural areas that are considered underserved; and

(2) work full time in a practice that is at least 50 percent involved with the care of food
animals.

(b) A large animal veterinarian loan forgiveness program account is established in the
special revenue fund. Money in the account is appropriated to the commissioner to establish
and administer the program under this section. Appropriations to the commissioner for the
program are for transfer to the account.

Appropriations made to the program from the account do not cancel and are available
until expended.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 136A.901, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Grant program.

(a) The commissioner shall establish a grant program
to award grants to institutions in Minnesota for research into spinal cord injuries and traumatic
brain injuries. Grants shall be awarded to conduct research into new and innovative treatments
and rehabilitative efforts for the functional improvement of people with spinal cord and
traumatic brain injuries. Research topics may include, but are not limited to, pharmaceutical,
medical device, brain stimulus, and rehabilitative approaches and techniques. The
commissioner, in consultation with the advisory council established under section 136A.902,
shall award 50 percent of the grant funds for research involving spinal cord injuries and 50
percent to research involving traumatic brain injuries. In addition to the amounts appropriated
by law, the commissioner may accept additional funds from private and public sources.
Amounts received from these sources are appropriated to the commissioner for the purposes
of issuing grants under this section.

(b) A spinal cord and traumatic brain injury grant account is established in the special
revenue fund. Money in the account is appropriated to the commissioner to make grants
and to administer the grant program under this section. Appropriations to the commissioner
for the program are for transfer to the account. Appropriations from the account do not
cancel and are available until expended.

Sec. 5.

Laws 2017, chapter 89, article 1, section 2, subdivision 20, is amended to read:


Subd. 20.

Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic
Brain Injury Research Grant Program

3,000,000
3,000,000

For spinal cord injury and traumatic brain
injury research grants authorized under
Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.901.

For transfer to the spinal cord and traumatic
brain injury grant account in the special
revenue fund under Minnesota Statutes,
section 136A.901, subdivision 1.

The commissioner may use no more than three
percent of this appropriation the amount
transferred under this subdivision
to administer
the grant program under this subdivision.

Sec. 6.

Laws 2017, chapter 89, article 1, section 2, subdivision 31, is amended to read:


Subd. 31.

Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness

200,000
200,000

For transfer to the teacher shortage loan
forgiveness program repayment account in the
special revenue fund
under Minnesota
Statutes, section 136A.1791, subdivision 8.

The commissioner may use no more than three
percent of this appropriation the amount
transferred under this subdivision
to administer
the program under this subdivision.

Sec. 7.

Laws 2017, chapter 89, article 1, section 2, subdivision 32, is amended to read:


Subd. 32.

Large Animal Veterinarian Loan
Forgiveness Program

375,000
375,000

For transfer to the large animal veterinarian
loan forgiveness program account in the
special revenue fund
under Minnesota
Statutes, section 136A.1795, subdivision 2.

Sec. 8.

Laws 2017, chapter 89, article 1, section 2, subdivision 33, is amended to read:


Subd. 33.

Agricultural Educators Loan
Forgiveness

50,000
50,000

For deposit in transfer to the agricultural
education loan forgiveness account in the
special revenue fund under Minnesota
Statutes, section 136A.1794, subdivision 2
.

Sec. 9.

Laws 2017, chapter 89, article 1, section 2, subdivision 34, is amended to read:


Subd. 34.

Aviation Degree Loan Forgiveness
Program

25,000
25,000

For transfer to the aviation degree loan
forgiveness program account in the special
revenue fund
under Minnesota Statutes,
section 136A.1789, subdivision 2.

Sec. 10. LABOR AGREEMENTS.

Subdivision 1.

Minnesota State College Faculty.

The labor agreement between the
state of Minnesota and the Minnesota State College Faculty, submitted to the Legislative
Coordinating Commission Subcommittee on Employee Relations on April 20, 2018, is
ratified.

Subd. 2.

Minnesota State University Association of Administrative and Service
Faculty.

The labor agreement between the state of Minnesota and the Minnesota State
University Association of Administrative and Service Faculty, submitted to the Legislative
Coordinating Commission Subcommittee on Employee Relations on April 20, 2018, is
ratified.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective June 30, 2018.

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