1st Engrossment - 82nd Legislature (2001 - 2002) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to employment; regulating eligibility for 1.3 unemployment compensation benefits; providing for a 1.4 special assessment for interest on federal loans; 1.5 providing for extended unemployment compensation 1.6 benefits; providing for unemployment insurance and 1.7 workforce development fund taxes; providing extended 1.8 benefits for airline industry, Fingerhut Companies, 1.9 Inc., Farmland Foods Company, and Potlatch Corporation 1.10 employees; making housekeeping changes related to the 1.11 department of trade and economic development; 1.12 requiring an OSHA ergonomics standard; prohibiting 1.13 employers from charging certain expenses to employees; 1.14 regulating redevelopment grants; allowing foster 1.15 parents to take certain leaves; providing certain 1.16 youth employment to construct early childhood program 1.17 facilities; reinstating a repealed law; providing 1.18 unemployment benefits to certain employees doing food 1.19 service contract work for school districts; requiring 1.20 the public utilities commission to study criteria for 1.21 certain energy source acquisitions; requiring a study 1.22 on unemployment trust fund solvency by the 1.23 unemployment insurance advisory council; regulating 1.24 use of state dislocated worker program grants; 1.25 amending Minnesota Statutes 2000, sections 48.24, 1.26 subdivision 5; 116J.565, subdivision 1; 116J.58, 1.27 subdivision 1; 116J.9665, subdivisions 1, 4, 6; 1.28 116M.14, subdivision 4; 116M.18, subdivisions 2, 3, 4, 1.29 4a, 5, 8, by adding a subdivision; 119A.45; 181.9412, 1.30 by adding a subdivision; 268.035, subdivision 24; 1.31 268.051, subdivision 8; 298.22, subdivision 7, by 1.32 adding a subdivision; Minnesota Statutes 2001 1.33 Supplement, sections 116L.17, subdivision 5; 268.022, 1.34 subdivision 1; 268.035, subdivision 4; 268.07, 1.35 subdivisions 1, 2; Laws 2001, First Special Session 1.36 chapter 4, article 1, section 2, subdivision 5; Laws 1.37 2001, First Special Session chapter 4, article 2, 1.38 section 31; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota 1.39 Statutes, chapter 181; repealing Minnesota Statutes 1.40 2000, sections 116J.9672; 116J.9673. 1.41 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.42 ARTICLE 1 1.43 UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BENEFITS 2.1 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2001 Supplement, section 2.2 268.035, subdivision 4, is amended to read: 2.3 Subd. 4. [BASE PERIOD.] "Base period" means: 2.4 (1) the first four of the last five completed calendar 2.5 quarters prior to the effective date of an applicant's benefit 2.6 account as set forth below: 2.7 If the benefit account is effective The base period 2.8 on or between these dates: is the prior: 2.9 January 1 - March 31 October 1 - September 30 2.10 April 1 - June 30 January 1 - December 31 2.11 July 1 - September 30 April 1 - March 31 2.12 October 1 - December 31 July 1 - June 30 2.13 (2) if during the base period under clause (1) an applicant 2.14 received workers' compensation for temporary disability under 2.15 chapter 176 or a similar federal law or similar law of another 2.16 state, or if an applicant whose own serious illness caused a 2.17 loss of work for which the applicant received compensation for 2.18 loss of wages from some other source, the applicant may request 2.19 a base period as follows: 2.20 (i) if an applicant was compensated for a loss of work of 2.21 seven to 13 weeks, the base period shall be the first four of 2.22 the last six completed calendar quarters prior to the effective 2.23 date of the benefit account; 2.24 (ii) if an applicant was compensated for a loss of work of 2.25 14 to 26 weeks, the base period shall be the first four of the 2.26 last seven completed calendar quarters prior to the effective 2.27 date of the benefit account; 2.28 (iii) if an applicant was compensated for a loss of work of 2.29 27 to 39 weeks, the base period shall be the first four of the 2.30 last eight completed calendar quarters prior to the effective 2.31 date of the benefit account; and 2.32 (iv) if an applicant was compensated for a loss of work of 2.33 40 to 52 weeks, the base period shall be the first four of the 2.34 last nine completed calendar quarters prior to the effective 2.35 date of the benefit account; 2.36 (3) if the applicant
qualifies for a base period under3.1 clause (2), buthas insufficient wage credits to establish a 3.2 benefit account under a base period provided for in clause (1) 3.3 or (2), the applicant may request a base period of the last four 3.4 completed calendar quarters prior to the date the applicant's 3.5 benefit account is effective . This base period may be used only3.6 once during any five-calendar-year period; and 3.7 (4) no base period under clause (1), (2), or (3) shall 3.8 include wage credits upon which a prior benefit account was 3.9 established. If applicable, the commissioner shall inform an 3.10 applicant of the option of a base period under clause (2) or (3). 3.11 [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective for benefit 3.12 accounts established on or after August 1, 2002. 3.13 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 268.051, 3.14 subdivision 8, is amended to read: 3.15 Subd. 8. [ SOLVENCYSPECIAL ASSESSMENT FOR INTEREST ON 3.16 FEDERAL LOAN.] (a) If the fund balance is less than $150,000,0003.17 on June 30October 31 of any year, the commissioner, in 3.18 consultation with the commissioner of finance, determines that 3.19 an interest payment will be due during the following calendar 3.20 year on any loan from the federal unemployment trust fund under 3.21 section 268.194, subdivision 6, a solvencyspecial assessment on 3.22 taxpaying employers will be in effect for the following calendar 3.23 year. The taxpaying employer shall pay quarterly a solvencyThe 3.24 legislature authorizes the commissioner, in consultation with 3.25 the commissioner of finance, to determine the appropriate level 3.26 of the assessment, of tenfrom two percent to eight percent of 3.27 the quarterly unemployment taxes due, that will be necessary to 3.28 pay the interest due on the loan. 3.29 (b) The solvencyspecial assessment shall be placed into a 3.30 special account from which the commissioner shall pay any 3.31 interest accruingthat has accrued on any loan from the federal 3.32 unemployment trust fund provided for under section 268.194, 3.33 subdivision 6. If, at the end of each calendar quarter, the 3.34 commissioner, in consultation with the commissioner of finance, 3.35 determines that the balance in this special account, including 3.36 interest earned on the special account, is more than is 4.1 necessary to pay the interest which has accrued on any loan as 4.2 of that date, or will accrue over the following calendar 4.3 quarter, the commissioner shall immediately pay to the fund the 4.4 amount in excess of that necessary to pay the interest on any 4.5 loan. 4.6 [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective the day 4.7 following final enactment. 4.8 Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2001 Supplement, section 4.9 268.07, subdivision 1, is amended to read: 4.10 Subdivision 1. [APPLICATION FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS; 4.11 DETERMINATION OF BENEFIT ACCOUNT.] (a) An application for 4.12 unemployment benefits may be filed in person, by mail, by 4.13 telephone, or by electronic transmission as the commissioner 4.14 shall require. The applicant must be unemployed at the time the 4.15 application is filed and must provide all requested information 4.16 in the manner required. If the applicant is not unemployed at 4.17 the time of the application or fails to provide all requested 4.18 information, the communication shall not be considered an 4.19 application for unemployment benefits. 4.20 (b) The commissioner shall examine each application for 4.21 unemployment benefits to determine the base period and the 4.22 benefit year, and based upon all the covered employment in the 4.23 base period the commissioner shall determine the weekly 4.24 unemployment benefit amount available, if any, and the maximum 4.25 amount of unemployment benefits available, if any. The 4.26 determination shall be known as the determination of benefit 4.27 account. A determination of benefit account shall be sent to 4.28 the applicant and all base period employers, by mail or 4.29 electronic transmission. 4.30 (c) If a base period employer did not provide wage 4.31 information for the applicant as provided for in section 4.32 268.044, or the wage information is not yet available because of 4.33 a base period under section 268.035, subdivision 4, clause (3), 4.34 the commissioner shall accept an applicant certification as to 4.35 wage credits, based upon the applicant's records, and issue a 4.36 determination of benefit account. 5.1 If a determination of benefit account was issued based upon 5.2 the applicant's certification as to wage credits because of a 5.3 base period under section 268.035, subdivision 4, clause (3), 5.4 when the wage information becomes available under section 5.5 268.044, the commissioner shall reconsider the determination of 5.6 benefit account and, if appropriate, issue an amended 5.7 determination. 5.8 (d) The commissioner may, at any time within 24 months from 5.9 the establishment of a benefit account, reconsider any 5.10 determination of benefit account and make an amended 5.11 determination if the commissioner finds that the determination 5.12 was incorrect for any reason. An amended determination shall be 5.13 promptly sent to the applicant and all base period employers, by 5.14 mail or electronic transmission. 5.15 If an amended determination of benefit account reduces the 5.16 weekly unemployment benefit amount or maximum amount of 5.17 unemployment benefits available, any unemployment benefits that 5.18 have been paid greater than the applicant was entitled is 5.19 considered an overpayment of unemployment benefits under section 5.20 268.18, subdivision 1. 5.21 [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective for benefit 5.22 accounts established on or after August 1, 2002. 5.23 Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2001 Supplement, section 5.24 268.07, subdivision 2, is amended to read: 5.25 Subd. 2. [BENEFIT ACCOUNT REQUIREMENTS AND WEEKLY 5.26 UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT AMOUNT AND MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF UNEMPLOYMENT 5.27 BENEFITS.] (a) To establish a benefit account, an applicant must 5.28 have :5.29 (1) high quarterwage credits of at least $1,000; and5.30 (2) wage credits, in other than the high quarter, of at5.31 least $250$1,250. 5.32 (b) If an applicant has established a benefit account, the 5.33 weekly unemployment benefit amount available during the benefit 5.34 year shall be the higher of: 5.35 (1) 50 percent of the applicant's average weekly wage 5.36 during the base period, to a maximum of 66-2/3 percent of the 6.1 state's average weekly wage; or 6.2 (2) 50 percent of the applicant's average weekly wage 6.3 during the high quarter, to a maximum of 50 percent of the 6.4 state's average weekly wage. 6.5 The applicant's average weekly wage under clause (1) shall 6.6 be computed by dividing the total wage credits by 52. The 6.7 applicant's average weekly wage under clause (2) shall be 6.8 computed by dividing the high quarter wage credits by 13. 6.9 (c) The state's maximum weekly unemployment benefit amount 6.10 and the applicant's weekly unemployment benefit amount and 6.11 maximum amount of unemployment benefits shall be rounded down to 6.12 the next lowest whole dollar. 6.13 (d) The maximum amount of unemployment benefits available 6.14 on any benefit account shall be the lower of: 6.15 (1) 33-1/3 percent of the applicant's total wage credits; 6.16 or 6.17 (2) 26 times the applicant's weekly unemployment benefit 6.18 amount. 6.19 [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective for benefit 6.20 accounts established on or after August 1, 2002. 6.21 Sec. 5. [PAYMENT OF SPECIAL STATE TEMPORARY EXTENDED 6.22 UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.] 6.23 Subdivision 1. [ELIGIBILITY.] Special state temporary 6.24 extended unemployment benefits shall be paid to an applicant who 6.25 does not qualify for unemployment benefits under the federal 6.26 Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2002 because 6.27 the applicant does not meet the requirement under section 6.28 202(d)(2)(A) of that act or did not receive the maximum amount 6.29 of benefits available under the federal act due to the 6.30 expiration of that program. Special state extended unemployment 6.31 benefits shall be paid to individuals who have established a 6.32 benefit account effective on or after March 19, 2000, under the 6.33 same terms and conditions as apply to federal temporary extended 6.34 unemployment compensation. An applicant may not receive more 6.35 than a combined total of 13 times the applicant's weekly benefit 6.36 amount available under the federal Temporary Extended 7.1 Unemployment Compensation Act and this section. 7.2 Subd. 2. [PAYMENT FROM THE FUND; EFFECT ON 7.3 EMPLOYER.] Special state temporary extended unemployment 7.4 benefits shall be paid from the Minnesota unemployment insurance 7.5 program trust fund. Special state temporary extended 7.6 unemployment benefits paid shall not be used in computing the 7.7 future unemployment tax rate of a taxpaying employer nor charged 7.8 to the reimbursing account of a government or nonprofit employer. 7.9 Subd. 3. [EXPIRATION.] This program expires April 1, 7.10 2003. No payments under this section shall be paid for any week 7.11 after the expiration date. 7.12 [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective the day 7.13 following final enactment and is retroactive to March 10, 2002. 7.14 Sec. 6. [2003 UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BASE TAX RATE.] 7.15 Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 268.051, 7.16 subdivision 2, and Laws 2001, First Special Session chapter 2, 7.17 article 2, section 32, subdivision 2, the unemployment insurance 7.18 base tax rate for employers is 0.38 percent for calendar year 7.19 2003. 7.20 Sec. 7. [CERTAIN EMPLOYERS AND AIRLINE AND RELATED 7.21 INDUSTRIES EXTRA BENEFITS.] 7.22 Subdivision 1. [EXTRA BENEFITS; AVAILABILITY.] Extra 7.23 unemployment benefits are available to an applicant: 7.24 (1) who has a benefit account effective March 11, 2001, or 7.25 thereafter if the applicant was laid off due to lack of work 7.26 from Northwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Mark Travel 7.27 Corporation, Mesaba Airlines, United Airlines, MLT Vacations, 7.28 Carlson Wagonlit Travel, LSG Sky Chefs, Air Wisconsin, American 7.29 Airlines, American TransAir, Champion Air, Chautaugua Airlines, 7.30 Continental Airlines, Emery Worldwide Air, Great Lakes Airlines, 7.31 PanAm International, Skyway Airlines, and U.S. Airways; 7.32 (2) who was laid off on or after January 1, 2002, due to 7.33 lack of work from Fingerhut Companies, Incorporated; 7.34 (3) who was laid off due to a lack of work on or after July 7.35 8, 2001, from the Farmland Foods Company in Freeborn county; or 7.36 (4) who was laid off due to a lack of work on or after 8.1 March 18, 2002, from Potlatch Corporation in Crow Wing county. 8.2 Subd. 2. [PAYMENT FROM FUND; EFFECT ON EMPLOYER.] Extra 8.3 unemployment benefits are payable from the fund. 8.4 Subd. 3. [ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS.] An applicant described 8.5 under subdivision 1, clause (1), is eligible to receive extra 8.6 unemployment benefits under this section for any week through 8.7 March 15, 2003, an applicant described under subdivision 1, 8.8 clauses (2) and (4), is eligible to receive extra unemployment 8.9 benefits under this section for any week through January 3, 8.10 2004, and an applicant described under subdivision 1, clause 8.11 (3), is eligible to receive extra unemployment benefits under 8.12 this section for any week through July 1, 2003, if: 8.13 (1) a majority of the applicant's wage credits were with an 8.14 employer specified under subdivision 1; 8.15 (2) the applicant meets the eligibility requirements of 8.16 Minnesota Statutes, section 268.085; 8.17 (3) the applicant is not subject to a disqualification 8.18 under Minnesota Statutes, section 268.095; 8.19 (4) the applicant is not entitled to any regular, 8.20 additional, or extended unemployment benefits for that week and 8.21 the applicant is not entitled to receive unemployment benefits 8.22 under any other state or federal law for that week; 8.23 (5) the applicant is enrolled in, or has within the last 8.24 two weeks successfully completed, a program that qualifies as 8.25 reemployment assistance training under the state dislocated 8.26 worker program, except that an applicant whose training is 8.27 scheduled to begin in more than 30 days may be considered to be 8.28 in training if: (i) the applicant's chosen training program 8.29 does not offer an available start date within 30 days; (ii) the 8.30 applicant is scheduled to begin training on the earliest 8.31 available start date for the chosen training program; and (iii) 8.32 the applicant is scheduled to begin training in no more than 60 8.33 days; and 8.34 (6) an applicant qualifies for a new regular benefit 8.35 account at any time after exhausting regular unemployment 8.36 benefits as a result of the layoff under subdivision 1, the 9.1 applicant must apply for and exhaust entitlement to those new 9.2 regular or any other type of unemployment benefits under any 9.3 state or federal law. 9.4 Subd. 4. [WEEKLY AMOUNT OF EXTRA BENEFITS.] The weekly 9.5 extra unemployment benefits amount available to an applicant is 9.6 the same as the applicant's weekly regular unemployment benefit 9.7 amount on the benefit account established as a result of a 9.8 layoff under subdivision 1. 9.9 Subd. 5. [MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF EXTRA UNEMPLOYMENT 9.10 BENEFITS.] The maximum amount of extra unemployment benefits 9.11 available is 26 times the applicant's weekly extra unemployment 9.12 benefits amount. Any type of unemployment benefits, under any 9.13 state or federal law, the applicant may be entitled to after 9.14 exhausting regular unemployment benefits as a result of a layoff 9.15 under subdivision 1, shall reduce the maximum amount of extra 9.16 unemployment benefits available. The reduction in total extra 9.17 unemployment benefits available shall equal the total amount of 9.18 any other type of unemployment benefits available. 9.19 Subd. 6. [PROGRAM EXPIRATION.] This extra unemployment 9.20 benefit program expires on January 3, 2004. No extra 9.21 unemployment benefits shall be paid for any week after the 9.22 expiration of this program. 9.23 Sec. 8. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 9.24 Section 7 is effective the day following final enactment 9.25 and is retroactive to September 16, 2001. 9.26 ARTICLE 2 9.27 DISLOCATED WORKER AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM FUNDING 9.28 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2001 Supplement, section 9.29 268.022, subdivision 1, is amended to read: 9.30 Subdivision 1. [DETERMINATION AND COLLECTION OF SPECIAL 9.31 ASSESSMENT.] (a) In addition to all other taxes, assessments, 9.32 and payment obligations under chapter 268, each employer, except 9.33 an employer making payments in lieu of taxes is liable for a 9.34 special assessment levied at the rate of one-tenth of one 9.35 percent per year until June 30, 2000, and seven-hundredths of9.36 one percent per year on and after July 1, 2000,on all taxable 10.1 wages, as defined in section 268.035, subdivision 24. The 10.2 assessment shall become due and be paid by each employer to the 10.3 department on the same schedule and in the same manner as other 10.4 taxes. 10.5 (b) The special assessment levied under this section shall 10.6 not affect the computation of any other taxes, assessments, or 10.7 payment obligations due under this chapter. 10.8 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 268.035, 10.9 subdivision 24, is amended to read: 10.10 Subd. 24. [TAXABLE WAGES.] (a) "Taxable wages" means those 10.11 wages paid to an employee in covered employment each calendar 10.12 year up to an amount equal to 6070 percent of the state's 10.13 average annual wage, rounded to the nearest $1,000. 10.14 (b) Taxable wages includes the amount of wages paid for 10.15 covered employment by the employer's predecessor when there has 10.16 been an experience rating recordtransfer under section 268.051, 10.17 subdivision 4. 10.18 Sec. 3. Laws 2001, First Special Session chapter 4, 10.19 article 2, section 31, is amended to read: 10.20 Sec. 31. [WORKFORCE ENHANCEMENT FEE.] 10.21 Subdivision 1. [FEE.] Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, 10.22 section 268.022, effective January 1, 2002, the special 10.23 assessment under that section on taxable wages as defined in 10.24 Minnesota Statutes, section 268.035, subdivision 24, is 10.25 suspended until December 31, 2005. Effective January 1, 2002, 10.26 there shall be assessed, in addition to unemployment taxes due 10.27 under Minnesota Statutes, section 268.051, a workforce 10.28 enhancement fee of .09.12 percent on taxable wages. This fee 10.29 shall be due and be paid on the same schedule and in the same 10.30 manner as unemployment taxes under Minnesota Statutes, section 10.31 268.051. Any amount past due under this section shall be 10.32 subject to the same interest and collection provisions as 10.33 unemployment taxes. This fee shall expire on December 31, 2005. 10.34 Subd. 2. [USE OF FUNDS COLLECTED.] An amount equal to 10.35 .070.1 percent on taxable wages shall be deposited in the 10.36 workforce development fund provided for under Minnesota 11.1 Statutes, section 268.022, subdivision 2. An amount equal to 11.2 .02 percent on taxable wages, less reimbursement for collection 11.3 costs of the total amount of the fee, shall be deposited in the 11.4 unemployment insurance technology initiative account provided 11.5 for in section 32. 11.6 Sec. 4. [ADVISORY COUNCIL REPORT TRUST FUND SOLVENCY.] 11.7 The unemployment insurance advisory council shall present 11.8 to the legislature, by January 15, 2003, a report, including 11.9 proposals for any legislation, on the long-term solvency of the 11.10 Minnesota unemployment insurance program trust fund. 11.11 Sec. 5. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 11.12 Section 2 is effective the day following its final 11.13 enactment. 11.14 ARTICLE 3 11.15 DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 11.16 HOUSEKEEPING BILL 11.17 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 48.24, 11.18 subdivision 5, is amended to read: 11.19 Subd. 5. Loans or obligations shall not be subject under 11.20 this section to any limitation based upon such capital and 11.21 surplus to the extent that they are secured or covered by 11.22 guarantees, or by commitments or agreements to take over or to 11.23 purchase the same, made by: 11.24 (1) the commissioner of agriculture on the purchase of 11.25 agricultural land; 11.26 (2) any Federal Reserve bank; 11.27 (3) the United States or any department, bureau, board, 11.28 commission, or establishment of the United States, including any 11.29 corporation wholly owned directly or indirectly by the United 11.30 States; 11.31 (4) the Minnesota energy and economic development 11.32 authority; or 11.33 (5) the Minnesota export finance authority; or11.34 (6)a municipality or political subdivision within 11.35 Minnesota to the extent that the guarantee or collateral is a 11.36 valid and enforceable general obligation of that political body. 12.1 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 116J.58, 12.2 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 12.3 Subdivision 1. [ENUMERATION.] The commissioner shall: 12.4 (1) investigate, study, and undertake ways and means of 12.5 promoting and encouraging the prosperous development and 12.6 protection of the legitimate interest and welfare of Minnesota 12.7 business, industry, and commerce, within and outside the state; 12.8 (2) locate markets for manufacturers and processors and aid 12.9 merchants in locating and contacting markets; 12.10 (3) investigate and study conditions affecting Minnesota 12.11 business, industry, and commerce and collect and disseminate 12.12 information, and engage in technical studies, scientific 12.13 investigations, and statistical research and educational 12.14 activities necessary or useful for the proper execution of the 12.15 powers and duties of the commissioner in promoting and 12.16 developing Minnesota business, industry, and commerce, both 12.17 within and outside the state; 12.18 (4) plan and develop an effective business information 12.19 service both for the direct assistance of business and industry 12.20 of the state and for the encouragement of business and industry 12.21 outside the state to use economic facilities within the state; 12.22 (5) compile, collect, and develop periodically, or 12.23 otherwise make available, information relating to current 12.24 business conditions; 12.25 (6) conduct or encourage research designed to further new 12.26 and more extensive uses of the natural and other resources of 12.27 the state and designed to develop new products and industrial 12.28 processes; 12.29 (7) study trends and developments in the industries of the 12.30 state and analyze the reasons underlying the trends; study costs 12.31 and other factors affecting successful operation of businesses 12.32 within the state; and make recommendations regarding 12.33 circumstances promoting or hampering business and industrial 12.34 development; 12.35 (8) serve as a clearing house for business and industrial 12.36 problems of the state; and advise small business enterprises 13.1 regarding improved methods of accounting and bookkeeping; 13.2 (9) cooperate with interstate commissions engaged in 13.3 formulating and promoting the adoption of interstate compacts 13.4 and agreements helpful to business, industry, and commerce; 13.5 (10) cooperate with other state departments, and with 13.6 boards, commissions, and other state agencies, in the 13.7 preparation and coordination of plans and policies for the 13.8 development of the state and for the use and conservation of its 13.9 resources insofar as the use, conservation, and development may 13.10 be appropriately directed or influenced by a state agency; 13.11 (11) assemble and coordinate information relative to the 13.12 status, scope, cost, and employment possibilities and the 13.13 availability of materials, equipment, and labor in connection 13.14 with public works projects, state, county, and municipal; 13.15 recommend limitations on the public works; gather current 13.16 progress information with reference to public and private works 13.17 projects of the state and its political subdivisions with 13.18 reference to conditions of employment; inquire into and report 13.19 to the governor, when requested by the governor, with respect to 13.20 any program of public state improvements and the financing 13.21 thereof; and request and obtain information from other state 13.22 departments or agencies as may be needed properly to report 13.23 thereon; 13.24 (12) study changes in population and current trends and 13.25 prepare plans and suggest policies for the development and 13.26 conservation of the resources of the state; 13.27 (13) confer and cooperate with the executive, legislative, 13.28 or planning authorities of the United States and neighboring 13.29 states and provinces and of the counties and municipalities of 13.30 such neighboring states, for the purpose of bringing about a 13.31 coordination between the development of such neighboring 13.32 provinces, states, counties, and municipalities and the 13.33 development of this state; 13.34 (14) generally, gather, compile, and make available 13.35 statistical information relating to business, trade, commerce, 13.36 industry, transportation, communication, natural resources, and 14.1 other like subjects in this state, with authority to call upon 14.2 other departments of the state for statistical data and results 14.3 obtained by them and to arrange and compile that statistical 14.4 information in a manner that seems wise; 14.5 (15) prepare an annual report to the legislature estimating14.6 and, to the extent possible, describing the number of Minnesota14.7 companies which have left the state or moved to surrounding14.8 states or other countries. The report should include an14.9 estimate of the number of jobs lost by these moves, an estimate14.10 of the total employment payroll, average hourly wage of those14.11 jobs lost and those created in the new location, and to the14.12 extent possible, the reasons for each company moving out of14.13 state, if known;14.14 (16)publish documents and annually convene regional 14.15 meetings to inform businesses, local government units, 14.16 assistance providers, and other interested persons of changes in 14.17 state and federal law related to economic development; 14.18 (17)(16) annually convene conferences of providers of 14.19 economic development related financial and technical assistance 14.20 for the purposes of exchanging information on economic 14.21 development assistance, coordinating economic development 14.22 activities, and formulating economic development strategies; 14.23 (18)(17) provide business with information on the economic 14.24 benefits of energy conservation and on the availability of 14.25 energy conservation assistance; and 14.26 (19)(18) prepare, as part of biennial budget process, 14.27 performance measures for each business loan or grant program 14.28 within the jurisdiction of the commissioner. Measures would 14.29 include source of funds for each program, numbers of jobs 14.30 proposed or promised at the time of application and the number 14.31 of jobs created, estimated number of jobs retained, the average 14.32 salary and benefits for the jobs resulting from the program, and 14.33 the number of projects approved. 14.34 Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 116J.9665, 14.35 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 14.36 Subdivision 1. [DEFINITIONS.] For purposes of this 15.1 section, the following terms have the meanings given them: 15.2 (1) "Conference and service center" means the approximately15.3 20,000 square feet of space on the third and fourth floors of15.4 the Minnesota world trade center that the state of Minnesota has15.5 the right to possess, occupy, and use subject to the terms and15.6 conditions of the development agreement.15.7 (2)"Development agreement" means the agreement entered 15.8 into by and between the world trade center board, as agent of 15.9 the state of Minnesota, and Oxford Development Minnesota, Inc. 15.10 dated July 27, 1984, and the amendments to that agreement, for 15.11 development and construction of a world trade center at a 15.12 designated site in Minnesota. 15.13 (3)(2) "Minnesota world trade center" means the facility 15.14 constructed in accordance with the development agreement or 15.15 other facilities meeting the membership requirements of the 15.16 World Trade Centers Association. 15.17 Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 116J.9665, 15.18 subdivision 4, is amended to read: 15.19 Subd. 4. [DUTIES.] The commissioner shall: 15.20 (1) promote and market the Minnesota world trade center and 15.21 membership in the World Trade Centers Association; 15.22 (2) sponsor conferences or other promotional events in the15.23 conference and service center;15.24 (3)sponsor, develop, and conduct educational programs 15.25 related to international trade; 15.26 (4)(3) establish and maintain an office in the Minnesota 15.27 world trade center; and 15.28 (5)(4) not duplicate programs or services provided by the 15.29 commissioner of agriculture. 15.30 Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 116J.9665, 15.31 subdivision 6, is amended to read: 15.32 Subd. 6. [WORLD TRADE CENTER ACCOUNT.] The world trade 15.33 center account is in the special revenue fund. All money 15.34 received from the use of the conference and service center or15.35 appropriated under this section must be deposited in the 15.36 account. Money in the account including interest earned is 16.1 appropriated to the commissioner and must be used exclusively 16.2 for the purposes of this section. 16.3 Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2001 Supplement, section 16.4 116L.17, subdivision 5, is amended to read: 16.5 Subd. 5. [COST LIMITATIONS.] (a) Funds allocated to a 16.6 grantee are subject to the following cost limitations: 16.7 (1) no more than ten percent may be allocated for 16.8 administration; 16.9 (2) at least 50 percent must be allocated for training 16.10 assistance as provided in subdivision 4, clause (2); and 16.11 (3) no more than 15 percent may be allocated for support 16.12 services as provided in subdivision 4, clause (3). 16.13 (b) A waiver of the training assistance minimum in clause 16.14 (2) may be sought, but no waiver shall allow less than 30 16.15 percent of the grant to be spent on training assistance. A 16.16 waiver of the support services maximum in clause (3) may be 16.17 sought, but no waiver shall allow more than 20 percent of the 16.18 grant to be spent on support services. A waiver may be granted 16.19 below the minimum and above the maximum otherwise allowed by 16.20 this paragraph if funds other than state funds appropriated for 16.21 the dislocated worker program are used to fund training 16.22 assistance. 16.23 Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 116M.14, 16.24 subdivision 4, is amended to read: 16.25 Subd. 4. [LOW-INCOME AREA.] "Low-income area" means 16.26 Minneapolis, St. Paul, and inner ring suburbs as defined by the16.27 metropolitan council that had a median household income below16.28 $31,000 as reported in the 1990 censusthose cities in the 16.29 metropolitan area as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2, 16.30 that have an average income that is below 60 percent of the 16.31 median income for a four-person family as of the latest report 16.32 by the United States Census Bureau. 16.33 Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 116M.18, 16.34 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 16.35 Subd. 2. [CHALLENGE GRANT ELIGIBILITY; NONPROFIT 16.36 CORPORATION.] The board may enter into agreements with nonprofit 17.1 corporations to fund and guarantee loans the nonprofit 17.2 corporation makes in low-income areas under subdivision 4. A 17.3 corporation must demonstrate that: 17.4 (1) its board of directors includes citizens experienced in 17.5 development, minority business enterprises, and creating jobs in 17.6 low-income areas; 17.7 (2) it has the technical skills to analyze projects; 17.8 (3) it is familiar with other available public and private 17.9 funding sources and economic development programs; 17.10 (4) it can initiate and implement economic development 17.11 projects; 17.12 (5) it can establish and administer a revolving loan 17.13 account; and 17.14 (6) it can work with job referral networks which assist 17.15 minority and other persons in low-income areas. 17.16 Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 116M.18, 17.17 subdivision 3, is amended to read: 17.18 Subd. 3. [REVOLVING LOAN FUND.] (a) The board shall 17.19 establish a revolving loan fund to make grants to nonprofit 17.20 corporations for the purpose of making loans and loan guarantees 17.21 to new and expanding businesses in a low-income area to promote 17.22 minority business enterprises and job creation for minority and 17.23 other persons in low-income areas. 17.24 (b) Eligible business enterprises include, but are not 17.25 limited to, technologically innovative industries, value-added 17.26 manufacturing, and information industries. Loan applications 17.27 given preliminary approval by the nonprofit corporation must be 17.28 forwarded to the board for approval. The commissioner must give 17.29 final approval for each loan or loan guarantee made by the 17.30 nonprofit corporation. The amount of a grantthe state funds 17.31 contributed to any loan or loan guarantee may not exceed 50 17.32 percent of each loan. The amount of nonstate money must equal17.33 at least 50 percent for each loan.17.34 Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 116M.18, 17.35 subdivision 4, is amended to read: 17.36 Subd. 4. [BUSINESS LOAN CRITERIA.] (a) The criteria in 18.1 this subdivision apply to loans made or guaranteed by nonprofit 18.2 corporations under the urban challenge grant program. 18.3 (b) Loans or guarantees must be made to businesses that are 18.4 not likely to undertake a project for which loans are sought 18.5 without assistance from the urban challenge grant program. 18.6 (c) A loan or guarantee must be used for a project designed 18.7 to benefit persons in low-income areas through the creation of 18.8 job or business opportunities for them. Priority must be given 18.9 for loans to the lowest income areas. 18.10 (d) The minimum state contribution to a loan or guarantee 18.11 is $5,000 and the maximum is $150,000. 18.12 (e) A loanThe state contribution must be matched by at 18.13 least an equal amount of new private investment. 18.14 (f) A loan may not be used for a retail development project. 18.15 (g) The business must agree to work with job referral 18.16 networks that focus on minority applicants from low-income areas. 18.17 Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 116M.18, 18.18 subdivision 4a, is amended to read: 18.19 Subd. 4a. [MICROENTERPRISE LOAN.] Urban challenge grants 18.20 may be used to make microenterprise loans to small, beginning 18.21 businesses, including a sole proprietorship. Microenterprise 18.22 loans are subject to this section except that: 18.23 (1) they may also be made to qualified retail businesses; 18.24 (2) they may be made for a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum 18.25 of $10,000$25,000; and 18.26 (3) they do not require a match. 18.27 Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 116M.18, 18.28 subdivision 5, is amended to read: 18.29 Subd. 5. [REVOLVING FUND ADMINISTRATION; RULES.] (a) The 18.30 board shall establish a minimum interest rate for loans or 18.31 guarantees to ensure that necessary loan administration costs 18.32 are covered. 18.33 (b) Loan repayment amounts equal to one-half of the 18.34 principal and interest must be deposited in a revolving fund 18.35 created by the board for challenge grants. The remaining amount 18.36 of the loan repayment may be deposited in a revolving loan fund 19.1 created by the nonprofit corporation originating the loan being 19.2 repaid for further distribution, consistent with the loan 19.3 criteria specified in subdivision 4. 19.4 (c) Administrative expenses of the board and nonprofit 19.5 corporations with whom the board enters into agreements under 19.6 subdivision 2, including expenses incurred by a nonprofit 19.7 corporation in providing financial, technical, managerial, and 19.8 marketing assistance to a business enterprise receiving a loan 19.9 under subdivision 4, may be paid out of the interest earned on 19.10 loans and out of interest earned on money invested by the state 19.11 board of investment under section 116M.16, subdivision 2, as may 19.12 be provided by the board. 19.13 Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 116M.18, is 19.14 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 19.15 Subd. 6a. [NONPROFIT CORPORATION LOANS.] The board may 19.16 make loans to a nonprofit corporation with which it has entered 19.17 into an agreement under subdivision 1. These loans must be used 19.18 to support a new or expanding business. This support may 19.19 include such forms of financing as the sale of goods to the 19.20 business on installment or deferred payments, lease purchase 19.21 agreements, or royalty investments in the business. The 19.22 nonprofit corporation must provide at least an equal match to 19.23 the loan received by the board. The maximum loan available to 19.24 the nonprofit corporation under this subdivision is $50,000. 19.25 Loans made to the nonprofit corporation under this subdivision 19.26 may be made without interest. Repayments made by the nonprofit 19.27 corporation must be deposited in the revolving fund created for 19.28 urban initiative grants. 19.29 Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 116M.18, 19.30 subdivision 8, is amended to read: 19.31 Subd. 8. [REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.] A nonprofit corporation 19.32 that receives a challenge grant shall: 19.33 (1) submit an annual report to the board by September 30 of 19.34 each year that includes a description of projects supported by 19.35 the urban challenge grant program, an account of loans made 19.36 during the calendar year, the program's impact on minority 20.1 business enterprises and job creation for minority persons and 20.2 persons in low-income areas, the source and amount of money 20.3 collected and distributed by the urban challenge grant program, 20.4 the program's assets and liabilities, and an explanation of 20.5 administrative expenses; and 20.6 (2) provide for an independent annual audit to be performed 20.7 in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices and 20.8 auditing standards and submit a copy of each annual audit report 20.9 to the board. 20.10 Sec. 15. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 298.22, 20.11 subdivision 7, is amended to read: 20.12 Subd. 7. [ GIANTS RIDGE RECREATION AREAPROJECT AREA 20.13 DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.] (a) In addition to the other powers 20.14 granted in this section and other law and notwithstanding any 20.15 limitations contained in subdivision 5, the commissioner, for 20.16 purposes of fostering economic development and tourism within 20.17 the Giants Ridge recreation area or the Ironworld Discovery 20.18 Center area, may spend any money made available to the agency 20.19 under section 298.28 to acquire real or personal property or 20.20 interests therein by gift, purchase, or lease and may convey by 20.21 lease, sale, or other means of conveyance or commitment any or 20.22 all of thoseproperty interests acquiredowned or administered 20.23 by the commissioner within such areas. 20.24 (b) In furtherance of development of the Giants Ridge 20.25 recreation area or the Ironworld Discovery Center area, the 20.26 commissioner may establish and participate in charitable 20.27 foundations and nonprofit corporations, including a corporation 20.28 within the meaning of section 317A.011, subdivision 6. 20.29 (c) The term "Giants Ridge recreation area" refers to an 20.30 economic development project area established by the 20.31 commissioner in furtherance of the powers delegated in this 20.32 section within St. Louis county in the western portions of the 20.33 town of White and in the eastern portion of the westerly, 20.34 adjacent, unorganized township. 20.35 (d) The term "Ironworld Discovery Center area" refers to an 20.36 economic development and tourism promotion project area 21.1 established by the commissioner in furtherance of the powers 21.2 delegated in this section within St. Louis county in the south 21.3 portion of the town of Balkan. 21.4 Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 298.22, is 21.5 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 21.6 Subd. 9. [ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TRADE PROMOTION.] In 21.7 the promotion of tourism, trade, and economic development, the 21.8 commissioner may expend money made available to the agency under 21.9 section 298.28 in the same manner as private persons, firms, 21.10 corporations, and associations make expenditures for these 21.11 purposes. An expenditure for food, lodging, or travel is not 21.12 governed by the travel rules of the commissioner of employee 21.13 relations. 21.14 Sec. 17. Laws 2001, First Special Session chapter 4, 21.15 article 1, section 2, subdivision 5, is amended to read: 21.16 Subd. 5. Office of Tourism 21.17 10,219,000 10,111,000 21.18 To develop maximum private sector 21.19 involvement in tourism, $3,500,000 the 21.20 first year and $3,500,000 the second 21.21 year of the amounts appropriated for 21.22 marketing activities are contingent on 21.23 receipt of an equal contribution from 21.24 nonstate sources that have been 21.25 certified by the commissioner. Up to 21.26 one-half of the match may be given in 21.27 in-kind contributions. 21.28 In order to maximize marketing grant 21.29 benefits, the commissioner must give 21.30 priority for joint venture marketing 21.31 grants to organizations with year-round 21.32 sustained tourism activities. For 21.33 programs and projects submitted, the 21.34 commissioner must give priority to 21.35 those that encompass two or more areas 21.36 or that attract nonresident travelers 21.37 to the state. 21.38 If an appropriation for either year for 21.39 grants is not sufficient, the 21.40 appropriation for the other year is 21.41 available for it. 21.42 The commissioner may use grant dollars 21.43 or the value of in-kind services to 21.44 provide the state contribution for the 21.45 partnership program. 21.46 Any unexpended money from general fund 21.47 appropriations made under this 21.48 subdivision does not cancel but must be 21.49 placed in a special advertising account 21.50 for use by the office of tourism to 22.1 purchase additional media. 22.2 Of this amount, $50,000 the first year 22.3 is for a one-time grant to the 22.4 Mississippi River parkway commission to 22.5 support the increased promotion of 22.6 tourism along the Great River Road. 22.7 $829,000 the first year and $829,000 22.8 the second year are for the Minnesota 22.9 film board. $329,000 of this 22.10 appropriation in each year is available 22.11 only upon receipt by the board of $1 in 22.12 matching contributions of money or 22.13 in-kind from nonstate sources for every 22.14 $3 provided by this appropriation. Of 22.15 this amount, $500,000 the first year 22.16 and $500,000 the second year are for 22.17 grants to the Minnesota film board for 22.18 a film production jobs fund to 22.19 stimulate film production in 22.20 Minnesota. This appropriation is to 22.21 reimburse film and television producers 22.22 for up to ten percent of the documented 22.23 wages and cost of services that they 22.24 paid to Minnesotans for film and 22.25 television production after January 1, 22.26 2001. 22.27 $150,000 the first year is for 22.28 partnerships with local tourism 22.29 interests to operate travel information 22.30 centers. This is a one-time 22.31 appropriation. This appropriation is 22.32 available until June 30, 2003. 22.33 Sec. 18. [REINSTATEMENT OF LAW.] 22.34 Notwithstanding its repeal by Laws 2001, First Special 22.35 Session chapter 4, article 2, section 41, Minnesota Statutes 22.36 2000, section 268.976, as amended by Laws 2001, chapter 175, 22.37 section 50, is revived. 22.38 Sec. 19. [REPEALER.] 22.39 Minnesota Statutes 2000, sections 116J.9672; and 116J.9673, 22.40 are repealed. 22.41 ARTICLE 4 22.42 ERGONOMICS 22.43 Section 1. [ERGONOMICS; OSHA STANDARD.] 22.44 (a) The commissioner of labor and industry shall, by June 22.45 30, 2004, adopt a final occupational safety and health standard 22.46 regulating workplace ergonomic hazards under Minnesota Statutes, 22.47 section 182.655, subdivision 4, to prevent work-related 22.48 musculoskeletal disorders. The standard shall, at a minimum, 22.49 address exposure to the following ergonomic risk factors: 22.50 (1) awkward postures; 23.1 (2) force; 23.2 (3) repetitive motion; 23.3 (4) repeated impacts; 23.4 (5) heavy, frequent, or awkward lifting; and 23.5 (6) vibration. 23.6 (b) The standard shall emphasize the prevention of injuries 23.7 before they occur and cover all industries where workers are 23.8 exposed to workplace ergonomic hazards and where there are 23.9 economically reasonable and technologically feasible measures to 23.10 control these hazards that can be implemented over time. 23.11 (c) The standard shall be based upon employer and industry 23.12 practices that have effectively reduced exposures to ergonomic 23.13 hazards and the occurrence of work-related musculoskeletal 23.14 disorders. 23.15 ARTICLE 5 23.16 BACKGROUND CHECKS 23.17 Section 1. [181.645] [EXPENSES FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS, 23.18 TESTING, AND ORIENTATION.] 23.19 Except as provided by section 123B.03 or as otherwise 23.20 specifically provided by law, an employer, as defined in section 23.21 181.931, or a prospective employer may not require an employee 23.22 or prospective employee to pay for expenses incurred in criminal 23.23 or background checks, credit checks, or orientation. An 23.24 employer or prospective employer may not require an employee or 23.25 prospective employee to pay for the expenses of training or 23.26 testing that is required by federal or state law or is required 23.27 by the employer for the employee to maintain the employee's 23.28 current position, unless the training or testing is required to 23.29 obtain or maintain a license, registration, or certification for 23.30 the employee or prospective employee. 23.31 ARTICLE 6 23.32 REDEVELOPMENT GRANTS 23.33 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 116J.565, 23.34 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 23.35 Subdivision 1. [CHARACTERISTICS.] (a) If applications for 23.36 grants exceed the available appropriations, grants shall be made 24.1 for sites that, in the commissioner's judgment, provide the 24.2 highest return in public benefits for the public costs 24.3 incurred. In making this judgment, the commissioner shall give 24.4 priority to redevelopment projects with one or more of the 24.5 following characteristics: 24.6 (1) the need for redevelopment in conjunction with 24.7 contamination remediation needs; 24.8 (2) the redevelopment project meets current tax increment 24.9 financing requirements for a redevelopment district and tax 24.10 increments will contribute to the project; 24.11 (3) the redevelopment potential within the municipality; 24.12 (4) proximity to public transit if located in the 24.13 metropolitan area; and 24.14 (5) multijurisdictional projects that take into account the 24.15 need for affordable housing, transportation, and environmental 24.16 impact. 24.17 (b) The factors in paragraph (a), clauses (1) to (5), are 24.18 not listed in a rank order of priority; rather the commissioner 24.19 may weigh each factor, depending upon the facts and 24.20 circumstances, as the commissioner considers appropriate. The 24.21 commissioner may consider other factors that affect the net 24.22 return of public benefits for completion of the redevelopment 24.23 plan. The commissioner, notwithstanding the listing of 24.24 priorities and the goal of maximizing the return of public 24.25 benefits, shall make grants that distribute available money to 24.26 sites both within and outside of the metropolitan area. The 24.27 commissioner shall provide a written statement of the supporting 24.28 reasons for each grant. Unless sufficient applications are not 24.29 received within the first nine months of a fiscal year for 24.30 qualifying sites outside of the metropolitan area, at least 2524.31 50 percent of the money provided as grants in a fiscal year must 24.32 be made for sites located outside of the metropolitan area. The 24.33 commissioner shall consult with the metropolitan council about 24.34 metropolitan area grants. 24.35 Sec. 2. [BROWNFIELD SITE; ACQUISITION.] 24.36 Funds in the redevelopment accounts created in Minnesota 25.1 Statutes, section 116J.561, and allocated for sites within the 25.2 metropolitan area may be used for the purchase of a brownfield 25.3 site for a facility to house the department of military affairs' 25.4 training and community center. 25.5 ARTICLE 7 25.6 PARENTAL LEAVE 25.7 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 181.9412, is 25.8 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 25.9 Subd. 1a. [FOSTER CHILD.] For the purpose of this section, 25.10 "child" includes a foster child. 25.11 ARTICLE 8 25.12 YOUTH EMPLOYMENT 25.13 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 119A.45, is 25.14 amended to read: 25.15 119A.45 [EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING AND CHILD PROTECTION 25.16 FACILITIES.] 25.17 Subdivision 1. [GENERALLY.] The commissioner may make 25.18 grants to state agencies and political subdivisions to construct 25.19 or rehabilitate facilities for early childhood programs, with 25.20 priority to centers in counties or municipalities with the 25.21 highest percentage of children living in poverty. The 25.22 commissioner may also make grants to state agencies and 25.23 political subdivisions to construct or rehabilitate facilities 25.24 for crisis nurseries or parenting time centers. The facilities 25.25 must be owned by the state or a political subdivision, but may 25.26 be leased under section 16A.695 to organizations that operate 25.27 the programs. The commissioner must prescribe the terms and 25.28 conditions of the leases. A grant for an individual facility 25.29 must not exceed $200,000 for each program that is housed in the 25.30 facility, up to a maximum of $500,000 for a facility that houses 25.31 three programs or more. Programs include Head Start, early 25.32 childhood and family education programs, and other early 25.33 childhood intervention programs. The commissioner must give 25.34 priority to grants that involve collaboration among sponsors of 25.35 programs under this section and may give priority to projects 25.36 that collaborate with child care providers, including all-day 26.1 and school-age child care programs, special needs care, sick 26.2 child care, nontraditional hour care, and programs that include 26.3 services to refugee and immigrant families. The commissioner 26.4 may give priority to grants for programs that will increase 26.5 their child care workers' wages as a result of the grant. 26.6 Subd. 2. [YOUTHBUILD OR YOUTH EMPLOYMENT INVOLVEMENT.] (a) 26.7 Of each grant awarded, at least 25 percent of the amounts26.8 appropriated for these grants up toor $50,000, whichever is 26.9 less, must utilize youthbuild under sections 268.361 to 268.366 26.10 or other youth employment and training programs for the labor 26.11 portion of the construction. 26.12 (b) All proposals for grants under this section must 26.13 include a letter of support from an eligible youthbuild or youth 26.14 employment program in which the program agrees to provide labor 26.15 adequate to fulfill the requirements of this section. 26.16 Preference shall be given to applications that have the support 26.17 and prospective involvement of a youthbuild program rather than 26.18 another youth employment program, and to applications that use a 26.19 larger amount of the grant for youthbuild or youth employment 26.20 than is required by this section. The support letter must 26.21 detail: (1) the youths' and supervisors' construction work 26.22 duties to be performed on the construction project; (2) the 26.23 approximate construction project start date and length of 26.24 involvement for the youthbuild or youth employment agency; and 26.25 (3) the amount, terms, and date of dispersal of grant funds 26.26 awarded to the youthbuild or youth employment agency. 26.27 (c) The youthbuild or youth employment program must be 26.28 consulted prior to selection of a general contractor. Any 26.29 contract between a recipient of a grant under this section and a 26.30 general contract for the construction of a project for which the 26.31 grant is given must detail the youthbuild or youth employment 26.32 involvement anticipated for the project. 26.33 Subd. 3. [LABOR ORGANIZATIONS.] Eligible programs must 26.34 consult with appropriate labor organizations to deliver 26.35 education and training. 26.36 Subd. 4. [MATCHING REQUIREMENT.] State appropriations must 27.1 be matched on a 50 percent basis with nonstate funds. The 27.2 matching requirement must apply programwide and not to 27.3 individual grants. 27.4 ARTICLE 9 27.5 ENERGY ACQUISITION CRITERIA 27.6 Section 1. [DEFINITIONS.] 27.7 Subdivision 1. [SCOPE.] The terms used in sections 1 to 3 27.8 have the meanings given them in this section. 27.9 Subd. 2. [COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROCESS.] "Competitive 27.10 bidding process" means the process by which a request for 27.11 proposals is administered and evaluated. 27.12 Subd. 3. [REQUESTING UTILITY.] "Requesting utility" is any 27.13 public utility that, as of January 1, 2002, was subject to a 27.14 public utilities commission order to acquire energy resources 27.15 through a competitive bidding process. 27.16 Subd. 4. [REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS.] "Request for proposals" 27.17 means an all-source supply proposal. 27.18 Sec. 2. [REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS; FREEZE.] 27.19 A requesting utility must not initiate a new request for 27.20 proposals until the earlier of January 15, 2003, or when the 27.21 public utilities commission completes its investigation and 27.22 determination under section 3. 27.23 Sec. 3. [CRITERIA; COMMISSION INVESTIGATION.] 27.24 The public utilities commission must, by September 15, 27.25 2002, investigate and determine, by order, the appropriate 27.26 criteria to be used in selecting proposals responding to a 27.27 request for proposals. The criteria considered for 27.28 appropriateness must include, without limitation, existing 27.29 criteria used by the commission and the following: 27.30 (1) the competitiveness and long-term stability of the 27.31 proposed price of the capacity and energy for the proposed 27.32 project; 27.33 (2) reduction of air emissions, particularly mercury, 27.34 sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and 27.35 greenhouse gas emissions, through the use of innovative 27.36 technology and significant renewable capacity installations, and 28.1 reduction of other environmental impacts, including the reuse of 28.2 and cleanup or reclamation of existing industrial sites; 28.3 (3) the jurisdiction of state policymakers over the 28.4 emissions and other environmental impacts of the project; 28.5 (4) the project's fuel flexibility and contribution to 28.6 reducing long-term reliance on natural gas for nonpeaking power 28.7 generation; 28.8 (5) the project's utilization of technology that can be 28.9 configured to produce hydrogen for fuel cells and other gases 28.10 and products having the potential to attract further industry, 28.11 investment, and jobs to the state; and 28.12 (6) the project's potential for job creation and other 28.13 economic benefits in economically depressed regions within the 28.14 state and local support for the generation facilities of the 28.15 project. 28.16 This section does not require the inclusion or exclusion of 28.17 any particular criteria. 28.18 Sec. 4. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 28.19 This article is effective the day following final enactment.