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SF 4552

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 04/29/2022 08:13am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to higher education; creating a green training program at the University
of Minnesota; establishing a new account in the special revenue fund; requiring a
report; appropriating money; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes,
chapter 137.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [137.035] GREEN TRAINING PROGRAM.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Account established. new text end

new text begin (a) A green training program account is established
in the special revenue fund. Money in the account is appropriated to the Board of Regents
to administer the green training program in accordance with this section. Appropriations to
the board for the program are for transfer to the account. Appropriations from the account
do not cancel and are available until expended.
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new text begin (b) If the Board of Regents does not establish the committee as requested in subdivision
2, all unencumbered balances in the account shall cancel back to the general fund at the end
of the fiscal year.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Committee established. new text end

new text begin (a) The Board of Regents is requested to establish a
green training program committee to administer funds in the program account and to appoint
members to the committee. At least 50 percent of the committee's members must represent
and be appointed by labor organizations for frontline service workers at the university.
Frontline service workers include those in the following job categories:
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new text begin (1) food service worker and senior food service worker;
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new text begin (2) cashier/food aide, junior cashier/food aide, and senior cashier/food aide;
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new text begin (3) cook;
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new text begin (4) baker;
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new text begin (5) attendant and senior attendant;
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new text begin (6) stores specialist;
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new text begin (7) delivery service driver;
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new text begin (8) laborer and senior laborer;
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new text begin (9) waste treatment attendant;
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new text begin (10) building and grounds worker and senior building and grounds worker;
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new text begin (11) athletic grounds worker;
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new text begin (12) packer helper;
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new text begin (13) maintenance equipment operator and senior maintenance equipment operator;
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new text begin (14) heavy equipment operator;
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new text begin (15) farm equipment operator;
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new text begin (16) mechanic 1, 2, and 3;
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new text begin (17) copy center equipment operator and lead copy center operator;
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new text begin (18) intercollegiate athletic equipment worker;
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new text begin (19) farm animal attendant;
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new text begin (20) gardener and senior gardener;
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new text begin (21) assistant gardener;
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new text begin (22) laboratory attendant and senior laboratory attendant;
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new text begin (23) laboratory animal attendant;
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new text begin (24) utility worker and senior utility worker; and
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new text begin (25) hazardous material disposal specialist.
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new text begin (b) Initial appointments to the committee shall be made no later than September 1, 2022.
Committee members shall serve for a term of three years and may be reappointed.
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new text begin (c) The committee shall annually elect a chair and vice-chair from among its members,
and may elect other officers as necessary.
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new text begin (d) The Board of Regents is requested to convene the first meeting of the committee no
later than October 1, 2022. Thereafter, the committee shall meet upon the call of the chair
or at the request of a majority of committee members.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Committee duties. new text end

new text begin (a) The green training program committee shall oversee
and administer funds appropriated for the green training program. Program funds may be
used for the following purposes:
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new text begin (1) education and training of university employees in fields determined by the joint
committee, including but not limited to:
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new text begin (i) reduction in solid waste;
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new text begin (ii) proper sorting of solid waste; and
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new text begin (iii) reduction in energy usage; and
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new text begin (2) training incentives for university employees in the form of a per-hour increase in
pay upon employee completion of training.
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new text begin (b) The committee shall monitor industry issues and trends affecting solid waste
management, energy consumption, and other sustainability measures and make
recommendations to the Board of Regents regarding university practices in these areas.
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new text begin (c) For the purposes of university employee training, the committee may procure direct
technical and educational assistance by using existing institutions and resources, including
but not limited to:
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new text begin (1) local workforce investment boards;
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new text begin (2) state colleges;
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new text begin (3) labor organizations;
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new text begin (4) administrative entities for service delivery areas under the federal Workforce
Investment Act or its successor statute; and
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new text begin (5) nonprofit organizations and other entities that have expertise in providing technical
assistance regarding employee training in the fields determined by the committee under
paragraph (a).
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Collective bargaining. new text end

new text begin By mutual agreement through collective bargaining
with frontline service worker unions, the Board of Regents may adopt additional rules and
procedures for the green training program, the program committee, and the use of green
training program account funds. These rules and procedures must not conflict with this
section.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Report required. new text end

new text begin Not later than February 28 of each year, beginning in 2023,
the green training program committee shall report to the chairs and ranking minority members
of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over higher education policy and finance
concerning the state of the program account and account funds disbursed, together with any
recommendations and additional information the committee considers appropriate.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; GREEN TRAINING PROGRAM ACCOUNT.
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new text begin $3,000,000 in fiscal year 2023 is appropriated from the general fund to the Board of
Regents of the University of Minnesota for transfer to the green training program account
in the special revenue fund under Minnesota Statutes, section 137.035, subdivision 1.
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