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SF 2861

1st Engrossment - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 03/16/2010 10:20am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to state government; establishing procedures for state employees to
provide preference for purchasing lodging, training, and meeting services from
facilities that do not offer sexually explicit materials and work to their patrons;
proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 15; 16C.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [15.437] PREFERRED SITES FOR LODGING, MEETING, AND
TRAINING FACILITIES.
new text end

new text begin Constitutional officers and members of the legislature may not use public funds
to pay for the cost of lodging, training, meeting, or any other use of a facility that is
not a preferred site, as defined in section 16C.156, subdivision 1. This section does not
apply when a preferred site is not reasonably available and a written explanation of that
circumstance is maintained with the record of payment.
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [16C.156] LODGING AND MEETING SPACE.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Preference for site with clean hotel policies and procedures.
new text end

new text begin (a) An agency and its employees must use a preferred site when selecting lodging for
state employees traveling on state business and when selecting facilities for conferences,
meetings, education or training sessions, and similar events in Minnesota sponsored by
state agencies unless:
new text end

new text begin (1) a preferred site is not available to the employee traveling on state business within
a reasonable distance from the location where the employee is conducting state business; or
new text end

new text begin (2) the cost of the preferred site exceeds the cost for comparable services at a
non-preferred site.
new text end

new text begin (b) For purposes of this section:
new text end

new text begin (1) "lodging" means a hotel or motel, lodging establishment, or resort, as those
terms are defined in section 157.15;
new text end

new text begin (2) a "preferred site" is one that has adopted clean hotel policies and procedures; and
new text end

new text begin (3) "clean hotel policies and procedures" means policies and procedures to
reasonably eliminate within the facility the availability of sexually explicit work or
material with depictions of sexual conduct that objectifies and exploits its subjects
by eroticizing domination, degradation, or violence. "Sexual conduct," "work," and
"material" have the meanings defined in section 617.241, paragraphs (b), (d), and (e).
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Agency solicitation documents. new text end

new text begin All agency solicitation documents for
purchase of lodging for state employees traveling on state business and for space for
conferences, meetings, education or training sessions, and similar events in Minnesota
sponsored by state agencies must contain the following language:
new text end

new text begin "It is the intention of the State of Minnesota to promote the prevention of sexual
violence and to provide its employees and citizens participating in state business with safe
work environments that are free of sexually explicit work or material that objectifies and
exploits its subjects by eroticizing domination, degradation, or violence. For the purposes
of: (1) providing lodging for employees traveling on state business in Minnesota; or (2)
conferences, meetings, education or training activities for state employees or similar
events in Minnesota sponsored by state departments or agencies, preferential consideration
will be given to providers that have adopted clean hotel policies and procedures."
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Centralized information. new text end

new text begin The commissioner may offer a centralized
process for state agencies and employees for identifying facilities that have adopted clean
hotel policies and procedures.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginREPORT.
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new text begin By February 15, 2011, the commissioner of administration, in coordination with the
commissioner of health, shall report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the
legislative committees with jurisdiction over the Department of Administration regarding
the commissioner's plans for and progress toward the implementation of Minnesota
Statutes, section 16C.156.
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Sec. 4. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
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new text begin Section 1 is effective July 1, 2011.
new text end