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SF 2160

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/17/2017 08:33am

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; establishing program for riparian-buffer compensation;
appropriating money;amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 13.7931, by
adding a subdivision; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter
103F.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 13.7931, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 3a. new text end

new text begin Riparian-buffer compensation. new text end

new text begin Data submitted in applying for compensation
for riparian buffers are classified under section 103F.485, subdivision 3.
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [103F.485] RIPARIAN BUFFERS; COMPENSATION PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the terms in this subdivision
have the meanings given.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Board" means the Board of Water and Soil Resources.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Claimant" means:
new text end

new text begin (1) a person, as defined in section 290.01, subdivision 2, that owns agricultural land in
Minnesota and files an application under this section; or
new text end

new text begin (2) a purchaser or grantee of property sold or transferred after the original application
was submitted.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of revenue.
new text end

new text begin (e) "Program" means the program for riparian-buffer compensation established in this
section.
new text end

new text begin (f) "Public-waters buffer" means a buffer required under section 103F.48, subdivision
3.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Eligibility requirements. new text end

new text begin Land may be enrolled in the program if all the
following conditions are met:
new text end

new text begin (1) the land is tillable land classified as 2a under section 273.13, subdivision 23;
new text end

new text begin (2) a buffer is required to be maintained on the property by the landowner according to
section 103F.48, subdivision 3, and the public-waters buffer is identified and mapped on a
buffer-protection map established and maintained by the commissioner of natural resources;
new text end

new text begin (3) the tillable land is converted to a public-waters buffer during calendar years 2015
through 2018 to comply with section 103F.48;
new text end

new text begin (4) there are no delinquent property taxes on the land;
new text end

new text begin (5) the land has not been compensated for damages under section 103E.315, subdivision
8, for purposes of installing a buffer; and
new text end

new text begin (6) an application is submitted to the commissioner as specified in subdivision 3 on or
before April 1, 2019.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Applications. new text end

new text begin (a) An owner of agricultural land in Minnesota may apply to
enroll agricultural land in the program under this section. The application must be on a form
prescribed by the commissioner and must include the following information:
new text end

new text begin (1) the landowner's Social Security number and date of birth or the landowner's state or
federal business tax identification number;
new text end

new text begin (2) the landowner's address;
new text end

new text begin (3) the landowner's signature;
new text end

new text begin (4) the county parcel identification numbers for the tax parcels that completely contain
the agricultural land on which a public-waters buffer is required to be established and
maintained;
new text end

new text begin (5) the number of acres of tillable class 2a agricultural land converted to a public-waters
buffer during calendar years 2015 through 2018 to comply with section 103F.48, rounded
to the nearest whole acre;
new text end

new text begin (6) the signature of an employee of the soil and water conservation district where the
land is located, certifying the accuracy of the parcel identification numbers and the converted
acres figure included in the application; and
new text end

new text begin (7) any other information the commissioner deems necessary.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner must review the application and determine if the property is
eligible for enrollment in the program. The commissioner must notify the claimant of the
determination within 90 days of receiving the completed application.
new text end

new text begin (c) Social Security numbers collected from individuals under this section are private
data as provided in section 13.355. The federal business tax identification number and date
of birth data collected under this section are private data on individuals or nonpublic data,
as defined in section 13.02, subdivisions 9 and 12, but may be shared with county treasurers
for purposes of the revenue recapture under chapter 270A.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Annual certification. new text end

new text begin On or before February 15, 2019, and each February 15
thereafter, the commissioner must send each claimant a certification form. The claimant
must sign the certification, attesting that the requirements and conditions the commissioner
deems necessary for continued enrollment in the program are being met, and must return
the signed certification form to the commissioner by April 1 of the same year. If the claimant
does not return the annual certification form by the due date, the commissioner must notify
the claimant that the land will be terminated from the program if the certification is not
received within 30 days.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Notifying commissioner of noncompliance. new text end

new text begin On or before June 1, 2019, and
each June 1 thereafter, the commissioner must provide by electronic means to the board
data sufficient for a county, watershed district, or the board to identify claimants enrolled
in the program. The board must notify the commissioner of any claimant that has been
determined by a county, watershed district, or the board to be noncompliant with the
requirements of section 103F.48 on or before August 1 of each year in which the certification
under subdivision 4 is due.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Length of enrollment. new text end

new text begin Land approved for enrollment under subdivision 3,
paragraph (b), remains in the program unless terminated under subdivision 10.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Payment amount. new text end

new text begin (a) A claimant is eligible to receive an annual payment equal
to the average annual rental payment per acre for county cropland for each tillable acre
converted to a public-waters buffer.
new text end

new text begin (b) The board must determine the average annual rental payment per acre for county
cropland and certify the amount to the commissioner by September 1 each year. In making
the determination, the board must use the most recent data available.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Annual payment. new text end

new text begin The commissioner must make the payments required under
subdivision 7 annually on or before October 1 based on applications or certifications received
on or before April 1 of that year. The commissioner must not make future payments to a
claimant for property after the property has been terminated from the program. Interest at
the annual rate determined under section 270C.40 must be included with any payment not
paid by the later of October 1 of the year the application or certification was due or 180
days after the completed application or certification was filed.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Multiple claimants. new text end

new text begin No more than one claimant is entitled to a payment under
this section for any tract, parcel, or piece of land that is assigned the same parcel identification
number. When enrolled agricultural land is owned by two or more persons, the owners must
determine which person is eligible to claim the payments. If property is sold or transferred,
the former owner and the purchaser or grantee may determine which person is eligible to
claim the payments. If they cannot agree, the matter must be referred to the commissioner,
whose decision is final.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Reasons for termination. new text end

new text begin (a) Agricultural land enrolled in the program may
be terminated from the program for any of the following reasons:
new text end

new text begin (1) there are delinquent taxes on the land;
new text end

new text begin (2) the commissioner receives notification of noncompliance under subdivision 5 from
the board;
new text end

new text begin (3) the claimant does not timely submit a certification form after being notified by the
commissioner that the annual certification was not received by April l; or
new text end

new text begin (4) the claimant voluntarily withdraws from the program.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner must prepare a notice of termination for any land that is to be
terminated from the program. The notice of termination must contain the parcel identification
numbers, the reason for termination, and the effective date of termination. The commissioner
must mail the notice of termination to the claimant at least 60 days before the effective date
of termination.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Compliance audit. new text end

new text begin The commissioner may examine any application or annual
certification to ensure compliance with this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 12. new text end

new text begin Penalty. new text end

new text begin If the commissioner determines a claimant intentionally filed a false
application or certification under this section, the commissioner must notify the claimant
of the determination and the penalty amount for which the claimant is liable. The penalty
is equal to the total payments received while enrolled in the program, plus interest calculated
from the date the payments were made at the annual rate determined under section 270C.40.
The claimant has 90 days to satisfy the payment from the date on the notice of determination.
If the penalty is not paid within the 90-day period, the commissioner must certify the amount
to the county auditor for collection as a part of the general ad valorem real property taxes
on the land in the following taxes payable year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 13. new text end

new text begin Appeal to Tax Court. new text end

new text begin Any person aggrieved by the commissioner's decision
to deny an application for enrollment, to assess a penalty, to terminate land from the program,
or to deny payment to a claimant may, within 60 days of the date on the notice of
determination or notice of termination, or after 180 days of the submission of the application
or annual certification if no determination is issued, appeal to the Tax Court under chapter
271 as if the appeal is from an order of the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 14. new text end

new text begin Appropriation. new text end

new text begin The amount necessary to make the payments under this section
is annually appropriated to the commissioner from the general fund.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for payments made in 2018 and thereafter.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; RIPARIAN-BUFFER COMPENSATION.
new text end

new text begin $11,000 in fiscal year 2018 and $434,000 in fiscal year 2019 are appropriated from the
general fund to the commissioner of revenue to administer Minnesota Statutes, section
103F.485. $286,000 is added to base appropriations to the Department of Revenue for fiscal
years 2020 and 2021.
new text end