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SF 2168

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/17/2017 08:35am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to human rights; amending notice provisions for actions involving
architectural barriers;amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 363A.331,
subdivisions 2, 5.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 363A.331, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Notice of architectural barrier.

(a) deleted text beginA notice sent before filing a civil action
with the court by an attorney representing a person who alleges that a business establishment
or place of public accommodation has violated an accessibility requirement under law
deleted text endnew text begin Before
bringing a civil action under section 363A.33, an attorney representing a person who alleges
that an entity required to comply with section 363A.11, subdivision 3, clauses (4) and (5),
has violated accessibility requirements under state law must provide a notice of architectural
barrier consistent with subdivision 3. The notice of architectural barrier
new text end must be dated and
must:

(1) cite the law alleged to be violated;

(2) identify each architectural barrier that is the subject of an alleged violation and specify
its location on the premises;

(3) provide a reasonable time for a response, which may not be less than 30 days; and

(4) comply with subdivision 3.

(b) A notice described in paragraph (a) must not include a request or demand for money
or an offer or agreement to accept money, but may offer to engage in settlement negotiations
before litigation. If a notice is sent, a civil action may not be filed before expiration of the
period to respond provided in the notice.

new text begin (c) A civil action may not be filed before expiration of the period to respond provided
in the notice under paragraph (a), clause (3). A civil action may be filed or pursued by a
plaintiff after the response time provided in the notice of architectural barrier violations on
the entity required to comply with section 363A.11, subdivision 3, clauses (4) and (5).
new text end

new text begin (d) A person who is not represented by an attorney may, but is not required to, send a
notice of architectural barrier. A person who elects to send a notice of architectural barrier
under this section must comply with the requirements of this section.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2017, and applies to civil
actions brought under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 363A, on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 363A.331, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Exemptions.

(a) Subdivisions 2 and 3 do not apply to:

(1) a person who is not represented by an attorneynew text begin unless a person chooses to send a
notice of architectural barrier as provided in subdivision 2, paragraph (c)
new text end; or

(2) attorneys representing the state or a political subdivision of the state.

(b) This section does not bar a person from bringing an action if the person:

(1) is challenging a finding contained in an audit prepared by a certified professional;

(2) has a claim for damages resulting from an injury; or

(3) has filed charges pursuant to section 363A.28.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2017, and applies to civil
actions brought under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 363A, on or after that date.
new text end