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SF 2334

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/20/2019 04:03pm

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to state government; establishing a procedure for resolution of disputed
billings by the state auditor; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 6.56,
subdivision 3, by adding a subdivision.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 6.56, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Payment of interest on late payments required.

(a) A political subdivision
shall pay interest to the state auditor for undisputed billings when the political subdivision
has not paid the billing within 60 days following receipt of the invoice. A negotiated contract
or agreement between a political subdivision and the state auditor which requires an audit
by the political subdivision before acceptance and payment of the state auditor's invoice
shall not be considered past due until 60 days after the completion of the audit by the political
subdivision. Before any interest payment is made, the state auditor must invoice the political
subdivision for the interest.

(b) The rate of interest paid by the political subdivision on undisputed bills not paid
within 60 days shall be 1.5 percent per month or any part of a month.

(c) No interest penalties may accrue against a political subdivision that delays payment
of a bill due to a deleted text begindisagreementdeleted text endnew text begin disputenew text end with the state auditor over the validity of the bill deleted text beginif
the dispute is settled within 60 days after the bill became due. Upon the resolution of the
dispute, the political subdivision must pay the state auditor accrued interest on all proper
invoices for which payment was not received within 60 days following the receipt of the
original invoice
deleted text endnew text begin, unless payment of accrued interest is specifically directed in the order of
the administrative law judge resolving the dispute under subdivision 4
new text end.

(d) The minimum monthly interest penalty payment that a political subdivision shall
pay the state auditor for the unpaid balance for any one overdue bill equal to or in excess
of $100, is $10. For unpaid balances of less than $100, the political subdivision shall pay
the actual penalty due to the state auditor.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 6.56, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Resolution of disputed billings. new text end

new text begin A political subdivision may dispute a bill
issued by the state auditor by submission of a letter to the state auditor describing the grounds
for the dispute. Upon receipt of a letter disputing a billing, the state auditor must initiate a
contested case proceeding, as provided in sections 14.57 to 14.62. Notwithstanding section
14.62, subdivision 2a, the order of the administrative law judge resolving the dispute is final
and may not be modified or rejected by the state auditor.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin Sections 1 and 2 are effective the day following final enactment and apply to the
following:
new text end

new text begin (1) disputes submitted to the state auditor by a political subdivision related to billings
issued on or after that date; and
new text end

new text begin (2) disputes related to billings for the cost of supplemental calendar year 2015 audits
required by the state auditor in the following counties: Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson,
Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Pennington, Red Lake, and Roseau.
new text end