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SF 3744

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/27/2020 03:58pm

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; providing for online driver education program; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 171.05, subdivision 2; proposing coding for new
law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 171.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 171.05, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Person less than 18 years of age.

(a) The department may issue an instruction
permit to an applicant who is 15, 16, or 17 years of age and who:

(1) has completed a course of driver education in another state, has a previously issued
valid license from another state, ornew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (i)new text end is enrolled in deleted text begineither:deleted text endnew text begin behind-the-wheel training in a driver education program; and
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new text begin (ii) has completed:
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deleted text begin (i) a public, private, or commercialdeleted text endnew text begin (A) the classroom phase of instruction in anew text end driver
education program that deleted text beginis approved by the commissioner of public safety and thatdeleted text end includes
classroom and behind-the-wheel training; deleted text beginor
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new text begin (B) 15 hours of classroom instruction in a driver education program that presents
classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction concurrently;
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deleted text begin (ii) an approved behind-the-wheel driver education programdeleted text endnew text begin (C) home-classroom driver
training,
new text end when the student is receiving full-time instruction in a home school within the
meaning of sections 120A.22 and 120A.24, the student is working toward a deleted text beginhomeschooldeleted text endnew text begin
home school
new text end diploma, the deleted text beginstudent is takingdeleted text end home-classroom driver training deleted text beginwith classroomdeleted text end
materialsnew text begin arenew text end approved by the commissioner of public safety, and the student's parent has
certified the student's deleted text beginhomeschooldeleted text endnew text begin home schoolnew text end and home-classroom driver training status
on the form approved by the commissioner;new text begin or
new text end

new text begin (D) an Internet-based driver education program;
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deleted text begin (2) has completed the classroom phase of instruction in the driver education program
or has completed 15 hours of classroom instruction in a program that presents classroom
and behind-the-wheel instruction concurrently;
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deleted text begin (3)deleted text endnew text begin (2)new text end has passed a test of the applicant's eyesight;

deleted text begin (4)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end has passed a department-administered test of the applicant's knowledge of traffic
laws;

deleted text begin (5)deleted text endnew text begin (4)new text end has completed the required application, which must be approved by (i) either
parent when both reside in the same household as the minor applicant or, if otherwise, then
(ii) the parent or spouse of the parent having custody or, in the event there is no court order
for custody, then (iii) the parent or spouse of the parent with whom the minor is living or,
if items (i) to (iii) do not apply, then (iv) the guardian having custody of the minor, (v) the
foster parent or the director of the transitional living program in which the child resides or,
in the event a person under the age of 18 has no living father, mother, or guardian, or is
married or otherwise legally emancipated, then (vi) the applicant's adult spouse, adult close
family member, or adult employer; provided, that the approval required by this clause
contains a verification of the age of the applicant and the identity of the parent, guardian,
adult spouse, adult close family member, or adult employer; and

deleted text begin (6)deleted text endnew text begin (5)new text end has paid all fees required in section 171.06, subdivision 2.

(b) In addition, the applicant may submit a certification stating that a primary driving
supervisor has completed the supplemental parental curriculum under section 171.0701,
subdivision 1a, for the purposes of provisional license requirements under section 171.055,
subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (6). The certification must be completed by a driver
education instructor, as defined under section 171.0701, subdivision 1a.

(c) For the purposes of determining compliance with the certification of paragraph (a),
clause (1), item (ii),new text begin subitem (C),new text end the commissioner may request verification of a student's
deleted text begin homeschooldeleted text endnew text begin home schoolnew text end status from the superintendent of the school district in which the
student resides and the superintendent shall provide that verification.

new text begin (d) A driver education program under this subdivision includes a public, private, or
commercial program, and must be approved by the commissioner.
new text end

deleted text begin (d)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end The instruction permit is valid for two years from the date of application and may
be renewed upon payment of a fee equal to the fee for issuance of an instruction permit
under section 171.06, subdivision 2.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective June 1, 2021.
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Sec. 2.

new text begin [171.395] ONLINE DRIVER EDUCATION PROGRAM.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Program requirements. new text end

new text begin An Internet-based driver education program
must:
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new text begin (1) provide customer support that is available through a toll-free telephone number;
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new text begin (2) store course content and student data on a secure server that is protected against data
breaches and is regularly backed up; and
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new text begin (3) include the ability to update course content uniformly throughout the state.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Instruction and verification requirements. new text end

new text begin The online classroom instruction
provided through an Internet-based driver education program must:
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new text begin (1) incorporate accountability features to ensure the identity of the student while engaged
in the course of online study;
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new text begin (2) measure the amount of time that the student spends on each section of the course;
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new text begin (3) use a pool of rotating quiz questions; and
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new text begin (4) include a means for the student to measure performance outcomes.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective June 1, 2021.
new text end