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SF 4361

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/17/2020 12:23pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; requiring use of surveillance and early detection
system to target efforts to combat aquatic invasive species; appropriating money
for surveillance and early detection system; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018,
section 477A.19, subdivision 3; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 84D.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [84D.16] USING SURVEILLANCE AND EARLY DETECTION SYSTEM
FOR AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Requirement to use. new text end

new text begin A state agency, local government, entity, or person
who receives a direct appropriation or grant of state money to prevent, curb the spread of,
remove, or destroy aquatic invasive species must use the surveillance and early detection
system for aquatic invasive species operated by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species
Research Center of the University of Minnesota to decide how to use the money.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Prohibited conduct. new text end

new text begin A state agency, local government, entity, or person who
receives a direct appropriation or grant of state money to prevent, curb the spread of, remove,
or destroy aquatic invasive species must not:
new text end

new text begin (1) spend the money in a manner that is inconsistent with the results of the analysis
required by subdivision 1;
new text end

new text begin (2) limit the analysis required by subdivision 1 to only certain bodies of water; or
new text end

new text begin (3) spend or encumber the money before conducting the analysis required by subdivision
1.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Exceptions. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1 does not apply to:
new text end

new text begin (1) a direct appropriation for use in or around a specific, named body of water; or
new text end

new text begin (2) a direct appropriation or grant for aquatic invasive species research.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 477A.19, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Use of proceeds.

A county that receives a distribution under this section must
use the proceeds solely to prevent the introduction or limit the spread of aquatic invasive
species at all access sites within the county. The county must establish, by resolution or
through adoption of a plan, guidelines for the use of the proceeds. The guidelines set by the
county board may include, but are not limited to, providing for site-level management,
countywide awareness, and other procedures that the county finds necessary to achieve
compliance. The county may appropriate the proceeds directly, or may use any portion of
the proceeds to provide funding for a joint powers board or cooperative agreement with
another political subdivision, a soil and water conservation district in the county, a watershed
district in the county, or a lake association located in the county. Any money appropriated
by the county to a different entity or political subdivision must be used as required under
this section. Each county must submit a copy of its guidelines for use of the proceeds to the
Department of Natural Resources by December 31 of the year the payments are received.new text begin
Money distributed under this section is subject to section 84D.16.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; IMPLEMENTING SURVEILLANCE AND EARLY
DETECTION SYSTEM FOR AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES.
new text end

new text begin (a) $200,000 in fiscal year 2021 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner
of natural resources for a grant to the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center
at the University of Minnesota to continue to develop and implement a statewide surveillance
and early detection system for aquatic invasive species, in conjunction with the commissioner
of natural resources, the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency, counties, and other
stakeholders.
new text end

new text begin (b) By March 1, 2021, the commissioner of natural resources must submit a report and
recommendations to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees
and divisions with jurisdiction over environment and natural resources policy and finance.
The report must:
new text end

new text begin (1) describe how the Department of Natural Resources is using the statewide surveillance
and early detection system for aquatic invasive species;
new text end

new text begin (2) describe how the department is using eco-epidemiological models, optimized decision
models, and related tools as a mechanism for determining how best to deploy limited
resources;
new text end

new text begin (3) recommend how the statewide system should continue to be funded and at what
levels; and
new text end

new text begin (4) recommend regulatory, policy, and statutory changes that would be needed to fully
implement the statewide system.
new text end