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HF 226

1st Engrossment - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 02/17/2011 03:03pm

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

Bill Text Versions

Introduction Posted on 01/26/2011
1st Engrossment Posted on 02/17/2011

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A bill for an act
relating to veterans; changing certain planning requirements for veterans
cemeteries; appropriating money; amending Laws 2009, chapter 93, article 1,
section 14, subdivision 3; Laws 2010, chapter 333, article 2, section 23.


Section 1.

Laws 2009, chapter 93, article 1, section 14, subdivision 3, is amended to

Subd. 3.

Veterans Cemeteries


Of this amount, up to $500,000 is
to acquire land located in deleted text begin Redwood
deleted text end new text begin southeastern, southwestern,new text end and
northeastern Minnesota for publicly owned
veterans cemeteries, to be operated by
the commissioner of veterans affairs. The
commissioner also must seek donations of
land for the cemeteries. The balance of the
appropriation is to predesign and design
the cemeteries. new text begin Federal reimbursement of
design costs for each cemetery must be
deposited in the state treasury and credited to
a special account and is appropriated to the
commissioner of veterans affairs to design the
remaining cemeteries. Following completion
of all legislatively authorized Minnesota
state veterans cemeteries, final
new text end federal
reimbursement of predesign and design costs
is appropriated to the commissioner for asset
preservation of veterans homes statewide,
to be spent in accordance with Minnesota
Statutes, section 16B.307.

Sec. 2.

Laws 2010, chapter 333, article 2, section 23, is amended to read:


new text begin (a) new text end The commissioner of veterans affairs shall determine a suitable site and plan for
three new state veterans cemeteries, one to be located in northeastern Minnesota, one to
be located in southeastern Minnesota, and one to be located in southwestern Minnesota.
In determining the site for a cemetery, the commissioner shall consider available public
land options and shall seek proposals for donated land from interested counties, local
communities, civic organizations, veterans service organizations, and individuals.

new text begin (b) For determining the veterans cemetery site in southeastern Minnesota, the
commissioner shall give priority consideration to land owned and proposed for donation
by the county of Fillmore.
new text end

new text begin (c) new text end The commissioner's planning process for a state veterans cemetery must include,
at a minimum, the following actions:

(1) determining the need for the cemetery;

(2) investigating the availability of suitable land for the cemetery;

(3) assessment of impacts of the cemetery;

(4) encouragement of support from veteran service organizations and local
governments; and

(5) preparation and submission of a preapplication for a grant from the United States
Department of Veterans Affairs for commitment of funding for establishing the cemetery.

new text begin (d) new text end By January 15, 2011, the commissioner shall report to the chair and ranking
minority member of the house of representatives and senate committees having
responsibility for veterans affairs with a report of the commissioner's progress in
implementing this section.

Sec. 3. new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin Sections 1 and 2 are effective the day following final enactment.
new text end