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SF 704

2nd Engrossment - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 05/11/2018 04:23pm

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A bill for an act
relating to health; requiring licensure of certain facilities that perform abortions;
requiring a licensing fee; appropriating money;proposing coding for new law in
Minnesota Statutes, chapter 145.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [145.4161] LICENSURE OF ABORTION FACILITIES.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the following definitions
apply.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Abortion facility" means a clinic, health center, or other facility in which the
pregnancies of ten or more women known to be pregnant are willfully terminated or aborted
each month. A facility licensed as a hospital or as an outpatient surgical center, pursuant to
sections 144.50 to 144.56, shall not be considered an abortion facility.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Accrediting or membership organization" means a national organization that
establishes evidence-based clinical standards for abortion care and accredits abortion facilities
or accepts as members abortion facilities following an application and inspection process.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of health.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin License required. new text end

new text begin (a) Beginning July 1, 2018, no abortion facility shall be
established, operated, or maintained in the state without first obtaining a license from the
commissioner according to this section.
new text end

new text begin (b) A license issued under this section is not transferable or assignable and is subject to
suspension or revocation at any time for failure to comply with this section.
new text end

new text begin (c) If a single entity maintains abortion facilities on different premises, each facility
must obtain a separate license.
new text end

new text begin (d) To be eligible for licensure under this section, an abortion facility must be accredited
or a member of an accrediting or membership organization or must obtain accreditation or
membership within six months of the date of the application for licensure. If the abortion
facility loses its accreditation or membership, the abortion facility must immediately notify
the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (e) The commissioner, the attorney general, an appropriate county attorney, or a woman
upon whom an abortion has been performed or attempted to be performed at an unlicensed
facility may seek an injunction in district court against the continued operation of the facility.
Proceedings for securing an injunction may be brought by the attorney general or by the
appropriate county attorney.
new text end

new text begin (f) Sanctions provided in this subdivision do not restrict other available sanctions.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Temporary license. new text end

new text begin For new abortion facilities planning to begin operations
after July 1, 2018, the commissioner may issue a temporary license to the abortion facility
that is valid for a period of six months from the date of issuance. The abortion facility must
submit to the commissioner an application and applicable fee for licensure as required under
subdivisions 4 and 7. The application must include the information required under subdivision
4, clauses (1), (2), (3), (5), and (6), and provide documentation that the abortion facility has
submitted the application for accreditation or membership from an accrediting or membership
organization. Upon receipt of accreditation or membership verification, the abortion facility
must submit to the commissioner the information required in subdivision 4, clause (4), and
the applicable fee under subdivision 7. The commissioner shall then issue a new license.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Application. new text end

new text begin An application for a license to operate an abortion facility and
the applicable fee under subdivision 7 must be submitted to the commissioner on a form
provided by the commissioner and must contain:
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new text begin (1) the name of the applicant;
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new text begin (2) the site location of the abortion facility;
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new text begin (3) the name of the person in charge of the facility;
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new text begin (4) documentation that the abortion facility is accredited or an approved member of an
accrediting or membership organization, including the effective date and the expiration date
of the accreditation or membership, and the date of the last site visit by the accrediting or
membership organization;
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new text begin (5) the names and license numbers, if applicable, of the health care professionals on
staff at the abortion facility; and
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new text begin (6) any other information the commissioner deems necessary.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Inspections. new text end

new text begin Prior to initial licensure and at least once every two years thereafter,
the commissioner shall perform a routine and comprehensive inspection of each abortion
facility. Facilities shall be open at all reasonable times to an inspection authorized in writing
by the commissioner. No notice need be given to any person prior to an inspection authorized
by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Suspension, revocation, and refusal to renew. new text end

new text begin The commissioner may refuse
to grant or renew, or may suspend or revoke, a license on any of the grounds described
under section 144.55, subdivision 6, paragraph (a), clause (2), (3), or (4), or upon the loss
of accreditation or membership as described in subdivision 4, clause (4). The applicant or
licensee is entitled to notice and a hearing as described under section 144.55, subdivision
7, and a new license may be issued after proper inspection of an abortion facility has been
conducted.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Fees. new text end

new text begin (a) The biennial license fee for abortion facilities is $365.
new text end

new text begin (b) The temporary license fee is $365.
new text end

new text begin (c) Fees shall be collected and deposited according to section 144.122.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Renewal. new text end

new text begin (a) A license issued under this section expires two years from the
date of issue.
new text end

new text begin (b) A temporary license issued under this section expires six months from the date of
issue and may be renewed for one additional six-month period.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Records. new text end

new text begin All health records maintained on each client by an abortion facility
are subject to sections 144.292 to 144.298.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Severability. new text end

new text begin If any one or more provision, section, subdivision, sentence,
clause, phrase, or word of this section or the application of it to any person or circumstance
is found to be unconstitutional, it is declared to be severable and the balance of this section
shall remain effective notwithstanding such unconstitutionality. The legislature intends that
it would have passed this section, and each provision, section, subdivision, sentence, clause,
phrase, or word, regardless of the fact that any one provision, section, subdivision, sentence,
clause, phrase, or word is declared unconstitutional.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $55,000 in fiscal year 2018 and $8,000 in fiscal year 2019 are appropriated from the
state government special revenue fund to the commissioner of health for licensing activities
under Minnesota Statutes, section 145.4161. The base for this program is $42,000 in fiscal
year 2020 and $8,000 in fiscal year 2021.
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