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HF 4531

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 04/07/2020 01:34pm

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

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Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 03/26/2020

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A bill for an act
relating to state government; providing COVID-19 response efforts; establishing
a COVID-19 Minnesota fund; modifying certain authorities; providing exemptions
and extensions; modifying certain fees; eliminating refill timelines for opiate or
narcotic pain relievers; extending due date for filing property tax appeals; modifying
loan programs; providing for unemployment insurance for certain employees
affected by COVID-19; requiring reports; appropriating money for COVID-19
response efforts; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 116J.881; 116M.18,
by adding a subdivision; 171.0605, subdivision 5; 241.75, subdivision 2; 609.105,
subdivision 2; Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, sections 41B.047, subdivisions
1, 3; 151.065, subdivisions 1, 3, 7; 152.11, subdivision 1.

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

ARTICLE 1

COVID-19 RESPONSE APPROPRIATIONS

Section 1. new text beginDRIVER AND VEHICLE SERVICES TEMPORARY STAFFING;
APPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin (a) $2,400,000 in fiscal year 2020 is appropriated from the vehicle services operating
account in the special revenue fund to the commissioner of public safety to hire temporary
or contract employees to process and issue drivers' licenses and Minnesota identification
cards. This appropriation may be used to purchase or lease equipment and space for
temporary or contract employees. This appropriation must not be spent for permanent state
employees.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner must only use the amount of temporary staff necessary to achieve
an average turnaround time of 45 days to issue drivers' licenses and Minnesota identification
cards. Once the commissioner achieves an average turnaround time of 45 days, the
commissioner must reduce the number of temporary staff to the number necessary to maintain
an average turnaround time of 45 days.
new text end

new text begin (c) This appropriation is for work performed or expenses incurred on or before December
31, 2020. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until January 31, 2021. Any funds
in this appropriation that remain unspent after January 31, 2021, are canceled to the vehicle
services operating account under Minnesota Statutes, section 299A.705.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginPEACETIME EMERGENCY CHILD CARE GRANTS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Peacetime emergency child care grants. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of human
services may distribute funds to the organization designated to administer a child care
resource and referral program under Minnesota Statutes, section 119B.19, subdivision 1a
(known as Child Care Aware), for Child Care Aware to administer emergency grants to
eligible programs under subdivision 2, beginning April 1, 2020.
new text end

new text begin (b) Child Care Aware shall develop the grant application, receive and review grant
applications, and determine the number and amount of grants to issue, in accordance with
subdivisions 3 and 5. Child Care Aware shall establish priorities for the issuance of grants
by assessing the local need for child care services during the peacetime emergency, the
child care provider's access to additional funding sources other than grants under this section,
and whether the child care provider would be financially at risk without a grant under this
section. To the extent practicable, Child Care Aware shall award grants in a manner that
achieves regional balance and equitable distribution of the grant funds throughout the state
and among provider types.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Eligible programs. new text end

new text begin (a) Programs eligible to apply for grants under this section
include:
new text end

new text begin (1) family and group family day care homes licensed under Minnesota Rules, chapter
9502;
new text end

new text begin (2) child care centers licensed under Minnesota Rules, chapter 9503;
new text end

new text begin (3) tribally licensed child care programs; and
new text end

new text begin (4) other program types as determined by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (b) Programs listed in clauses (1) and (2) must have a license in good standing and may
not be the subject of a finding of fraud or be prohibited from receiving public funds under
Minnesota Statutes, section 245.095, or operating on a conditional license, under revocation,
or under temporary immediate suspension.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Requirements to receive grants. new text end

new text begin To receive a grant under this section, an
eligible program must attest and agree in writing to:
new text end

new text begin (1) prioritize spaces in their program for children of essential workers, as identified in
state guidance;
new text end

new text begin (2) maintain service for the period of the grant or until the peacetime public health
emergency ends, whichever is first, except during any periods of temporary discontinuation
of service in response to public health guidance to protect the safety and health of children
and child care providers; and
new text end

new text begin (3) use health and safety practices that prevent the spread of COVID-19 in a child care
environment based on guidance provided under subdivision 4.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Health and safety guidance for child care providers. new text end

new text begin In consultation with
the commissioner of health, the commissioner must provide ongoing guidance for child
care providers on health and safety practices that prevent the spread of COVID-19 in a child
care environment. The guidance and any updates must be posted on the Department of
Human Services website and made available to child care providers in other formats.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Grant awards. new text end

new text begin (a) An eligible program may receive a monthly grant award of
$4,500.
new text end

new text begin (b) An eligible program may receive an additional monthly grant of $1,000 if the program
serves children:
new text end

new text begin (1) during nonstandard hours, including overnight and on weekends;
new text end

new text begin (2) whose first language is not English; or
new text end

new text begin (3) who have special needs.
new text end

new text begin (c) An eligible program that is licensed to serve 15 or more children may receive an
additional monthly grant not to exceed $15,500. The additional grant amount must be based
on a provider's capacity to serve children during the declared peacetime public health
emergency.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Fees charged. new text end

new text begin A program that receives a grant under this section may charge
fees to families attending the program and may not require fees from families whose children
were attending prior to the declared peacetime public health emergency but are no longer
attending.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Spaces reserved. new text end

new text begin A program that receives a grant under this section must:
new text end

new text begin (1) allow children attending the program prior to the declared peacetime public health
emergency to re-enroll after the peacetime public health emergency ends, provided that: (i)
the program has capacity available; and (ii) the families of the children have not violated
the terms of the contract with the program, other than terms related to the payment of fees
and any required notification for disenrollment; and
new text end

new text begin (2) serve children who are not children of essential workers during the peacetime public
health emergency, provided the program has the capacity to do so in compliance with the
commissioner's health and safety guidance.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin The authority to award grants under this section expires the day
after the peacetime public health emergency ends.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Appropriation. new text end

new text begin (a) $29,964,000 in fiscal year 2020 is appropriated from the
general fund to the commissioner of human services for grants under this section. Of this
amount, up to $450,000 is for Child Care Aware to administer the grants in accordance with
subdivision 1.
new text end

new text begin (b) This is a onetime appropriation and is available until December 31, 2020.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginMILITARY VETERANS COVID-19 RESPONSE ASSISTANCE.
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new text begin (a) $6,200,000 in fiscal year 2020 is appropriated from the general fund to the
commissioner of veterans affairs. The commissioner of veterans affairs must use the amount
appropriated under this section to provide financial assistance to any veteran or a surviving
spouse of a veteran in need of assistance as a result of COVID-19. The COVID-19-related
assistance authorized under this section may be used for emergency financial relief,
hospitalization assistance, medical care or treatment, or any other COVID-19-related
assistance as determined by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (b) For purposes of this section, "veteran" means an individual who qualifies as a veteran
under Minnesota Statutes, section 197.447, and who meets the residency requirements in
Minnesota Statutes, section 197.05, paragraph (b).
new text end

new text begin (c) An individual's eligibility or level of assistance under this section shall not be limited
because the individual has previously received assistance under the State Soldiers' Assistance
Fund program.
new text end

new text begin (d) The amount appropriated under this section is available until June 30, 2021.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; FOOD SHELF PROGRAMS.
new text end

new text begin (a) $9,000,000 in fiscal year 2020 is appropriated from the general fund to the
commissioner of human services for food shelf programs under Minnesota Statutes, section
256E.34, to address food bank, food shelf, and transportation needs in responding to the
COVID-19 pandemic. Hunger Solutions shall allocate funds to food banks, food shelves,
and transportation organizations in accordance with this section and report to the
commissioner regarding distribution and use of funds. Grant funds shall be used as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) to support regional food banks to enable specialized responses to community needs;
new text end

new text begin (2) to allow food shelves to purchase food, diapers, toilet paper, and other necessary
supplies and to enable specialized responses to community needs; and
new text end

new text begin (3) to support a network of transportation organizations to assist in the distribution of
food and supplies from food banks and food shelves to persons affected by the COVID-19
pandemic.
new text end

new text begin (b) At least $3,000,000 of this appropriation must be used for activities described in
paragraph (a), clause (1).
new text end

new text begin (c) This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2021.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 5. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; HOUSING SUPPORT.
new text end

new text begin (a) $5,530,000 in fiscal year 2020 is appropriated from the general fund to the
commissioner of human services to increase room and board limits and rates and
supplementary service limits and rates under Minnesota Statutes, section 256I.05,
subdivisions 1 and 1a, by 15 percent for three consecutive months for purposes of maintaining
access to room and board from March 1, 2020, through May 31, 2020, including activities
necessary to comply with federal and state health and safety guidance, in response to the
COVID-19 pandemic. This is a onetime appropriation.
new text end

new text begin (b) Prior to October 1, 2020, providers must submit documentation demonstrating
increased funding was used for needs related to COVID-19 for the time period from March
1, 2020, through May 31, 2020.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 6. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY SERVICES GRANTS.
new text end

new text begin (a) $26,537,000 in fiscal year 2020 is appropriated from the general fund to the
commissioner of human services for emergency services grants under Minnesota Statutes,
section 256E.36. Of this amount:
new text end

new text begin (1) $15,206,000 is for providing additional shelter space; for purchasing vouchers for
the cost of a motel or hotel room; or for funding other housing options, in order to provide
housing that promotes health and safety, or to isolate homeless individuals exposed to
COVID-19 or who are experiencing respiratory illness. Vouchers for the cost of a motel or
hotel room may not be issued to motels or hotels that receive funding from another source
for the cost of the same motel or hotel room for the same date;
new text end

new text begin (2) $5,000,000 is for purchasing hygiene, sanitation, and cleaning supplies to support
compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on sanitation and
personal protective equipment; and
new text end

new text begin (3) $6,331,000 is for hiring staff necessary to protect the health and wellness of program
recipients, for increasing the number of persons served, or for providing staffing when
workers are quarantined or cannot work because they are caring for someone with COVID-19.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner may transfer funds among the activities in paragraph (a), clauses
(1) to (3), as the commissioner determines necessary. The commissioner must report to the
chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over
human services on any transfer of funds among the activities in paragraph (a), clauses (1)
to (3), and whether grant applicants are requesting funds for activities other than those listed
in paragraph (a), clauses (1) to (3).
new text end

new text begin (c) Notwithstanding any other law or rule to the contrary, the commissioner may allocate
funds to programs, providers, and organizations providing or seeking to provide services
to individuals experiencing homelessness through a single fiscal agent chosen by the
commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (d) Grant applicants must describe how they intend to use grant funds for the purposes
listed in paragraph (a), clauses (1) to (3). Grant funds may be used by grant recipients for
the activities listed in paragraph (a), clauses (1) to (3).
new text end

new text begin (e) If a grant recipient receives funds from a nonstate source, other than a local unit of
government or a tribe, for activities listed in paragraph (a), clauses (1) to (3), the grant
recipient must notify the commissioner of the amount received from the nonstate source.
If the commissioner determines that the total amount the grant recipient received under this
section and from the nonstate source exceeds the grant recipient's costs for the activities in
paragraph (a), clauses (1) to (3), the grant recipient must pay the commissioner the amount
that exceeds the costs, up to the amount of funding provided under this section. All money
paid to the commissioner under this section must be deposited in the general fund.
new text end

new text begin (f) This is a onetime appropriation and is available until February 1, 2021, or until 60
days after expiration of the peacetime emergency declared by the governor in an executive
order that relates to the infectious disease known as COVID-19, whichever occurs earlier.
Any unobligated or unexpended amounts cancel on February 1, 2021, or 60 days after
expiration of the peacetime emergency declared by the governor in an executive order that
relates to the infectious disease known as COVID-19, whichever occurs earlier.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 7. new text beginCOVID-19 MINNESOTA FUND.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Fund created. new text end

new text begin The COVID-19 Minnesota fund is created in the state
treasury to pay expenditures related to a peacetime emergency declared by the governor in
an executive order that relates to the infectious disease known as COVID-19. Money in the
fund is appropriated to the commissioner of management and budget and may be disbursed
or transferred to state agencies as necessary to (1) protect Minnesota citizens from the
COVID-19 outbreak, and (2) maintain state government operations throughout the duration
of the peacetime emergency. Any money in the fund that remains unobligated on May 11,
2020, cancels to the general fund.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Legislative COVID-19 Response Commission review. new text end

new text begin (a) A Legislative
COVID-19 Response Commission is established to review expenditures from the COVID-19
Minnesota fund. The majority leader of the senate, the minority leader of the senate, the
president of the senate, the chair of the senate Finance Committee, the ranking minority
member of the senate Finance Committee, the speaker of the house, the minority leader of
the house of representatives, the majority leader of the house of representatives, the chair
of the house of representatives Ways and Means Committee, and the ranking minority
member of the house of representatives Ways and Means Committee, or their designee, are
members of the commission.
new text end

new text begin (b) For fiscal year 2020 and fiscal year 2021, the commissioner of management and
budget must submit proposed single expenditures from the COVID-19 Minnesota fund that
exceed $1,000,000 to the Legislative COVID-19 Response Commission for its review and
recommendations. The submission must include the total amount of the proposed expenditure,
the purpose of the proposed expenditure, the time period of the proposed expenditure, and
any additional information the commissioner of management and budget determines
necessary to properly document the proposed expenditure. Upon receiving a submission,
the commission has 24 hours after the request is submitted to review the proposed
expenditures submitted under this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin (c) Commission members may make a positive recommendation, a negative
recommendation, or no recommendation on a proposed expenditure. If a majority of the
commission members from the senate and a majority of the commission members from the
house of representatives make a negative recommendation on a proposed expenditure, the
commissioner is prohibited from expending the money. If a majority of the commission
members from the senate and a majority of the commission members from the house of
representatives do not make a negative recommendation, or if the commission makes no
recommendation, the commissioner may expend the money.
new text end

new text begin (d) The commission may hold a public meeting to approve or disapprove a proposed
expenditure from the COVID-19 Minnesota fund. Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes,
section 3.055, the commission may conduct a public meeting remotely. The commission
may approve or disapprove proposed expenditures without a public meeting. The commission
members may approve or disapprove proposed expenditures via written communication
sent to the commissioner of management and budget.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Biweekly expenditure report. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of management and budget
must provide reports on the spending from the COVID-19 Minnesota fund to the Legislative
COVID-19 Response Commission on the 15th and last day of each month. The report must
include the total amount of each expenditure, the purpose of each expenditure, and any
additional information the commissioner of management and budget determines is necessary
to properly document each expenditure.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and
expires May 11, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 8. new text beginFINAL REPORT.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner of management and budget must report all expenditures made under
section 7 from the COVID-19 Minnesota fund to the chairs and ranking minority members
of the senate Finance Committee and the house of representatives Ways and Means
Committee by July 15, 2021.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and
expires July 16, 2021.
new text end

Sec. 9. new text beginTRANSFER.
new text end

new text begin $200,000,000 in fiscal year 2020 is transferred from the general fund to the COVID-19
Minnesota fund under section 7. This is a onetime transfer.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and
expires May 11, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 10. new text beginTRIBAL NATIONS GRANTS.
new text end

new text begin (a) $11,000,000 in fiscal year 2020 is appropriated from the general fund to the
commissioner of revenue for grants to fund emergency response activities in response to
the infectious disease known as COVID-19. The commissioner of revenue may provide
grants under this section of up to $1,000,000 to the governing body of the:
new text end

new text begin (1) Fond du Lac Band;
new text end

new text begin (2) Grand Portage Band;
new text end

new text begin (3) Mille Lacs Band;
new text end

new text begin (4) White Earth Band;
new text end

new text begin (5) Bois Fort Nett Lake Band;
new text end

new text begin (6) Leech Lake Band;
new text end

new text begin (7) Red Lake Nation;
new text end

new text begin (8) Upper Sioux Community;
new text end

new text begin (9) Lower Sioux Community;
new text end

new text begin (10) Shakopee-Mdewakanton Sioux Community; and
new text end

new text begin (11) Prairie Island Mdewakanton Dakota Community.
new text end

new text begin (b) Each tribal nation must use the grant received under paragraph (a) for activities that
mitigate the immediate health and economic impacts of COVID-19. These activities include
but are not limited to (1) reimbursable activities under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief
and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended, and (2) securing basic needs, including but
not limited to food and shelter, for tribal members.
new text end

new text begin (c) To receive a grant a tribe must apply to the commissioner of revenue by April 1,
2020. The grant application must state the amount of the request up to a maximum of
$1,000,000. As part of the application the tribe must agree to spend the grant money for
activities that mitigate the immediate health and economic impacts of COVID-19.
new text end

new text begin (d) Any portion of the $11,000,000 appropriated under this section that is not applied
for by April 1, 2020, must be paid in equal share to all tribes that have timely applied for a
grant.
new text end

new text begin (e) The commissioner of revenue must distribute the grant payments on or before April
8, 2020.
new text end

new text begin (f) By April 14, 2020, a recipient of a grant under this section must provide a report to
the commissioner of revenue in the form prescribed by the commissioner of revenue. The
commissioner of revenue must compile and provide the reports to the chairs and ranking
minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over taxes.
new text end

new text begin (g) The appropriation under this section is onetime.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 11. new text beginTRANSFERS; SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY LOAN PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 116J.423 and 116J.8731, in fiscal year
2020, the following amounts are transferred to the small business emergency loan account
in the special revenue fund under Minnesota Statutes, section 116M.18, subdivision 9:
new text end

new text begin (1) $20,000,000 from the special revenue fund account of the Minnesota 21st century
fund under Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.423, subdivision 1; and
new text end

new text begin (2) $10,000,000 from the Minnesota investment revolving loan account under Minnesota
Statutes, section 116J.8731, subdivision 5, in the special revenue fund.
new text end

new text begin Transferred amounts are appropriated to the commissioner of employment and economic
development to make loans as set forth in Governor's Executive Order 20-15, Providing
Immediate Relief to Small Businesses During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency. All
loan repayments are credited proportionately to the accounts from which the loan amounts
were originally transferred. Any amounts remaining in the small business emergency loan
account that are unexpended and unobligated at the close of the fiscal year cancel
proportionately to the accounts from which the amounts were originally transferred.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 12. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; SMALL BUSINESS LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin $10,000,000 in fiscal year 2020 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner
of employment and economic development for the small business loan guarantee program
under Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.881. This is a onetime appropriation and is available
until December 31, 2021.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

ARTICLE 2

COVID-19 RESPONSE PROVISIONS

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 41B.047, subdivision 1, is amended
to read:


Subdivision 1.

Establishment.

The authority shall establish and implement a disaster
recovery loan program to help farmers:

(1) clean up, repair, or replace farm structures and septic and water systems, as well as
replace seed, other crop inputs, feed, and livestockdeleted text begin, when damaged by high winds, hail,
tornado, or flood, or the weight of snow, sleet, or ice
deleted text end;

(2) purchase watering systems, irrigation systems, and other drought mitigation systems
and practices when drought is the cause of the purchase;

(3) restore farmland; deleted text beginor
deleted text end

(4) replace flocksnew text begin or livestocknew text end, make building improvements, or cover the loss of revenue
when the replacement, improvements, or loss of revenue is due to the confirmed presence
of deleted text beginthedeleted text endnew text begin anew text end highly deleted text beginpathogenic avian influenzadeleted text endnew text begin contagious animal diseasenew text end in a commercial poultry
or game flocknew text begin, or a commercial livestock operation,new text end located in Minnesotanew text begin; or
new text end

new text begin (5) cover the loss of revenue when the revenue loss is due to an infectious human disease
for which the governor has declared a peacetime emergency under section 12.31
new text end.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 41B.047, subdivision 3, is amended
to read:


Subd. 3.

Eligibility.

To be eligible for this program, a borrower must:

(1) meet the requirements of section 41B.03, subdivision 1;

(2) certify that the damage or loss was (i) sustained within a county that was the subject
of a state or federal disaster declaration; (ii) due to the confirmed presence of deleted text beginthedeleted text endnew text begin anew text end highly
deleted text begin pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial poultry or game flock locateddeleted text endnew text begin contagious animal
disease
new text end in Minnesota; deleted text beginordeleted text end (iii)new text begin due to an infectious human disease for which the governor
has declared a peacetime emergency; or (iv)
new text end due to an emergency as determined by the
authority;

(3) demonstrate an ability to repay the loan; and

(4) have received at least 50 percent of average annual gross income from farming for
the past three years.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 116J.881, is amended to read:


116J.881 SMALL BUSINESS LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM.

Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

(a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have
the meanings given.

(b) "Borrower" means a small business receiving an eligible loan under this section.

(c) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of employment and economic development.

(d) "Eligible loan" means a loan to a small business to be used for business purposes
exclusively in Minnesota, including: deleted text beginconstruction; remodeling or renovation; leasehold
improvements; the purchase of land and buildings; business acquisitions, including employee
stock ownership plan financing;
deleted text end machinery or equipment purchases, maintenance, or repair;
expenses related to moving into or within Minnesota; and working capital when the working
capital is secured by fixed assetsnew text begin when possiblenew text end.

(e) "Loan guarantee" means a guarantee of deleted text begin70deleted text endnew text begin 80new text end percent of the loan amount provided
by a QED lender. The guaranteed portion of the loan must not exceed deleted text begin$1,500,000deleted text endnew text begin $200,000
and may be subordinate to other loans made by lenders in the overall financing package
new text end.

(f) "Loan guarantee trust fund" means a dedicated fund established under this section
for the purpose of compensation for defaulted loan guarantees and for program
administration.

(g) deleted text begin"Loan purchaser" means an institutional investor that purchases, holds, and services
small business loans on a nonrecourse basis from QED lenders participating in the small
business loan guarantee program.
deleted text endnew text begin "Peacetime public health emergency" means any peacetime
emergency declared by the governor in an executive order that is related to the infectious
disease known as COVID-19.
new text end

(h) "Qualified economic development lender" or "QED lender" meansnew text begin a bank, or other
commercial lender,
new text end a public entitynew text begin,new text end or a private nonprofit economic development organization
deleted text begin whose headquarters is located in Minnesotadeleted text end with not less than three years of active lending
experience that provides financing to small businesses deleted text beginin partnership with banks and other
commercial lenders, and that originates subordinated loans to small businesses for sale to
the secondary market
deleted text end.

deleted text begin (i) "Secondary market" means the market in which loans are sold to investors, either
directly or through an intermediary.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (j)deleted text endnew text begin (i)new text end "Small business" means a business employing no more than deleted text begin500deleted text endnew text begin the equivalent
of 250 full-time
new text end persons in Minnesota.

deleted text begin (k)deleted text endnew text begin (j)new text end "Subordinated loan" means a loan secured by a lien that is lower in priority than
one or more specified other liens.

Subd. 2.

Loan guarantee program.

A small business loan guarantee program to support
the origination deleted text beginand sale of eligible subordinated loans to the secondary market by providing
a credit enhancement in the form of a partial guarantee
deleted text end of small business loans that are
new text begin expected to be new text endmade to Minnesota businesses by a QED lendernew text begin, within the 12 months after
a declaration of a peacetime public health emergency and not otherwise financially supported
by a public entity,
new text end is created in the Department of Employment and Economic Development.
deleted text begin A loan guarantee shall be provided for eligible loans under this section only when a bank
or other commercial lender provides at least 50 percent of the total amount loaned to the
small business.
deleted text end The loan guarantee shall apply only to the portion of the loan that was made
by the QED lender.

Subd. 3.

Required provisions.

Loan guarantees under this section for loans deleted text beginto be sold
on the secondary market
deleted text end by QED lenders shall provide that:

(1) principal and interest payments made by the borrower under the terms of the loan
are deleted text beginapplied by the loan purchaserdeleted text end to reduce the guaranteed and nonguaranteed portion of
the loan on a proportionate basis. The nonguaranteed portion shall not receive preferential
treatment over the guaranteed portion;

(2) the deleted text beginloan purchaserdeleted text endnew text begin QED lendernew text end shall not accelerate repayment of the loan or exercise
other remedies if the borrower defaults, unless:

(i) the borrower fails to make a required payment of principal or interestnew text begin within 60 days
of the due date
new text end;

(ii) the commissioner consents in writing; or

(iii) the loan guarantee agreement provides for accelerated repayment or other remedies.

In the event of a default, the deleted text beginloan purchaserdeleted text endnew text begin QED lendernew text end may not make a demand for
payment pursuant to the guarantee unless the commissioner agrees in writing that the default
has materially affected the rights or security of the partiesdeleted text begin, and finds that the loan purchaser
is entitled to receive payment pursuant to the loan guarantee
deleted text end;

deleted text begin (3) there is a written commitment from one or more secondary market investors to
purchase the loan, subject to the provision of a state loan guarantee;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (4)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end the QED lender has timely prepared and delivered to the commissioner, annually
by the date specified in the loan guarantee, an audited or reviewed financial statement for
the loan, prepared by a certified public accountant according to generally accepted accounting
principles, new text beginif available, new text endand documentation that the borrower used the loan proceeds solely
for purposes of its Minnesota operations;

deleted text begin (5)deleted text endnew text begin (4)new text end the commissioner has access to the deleted text beginoriginaldeleted text end loan documents prior to approval of
the state credit enhancement deleted text beginto facilitate the sale of the loan to the secondary marketdeleted text end;

deleted text begin (6)deleted text endnew text begin (5)new text end the QED lender maintains adequate records and documents concerning the deleted text beginoriginaldeleted text end
loan so that the commissioner may determine the borrower's financial condition and
compliance with program requirements; and

deleted text begin (7)deleted text endnew text begin (6)new text end orderly liquidation of collateral securing the deleted text beginoriginaldeleted text end loan is provided for in the
event of default, with an option on the part of the commissioner to acquire the deleted text beginloan
purchaser's
deleted text endnew text begin QED lender'snew text end interest in the assets pursuant to the loan guarantee.

Subd. 4.

Loan guarantee trust fund established.

A loan guarantee trust fund account
in the special revenue fund is created in the state treasury to pay for defaulted loan guarantees.
The commissioner shall administer this fund and provide annual reports concerning the
performance of the fund to the chairs of the standing committees of the house of
representatives and senate having jurisdiction over economic development issues.

Subd. 5.

Limitation.

At no time shall total outstanding loan guarantees deleted text beginfor loans sold
to the secondary market
deleted text end exceed five times the amount on deposit in the loan guarantee trust
fund.

Subd. 6.

Guarantee fee.

Participating QED lenders shall pay a fee to the fund of 0.25
percent of the principal amount of each guaranteed loan upon approval of each loan
guarantee. The guarantee fee, along with any interest earnings from the trust fund, shall be
used only for the administration of the small business loan guarantee program and as
additional loan loss reserves.

Subd. 7.

Loan guarantee application.

The commissioner shall prepare a form for QED
lenders to use in applying for loan guarantees under this section. The form shall include the
following information:

(1) the name and contact information for the QED lender, including the name and title
of a contact person;

(2) the names of the financial institutions, including the names and titles of contact
persons, that are participating in the total financing being provided to the small business
borrower, along with the dollar amount of the loan provided by the financial institution;

(3) the percentage and dollar amount of the subordinated debt loan provided to the
Minnesota small business by the QED lender; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(4) the loan guarantee amount that is requested from the programdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (5) other information as requested by the commissioner.
new text end

Subd. 8.

Notice and application process.

Subject to the availability of funds under
subdivision 4, the commissioner shall publish a notice regarding the opportunity for QED
lenders to originate loans deleted text beginfor which the loan guarantee may be secured as the loans are
prepared for sale to the secondary market
deleted text end. The commissioner shall decide whether to provide
a loan guarantee for each loan based on:

(1) the completeness of the loan guarantee application;

(2) the availability of funds in the loan guarantee trust fund; and

(3) execution of agreements that satisfy requirements established in subdivision 3.

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Reporting. new text end

new text begin By December 31, 2020, the commissioner shall report to the
legislative committees with jurisdiction over economic development policy and finance on
the loan guarantees provided under this section.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 116M.18, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Small business emergency loan account. new text end

new text begin The small business emergency loan
account is created as an account in the special revenue fund.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 151.065, subdivision 1, is amended
to read:


Subdivision 1.

Application fees.

Application fees for licensure and registration are as
follows:

(1) pharmacist licensed by examination, $175;

(2) pharmacist licensed by reciprocity, $275;

(3) pharmacy intern, $50;

(4) pharmacy technician, $50;

(5) pharmacy, $260;

(6) drug wholesaler, legend drugs only, $5,260;

(7) drug wholesaler, legend and nonlegend drugs, $5,260;

(8) drug wholesaler, nonlegend drugs, veterinary legend drugs, or both, $5,260;

(9) drug wholesaler, medical gases, $5,260new text begin for the first facility and $260 for each
additional facility
new text end;

(10) third-party logistics provider, $260;

(11) drug manufacturer, nonopiate legend drugs only, $5,260;

(12) drug manufacturer, nonopiate legend and nonlegend drugs, $5,260;

(13) drug manufacturer, nonlegend or veterinary legend drugs, $5,260;

(14) drug manufacturer, medical gases, $5,260new text begin for the first facility and $260 for each
additional facility
new text end;

(15) drug manufacturer, also licensed as a pharmacy in Minnesota, $5,260;

(16) drug manufacturer of opiate-containing controlled substances listed in section
152.02, subdivisions 3 to 5, $55,000;

(17) medical gas distributor, deleted text begin$5,260deleted text endnew text begin $260new text end;

(18) controlled substance researcher, $75; and

(19) pharmacy professional corporation, $150.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective June 1, 2020, and applies to any license
issued on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 151.065, subdivision 3, is amended
to read:


Subd. 3.

Annual renewal fees.

Annual licensure and registration renewal fees are as
follows:

(1) pharmacist, $175;

(2) pharmacy technician, $50;

(3) pharmacy, $260;

(4) drug wholesaler, legend drugs only, $5,260;

(5) drug wholesaler, legend and nonlegend drugs, $5,260;

(6) drug wholesaler, nonlegend drugs, veterinary legend drugs, or both, $5,260;

(7) drug wholesaler, medical gases, $5,260new text begin for the first facility and $260 for each
additional facility
new text end;

(8) third-party logistics provider, $260;

(9) drug manufacturer, nonopiate legend drugs only, $5,260;

(10) drug manufacturer, nonopiate legend and nonlegend drugs, $5,260;

(11) drug manufacturer, nonlegend, veterinary legend drugs, or both, $5,260;

(12) drug manufacturer, medical gases, $5,260new text begin for the first facility and $260 for each
additional facility
new text end;

(13) drug manufacturer, also licensed as a pharmacy in Minnesota, $5,260;

(14) drug manufacturer of opiate-containing controlled substances listed in section
152.02, subdivisions 3 to 5, $55,000;

(15) medical gas distributor, deleted text begin$5,260deleted text endnew text begin $260new text end;

(16) controlled substance researcher, $75; and

(17) pharmacy professional corporation, $100.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective June 1, 2020, and applies to any license
renewed on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 151.065, subdivision 7, is amended
to read:


Subd. 7.

Deposit of fees.

(a) The license fees collected under this section, with the
exception of the fees identified in paragraphs (b) and (c), shall be deposited in the state
government special revenue fund.

(b) $5,000 of each fee collected under subdivision 1, clauses (6) to new text begin(9), and (11) to new text end(15)
deleted text begin and (17)deleted text end, and subdivision 3, clauses (4) to new text begin(7), and (9) to new text end(13) deleted text beginand (15)deleted text end, and the fees collected
under subdivision 1, clause (16), and subdivision 3, clause (14), shall be deposited in the
opiate epidemic response account established in section 256.043.

(c) If the fees collected under subdivision 1, clause (16), or subdivision 3, clause (14),
are reduced, $5,000 of the reduced fee shall be deposited in the opiate epidemic response
account in section 256.043.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective June 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 152.11, subdivision 1, is amended
to read:


Subdivision 1.

General prescription requirements for controlled substances.

(a) A
written prescription or an oral prescription reduced to writing, when issued for a controlled
substance in Schedule II, III, IV, or V, is void unless (1) it is written in ink and contains the
name and address of the person for whose use it is intended; (2) it states the amount of the
controlled substance to be compounded or dispensed, with directions for its use; (3) if a
written prescription, it contains the handwritten signature, address, and federal registry
number of the prescriber and a designation of the branch of the healing art pursued by the
prescriber; and if an oral prescription, the name and address of the prescriber and a
designation of the prescriber's branch of the healing art; and (4) it shows the date when
signed by the prescriber, or the date of acceptance in the pharmacy if an oral prescription.

(b) An electronic prescription for a controlled substance in Schedule II, III, IV, or V is
void unless it complies with the standards established pursuant to section 62J.497 and with
those portions of Code of Federal Regulations, title 21, parts 1300, 1304, 1306, and 1311,
that pertain to electronic prescriptions.

(c) A prescription for a controlled substance in Schedule II, III, IV, or V that is transmitted
by facsimile, either computer to facsimile machine or facsimile machine to facsimile machine,
is void unless it complies with the applicable requirements of Code of Federal Regulations,
title 21, part 1306.

(d) Every licensed pharmacy that dispenses a controlled substance prescription shall
retain the original prescription in a file for a period of not less than two years, open to
inspection by any officer of the state, county, or municipal government whose duty it is to
aid and assist with the enforcement of this chapter. An original electronic or facsimile
prescription may be stored in an electronic database, provided that the database provides a
means by which original prescriptions can be retrieved, as transmitted to the pharmacy, for
a period of not less than two years.

(e) Every licensed pharmacy shall distinctly label the container in which a controlled
substance is dispensed with the directions contained in the prescription for the use of that
controlled substance.

deleted text begin (f) No prescription for an opiate or narcotic pain reliever listed in Schedules II through
IV of section 152.02 may be initially dispensed more than 30 days after the date on which
the prescription was issued. No subsequent refills indicated on a prescription for a Schedule
III or IV opiate or narcotic pain reliever may be dispensed more than 30 days after the
previous date on which the prescription was initially filled or refilled. After the authorized
refills for Schedule III or IV opiate or narcotic pain relievers have been used up or are
expired, no additional authorizations may be accepted for that prescription. If continued
therapy is necessary, a new prescription must be issued by the prescriber.
deleted text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 171.0605, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Evidence; residence in Minnesota.

new text begin(a) new text endSubmission of two forms of
documentation from the following is satisfactory evidence of an applicant's principal
residence address in Minnesota under section 171.06, subdivision 3, paragraph (b):

(1) a home utility services bill issued no more than deleted text begin90 daysdeleted text endnew text begin 12 monthsnew text end before the
applicationdeleted text begin, provided that the commissioner must not accept a United States home utility
bill if two unrelated people are listed on the bill
deleted text end;

(2) a home utility services hook-up work order issued no more than deleted text begin90 daysdeleted text endnew text begin 12 monthsnew text end
before the applicationdeleted text begin, provided that the commissioner must not accept a home utility
services hook-up work order if two unrelated people are listed on the work order
deleted text end;

(3) United States new text beginbank or new text endfinancial information issued no more than deleted text begin90 daysdeleted text endnew text begin 12 monthsnew text end
before the application, with account numbers redacted, including:

(i) a bank account statement;

deleted text begin (ii) a canceled check; or
deleted text end

deleted text begin (iii)deleted text endnew text begin (ii)new text end a credit card new text beginor debit card new text endstatement;

new text begin (iii) a brokerage account statement; or
new text end

new text begin (iv) a money market account statement;
new text end

(4) deleted text begina United States high school identification card withdeleted text end a certified transcript from deleted text beginthedeleted text end new text begina
United States high
new text end school, if issued no more than 180 days before the application;

(5) deleted text begina Minnesota college or university identification card withdeleted text end a certified transcript from
deleted text begin thedeleted text end new text begina Minnesotanew text end college or university, if issued no more than 180 days before the application;

(6) an employment pay stub issued no more than deleted text begin90 daysdeleted text endnew text begin 12 monthsnew text end before the application
that lists the employer's namedeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin andnew text end addressdeleted text begin, and telephone numberdeleted text end;

(7) a Minnesota unemployment insurance benefit statement issued no more than deleted text begin90 daysdeleted text endnew text begin
12 months
new text end before the application;

(8) a statement from a housing with services building registered under chapter 144D,
nursing home licensed under chapter 144A, or a boarding care facility licensed under sections
144.50 to 144.56, that was issued no more than deleted text begin90 daysdeleted text endnew text begin 12 monthsnew text end before the application;

(9) a deleted text beginlife,deleted text end new text begincurrent policy or card for new text endhealth, automobile, homeowner's, or renter's insurance
deleted text begin policy issued no more than 90 days before the application, provided that the commissioner
must not accept a proof of insurance card
deleted text end;

(10) a federal or state income tax return deleted text beginor statementdeleted text end for the most recent tax filing year;

(11) a Minnesota property tax statement for the currentnew text begin or prior calendarnew text end year new text beginor a
proposed Minnesota property tax notice for the current year
new text endthat shows the applicant's
principal residential address both on the mailing portion and the portion stating what property
is being taxed;

(12) a Minnesota vehicle certificate of titledeleted text begin, if issued no more than 12 months before the
application
deleted text end;

(13) a filed property deed or title for current residencedeleted text begin, if issued no more than 12 months
before the application
deleted text end;

(14) a Supplemental Security Income award statement issued no more than 12 months
before the application;

(15) mortgage documents for the applicant's principal residence;

(16) a residential lease agreement for the applicant's principal residence issued no more
than 12 months before the application;

(17) a valid driver's license, including an instruction permit, issued under this chapter;

(18) a valid Minnesota identification card;

(19) an unexpired Minnesota professional license;

(20) an unexpired Selective Service card; deleted text beginor
deleted text end

(21) military orders that are still in effect at the time of applicationdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (22) a cellular phone bill issued no more than 12 months before the application; or
new text end

new text begin (23) a valid license issued pursuant to the game and fish laws.
new text end

new text begin (b) In lieu of one of the two documents required by paragraph (a), an applicant under
the age of 18 may use a parent or guardian's proof of principal residence as provided in this
paragraph. The parent or guardian of the applicant must provide a document listed under
paragraph (a) that includes the parent or guardian's name and the same address as the address
on the document provided by the applicant. The parent or guardian must also certify that
the applicant is the child of the parent or guardian and lives at that address.
new text end

deleted text begin (b)deleted text endnew text begin (c)new text end A document under paragraph (a) must include the applicant's name and deleted text beginandeleted text end new text beginprincipal
residence
new text endaddress in Minnesota.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective four weeks following final enactment
or on the date the changes required by this section are implemented, whichever is earlier.
If the changes required by this section are implemented earlier than four weeks after final
enactment, the commissioner of public safety must notify the revisor of statutes of the date.
new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 241.75, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Health care decisions.

The medical director of the Department of Corrections
may make a health care decision for an inmate incarcerated in a state correctional facility
new text begin or placed in an outside facility on conditional medical release new text endif the inmate's attending
physician determines that the inmate lacks decision-making capacity and:

(1) there is not a documented health care agent designated by the inmate or the health
care agent is not reasonably available to make the health care decision;

(2) if there is a documented health care directive, the decision is consistent with that
directive;

(3) the decision is consistent with reasonable medical practice and other applicable law;
and

(4) the medical director has made a good faith attempt to consult with the inmate's next
of kin or emergency contact person in making the decision, to the extent those persons are
reasonably available.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 609.105, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Place of confinement.

The commissioner of corrections shall determine the
place of confinement in a prison, reformatory, or other facility of the Department of
Corrections established by law for the confinement of convicted persons and prescribe
reasonable conditions and rules for their employment, conduct, instruction, and discipline
within or without the facility.new text begin When the remaining term of imprisonment for a convicted
person upon commitment is 90 days or less, the commissioner of corrections may contract
with a county for placement of the person in a county jail or detention center for the
remainder of the person's term.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 12. new text beginCOMMISSIONER OF COMMERCE AUTHORITY.
new text end

new text begin (a) In the event of a declaration of emergency pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section
12.31, the commissioner of commerce may delay, stay, or waive licensing, investigative,
or other deadlines related to the duties and responsibilities of the commissioner under
Minnesota Statutes, chapters 45 to 83, 115C, 216 to 222, 237 to 239, 325F, and 345.
new text end

new text begin (b) Action taken by the commissioner under this section must:
new text end

new text begin (1) treat similarly situated persons equally; and
new text end

new text begin (2) be intended to provide relief or safe harbor from legal obligations with respect to
licensees or other persons regulated by the Department of Commerce, or to ensure continuity
of department operations and processes.
new text end

new text begin (c) The authority granted under this section remains in effect until 60 days after the
peacetime emergency declared in Executive Order 20-01 is terminated or rescinded by the
proper authority.
new text end

new text begin (d) Within two business days after the date the commissioner takes action under this
section, the commissioner must notify the chairs and ranking minority members of the
legislative committees having jurisdiction over commerce or energy policy regarding
deadlines affected by the action. If the deadline is health-insurance related, the commissioner
must also notify the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees
having jurisdiction over health and human services policy within two business days of the
date the commissioner takes action under this section. Notification may be made by e-mail
and must include citations to the relevant statute or rule and any new deadline imposed.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 13. new text beginOFFICE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Applicability. new text end

new text begin The powers granted in this section apply beginning on
the date a peacetime public health emergency is declared by the governor pursuant to
Minnesota Statutes, section 12.31, in response to a potential or actual outbreak of COVID-19.
The powers expire 60 days after the declaration of the peacetime public health emergency
expires. For purposes of this section, "peacetime public health emergency" means any
peacetime emergency declared by the governor in an executive order that relates to the
infectious disease known as COVID-19.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Temporary powers granted; limitations. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of the Office of
Higher Education is granted temporary powers described and limited by this section to
protect the financial stability and academic standing of students, grantees, and borrowers.
The temporary powers granted to the commissioner in this section may only be used to:
new text end

new text begin (1) prepare for, prevent, or respond to an outbreak of COVID-19; or
new text end

new text begin (2) preserve access to programs and services provided by the Office of Higher Education.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Authority to modify or waive rules. new text end

new text begin The commissioner may modify or waive
statutory requirements or administrative rules relating to:
new text end

new text begin (1) work study programs under Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.231 to 136A.233,
and accompanying rules under Minnesota Rules, chapter 4830;
new text end

new text begin (2) the SELF loan and other lending programs under Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.15
to 136A.1787, and accompanying rules under Minnesota Rules, chapter 4850;
new text end

new text begin (3) the state grant program under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.121, and
accompanying rules under Minnesota Rules, chapter 4830; or
new text end

new text begin (4) student grants, aid, and scholarships under Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.1215
to 136A.1275, and accompanying rules under Minnesota Rules, chapter 4830.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Fiscal impact. new text end

new text begin If action taken by the commissioner under this section will result
in a fiscal impact that the Office of Higher Education cannot absorb, the commissioner shall
first seek and receive legislative approval for any fiscal impact to the state.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Consultation. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall consult with the chairs and ranking
minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over higher education
issues, when possible, before exercising the temporary powers granted under this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin Within 90 days of the expiration of the declaration of the peacetime
public health emergency, the commissioner shall submit a report to the members of the
legislative committees with jurisdiction over higher education issues regarding the temporary
powers that were exercised under this section, including but not limited to any statutes or
administrative rules that were modified or waived. The report must also include a timeline
as to when temporary powers were exercised and an explanation as to why the exercise of
temporary powers was necessary.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective retroactively for any emergency
declaration covered by this section. Except as necessary to comply with the reporting
requirements in subdivision 6, this section expires the later of December 31, 2020, or 60
days after the end of a peacetime public health emergency declared before December 31,
2020.
new text end

Sec. 14. new text beginEMERGENCY PURCHASING; WORKFORCE AND EQUAL PAY
CERTIFICATES.
new text end

new text begin (a) Minnesota Statutes, sections 363A.36 and 363A.44, do not apply to emergency
purchasing authorized by Minnesota Statutes, section 16C.10, subdivision 2, during the
period of a peacetime emergency declared by the governor under Minnesota Statutes, section
12.31.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner of administration must submit a report on implementation of this
section to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with
jurisdiction over state government finance. The report must describe the purchases that were
made using the exemption provided in paragraph (a). A preliminary report must be submitted
no later than December 31, 2020, and a final report must be submitted no later than March
31, 2021.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and,
except as necessary to comply with the reporting requirement in paragraph (b), expires
January 31, 2021.
new text end

Sec. 15. new text beginPEACETIME PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY; DRIVER'S LICENSE,
IDENTIFICATION CARD, AND DISABILITY CERTIFICATE EXTENSIONS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definition. new text end

new text begin For purposes of this section, "peacetime public health
emergency period" means the duration of any peacetime emergency declared by the governor
in an executive order that relates to the infectious disease known as COVID-19, but ending
no later than January 31, 2021.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Licenses and identification cards. new text end

new text begin (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes,
sections 171.07, subdivision 4; 171.186, subdivision 4; and 171.27, the expiration date is
extended for any valid driver's license, including but not limited to an instruction permit,
provisional license, operator's permit, limited license, and farm work license, and any
Minnesota identification card, issued under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 171, that absent
this subdivision would otherwise expire (1) during the peacetime public health emergency
period, or (2) on any day of the month in which the peacetime public health emergency
period terminates.
new text end

new text begin (b) An extension in this subdivision is provided to the last day of the second consecutive
month following the month in which the peacetime public health emergency period
terminates.
new text end

new text begin (c) No fee or surcharge under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 171, is imposed for an
extension under this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin (d) An extension under this subdivision does not alter the expiration date for subsequent
license or Minnesota identification card renewals. Nothing in this subdivision prevents
suspension, cancellation, revocation, or disqualification as provided in Minnesota Statutes,
chapter 168, 169, 169A, 171, 260B, 260C, or any other chapter.
new text end

new text begin (e) The authority in this subdivision does not apply:
new text end

new text begin (1) to issuance of a new driver's license or Minnesota identification card, except as
provided in subdivision 3;
new text end

new text begin (2) to reinstatement of a canceled, suspended, or revoked license; and
new text end

new text begin (3) to a person who is no longer eligible for the license or Minnesota identification card.
new text end

new text begin (f) The commissioner of public safety must ensure that the driving record of a person
whose driver's license expiration date is extended pursuant to this subdivision indicates that
the person's driver's license is valid until the extension expires as provided in this subdivision.
The commissioner must ensure, as far as practicable, that this information is available to
law enforcement and other entities outside the state of Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Out-of-state licenses. new text end

new text begin (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 171.03,
paragraph (h), any person who becomes a resident of the state of Minnesota and who
possesses a valid noncommercial driver's license issued to the person under and pursuant
to the laws of some other state or jurisdiction, or by military authorities of the United States,
may operate a motor vehicle for more than 60 days without being required to have a
Minnesota driver's license, as provided by this subdivision. A person described by this
subdivision may only operate the types of vehicles for which the license is issued and must
apply for a Minnesota driver's license by the last day of the second consecutive month
following the month in which the peacetime public health emergency period terminates.
new text end

new text begin (b) If a Minnesota resident's driver's license or state identification card issued by another
state, jurisdiction, or military authority would expire absent this subdivision during the
period specified by subdivision 2, paragraph (a), the expiration date is extended in the
manner prescribed by subdivision 2, paragraphs (a) to (e).
new text end

new text begin (c) For purposes of this subdivision, "driver's license" includes but is not limited to an
instruction permit, provisional license, operator's permit, limited license, and farm work
license.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Disability certificates and permits. new text end

new text begin (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes,
section 169.345, the expiration date is extended for any certificate or permit issued under
that section that, absent this subdivision, would otherwise expire (1) during the peacetime
public health emergency period, or (2) on any day of the month in which the peacetime
public health emergency period terminates.
new text end

new text begin (b) An extension in this subdivision is provided to the last day of the second consecutive
month following the month in which the peacetime public health emergency period
terminates.
new text end

new text begin (c) No fee or surcharge under Minnesota Statutes, section 169.345, is imposed for an
extension in this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin (d) Nothing in this subdivision prevents cancellation as provided in Minnesota Statutes,
section 169.345.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Law enforcement. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of public safety must work with law
enforcement agencies in this state to ensure that all law enforcement officers are aware of
the changes made in this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Public information. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of public safety must make reasonable
efforts to publicize to the general public the expiration date extensions under this section,
including providing information on the criteria for who is subject to the extensions and
identifying the ending date of the extensions once known.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 16. new text beginREPORT TO LEGISLATURE; POWERS EXERCISED BY
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC SAFETY DURING PEACETIME PUBLIC HEALTH
EMERGENCY.
new text end

new text begin (a) Within 30 days of the expiration of a peacetime public health emergency period, the
commissioner of public safety must report to the legislative committees with jurisdiction
over transportation regarding any temporary powers exercised relating to driver and vehicle
services and the State Patrol, including but not limited to any statutory requirements or
administrative rules that were modified or waived. The report must include a timeline as to
when and an explanation of why temporary powers were exercised. For purposes of this
section, the requirements under section 15 are temporary powers and must be included in
the report.
new text end

new text begin (b) For purposes of this section, "peacetime public health emergency period" means the
duration of any peacetime emergency declared by the governor in an executive order that
relates to the infectious disease known as COVID-19.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 17. new text beginFOOD SHELVES; PEACETIME EMERGENCY DISTRIBUTION.
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 256E.34, during the period of a declared
peacetime emergency pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 12.31, in response to a potential
or actual outbreak of COVID-19:
new text end

new text begin (1) additional funds may be distributed to the statewide network of food banks, food
shelves, and additional transportation providers; and
new text end

new text begin (2) additional funds may be distributed to the statewide network of food shelves to
purchase, transport, and coordinate the distribution of food, diapers, toilet paper, and other
necessary supplies to needy individuals and families.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 18. new text beginDEFENSE OR OBJECTION TO REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY
TAXES; FILING EXTENSION.
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 278.01, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), or
any other law to the contrary, for property taxes payable in 2020 only, a petitioner filing a
real or personal property tax petition under Minnesota Statutes, section 278.01, shall have
until May 30, 2020, to file copies of the petition, with proof of service, in the office of the
court administrator of the district court.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 19. new text beginUSES OF GENERAL-USE SANITIZERS AND DISINFECTANTS FOR
TREATMENT OF COVID-19.
new text end

new text begin (a) A person who uses a general-use sanitizer or disinfectant for hire in response to
COVID-19 is exempt from the commercial applicator license requirements under Minnesota
Statutes, section 18B.33.
new text end

new text begin (b) This section expires April 1, 2021.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 20. new text beginSUITABLE EMPLOYMENT DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC.
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding the definition of "suitable employment" provided in Minnesota Statutes,
section 268.035, subdivision 23a, for an applicant applying for unemployment insurance
benefits between March 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, employment is not suitable under
Minnesota Statutes, section 268.035, subdivision 23a, paragraphs (a) and (b), if:
new text end

new text begin (1) the employment puts the health and safety of the applicant at risk due to potential
exposure of the applicant to COVID-19; or
new text end

new text begin (2) the employment puts the health and safety of other workers and the general public
at risk due to potential exposure of the other workers and the general public to COVID-19.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and
is retroactive to March 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 21. new text beginTEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF ONE-WEEK WAITING PERIOD.
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 268.085, subdivision 1, the one-week
nonpayable waiting period to receive unemployment benefits is waived for applicants for
unemployment insurance benefit accounts established between March 1, 2020, and December
31, 2020.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and
is retroactive to March 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 22. new text beginTEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF FIVE-WEEK BUSINESS OWNER
BENEFIT LIMITATION.
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 268.085, subdivision 9, the five-week
limitation for receipt of unemployment benefits for business owners is suspended for
applicants for unemployment insurance benefit accounts established between March 1,
2020, and December 31, 2020.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and
is retroactive to March 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 23. new text begin LEAVE OF ABSENCE DUE TO COVID-19.
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 268.085, subdivision 13a, for an applicant
applying for an unemployment insurance benefits account established between March 1,
2020, and December 31, 2020, a leave of absence is presumed to be an involuntary leave
of absence and not ineligible if:
new text end

new text begin (1) a determination has been made by health authorities or by a health care professional
that the presence of the applicant in the workplace would jeopardize the health of others,
whether or not the applicant has actually contracted a communicable disease;
new text end

new text begin (2) a quarantine or isolation order has been issued to the applicant pursuant to Minnesota
Statutes, sections 144.419 to 144.4196;
new text end

new text begin (3) there is a recommendation from health authorities or from a health care professional
that the applicant should self-isolate or self-quarantine due to elevated risk from COVID-19
due to being immunocompromised;
new text end

new text begin (4) the applicant has been instructed by the applicant's employer not to come to the
employer's place of business due to an outbreak of a communicable disease; or
new text end

new text begin (5) the applicant has received a notification from a school district, day care, or other
child care provider that either (i) classes are canceled, or (ii) the applicant's ordinary child
care is unavailable, provided that the applicant made reasonable effort to obtain other child
care and requested time off or other accommodation from the employer and no reasonable
accommodation was available.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and
is retroactive to March 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 24. new text beginCOMPUTATION OF FUTURE TAX RATE; EFFECT OF PAYMENT
FROM TRUST FUND.
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 268.047, subdivision 1, unemployment
insurance benefits paid as a result of an applicant not being able to work directly or indirectly
as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will not be used in computing the future
unemployment insurance tax rate of a taxpaying employer. This section expires December
31, 2020.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and
is retroactive to March 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 25. new text beginONETIME EXCEPTION TO RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF MINNESOTA
INVESTMENT FUND LOCAL GOVERNMENT LOAN REPAYMENT FUNDS.
new text end

new text begin (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.8731, a home rule charter or
statutory city, county, or town that has uncommitted money received from repayment of
funds awarded under Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.8731, may use those funds to issue
loans to retail stores, service providers, and hospitality businesses, in addition to the uses
permitted under Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.8731, until the end of fiscal year 2020.
new text end

new text begin (b) By February 15, 2021, a home rule charter or statutory city, county, or town that
exercises the option under paragraph (a) shall submit to the chairs and ranking minority
members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over economic development policy
and finance an accounting and explanation of the use and distribution of the funds.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 26. new text beginPEACETIME EMERGENCY; DELAYED SUBMISSION OF
FINGERPRINTS AUTHORIZED.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) "Critical infrastructure" means the following economic
sectors:
new text end

new text begin (1) health care and public health, including individuals who support food, shelter, social
services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy
individuals and individuals who perform mortuary services or ensure the proper disposal
of human remains;
new text end

new text begin (2) law enforcement, public safety, and first responders, including individuals performing
fire, corrections, and hazardous materials response services;
new text end

new text begin (3) food and agriculture;
new text end

new text begin (4) energy, including electricity, petroleum, and natural and propane gas;
new text end

new text begin (5) water and wastewater;
new text end

new text begin (6) transportation and logistics;
new text end

new text begin (7) public works;
new text end

new text begin (8) communications and information technology;
new text end

new text begin (9) community-based government operations and essential functions, including weather
forecasters, educators, child care providers, and hotel workers where hotels are used in
support of a peacetime emergency declared under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 12;
new text end

new text begin (10) critical manufacturing in support of other critical infrastructure sectors;
new text end

new text begin (11) hazardous materials;
new text end

new text begin (12) financial services;
new text end

new text begin (13) chemicals, including individuals who produce protective cleaning and medical
solutions, personal protective equipment, and other essential products; and
new text end

new text begin (14) defense industrial base.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Essential worker" means an individual who is employed, licensed, or applying for
employment or licensure in critical infrastructure.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Delayed fingerprint submission. new text end

new text begin (a) Upon a declaration of a peacetime
emergency pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, chapter 12, the superintendent of the Bureau of
Criminal Apprehension may delay the submission of fingerprints needed to perform a
statutorily authorized background check of an essential worker.
new text end

new text begin (b) In determining which background checks are subject to a delayed submission of
fingerprints under paragraph (a), the superintendent must consider which essential workers
are necessary in order to meet the requirements of the peacetime emergency. The
superintendent must consult with the licensing and employing agencies, boards, and entities
with authority over the essential workers covered by the determination. The superintendent
must post the determination on the bureau's website.
new text end

new text begin (c) An essential worker granted a delay in the submission of fingerprints must submit
fingerprints in compliance with the applicable statute within 30 days after the peacetime
emergency ceases or the temporary delay granted under this section expires, whichever
occurs earlier. The licensing or employing board, agency, or entity responsible for
administering a fingerprint-based background check under the applicable statute must
immediately revoke the essential worker's credentials if the essential worker's background
check discloses disqualifying information.
new text end

new text begin (d) The superintendent must provide written notice to the chairs and ranking minority
members of the legislative committees and divisions with jurisdiction over public safety at
least 48 hours before exercising the authority granted under paragraph (a).
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin False material information; penalty. new text end

new text begin An essential worker who gives or causes
to be given any false material information in applying for a license or position that requires
a fingerprint-based background check while a delay of submission of fingerprints under the
authority granted in subdivision 2 is in effect, knowing or having reason to know the
information is false, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Report required. new text end

new text begin (a) The superintendent, in consultation with the licensing or
employing agencies, boards, and entities with authority over essential workers subject to a
delay of fingerprint submission under this section, must report to the chairs and ranking
minority members of the legislative committees and divisions with jurisdiction over public
safety the following information:
new text end

new text begin (1) the statutes that were the subject of the delayed submission of fingerprints;
new text end

new text begin (2) an explanation of why the delayed submission of fingerprints was necessary;
new text end

new text begin (3) the number of essential workers who were subject to a background check and were
granted a delay of submission of fingerprints;
new text end

new text begin (4) the number of essential workers granted a delay who submitted fingerprints;
new text end

new text begin (5) the number of essential workers granted a delay who were subsequently disqualified
upon submission of fingerprints; and
new text end

new text begin (6) aggregate data about the licensing and employment categories for which fingerprint
submissions were delayed.
new text end

new text begin (b) The superintendent must submit the report required under this subdivision by January
31, 2021.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin This section expires on March 1, 2021.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end