relating to public safety; providing for an aggressive initiative against chemical
dependency; increasing the tax on alcoholic beverages to fund this initiative;
eliminating obsolete language and making technical corrections; appropriating
money;amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 169A.275, subdivision 5;
169A.284, subdivision 1; 169A.70, subdivisions 2, 3, 7, by adding subdivisions;
254B.01, subdivision 2; 254B.02, subdivision 1; 254B.04, subdivisions 1, 3;
254B.06, subdivision 1; 297G.03, subdivisions 1, 2; 297G.04, subdivisions 1, 2;
609.115, subdivision 8; 609.135, by adding a subdivision; proposing coding for
new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 254A; 373; 609.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Section 1. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND INTENT.
1.13 The legislature finds that:
1.14 (1) impaired driving offenses kill and injure more Minnesotans than any other
1.16 (2) alcohol and drug abuse contribute to domestic violence and destroy families.
1.17The legislature considers the need to address the problem of alcohol abuse to be a high
1.18priority. Furthermore, the legislature determines that the costs of fighting alcohol abuse
1.19should be funded by those who abuse alcohol. Consequently, the legislature is increasing
1.20the tax on the sale of alcohol to fund aggressive efforts to reduce impaired driving
1.21offenses and generally prevent crime, injury, and loss of life through chemical dependency
1.22prevention, screening, and treatment.
Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169A.275, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
Subd. 5. Level of care recommended in chemical use assessment.
court commits the person to the custody of the commissioner of corrections as provided in
(mandatory penalties; felony violations), in addition to other penalties
required under this section, if the person has not already done so,
the court shall order
a person to submit to the
level of care recommended in the chemical use assessment
2.4 treatment services clinically justified by a rule 25 assessment (Minnesota Rules, parts
2.59530.6600 to 9530.6655)
conducted under section
(alcohol safety program;
chemical use assessments) if the person: (1)
is convicted of violating section
(driving while impaired)
while having an alcohol concentration of 0.20 or more as
2.8 measured at the time, or within two hours of the time, of the offense or if the violation
2.9 occurs within ten years of one or more qualified prior impaired driving incidents; or (2) is
2.10arrested for violating section 169A.20, but is convicted of another offense arising out of
2.11the circumstances surrounding the arrest
2.12EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2013, and applies to crimes
2.13committed on or after that date.
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169A.284, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. When required.
(a) When a court sentences a person convicted of
an offense enumerated in section
169A.70, subdivision 2, paragraph (b), clause (1) or
(chemical use assessment; requirement; form), it shall order the person to pay the
cost of the assessment directly to the entity conducting the assessment or providing the
assessment services in an amount determined by the entity conducting or providing the
service and shall impose a chemical dependency assessment charge of $25. The court may
waive the $25 assessment charge, but may not waive the cost for the assessment paid
directly to the entity conducting the assessment or providing assessment services. A
person shall pay an additional surcharge of $5 if the person is convicted of a violation of
(driving while impaired) within five years of a prior impaired driving
conviction or a prior conviction for an offense arising out of an arrest for a violation of
or Minnesota Statutes 1998, section
169.121 (driver under influence of
2.27 alcohol or controlled substance) or
169.129 (aggravated DWI-related violations; penalty)
This section applies when the sentence is executed, stayed, or suspended. The court
may not waive payment or authorize payment of the assessment charge and surcharge in
installments unless it makes written findings on the record that the convicted person is
indigent or that the assessment charge and surcharge would create undue hardship for the
convicted person or that person's immediate family.
(b) The chemical dependency assessment charge and surcharge required under
this section are in addition to the surcharge required by section
357.021, subdivision 6
(surcharges on criminal and traffic offenders).
3.1EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2013, and applies to crimes
3.2committed on or after that date.
Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169A.70, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Chemical use assessment requirement. (a) As used in this subdivision,
3.5"violent crime" has the meaning given in section 609.133, subdivision 1.
A chemical use assessment must be conducted and an assessment report
submitted to the court and to the Department of Public Safety by the county agency
administering the alcohol safety program when:
(1) the defendant is convicted of an offense described in section
(alcohol-related school bus and Head Start bus driving), or
(impaired aircraft operation);
(2) the defendant is arrested for committing an offense described in clause (1) but is
convicted of another offense arising out of the circumstances surrounding the arrest; or
3.14(3) the defendant is convicted of a violent crime
3.15EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2013, and applies to crimes
3.16committed on or after that date.
Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169A.70, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
Subd. 3. Assessment report.
The assessment and assessment
report for this
be on a form prescribed by the commissioner and shall contain an evaluation
3.20 of the convicted defendant concerning the defendant's prior traffic and criminal record,
3.21 characteristics and history of alcohol and chemical use problems, and amenability to
3.22 rehabilitation through the alcohol safety program. The report is classified as private data
3.23 on individuals as defined in section
13.02, subdivision 12 meet the requirements of section
3.24254A.03 and rules adopted under the authority granted in section 254A.10. Additionally,
3.25the assessment must include access to and review of criminal records and most recent
(b) The assessment report must include:
3.28 (1) a diagnosis of the nature of the offender's chemical and alcohol involvement;
3.29 (2) an assessment of the severity level of the involvement;
3.30 (3) a recommended level of care for the offender in accordance with the criteria
3.31 contained in rules adopted by the commissioner of human services under section
(chemical dependency treatment rules);
3.33 (4) an assessment of the offender's placement needs;
4.1 (5) recommendations for other appropriate remedial action or care, including
4.2 aftercare services in section
254B.01, subdivision 3 , that may consist of educational
4.3 programs, one-on-one counseling, a program or type of treatment that addresses mental
4.4 health concerns, or a combination of them; and
4.5 (6) a specific explanation why no level of care or action was recommended, if
4.7EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2013, and applies to crimes
4.8committed on or after that date.
Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169A.70, subdivision 7, is amended to read:
Subd. 7. Preconviction assessment.
(a) The court may not accept a chemical use
assessment conducted before conviction as a substitute for the assessment required by this
section unless the court ensures that the preconviction assessment meets the standards
described in this section required under sections 254A.03 and 254A.10
(b) If the commissioner of public safety is making a decision regarding reinstating
a person's driver's license based on a chemical use assessment, the commissioner shall
ensure that the assessment meets the standards described in this section.
4.17EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2013, and applies to crimes
4.18committed on or after that date.
Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169A.70, is amended by adding a subdivision
4.21 Subd. 8. Timing of assessment interview. It is a strong preference that the
4.22chemical use assessment interview with the offender be conducted while the offender is
4.23being initially held in custody after arrest.
4.24EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2013, and applies to crimes
4.25committed on or after that date.
Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169A.70, is amended by adding a subdivision
4.28 Subd. 9. Court's authority to require assessments in other instances. A court
4.29having jurisdiction over a person in a juvenile, criminal, or civil proceeding may order that
4.30the person submit to a chemical use assessment under this section if the court has reason
4.31to believe that the person may have a chemical dependency problem.
5.1EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2013, and applies to crimes
5.2committed on or after that date.
Sec. 9. [254A.25] CARE COORDINATION RELATED TO CHEMICAL USE
5.5The commissioner shall establish a process to distribute grant funds to counties that
5.6provide care coordination to individuals who receive chemical use assessments. For
5.7counties receiving grants, the care coordination must be provided to individuals eligible
5.8for a chemical use assessment under Minnesota Rules, parts 9530.6600 to 9530.6655, if
5.9the chemical use assessment establishes the need for treatment, and a plan of care is
5.10developed. The care coordinator must meet the requirements of Minnesota Rules, part
5.119530.6615, subpart 2. The care coordination may include, but is not limited to, discharge
5.12planning from treatment and routine follow-up with the client, access to community
5.13resources that address the needs identified in the chemical use assessment, monitoring
5.14services and the functioning of the client, and monitoring the client's chemical use and
5.15modifying the plan as necessary.
Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 254B.01, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. American Indian.
For purposes of services provided under
5.18 254B.09, subdivision 8 this chapter
, "American Indian" means (1)
a person who is a
member of an Indian tribe, and the commissioner shall use the definitions of "Indian" and
"Indian tribe" and "Indian organization" provided in Public Law 93-638
. For purposes of
5.21 services provided under section
254B.09, subdivision 6 , "American Indian" means, or (2)
a resident of federally recognized tribal lands who is recognized as an Indian person by
the federally recognized tribal governing body.
Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 254B.02, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. Chemical dependency treatment allocation.
dependency treatment appropriation shall be placed in a special revenue account. The
commissioner shall annually transfer funds from the chemical dependency fund to pay
for operation of the drug and alcohol abuse normative evaluation system and to pay for
all costs incurred by adding
positions for licensing of chemical dependency
treatment and rehabilitation programs located in hospitals for which funds are not
otherwise appropriated. The remainder of the money in the special revenue account must
be used according to the requirements in this chapter.
Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 254B.04, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. Eligibility.
(a) Persons eligible for benefits under Code of Federal
Regulations, title 25, part 20, persons
eligible for medical assistance benefits under
256B.056 , and
256B.057, subdivisions 1, 2, 5, and 6 , or who meet
6.5 the income standards of section
256B.056, subdivision 4 , and persons eligible for general
6.6 assistance medical care under section
256D.03, subdivision 3 , whose income is at or
6.7below 400 percent of the federal poverty guidelines who do not have insurance coverage
are entitled to chemical dependency fund services.
State money appropriated for this
6.9 paragraph must be placed in a separate account established for this purpose.
Persons with dependent children who are determined to be in need of chemical
dependency treatment pursuant to an assessment under section
626.556, subdivision 10
a case plan under section
260C.201, subdivision 6
, shall be assisted by the
local agency to access needed treatment services. Treatment services must be appropriate
for the individual or family, which may include long-term care treatment or treatment in a
facility that allows the dependent children to stay in the treatment facility. The county
shall pay for out-of-home placement costs, if applicable.
(b) A person not entitled to services under paragraph (a)
, but with family income
6.18 that is less than 215 percent of the federal poverty guidelines for the applicable family
6.19 size, shall be eligible to receive chemical dependency fund services within the limit
6.20 of funds appropriated for this group for the fiscal year. If notified by the state agency
6.21 of limited funds, a county must give preferential treatment to persons with dependent
6.22 children who are in need of chemical dependency treatment pursuant to an assessment
6.23 under section
626.556, subdivision 10 , or a case plan under section
260C.212 . A county may spend money from its own sources to serve persons under
6.25 this paragraph. State money appropriated for this paragraph must be placed in a separate
6.26 account established for this purpose.
6.27 (c) Persons whose income is between 215 percent and 412 percent of the federal
6.28 poverty guidelines for the applicable family size
shall be eligible for chemical dependency
services on a sliding fee basis
, within the limit of funds appropriated for this group for the
6.30 fiscal year
. Persons eligible under this paragraph must contribute to the cost of services
according to the sliding fee scale established under subdivision 3.
A county may spend
6.32 money from its own sources to provide services to persons under this paragraph. State
6.33 money appropriated for this paragraph must be placed in a separate account established
6.34 for this purpose.
Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 254B.04, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
Subd. 3. Amount of contribution.
The commissioner shall adopt a sliding fee scale
to determine the amount of contribution to be required from persons under this section.
The commissioner may adopt rules to amend existing fee scales. The commissioner
may establish a separate fee scale for recipients of chemical dependency transitional and
extended care rehabilitation services that provides for the collection of fees for board
and lodging expenses. The fee schedule shall ensure that employed persons are allowed
the income disregards and savings accounts that are allowed residents of community
mental illness facilities under section
256D.06, subdivisions 1 and 1b
The fee scale
7.9 must not provide assistance to persons whose income is more than 115 percent of the
7.10 state median income.
Payments of liabilities under this section are medical expenses for
purposes of determining spenddown under sections
. The required amount of contribution established by the fee scale in
this subdivision is also the cost of care responsibility subject to collection under section
7.14254B.06, subdivision 1
Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 254B.06, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. State collections.
The commissioner is responsible for all collections
from persons determined to be partially responsible for the cost of care of an eligible
person receiving services under
Laws 1986, chapter 394, sections 8 to 20 this chapter
The commissioner may initiate, or request the attorney general to initiate, necessary civil
action to recover the unpaid cost of care. The commissioner may collect all third-party
payments for chemical dependency services provided under
Laws 1986, chapter 394,
7.22 sections 8 to 20 this chapter
, including private insurance and federal Medicaid and
Medicare financial participation. The commissioner shall deposit in a dedicated account
a percentage of collections to pay for the cost of operating the chemical dependency
consolidated treatment fund invoice processing and vendor payment system, billing, and
collections. The remaining receipts must be deposited in the chemical dependency fund.
Sec. 15. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 297G.03, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. General rate; distilled spirits and wine.
The following excise tax is
imposed on all distilled spirits and wine manufactured, imported, sold, or possessed in
|(a) Distilled spirits, liqueurs, cordials,
and specialties regardless of alcohol
content (excluding ethyl alcohol)
|5.03 17.69 per
|1.33 4.73 per
|(b) Wine containing 14 percent or less
alcohol by volume (except cider as
defined in section
|.30 2.40 per
|.08 0.64 per
|(c) Wine containing more than 14
percent but not more than 21 percent
alcohol by volume
|.95 3.01 per
|.25 0.81 per
|(d) Wine containing more than 21
percent but not more than 24 percent
alcohol by volume
|1.82 3.88 per
|.48 1.04 per
|(e) Wine containing more than 24
percent alcohol by volume
|3.52 5.56 per
|.93 1.49 per
|(f) Natural and artificial sparkling wines
|1.82 3.88 per
|.48 1.04 per
|(g) Cider as defined in section
|.15 2.25 per
|.04 0.60 per
|(h) Low-alcohol dairy cocktails
|.08 per gallon
|.02 per liter
In computing the tax on a package of distilled spirits or wine, a proportional tax at a
like rate on all fractional parts of a gallon or liter must be paid, except that the tax on a
fractional part of a gallon less than 1/16 of a gallon is the same as for 1/16 of a gallon.
Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 297G.03, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Tax on miniatures; distilled spirits.
The tax on miniatures is
cents per bottle.
Sec. 17. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 297G.04, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. Tax imposed.
The following excise tax is imposed on all fermented
malt beverages that are imported, directly or indirectly sold, or possessed in this state:
(1) on fermented malt beverages containing not more than 3.2 percent alcohol by
per 31-gallon barrel; and
(2) on fermented malt beverages containing more than 3.2 percent alcohol by
per 31-gallon barrel.
For fractions of a 31-gallon barrel, the tax rate is calculated proportionally.
Sec. 18. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 297G.04, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Tax credit.
A qualified brewer producing fermented malt beverages is
entitled to a tax credit of
per barrel on 25,000 barrels sold in any fiscal year
beginning July 1, regardless of the alcohol content of the product. Qualified brewers may
take the credit on the 18th day of each month, but the total credit allowed may not exceed
in any fiscal year the lesser of:
(1) the liability for tax; or
For purposes of this subdivision, a "qualified brewer" means a brewer, whether
or not located in this state, manufacturing less than 100,000 barrels of fermented malt
beverages in the calendar year immediately preceding the calendar year for which the
credit under this subdivision is claimed. In determining the number of barrels, all brands
or labels of a brewer must be combined. All facilities for the manufacture of fermented
malt beverages owned or controlled by the same person, corporation, or other entity
must be treated as a single brewer.
Sec. 19. [373.75] REQUIREMENT TO PROVIDE CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY
9.11The state shall provide adequate funding for counties to provide comprehensive,
9.12needs-specific chemical dependency treatment programs and services to individuals within
9.13the county. The programs and services must be provided based on rule 25 (Minnesota
9.14Rules, parts 9530.6600 to 9530.6655) placement criteria.
Sec. 20. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 609.115, subdivision 8, is amended to read:
Subd. 8. Chemical use assessment required.
(a) If a person is convicted of a felony,
the probation officer shall determine in the report prepared under subdivision 1 whether or
not alcohol or drug use was a contributing factor to the commission of the offense. If so,
the report shall contain the results of a chemical use assessment conducted in accordance
with this subdivision. The probation officer shall make an appointment for the defendant to
undergo the chemical use assessment if so indicated. If the person is convicted of a violent
9.22crime as defined in section 609.133, subdivision 1, the provisions of that section apply.
(b) The chemical use assessment report must include a recommended level of
care for the defendant in accordance with the criteria contained in rules adopted by the
commissioner of human services under section
254A.03, subdivision 3
. The assessment
must be conducted by an assessor qualified under rules adopted by the commissioner of
human services under section
254A.03, subdivision 3
. An assessor providing a chemical
use assessment may not have any direct or shared financial interest or referral relationship
resulting in shared financial gain with a treatment provider, except as authorized under
section 254A.19, subdivision 3. If an independent assessor is not available, the probation
officer may use the services of an assessor authorized to perform assessments for the
county social services agency under a variance granted under rules adopted by the
commissioner of human services under section
254A.03, subdivision 3
10.1(c) A chemical use assessment and report conducted under this subdivision must
10.2meet the standards described in section 169A.70.
10.3EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2013, and applies to crimes
10.4committed on or after that date.
Sec. 21. [609.133] CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY TREATMENT; ASSESSMENT
10.7 Subdivision 1. Definition. As used in this section, "violent crime" has the meaning
10.8given in section
609.1095, subdivision 1. The term also includes violations of sections
10.10 Subd. 2. Assessment conducted. The court shall ensure that a chemical use
10.11assessment is conducted on a person convicted of a violent crime as required in section
10.12169A.70, subdivision 2.
10.13 Subd. 3. Charge. (a) When a court sentences a person convicted of a violent crime,
10.14it shall order the person to pay the cost of the assessment directly to the entity conducting
10.15the assessment or providing the assessment services in an amount determined by the entity
10.16conducting or providing the service and shall impose a chemical dependency assessment
10.17charge of $25. The court may waive the $25 assessment charge, but may not waive the
10.18cost for the assessment paid directly to the entity conducting the assessment or providing
10.19assessment services. A person shall pay an additional surcharge of $5 if the person is
10.20convicted of a violation of section 169A.20 (driving while impaired) within five years
10.21of a prior impaired driving conviction or a prior conviction for an offense arising out of
10.22an arrest for a violation of section 169A.20. This section applies when the sentence is
10.23executed, stayed, or suspended. The court may not waive payment or authorize payment
10.24of the assessment charge and surcharge in installments unless it makes written findings on
10.25the record that the convicted person is indigent or that the assessment charge and surcharge
10.26would create undue hardship for the convicted person or that person's immediate family.
10.27(b) The chemical dependency assessment charge and surcharge required under this
10.28section are in addition to the surcharge required by section 357.021, subdivision 6.
10.29(c) The court administrator shall collect and forward the chemical dependency
10.30assessment charge and the $5 surcharge, if any, to the commissioner of management and
10.31budget to be deposited in the state treasury and credited to the general fund.
10.32EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2013, and applies to crimes
10.33committed on or after that date.
Sec. 22. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 609.135, is amended by adding a subdivision
11.3 Subd. 9. Certain persons to receive mandatory chemical dependency treatment.
11.4If a court stays the imposition or execution of sentence for a person convicted of a violent
11.5crime as defined in section
609.133, subdivision 1, as a condition of probation and in
11.6addition to any other conditions imposed, the court shall order the person to submit to the
11.7level of care recommended in the chemical use assessment described in section 169A.70,
11.8unless there are compelling reasons to do otherwise.
11.9EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2013.
Sec. 23. JUDICIAL TRAINING.
11.11 The Supreme Court shall include in its judicial education program training relating
11.12to a judge's powers and duties regarding chemical use assessments.
11.13EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2013.
Sec. 24. REPEAT DUI OFFENDER PILOT PROGRAM.
11.15The commissioner of public safety shall establish a pilot program in up to three
11.16counties for repeat driving while impaired offenders. The pilot program is an alternative
11.17to incarceration or traditional chemical treatment, and must provide a highly structured
11.18treatment program with 12 months of supervision following treatment. The probation
11.19officer, treatment provider, chemical use assessor, and possibly police officers, must work
11.20as partners in the recovery of the client. The pilot program must explore and use different
11.21monitoring devices to monitor the client's chemical use.
11.22EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2013.
Sec. 25. APPROPRIATIONS.
11.24 (a) $....... for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, and $....... for the fiscal year
11.25ending June 30, 2015, are appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of
11.26public safety. Of these amounts:
11.27 (1) $....... the first year and $....... the second year are for grants to local units of
11.28government to conduct compliance checks for on-sale and off-sale intoxicating liquor
11.29license holders to determine whether the license holder is complying with Minnesota
11.31 (2) $....... the first year and $....... the second year are for grants to prevent domestic
11.32violence and to provide services to victims of domestic violence; and
12.1(3) $....... for the biennium is for the repeat DUI offender pilot program.
12.2 (b) $....... for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, and $....... for the fiscal year
12.3ending June 30, 2015, are appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of
12.4human services. Of these amounts:
12.5 (1) $....... the first year and $....... the second year are for the purpose of fully funding
12.6Minnesota Statutes, section 254B.04, subdivision 1. This appropriation must become part
12.7of the base appropriation for this program;
12.8(2) $....... the first year and $....... the second year are to fund the chemical
12.9dependency treatment requirements under Minnesota Statutes, section 373.75;
12.10(3) $....... for the biennium is for care coordination related to chemical use
12.11assessments under Minnesota Statutes, section 254A.25; and
12.12(4) $....... for the biennium is to be transferred to the Board of Behavioral Health
12.13and Therapy under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 148C, to hire staff to conduct timely
12.14licensing of counselors.
12.15 (c) $....... for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, and $....... for the fiscal year
12.16ending June 30, 2015, are appropriated from the general fund to the Supreme Court.
12.17Of these amounts:
12.18 (1) $....... the first year and $....... the second year are for the increased judicial
12.19training described in section 23;
12.20(2) $....... the first year and $....... the second year are to counties for drug courts; and
12.21 (3) $....... the first year and $....... the second year are for grants to counties for court
12.22services and correctional costs related to conducting chemical use assessments.
12.23 (d) $....... for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, and $....... for the fiscal year ending
12.24June 30, 2015, are appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of health. Of
12.25these amounts, $....... the first year and $....... the second year are for grants to public
12.26health for education and prevention initiatives designed to eliminate underage drinking.