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                         Laws of Minnesota 1984 

                        CHAPTER 558-S.F.No. 1913
           An act relating to state departments; providing 
          statutory changes requested by commissioner of 
          administration required by reorganization orders; 
          amending Minnesota Statutes 1982, sections 60A.15, 
          subdivisions 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, and by adding a 
          subdivision; 69.021, subdivision 2; 69.031, 
          subdivision 6; 116C.03, subdivision 4; 116J.64, 
          subdivisions 5 and 7; and 161.20, subdivision 4; 
          Minnesota Statutes 1983 Supplement, sections 60A.15, 
          subdivision 12; 116C.03, subdivision 2; 116J.01, 
          subdivision 3; 116J.42, subdivisions 4 and 9; 161.465; 
          and 299A.04; Laws 1983, chapter 289, section 115, 
          subdivision 2; proposing new law coded in Minnesota 
          Statutes, chapter 116J; repealing Minnesota Statutes 
          1982, section 116C.04, subdivisions 5 and 6. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 

                                ARTICLE 1
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 60A.15, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  [DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN COMPANIES OTHER THAN 
TOWN AND FARMERS' MUTUAL AND DOMESTIC MUTUALS OTHER THAN LIFE.] 
On or before April 15, June 15, and December 15 of each year 
following December 31, 1971, every domestic and foreign company, 
except town and farmers' mutual insurance companies and domestic 
mutual insurance companies other than life, shall pay to the 
state treasurer through the commissioner of insurance revenue 
installments equal to one-third of the insurer's total estimated 
tax for the current year based on a sum equal to two percent of 
the gross premiums less return premiums on all direct business 
received by it in this state, or by its agents for it, in cash 
or otherwise, during such year, excepting premiums written for 
marine insurance as specified in subdivision 6.  If unpaid by 
such dates penalties of ten percent shall accrue thereon, and 
thereafter such sum and penalties shall draw interest at the 
rate of one percent per month until paid.  Failure of a company 
to make payments of at least one-third of either (a) the total 
tax paid during the previous calendar year or (b) 80 percent of 
the actual tax for the current calendar year shall subject the 
company to the penalty and interest provided in this subdivision.
    Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 60A.15, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [DOMESTIC MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANIES.] On or 
before April 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15 of each 
year following December 31, 1971, every domestic mutual 
insurance company including township and farmers' insurance 
companies shall pay to the state treasurer through the 
commissioner of insurance revenue quarterly installments of the 
insurer's total estimated tax for the current year based on a 
sum equal to two percent of the gross direct fire, lightning, 
and sprinkler leakage premiums, less return premiums on all 
direct business, except auto and ocean marine fire business 
received by it, or by its agents for it, in cash or otherwise, 
on property located in this state, during such year.  If unpaid 
by such dates penalties of ten percent shall accrue thereon, and 
thereafter such sum and penalties shall draw interest at the 
rate of one percent per month until paid.  Failure of a company 
to make quarterly payments of at least one-fourth of either (a) 
the total tax paid during the previous calendar year or (b) 80 
percent of the actual tax for the current calendar year shall 
subject the company to the penalty and interest provided in this 
subdivision. 
     Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 60A.15, 
subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 8.  [EXAMINATION OF RETURNS; ASSESSMENTS; REFUNDS.] 
The commissioner of insurance revenue shall, as soon as 
practicable after a return required by this section is filed, 
examine the same and make any investigation or examination of 
the company's records and accounts that he may deem necessary 
for determining the correctness of the return.  The tax computed 
by him on the basis of such examination and investigation shall 
be the tax to be paid by such company.  If the tax found due 
shall be greater than the amount reported as due on the 
company's return, the commissioner shall assess a tax in the 
amount of such excess and the whole amount of such excess shall 
be paid to the state treasurer within 30 days after notice of 
the amount and demand for its payment shall have been mailed to 
the company by the commissioner.  If the understatement of the 
tax on the return was false and fraudulent with intent to evade 
the tax, the installments of the tax shown by the company on its 
return which have not yet been paid shall be paid to the state 
treasurer within 30 days after notice of the amount thereof and 
demand for payment shall have been mailed to the company by the 
commissioner.  If the amount of the tax found due by the 
commissioner shall be less than that reported as due on the 
company's return, the excess shall be refunded to the company in 
the manner provided by subdivision 12, (except that no demand 
therefor shall be necessary), if they have already paid the 
whole of such tax, or credited against any unpaid installment 
thereof; provided, that no refundment shall be made except as 
provided in subdivision 12, after the expiration of three and 
one-half years after the filing of the return. 
    If the commissioner examines returns of a company for more 
than one year, he may issue one order covering the several years 
under consideration reflecting the aggregate refund or 
additional tax due. 
    The notices and demands provided for by subdivisions 8 to 
10, shall be in such form as the commissioner may determine 
(including a statement) and shall contain a brief explanation of 
the computation of the tax and shall be sent by mail to the 
company at the address given in its return, if any, and if no 
such address is given, then to the last known address. 
    Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 60A.15, 
subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 9.  [FAILURE TO FILE RETURN, FALSE OR FRAUDULENT 
RETURN FILED.] If any company required by this section to file 
any return shall fail to do so within the time prescribed or 
shall make, wilfully or otherwise, an incorrect, false, or 
fraudulent return, it shall, on the written demand of the 
commissioner of insurance revenue, file such return, or 
corrected return, within 30 days after the mailing of such 
written demand and at the same time pay the whole tax, or 
additional tax, due on the basis thereof.  If such company shall 
fail within that time to file such return, or corrected return, 
the commissioner shall make for it a return, or corrected 
return, from his own knowledge and from such information as he 
can obtain through testimony, or otherwise, and assess a tax on 
the basis thereof, which tax (less any payments theretofore made 
on account of the tax for the taxable year covered by such 
return) shall be paid within ten days after the commissioner has 
mailed to such company a written notice of the amount thereof 
and demand for its payment.  Any such return or assessment made 
by the commissioner on account of the failure of the company to 
make a return, or a corrected return, shall be prima facie 
correct and valid, and the company shall have the burden of 
establishing its incorrectness or invalidity in any action or 
proceeding in respect thereto. 
    Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 60A.15, 
subdivision 10, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 10.  [COLLECTION OF TAX.] The tax required to be paid 
by this section may be collected in an ordinary action at law by 
the commissioner of insurance revenue against the company.  In 
any action commenced pursuant to this section, upon the filing 
of an affidavit of default, the clerk of the district court 
wherein the action was commenced shall enter judgment for the 
state for the amount demanded in the complaint together with 
costs and disbursements. 
    Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1983 Supplement, section 
60A.15, subdivision 12, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 12.  [OVERPAYMENTS, CLAIMS FOR REFUND.] (1) 
[PROCEDURE, TIME LIMIT, APPROPRIATION.] A company who has paid, 
voluntarily or otherwise, or from whom there has been collected 
an amount of tax for any year in excess of the amount legally 
due for that year, may file with the commissioner of insurance 
revenue a claim for a refund of the excess.  Except as provided 
in subdivision 11, no claim shall be entertained unless filed 
within two years after the tax was paid or collected, or within 
3-1/2 years from the filing of the return, whichever period is 
the longer. 
    Upon the filing of a claim, the commissioner shall examine 
it and shall make and file written findings denying or allowing 
the claim in whole or in part.  He shall mail a notice thereof 
to the company at the address stated upon the return.  If the 
claim is allowed in whole or in part, the commissioner shall 
issue his certificate for the refundment of the excess paid by 
the company, with interest at the rate of two percent per annum 
computed from the date of the payment or collection of the tax 
until the date the refund is paid to the company.  The 
commissioner of finance shall pay the refund out of the proceeds 
of the taxes imposed by this section, as other state moneys are 
expended.  As much of the proceeds of the taxes as necessary are 
appropriated for that purpose. 
    (2) [DENIAL OF CLAIM, COURT PROCEEDINGS.] If the claim is 
denied in whole or in part, the company may commence an action 
against the commissioner to recover any overpayments of taxes 
claimed to be refundable for which the commissioner has issued 
no certificate of refundment.  The action may be brought in the 
district court of the district in the county of its principal 
place of business, or in the district court for Ramsey county.  
The action may be commenced six months after the claim is filed 
if the commissioner has not then taken final action on it.  The 
action shall be commenced within 18 months after the notice of 
the order denying the claim. 
     (3) [DENIAL OF CLAIM, APPEAL.] Either party to the action 
may appeal as in other civil cases. 
     (4) [CONSENT TO EXTEND TIME.] If the commissioner and the 
company have, within the periods prescribed in clause (1), 
consented in writing to any extension of time for the assessment 
of the tax, the period within which a claim for refund may be 
filed, or a refund may be made or allowed, if no claim is filed, 
shall be the period within which the commissioner and the 
company have consented to an extension for the assessment of the 
tax and six months thereafter.  The period within which a claim 
for refund may be filed shall not expire prior to two years 
after the tax was paid. 
     (5) [OVERPAYMENTS; REFUNDS.] If the amount determined to be 
an overpayment exceeds the taxes imposed by this section, the 
amount of excess shall be considered an overpayment.  An amount 
paid as tax constitutes an overpayment even if in fact there was 
no tax liability with respect to which the amount was paid. 
    Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, 
in the case of any overpayment, the commissioner, within the 
applicable period of limitations, shall refund any balance of 
more than one dollar to the company if the company requests the 
refund. 
    Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 60A.15, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 14.  [MATERIAL TO BE FILED WITH DEPARTMENT OF 
COMMERCE.] A copy of each return, statement, filing, or other 
material required by this section to be filed with the 
commissioner of revenue shall be filed at the same time with the 
commissioner of commerce. 
     Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 69.021, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [REPORT OF PREMIUMS.] Each insurer, including 
township and farmers mutual insurers where applicable, shall 
return to the commissioner with its annual financial statement 
the reports described in subdivision 1 certified by its 
secretary and president or chief financial officer.  The 
Minnesota Firetown Premium Report shall contain a true and 
accurate statement of the total premium for all gross direct 
fire, lightning, and sprinkler leakage insurance of all domestic 
mutual insurers and the total premiums for all gross direct 
fire, lightning, sprinkler leakage and extended coverage 
insurance of all other insurers, less return premiums and 
dividends received by them on that business written or done 
during the preceding calendar year upon property located within 
the state or brought into the state for temporary use.  The fire 
and extended coverage portion of multi-peril and multiple peril 
package premiums and all other combination premiums shall be 
determined by applying percentages determined by the 
commissioner or by rating bureaus recognized by the 
commissioner.  The Minnesota Aid to Police Premium Report shall 
contain a true and accurate statement of the total premiums, 
less return premiums and dividends received, on all direct 
business received by such insurer in this state, or by its 
agents for it, in cash or otherwise, during the preceding 
calendar year, with reference to insurance written for perils 
described in section 69.011, subdivision 1, clause (f). 
     Each insurer shall, in addition to filing with the 
commissioner the reports required by this subdivision, file 
these reports with the commissioner of revenue. 
     Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 69.031, 
subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 6.  [ADMINISTRATION.] The staff of the 
statistical-tax audit section, insurance division department of 
revenue, shall be under the direction of the incumbent senior 
auditor, who shall be director of the police and fire state aid 
programs.  Under the supervision of the director of the police 
and fire state aid programs shall be an auditor, a senior 
account clerk, a clerk typist and other personnel and equipment 
the director may from time to time require to carry out the 
provisions of the law relating to the collection, apportionment 
and regulation of the police and fire state aid programs for 
fire departments, firefighter's relief and pension. 

                               ARTICLE 2 
     Section 1.  [TRANSFER.] 
     The authorized complement and budget of the environmental 
quality board is transferred to the state planning agency. 
Classified and unclassified state employees involved in the 
implementation and administration of duties of the environmental 
quality board shall be transferred to the state planning agency 
in the classified service of the state without competitive 
examination and shall be placed in the proper classification by 
the commissioner of employee relations with compensation as 
provided for the classifications.  Nothing in this section shall 
be construed as abrogating or modifying rights now enjoyed by 
affected employees under the commissioner's or managerial plans 
for unrepresented employees or the terms of an agreement between 
the exclusive representatives of public employees and the state 
or one of its appointing authorities.  Section 15.039 shall not 
apply. 
     Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1983 Supplement, section 
116C.03, subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  The board shall include as permanent members the 
commissioner of the department of energy, planning and economic 
development, the director of the pollution control agency, the 
commissioner of natural resources, the commissioner of 
agriculture, the commissioner of health, the commissioner of 
transportation, and a representative of the governor's office 
designated by the governor.  The governor shall appoint five 
members from the general public to the board, subject to the 
advice and consent of the senate.  At least two of the five 
public members shall have knowledge of and be conversant in 
water management issues in the state.  
     Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 116C.03, 
subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 4.  The board shall employ staff or consultants who 
will be assigned to work for the board on a continuous basis. 
The staff may include an executive director who shall serve in 
the unclassified service and be responsible for administering 
the board's staff, work program, budget, and other duties 
delegated by the board Staff and consultant support for board 
activities shall be provided by the state planning agency.  This 
support shall be provided based upon an annual budget and work 
program developed by the board and certified to the director of 
the state planning agency by the chairperson of the board.  The 
board shall have the authority to request and require staff 
support from all other agencies of state government as needed 
for the execution of the responsibilities of the board. 
     Sec. 4.  [REPEALER.] 
     Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 116C.04, subdivisions 5 
and 6, are repealed. 

                               ARTICLE 3
     Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1983 Supplement, section 
161.465, is amended to read: 
    161.465 [REIMBURSEMENT FOR FIRE SERVICES.] 
    Ordinary expenses incurred by a municipal or volunteer fire 
department in extinguishing a grass fire within the right-of-way 
of a trunk highway must be reimbursed upon certification to the 
commissioner of public safety transportation from the trunk 
highway fund.  In addition, ordinary expenses incurred by a 
municipal or volunteer fire department in extinguishing a fire 
outside the right-of-way of any trunk highway if the fire 
originated within the right-of-way, upon approval of a police 
officer or an officer or employee of the department of public 
safety must, upon certification to the commissioner of public 
safety transportation by the proper official of the municipality 
or fire department within 60 days after the completion of the 
service, be reimbursed to the municipality or fire department 
from funds in the trunk highway fund.  The commissioner of 
public safety transportation shall take action practicable to 
secure reimbursement to the trunk highway fund of money expended 
under this section from the person, firm, or corporation 
responsible for the fire or danger of fire. 
    The provisions of this section shall not be construed to 
admit state liability for damage or destruction to private 
property or for injury to persons resulting from a fire 
originating within a trunk highway right-of-way. 

                               ARTICLE 4 
     Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 116J.64, 
subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 5.  "Agency" or "department" means the department of 
energy, planning and development Indian affairs council.  
     Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 116J.64, 
subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 7.  An Indian desiring a loan for the purpose of 
starting a business enterprise, expanding an existing business, 
or for technical and management assistance, shall make 
application to the commissioner Indian affairs council.  The 
commissioner Indian affairs council shall prescribe the 
necessary forms and advise the prospective borrower as to the 
conditions under which his application may be expected to 
receive favorable consideration.  The application shall be 
forwarded to the appropriate tribal council for approval or 
disapproval, and shall be in conformity with the plans submitted 
by said tribal councils.  If the application is approved, the 
commissioner Indian affairs council shall forward the 
application, together with all relevant documents pertinent 
thereto, to the commissioner of finance, who shall draw his 
warrant in favor of the applicable tribal council with 
appropriate notations identifying the borrower.  The tribal 
council shall thereafter reimburse suppliers and vendors for 
purchases of equipment, real estate and inventory made by the 
borrower pursuant to the conditions or guidelines established by 
the commissioner Indian affairs council.  The tribal council 
shall maintain records of transactions for each borrower in a 
manner consistent with good accounting practice.  Simple 
interest at two percent of the amount of the debt owed shall be 
charged.  When any portion of a debt is repaid, the tribal 
council shall remit the amount so received plus interest paid 
thereon to the state treasurer through the commissioner Indian 
affairs council.  The amount so received shall be credited to 
the Indian business loan account.  The tribal council shall 
secure a fidelity bond from a surety company, in favor of the 
state treasurer, in an amount equal to the maximum amount to the 
credit of its loan account during the fiscal year.  On the 
placing of a loan, additional money equal to ten percent of the 
total amount made available to any tribal council for loans 
during the fiscal year shall be paid to the council prior to 
December 31 for the purpose of financing administrative costs. 
    Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1983 Supplement, section 
116J.01, subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 3.  [DEPARTMENTAL ORGANIZATION.] The commissioner 
shall organize the department as provided in section 15.06.  The 
department shall be organized into three four divisions, which 
shall be designated the energy division, the community 
development division, the economic development division, and the 
financial management division; and the office of tourism.  Each 
division and office is responsible for administering the duties 
and functions assigned to it by law.  When the duties of the 
divisions or office are not allocated by law, the commissioner 
may establish and revise the assignments of each division and 
office.  Each division shall be under the direction of a deputy 
commissioner in the unclassified service.  The office of tourism 
is under the direction of a director of tourism in the 
unclassified service.  The governor shall appoint the director 
of tourism.  
     Sec. 4.  [116J.401] [POWERS AND DUTIES.] 
    The commissioner of energy and economic development shall:  
     (1) provide regional development commissions, the 
metropolitan council, and units of local government with 
information, technical assistance, training, and advice on using 
federal and state programs;  
     (2) receive and administer the small cities community 
development block grant program authorized by Congress under the 
Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended;  
     (3) receive and administer the section 107 technical 
assistance program grants authorized by Congress under the 
Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended;  
     (4) receive and administer grants for the Minnesota jail 
resource center authorized by Congress under the Juvenile 
Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended;  
     (5) receive and administer the land and water conservation 
grant program authorized by Congress under the Land and Water 
Conservation Fund Act of 1965, as amended;  
     (6) receive and administer other state and federal grants 
and grant programs for planning, community affairs, community 
development purposes, and other state and federal programs 
assigned to the department by law or by the governor in 
accordance with section 4.07; and 
     (7) receive applications for state and federal grants and 
grant programs for planning, community affairs, and community 
development purposes, and other state and federal programs 
assigned to the department by law or by the governor in 
accordance with section 4.07.  
    Sec. 5.  [116J.402] [COOPERATIVE CONTRACTS.] 
    The commissioner of energy and economic development may 
apply for, receive, and spend money for community development 
from municipal, county, regional, and other planning agencies. 
The commissioner may also apply for, accept, and disburse grants 
and other aids for community development and related planning 
from the federal government and other sources.  The commissioner 
may enter into contracts with agencies of the federal 
government, local governmental units, regional development 
commissions, and the metropolitan council, other state agencies, 
the University of Minnesota, and other educational institutions, 
and private persons as necessary to perform his duties. 
Contracts made according to this section, except those with 
private persons, are not subject to the provisions of chapter 16 
concerning competitive bidding.  
    The commissioner may apply for, receive, and spend money 
made available from federal sources or other sources for the 
purposes of carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the 
commissioner relating to community development.  
    Money received by the commissioner under this section must 
be deposited in the state treasury and is appropriated to the 
commissioner for the purposes for which the money has been 
received.  The money does not cancel and is available until 
spent.  
    Sec. 6.  [116J.403] [RULES.] 
    No money made available to the commissioner for the small 
cities community development block grant program shall be spent 
by him for community development and related planning programs 
until he adopts rules prescribing standards and procedures to 
govern the expenditure.  The rules must be adopted under the 
Administrative Procedure Act in chapter 14 and must conform with 
all terms and conditions imposed on the commissioner when the 
money is made available to him.  The commissioner may adopt 
temporary rules under sections 14.29 to 14.36 so that he can 
carry out promptly his responsibilities for administering 
federally funded community development grant programs.  
    Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1983 Supplement, section 
116J.42, subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 4.  The director shall:  
    (1) undertake studies to obtain information and data on 
urban and rural needs, assistance programs, and activities; 
    (2) conduct research and make recommendations to the 
governor and the legislature concerning relationships among 
federal, state, and local governments; and review and report on 
changes in federal policies and budgets as they affect the state 
and state and local government programs;  
    (3) provide regional development commissions, the 
metropolitan council, and units of local government with 
information, technical assistance, training, and advice in 
utilizing federal and state programs; and 
    (4) receive and administer the small cities community 
development block grant program authorized by the Congress under 
the Housing and Development Act of 1974, as amended; and 
    (5) receive and administer other state and federal grants 
and grant programs for planning, community affairs, community 
development purposes, and other state and federal programs 
assigned to the agency by law or by the governor in accordance 
with section 4.07.  
    Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1983 Supplement, section 
116J.42, subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 9.  [JUVENILE JUSTICE.] The governor shall designate 
the state planning agency department of energy and economic 
development as the sole agency responsible for supervising the 
preparation and administration of the state plan for juvenile 
justice required by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency 
Prevention Act of 1974, as amended.  
    The governor shall designate the Juvenile Justice Advisory 
Committee as the supervisory board for the state planning agency 
department of energy and economic development with respect to 
preparation and administration of the state plan and award of 
grants.  
    The governor shall appoint members to the Juvenile Justice 
Advisory Committee in accordance with the membership 
requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention 
Act of 1974, as amended.  
    Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1983 Supplement, section 
299A.04, is amended to read: 
    299A.04 [GRANTS-IN-AID TO YOUTH INTERVENTION PROGRAMS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  The director commissioner may make grants 
to nonprofit agencies administering youth intervention programs 
in communities where the programs are or may be established. 
    "Youth intervention program" means a nonresidential 
community based program providing advocacy, education, 
counseling, and referral services to youth and their families 
experiencing personal, familial, school, legal, or chemical 
problems with the goal of resolving the present problems and 
preventing the occurrence of the problems in the future. 
    Subd. 2.  Applications for a grant-in-aid shall be made by 
the administering agency to the director commissioner.  The 
grant-in-aid is contingent upon the agency having obtained from 
the community in which the youth intervention program is 
established local matching money two times the amount of the 
grant that is sought. 
    The director commissioner shall provide by rule the 
application form, procedures for making application form, 
criteria for review of the application, and kinds of 
contributions in addition to cash that qualify as local matching 
money.  No grant to any agency shall exceed $25,000. 
    Sec. 10.  Laws 1983, chapter 289, section 115, subdivision 
2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [RENUMBERING.] The revisor of statutes shall 
renumber each section specified in column A with the numbers in 
column B.  The revisor shall also make necessary cross-reference 
changes consistent with the renumbering. 
             Column A                      Column B
             116J.28                       216B.242
             116J.40                       116K.01
             116J.42, subdivisions 1 to 8  116K.04
             116J.42, subdivision 9        116J.404
             116J.43                       116K.05
             116J.44                       116K.06
             116J.45                       116K.07
             116J.48                       116K.08
             116J.49                       116K.09
             116J.50                       116K.10
             116J.51                       116K.11
             116J.52                       116K.12
             116J.53                       116K.13
             116J.54                       116K.14 116J.406
             299A.04                       116K.15 116J.405

                                ARTICLE 5
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 161.20, 
subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 4.  [DEBT COLLECTION.] The commissioner shall make 
reasonable and businesslike efforts to collect money owed to the 
department for licenses, fines, penalties, and permit fees or 
arising from damages to state owned property and or other causes 
related to trunk highways the activities of the department of 
transportation.  When a debt has been reduced to a money 
judgment, the commissioner may contract for debt collection 
services for the purpose of collecting the judgment.  The 
commissioner may enter into an agreement with the commissioner 
of public safety to use debt collection services authorized by 
this subdivision when civil penalties relating to the use of 
highways have been reduced to money judgment.  Money received as 
full or partial payment shall be deposited in to the trunk 
highway appropriate fund.  When money is collected through 
contracted services, the commissioner may make payment for the 
service from the money collected.  The amount necessary for 
payment of contractual collection costs is appropriated from the 
trunk highway fund in which money so collected is deposited. 
    Approved April 25, 1984