language to be deleted (2) new language
Laws of Minnesota 1989 CHAPTER 218-H.F.No. 786 An act relating to employment; requiring the hiring of local workers and the payment of wages equal to those of railroad workers on certain railroad projects assisted with state money; amending Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 222.50, subdivision 5. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 222.50, subdivision 5, is amended to read: Subd. 5. In making any contract pursuant to subdivision 4 the commissioner may: (a) Stipulate minimum operating standards for rail lines designed to achieve reasonable transportation service for shippers and to achieve best use of funds invested in rail line rehabilitation; (b) Require a portion of the total assistance for improving a rail line to be loaned to the railroad by rail users and require the railroad to reimburse rail users for any loan on the basis of use of the line and the revenues produced when the line has been improved; (c) Determine the terms and conditions under which all or any portion of state funds allocated shall be repaid to the department by the railroads. Reimbursement may be made as a portion of the increased revenue derived from the improved rail line. Any reimbursement received by the department pursuant to this clause shall be deposited in the rail service improvement account and shall be appropriated exclusively for rehabilitating other rail lines in the state pursuant to subdivision 4;
and(d) Require, in lieu of reimbursement as provided in clause (c) of this subdivision, that the railroad establish and maintain a separate railroad fund to be used exclusively for rehabilitation of other rail lines in Minnesota, to which a portion of the increase in revenue derived from the improved rail line shall be credited. The terms and conditions for use of money in the fund shall be stipulated in the contract. The contract shall also stipulate a penalty for use of such money in a manner other than as set forth in the contract and require the railroad to report to the department at such times as the commissioner requires, concerning the disbursement of money from the fund and the general status of rail line improvements; and (e) To the extent not prohibited by federal law or regulation, require that when the railroad elects to contract for portions of the rehabilitation work or rail service improvement, the railroad must select a contractor who is experienced in rail rehabilitation work, and must require the contractor to: (1) recruit any new workers from the area where the work is to be done; and (2) pay workers under the contract wages that are equal to or greater than the wages the railroad pays its own workers for similar work, but not less than twice the state minimum wage that state-covered employers are required to pay under section 177.24, subdivision 1, paragraph (b). Presented to the governor May 19, 1989 Signed by the governor May 23, 1989, 5:48 p.m.