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                         Laws of Minnesota 1991 

                        CHAPTER 104-H.F.No. 671 
           An act relating to human services; child care 
          providers; allowing an extension for installing 
          interior vertical access in child care facilities in 
          churches; amending Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 
          16B.61, subdivision 3. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 16B.61, 
subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 3.  [SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS.] (a)  [SPACE FOR COMMUTER 
VANS.] The code must require that any parking ramp or other 
parking facility constructed in accordance with the code include 
an appropriate number of spaces suitable for the parking of 
motor vehicles having a capacity of seven to 16 persons and 
which are principally used to provide prearranged commuter 
transportation of employees to or from their place of employment 
or to or from a transit stop authorized by a local transit 
authority.  
    (b)  [SMOKE DETECTION DEVICES.] The code must require that 
all dwellings, lodging houses, apartment houses, and hotels as 
defined in section 299F.362 comply with the provisions of 
section 299F.362.  
    (c)  [DOORS IN NURSING HOMES AND HOSPITALS.] The state 
building code may not require that each door entering a sleeping 
or patient's room from a corridor in a nursing home or hospital 
with an approved complete standard automatic fire extinguishing 
system be constructed or maintained as self-closing or 
automatically closing.  
    (d)  [CHILD CARE FACILITIES IN CHURCHES; GROUND LEVEL 
EXIT.] A licensed day care center serving fewer than 30 
preschool age persons and which is located in a below ground 
space in a church building is exempt from the state building 
code requirement for a ground level exit when the center has 
more than two stairways to the ground level and its exit.  
    (e)  [CHILD CARE FACILITIES IN CHURCHES; VERTICAL 
ACCESS.] Until August 1, 1996, an organization providing child 
care in an existing church building which is exempt from 
taxation under section 272.02, subdivision 1, clause (5) shall 
have five years from the date of initial licensure under chapter 
245A to provide interior vertical access, such as an elevator, 
to persons with disabilities as required by the state building 
code.  To obtain the extension, the organization providing child 
care must secure a $2,500 performance bond with the commissioner 
of human services to ensure that interior vertical access is 
achieved by the agreed upon date. 
    (f)  [FAMILY AND GROUP FAMILY DAY CARE.] The commissioner 
of administration shall establish a task force to determine 
occupancy standards specific and appropriate to family and group 
family day care homes and to examine hindrances to establishing 
day care facilities in rural Minnesota.  The task force must 
include representatives from rural and urban building code 
inspectors, rural and urban fire code inspectors, rural and 
urban county day care licensing units, rural and urban family 
and group family day care providers and consumers, child care 
advocacy groups, and the departments of administration, human 
services, and public safety. 
    By January 1, 1989, the commissioner of administration 
shall report the task force findings and recommendations to the 
appropriate legislative committees together with proposals for 
legislative action on the recommendations. 
    Until the legislature enacts legislation specifying 
appropriate standards, the definition of Group R-3 occupancies 
in the state building code applies to family and group family 
day care homes licensed by the department of human services 
under Minnesota Rules, chapter 9502. 
    (f) (g)  [MINED UNDERGROUND SPACE.] Nothing in the state 
building codes shall prevent cities from adopting rules 
governing the excavation, construction, reconstruction, 
alteration, and repair of mined underground space pursuant to 
sections 469.135 to 469.141, or of associated facilities in the 
space once the space has been created, provided the intent of 
the building code to establish reasonable safeguards for health, 
safety, welfare, comfort, and security is maintained. 
    (g) (h)  [ENCLOSED STAIRWAYS.] No provision of the code or 
any appendix chapter of the code may require stairways of 
existing multiple dwelling buildings of two stories or less to 
be enclosed. 
    (h) (i)  [DOUBLE CYLINDER DEAD BOLT LOCKS.] No provision of 
the code or appendix chapter of the code may prohibit double 
cylinder dead bolt locks in existing single-family homes, 
townhouses, and first floor duplexes used exclusively as a 
residential dwelling.  Any recommendation or promotion of double 
cylinder dead bolt locks must include a warning about their 
potential fire danger and procedures to minimize the danger. 
    (i) (j)  [RELOCATED RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS.] A residential 
building relocated within or into a political subdivision of the 
state need not comply with the state energy code or section 
326.371 provided that, where available, an energy audit is 
conducted on the relocated building. 
    (j) (k)  [AUTOMATIC GARAGE DOOR OPENING SYSTEMS.] The code 
must require all residential buildings as defined in section 
325F.82 to comply with the provisions of sections 325F.82 and 
325F.83.  
    Sec. 2.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
    Section 1 is effective the day following final enactment. 
    Presented to the governor May 14, 1991 
    Signed by the governor May 17, 1991, 11:07 a.m.