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Laws of Minnesota 1991 CHAPTER 313-S.F.No. 899 An act relating to torts; providing immunity against tort liability for claims arising out of the use of highways that provide access to timber; amending Minnesota Statutes 1990, sections 3.736, subdivision 3; and 466.03, by adding a subdivision. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 3.736, subdivision 3, is amended to read: Subd. 3. [EXCLUSIONS.] Without intent to preclude the courts from finding additional cases where the state and its employees should not, in equity and good conscience, pay compensation for personal injuries or property losses, the legislature declares that the state and its employees are not liable for the following losses: (a) a loss caused by an act or omission of a state employee exercising due care in the execution of a valid or invalid statute or rule; (b) a loss caused by the performance or failure to perform a discretionary duty, whether or not the discretion is abused; (c) a loss in connection with the assessment and collection of taxes; (d) a loss caused by snow or ice conditions on a highway or public sidewalk that does not abut a publicly owned building or a publicly owned parking lot, except when the condition is affirmatively caused by the negligent acts of a state employee; (e) a loss caused by wild animals in their natural state, except as provided in section 3.7371; (f) a loss other than injury to or loss of property or personal injury or death; (g) a loss caused by the condition of unimproved real property owned by the state, which means land that the state has not improved, state land that contains idled or abandoned mine pits or shafts, and appurtenances, fixtures, and attachments to land that the state has neither affixed nor improved; (h) a loss incurred by a user arising from the construction, operation, or maintenance of the outdoor recreation system, as defined in section 86A.04, or for a loss arising from the construction, operation, maintenance, or administration of grants-in-aid trails as defined in section 85.018, or for a loss arising from the construction, operation, or maintenance of a water access site created by the iron range resources and rehabilitation board, except that the state is liable for conduct that would entitle a trespasser to damages against a private person. For the purposes of this clause, a water access site, as defined in section 86A.04 or created by the iron range resources and rehabilitation board, that provides access to an idled, water filled mine pit, also includes the entire water filled area of the pit and, further, includes losses caused by the caving or slumping of the mine pit walls; (i) a loss of benefits or compensation due under a program of public assistance or public welfare, except if state compensation for loss is expressly required by federal law in order for the state to receive federal grants-in-aid; (j) a loss based on the failure of a person to meet the standards needed for a license, permit, or other authorization issued by the state or its agents; (k) a loss based on the usual care and treatment, or lack of care and treatment, of a person at a state hospital or state corrections facility where reasonable use of available appropriations has been made to provide care; (l) loss, damage, or destruction of property of a patient or inmate of a state institution; (m) a loss for which recovery is prohibited by section 169.121, subdivision 9; (n) a loss caused by an aeration, bubbler, water circulation, or similar system used to increase dissolved oxygen or maintain open water on the ice of public waters, that is operated under a permit issued by the commissioner of natural resources;
and(o) a loss incurred by a visitor to the Minnesota zoological garden, except that the state is liable for conduct that would entitle a trespasser to damages against a private person; and (p) a loss arising out of a person's use of a logging road on public land that is maintained exclusively to provide access to timber on that land by harvesters of the timber, and is not signed or otherwise held out to the public as a public highway. The state will not pay punitive damages. Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 466.03, is amended by adding a subdivision to read: Subd. 17. [LOGGING ROADS.] Any claim arising out of a person's use of a logging road on public land that is maintained exclusively to provide access to timber on the land by harvesters of the timber, and is not signed or otherwise held out to the public as a public highway. Presented to the governor May 30, 1991 Signed by the governor June 3, 1991, 4:14 p.m.