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                         Laws of Minnesota 1992 

                        CHAPTER 452-S.F.No. 1985 
           An act relating to human rights; declaring a state 
          policy of zero tolerance of violence; encouraging 
          state agencies to act to implement the policy; 
          proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, 
          chapters 1 and 15. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  [1.50] [FREEDOM FROM VIOLENCE.] 
    The state of Minnesota hereby adopts a policy of zero 
tolerance of violence.  It is state policy that every person in 
the state has a right to live free from violence. 
    Sec. 2.  [15.86] [STATE AGENCY ACTIONS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [STATEMENT OF ZERO TOLERANCE OF VIOLENCE.] 
In furtherance of the state policy in section 1, by January 1, 
1993, each house of the legislature, each state agency, and each 
public corporation created in statute must adopt a goal of zero 
tolerance of violence.  Each agency is encouraged to develop a 
plan that describes how the agency will: 
    (1) seek to eliminate any potential for violence in and 
around the agency workplace; and 
    (2) seek to eliminate any potential for violence by 
affecting the attitudes and behavior of people that the agency 
serves or regulates.  
Agency statements and any plans must be filed with the 
legislative reference library, where they will be available for 
public inspection. 
    Subd. 2.  [WORKPLACE PLANS.] An agency plan for eliminating 
potential for violence in and around the workplace may include: 
    (1) elimination of sexual harassment, as defined in section 
363.01, subdivision 41; and 
    (2) assuring that areas in and around the workplace, such 
as parking facilities and areas between the workplace and 
parking facilities, are designed and operated in a manner that 
provides for the safety of employees and guests. 
    Subd. 3.  [CLIENT PLANS.] An agency plan for eliminating 
violence by affecting attitudes and behavior of persons that the 
agency serves or regulates may include, but is not limited to, 
the following: 
    (1) educational programs; 
    (2) incorporating the policy of zero tolerance of violence 
into the agency's direct service and regulatory programs; and 
    (3) attempting to assure that persons and businesses 
receiving grants from or providing goods or services to the 
agency adopt zero tolerance of violence policies. 
     Subd. 4.  [LIABILITY.] This section does not create any 
civil liability on the part of the state of Minnesota. 
     Sec. 3.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
     Sections 1 and 2 are effective the day following final 
enactment. 
    Presented to the governor April 10, 1992 
    Signed by the governor April 13, 1992, 1:42 p.m.