language to be deleted (2) new language
Laws of Minnesota 1992 CHAPTER 470-S.F.No. 1805 An act relating to human services; requiring reporting of legally blind persons to Minnesota state services for the blind and visually handicapped; modifying the duties of the commissioner of jobs and training; removing a council's expiration date; amending Minnesota Statutes 1990, sections 248.07, subdivisions 1 and 5; and 248.10, subdivision 2; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 248. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. [248.011] [REPORTING OF NEWLY BLINDED INDIVIDUAL.] Subdivision 1. [DUTY TO REPORT.] Whenever an ophthalmologist or optometrist makes an initial diagnosis of legal blindness as defined in section 256D.35, subdivision 4a, the ophthalmologist or optometrist shall advise the client that services are available through Minnesota state services for the blind and visually handicapped. After obtaining client consent, the ophthalmologist or optometrist shall report the name of the legally blind client to Minnesota state services for the blind and visually handicapped. The report must be filed with Minnesota state services for the blind and visually handicapped within 30 days following a diagnosis of legal blindness after obtaining client consent. Subd. 2. [DUTIES OF MINNESOTA STATE SERVICES FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY HANDICAPPED.] Upon receipt of the name of a legally blind individual, Minnesota state services for the blind and visually handicapped shall contact the newly blind individual within 30 days and provide a complete summary of available services to the blind individual, in media accessible to the individual. Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 248.07, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [COOPERATION.] It shall be the duty of the commissioner of jobs and training, referred to in this section and sections 248.10 and 248.11 as the commissioner, to develop and administer programs serving the needs of blind and visually handicapped persons and to cooperate with state and local boards and agencies both public and private. The commissioner shall create a distinct organizational unit to be known as the division of services for the blind and visually handicapped, separate from the vocational rehabilitation unit and with its own activity budget, within the department of jobs and training to provide and coordinate services to the blind. Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 248.07, subdivision 5, is amended to read: Subd. 5. [AIDS.] The commissioner shall further be empowered to aid the blind: (1) By home instruction and training; (2) by assisting them in securing tools, appliances, and supplies; (3) by any other practicable means of improving their social, economic, or educational condition;
and(4) by providing to eligible persons, or purchasing for sale at cost plus handling charges, special materials and supplies needed by blind or visually handicapped persons that are difficult to obtain elsewhere; and (5) by promoting literacy and access to print materials through production of alternative reading formats such as Braille, audio tapes, radio signals, newspaper reading services, and other services originating from the division's communication center. Equipment may be leased or sold under written rehabilitation plans at cost plus handling charges to persons who wish to lease or purchase them. Receipts under this subdivision, as well as gifts to aid the blind, are subject to section 268.0121, subdivision 5. Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 248.10, subdivision 2, is amended to read: Subd. 2. [REMOVAL; VACANCIES ; EXPIRATION.] The compensation, removal of members, and filling of vacancies on the council are as provided in section 15.0575. The council expires on June 30, 1993.Presented to the governor April 14, 1992 Signed by the governor April 17, 1992, 9:50 a.m.