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                         Laws of Minnesota 1992 

                        CHAPTER 500-S.F.No. 512 
           An act relating to agriculture; regulating noxious 
          weeds; changing eligibility for agricultural chemical 
          response compensation; imposing penalties; amending 
          Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 18E.02, subdivision 
          5; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, 
          chapter 18; repealing Minnesota Statutes 1990, 
          sections 18.171 to 18.189; 18.192; 18.201; 18.211 to 
          18.315; and 18.321 to 18.323; Minnesota Statutes 1991 
          Supplement, section 18.191.  
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  [18.75] [PURPOSE.] 
    It is the policy of the legislature that residents of the 
state be protected from the injurious effects of noxious weeds 
on public health, the environment, public roads, crops, 
livestock, and other property.  Sections 2 to 14 contain 
procedures for controlling and eradicating noxious weeds on all 
lands within the state.  
    Sec. 2.  [18.76] [CITATION.] 
    Sections 2 to 14 may be cited as the "Minnesota noxious 
weed law."  
    Sec. 3.  [18.77] [DEFINITIONS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [SCOPE.] The definitions in this section 
apply to sections 2 to 14.  
    Subd. 2.  [COMMISSIONER.] "Commissioner" means the 
commissioner of agriculture or the authorized agents of the 
commissioner. 
    Subd. 3.  [CONTROL.] "Control" means to destroy the 
aboveground growth of noxious weeds by a lawful method that 
prevents the maturation and spread of noxious weed propagating 
parts from one area to another.  
    Subd. 4.  [ERADICATE.] "Eradicate" means to destroy the 
aboveground growth and the roots of noxious weeds by a lawful 
method that prevents the maturation and spread of noxious weed 
propagating parts from one area to another.  
    Subd. 5.  [GROWING CROP.] "Growing crop" means an 
agricultural, horticultural, or forest crop that has been 
planted or regularly maintained and intended for harvest.  
    Subd. 6.  [LAND.] "Land" means a parcel or tract of real 
estate including wetlands and public waters but not including 
buildings unless they are a place of business and open to the 
general public. 
    Subd. 7.  [MUNICIPALITY.] "Municipality" means a home rule 
charter or statutory city or a township.  
    Subd. 8.  [NOXIOUS WEED.] "Noxious weed" means an annual, 
biennial, or perennial plant that the commissioner designates to 
be injurious to public health, the environment, public roads, 
crops, livestock, or other property.  
    Subd. 9.  [OCCUPANT.] "Occupant" means a person who uses 
land as a principal residence or who leases land or both.  
    Subd. 10.  [PERMANENT PASTURE, HAY MEADOW, WOODLOT, AND 
OTHER NONCROP AREA.] "Permanent pasture, hay meadow, woodlot, 
and other noncrop area" means an area of predominantly native or 
seeded perennial plants that can be used for grazing or hay 
purposes but is not harvested on a regular basis and is not 
considered to be a growing crop.  
    Subd. 11.  [PERSON.] "Person" means an individual, 
partnership, corporation, society, association, firm, public 
agency, or an agent for one of those entities.  
    Subd. 12.  [PROPAGATING PARTS.] "Propagating parts" means 
plant parts, including seeds, that are capable of producing new 
plants.  
    Sec. 4.  [18.78] [CONTROL OR ERADICATION OF NOXIOUS WEEDS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [GENERALLY.] Except as provided in section 
11, a person owning land, a person occupying land, or a person 
responsible for the maintenance of public land shall control or 
eradicate all noxious weeds on the land at a time and in a 
manner ordered by the commissioner, the county agricultural 
inspector, or a local weed inspector. 
    Subd. 2.  [CONTROL OF PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE.] An owner of 
nonfederal lands underlying public waters or wetlands designated 
under section 103G.201 is not required to control or eradicate 
purple loosestrife below the ordinary high water level of the 
public water or wetland.  The commissioner of natural resources 
is responsible for control and eradication of purple loosestrife 
on public waters and wetlands designated under section 103G.201, 
except those located upon lands owned in fee title or managed by 
the United States.  The officers, employees, agents, and 
contractors of the commissioner of natural resources may enter 
upon public waters and wetlands designated under section 
103G.201 and, after providing notification to the occupant or 
owner of the land, may cross adjacent lands as necessary for the 
purpose of investigating purple loosestrife infestations, 
formulating methods of eradication, and implementing control and 
eradication of purple loosestrife.  The commissioner, after 
consultation with the commissioner of agriculture, shall, by 
June 1 of each year, compile a priority list of purple 
loosestrife infestations to be controlled in designated public 
waters.  The commissioner of agriculture must distribute the 
list to county agricultural inspectors, local weed inspectors, 
and their appointed agents.  The commissioner of natural 
resources shall control listed purple loosestrife infestations 
in priority order within the limits of appropriations provided 
for that purpose.  This procedure shall be the exclusive means 
for control of purple loosestrife on designated public waters by 
the commissioner of natural resources and shall supersede the 
other provisions for control of noxious weeds set forth 
elsewhere in chapter 18.  The responsibility of the commissioner 
of natural resources to control and eradicate purple loosestrife 
on public waters and wetlands located on private lands and the 
authority to enter upon private lands ends ten days after 
receipt by the commissioner of a written statement from the 
landowner that the landowner assumes all responsibility for 
control and eradication of purple loosestrife under sections 4 
to 14.  State officers, employees, agents, and contractors of 
the commissioner of natural resources are not liable in a civil 
action for trespass committed in the discharge of their duties 
under this section and are not liable to anyone for damages, 
except for damages arising from gross negligence. 
    Sec. 5.  [18.79] [DUTIES OF THE COMMISSIONER.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [ENFORCEMENT.] The commissioner of 
agriculture shall administer and enforce sections 2 to 14.  
    Subd. 2.  [AUTHORIZED AGENTS.] The commissioner shall 
authorize department of agriculture personnel and may authorize, 
in writing, county agricultural inspectors to act as agents in 
the administration and enforcement of sections 2 to 14.  
    Subd. 3.  [ENTRY UPON LAND.] To administer and enforce 
sections 2 to 14, the commissioner, authorized agents of the 
commissioner, county agricultural inspectors, and local weed 
inspectors may enter upon land without consent of the owner and 
without being subject to an action for trespass or any damages.  
    Subd. 4.  [RULES.] The commissioner may adopt necessary 
rules under chapter 14 for the proper enforcement of sections 2 
to 14.  
    Subd. 5.  [ORDER FOR CONTROL OR ERADICATION OF NOXIOUS 
WEEDS.] The commissioner, a county agricultural inspector, or a 
local weed inspector may order the control or eradication of 
noxious weeds on any land within the state.  
    Subd. 6.  [EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR CONTROL OR ERADICATION 
OF NOXIOUS WEEDS.] The commissioner shall conduct education 
programs considered necessary for weed inspectors in the 
enforcement of the noxious weed law.  The director of the 
Minnesota extension service may conduct educational programs for 
the general public that will aid compliance with the noxious 
weed law. 
    Subd. 7.  [MEETINGS AND REPORTS.] The commissioner shall 
designate by rule the reports that are required to be made and 
the meetings that must be attended by weed inspectors.  
    Subd. 8.  [PRESCRIBED FORMS.] The commissioner shall 
prescribe the forms to be used by weed inspectors in the 
enforcement of sections 2 to 14.  
    Subd. 9.  [INJUNCTION.] If the commissioner applies to a 
court for a temporary or permanent injunction restraining a 
person from violating or continuing to violate sections 2 to 14, 
the injunction may be issued without requiring a bond.  
    Subd. 10.  [PROSECUTION.] On finding that a person has 
violated sections 2 to 14, the commissioner may start court 
proceedings in the locality in which the violation occurred.  
The county attorney may prosecute actions under sections 2 to 14 
within his or her jurisdiction.  
    Subd. 11.  [QUARANTINE.] The commissioner may establish a 
noxious weed quarantine according to section 11 and may hire 
additional employees and purchase the necessary equipment, 
supplies, or services to properly carry out the eradication of 
noxious weeds on quarantined land.  
    Sec. 6.  [18.80] [INSPECTORS; EXPENSES.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [COUNTY AGRICULTURAL INSPECTORS.] The 
county board shall appoint one or more county agricultural 
inspectors that meet the qualifications prescribed by rule.  The 
appointment must be for a period of time which is sufficient to 
accomplish the duties assigned to this position.  A notice of 
the appointment must be delivered to the commissioner within ten 
days of the appointment and it must establish the initial number 
of hours to be worked annually. 
    Subd. 2.  [LOCAL WEED INSPECTORS.] The supervisors of each 
town board and the mayor of each city shall act as local weed 
inspectors within their respective municipalities.  
    Subd. 3.  [ASSISTANT WEED INSPECTORS.] A municipality may 
appoint one or more assistants to act on behalf of the 
appointing authority as a weed inspector for the municipality.  
The appointed assistant or assistants have the power, authority, 
and responsibility of the town board members or the city mayor 
in the capacity of weed inspector.  
    Sec. 7.  [18.81] [DUTIES OF INSPECTORS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [COUNTY AGRICULTURAL INSPECTORS.] It is the 
duty of county agricultural inspectors:  
    (1) to see that sections 2 to 14 and rules adopted under 
those sections are carried out within their jurisdiction; 
     (2) to see that sections 21.80 to 21.92 and rules adopted 
under those sections are carried out within their jurisdiction; 
     (3) to see that sections 21.71 to 21.78 and rules adopted 
under those sections are carried out within their jurisdiction; 
     (4) to participate in the control programs for feed, 
fertilizer, pesticide, and insect pests when requested, in 
writing, to do so by the commissioner; 
    (5) to participate in other agricultural programs under the 
control of the commissioner when requested to do so, subject to 
veto by the county board; 
    (6) to administer the distribution of funds allocated by 
the county board to the county agricultural inspector for 
noxious weed control and eradication within the county; 
    (7) to submit reports and attend meetings that the 
commissioner requires; and 
    (8) to publish a general weed notice of the legal duty to 
control noxious weeds in one or more legal newspapers of general 
circulation throughout the county.  
    Subd. 2.  [LOCAL WEED INSPECTORS.] Local weed inspectors 
shall:  
    (1) examine all lands, including highways, roads, alleys, 
and public ground in the territory over which their jurisdiction 
extends to ascertain if section 4 and related rules have been 
complied with; 
    (2) see that the control or eradication of noxious weeds is 
carried out in accordance with section 9 and related rules; 
    (3) issue permits in accordance with section 8 and related 
rules for the transportation of materials or equipment infested 
with noxious weed propagating parts; and 
    (4) submit reports and attend meetings that the 
commissioner requires. 
    Subd. 3.  [NONPERFORMANCE BY INSPECTORS; REIMBURSEMENT FOR 
EXPENSES.] (a) If local weed inspectors neglect or fail to do 
their duty as prescribed in this section, the commissioner shall 
issue a notice to the inspector providing instructions on how 
and when to do their duty.  If, after the time allowed in the 
notice, the local weed inspector has not complied as directed, 
the county agricultural inspector may perform the duty for the 
local weed inspector.  A claim for the expense of doing the 
local weed inspector's duty is a legal charge against the 
municipality in which the inspector has jurisdiction.  The 
county agricultural inspector doing the work may file an 
itemized statement of costs with the clerk of the municipality 
in which the work was performed.  The municipality shall 
immediately issue proper warrants to the county for the work 
performed.  If the municipality fails to issue the warrants, the 
county auditor may include the amount contained in the itemized 
statement of costs as part of the next annual tax levy in the 
municipality and withhold that amount from the municipality in 
making its next apportionment. 
    (b) If a county agricultural inspector fails to perform the 
duties as prescribed in this section, the commissioner shall 
issue a notice to the inspector providing instructions on how 
and when to do that duty.  
    (c) The commissioner shall by rule establish procedures to 
carry out the enforcement actions for nonperformance required by 
this subdivision. 
    Sec. 8.  [18.82] [TRANSPORTATION OF NOXIOUS WEED 
PROPAGATING PARTS IN INFESTED MATERIAL OR EQUIPMENT.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [PERMITS.] Except as provided in section 
21.74, if a person wants to transport along a public highway 
materials or equipment containing the propagating parts of weeds 
designated as noxious by the commissioner, the person must 
secure a written permit for transportation of the material or 
equipment from a local weed inspector or county agricultural 
inspector.  Inspectors may issue permits to persons residing or 
operating within their jurisdiction.  If the noxious weed 
propagating parts are removed from materials and equipment or 
devitalized before being transported, a permit is not needed.  
    Subd. 2.  [CONDITIONS OF PERMIT ISSUANCE.] The following 
conditions must be met before a permit under subdivision 1 may 
be issued:  
    (1) any material or equipment containing noxious weed 
propagating parts that is about to be transported along a public 
highway must be in a container that is sufficiently tight and 
closed or otherwise covered to prevent the blowing or scattering 
of the material along the highway or on other lands or water; 
and 
    (2) the destination for unloading and the use of the 
material or equipment containing noxious weed propagating parts 
must be stated on the permit along with the method that will be 
used to destroy the viability of the propagating parts and 
thereby prevent their being dumped or scattered upon land or 
water.  
    Subd. 3.  [DURATION OF PERMIT; REVOCATION.] A permit under 
subdivision 1 is valid for up to one year after the date it is 
issued unless otherwise specified by the weed inspector issuing 
the permit.  The permit may be revoked if a county agricultural 
inspector or local weed inspector determines that the applicant 
has not complied with this section.  
    Sec. 9.  [18.83] [CONTROLLING OR ERADICATING NOXIOUS WEEDS; 
NOTICES; EXPENSES.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [GENERAL WEED NOTICE.] A general notice for 
noxious weed control or eradication must be published on or 
before May 15 of each year and at other times the commissioner 
directs.  Failure of the county agricultural weed inspector to 
publish the general notice does not relieve a person from the 
necessity of full compliance with sections 2 to 14 and related 
rules.  The published notice is legal and sufficient notice when 
an individual notice cannot be served.  
    Subd. 2.  [INDIVIDUAL NOTICE.] A weed inspector may find it 
necessary to secure more prompt or definite control or 
eradication of noxious weeds than is accomplished by the 
published general notice.  In these special or individual 
instances, involving one or a limited number of persons, the 
weed inspector having jurisdiction shall serve individual 
notices in writing upon the person who owns the land and the 
person who occupies the land, or the person responsible for or 
charged with the maintenance of public land, giving specific 
instructions on when and how named noxious weeds are to be 
controlled or eradicated.  Individual notices provided for in 
this section must be served in the same manner as a summons in a 
civil action in the district court or by certified mail.  
Service on a person living temporarily or permanently outside of 
the weed inspector's jurisdiction may be made by sending the 
notice by certified mail to the last known address of the 
person, to be ascertained, if necessary, from the last tax list 
in the county treasurer's office.  
    Subd. 3.  [APPEAL OF INDIVIDUAL NOTICE; APPEAL 
COMMITTEE.] (1) A recipient of an individual notice may appeal, 
in writing, the order for control or eradication of noxious 
weeds.  This appeal must be filed with a member of the appeal 
committee in the county where the land is located within two 
working days of the time the notice is received.  The committee 
must inspect the land specified in the notice and report back to 
the recipient and the inspector who issued the notice within 
five working days, either agreeing, disagreeing, or revising the 
order.  The decision may be appealed in district court.  If the 
committee agrees or revises the order, the control or 
eradication specified in the order, as approved or revised by 
the committee, may be carried out.  
    (2) The county board of commissioners shall appoint members 
of the appeal committee.  The membership must include a county 
commissioner or municipal official and a landowner residing in 
the county.  The expenses of the members may be reimbursed by 
the county upon submission of an itemized statement to the 
county auditor. 
    Subd. 4.  [CONTROL OR ERADICATION BY INSPECTOR.] If a 
person does not comply with an individual notice served on the 
person or an individual notice cannot be served, the weed 
inspector having jurisdiction shall have the noxious weeds 
controlled or eradicated within the time and in the manner the 
weed inspector designates. 
    Subd. 5.  [CONTROL OR ERADICATION BY INSPECTOR IN GROWING 
CROP.] A weed inspector may consider it necessary to control or 
eradicate noxious weeds along with all or a part of a growing 
crop to prevent the maturation and spread of noxious weeds 
within the inspector's jurisdiction.  If this situation exists, 
the weed inspector may have the noxious weeds controlled or 
eradicated together with the crop after the appeal committee has 
reviewed the matter as outlined in subdivision 3 and reported 
back agreement with the order. 
    Subd. 6.  [AUTHORIZATION FOR PERSON HIRED TO ENTER UPON 
LAND.] The weed inspector may hire a person to control or 
eradicate noxious weeds if the person who owns the land, the 
person who occupies the land, or the person responsible for the 
maintenance of public land has failed to comply with an 
individual notice or with the published general notice when an 
individual notice cannot be served.  The person hired must have 
authorization, in writing, from the weed inspector to enter upon 
the land.  
    Subd. 7.  [EXPENSES; REIMBURSEMENTS.] A claim for the 
expense of controlling or eradicating noxious weeds, which may 
include the costs of serving notices, is a legal charge against 
the county in which the land is located.  The officers having 
the work done must file with the county auditor a verified and 
itemized statement of cost for all services rendered on each 
separate tract or lot of land.  The county auditor shall 
immediately issue proper warrants to the persons named on the 
statement as having rendered services.  To reimburse the county 
for its expenditure in this regard, the county auditor shall 
certify the total amount due and, unless an appeal is made in 
accordance with section 10, enter it on the tax roll as a tax 
upon the land and it must be collected as other real estate 
taxes are collected. 
    If public land is involved, the amount due must be paid 
from funds provided for maintenance of the land or from the 
general revenue or operating fund of the agency responsible for 
the land.  Each claim for control or eradication of noxious 
weeds on public lands must first be approved by the commissioner 
of agriculture.  
    Sec. 10.  [18.84] [LIABILITY; APPEALS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [COUNTIES AND MUNICIPALITIES.] Counties and 
municipalities are not liable for damages from the noxious weed 
control program for actions conducted in accordance with 
sections 2 to 14. 
    Subd. 2.  [APPEAL TO COUNTY BOARD.] A person who is ordered 
to control noxious weeds under sections 2 to 14 and is charged 
for noxious weed control may appeal the cost of noxious weed 
control to the county board of the county where the noxious weed 
control measures were undertaken within 30 days after being 
charged.  The county board shall determine the amount and 
approve the charge and filing of a lien against the property if 
it determines that the owner, or occupant if other than the 
owner, responsible for controlling noxious weeds did not comply 
with the order of the inspector. 
    Subd. 3.  [COURT APPEAL OF COSTS; PETITION.] (a) A 
landowner who has appealed the cost of noxious weed control 
measures under subdivision 2 may petition for judicial review.  
The petition must be filed within 30 days after the conclusion 
of the hearing before the county board.  The petition must be 
filed with the court administrator in the county in which the 
land where the noxious weed control measures were undertaken is 
located, together with proof of service of a copy of the 
petition on the commissioner and the county auditor.  No 
responsive pleadings may be required of the commissioner or the 
county, and no court fees may be charged for the appearance of 
the commissioner or the county in this matter. 
    (b) The petition must be captioned in the name of the 
person making the petition as petitioner and the commissioner of 
agriculture and respective county as respondents.  The petition 
must include the petitioner's name, the legal description of the 
land involved, a copy of the notice to control noxious weeds, 
and the date or dates on which appealed control measures were 
undertaken. 
    (c) The petition must state with specificity the grounds 
upon which the petitioner seeks to avoid the imposition of a 
lien for the cost of noxious weed control measures. 
    Subd. 4.  [HEARING.] (a) A hearing under subdivisions 3 to 
5 must be held at the earliest practicable date, and in no event 
later than 90 days following the filing of the petition of 
objection.  The hearing must be before a district judge in the 
county in which the land where the noxious weed control measures 
were undertaken is located, and must be conducted in accordance 
with the district court rules of civil procedure. 
    (b) The court shall either order that a lien representing 
part or all of the costs for noxious weed control measures be 
imposed against the land or that the landowner be relieved of 
responsibility for payment of noxious weed control measures 
undertaken. 
    Subd. 5.  [FURTHER APPEAL.] A party aggrieved by the 
decision of the reviewing court may appeal the decision as 
provided in the rules of appellate procedure. 
    Sec. 11.  [18.85] [NOXIOUS WEED QUARANTINE.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [NEED FOR QUARANTINE.] If there is an 
infestation of noxious weeds beyond the ability of the person 
who owns or occupies the land to eradicate it, the commissioner 
may, upon request of the person who owns the land or on the 
commissioner's own initiative, take necessary steps to prevent 
the further spread of the weed.  To this end, the commissioner 
may quarantine a tract of land that is infested and put into 
operation the necessary means for the eradication of the weed; 
provided that the county and municipality in which the land is 
located must approve of the quarantine before it can be 
initiated. 
    Subd. 2.  [NOTICE OF QUARANTINE.] The commissioner, upon 
entering a tract of land for the purpose of this section, shall 
notify in writing the persons who own or occupy the land of the 
entry and quarantine.  If the necessary means of eradication 
have been completed, the commissioner shall notify, in writing, 
the persons who own or occupy the land that the quarantine 
effort is complete.  
    Subd. 3.  [EXPENSES.] The expenses for eradication of 
noxious weeds on quarantined land must be paid by the 
commissioner from the funds provided for this purpose.  
    Counties, municipalities, and owners or occupants must 
reimburse the commissioner before January 1 of each year.  The 
county shall pay 20 percent of the expenses, the municipality 
shall pay ten percent, and the owner or occupant shall pay ten 
percent. 
    Sec. 12.  [18.86] [UNLAWFUL ACTS.] 
    No person may:  
    (1) hinder or obstruct in any way the commissioner, the 
commissioner's authorized agents, county agricultural 
inspectors, or local weed inspectors in the performance of their 
duties as provided in sections 2 to 14 or related rules; 
    (2) neglect, fail, or refuse to comply with section 8 or 
related rules in the transportation and use of material or 
equipment infested with noxious weed propagating parts; 
    (3) sell material containing noxious weed propagating parts 
to a person who does not have a permit to transport that 
material or to a person who does not have a screenings permit 
issued in accordance with section 21.74; or 
    (4) neglect, fail, or refuse to comply with a general 
notice or an individual notice to control or eradicate noxious 
weeds.  
    Sec. 13.  [18.87] [PENALTY.] 
    A violation of section 12 or a rule adopted under that 
section is a misdemeanor.  County agricultural inspectors, local 
weed inspectors, or their appointed assistants are not subject 
to the penalties of this section for failure, neglect, or 
refusal to perform duties imposed on them by sections 2 to 14. 
    Sec. 14.  [18.88] [NOXIOUS WEED PROGRAM FUNDING.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [COUNTY.] The county board shall pay, from 
the general revenue or other fund for the county, the expenses 
for the county agricultural inspector position, for noxious weed 
control or eradication on all land owned by the county or on 
land that the county is responsible for the maintenance of, for 
the expenses of the appeal committee, and for necessary expenses 
as required for quarantines within the county. 
    Subd. 2.  [MUNICIPALITY.] The municipality shall pay, from 
the general revenue or other fund for the municipality, the 
necessary expenses of the local weed inspector in the 
performance of duties required for quarantines within the 
municipality, and for noxious weed control or eradication on 
land owned by the municipality or on land for which the 
municipality is responsible for its maintenance. 
    Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 18E.02, 
subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 5.  [ELIGIBLE PERSON.] "Eligible person" means: 
    (1) a responsible party or an owner of real property, but 
does not include the state, a state agency, a political 
subdivision of the state, except as provided in clause (2), the 
federal government, or an agency of the federal government.; or 
    (2) the owners of municipal airports at Perham, Madison, 
and Hector, Minnesota where a licensed aerial pesticide 
applicator has caused an incident through storage, handling, or 
distribution operations for agricultural chemicals if (i) the 
commissioner has determined that corrective action is necessary 
and (ii) the commissioner determines, and the agricultural 
chemical response compensation board concurs, that based on an 
affirmative showing made by the owner, a responsible party 
cannot be identified or the identified responsible party is 
unable to comply with an order for corrective action. 
    The commissioner and the agricultural chemical response 
compensation board must study and report to the legislative 
water commission by January, 1994 the effect on the agricultural 
chemical response and reimbursement account of including other 
owners of municipal airports as eligible persons under chapter 
18E. 
    Sec. 16.  [REPEALER.] 
    Minnesota Statutes 1990, sections 18.171; 18.181; 18.182; 
18.189; 18.192; 18.201; 18.211; 18.221; 18.231; 18.241; 18.251; 
18.261; 18.271; 18.272; 18.281; 18.291; 18.301; 18.311; 18.312; 
18.315; 18.321; 18.322; and 18.323; and Minnesota Statutes 1991 
Supplement, section 18.191, are repealed. 
    Sec. 17.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
    Sections 1 to 16 are effective January 1, 1993. 
    Presented to the governor April 17, 1992 
    Signed by the governor April 23, 1992, 11:47 a.m.