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                            CHAPTER 648-H.F.No. 3041 
                  An act relating to government; providing for the 
                  ownership, financing, and use of certain sports 
                  facilities; permitting the issuance of bonds and other 
                  obligations; appropriating money; amending Minnesota 
                  Statutes 1992, sections 473.551; 473.552; 473.553, 
                  subdivision 3, and by adding a subdivision; 473.556; 
                  473.561; 473.564, subdivision 2; 473.572; 473.581; 
                  473.592; 473.595; and 473.596; Minnesota Statutes 1993 
                  Supplement, section 240A.02, subdivision 1; proposing 
                  coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 
                  240A; and 473; repealing Minnesota Statutes 1992, 
                  sections 473.564, subdivision 1; and 473.571. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
                                   ARTICLE 1
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1993 Supplement, section 
        240A.02, subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [MEMBERSHIP; COMPENSATION; CHAIR.] (a) The 
        Minnesota amateur sports commission consists of 12 voting 
        members, four of whom must be experienced in promoting amateur 
        sports.  Nine of the voting members shall be appointed by the 
        governor to three-year terms.  Of the total commission 
        membership, including voting and nonvoting members, one member 
        must reside in each of the state's congressional districts.  Two 
        Four legislators, one two from each house appointed according to 
        its rules, shall be nonvoting members.  One member from each 
        house shall be from the minority caucus.  Compensation and 
        removal of members and the filling of membership vacancies are 
        as provided in section 15.0575.  A member may be reappointed.  
        The governor shall appoint the chair of the commission after 
        consideration of the commission's recommendation. 
           (b) The governor, speaker of the house of representatives, 
        and senate majority leader shall each appoint one additional 
        voting member to the commission to a two-year term.  The purpose 
        of adding three members to the commission is to ensure gender 
        balance in commission membership.  Compensation, removal, and 
        filling of vacancies of members appointed under this paragraph 
        are as provided in section 15.0575.  A member appointed under 
        this paragraph may be reappointed. 
           Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 473.551, is 
        amended to read: 
           473.551 [DEFINITIONS.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [TERMS.] For the purposes of sections 
        473.551 to 473.595 473.599, the following terms shall have the 
        meanings given in this section. 
           Subd. 2.  [CITIES.] "Cities" means the cities of 
        Minneapolis, Bloomington, and Richfield. 
           Subd. 3.  [COMMISSION.] "Commission" means the metropolitan 
        sports facilities commission. 
           Subd. 4.  [METRODOME DEBT SERVICE.] "Metrodome debt service"
        means the principal and interest due each year on all bonds or 
        revenue anticipation certificates issued by the council under 
        section 473.581 or assumed by the council or for which the 
        council is obligated under section 473.564. 
           Subd. 5.  [METROPOLITAN SPORTS AREA.] "Metropolitan sports 
        area" means the real estate in the city of Bloomington described 
        in the ownership and operations agreement, and all buildings, 
        structures, improvements and equipment thereon, now including 
        the met center, owned by the cities on May 17, 1977, the date of 
        enactment of sections 473.551 to 473.595, and since transferred 
        to the commission pursuant to sections 473.551 to 473.595. 
           Subd. 6.  [METROPOLITAN SPORTS AREA COMMISSION.] 
        "Metropolitan sports area commission" means that commission 
        established by an ownership and operations agreement made and 
        entered into as of August 13, 1954, validated by Laws 1955, 
        Chapter 445, to which the cities are now parties were parties on 
        May 17, 1977. 
           Subd. 7.  [MULTIPURPOSE SPORTS FACILITY.] "Multipurpose 
        sports facility" means a single unit sports facility suitable 
        for university or major league professional baseball, football, 
        and soccer. 
           Subd. 8.  [SPORTS FACILITY OR SPORTS FACILITIES.] "Sports 
        facility" or "sports facilities" means real or personal property 
        comprising a stadium or, stadiums, or arenas suitable for 
        university or major league professional baseball or, for 
        university or major league professional football and soccer, or 
        for both, or for university or major league hockey or 
        basketball, or for both, together with adjacent parking 
        facilities., including on the effective date of this act, the 
        metrodome, the met center, and, upon acquisition by the 
        commission, the basketball and hockey arena. 
           Subd. 9.  [METRODOME.] "Metrodome" means the Hubert H. 
        Humphrey Metrodome located in the city of Minneapolis 
        constructed and owned by the commission and financed by the 
        bonds of the council issued pursuant to sections 473.551 to 
        473.595, including all real estate, buildings, improvements, and 
        equipment in and on them. 
           Subd. 10.  [BASKETBALL AND HOCKEY ARENA.] "Basketball and 
        hockey arena" means the indoor arena building currently occupied 
        and utilized for the playing of university or major league 
        basketball, hockey, and other purposes located in the city of 
        Minneapolis, including all improvements and equipment in the 
        arena and the leasehold or other interest in the arena land 
        appurtenant to the arena, but excluding the health club. 
           Subd. 11.  [HEALTH CLUB.] "Health club" means that separate 
        portion of the basketball and hockey arena building occupied and 
        utilized by a private sports and health club on the effective 
        date of this act, the improvements and equipment in and on it, 
        and the leasehold or other interest in the arena land 
        appurtenant to it. 
           Subd. 12.  [MET CENTER.] "Met center" means the real estate 
        in the city of Bloomington presently owned by the commission, 
        formerly utilized for major league hockey, and all buildings, 
        improvements, and equipment in and on it. 
           Subd. 13.  [DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT.] "Development agreement" 
        means the second amended and restated development agreement 
        among the Minneapolis community development agency, Northwest 
        Racquet, Swim & Health Clubs, Inc., and the city of Minneapolis 
        dated August 5, 1988, and as amended before the effective date 
        of this act. 
           Subd. 14.  [GROUND LEASE.] "Ground lease" means the ground 
        lease of the arena land between the Minneapolis community 
        development agency and Northwest Racquet, Swim & Health Clubs, 
        Inc., dated August 5, 1988, and as amended before the effective 
        date of this act. 
           Subd. 15.  [GUARANTORS.] "Guarantors" means the individuals 
        who have guaranteed to the Minneapolis community development 
        agency and the city of Minneapolis the performance of the 
        development agreement, ground lease, and certain other 
        obligations pursuant to written guaranty dated February 17, 1988.
           Subd. 16.  [ARENA LAND.] "Arena land" means the real estate 
        upon which the basketball and hockey arena and health club have 
        been constructed and any adjacent parcel or parcels which are 
        owned by the city of Minneapolis and subject to the development 
        agreement or the ground lease and all rights, privileges, and 
        easements appertaining to it. 
           Subd. 17.  [BASKETBALL AND HOCKEY ARENA DEBT 
        SERVICE.] "Basketball and hockey arena debt service" means the 
        principal and interest due each year on all bonds or revenue 
        anticipation certificates issued by the council under section 
        473.599. 
           Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 473.552, is 
        amended to read: 
           473.552 [LEGISLATIVE POLICY; PURPOSE.] 
           The legislature finds that 
           (a) the population in the metropolitan area has a need for 
        sports facilities and that this need cannot be met adequately by 
        the activities of individual municipalities, by agreements among 
        municipalities, or by the private efforts of the people in the 
        metropolitan area, 
           (b) the commission's ownership and operation of the 
        metrodome and met center has met in part the foregoing need and 
        has promoted the economic and social interests of the 
        metropolitan area, of the state, and of the public, and 
           (c) the commission's acquisition of the basketball and 
        hockey arena on the terms and conditions provided in sections 
        473.598 and 473.599 shall similarly and more fully meet the 
        foregoing needs and promote these interests. 
        It is therefore necessary for the public health, safety and 
        general welfare to establish a procedure for the acquisition and 
        betterment of sports facilities and to create a metropolitan 
        sports facilities commission. 
           Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 473.553, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [CHAIR.] The chair shall be appointed by the 
        governor as the seventh ninth voting member and shall meet all 
        of the qualifications of a member, except the chair need only 
        reside outside the metropolitan area city of Minneapolis.  The 
        chair shall preside at all meetings of the commission, if 
        present, and shall perform all other duties and functions 
        assigned by the commission or by law. The commission may appoint 
        from among its members a vice-chair to act for the chair during 
        temporary absence or disability. 
           Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 473.553, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 14.  [MEMBERSHIP CHANGE.] If the basketball and hockey 
        arena is acquired pursuant to section 473.598, and an 
        appropriation is made pursuant to section 240A.08, then the 
        number of members of the commission shall change, as follows.  
        On January 1 next following the initial appropriation pursuant 
        to section 240A.08, the commission shall consist of eight 
        members plus a chair appointed as provided in subdivision 3.  
        Six members shall be the members appointed by the Minneapolis 
        city council under subdivision 2 and subject to subdivision 5.  
        Two additional members, other than the chair, shall be appointed 
        by the governor; neither of those members shall reside in the 
        city of Minneapolis, and one of those members must reside 
        outside the metropolitan area.  The term of one of the members 
        appointed under this subdivision by the governor shall end the 
        first Monday in January 1996 and the term of the other member 
        appointed by the governor shall end the first Monday in January 
        1998.  Thereafter, their terms are as determined under 
        subdivision 5.  
           Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 473.556, is 
        amended to read: 
           473.556 [POWERS OF COMMISSION.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [GENERAL.] The commission shall have all 
        powers necessary or convenient to discharge the duties imposed 
        by law, including but not limited to those specified in this 
        section. 
           Subd. 2.  [ACTIONS.] The commission may sue and be sued, 
        and shall be a public body within the meaning of chapter 562. 
           Subd. 3.  [ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY.] The commission may 
        acquire by lease, purchase, gift, or devise all necessary right, 
        title, and interest in and to real or personal property deemed 
        necessary to the purposes contemplated by sections 473.551 
        to 473.595 473.599 within the limits of the metropolitan area. 
           Subd. 4.  [EXEMPTION OF PROPERTY.] Any real or personal 
        property acquired, owned, leased, controlled, used, or occupied 
        by the commission for any of the purposes of sections 473.551 to 
        473.595 473.599 is declared to be acquired, owned, leased, 
        controlled, used and occupied for public, governmental, and 
        municipal purposes, and shall be exempt from ad valorem taxation 
        by the state or any political subdivision of the state, provided 
        that such properties shall be subject to special assessments 
        levied by a political subdivision for a local improvement in 
        amounts proportionate to and not exceeding the special benefit 
        received by the properties from the improvement.  No possible 
        use of any such properties in any manner different from their 
        use under sections 473.551 to 473.595 473.599 at the time shall 
        be considered in determining the special benefit received by the 
        properties.  All assessments shall be subject to final 
        confirmation by the council, whose determination of the benefits 
        shall be conclusive upon the political subdivision levying the 
        assessment.  Notwithstanding the provisions of section 272.01, 
        subdivision 2, or 273.19, real or personal property leased by 
        the commission to another person for uses related to the 
        purposes of sections 473.551 to 473.595 473.599, including the 
        operation of the metropolitan sports area, but not including 
        property sold or leased for development pursuant to subdivision 
        6, metrodome, met center, and, if acquired by the commission, 
        the basketball and hockey arena shall be exempt from taxation 
        regardless of the length of the lease.  The provisions of this 
        subdivision, insofar as they require exemption or special 
        treatment, shall not apply to any real property at the 
        metropolitan sports area comprising the met center which is 
        leased by the commission for development pursuant to subdivision 
        6 residential, business, or commercial development or other 
        purposes different from those contemplated in sections 473.551 
        to 473.599. 
           Subd. 5.  [FACILITY OPERATION.] The commission may equip, 
        improve, operate, manage, maintain, and control the metropolitan 
        sports area metrodome, met center, basketball and hockey arena 
        and sports facilities constructed or, remodeled, or acquired 
        under the provisions of sections 473.551 to 473.595 473.599. 
           Subd. 6.  [DISPOSITION OF PROPERTY.] (a) The commission may 
        sell, lease, or otherwise dispose of any real or personal 
        property acquired by it which is no longer required for 
        accomplishment of its purposes.  The property shall be sold 
        in the manner accordance with the procedures provided by section 
        469.065, insofar as practical and consistent with sections 
        473.551 to 473.595 473.599.  
           (b) Real property at the metropolitan sports area (not 
        including the indoor public assembly facility and adjacent 
        parking facilities) which is no longer needed for sports 
        facilities may be sold or leased for residential, commercial, or 
        industrial development in accordance with the procedures in 
        section 469.065 within two years to a private, for-profit 
        entity, and thereafter the property shall be subject to all 
        applicable taxes and assessments and all government laws, rules 
        and ordinances bearing on use and development as if the property 
        were privately owned.  
           (c) Any real property right, title, or interest within the 
        provisions of paragraph (b) owned by the commission may be sold 
        or leased in whole or in part to the port authority of the city 
        of Bloomington to further the general plan of port improvement 
        or industrial development or for any other purpose which the 
        authority considers to be in the best interests of the district 
        and its people.  The property shall be sold or leased to the 
        authority in accordance with section 469.065, subdivisions 1 to 
        4.  Section 469.065, subdivisions 5 to 7, shall not apply to a 
        sale under this paragraph.  
           (d) Real property disposed of under clause (c) shall be 
        subject to leases, agreements, or other written interests in 
        force on June 1, 1983.  
           (e) The proceeds from the sale of any real property at the 
        metropolitan sports area shall be paid to the council and used 
        for debt service or retirement. 
           Subd. 7.  [CONTRACTS.] The commission may contract for 
        materials, supplies, and equipment in accordance with section 
        471.345, except that the commission may employ persons, firms, 
        or corporations to perform one or more or all of the functions 
        of architect, engineer, construction manager, or contractor for 
        both design and construction, with respect to all or any part of 
        a project to build or remodel sports facilities.  Contractors 
        shall be selected through the process of public bidding, 
        provided that it shall be permissible for the commission to 
        narrow the listing of eligible bidders to those which the 
        commission determines to possess sufficient expertise to perform 
        the intended functions.  Any construction manager or contractor 
        shall certify, before the contracts are finally signed, a 
        construction price and completion date to the commission and 
        shall post a bond in an amount at least equal to 100 percent of 
        the certified price, to cover any costs which may be incurred 
        over and above the certified price, including but not limited to 
        costs incurred by the commission or loss of revenues resulting 
        from incomplete construction on the completion date.  The 
        commission shall secure surety bonds as required in section 
        574.26, securing payment of just claims in connection with all 
        public work undertaken by it.  Persons entitled to the 
        protection of the bonds may enforce them as provided in sections 
        574.28 to 574.32, and shall not be entitled to a lien on any 
        property of the commission under the provisions of sections 
        514.01 to 514.16. 
           Subd. 8.  [EMPLOYEES; CONTRACTS FOR SERVICES.] The 
        commission may employ persons and contract for services 
        necessary to carry out its functions.  The commission may employ 
        on such terms as it deems advisable persons or firms for the 
        purpose of providing traffic officers to direct traffic on 
        property under the control of the commission and on the city 
        streets in the general area of the property controlled by the 
        commission.  The traffic officers shall not be peace officers 
        and shall not have authority to make arrests for violations of 
        traffic rules. 
           Subd. 9.  [GIFTS AND GRANTS.] The commission may accept 
        gifts of money, property, or services, may apply for and accept 
        grants or loans of money or other property from the United 
        States, the state, any subdivision of the state, or any person 
        for any of its purposes, may enter into any agreement required 
        in connection therewith, and may hold, use, and dispose of such 
        money, property, or services in accordance with the terms of the 
        gift, grant, loan or agreement relating thereto.  Except for the 
        acquisition, clearance, relocation, and legal costs referred to 
        in section 473.581, subdivision 3, clauses (d) and (e), the 
        commission shall not accept gifts, grants, or loans valued in 
        excess of $2,000,000 without the prior approval of the council.  
        In evaluating proposed gifts, grants, loans, and agreements 
        required in connection therewith, the council shall examine the 
        possible short-range and long-range impact on commission 
        revenues and commission operating expenditures. 
           Subd. 10.  [RESEARCH.] The commission may conduct research 
        studies and programs, collect and analyze data, prepare reports, 
        maps, charts, and tables, and conduct all necessary hearings and 
        investigations in connection with its functions. 
           Subd. 11.  [AGREEMENTS WITH UNIVERSITY.] The commission and 
        the board of regents of the University of Minnesota may enter 
        into agreements and do all other acts necessary to further the 
        functions prescribed in sections 473.551 to 473.595 473.599. 
           Subd. 12.  [USE AGREEMENTS.] The commission may lease, 
        license, or enter into agreements and may fix, alter, charge, 
        and collect rentals, fees, and charges to all persons for the 
        use, occupation, and availability of part or all of any 
        premises, property, or facilities under its ownership, 
        operation, or control for purposes that will provide athletic, 
        educational, cultural, commercial or other entertainment, 
        instruction, or activity for the citizens of the metropolitan 
        area.  Any such use agreement may provide that the other 
        contracting party shall have exclusive use of the premises at 
        the times agreed upon. 
           Subd. 13.  [INSURANCE.] The commission may require any 
        employee to obtain and file with it an individual bond or 
        fidelity insurance policy.  It may procure insurance in the 
        amounts it deems necessary against liability of the commission 
        or its officers and employees for personal injury or death and 
        property damage or destruction, with the force and effect stated 
        in chapter 466, and against risks of damage to or destruction of 
        any of its facilities, equipment, or other property. 
           Subd. 14.  [SMALL BUSINESS CONTRACTS.] In exercising its 
        powers to contract for the purchase of services, materials, 
        supplies, and equipment, pursuant to subdivisions 5, 7, 8 and 
        10, the commission shall designate and set aside each fiscal 
        year for awarding to small businesses approximately ten percent 
        of the value of anticipated contracts and subcontracts of that 
        kind for that year, in the manner required of the commissioner 
        of administration for state procurement contracts pursuant to 
        sections 16B.19 to 16B.22.  The commission shall follow the 
        rules promulgated by the commissioner of administration pursuant 
        to section 16B.22, and shall submit reports of the kinds 
        required of the commissioners of administration and economic 
        development by section 16B.21. 
           Subd. 16.  [AGREEMENTS WITH AMATEUR SPORTS COMMISSION.] (a) 
        The commission and the Minnesota amateur sports commission 
        created pursuant to chapter 240A may enter into long-term 
        leases, use or other agreements for the conduct of amateur 
        sports activities at the basketball and hockey arena, and the 
        net revenues from the activities may be pledged for basketball 
        and hockey arena debt service.  The commission, with the advice 
        of the Minnesota amateur sports commission, shall establish 
        standards to provide reasonable assurances to other public 
        bodies owning or operating an entertainment or sports complex or 
        indoor sports arena in the metropolitan area that the agreements 
        between the commission and the Minnesota amateur sports 
        commission with respect to the basketball and hockey arena shall 
        not remove the conduct of amateur sports activities currently 
        and traditionally held at such facilities.  
           (b) Any long-term lease, use or other agreement entered 
        into by the Minnesota amateur sports commission with the 
        commission under paragraph (a) must also: 
           (1) provide for a release of the Minnesota amateur sports 
        commission from its commitment under the agreement if the 
        legislature repeals or amends a standing appropriation or 
        otherwise does not appropriate sufficient money to fund the 
        lease or agreement to the Minnesota amateur sports commission; 
        and 
           (2) provide for a release of the Minnesota amateur sports 
        commission from its commitment under the agreement and permit it 
        to agree to a per event use fee when the bonds issued for the 
        metrodome under section 473.581 have been retired. 
           (c) No long-term lease, use or other agreement entered into 
        by the Minnesota amateur sports commission under paragraph (a) 
        may commit the amateur sports commission to paying more than 
        $750,000 per year.  
           (d) Any long-term lease, use or other agreement entered 
        into under paragraph (a) shall provide that the Minnesota 
        amateur sports commission shall be entitled to use of the 
        basketball and hockey arena for 50 event days per year.  In 
        addition, any long-term lease, use, or other agreement entered 
        into under paragraph (a) shall permit the Minnesota amateur 
        sports commission to allow another person or organization to use 
        one or more of its days.  
           Subd. 17.  [CREATING A CONDOMINIUM.] The commission may, by 
        itself or together with the Minneapolis community development 
        agency and any other person, as to real or personal property 
        comprising or appurtenant or ancillary to the basketball and 
        hockey arena and the health club, act as a declarant and 
        establish a condominium or leasehold condominium under chapter 
        515A or a common interest community or leasehold common interest 
        community under chapter 515B, and may grant, establish, create, 
        or join in other or related easements, agreements and similar 
        benefits and burdens that the commission may deem necessary or 
        appropriate, and exercise any and all rights and privileges and 
        assume obligations under them as a declarant, unit owner or 
        otherwise, insofar as practical and consistent with sections 
        473.551 to 473.599.  The commission may be a member of an 
        association and the chair, any commissioners and any officers 
        and employees of the commission may serve on the board of an 
        association under chapter 515A or 515B. 
           Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 473.561, is 
        amended to read: 
           473.561 [EXEMPTION FROM COUNCIL REVIEW.] 
           The acquisition and betterment of sports facilities by the 
        commission shall be conducted pursuant to sections 473.551 to 
        473.595 473.599 and shall not be affected by the provisions of 
        sections 473.161, 473.165, and 473.173. 
           Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 473.564, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [ASSUMPTION OF OBLIGATIONS.] Upon transfer of 
        ownership of the metropolitan sports area to the commission, the 
        council shall be and become obligated and shall provide for the 
        payment of the principal and interest thereafter due and payable 
        with respect to the general obligation bonds and revenue bonds 
        issued by the city of Minneapolis under the provisions of the 
        ownership and operations agreement among the cities and 
        amendments thereto.  The council shall provide to Minneapolis 
        funds sufficient to meet the payments and to maintain the 
        sinking fund pursuant to the agreement.  When the balance in the 
        sinking fund is sufficient to pay all remaining bonds and 
        interest to their maturity dates, or to an earlier date on which 
        they have been called for redemption, the obligation of the 
        council shall be discharged.  When the principal and interest on 
        the bonds have been paid in full, any balance remaining in the 
        sinking fund, including interest earnings, shall be remitted to 
        the council and used by the council for debt service.  Upon 
        transfer of ownership of the metropolitan sports area to the 
        commission, the commission shall assume all of the cities' 
        obligations and those of the metropolitan sports area commission 
        under the provision of all use agreements now in effect, entered 
        into by the metropolitan sports area commission on behalf of the 
        cities, providing for the use of the metropolitan sports area or 
        any part thereof by any person.  The cities and the metropolitan 
        sports area commission shall cause to be executed all 
        assignments and other documents as the commission, upon advice 
        of counsel, shall deem necessary or desirable and appropriate to 
        vest all their rights and privileges under the agreements in the 
        commission.  Nothing herein shall be construed as imposing upon 
        the council or commission an obligation to compensate the cities 
        or the metropolitan sports area commission for all or any part 
        of the metropolitan sports area or to continue to operate and 
        maintain the metropolitan sports area facilities taken over by 
        the commission. 
           Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 473.572, is 
        amended to read: 
           473.572 [REVISED FINAL DETERMINATION.] 
           Subdivision 1.  Notwithstanding any final determination 
        reached by the commission on or before December 1, 1978, 
        pursuant to section 473.571, subdivision 6, the commission shall 
        make a revised determination on a sports facility or sports 
        facilities which facility or facilities (1) may be covered, (2) 
        may include use of the existing or a remodeled metropolitan 
        stadium for baseball, and (3) shall be located in Hennepin 
        county.  The decision shall be made within 30 days after May 26, 
        1979.  In making its decision the commission may rely on data 
        previously submitted and reviewed pursuant to section 473.571 
        and need not require new data even if modifications are made in 
        an alternative previously considered.  The commission shall give 
        full consideration to the needs of the University of Minnesota 
        when making its revised determination.  
           Subd. 2.  Except as provided in this section, The council 
        shall make all determinations required by section sections 
        473.581, subdivision 3, and 473.599 before it authorizes the 
        issuance of bonds.  
           Subd. 3. 2.  It is the intent of the legislature that the 
        commission shall, to the maximum extent possible consistent with 
        the provisions of section 473.581, subdivision 3, impose rates, 
        rentals and other charges in the operation of the sports 
        facility metrodome which will make the sports facility metrodome 
        self supporting so that the taxes imposed under section 
        473.592 for the metrodome will be at the lowest possible rate 
        consistent with the obligations of the political subdivision 
        levying those taxes city of Minneapolis as provided in sections 
        473.551 to 473.595.  
           Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 473.581, is 
        amended to read: 
           473.581 [DEBT OBLIGATIONS.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [BONDS.] The council may by resolution 
        authorize the sale and issuance of its bonds for any or all of 
        the following purposes: 
           (a) To provide funds for the acquisition or betterment of 
        sports facilities the metrodome by the commission pursuant to 
        sections 473.551 to 473.595; 
           (b) To refund bonds issued hereunder and bonds upon which 
        the council is obligated under section 473.564; and 
           (c) To fund judgments entered by any court against the 
        commission or against the council in matters relating to the 
        commission's functions related to the metrodome and the met 
        center. 
           Subd. 2.  [PROCEDURE.] The bonds shall be sold, issued, and 
        secured in the manner provided in chapter 475 for bonds payable 
        solely from revenues, except as otherwise provided in sections 
        473.551 to 473.595, and the council shall have the same powers 
        and duties as a municipality and its governing body in issuing 
        bonds under that chapter.  The bonds may be sold at any price 
        and at public or private sale as determined by the council.  
        They shall be payable solely from tax and other revenues 
        referred to in sections 473.551 to 473.595, excepting only the 
        admissions tax and surcharge related to the basketball and 
        hockey arena provided in section 473.595, subdivision 1a, the 
        taxes for the basketball and hockey arena provided in section 
        473.592, and other revenues attributable to the basketball and 
        hockey arena.  The bonds shall not be a general obligation or 
        debt of the council or of the commission, and shall not be 
        included in the net debt of any city, county, or other 
        subdivision of the state for the purpose of any net debt 
        limitation, provided that nothing herein shall affect the 
        obligation of any political subdivision the city of Minneapolis 
        to levy a tax pursuant to an agreement agreements made under the 
        provisions of section 473.592.  No election shall be required.  
        The principal amount shall not be limited except as provided in 
        subdivision 3. 
           Subd. 3.  [LIMITATIONS.] The principal amount of the bonds 
        issued pursuant to subdivision 1, clause (a), shall not exceed 
        the amounts hereinafter authorized.  If the commission's 
        proposal and the construction contracts referred to in clause 
        (g) of this subdivision provide for the construction of a 
        covered multipurpose sports facility, the total cost of 
        constructing the facility under the construction contracts, not 
        including costs paid from funds provided by others, and the 
        principal amount of bonds issued pursuant to subdivision 1, 
        clause (a), shall be limited to $55,000,000.  If the 
        commission's proposal and the construction contracts do not 
        provide for the construction of a cover on a proposed 
        multipurpose sports facility and the commission does not 
        otherwise contract for the construction or acquisition of a 
        cover for the sports facility, the principal amount shall be 
        limited to $42,000,000.  If the commission's proposal and the 
        construction contracts provide for the construction of a new 
        sports facility for football and soccer and for remodeling the 
        existing metropolitan stadium for baseball, the principal amount 
        shall be limited to $37,500,000.  If the commission's proposal 
        and the construction contracts provide for the reconstruction 
        and remodeling of the existing metropolitan stadium as an 
        uncovered multipurpose sports facility, the principal amount 
        shall be limited to $25,000,000.  The bonds issued pursuant to 
        subdivision 1, clause (a), shall bear an average annual rate of 
        interest, including discount, not in excess of 7-1/2 percent.  
        The proceeds of the bonds issued pursuant to subdivision 1, 
        clause (a), shall be used only for the acquisition and 
        betterment of sports facilities suitable for baseball, football 
        and soccer, with a seating capacity for football and soccer of 
        approximately 65,000 persons.  The council shall issue its bonds 
        and construction of sports facilities may commence when the 
        council has made the following determinations:  
           (a) The commission has executed agreements with major 
        league professional baseball and football organizations to use 
        its sports facilities the metrodome for all scheduled regular 
        season home games and play-off home games and, in the case of 
        the football organization, for at least one-half of its 
        exhibition games played each season.  The agreements shall be 
        for a period of not more than 30 years nor less than the term of 
        the longest term bonds that in the council's judgment it may 
        find it necessary to issue to finance the acquisition and 
        betterment of the commission's sports facilities metrodome.  The 
        agreements may contain provisions negotiated between the 
        organizations and the commission which provide for termination 
        upon conditions related and limited to the bankruptcy, 
        insolvency, or financial capability of the organization.  The 
        agreements shall provide that, in the event of breach of the 
        agreements, the defaulting organization shall pay damages 
        annually to the commission.  The annual payment shall be in an 
        amount equal to the annual average of all revenue derived by the 
        commission from attendance at events and activities of the 
        defaulting organization during the years prior to default, 
        provided that the damages shall not exceed in any year an amount 
        sufficient, with other revenues of the commission but excluding 
        proceeds of the taxes under section 473.592, to pay all expenses 
        of operation, maintenance, administration, and debt service for 
        the facilities used use of the metrodome by the defaulting 
        organization during the same year.  The damages shall be payable 
        during the period from the occurrence of the default to the date 
        on which another major league professional baseball or football 
        organization, replacing the defaulting organization, enters into 
        a use agreement with the commission for not less than the then 
        remaining term of the original agreement.  The agreements with 
        the teams shall provide that no closed circuit or pay television 
        broadcasting of events in the sports facility metrodome may be 
        allowed without the approval of the commission.  The agreements 
        shall include provisions protecting the commission and the 
        council in the event of change in ownership of the professional 
        teams.  
           (b) The commission has executed agreements with 
        professional baseball and football major leagues which guarantee 
        the continuance of franchises in the metropolitan area for the 
        period of the agreements referred to in clause (a).  
           (c) The proceeds of bonds provided for in this subdivision 
        will be sufficient, together with other capital funds that may 
        be available to the commission for expenditures on the 
        metrodome, to construct or remodel and to furnish the sports 
        facilities metrodome proposed by the commission, including the 
        appropriate professional fees and charges but excluding, except 
        as otherwise provided in this subdivision, the acquisition, 
        clearance, relocation, and legal costs referred to in clauses 
        (d) and (e).  
           (d) The commission has acquired, without cost to the 
        commission or the council except as provided in this 
        subdivision, title to all real property including all easements 
        and other appurtenances needed for the construction and 
        operation of any proposed sports facilities the metrodome or has 
        received a grant of funds or has entered into an agreement or 
        agreements sufficient in the judgment of the council to assure 
        the receipt of funds, at the time and in the amount required, to 
        make any payment upon which the commission's acquisition of 
        title and possession of the real property is conditioned.  
           (e) The commission has received a grant of funds or entered 
        into an agreement or agreements sufficient in the judgment of 
        the council to assure the receipt of funds, at the time and in 
        the amount required, to pay all costs, except as provided in 
        this subdivision, of clearing the real property needed for the 
        construction and operation of any proposed sports facilities the 
        metrodome of all buildings, railroad tracks and other 
        structures, including without limitation all relocation costs, 
        all utility relocation costs, and all legal costs.  
           (f) The commission has executed agreements with appropriate 
        labor organizations and construction contractors which provide 
        that no labor strike or management lockout will halt, delay or 
        impede construction. 
           (g) The commission has executed agreements which will 
        provide for the construction of its sports facilities the 
        metrodome for a certified construction price and completion date 
        and which include performance bonds in an amount at least equal 
        to 100 percent of the certified price to cover any costs which 
        may be incurred over and above the certified price, including 
        but not limited to costs incurred by the commission or loss of 
        revenues resulting from incomplete construction on the 
        completion date.  
           (h) The environmental impact statement for the sports 
        facility or facilities metrodome has been accepted by the 
        environmental quality board, and the pollution control agency 
        and any other department, agency, or unit of government have 
        taken the actions necessary to permit the construction of 
        the sports facility or facilities metrodome.  
           (i) At least 50 percent of the private boxes provided for 
        in the commission's proposal for the sports facility or 
        facilities metrodome are sold or leased for at least five years. 
           (j) The anticipated revenue from the operation of the 
        sports facility or facilities metrodome plus any additional 
        available revenue of the commission and the revenue from the 
        taxes under section 473.592 will be an amount sufficient to pay 
        when due all debt service plus all administration, operating and 
        maintenance expense.  
           (k) The commission has studied and considered the needs of 
        the University of Minnesota for athletic facilities for a 
        prospective 20 year period.  
           (l) The municipality where the facility is to be 
        constructed city of Minneapolis has entered into an agreement as 
        contemplated in section 473.592 as security for the metrodome 
        debt service. 
           (m) The commission has entered into an agreement or 
        agreements with a purchaser or purchasers of tickets of 
        admission for a period of not less than 20 years which will 
        assure that whenever more than 90 and less than 100 percent of 
        the tickets of admission for seats at any professional football 
        game, which were available for purchase by the general public 
        120 hours or more before the scheduled beginning time of the 
        game either at the sports facility metrodome where the game is 
        to be played or at the box office closest to the sports facility 
        metrodome, have been purchased 72 hours or more before the 
        beginning time of the game, then all of such tickets which 
        remain unsold will be purchased in sufficient time to permit the 
        telecast to areas within the state which otherwise would not 
        receive the telecast because of the terms of an agreement in 
        which the professional football league has sold or otherwise 
        transferred all or part of the rights of the league's member 
        organizations in the sponsored telecasting of games of the 
        organizations.  The party or parties agreeing to the purchase of 
        such unsold tickets shall be obligated for a period of at least 
        20 years in an amount determined by the council to be sufficient 
        to assure the purchase of all such unsold tickets. 
           (n) The council has entered into an agreement with the 
        brokerage firm or brokerage firms to be used in connection with 
        the issuance and sale of the bonds guaranteeing that fees and 
        charges payable to the brokerage firm or firms in connection 
        therewith, including any underwriting discounts, shall not 
        exceed fees and charges customarily payable in connection with 
        the issuance and sale of bonds secured by the pledge of the full 
        faith and credit of the municipality in which any new sports 
        facility is to be located city of Minneapolis.  
           The validity of any bonds issued under subdivision 1, 
        clause (a), and the obligations of the council and commission 
        related thereto, shall not be conditioned upon or impaired by 
        the council's determinations made pursuant to this subdivision.  
        For purposes of issuing the bonds the determinations made by the 
        council shall be deemed conclusive, and the council shall be and 
        remain obligated for the security and payment of the bonds 
        irrespective of determinations which may be erroneous, 
        inaccurate, or otherwise mistaken.  
           Subd. 4.  [SECURITY.] To the extent and in the manner 
        provided in sections 473.592 and 473.595, the taxes described in 
        section 473.592 for the metrodome, the tax and other revenues of 
        the commission described in section 473.595, subdivision 1, and 
        any other revenues of the commission attributable to the 
        metrodome shall be and remain pledged and appropriated for the 
        payment of all necessary and reasonable expenses of the 
        operation, administration, maintenance, and debt service of the 
        commission's sports facilities metrodome until all bonds 
        referred to in section 473.564, subdivision 2, and all bonds and 
        certificates issued pursuant to this section are fully paid or 
        discharged in accordance with law.  The revenue bonds and 
        interest thereon referred to in section 473.564, subdivision 2, 
        may be refunded, whether at a lower or a higher rate of 
        interest, by the issuance of new bonds pursuant to subdivision 
        1, clause (b), for the purpose of pledging revenues of the 
        metropolitan sports area for the payment and security of bonds 
        issued hereunder, and the council may provide that a portion of 
        the new bonds shall be payable solely from the interest earnings 
        derived from the investment of the bond proceeds.  Until these 
        revenue bonds are fully paid or the council's obligation thereon 
        is discharged in accordance with law they shall be deemed a 
        first and prior charge on those revenues and shall be secured by 
        all provisions of the revenue bond resolution and the ownership 
        and operations agreement.  Bonds issued pursuant to this section 
        and bonds referred to in section 473.564, subdivision 2, may be 
        secured by a bond resolution, or by a trust indenture entered 
        into by the council with a corporate trustee within or outside 
        the state, which shall define the tax and other metrodome and 
        met center revenues pledged for the payment and security of the 
        bonds.  The pledge shall be a valid charge on the tax and other 
        revenues referred to in sections 473.551 to 473.595 (excepting 
        only the admissions tax and surcharge related to the basketball 
        and hockey arena provided in section 473.595, subdivision 1a, 
        taxes described in section 473.592 for the basketball and hockey 
        arena, and other revenues attributable to the basketball and 
        hockey arena) from the date when bonds are first issued or 
        secured under the resolution or indenture and shall secure the 
        payment of principal and interest and redemption premiums when 
        due and the maintenance at all times of a reserve securing such 
        payments.  No mortgage of or security interest in any tangible 
        real or personal property shall be granted to the bondholders or 
        the trustee, but they shall have a valid security interest in 
        all tax and other revenues received and accounts receivable by 
        the commission or council hereunder, as against the claims of 
        all other persons in tort, contract, or otherwise, irrespective 
        of whether such parties have notice thereof, and without 
        possession or filing as provided in the uniform commercial code 
        or any other law.  In the bond resolution or trust indenture the 
        council may make such covenants, which shall be binding upon the 
        commission, as are determined to be usual and reasonably 
        necessary for the protection of the bondholders.  No pledge, 
        mortgage, covenant, or agreement securing bonds may be impaired, 
        revoked, or amended by law or by action of the council, 
        commission, or city, except in accordance with the terms of the 
        resolution or indenture under which the bonds are issued, until 
        the obligations of the council thereunder are fully discharged. 
           Subd. 5.  [REVENUE ANTICIPATION CERTIFICATES.] At any time 
        or times after approval by the council and final adoption by the 
        commission of an annual budget of the commission for operation, 
        administration, and maintenance of its sports facilities the 
        metrodome, and in anticipation of the proceeds from the taxes 
        under section 473.592 for the metrodome and the revenues of the 
        commission provided for in the budget, but subject to any 
        limitation or prohibition in a bond resolution or indenture, the 
        council may authorize the issuance, negotiation, and sale, in 
        such form and manner and upon such terms as it may determine, of 
        revenue anticipation certificates.  The principal amount of the 
        certificates outstanding shall at no time exceed 25 percent of 
        the total amount of the tax and other revenues anticipated.  The 
        certificates shall mature not later than three months after the 
        close of the budget year.  Prior to the approval and final 
        adoption of the first annual budget of the commission, the 
        council may authorize up to $300,000 in revenue anticipation 
        certificates under this subdivision.  So much of the anticipated 
        tax and other revenues as may be needed for the payment of the 
        certificates and interest thereon shall be paid into a special 
        debt service fund established for the certificates in the 
        council's financial records.  If for any reason the anticipated 
        tax and other revenues are insufficient, the certificates and 
        interest shall be paid from the first tax and other revenues 
        received, subject to any limitation or prohibition in a bond 
        resolution or indenture.  The proceeds of the certificates may 
        be used for any purpose for which the anticipated revenues or 
        taxes may be used or for any purpose for which bond proceeds 
        under subdivision 1 may be used, provided that the proceeds of 
        certificates issued after May 26, 1979, shall not be used to pay 
        capital costs of sports facilities the metrodome constructed or 
        remodeled pursuant to sections 473.551 to 473.595.  
           Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 473.592, is 
        amended to read: 
           473.592 [TAX REVENUES.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [LOCAL SALES TAX.] Upon designation of a 
        location for a sports facility pursuant to section 473.572, the 
        municipality in which the facility is to be located The city of 
        Minneapolis may enter into an agreement agreements with the 
        metropolitan council and the commission which requires the 
        municipality to impose a sales tax, supplemental to the general 
        sales tax imposed in chapter 297A, for the purposes and in 
        accordance with the requirements specified in sections 473.551 
        to 473.595 473.599.  The tax may be imposed: 
           (a) on the gross receipts from all retail on-sales of 
        intoxicating liquor and fermented malt beverages when sold at 
        licensed on-sale liquor establishments and municipal liquor 
        stores located within the municipality, or 
           (b) notwithstanding any limitations of Laws 1986, chapter 
        396, section 5, clause (2), on the gross receipts from the 
        furnishing for consideration of lodging for a period of less 
        than 30 days at a hotel, motel, rooming house, tourist court, or 
        trailer camp located within the municipality, or 
           (c) on both.  The agreement between the municipality the 
        gross receipts on all sales of food primarily for consumption on 
        or off the premises by restaurants and places of refreshment as 
        defined by resolution of the city, or 
           (d) on any one or combination of the foregoing. 
           A tax under this subdivision shall be imposed only within a 
        downtown taxing area to be determined by the council.  
        The agreement or agreements between the city, the metropolitan 
        council, and the commission shall require the municipality to 
        impose the tax or taxes at whatever rate or rates may be 
        necessary to produce revenues which are determined by the 
        council from year to year to be required, together with the 
        revenues available to the commission, to pay when due all debt 
        service on bonds and revenue anticipation certificates issued 
        under section 473.581, all debt service on bonds referred to in 
        section 473.564, subdivision 2 and revenue anticipation 
        certificates issued under section 473.599, and all expenses of 
        operation, administration, and maintenance of the sports 
        facilities metrodome and the basketball and hockey arena.  When 
        it is determined that a tax must be imposed under this 
        subdivision after the effective date of this act, there shall be 
        added to the rate of the tax imposed for the purposes described 
        in the previous sentence a tax at a rate of 0.25 percent for use 
        by the city to fund recreational facilities and programs in the 
        city's neighborhoods for children and youth through the 
        Minneapolis park and recreation board.  The agreement agreements 
        shall provide for the suspension, reimposition, reduction, or 
        increase in tax collections upon determination by the 
        metropolitan council that such actions are appropriate or 
        necessary for the purposes for which the tax is imposed, 
        provided that the balance in each of the metrodome debt service 
        and the basketball and hockey arena debt service fund or funds, 
        including any reserve for debt service, shall be maintained at 
        least at an amount sufficient to pay the principal and interest 
        on bonds which will become due within the next succeeding one 
        year period and, except as otherwise provided by agreement, 
        shall not be maintained at an amount greater than that required 
        to pay principal and interest on bonds which will become due 
        within the next succeeding two year period.  Once the tax is 
        imposed by the city, the tax imposed for the benefit of the 
        Minneapolis park and recreation board shall remain in effect at 
        the rate of 0.25 percent until the bonds issued under section 
        473.599 have been retired.  The agreement agreements shall be 
        executed by the city, after approval by resolution of the city 
        council and before the issuance of the bonds under section 
        473.581 and commencement of construction, of the metrodome or 
        the issuance of bonds under section 473.599 and acquisition of 
        the basketball and hockey arena and shall constitute a contract 
        or contracts with and for the security of all holders of the 
        bonds and revenue anticipation certificates secured by the tax.  
        A sports facility The metrodome shall not be constructed or 
        remodeled in a municipality which has not entered into an 
        agreement for the metrodome in accordance with this section.  A 
        basketball and hockey arena shall not be acquired in the city of 
        Minneapolis unless the city has entered into an agreement in 
        accordance with this section as security for bonds issued 
        pursuant to section 473.599 and expenses of operation, 
        administration, and maintenance of the basketball and hockey 
        arena.  The tax shall be reported and paid to the commissioner 
        of revenue with and as part of the state sales and use taxes, 
        and shall be subject to the same penalties, interest, and 
        enforcement provisions.  The collections of the tax, less 
        refunds and a proportionate share of the costs of collection, 
        shall be remitted at least quarterly to the metropolitan council 
        and the city of Minneapolis for use by the Minneapolis park and 
        recreation board.  The commissioner of revenue shall deduct from 
        the proceeds remitted to the council and the city an amount that 
        equals the indirect statewide costs as well as the direct and 
        indirect department costs necessary to administer, audit, and 
        collect this tax.  The amount deducted shall be deposited in the 
        general fund of the state.  The proceeds remitted with respect 
        to the metrodome shall be placed, together with the net revenues 
        of the commission attributable to the metrodome under section 
        473.595, into the debt service fund or reserve or special funds, 
        established under section 473.581, and any funds established to 
        secure payment of operating deficits of the commission arising 
        from its ownership and operation of the metrodome.  The proceeds 
        may be used for payment of debt service on bonds and revenue 
        anticipation certificates issued under section 473.581, debt 
        service on bonds referred to in section 473.564, subdivision 2, 
        and expenses of operation, administration, and maintenance of 
        the sports facilities metrodome.  The proceeds shall not be used 
        for any capital costs of sports facilities constructed under 
        sections 473.551 to 473.595 the metrodome, except that the 
        proceeds may be used to pay interest on bonds during the 
        construction period.  
           The proceeds remitted with respect to the basketball and 
        hockey arena shall be placed, together with the net revenues of 
        the commission attributable to the basketball and hockey arena 
        under section 473.595, subdivision 1a, into the debt service 
        fund or reserve or special funds, established under section 
        473.599, and any funds established to secure payment of 
        operating deficits of the commission arising from its 
        acquisition, ownership, operation, or maintenance of the 
        basketball and hockey arena.  The proceeds may be used for 
        payment of debt service on bonds and revenue anticipation 
        certificates issued under section 473.599, and expenses of 
        operation, administration, and maintenance of the basketball and 
        hockey arena. 
           Subd. 2.  [METROPOLITAN LIQUOR TAX.] All proceeds of the 
        liquor tax collected by the council pursuant to the provisions 
        of Minnesota Statutes 1978, section 473.591, prior to August 1, 
        1979, not otherwise expended or applied as provided in this 
        chapter, together with any earnings derived from the investment 
        of such revenues, may be used for any purpose for which the tax 
        revenues under subdivision 1 may be used. 
           Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 473.595, is 
        amended to read: 
           473.595 [COMMISSION FINANCES.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [METRODOME ADMISSION TAX.] Effective 
        January 1, 1978, The commission shall by resolution impose a 
        three and maintain a ten percent admission tax upon the 
        granting, issuance, sale, or distribution, by any private or 
        public person, association, or corporation, of the privilege of 
        admission to activities; except for those activities sponsored 
        at the indoor public assembly facility at the metropolitan 
        sports area known as the metropolitan sports center.  Commencing 
        with the operation of sports facilities constructed or remodeled 
        by the commission pursuant to sections 473.551 to 473.595, the 
        commission shall impose an additional seven percent admission 
        tax upon activities conducted at such sports facilities.  
        Effective January 1, 1978, at the metrodome.  No other tax, 
        surcharge, or governmental imposition, except the taxes imposed 
        by chapter 297A, may be levied by any other unit of government 
        upon any such sale or distribution.  The admission tax shall be 
        stated and charged separately from the sales price so far as 
        practicable and shall be collected by the grantor, seller, or 
        distributor from the person admitted and shall be a debt from 
        that person to the grantor, issuer, seller, or distributor, and 
        the tax required to be collected shall constitute a debt owed by 
        the grantor, issuer, seller, or distributor to the commission, 
        which shall be recoverable at law in the same manner as other 
        debts.  Every person granting, issuing, selling, or distributing 
        tickets for such admissions may be required, as provided in 
        resolutions of the commission, to secure a permit, to file 
        returns, to deposit security for the payment of the tax, and to 
        pay such penalties for nonpayment and interest on late payments, 
        as shall be deemed necessary or expedient to assure the prompt 
        and uniform collection of the tax. 
           Notwithstanding any other provisions of this subdivision, 
        the imposition of an admission tax upon a national superbowl 
        football game conducted at the commission's facilities metrodome 
        is discretionary with the commission.  
           Subd. 1a.  [ARENA ADMISSION TAX.] The commission shall 
        impose a ten percent admission tax on all tickets sold, issued, 
        granted, or distributed for the privilege of admission to the 
        basketball and hockey arena.  In addition, the commission shall 
        impose a surcharge in an amount to be determined by the 
        commission, but not less than $1 per ticket, on all tickets 
        sold, issued, granted, or distributed for the privilege of 
        admission to activities at the basketball and hockey arena.  The 
        sales price shall include the price of the ticket and any 
        service or other charge imposed by the grantor, issuer, seller, 
        or distributor upon the reservation, processing, distribution, 
        delivery, or sale of the ticket.  No other tax, surcharge, or 
        governmental imposition, except the taxes imposed by chapter 
        297A, may be levied by any other unit of government upon such a 
        sale or distribution.  The admission tax and surcharge for the 
        privilege of admission to activities at the basketball and 
        hockey arena shall be charged and added to the sales price of 
        the ticket, and imposed and collected in the same manner 
        provided for the metrodome pursuant to subdivision 1.  The tax 
        and surcharge provided for in this subdivision shall be 
        effective from and after the date of the commission's 
        acquisition of the basketball and hockey arena. 
           Subd. 2.  [RENTALS; FEES; CHARGES.] Rentals, fees, and 
        charges provided for in use agreements at the metrodome and 
        basketball and hockey arena entered into by the commission shall 
        be those estimated by the commission to be necessary and 
        feasible to produce so far as possible, with commission revenues 
        from other sources, the amounts needed for current operation, 
        maintenance, and debt service.  The commission shall with 
        respect to all facilities in the metropolitan sports area and 
        any sports facility constructed pursuant to Laws 1977, chapter 
        89 the met center, the metrodome, and the basketball and hockey 
        arena meet and confer with any public body, authority, or agency 
        owning or operating an entertainment or sports complex, or 
        indoor sports arena, in the metropolitan area in which Laws 
        1977, chapter 89 is effective, for the purpose of undertaking 
        measures or agreements maximizing revenues and eliminating 
        unnecessary operational expenditures. 
           Subd. 3.  [BUDGET PREPARATION; REVIEW AND APPROVAL.] The 
        commission shall comply with the provisions of section 473.163, 
        provided that the entire budget, including operating revenues 
        and expenditures for operation, administration, and maintenance, 
        shall be subject to approval by the council, in accordance with 
        the procedures described in section 473.163. 
           Subd. 4.  [PAYMENT OF COUNCIL COSTS.] The commission shall 
        comply with the provisions of section 473.164. 
           Subd. 5.  [AUDIT.] The legislative auditor shall make an 
        independent audit of the commission's books and accounts once 
        each year or as often as the legislative auditor's funds and 
        personnel permit.  The costs of the audits shall be paid by the 
        commission pursuant to section 3.9741.  The council may examine 
        the commission's books and accounts at any time. 
           Subd. 6.  [GENERAL.] The commission shall receive and 
        account for all tax and other revenue of the commission and from 
        the revenue shall provide, contract, and pay for proper 
        operation, administration, and maintenance of all of its 
        property and facilities and shall maintain, as authorized by 
        resolutions of the council, reserves for major repairs, 
        replacements, and improvements and for working capital.  The 
        commission shall remit to the council for deposit in 
        its metrodome debt service fund funds, at the times required by 
        resolution of the council, the net revenue attributable to the 
        metrodome in excess of these requirements and for deposit in its 
        basketball and hockey arena debt service fund or funds, at the 
        times required by resolution of the council, the net revenue 
        attributable to the basketball and hockey arena in excess of 
        these requirements. 
           Subd. 7.  [SALE OF SEATS.] The commission may sell seats in 
        any multipurpose sports facility constructed after June 30, 1979 
        at prices and subject to conditions consistent with this 
        section.  Ownership of a seat shall give the owner first 
        preference for purchase of a season ticket of admission for 
        professional sports exhibitions with a right to be seated in the 
        owned seat.  An owner may sell or otherwise transfer the rights 
        on whatever terms the owner chooses.  Rights to a seat may not 
        be divided.  No fee may be charged for a transfer of ownership 
        of a seat.  The commission may charge a maintenance fee not 
        exceeding $10 per year for each seat.  
           Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 473.596, is 
        amended to read: 
           473.596 [ACCESS STREETS AND HIGHWAYS, HIGHWAY USER TAX 
        DISTRIBUTION FUND.] 
           No money derived from the highway user tax distribution 
        fund shall be used to construct, relocate, or improve any 
        streets, highways, or other public thoroughfares, except ones 
        included in the municipal state aid street system established 
        pursuant to article XIV, section 4, of the Minnesota 
        Constitution if such work is done in order to provide or improve 
        access to a new sports facility the metrodome constructed 
        pursuant to sections 473.551 to 473.595.  The commissioner of 
        transportation shall determine whether expenditures are in 
        violation of this section. 
           Sec. 14.  [473.598] [ARENA ACQUISITION.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [COMMISSION DETERMINATION.] The commission 
        shall first determine whether to pursue negotiations to acquire 
        the basketball and hockey arena. 
           Subd. 2.  [EXAMINATION AND DISCLOSURE OF LOAN 
        TERMS.] Before making a final decision to acquire the basketball 
        and hockey arena, the commission must obtain and examine all the 
        terms, conditions, covenants, and other provisions of any loan 
        agreements between the owners of the arena and third parties 
        that provided financing secured by mortgages on or other 
        security interests in the basketball and hockey arena.  These 
        terms specifically include any agreements that require a 
        professional team affiliated with the owner to lease or use the 
        arena or that restrict or limit the authority of the team owners 
        or affiliates to relocate the team.  The commission shall make 
        the terms of the agreements available for public inspection. 
           Subd. 3.  [COMMISSION PROPOSAL.] (a) If the commission 
        makes a final determination to acquire the basketball and hockey 
        arena, the commission may then submit to the metropolitan 
        council a proposal to bond for and acquire the basketball and 
        hockey arena.  The commission's proposal shall contain all 
        information deemed appropriate or necessary by the council to 
        its determinations pursuant to section 473.599, subdivision 4.  
        The commission, in preparing the proposal for the council, shall 
        require of the sellers and of the professional teams that are 
        potential lessees or other potential lessees and all of their 
        affiliated entities any and all data relevant to the 
        acquisition, financing, ownership, and operation of the 
        basketball and hockey arena, including, but not limited to, 
        contracts, agreements, profit and loss statements, annual audit 
        statements and balance sheets.  The commission shall contract 
        with an independent, nationally recognized firm of certified 
        public accountants to perform due diligence and provide an 
        economic feasibility study or report with regard to the data 
        received by the commission from the sellers, the potential 
        lessees, and affiliated entities.  In evaluating whether to 
        acquire the basketball and hockey arena, the commission shall 
        consider among other factors, (a) total capital and operating 
        costs of the basketball and hockey arena to the commission and 
        total commission revenues from the basketball and hockey arena 
        over the expected life of the facility, including any 
        contributions by the state, local units of government or other 
        organizations, (b) the total governmental costs associated with 
        the acquisition and operation of the basketball and hockey 
        arena, including the cost to all units and agencies of 
        government as well as the costs to the commission, (c) the net 
        gain or loss of taxes to the state and all local government 
        units, and (d) economic and other benefits accruing to the 
        public.  
           (b) Before submitting its proposal to the metropolitan 
        council under paragraph (a), the commission shall submit the 
        proposal to the legislative auditor and the department of 
        finance for review, evaluation, and comment.  The legislative 
        auditor shall present the evaluation and comments to the 
        legislative audit commission.  Both the legislative auditor and 
        the commissioner of finance shall present their evaluation and 
        comments to the chairs of the house taxes, and ways and means 
        committees, to the chair of the state government finance 
        division of the house governmental operations committee, and to 
        the chairs of the senate taxes and finance committees.  Any data 
        which is not public data under subdivision 4 shall remain not 
        public data when given to the legislative auditor or the 
        department of finance. 
           Subd. 4.  [TREATMENT OF DATA.] (a) Except as specifically 
        provided in this subdivision, all data received by the 
        commission or council in the course of its negotiations and 
        acquisition of the basketball and hockey arena is public data.  
           (b) The commission may keep confidential data received or 
        prepared by its accountants or counsel for purposes of 
        negotiations with existing or potential lessees of the 
        basketball and hockey arena.  That data shall be confidential 
        data on individuals under section 13.02, subdivision 3, or 
        protected nonpublic data under section 13.02, subdivision 13, as 
        the case may be, unless the commission determines that public 
        release of the data would advance the negotiations, or until the 
        potential lessees have executed agreements with the commission 
        or the negotiations are unfavorably concluded.  
           (c) The following data shall be private data on individuals 
        under section 13.02, subdivision 12, or nonpublic data under 
        section 13.02, subdivision 9, as the case may be: 
           (1) data received by the commission or council from the 
        present lessees or potential lessees of the basketball and 
        hockey arena which if made public would, due to the disclosure, 
        permit a competitive economic advantage to other persons; 
           (2) data relating to affiliated entities of the parties 
        referred to in subdivision 2 which is not relevant to the due 
        diligence and economic feasibility study referred to under 
        subdivision 2; and 
           (3) data on individuals which is not relevant to the 
        finances of the basketball and hockey arena or useful to 
        demonstrate the financial ability of the potential lessees of 
        the arena to perform their agreements with the commission.  
           (d) For purposes of this subdivision, the terms 
        "commission" and "council" include their members and employees, 
        accountants, counsel, and consultants and the firm of 
        independent certified public accountants to be engaged under 
        subdivision 2.  
           (e) Notwithstanding the exceptions in this subdivision, 
        summary data which demonstrates the financial ability of the 
        lessees and potential lessees of the basketball and hockey arena 
        to perform their obligations under agreements with the 
        commission and data which relates in any way to the value of the 
        basketball and hockey arena and the amount by which the owners' 
        investment in the arena, including debt obligations, exceeds the 
        commission's payments to and assumption of the owners' debt 
        obligations, shall be public data.  
           Subd. 5.  [HOCKEY AGREEMENT.] The commission shall exercise 
        its best efforts, consistent with its other obligations under 
        sections 473.551 to 473.599 to attempt to secure an agreement 
        with a major league professional hockey organization to play its 
        home games at the basketball and hockey arena. 
           Sec. 15.  [473.599] [DEBT OBLIGATIONS.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [REVENUES.] It is the intent of the 
        legislature that the commission shall, to the maximum extent 
        possible consistent with the provisions of this section, impose 
        rates, rentals, and other charges in the operation of the 
        basketball and hockey arena which together with the admissions 
        tax and surcharge provided in section 473.595, subdivision 1a, 
        will make the basketball and hockey arena self-supporting so 
        that the taxes imposed under section 473.592 for the basketball 
        and hockey arena will be at the lowest possible rate consistent 
        with the obligations of the city of Minneapolis as provided in 
        sections 473.551 to 473.599. 
           Subd. 2.  [BONDS.] The council shall by resolution 
        authorize the sale and issuance of its bonds for any of the 
        following purposes upon its determination that the conditions of 
        subdivision 4 have been met: 
           (a) To provide funds for the acquisition or betterment of 
        the basketball and hockey arena by the commission pursuant to 
        sections 473.598 and 473.599; 
           (b) To refund bonds issued under this section; and 
           (c) To fund judgments entered by any court against the 
        commission or against the council in matters relating to the 
        basketball and hockey arena. 
           Subd. 3.  [PROCEDURE.] The bonds shall be sold, issued, and 
        secured in the manner provided in chapter 475 for bonds payable 
        solely from revenues, except as otherwise provided in sections 
        473.551 to 473.599, and the council shall have the same powers 
        and duties as a municipality and its governing body in issuing 
        bonds under chapter 475.  The council may pledge for the payment 
        of the bonds the net revenues of the commission arising from the 
        commission's operation of the basketball and hockey arena, the 
        tax provided by section 473.592 for the basketball and hockey 
        arena, and the admission tax and surcharge authorized in section 
        473.595, subdivision 1a.  The bonds may be sold at any price and 
        at public or private sale as determined by the council.  They 
        shall be payable solely from tax and other revenues referred to 
        in sections 473.551 to 473.599, and shall not be a general 
        obligation or debt of the council or of the commission, and 
        shall not be included in the net debt of any city, county, or 
        other subdivision of the state for the purpose of any net debt 
        limitation, but nothing in this section shall affect the 
        obligation of the city of Minneapolis to levy a tax pursuant to 
        an agreement made under the provisions of section 473.592.  No 
        election shall be required.  The principal amount shall not be 
        limited except as provided in subdivision 4. 
           Subd. 4.  [LIMITATIONS.] The principal amount of the bonds 
        issued pursuant to subdivision 2, clause (a), exclusive of any 
        original issue discount, shall not exceed the total amount of 
        $42,000,000 plus such amount as the council determines necessary 
        to pay the costs of issuance, fund reserves for operation and 
        debt service, and pay for any bond insurance or other credit 
        enhancement.  The bonds may be issued as tax-exempt revenue 
        bonds or as taxable revenue bonds in the proportions that the 
        commission may determine.  The proceeds of the bonds issued 
        pursuant to subdivision 2, clause (a), shall be used only for 
        acquisition and betterment of sports facilities suitable for a 
        basketball and hockey arena and the arena land and the related 
        purposes referred to in this subdivision, and for reimbursement 
        of any expenses of the commission related to its determination 
        of whether to acquire the basketball and hockey arena, whenever 
        incurred.  The council shall issue its bonds pursuant to 
        subdivision 2, clause (a), and the commission may acquire the 
        basketball and hockey arena and the arena land when the council 
        has made the following determinations: 
           (a) The commission, the city of Minneapolis or the 
        Minneapolis community development agency, or any or all of them, 
        as the commission may deem appropriate, has executed agreements 
        with a major league professional basketball organization to use 
        the arena for all scheduled regular season home games and 
        play-off home games, and for at least one of its exhibition 
        games played each season.  The agreements shall be for a period 
        of 30 years.  The agreements may contain provisions negotiated 
        with the organization which provide for earlier termination of 
        the use of the basketball and hockey arena by the commission 
        upon conditions related to and limited to the bankruptcy or 
        insolvency of the organization.  The agreements shall afford to 
        the commission, the city of Minneapolis, or the Minneapolis 
        community development agency, or each or all of them, as the 
        commission deems appropriate, the remedies that are deemed 
        necessary and appropriate to provide reasonable assurances that 
        the major league professional basketball organization or another 
        major league professional basketball organization shall comply 
        with the agreements.  The remedies shall include the payment of 
        liquidated damages equivalent to direct and consequential 
        damages incurred by reason of the breach of the agreements and 
        any additional remedies or security arrangements the commission 
        reasonably determines to be effective in accomplishing the 
        purposes of this paragraph.  The damages payment may be payable 
        in a lump sum or in installments as the commission may deem 
        appropriate.  The commission may require that the agreements 
        include other terms and conditions to provide reasonable 
        assurances that the major league professional basketball team or 
        a successor major league professional basketball team will play 
        the required games at the basketball and hockey arena during the 
        30-year term of the agreements, or, in the event of a breach, to 
        assure the payment of the required damages.  The agreements 
        shall address contingencies that may arise in the event of 
        change of ownership of the professional teams.  The agreements 
        with the professional basketball organization for the use of the 
        basketball and hockey arena shall provide for arrangements which 
        the commission may deem necessary or appropriate to accommodate 
        a future agreement between the commission and a professional 
        hockey organization to occupy the basketball and hockey arena, 
        consistent with this section.  
           (b) The commission has exercised its reasonable efforts to 
        obtain assurances and/or agreements from the professional 
        basketball major league to the extent permitted under applicable 
        federal and state law, that it will not approve the relocation 
        of the major league professional basketball organization if the 
        relocation is in violation of the terms of the agreements 
        referred to in paragraph (a). 
           (c) The professional basketball team has provided 
        information sufficient to satisfy the council and the commission 
        of the team's ability to comply with the terms of the 30-year 
        lease.  
           (d) The proceeds of bonds provided for in this subdivision 
        will be sufficient for the purposes for which they are issued. 
           (e) The commission has acquired, or has contracted to 
        acquire, (i) leasehold title to the arena land together with the 
        estate of the tenant and other rights demised under the ground 
        lease, subject to amendment as provided in clause (o), (ii) 
        ownership of all real and personal property comprising the 
        basketball and hockey arena, and (iii) all easements, 
        appurtenances and other rights, title, or interest deemed by the 
        commission necessary or desirable in connection with the 
        acquisition, financing, ownership, and operation of the 
        basketball and hockey arena.  
           (f) The percentage of the private boxes provided for in the 
        commission's proposal for the basketball and hockey arena are 
        sold or leased for the period that the commission finds 
        advisable. 
           (g) The anticipated admission taxes and surcharges and 
        other revenue from the operation of the basketball and hockey 
        arena will be sufficient to pay when due all basketball and 
        hockey arena debt service plus all administration, operating and 
        maintenance expense of the arena. 
           (h) The city of Minneapolis has entered into an agreement 
        as contemplated in clause (n) and an agreement or agreements as 
        contemplated in section 473.592 with respect to the basketball 
        and hockey arena. 
           (i) The council has entered into an agreement with the 
        brokerage firm or brokerage firms to be used in connection with 
        the issuance and sale of the bonds guaranteeing that fees and 
        charges payable to the brokerage firm or firms in connection 
        therewith, including any underwriting discounts, shall not 
        exceed fees and charges customarily payable in connection with 
        the issuance and sale of bonds secured by the pledge of the full 
        faith and credit of the city of Minneapolis. 
           The validity of any bonds issued under subdivision 2, 
        clause (a), and the obligations of the council and commission 
        related to them, shall not be conditioned upon or impaired by 
        the council's determination made pursuant to this subdivision.  
        For purposes of issuing the bonds the determinations made by the 
        commission and council shall be deemed conclusive, and the 
        council shall be and remain obligated for the security and 
        payment of the bonds irrespective of determinations which may be 
        erroneous, inaccurate, or otherwise mistaken. 
           (j) The commission has entered into arrangements with any 
        other persons to create a condominium or leasehold condominium, 
        or common interest community or leasehold common interest 
        community, with respect to the building containing the 
        basketball and hockey arena, including the arena playing and 
        spectator areas, and all other portions of the building, and 
        together with the arena land and all other related improvements, 
        easements and other appurtenant and ancillary property and 
        property rights.  The Minneapolis community development agency 
        in its capacity as ground lease landlord may be a party to the 
        condominium or common interest community declaration.  The 
        condominium or common interest community declaration shall 
        establish the portion of the building containing the health club 
        as a separate unit of the condominium or common interest 
        community, and the commission shall have entered into an 
        agreement or agreements with a private sports and health club 
        organization which shall require that the organization shall 
        purchase or retain ownership of the unit with its own funds and 
        at no cost or expense to the commission, and that the 
        organization shall pay for all utility and other operating costs 
        and expenses including allocated common expenses and pay ad 
        valorem property taxes for the unit.  The condominium or common 
        interest community declaration may also establish other units in 
        the condominium or common interest community which shall include 
        the arena playing and spectator areas and may also include 
        office space, restaurant space, locker rooms, private spectator 
        suites or boxes, signage, and other areas, and may also 
        establish common elements, limited common elements and other 
        easements and interests as the commission deems necessary or 
        appropriate.  The agreement or agreements between the commission 
        and the private sports and health club organization may also 
        address additional matters which may be the subject of the 
        bylaws or other agreements or arrangements among unit owners of 
        condominiums or common interest communities, either as part of, 
        or separately from, the provisions of chapter 515A or 515B, or 
        any other items as may be ordinarily and customarily negotiated 
        between the commission and the organization. 
           (k) The private sports and health club organization has 
        executed an assessment agreement pursuant to section 469.177, 
        subdivision 8, obligating payment of ad valorem taxes based on a 
        minimum market value of the health club of at least $10,000,000 
        with the city of Minneapolis or the Minneapolis community 
        development agency. 
           (l) The commission has executed an agreement requiring the 
        commission to remit annually to the Minneapolis community 
        development agency or appropriate agency an amount which 
        together with any ad valorem taxes or other amounts received by 
        the city of Minneapolis or the Minneapolis community development 
        agency from the health club as tax increments equals the debt 
        service required by the tax increment district attributable to 
        the basketball and hockey arena until the current outstanding 
        indebtedness or any refunding thereof has been paid or retired.  
           (m) The development agreement shall be amended: 
           (i) so that no payments are due to the city of Minneapolis 
        or the Minneapolis community development agency from the 
        commission or any other person with respect to the sale, 
        ownership or operation of the basketball and hockey arena, 
        except as provided in clauses (k), (l), and (n); and 
           (ii) to confirm the satisfactory performance of the 
        obligations of the parties to the development agreement on the 
        effective date of the commission's acquisition; provided, that 
        the city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis community 
        development agency shall not be required to release any claim 
        they may have under the development agreement with respect to 
        the operations or sale of the health club (except as such claim 
        may arise from the commission's acquisition of the basketball 
        and hockey arena and the contemporaneous sale or transfer of the 
        health club to those persons who own the basketball and hockey 
        arena and the health club on the date of the commission's 
        acquisition) or from the operations or sale of the professional 
        basketball organization occupying the basketball and hockey 
        arena or the security they may have under the development 
        agreement or the ground lease to assure its performance, 
        pursuant to the guaranty of the guarantors in the event of any 
        default of the commission under the ground lease, or of the 
        owners of the health club with respect to the payment of ad 
        valorem taxes or any payment due from them under the development 
        agreement as amended in accordance with the provisions of this 
        subdivision. 
           (n) The commission has executed an agreement with the city 
        of Minneapolis providing that for so long as the commission owns 
        the basketball and hockey arena the city shall not impose any 
        entertainment tax or surcharge on tickets purchased for any and 
        all events at the basketball and hockey arena.  The agreement 
        may also provide that the commission shall compensate the city 
        for the forbearance of the entertainment tax in effect on the 
        effective date of this act, plus accrued interest, after payment 
        of basketball and hockey arena debt service, the necessary and 
        appropriate funding of debt reserve of the basketball and hockey 
        arena and all expenses of operation, administration, and 
        maintenance, and the funding of a capital reserve for the 
        repair, remodeling and renovation of the basketball and hockey 
        arena.  The required funding of the capital reserve shall be in 
        an amount mutually agreed to by the commission and the city.  
           (o) The ground lease shall be amended by the Minneapolis 
        community development agency to the reasonable satisfaction of 
        the commission to provide:  
           (i) that the commission's sole financial obligation to the 
        landlord shall be to make the payment provided for in clause (1) 
        from the net revenues of the commission attributable to the 
        operation of the basketball and hockey arena; 
           (ii) that the term of the lease shall be 99 years; 
           (iii) that the commission shall have the option to purchase 
        the arena land upon the payment of $10 at any time during the 
        term of the ground lease, but, unless otherwise agreed to by the 
        Minneapolis community development agency, only after the payment 
        or retirement of the general obligation tax increment bonds 
        previously issued by the city of Minneapolis to assist in 
        financing the acquisition of the arena land; and 
           (iv) other amendments as the commission deems necessary and 
        reasonable to accomplish its purposes as provided in sections 
        473.598 and 473.599. 
           (p) The commission has received a report or reports by 
        qualified consultants on the basketball and hockey arena, the 
        health club and the arena land, based on thorough inspection in 
        accordance with generally accepted professional standards and 
        any correction, repair, or remediation disclosed by the reports 
        has been made to the satisfaction of commission.  
           Subd. 5.  [SECURITY.] To the extent and in the manner 
        provided in sections 473.592 and 473.595, the taxes described in 
        section 473.592 for the basketball and hockey arena, the tax, 
        surcharge and other revenues of the commission described in 
        section 473.595, subdivision 1a, attributable to the basketball 
        and hockey arena and any other revenues of the commission 
        attributable to the basketball and hockey arena shall be and 
        remain pledged and appropriated for the purposes specified in 
        this article and for the payment of all necessary and reasonable 
        expenses of the operation, administration, maintenance, and debt 
        service of the basketball and hockey arena until all bonds 
        referred to in section 473.599, subdivision 2, are fully paid or 
        discharged in accordance with law.  Bonds issued pursuant to 
        this section may be secured by a bond resolution, or by a trust 
        indenture entered into by the council with a corporate trustee 
        within or outside the state, which shall define the tax and 
        other revenues pledged for the payment and security of the 
        bonds.  The pledge shall be a valid charge on the tax, surcharge 
        and other revenues attributable to the basketball and hockey 
        arena referred to in sections 473.592, 473.595, subdivision 1a, 
        473.598, and 473.599 from the date when bonds are first issued 
        or secured under the resolution or indenture and shall secure 
        the payment of principal and interest and redemption premiums 
        when due and the maintenance at all times of a reserve securing 
        the payments.  No mortgage of or security interest in any 
        tangible real or personal property shall be granted to the 
        bondholders or the trustee, but they shall have a valid security 
        interest in all tax and other revenues received and accounts 
        receivable by the commission or council under sections 473.592 
        to the extent of the tax imposed as security for the debt 
        service of the basketball and hockey arena, 473.595, subdivision 
        1a, 473.598, and 473.599, as against the claims of all other 
        persons in tort, contract, or otherwise, irrespective of whether 
        the parties have notice of them, and without possession or 
        filing as provided in the uniform commercial code or any other 
        law.  In the bond resolution or trust indenture the council may 
        make the covenants, which shall be binding upon the commission, 
        as are determined to be usual and reasonably necessary for the 
        protection of the bondholders.  No pledge, mortgage, covenant, 
        or agreement securing bonds may be impaired, revoked, or amended 
        by law or by action of the council, commission, or city, except 
        in accordance with the terms of the resolution or indenture 
        under which the bonds are issued, until the obligations of the 
        council under the resolution or indenture are fully discharged.  
           Subd. 6.  [REVENUE ANTICIPATION CERTIFICATES.] After 
        approval by the council and final adoption by the commission of 
        an annual budget of the commission for operation, 
        administration, and maintenance of the basketball and hockey 
        arena, and in anticipation of the proceeds from the taxes under 
        section 473.592 and the revenues of the commission provided for 
        in the budget, but subject to any limitation or prohibition in a 
        bond resolution or indenture, the council may authorize the 
        issuance, negotiation, and sale, in the form and manner and upon 
        the terms that it may determine, of revenue anticipation 
        certificates.  The principal amount of the certificates 
        outstanding shall at no time exceed 25 percent of the total 
        amount of the tax and other revenues anticipated.  The 
        certificates shall mature not later than three months after the 
        close of the budget year.  Prior to the approval and final 
        adoption of the annual budget of the commission, the council may 
        authorize revenue anticipation certificates under this 
        subdivision.  So much of the anticipated tax and other revenues 
        as may be needed for the payment of the certificates and 
        interest on them shall be paid into a special debt service fund 
        established for the certificates in the council's financial 
        records.  If for any reason the anticipated tax and other 
        revenues are insufficient, the certificates and interest shall 
        be paid from the first tax, surcharge and other revenues 
        received attributable to the basketball and hockey arena, 
        subject to any limitation or prohibition in a bond resolution or 
        indenture.  The proceeds of the certificates may be used for any 
        purpose for which the anticipated revenues or taxes may be used 
        or for any purpose for which bond proceeds under subdivision 2 
        may be used.  
           Subd. 7.  [ARENA FREE OF MORTGAGES, LIENS, AND 
        OBLIGATIONS.] With the exception of the obligations imposed by 
        sections 473.598 and 473.599, the commission shall not assume 
        any notes, pledges, mortgages, liens, encumbrances, contracts, 
        including advertising contracts or marquee agreements, or other 
        obligations upon acquisition of the basketball and hockey arena 
        or the arena land, including but not by way of limitation, 
        management or concession agreements.  Upon acquisition by the 
        commission, the basketball and hockey arena and the arena land 
        shall be free of all liens and encumbrances, including the 
        foregoing but excluding the easements and rights-of-way that the 
        commission shall determine do not materially impair or affect 
        its ownership and operation of the basketball and hockey arena.  
        Upon acquisition, the commission shall, through a process 
        involving statewide public participation, select a name for the 
        basketball and hockey arena.  In the process of selecting the 
        name, the commission shall consider its obligation under section 
        473.599, subdivision 1, but that obligation must not be the 
        principal consideration in making the selection.  
           Subd. 8.  [REIMBURSEMENT TO STATE.] The commission shall 
        compensate the state for its contribution from the general fund 
        under section 17, plus accrued interest, after payment of 
        basketball and hockey arena debt service, the necessary and 
        appropriate funding of debt reserve of the basketball and hockey 
        arena and all expenses of operation, administration, and 
        maintenance and the funding of a capital reserve for the repair, 
        remodeling and renovation of the basketball and hockey arena.  
        Compensation paid to the state shall occur at the same time that 
        compensation is paid to the city of Minneapolis, as provided in 
        paragraph (n) of subdivision 4, on a basis proportionate to the 
        amount of forbearance of the entertainment tax or surcharge as 
        provided in paragraph (n) to that date, and the amount of 
        general fund appropriations paid by the state under section 17 
        to that date.  No reimbursement will be paid under this 
        subdivision after (1) the aggregate amount of the appropriations 
        granted under section 20, to that time, plus accrued interest, 
        has been reimbursed under this subdivision, or (2) December 31, 
        2024, whichever is earlier.  
           Sec. 16.  [ALL TENANT TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF AGREEMENTS 
        MUST BE MADE PUBLIC.] 
           An agreement to occupy the basketball and hockey arena as 
        defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 473.551, subdivision 10, 
        is not enforceable by any party to it unless all its terms and 
        conditions are made public before it is intended to take effect. 
           Sec. 17.  [240A.08] [APPROPRIATION.] 
           $750,000 is appropriated annually from the general fund to 
        the Minnesota amateur sports commission for the purpose of 
        entering into long-term leases, use, or other agreements with 
        the metropolitan sports facilities commission for the conduct of 
        amateur sports activities at the basketball and hockey arena, 
        consistent with the purposes set forth in chapter 240A, 
        including (1) stimulating and promoting amateur sports, (2) 
        promoting physical fitness by promoting participation in sports, 
        (3) promoting the development of recreational amateur sport 
        opportunities and activities, and (4) promoting local, regional, 
        national, and international amateur sport competitions and 
        events.  The metropolitan sports facilities commission may 
        allocate 50 dates a year for the conduct of amateur sports 
        activities at the basketball and hockey arena by the amateur 
        sports commission.  At least 12 of the dates must be on a 
        Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.  If any amateur sports activities 
        conducted by the amateur sports commission at the basketball and 
        hockey arena are restricted to participants of one gender, an 
        equal number of activities on comparable days of the week must 
        be conducted for participants of the other gender, but not 
        necessarily in the same year.  The legislature reserves the 
        right to repeal or amend this appropriation, and does not intend 
        this appropriation to create public debt. 
           Sec. 18.  [ADVISORY TASK FORCE.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [MEMBERSHIP.] The metropolitan sports 
        facilities commission shall create an advisory task force for 
        the purpose of studying the overall impact of professional 
        sports in the state.  The task force shall consist of 18 members 
        as follows: 
           (a) the governor or the governor's designee; 
           (b) the commissioner of trade and economic development; 
           (c) the chair of the Minnesota amateur sports commission; 
           (d) the chair of the metropolitan sports facilities 
        commission; 
           (e) the chairs of the metropolitan and local government 
        committee of the senate, and the local government and 
        metropolitan affairs committee of the house of representatives, 
        or their successor committees; 
           (f) the chairs of the jobs, energy and community 
        development committee of the senate, and the commerce and 
        economic development committee of the house of representatives, 
        or their successor committees; 
           (g) eight public members, appointed by the governor, one 
        from each congressional district; 
           (h) one minority member of the senate, appointed by the 
        subcommittee on committees of the rules and administration 
        committee; and 
           (i) one minority member of the house of representatives, 
        appointed by the speaker of the house. 
           Subd. 2.  [STUDY.] The advisory task force must at a 
        minimum analyze the following factors: 
           (a) the economic disruption and worker dislocation that 
        would occur in the event that a professional sports team would 
        relocate; 
           (b) the dynamics and consequences of cities competing 
        against each other for professional sports franchises; and 
           (c) the relative public costs of obtaining and keeping 
        professional sports franchises. 
           The advisory task force shall make findings and report to 
        the legislature by February 1, 1995, on the overall impact of 
        professional sports franchises on the state and recommendations 
        on a policy the state should adopt with regard to obtaining and 
        retaining professional sports franchises.  This section expires 
        June 1, 1995. 
           Sec. 19.  [REPEALER.] 
           Minnesota Statutes 1992, sections 473.564, subdivision 1; 
        and 473.571, are repealed. 
           Sec. 20.  [EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICATION.] 
           Section 1 is effective for appointments for vacancies 
        occurring on the amateur sports commission after December 31, 
        1994.  The remainder of this article takes effect the day 
        following final enactment and applies in the counties of Anoka, 
        Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington. 
                                   ARTICLE 2
           Section 1.  [240A.09] [PLAN DEVELOPMENT; CRITERIA.] 
           The Minnesota amateur sports commission shall develop a 
        plan to promote the development of proposals for new statewide 
        public ice facilities including proposals for ice centers and 
        matching grants based on the criteria in this section. 
           (a) For ice center proposals, the commission will give 
        priority to proposals that come from more than one local 
        government unit and that involve construction of more than three 
        ice sheets in a single facility. 
           (b) The Minnesota amateur sports commission shall 
        administer a site selection process for the ice centers.  The 
        commission shall invite proposals from cities or counties or 
        consortia of cities.  A proposal for an ice center must include 
        matching contributions including in-kind contributions of land, 
        access roadways and access roadway improvements, and necessary 
        utility services, landscaping, and parking. 
           (c) Proposals for ice centers and matching grants must 
        provide for meeting the demand for ice time for female groups by 
        offering up to 50 percent of prime ice time, as needed, to 
        female groups.  For purposes of this section, prime ice time 
        means the hours of 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 
        9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.  
           (d) The location for all proposed facilities must be in 
        areas of maximum demonstrated interest and must maximize 
        accessibility to an arterial highway. 
           (e) To the extent possible, all proposed facilities must be 
        dispersed equitably and must be located to maximize potential 
        for full utilization and profitable operation. 
           (f) The Minnesota amateur sports commission may also use 
        the funds to upgrade current facilities, purchase girl's ice 
        time, or conduct amateur women's hockey and other ice sport 
        tournaments. 
           Sec. 2.  [240A.10] [AGREEMENTS.] 
           The Minnesota amateur sports commission may enter into 
        agreements with local units of government and provide financial 
        assistance in the form of grants for the construction of ice 
        arena facilities that in the determination of the commission, 
        conform to its criteria. 
           Sec. 3.  [240A.11] [GENERAL OBLIGATION SPECIAL TAX BONDS 
        FOR ICE CENTERS.] 
           State general obligation bonds issued to finance the 
        construction of the ice centers provided for in sections 1 and 2 
        may be general obligation special tax bonds under section 
        16A.661 and debt service on the bonds may be paid from sports 
        and health club sales tax revenue as provided in section 
        16A.661, subdivision 3, paragraph (b). 
           Sec. 4.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
           Sections 1 to 3 are effective July 1, 1994. 
           Presented to the governor May 9, 1994 
           Signed by the governor May 10, 1994, 6:40 p.m.