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                            CHAPTER 265-S.F.No. 371 
                  An act relating to transportation; abolishing certain 
                  restrictions relating to highway construction; 
                  appropriating money for departments of transportation 
                  and public safety, and other state agencies; 
                  regulating certain programs, activities, and 
                  practices; providing for fees; amending Minnesota 
                  Statutes 1994, sections 116.07, subdivision 2a; 
                  160.02, by adding a subdivision; 161.1231, subdivision 
                  1; 161.125, subdivision 1; 162.09, subdivision 4; 
                  169.14, subdivision 5d; 171.06, subdivision 2; 171.20, 
                  subdivision 4; 221.031, subdivision 1; 221.0314, 
                  subdivision 3; 221.131; 221.132; 299A.38, subdivision 
                  2; 299A.44; 299M.03, subdivision 2; 326.12, 
                  subdivision 3; 403.11, subdivision 1; 457A.02, 
                  subdivision 2; 457A.03, subdivision 3; and 473.391; 
                  repealing Minnesota Statutes 1994, sections 161.123; 
                  161.124; and 457A.01, subdivision 7. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
                                   ARTICLE 1
                              HIGHWAY RESTRICTIONS
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 161.1231, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [AUTHORITY TO CONSTRUCT.] 
        Notwithstanding section 161.123 or any other law, the 
        commissioner may acquire land by purchase, gift, or eminent 
        domain for parking facilities described in this section and may 
        construct, operate, repair, and maintain parking facilities 
        primarily to serve vehicles traveling the route in the 
        interstate highway system described in section 161.123, clause 
        (2) generally as legislative routes Nos. 10 and 107 between 
        I-494 and the Hawthorne interchange in the city of Minneapolis, 
        also known as I-394.  Other vehicles may use the parking 
        facilities when space is available. 
           Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 473.391, is 
        amended to read: 
           473.391 [ROUTE PLANNING AND SCHEDULING.] 
           The council may contract with other operators or local 
        governments for route planning and scheduling services in any 
        configuration of new or reconfiguration of existing transit 
        services and routes, including route planning and scheduling 
        necessary for the test marketing program, the service bidding 
        program, and the interstate highway described in section 
        161.123, clause (2) generally as legislative routes Nos. 10 and 
        107 between I-494 and the Hawthorne interchange in the city of 
        Minneapolis, commonly known as I-394.  
           Sec. 3.  [REPEALER.] 
           Minnesota Statutes 1994, sections 161.123; and 161.124, are 
        repealed. 
           Sec. 4.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
           Sections 1 to 3 are effective upon metropolitan council 
        approval of plans presented by the commissioner to: 
           (1) construct one additional lane on each roadway of I-394 
        at or near its interchange with Penn Avenue; 
           (2) preserve the existence of an additional lane eastbound 
        between Penn Avenue and the Dunwoody Boulevard exit; 
           (3) erect noise barriers adjacent to the westbound roadway 
        of the highway continuously between Wirth Parkway and Penn 
        Avenue, and on the eastbound roadway of the highway continuously 
        between Madeira Avenue and Wirth Parkway, and extend the 
        existing noise barriers easterly of France Avenue, all with the 
        consent of all affected owners of commercial property; 
           (4) adopt a goal of achieving an average occupancy rate on 
        the highway of 1.6 persons per vehicle by 2000, and implement a 
        five-year program in cooperation with the council intended to 
        achieve that goal by, among other means, significantly 
        increasing the use of high-occupancy lanes on the highway and 
        the use of other roadways; 
           (5) develop and implement, jointly with the commissioner of 
        public safety, a plan and program for (i) enforcement of speed 
        limits and other traffic laws and high-occupancy lane 
        restrictions and the minimizing of late merging of traffic onto 
        the eastbound highway, and (ii) demonstration of increased 
        information and education through changeable message signs and 
        the use of electronic detection to identify and warn traffic law 
        violators; and 
           (6) ensure the highway has a bituminous surface between 
        June Avenue in Golden Valley and the highway's intersection with 
        marked interstate highway No. 94 in Minneapolis. 
                                   ARTICLE 2
                         TRANSPORTATION APPROPRIATIONS
           Section 1.  [TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER AGENCIES 
        APPROPRIATIONS.] 
           The sums shown in the columns marked "APPROPRIATIONS" are 
        appropriated from the general fund, or another named fund, to 
        the agencies and for the purposes specified in this act, to be 
        available for the fiscal years indicated for each purpose.  The 
        figures "1996," and "1997," where used in this act, mean that 
        the appropriation or appropriations listed under them are 
        available for the year ending June 30, 1996, or June 30, 1997, 
        respectively.  
                                SUMMARY BY FUND
                                1996          1997           TOTAL
        General              $ 60,849,000   $ 59,751,000   $120,600,000
        Airports               16,000,000     16,400,000     32,400,000 
        C.S.A.H.              285,642,000    293,068,000    578,710,000 
        Highway User           10,306,000     10,313,000     20,619,000 
        M.S.A.S.               87,078,000     89,240,000    176,318,000 
        Special Revenue           960,000        984,000      1,944,000 
        Trunk Highway         828,388,000    825,448,000  1,653,836,000 
        Transfers to Other
        Direct                 (2,967,000)    (2,636,000)    (5,603,000)
        TOTAL               1,289,223,000  1,295,204,000  2,584,427,000
                                                   APPROPRIATIONS 
                                               Available for the Year 
                                                   Ending June 30 
                                                  1996         1997 
        Sec. 2.  TRANSPORTATION 
        Subdivision 1.  Total 
        Appropriation                      1,157,842,000  1,158,424,000
        The appropriations in this section are 
        from the trunk highway fund, except 
        when another fund is named. 
                      Summary by Fund
        General              12,654,000    12,653,000
        Airports             15,950,000    16,350,000
        C.S.A.H.            285,642,000   293,068,000
        M.S.A.S.             87,078,000    89,240,000
        Trunk Highway       756,518,000   747,113,000
        The amounts that may be spent from this 
        appropriation for each program are 
        specified in the following subdivisions.
        Subd. 2.  Aeronautics                 15,880,000     16,280,000
        This appropriation is from the state 
        airports fund.  
        The amounts that may be spent from this 
        appropriation for each activity are as 
        follows:  
        (a) Airport Development and Assistance 
                      1996           1997
                   11,349,000     11,748,000
        $2,146,000 the first year and 
        $2,146,000 the second year are for 
        navigational aids.  
        $6,800,000 the first year and 
        $7,200,000 the second year are for 
        airport construction grants.  
        $2,300,000 the first year and 
        $2,300,000 the second year are for 
        airport maintenance grants. 
        If the appropriation for either year 
        for navigational aids, airport 
        construction grants, or airport 
        maintenance grants is insufficient, the 
        appropriation for the other year is 
        available for it.  The appropriations 
        for construction grants and maintenance 
        grants may be spent only for 
        grant-in-aid programs for airports that 
        are not state owned. 
        These appropriations must be spent in 
        accordance with Minnesota Statutes, 
        section 360.305, subdivision 4. 
        The commissioner of transportation may 
        transfer unencumbered balances among 
        the appropriations for airport 
        development and assistance with the 
        approval of the governor after 
        consultation with the legislative 
        advisory commission.  
        $12,000 the first year and $12,000 the 
        second year are for maintenance of the 
        Pine Creek Airport.  
        $91,000 the first year and $90,000 the 
        second year are for air service grants. 
        (b) Aviation Support 
             4,470,000      4,471,000
        $65,000 the first year and $65,000 the 
        second year are for the civil air 
        patrol. 
        $15,000 the first year and $15,000 the 
        second year are for the advisory 
        council on metropolitan airport 
        planning.  The commissioner of 
        transportation shall transfer these 
        funds to the legislative coordinating 
        commission.  These funds are available 
        in either year of the biennium.  
        (c) Air Transportation Services 
                61,000         61,000
        Subd. 3.  Transit                    12,293,000     12,292,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General              12,005,000     12,004,000
        Trunk Highway           288,000        288,000
        The amounts that may be spent from this 
        appropriation for each activity are as 
        follows:  
        (a) Greater Minnesota Transit
        Assistance 
            11,557,000    11,556,000
        This appropriation is from the general 
        fund.  
        (b) Transit Administration   
               736,000       736,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General                 448,000       448,000
        Trunk Highway           288,000       288,000 
        Subd. 4.  Railroads and Waterways    1,431,000      1,431,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General                 492,000       492,000
        Trunk Highway           939,000       939,000 
        $250,000 the first year and $250,000 
        the second year are for a phase-II 
        feasibility study of high-speed rail 
        service in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and 
        Illinois along the southern corridor 
        identified in the tri-state study of 
        high-speed rail service.  The 
        commissioner may enter into agreements 
        with Wisconsin and Illinois to 
        cooperate in the study.  The study 
        outline must include all subjects 
        identified in Laws 1994, chapter 640, 
        section 5, paragraph (b).  This 
        appropriation is contingent on 
        Wisconsin providing $500,000 and on 
        receipt of federal matching money for 
        the study.  This appropriation is from 
        the general fund and is available until 
        spent. 
        The commissioner and metropolitan and 
        regional planning organizations shall 
        increase efforts to assist owners of 
        commercial navigation facilities as 
        defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 
        457A.01, subdivision 2, to seek federal 
        ISTEA funds for port development. 
        Subd. 5.  Motor Carrier Regulation   2,266,000      2,267,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General                 107,000       107,000
        Trunk Highway         2,159,000     2,160,000
        Subd. 6.  Local Roads              372,720,000    382,308,000
                      Summary by Fund
        C.S.A.H.            285,642,000   293,068,000
        M.S.A.S.             87,078,000    89,240,000
        The amounts that may be spent from this 
        appropriation for each activity are as 
        follows:  
        (a) County State Aids 
           285,642,000    293,068,000
        This appropriation is from the county 
        state-aid highway fund and is available 
        until spent.  
        (b) Municipal State Aids 
            87,078,000     89,240,000
        This appropriation is from the 
        municipal state-aid street fund and is 
        available until spent.  
        If an appropriation for either county 
        state aids or municipal state aids does 
        not exhaust the balance in the fund 
        from which it is made in the year for 
        which it is made, the commissioner of 
        finance, upon request of the 
        commissioner of transportation, shall 
        notify the committee on finance of the 
        senate and the committee on ways and 
        means of the house of representatives 
        of the amount of the remainder and 
        shall then add that amount to the 
        appropriation.  The amount added is 
        appropriated for the purposes of county 
        state aids or municipal state aids, as 
        appropriate.  
        (c) State Aid Technical Assistance 
             5,706,000      5,852,000
        These appropriations are for 
        administrative costs as provided in 
        Minnesota Statutes, sections 162.06, 
        subdivision 2; and 162.12, subdivision 
        2. 
                      Summary by Fund
        C.S.A.H.              4,373,000     4,486,000
        M.S.A.S.              1,333,000     1,366,000
        Subd. 7.  State Road Construction    516,960,000    515,986,000
        The amounts that may be spent from this 
        appropriation for each activity are as 
        follows:  
        (a) State Road Construction 
           376,463,000    377,763,000
        It is estimated that the appropriation 
        from the trunk highway fund will be 
        funded as follows:  
        Federal Highway Aid 
           205,000,000    205,000,000
        Highway User Taxes 
           171,463,000    172,763,000
        The commissioner of transportation 
        shall notify the chair of the committee 
        on finance of the senate and chair of 
        the committee on ways and means of the 
        house of representatives quarterly of 
        any events that should cause these 
        estimates to change. 
        This appropriation is for the actual 
        construction, reconstruction, and 
        improvement of trunk highways.  This 
        includes the cost of actual payment to 
        landowners for lands acquired for 
        highway right-of-way, payment to 
        lessees, interest subsidies, and 
        relocation expenses.  
        The commissioner of transportation may 
        receive monies covering other shares of 
        the cost of partnership projects.  
        These receipts are appropriated to the 
        commissioner for these projects. 
        Before proceeding with a project, or a 
        series of projects on a single highway, 
        with a cost exceeding $10,000,000, the 
        commissioner shall consider the 
        feasibility of alternative means of 
        financing the project or series of 
        projects, including but not limited to 
        congestion pricing, tolls, mileage 
        pricing, and public-private partnership.
        (b) Highway Debt Service 
            21,728,000     19,602,000
        $11,948,000 the first year and 
        $7,641,000 the second year are for 
        transfer to the state bond fund. 
        If this appropriation is insufficient 
        to make all transfers required in the 
        year for which it is made, the 
        commissioner of finance shall notify 
        the committee on finance of the senate 
        and the committee on ways and means of 
        the house of representatives of the 
        amount of the deficiency and shall then 
        transfer that amount under the 
        statutory open appropriation.  
        Any excess appropriation must be 
        canceled to the trunk highway fund. 
        (c) Research and Investment Management 
            10,388,000     10,390,000
        $444,000 the first year and $444,000 
        the second year are available for 
        grants for transportation studies 
        outside the metropolitan area for 
        transportation studies to identify 
        critical concerns, problems, and 
        issues.  These grants are available to 
        (1) regional development commissions, 
        and (2) in regions where no regional 
        development commission is functioning, 
        joint-powers boards established under 
        agreement of two or more political 
        subdivisions in the region to exercise 
        the planning functions of a regional 
        development commission. 
        $180,000 the first year and $180,000 
        the second year are available for 
        grants to metropolitan planning 
        organizations outside the seven-county 
        metropolitan area. 
        $75,000 the first year and $75,000 the 
        second year are for a transportation 
        research contingent account to finance 
        research projects that are reimbursable 
        from the federal government or from 
        other sources.  If the appropriation 
        for either year is insufficient, the 
        appropriation for the other year is 
        available for it. 
        (d) Design Engineering
            52,981,000     52,981,000
        Of these appropriations, $2,190,000 the 
        first year and $2,190,000 the second 
        year are for scientific equipment.  If 
        the appropriation for either year is 
        insufficient, the appropriation for the 
        other year is available for it. 
        The commissioner, in cooperation with 
        the tribal council, shall determine 
        those portions of trunk highway 61 
        right-of-way lying within the 
        boundaries of the Grand Portage Indian 
        Reservation that are no longer needed 
        for trunk highway purposes.  This 
        determination shall be made according 
        to criteria developed by the 
        commissioner in consultation with the 
        tribal council.  Following the 
        completion of this project the 
        commissioner may, pursuant to Minnesota 
        Statutes, section 161.43, relinquish 
        and quit claim to the Grand Portage 
        Band where it is the fee owner, or to 
        the United States where it holds the 
        fee in trust for the Grand Portage 
        Band, any easement or portion of an 
        easement that has been determined to be 
        no longer needed by the transportation 
        department for trunk highway purposes.  
        For the purposes of section 161.43, the 
        tribal council shall be treated in the 
        same manner as if it were a political 
        subdivision of the state, provided that 
        the matching funds contributed by the 
        tribal council to the surveying and 
        mapping project described above shall 
        be considered full compensation for the 
        relinquishment and quit claim of any 
        easements or portions of any easements 
        over tribal or tribal trust lands. 
        (e) Construction Engineering
            55,400,000     55,250,000
        Subd. 8.  State Road Operations      192,412,000    192,775,000
                      Summary by Fund
        Trunk Highway       192,403,000   192,766,000
        General                   9,000         9,000
        (a) State Road Operations
           188,244,000    188,607,000
        $11,989,000 the first year and 
        $11,989,000 the second year are for 
        road equipment.  If the appropriation 
        for either year is insufficient, the 
        appropriation for the other year is 
        available for it. 
        (b) Electronic Communications
             4,168,000      4,168,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General                   9,000         9,000
        Trunk Highway         4,159,000     4,159,000
        $9,000 the first year and $9,000 the 
        second year are from the general fund 
        for equipment and operation of the 
        Roosevelt signal tower for Lake of the 
        Woods weather broadcasting. 
        Subd. 9.  General Administration      43,880,000     35,085,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General                  41,000        41,000
        Airports                 70,000        70,000 
        Trunk Highway        43,769,000    34,974,000
        The amounts that may be spent from this 
        appropriation for each activity are as 
        follows:  
        (a) General Management       
            22,943,000     22,999,000
        $100,000 each year is appropriated from 
        the trunk highway fund to the 
        commissioner of transportation for 
        grants to stimulate telecommuting as an 
        alternative to peak-hour highway 
        commuting.  The commissioner and the 
        Minnesota telecommuting partnership 
        shall determine grant purposes and 
        recipients.  Initial consideration will 
        be given to the communities of Cottage 
        Grove, Upsala, and Morrison county. 
        Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, 
        sections 160.84 to 160.92, the 
        commissioner of transportation is 
        authorized to implement a demonstration 
        congestion pricing project involving 
        interstate trunk highway facilities to 
        determine the feasibility of charging 
        user fees as allowed by Section 1012(b) 
        of the Intermodal Surface 
        Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, 
        Public Law Number 102-240 (ISTEA).  For 
        the purposes of this demonstration 
        project, the commissioner shall be 
        exempt from any rulemaking 
        requirements.  The commissioner of 
        transportation must obtain prior 
        approval for the project from the 
        metropolitan council.  The metropolitan 
        council must hold a public hearing on 
        the project as proposed by the 
        commissioner of transportation before 
        granting its approval.  All fees 
        collected by the commissioner shall be 
        deposited in the trunk highway fund and 
        are appropriated to implement and 
        administer this demonstration project. 
        The project must be completed by June 
        30, 1997. 
        $250,000 in the first year is for 
        research and operational testing of a 
        road-powered electric vehicle (RPEV) 
        system, either with high-occupancy 
        vehicles, shuttles, or full-size buses, 
        as part of the Saints road project in 
        St. Cloud.  This project must be 
        coordinated with the St. Cloud area 
        metropolitan transit commission.  The 
        commissioner shall analyze findings and 
        make recommendations on (1) snow and 
        ice control over extended periods of 
        system operation, (2) design 
        applications for road installation, (3) 
        durability and reliability of such a 
        system on public or private roadway 
        over an extended period, (4) safety 
        factors and hazard mitigation related 
        to the probability of occurrence of 
        hazards, and (5) preliminary research 
        on application of the system to 
        intelligent transportation systems.  Of 
        this appropriation $150,000 is 
        available immediately and an additional 
        $100,000 is available only if it is 
        matched with at least $50,000 in 
        in-kind funding from private and other 
        sources.  The commissioner shall seek 
        federal funding for this project as 
        well as local matching funds.  The 
        commissioner shall not spend this 
        appropriation until the commissioner 
        has determined that the RPEV study, 
        evaluation, and test required under 
        Laws 1994, chapter 640, section 4, 
        paragraph (a), has been satisfactorily 
        completed.  This appropriation is from 
        the trunk highway fund.* (The preceding 
        paragraph beginning "$250,000" was 
        vetoed by the governor.) 
        (b) General Services 
            20,397,000     12,086,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General                  41,000        41,000
        Airports                 70,000        70,000 
        Trunk Highway        20,826,000    11,975,000 
        $3,500,000 the first year and 
        $3,500,000 the second year are for data 
        processing development.  If the 
        appropriation for either year is 
        insufficient, the appropriation for the 
        other year is available for it. 
        $9,000,000 the first year is for 
        purchase of the Water's Edge building.  
        This appropriation is from the trunk 
        highway fund. 
        The commissioner of transportation 
        shall manage the department of 
        transportation in such a manner as to 
        provide seasonal employees of the 
        department with the maximum feasible 
        amount of employment security 
        consistent with the efficient delivery 
        of department programs. 
        Subd. 10.  Transfers
        The commissioner of transportation with 
        the approval of the commissioner of 
        finance may transfer unencumbered 
        balances among the appropriations from 
        the trunk highway fund and the state 
        airports fund made in this section.  No 
        transfer may be made from the 
        appropriation for state road 
        construction.  No transfer may be made 
        from the appropriations for debt 
        service to any other appropriation.  
        Transfers may not be made between funds.
        Transfers must be reported immediately 
        to the committee on finance of the 
        senate and the committee on ways and 
        means of the house of representatives.  
        Sec. 3.  METROPOLITAN COUNCIL  
        TRANSIT                               42,037,000     41,058,000
        Of this amount, the metropolitan 
        council may use up to $625,000 during 
        the biennium to implement a high-speed 
        bus demonstration project.  The project 
        may be implemented with reorganized 
        existing transit service or provision 
        of new service. 
        Of this amount, $354,000 is for 
        security measures on transit vehicles, 
        including, but not limited to, 
        plexiglass enclosures for drivers and 
        on-bus surveillance cameras.  The 
        council may also pay for these security 
        measures out of the proceeds of bonds 
        issued under Minnesota Statutes, 
        section 473.39. 
        The metropolitan council may not spend 
        more than $15,300,000 the first year 
        and $15,300,000 the second year on 
        metro mobility, except for proceeds 
        from bond sales where use of such 
        proceeds for metro mobility capital 
        expenditures is authorized by law. 
        Sec. 4.  TRANSPORTATION 
        REGULATION BOARD                         605,000        
        This appropriation is from the trunk 
        highway fund. 
        Of this amount, $100,000 is for the 
        board, in cooperation with the 
        commissioner of transportation, the 
        center for transportation studies, and 
        the legislative auditor, to conduct a 
        study of the transfer of powers, 
        duties, and functions of the board to 
        an appropriate agency.  The study must 
        include (1) which powers of the board 
        should be eliminated, and (2) the 
        relocation to other agencies of those 
        powers of the board that should be 
        retained.  In conducting the study, the 
        board shall establish and consult with 
        an advisory committee that includes, 
        but is not limited to, representatives 
        of for-hire and private trucking, 
        including household goods movers; 
        railroads; representatives of for-hire 
        and private passenger carriers, 
        including limousines and personal 
        transportation consumers; and members 
        of legislative committees and divisions 
        that are responsible for transportation 
        policy or funding.  The board shall 
        submit a report on the study, including 
        recommendations and draft legislation, 
        to the legislature by February 1, 1996. 
        Sec. 5.  PUBLIC SAFETY
        Subdivision 1.  Total 
        Appropriation                         80,922,000     81,012,000
                      Summary by Fund
                                1996          1997
        General               6,158,000     6,040,000
        Highway User         10,181,000    10,188,000 
        Special Revenue         910,000       934,000 
        Trunk Highway        63,673,000    63,850,000 
        Transfers to Other 
        Direct               (2,697,000)   (2,636,000)
        The amounts that may be spent from this 
        appropriation for each program are 
        specified in the following subdivisions.
        Subd. 2.  Administration and 
        Related Services 
             5,152,000      5,170,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General                 615,000       615,000
        Highway User             19,000        19,000 
        Trunk Highway         4,518,000     4,536,000 
        $326,000 the first year and $326,000 
        the second year are for payment of 
        public safety officer survivor benefits 
        under Minnesota Statutes, section 
        299A.44.  If the appropriation for 
        either year is insufficient, the 
        appropriation for the other year is 
        available for it. 
        $92,000 the first year and $92,000 the 
        second year are for soft body armor 
        reimbursements under Minnesota 
        Statutes, section 299A.38.  
        Subd. 3.  State Patrol 
            43,727,000     43,835,000 
                      Summary by Fund
        General                 451,000       406,000
        Highway User             60,000        60,000
        Trunk Highway        43,216,000    43,369,000
        During the biennium ending June 30, 
        1997, no more than five positions, 
        excluding the chief patrol officer, in 
        the state patrol support activity may 
        be filled by state troopers. 
        During the biennium ending June 30, 
        1997, the commissioner may purchase 
        other motor fuel when gasohol is not 
        available for the operation of state 
        patrol vehicles. 
        $45,000 is available from the general 
        fund for the biennium to replace 
        security equipment at the governor's 
        residence. 
        Subd. 4.  Driver and Vehicle Services 
            29,446,000     29,460,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General               3,511,000     3,512,000
        Highway User         10,121,000    10,128,000 
        Trunk Highway        15,756,000    15,761,000 
        Special Revenue          58,000        59,000 
        The appropriation from the special 
        revenue fund is from the bicycle 
        transportation account. 
        Subd. 5.  Traffic Safety    
               244,000        245,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General                  61,000        61,000
        Trunk Highway           183,000       184,000
        Subd. 6.  Pipeline Safety 
               852,000        875,000
        This appropriation is from the pipeline 
        safety account in the special revenue 
        fund. 
        Subd. 7.  Reimbursements 
        (a) $1,520,000 the first year and 
        $1,446,000 the second year are 
        appropriated from the general fund for 
        transfer by the commissioner of finance 
        to the trunk highway fund on January 1, 
        1996, and January 1, 1997, 
        respectively, in order to reimburse the 
        trunk highway fund for expenses not 
        related to the fund.  These represent 
        amounts appropriated out of the trunk 
        highway fund for general fund purposes 
        in the administration and related 
        services program.  
        (b) $461,000 the first year and 
        $474,000 the second year are 
        appropriated from the highway user tax 
        distribution fund for transfer by the 
        commissioner of finance to the trunk 
        highway fund on January 1, 1996, and 
        January 1, 1997, respectively, in order 
        to reimburse the trunk highway fund for 
        expenses not related to the fund.  
        These represent amounts appropriated 
        out of the trunk highway fund for 
        highway user fund purposes in the 
        administration and related services 
        program. 
        (c) $716,000 the first year and 
        $716,000 the second year are 
        appropriated from the highway user tax 
        distribution fund for transfer by the 
        commissioner of finance to the general 
        fund on January 1, 1996, and January 1, 
        1997, respectively, in order to 
        reimburse the general fund for expenses 
        not related to the fund.  These 
        represent amounts appropriated out of 
        the general fund for operation of the 
        criminal justice data network related 
        to driver and motor vehicle licensing. 
        Sec. 6.  MINNESOTA SAFETY COUNCIL         67,000        67,000
        This appropriation is from the trunk 
        highway fund. 
        Sec. 7.  GENERAL CONTINGENT 
        ACCOUNTS                                 375,000       375,000
        The appropriations in this section may 
        only be spent with the approval of the 
        governor after consultation with the 
        legislative advisory commission 
        pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 
        3.30. 
        If an appropriation in this section for 
        either year is insufficient, the 
        appropriation for the other year is 
        available for it.  
                      Summary by Fund
        Trunk Highway Fund  
               200,000        200,000
        Highway User Tax Distribution Fund 
               125,000        125,000
        State Airports Fund 
                50,000         50,000
        Sec. 8.  TORT CLAIMS                    600,000        600,000
        To be spent by the commissioner of 
        finance.  
        This appropriation is from the trunk 
        highway fund. 
        If the appropriation for either year is 
        insufficient, the appropriation for the 
        other year is available for it. 
        Sec. 9.  TRUNK HIGHWAY SUPPLEMENT  6,725,000   13,618,000
        The amounts necessary to pay 
        compensation and economic benefit 
        increases, within available resources 
        in the trunk highway fund, are 
        appropriated to the commissioner of 
        finance for the years ending June 30, 
        1996 and June 30, 1997.  During the 
        biennium, the commissioner shall 
        transfer the necessary amounts to the 
        proper accounts.  The commissioner 
        shall report to the chair of the ways 
        and means committee of the house of 
        representatives and the chair of the 
        finance committee of the senate on the 
        transfers made under this section.  
        This appropriation is from the trunk 
        highway fund. 
        Sec. 10.  EVALUATION OF USE OF 
        COST-EFFECTIVE MEASURES 
        The legislative audit commission is 
        requested to direct the legislative 
        auditor to perform an evaluation of the 
        cost-effectiveness of specifications, 
        standards, practices, and procedures 
        relating to construction projects 
        undertaken by the department of 
        transportation.  The evaluation must 
        identify those construction-related 
        specifications, standards, practices, 
        and procedures which are cost-effective 
        and available to the department, but 
        which are not utilized. 
           Sec. 11.  [METROPOLITAN COUNCIL; EXPENDITURES.] 
           Notwithstanding any limitation on funding for metro 
        mobility, the metropolitan council may use the proceeds from the 
        certificates of indebtedness, bonds, or other obligations issued 
        pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 473.39, subdivision 1b, 
        to pay the capital costs of special transportation service in 
        the metropolitan area. 
           Sec. 12.  [TRUNK HIGHWAY 212; FINANCING ALTERNATIVES.] 
           The commissioner shall investigate alternative means of 
        financing the reconstruction of highway 212 between marked 
        interstate No. 494 and the city of Cologne, including, but not 
        limited to, public/private partnerships, toll financing, and 
        congestion pricing. 
           Sec. 13.  [WAKOTA BRIDGE.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [FINDINGS.] The legislature finds that: 
           (1) the completion of the Wakota bridge project connecting 
        the cities of South St. Paul and Newport is needed, as shown in 
        the metropolitan council's transportation policy plan; 
           (2) the project is considered one of the priority river 
        crossings in the metropolitan area according to that policy 
        plan; and 
           (3) the needs of the affected communities and of the entire 
        regional transportation system require that the department of 
        transportation make every effort to begin this project as 
        rapidly as possible. 
           Subd. 2.  [TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.] The 
        commissioner of transportation shall include the Wakota 
        bridge-trunk highway no. 61 project in the statewide 
        transportation improvement program at the earliest feasible date 
        consistent with available funding. 
           Subd. 3.  [REPORT.] The commissioner of transportation 
        shall submit an annual report to the legislature by February 1 
        of each year describing the status of the Wakota bridge-trunk 
        highway no. 61 project and indicating remaining uncompleted 
        components of the project. 
           Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 116.07, 
        subdivision 2a, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2a.  [EXEMPTIONS FROM STANDARDS.] No standards 
        adopted by any state agency for limiting levels of noise in 
        terms of sound pressure which may occur in the outdoor 
        atmosphere shall apply to (1) segments of trunk highways 
        constructed with federal interstate substitution money, provided 
        that all reasonably available noise mitigation measures are 
        employed to abate noise, (2) an existing or newly constructed 
        segment of a highway, provided that all reasonably available 
        noise mitigation measures, as approved by the commissioners of 
        the department of transportation and pollution control agency, 
        are employed to abate noise, (3) skeet, trap or shooting sports 
        clubs, or (3) the holding of (4) motor vehicle race events 
        conducted at a facility specifically designed for that purpose 
        that was in operation on or before July 1, 1983.  Nothing herein 
        shall prohibit a local unit of government or a public 
        corporation with the power to make rules for the government of 
        its real property from regulating the location and operation of 
        skeet, trap or shooting sports clubs, or the holding of motor 
        vehicle race events conducted at a facility specifically 
        designed for that purpose that was in operation on or before 
        July 1, 1983. 
           Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.02, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 16.  [FREEWAY OR EXPRESSWAY.] "Freeway" or 
        "expressway" means a divided, controlled-access highway with 
        four or more lanes.  
           Sec. 16.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 161.125, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [IMPLEMENTATION.] The commissioner of 
        transportation shall, in accordance with the department's 
        program, implement sound a noise abatement study and noise 
        abatement measures within or along the perimeter of any 
        interstate or trunk highway within freeways and expressways in 
        incorporated areas located within the metropolitan area or any 
        municipality whenever the noise level attributable to vehicular 
        traffic at the abutting residential property line is in excess 
        of the federal noise standards.  The commissioner shall utilize 
        federal matching funds available for constructing and 
        maintaining sound abatement measures.  No standard adopted by 
        any state agency for limiting levels of noise in terms of sound 
        pressure in the outdoor atmosphere shall apply to any interstate 
        highway, or to any trunk highway segment constructed or 
        reconstructed with federal interstate substitution funds, 
        provided that all reasonable mitigating measures are used to 
        abate noise contingent on the availability of funding, in 
        accordance with section 116.07, subdivision 2a.  The 
        commissioner shall report to the legislature by February 1, 
        1997, on noise abatement studies and measures undertaken during 
        the previous calendar year and planned for the next three years 
        under this subdivision.  The study must include a survey of all 
        applicable noise standards and feasible noise abatement 
        measures, and an evaluation of their ability to protect citizens.
           Sec. 17.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 162.09, 
        subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 4.  [FEDERAL CENSUS TO BE CONCLUSIVE.] (a) In 
        determining whether any city has a population of 5,000 or more, 
        the last federal census shall be conclusive, except as otherwise 
        provided in this subdivision.  
           (b) A city that has previously been classified as having a 
        population of 5,000 or more for the purposes of chapter 162 and 
        whose population decreases by less than 15 percent from the 
        census figure that last qualified the city for inclusion shall 
        receive the following percentages of its 1981 apportionment for 
        the years indicated:  1982, 66 percent and 1983, 33 percent.  
        Thereafter the city shall not receive any apportionment from the 
        municipal state-aid street fund unless its population is 
        determined to be 5,000 or over by a federal census.  The 
        governing body of the city may contract with the United States 
        Bureau of the Census to take one special census before January 
        1, 1986.  A certified copy of the results of the census shall be 
        filed with the appropriate state authorities by the city.  The 
        result of the census shall be the population of the city for the 
        purposes of any law providing that population is a required 
        qualification for distribution of highway aids under chapter 
        162.  The special census shall remain in effect until the 1990 
        federal census is completed and filed.  The expense of taking 
        the special census shall be paid by the city.  
           (c) If an entire area not heretofore incorporated as a city 
        is incorporated as such during the interval between federal 
        censuses, its population shall be determined by its 
        incorporation census.  The incorporation census shall be 
        determinative of the population of the city only until the next 
        federal census. 
           (d) The population of a city created by the consolidation 
        of two or more previously incorporated cities shall be 
        determined by the most recent population estimate of the 
        metropolitan council or state demographer, until the first 
        federal decennial census or special census taken after the 
        consolidation. 
           Sec. 18.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 169.14, 
        subdivision 5d, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 5d.  [SPEED ZONING IN WORK ZONES; SURCHARGE.] (a) The 
        commissioner, on trunk highways and temporary trunk highways, 
        and local authorities, on streets and highways under their 
        jurisdiction, may authorize the use of reduced maximum speed 
        limits in highway work zones.  The commissioner or local 
        authority is not required to conduct an engineering and traffic 
        investigation before authorizing a reduced speed limit in a 
        highway work zone. 
           (b) The minimum highway work zone speed limit is 20 miles 
        per hour.  The work zone speed limit must not reduce the 
        established speed limit on the affected street or highway by 
        more than 15 miles per hour, except that the highway work zone 
        speed limit shall not exceed 40 miles per hour.  Highway work 
        zone speed limits are effective on erection of appropriate 
        regulatory speed limit signs designating the beginning and end 
        of the affected work zone.  The signs must be removed or covered 
        when they are not required.  A speed greater than the posted 
        highway work zone speed limit is unlawful.  
           (c) For purposes of this subdivision, "highway work zone" 
        means a segment of highway or street where a road authority or 
        its agent is constructing, reconstructing, or maintaining the 
        physical structure of the roadway, its shoulders, or features 
        adjacent to the roadway, including underground and overhead 
        utilities and highway appurtenances. 
           (d) Notwithstanding section 609.0331 or 609.101 or other 
        law to the contrary, a person who violates a speed limit 
        established under paragraph (b) while on a trunk highway, or who 
        violates any other provision of this section or section 169.141 
        while in a highway work zone on a trunk highway, is assessed an 
        additional surcharge equal to the amount of the fine imposed for 
        the speed violation, but not less than $25.  The surcharge must 
        be deposited in the state treasury and credited to the general 
        fund. 
           Sec. 19.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 171.06, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [FEES.] (a) The fees for a license and Minnesota 
        identification card are as follows: 
        Classified Driver License   C-$18.50 CC-$22.50 B-$29.50 A-$37.50
        Classified Under 21 D.L.    C-$18.50 CC-$22.50 B-$29.50 A-$17.50
        Instruction Permit                                        $ 9.50
        Duplicate Driver or Under 21 License or
         duplicate identification card                            $ 8.00
        Minnesota identification card other than duplicate,
         except as otherwise provided in section 171.07,
         subdivisions 3 and 3a                                    $12.50
           Sec. 20.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 171.20, 
        subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 4.  [REINSTATEMENT FEE.] A person whose driver's 
        license has been suspended under section 171.16, subdivision 2,; 
        171.18, except subdivision 1, clause (10); or 171.182, or who 
        has been disqualified from holding a commercial driver's license 
        under section 171.165 must pay a $20 fee before the license is 
        reinstated.  When this fee is collected by a county-operated 
        office of deputy registrar, a $3.50 handling charge is imposed.  
        The handling charge must be deposited in the treasury of the 
        place for which the deputy registrar was appointed and the $20 
        reinstatement fee must be deposited in an approved state 
        depository as directed under section 168.33, subdivision 2.  A 
        suspension may be rescinded without fee for good cause. 
           Sec. 21.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 221.031, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [POWERS, DUTIES, REPORTS, LIMITATIONS.] (a) 
        This subdivision applies to motor carriers engaged in intrastate 
        commerce. 
           (b) The commissioner shall prescribe rules for the 
        operation of motor carriers, including their facilities; 
        accounts; leasing of vehicles and drivers; service; safe 
        operation of vehicles; equipment, parts, and accessories; hours 
        of service of drivers; driver qualifications; accident 
        reporting; identification of vehicles; installation of safety 
        devices; inspection, repair, and maintenance; and proper 
        automatic speed regulators if, in the opinion of the 
        commissioner, there is a need for the rules.  
           (c) The commissioner shall direct the repair and 
        reconstruction or replacement of an inadequate or unsafe motor 
        carrier vehicle or facility.  The commissioner may require the 
        construction and maintenance or furnishing of suitable and 
        proper freight terminals, passenger depots, waiting rooms, and 
        accommodations or shelters in a city in this state or at a point 
        on the highway traversed which the commissioner, after 
        investigation by the department, may deem just and proper for 
        the protection of passengers or property.  
           (d) The commissioner shall require the filing of holders of 
        household goods mover permits, charter carrier permits, and 
        regular route passenger carrier certificates to file annual and 
        other reports including annual accounts of motor carriers, 
        schedules of rates and charges, or other data by motor carriers, 
        regulate motor carriers in matters affecting the relationship 
        between them and the traveling and shipping public, and 
        prescribe other rules as may be necessary to carry out the 
        provisions of this chapter.  
           (e) A motor carrier subject to paragraph (d) but having 
        gross revenues from for-hire transportation in a calendar year 
        of less than $200,000 may, at the discretion of the 
        commissioner, be exempted from the filing of an annual report, 
        if instead the motor carrier files an abbreviated annual report, 
        in a form as may be prescribed by the commissioner, attesting 
        that the motor carrier's gross revenues did not exceed $200,000 
        in the previous calendar year.  Motor carrier gross revenues 
        from for-hire transportation, for the purposes of this 
        subdivision only, do not include gross revenues received from 
        the operation of school buses as defined in section 169.01, 
        subdivision 6. 
           (f) The commissioner shall enforce sections 169.781 to 
        169.783. 
           (g) The commissioner shall make no rules relating to the 
        granting, limiting, or modifying of permits or certificates of 
        convenience and necessity, which are powers granted to the board.
           (h) The board may extend the termini of a route or alter or 
        change the route of a regular route common carrier upon petition 
        and after finding that public convenience and necessity require 
        an extension, alteration, or change. 
           Sec. 22.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 221.0314, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [WAIVER FOR PHYSICAL DEFECTS.] (a) A person who 
        is not physically qualified to drive under subdivision 2, but 
        who meets the other qualifications under subdivision 2, may 
        drive a motor vehicle if the commissioner grants a waiver to 
        that person.  The commissioner may grant a waiver to a person 
        who is not physically qualified to drive under Code of Federal 
        Regulations, title 49, section 391.41, paragraph (b)(1) or 
        (b)(2), according to rules adopted under section 221.031.  
           (b) The commissioner may grant a waiver to a person who is 
        not physically qualified to drive under Code of Federal 
        Regulations, title 49, section 391.41, paragraph (b)(3) to 
        (b)(13) for medical conditions for which waiver programs have 
        been established by the United States Department of 
        Transportation.  Except as required in paragraphs (c) to (f), 
        the commissioner shall require the same information and follow 
        the same procedure as the United States Department of 
        Transportation in granting the waivers.  The commissioner may 
        continue to grant waivers under this paragraph and paragraphs 
        (c) to (f) after the United States Department of Transportation 
        has discontinued its waiver program for a specific medical 
        condition if the commissioner determines that the waiver program 
        is consistent with the safe operation of motor vehicles. 
           (c) Despite federal requirements, the commissioner may 
        grant a waiver to a person who does not have three years' 
        experience in operating a commercial motor vehicle. 
           (d) Despite federal requirements, a person who has been 
        initially examined by a licensed physician and who has been 
        granted a waiver for a diabetic condition may be regularly 
        examined by the person's treating physician every six months 
        from the date a waiver is granted. 
           (e) Despite federal requirements, the commissioner may 
        grant a waiver to a person who requires insulin for controlling 
        diabetes but who has not been using insulin for the three years 
        preceding a waiver application if the applicant, in addition to 
        the information required by paragraph (b), submits a statement 
        from a licensed physician that includes: 
           (1) the date and a description of each episode experienced 
        by the person during the three years preceding a waiver 
        application that involved a loss of consciousness or voluntary 
        control due to hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia; 
           (2) the person's prognosis for control of the diabetes; and 
           (3) the physician's professional opinion about whether the 
        person is medically qualified to exercise reasonable and 
        ordinary control over a commercial motor vehicle on the public 
        highways. 
           (f) A person who is granted a waiver after submitting the 
        information required in paragraph (e) must, in addition, submit 
        a statement from the person's treating physician every six 
        months from the date a waiver is granted that includes the 
        information described in paragraph (e), clauses (1) and (2), and 
        gives the physician's professional opinion about whether the 
        person continues to be medically qualified to exercise 
        reasonable and ordinary control over a commercial motor vehicle 
        on the public highways. 
           Sec. 23.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 221.131, is 
        amended to read: 
           221.131 [CARRIER VEHICLE REGISTRATION; FEES; 
        IDENTIFICATION; CAB CARDS.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [PERMIT RENEWAL.] Permits issued under 
        section 221.121 are effective for a 12-month period.  A permit 
        holder shall must renew the permit annually by registration of 
        the vehicles operated under authority of that permit as required 
        by subdivision 2.  A permit holder has one annual renewal date 
        encompassing all of the permits held by the holder.  
           Subd. 2.  [PERMIT CARRIERS; ANNUAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION.] 
        (a) This subdivision applies only to holders of household goods 
        mover permits and charter carrier permits. 
           (b) The permit holder shall pay an annual registration fee 
        of $40 on each vehicle, including pickup and delivery vehicles, 
        operated by the holder under authority of the permit during the 
        12-month period or fraction of the 12-month period.  Trailers 
        and semitrailers used by a permit holder in combination with 
        power units may not be counted as vehicles in the computation of 
        fees under this section if the permit holder pays the fees for 
        power units. 
           (b) (c) The commissioner shall furnish a distinguishing 
        annual identification card for each vehicle or power unit for 
        which a fee has been paid.  The identification card must at all 
        times be carried in the vehicle or power unit to which it has 
        been assigned.  An identification card may be reassigned to 
        another vehicle or power unit upon application of the permit 
        holder and payment of a transfer fee of $10.  An identification 
        card issued under this section is valid only for the period for 
        which the permit is effective. 
           (c) The permit holder must be identified on the power unit 
        of each registered vehicle operated under the permit.  Vehicles 
        must show the name or the "doing business as" name of the permit 
        holder operating the vehicle and the community and abbreviation 
        of the state in which the permit holder maintains its principal 
        office or in which the vehicle is customarily based.  If the 
        permit holder operates a leased vehicle, it may show its name 
        and the name of the lessor on the vehicle, if the lease 
        relationship is clearly shown.  If the name of a person other 
        than the operating permit holder appears on the vehicle, the 
        words "operated by" must immediately precede the name of the 
        permit holder.  The name and address must be in letters that 
        contrast sharply in color with the background, be readily 
        legible during daylight hours from a distance of 50 feet while 
        the vehicle is stationary, and be maintained in a manner that 
        retains the legibility of the markings.  The name and address 
        may be shown by use of a removable device if that device meets 
        the identification and legibility requirements of this 
        subdivision. 
           (d) A fee of $10 is charged for the replacement of an 
        unexpired identification card that has been lost.  
           (e) The total annual registration fee per vehicle for class 
        II-T, class II-L, household goods mover, and 
        temperature-controlled commodities permit holders, or any 
        combination thereof, shall not exceed $40 per vehicle. 
           Subd. 2a.  [VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION.] The permit holder must 
        be identified on the power unit of each registered vehicle 
        operated under the permit.  Vehicles must show the name or the 
        "doing business as" name of the permit holder operating the 
        vehicle and the community and abbreviation of the state in which 
        the permit holder maintains its principal office or in which the 
        vehicle is customarily based.  If the permit holder operates a 
        leased vehicle, it may show its name and the name of the lessor 
        on the vehicle, if the lease relationship is clearly shown.  If 
        the name of a person other than the operating permit holder 
        appears on the vehicle, the words "operated by" must immediately 
        precede the name of the permit holder.  The name and address 
        must be in letters that contrast sharply in color with the 
        background, be readily legible during daylight hours from a 
        distance of 50 feet while the vehicle is stationary, and be 
        maintained in a manner that retains the legibility of the 
        markings.  The name and address may be shown by use of a 
        removable device if that device meets the identification and 
        legibility requirements of this subdivision. 
           Subd. 3.  [CERTIFICATE CARRIERS; ANNUAL VEHICLE 
        REGISTRATION.] Certificated passenger carriers shall pay an 
        annual registration fee of $40 for each vehicle, including 
        pickup and delivery vehicles, operated during a calendar year.  
        The commissioner shall issue distinguishing identification cards 
        as provided in subdivision 2.  
           Subd. 4.  [CARDS; FEES.] The department may issue to 
        carriers subject to subdivision 2 or 3 special "floater" 
        identification cards up to a maximum of five per motor carrier.  
        Floater cards may be freely transferred between vehicles used 
        under short-term leases by the motor carrier.  The motor carrier 
        shall pay a fee of $100 for each floater card issued.  
           Subd. 5.  [LIMITATION.] The provisions of this section are 
        limited by applicable federal law. 
           Subd. 6.  [COURIER SERVICE CARRIERS; IDENTIFICATION CARDS.] 
        The commissioner shall issue distinct annual identification cab 
        cards for vehicles that provide courier service under a permit 
        issued by the board.  A courier service identification cab card 
        may not be issued for a vehicle that has a gross vehicle weight 
        in excess of 15,000 pounds. 
           Subd. 7.  [ARMORED CARRIERS.] The commissioner shall issue 
        distinct annual identification cards for vehicles that provide 
        armored carrier service under a permit issued by the board.  No 
        card may be issued unless the armored carrier submits evidence 
        that it holds in good standing a protective agent's or private 
        detective's license under sections 326.338 and 326.3381, 
        subdivision 1. 
           Sec. 24.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 221.132, is 
        amended to read: 
           221.132 [PREPAID TEMPORARY VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION CARDS.] 
           The commissioner may issue a prepaid temporary vehicle 
        identification card to a permit or certificate holder subject to 
        section 221.131, subdivision 2 or 3, for a fee of $5 per card.  
        The card must be preprinted by the commissioner with the 
        carrier's name, address, and permit or certificate number.  The 
        card may be used by the motor carrier to whom it is issued to 
        identify a vehicle temporarily added to its fleet.  The card 
        must be executed by the motor carrier by dating and signing the 
        card and describing the vehicle in which it will be carried.  
        The identification card is valid for a period of ten days from 
        the date the motor carrier places on the card when the card is 
        executed.  The card must be used within one year from the date 
        of issuance by the commissioner.  The card may not be used if 
        the permit or certificate is not in full force and effect.  The 
        card may not be transferred.  The commissioner may not refund 
        the cost of unused prepaid temporary vehicle identification 
        cards. 
           Sec. 25.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 299A.38, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [STATE AND LOCAL REIMBURSEMENT.] Peace officers 
        and heads of local law enforcement agencies who buy vests for 
        the use of peace officer employees may apply to the commissioner 
        for reimbursement of funds spent to buy vests.  On approving an 
        application for reimbursement, the commissioner shall pay the 
        applicant an amount equal to the lesser of one-third one-half of 
        the vest's purchase price or $165 $300.  The political 
        subdivision that employs the peace officer shall pay at least 
        the lesser of one-third one-half of the vest's purchase price or 
        $165 $300.  The political subdivision may not deduct or pay its 
        share of the vest's cost from any clothing, maintenance, or 
        similar allowance otherwise provided to the peace officer by the 
        law enforcement agency. 
           Sec. 26.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 299A.44, is 
        amended to read: 
           299A.44 [DEATH BENEFIT.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [PAYMENT REQUIRED.] On certification to the 
        governor by the commissioner of public safety that a public 
        safety officer employed within this state has been killed in the 
        line of duty, leaving a spouse or one or more eligible 
        dependents, the commissioner of finance shall pay $100,000 from 
        the public safety officer's benefit account, as follows: 
           (1) if there is no dependent child, to the spouse; 
           (2) if there is no spouse, to the dependent child or 
        children in equal shares; 
           (3) if there are both a spouse and one or more dependent 
        children, one-half to the spouse and one-half to the child or 
        children, in equal shares; 
           (4) if there is no surviving spouse or dependent child or 
        children, to the parent or parents dependent for support on the 
        decedent, in equal shares; or 
           (5) if there is no surviving spouse, dependent child, or 
        dependent parent, then no payment may be made from the public 
        safety officer's benefit fund.  
           Subd. 2.  [ADJUSTMENT OF BENEFIT.] On October 1 of each 
        year beginning after the effective date of this subdivision, the 
        commissioner of public safety shall adjust the level of the 
        benefit payable immediately before October 1 under subdivision 
        1, to reflect the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price 
        Index for all urban consumers, published by the federal Bureau 
        of Labor Statistics, occurring in the one-year period ending on 
        June 1 immediately preceding such October 1. 
           Sec. 27.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 299M.03, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [JOURNEYMAN CERTIFICATE.] A person may not 
        install, connect, alter, repair, or add to a fire protection 
        system, under the supervision of a fire protection contractor, 
        unless annually certified to perform those duties as a 
        journeyman sprinkler fitter or as a registered apprentice 
        sprinkler fitter.  This subdivision does not apply to a person 
        altering or repairing a fire protection system if the system 
        uses low pressure water and the system is located in a facility 
        regulated under the federal Mine Occupational Safety and Health 
        Act. 
           Sec. 28.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 326.12, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [CERTIFIED SIGNATURE.] Each plan, specification, 
        plat, report, or other document which under sections 326.02 to 
        326.15 is prepared by a licensed architect, licensed engineer, 
        licensed land surveyor, licensed landscape architect, or 
        certified interior designer must bear the signature of the 
        licensed or certified person preparing it, or the signature of 
        the licensed or certified person under whose direct supervision 
        it was prepared.  Each signature shall be accompanied by a 
        certification that the signer is licensed under sections 326.02 
        to 326.15, by the person's license number, and by the date on 
        which the signature was affixed.  The provisions of this 
        paragraph shall not apply to documents of an intraoffice or 
        intracompany nature.  A government agency or local unit of 
        government need sign and certify only the title page or first 
        page of a highway construction document that is described in 
        this subdivision; provided that all other pages must have 
        printed or stamped on them a facsimile signature and the 
        information required by this subdivision.  The stamp or printed 
        signature has the same force and effect as an actual signature. 
           Sec. 29.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 403.11, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SERVICE FEE.] (a) Each 
        customer of a telephone company or communications carrier that 
        provides service capable of originating a 911 emergency 
        telephone call is assessed a fee to cover the costs of ongoing 
        maintenance and related improvements for trunking and central 
        office switching equipment for minimum 911 emergency telephone 
        service, plus administrative and staffing costs of the 
        department of administration related to managing the 911 
        emergency telephone service program.  Recurring charges by a 
        public utility providing telephone service for updating the 
        information required by section 403.07, subdivision 3, must be 
        paid by the commissioner of administration if the utility is 
        included in an approved 911 plan and the charges have been 
        certified and approved under subdivision 3.  The commissioner of 
        administration shall transfer an amount equal to two cents a 
        month from the fee assessed under this section on cellular and 
        other nonwire access services to the commissioner of public 
        safety for the purpose of offsetting the costs, including 
        administrative and staffing costs, incurred by the state patrol 
        division of the department of public safety in handling 911 
        emergency calls made from cellular phones.  Money remaining in 
        the 911 emergency telephone service account after all other 
        obligations are paid must not cancel and is carried forward to 
        subsequent years and may be appropriated from time to time to 
        the commissioner of administration to provide financial 
        assistance to counties for the improvement of local emergency 
        telephone services.  The improvements may include providing 
        access to minimum 911 service for telephone service subscribers 
        currently without access and upgrading existing 911 service to 
        include automatic number identification, local location 
        identification, automatic location identification, and other 
        improvements specified in revised county 911 plans approved by 
        the department. 
           (b) The fee may not be less than eight cents nor more than 
        30 cents a month for each customer access line or other basic 
        access service, including trunk equivalents as designated by the 
        public utilities commission for access charge purposes and 
        including cellular and other nonwire access services.  The fee 
        must be the same for all customers.  
           (c) The fee must be collected by each company or carrier 
        providing service subject to the fee.  Fees are payable to and 
        must be submitted to the commissioner of administration monthly 
        before the 25th of each month following the month of collection, 
        except that fees may be submitted quarterly if less than $250 a 
        month is due, or annually if less than $25 a month is due.  
        Receipts must be deposited in the state treasury and credited to 
        a 911 emergency telephone service account in the special revenue 
        fund.  The money in the account may only be used for 911 
        telephone services as provided in paragraph (a).  
           (d) The commissioner of administration, with the approval 
        of the commissioner of finance, shall establish the amount of 
        the fee within the limits specified and inform the companies and 
        carriers of the amount to be collected.  Companies and carriers 
        must be given a minimum of 45 days notice of fee changes. 
           (e) This subdivision does not apply to customers of a 
        telecommunications carrier as defined in section 237.01, 
        subdivision 6. 
           Sec. 30.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 457A.02, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [COMMISSIONER TO ADMINISTER.] The commissioner 
        shall administer the port development assistance program to 
        advance the purposes of subdivision 1.  In administering the 
        program, the commissioner may: 
           (1) make grants and loans to persons applicants eligible 
        under section 457A.03, subdivision 1, to apply for them; 
           (2) make assistance agreements with recipients of grants 
        and loans; and 
           (3) adopt rules authorized by section 457A.05. 
           Sec. 31.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 457A.03, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [STATE PARTICIPATION; LIMITATIONS.] The 
        commissioner may not provide any assistance under this chapter 
        for more than 50 80 percent of the nonfederal share of any 
        project.  Assistance provided under this chapter may not be used 
        to match any other state funds.  The commissioner shall not 
        assume continuing funding responsibility for any commercial 
        navigation facility project. 
           Sec. 32.  [REFUNDS.] 
           A permit or certificate holder under Minnesota Statutes, 
        chapter 221, who was issued vehicle identification cards under 
        Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 221.131, between January 1, 
        1995, and the effective date of this section may apply for a 
        refund of the fee paid for each such identification card.  The 
        commissioner of transportation shall provide for the time and 
        manner of applying for and paying the refund.  The commissioner 
        shall pay the refund upon verifying the application.  Amounts 
        necessary to pay refunds under this section are appropriated 
        from the trunk highway fund to the commissioner.  This section 
        does not apply to vehicle identification cards issued for 
        vehicles operated under the authority of a household goods mover 
        permit or a passenger carrier certificate or permit. 
           Sec. 33.  [REPEALER.] 
           Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 457A.01, subdivision 7, is 
        repealed. 
           Sec. 34.  [APPLICATION.] 
           Sections 3 and 11 apply in the counties of Anoka, Carver, 
        Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington. 
           Sec. 35.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
           Sections 11, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, and 32 are effective 
        the day following final enactment.  All other provisions of this 
        article are effective July 1, 1995. 
           Presented to the governor May 30, 1995 
           Signed by the governor June 1, 1995, 2:03 p.m.