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stricken= old language to be removed underscored = new language to be added CHAPTER 398-H.F.No. 2206 An act relating to education; removing mandates from higher education; requiring increased accountability and performance for funding; allowing higher education greater flexibility in conducting its business; amending Minnesota Statutes 1994, sections 15.43, subdivisions 2 and 3; 16B.01, subdivision 2; 16B.21, subdivisions 1 and 3; 16B.33, subdivisions 1, 3, 4, and by adding a subdivision; 16B.35, by adding a subdivision; 16B.36, subdivision 1; 16B.37, subdivision 1; 16B.41, subdivision 2; 16B.482; 16B.49; 16B.531; 16B.54, subdivision 1; 16B.85, subdivision 2; 43A.05, subdivision 4; 43A.10, subdivision 3; 123.70, subdivision 10; 135A.033; 135A.14, as amended; 137.37; 169.448, subdivision 2; 201.1611; and 248.07, subdivision 7; Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, sections 16B.17, subdivision 6; 16B.465, subdivision 4; 43A.06, subdivision 1; 135A.181, subdivision 2; 136A.101, subdivision 10; 136F.06, subdivisions 1 and 2; 136F.12; 136F.16, subdivision 3; 136F.18; 136F.30; 136F.36, subdivision 2; 136F.44; 136F.50; 136F.53, subdivisions 1 and 3; 136F.58; 136F.71, by adding a subdivision; 136F.72, subdivision 3; 136F.80, subdivision 2; and 169.441, subdivision 5; Laws 1995, chapter 212, article 2, sections 15; and 20, subdivisions 1 and 2; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 16B; 135A; 136A; and 136F; repealing Minnesota Statutes 1994, sections 137.03; 137.05; 137.06; 137.07; 137.08; 137.11; 137.14; 137.15; and 137.33; Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 136F.59, subdivision 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 15.43, subdivision 2, is amended to read: Subd. 2. [TEXTBOOKS EXEMPTED.] Textbooks, software, and other course materials authored by an employee of the state's education systemsMinnesota state colleges and universities or of the University of Minnesota may be used as required course material upon receipt of written approval from the head of the department. Instructors in state institutions and at the university may accept free samples of textbooks and related teaching materials. Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 15.43, subdivision 3, is amended to read: Subd. 3. [OTHER EXEMPTIONS.] The commissioners of human services and corrections , and the chancellors of the state university and community college systemsmay by rule prescribe procedure for the acceptance of gifts from any person or organization, provided that such gifts are accepted by the commissioner or chancellor, or a designated representative of the commissioner or chancellor, and that such gifts are used solely for the direct benefit of patients ,or inmates or studentsunder the jurisdiction of the accepting state officer. Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 16B.01, subdivision 2, is amended to read: Subd. 2. [AGENCY.] "Agency" means any state officer, employee, board, commission, authority, department, or other agency of the executive branch of state government. Unless specifically provided elsewhere in this chapter, agency does not include the Minnesota state colleges and universities. Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 16B.17, subdivision 6, is amended to read: Subd. 6. [EXCLUSIONS.] This section and section 16B.167 do not apply : (1) to Minnesota state college or university contracts to provide instructional services to public or private organizations, agencies, businesses, or industries; (2)to contracts with individuals or organizations for administration of employee pension plans authorized under chapter 354B or 354C ; or (3) to instructional services provided to Minnesota state colleges or universities by organizations or individuals provided the contracts are consistent with terms of applicable labor agreements. Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 16B.21, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [COMMISSIONER OF ADMINISTRATION.] The commissioner shall submit an annual report pursuant to section 3.195 to the governor and the legislature with a copy to the commissioner of trade and economic development indicating the progress being made toward the objectives and goals of sections 16B.19 to 16B.22, 137.31, 137.35,161.321, and 473.142 during the preceding fiscal year. The commissioner shall also submit a quarterly report to the small business and targeted group procurement advisory council. These reports shall include the following information: (1) the total dollar value and number of potential set-aside awards identified during this period and the percentage of total state procurement this figure reflects; (2) the number of small businesses identified by and responding to the small business procurement program, the total dollar value and number of set-aside and other contracts actually awarded to small businesses, and the total number of small businesses that were awarded set-aside and other contracts; (3) the total dollar value and number of contracts awarded to small targeted group businesses pursuant to each bidding process authorized by sections 16B.19, subdivision 2c, 137.31, 137.35,161.321, and 473.142; the total number and value of these contracts awarded to each small targeted group business and to each type of small targeted group business in each purchasing category, and the percentages of the total procurement for each purchasing category the figures represent; (4) the total dollar value and number of contracts awarded to small businesses in economically disadvantaged areas under the bidding process authorized in section 16B.19, subdivision 2d; the total number and value of these contracts awarded to each business, and to all businesses within each economically disadvantaged area in each purchasing category, and the percentages of total procurement for each purchasing category the figures represent. The information required by clauses (1) and (2) must be presented on a statewide basis and also broken down by geographic regions within the state. Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 16B.21, subdivision 3, is amended to read: Subd. 3. [REPORTS FROM OTHER AGENCIES.] The commissioner of transportation, and each metropolitan agency listed in section 473.143, subdivision 1, and the University of Minnesotashall report to the commissioner of administration all information that the commissioner requests to make reports required under this section. The information must be reported at the time and in the manner requested by the commissioner of administration. Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 16B.33, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [DEFINITIONS.] As used in this section, the following terms have the meanings given them: (a) "Agency" has the meaning given in section 16B.01 , and also includes the University of Minnesota. (b) "Architect" means an architect or landscape architect registered to practice under sections 326.02 to 326.15. (c) "Board" means the state designer selection board. (d) "Designer" means an architect or engineer, or a partnership, association, or corporation comprised primarily of architects or engineers or of both architects and engineers. (e) "Engineer" means an engineer registered to practice under sections 326.02 to 326.15. (f) "Person" includes an individual, corporation, partnership, association, or any other legal entity. (g) "Primary designer" means the designer who is to have primary design responsibility for a project, and does not include designers who are merely consulted by the user agency and do not have substantial design responsibility, or designers who will or may be employed or consulted by the primary designer. (h) "Project" means an undertaking to construct, erect, or remodel a building by or for the state or an agency. (i) "User agency" means the agency undertaking a specific project. Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 16B.33, subdivision 3, is amended to read: Subd. 3. [AGENCIES MUST REQUEST DESIGNER.] (a) [APPLICATION.] Upon undertaking a project with an estimated cost greater than $750,000 or a planning project with estimated fees greater than $60,000, every user agency, except the capitol area architectural and planning board, shall submit a written request for a primary designer for its project to the commissioner, who shall forward the request to the board. The University of Minnesota and the Minnesota state colleges and universities shall follow the process in subdivision 3a to select designers for their projects. The written request must include a description of the project, the estimated cost of completing the project, a description of any special requirements or unique features of the proposed project, and other information which will assist the board in carrying out its duties and responsibilities set forth in this section. (b) [REACTIVATED PROJECT.] If a project for which a designer has been selected by the board becomes inactive, lapses, or changes as a result of project phasing, insufficient appropriations, or other reasons, the commissioner, the Minnesota state colleges and universities, or the University of Minnesota may, if the project is reactivated, retain the same designer to complete the project. (c) [FEE LIMIT REACHED AFTER DESIGNER SELECTED.] If a project initially estimated to be below the cost and planning fee limits of this subdivision has its cost or planning fees revised so that the limits are exceeded, the project must be referred to the board for designer selection even if a primary designer has already been selected. In this event, the board may, without conducting interviews, elect to retain the previously selected designer if it determines that the interests of the state are best served by that decision and shall notify the commissioner of its determination. Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 16B.33, is amended by adding a subdivision to read: Subd. 3a. [HIGHER EDUCATION PROJECTS.] (a) When the University of Minnesota or the Minnesota state colleges and universities undertakes a project involving construction or major remodeling, as defined in section 16B.335, subdivision 1, with an estimated cost greater than $2,000,000 or a planning project with estimated fees greater than $200,000, the system shall submit a written request for a primary designer to the commissioner, as provided in subdivision 3. (b) When the University of Minnesota or the Minnesota state colleges and universities undertakes a project involving renovation, repair, replacement, or rehabilitation, the system office may submit a written request for a primary designer to the commissioner as provided in subdivision 3. Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 16B.33, subdivision 4, is amended to read: Subd. 4. [DESIGNER SELECTION PROCESS.] (a) [PUBLICITY.] Upon receipt of a request from a user agency for a primary designer, the board shall publicize the proposed project in order to determine the identity of designers interested in the design work on the project. The board shall establish criteria for the selection process and make this information public, and shall compile data on and conduct interviews of designers. The board's selection criteria must include consideration of each interested designer's performance on previous projects for the state or any other person. Upon completing the process, the board shall select the primary designer and shall state its reasons in writing. Notification to the commissioner of the selection shall be made not more than 60 days after receipt from a user agency of a request for a primary designer. The commissioner shall promptly notify the designer and the user agency. The commissioner shall negotiate the designer's fee and prepare the contract to be entered into between the designer and the user agency. (b) [CONFLICT OF INTEREST.] The board may not select a designer or firm in which a member of the designer selection board has a current financial interest. (c) [SELECTION BY COMMISSIONER.] In the event the board receives a request for a primary designer on a project, the estimated cost of which is less than the limit established by subdivision 3, or a planning project with estimated fees of less than the limit established by subdivision 3, the board may submit the request to the commissioner of administration, with or without recommendations, and the commissioner shall thereupon select the primary designer for the project. (d) [SECOND SELECTION.] If the designer selected for a project declines the appointment or is unable to reach agreement with the commissioner on the fee or the terms of the contract, the commissioner shall, within 60 days after the first appointment, request the board to make another selection. (e) [SIXTY DAYS TO SELECT.] If the board fails to make a selection and forward its recommendation to the commissioner within 60 days of the user agency's request for a designer, the commissioner may appoint a designer to the project without the recommendation of the board. (f) [LESS THAN SATISFACTORY PERFORMANCE.] The commissioner, or the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota state colleges and universities for projects under itstheir supervision, shall forward to the board a written report describing each instance in which the performance of a designer selected by the board or the commissioner has been less than satisfactory. Criteria for determining satisfaction include the ability of the designer to complete design work on time, to provide a design responsive to program needs within the constraints of the budget, to solve design problems and achieve a design consistent with the proposed function of the building, to avoid costly design errors or omissions, and to observe the construction work. These reports are public data and are available for inspection under section 13.03. Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 16B.35, is amended by adding a subdivision to read: Subd. 4. [CAMPUSES.] Art for a building on a public college or university campus shall be selected by the campus, in consultation with the arts board. Consideration of the artwork of faculty and students on that campus is encouraged. Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 16B.36, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [AUTHORITY.] The commissioner may examine, investigate, or make a survey of the organization, administration, and management of state agencies and institutions under their control, and may assist state agencies by providing analytical, statistical, and organizational development services to them in order to secure greater efficiency and economy through reorganization or consolidation of agencies or functions and to eliminate duplication of function, effort, or activity, so far as possible. The commissioner shall periodically submit to the legislature a list of the studies being conducted for this purpose and any future studies scheduled at the time the list is submitted. For purposes of this section, the Minnesota state colleges and universities is a state agency. Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 16B.37, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [COMMISSIONER'S AUTHORITY.] To improve efficiency and avoid duplication, the commissioner may transfer personnel, powers, or duties, or any combination of them, from a state agency to another state agency that has been in existence for at least one year prior to the date of transfer. A transfer must have received the prior approval of the governor. The commissioner shall no later than January 15 of each year submit to the legislature a bill making all statutory changes required by reorganization orders issued by the commissioner during the preceding calendar year. For purposes of this section, the Minnesota state colleges and universities is a state agency. Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 16B.41, subdivision 2, is amended to read: Subd. 2. [RESPONSIBILITIES.] The office has the following duties: (a) The office must develop and establish a state information architecture to ensure that further state agency development and purchase of information systems equipment and software is directed in such a manner that individual agency information systems complement and do not needlessly duplicate or needlessly conflict with the systems of other agencies. In those instances where state agencies have need for the same or similar computer data, the commissioner shall ensure that the most efficient and cost-effective method of producing and storing data for or sharing data between those agencies is used. The development of this information architecture must include the establishment of standards and guidelines to be followed by state agencies. On January 1, 1988, and every six months thereafter, any state agency that has purchased information systems equipment or software in the past six months, or that is contemplating purchasing this equipment or software in the next six months, must report to the office and to the chairs of the house ways and means committee and the senate finance committee on how the purchases or proposed purchases comply with the applicable standards and guidelines. (b) The office shall assist state agencies in the planning and management of information systems so that an individual information system reflects and supports the state agency's and the state's mission, requirements, and functions. (c) The office must review and approve all agency requests for legislative appropriations for the development or purchase of information systems equipment or software. Requests may not be included in the governor's budget submitted to the legislature, unless the office has approved the request. (d) Each biennium the office must rate agency requests for new appropriations for development or purchase of information systems equipment or software based on established information management criteria. The office must submit this rating to the legislature at the same time, or no later than 14 days after, the governor submits the budget message to the legislature. The governor must provide information necessary to rate agency requests to the office. (e) The office must define, review, and approve major purchases of information systems equipment to (1) ensure that the equipment follows the standards and guidelines of the state information architecture; (2) ensure that the equipment is consistent with the information management principles adopted by the information policy council; (3) evaluate whether or not the agency's proposed purchase reflects a cost-effective policy regarding volume purchasing; and (4) ensure the equipment is consistent with other systems in other state agencies so that data can be shared among agencies, unless the office determines that the agency purchasing the equipment has special needs justifying the inconsistency. The commissioner of finance may not allot funds appropriated for major purchases of information systems equipment until the office reviews and approves the proposed purchase. A public institution of higher education must notmay purchase interconnectiveup to $250,000 of equipment or other computer technology to connect the college or university to sites outside the institution without the prior approval of the office. (f) The office shall review the operation of information systems by state agencies and provide advice and assistance so that these systems are operated efficiently and continually meet the standards and guidelines established by the office. These standards and guidelines shall emphasize uniformity that encourages information interchange, open systems environments, and portability of information whenever practicable and consistent with an agency's authority and the Minnesota government data practices act. The office, in consultation with the intergovernmental information systems advisory council and the legislative reference library, shall adopt specific standards and guidelines to be met by each state agency within a time period fixed by the office in regard to the following: (1) establishment of methodologies and systems directed at reducing and ultimately eliminating redundant storage of data and encouraging greater use of central databases; (2) establishment of data retention schedules, disaster recovery plans and systems, security systems, and procedural safeguards concerning privacy of data; (3) establishment of pricing policies and incentives that encourage electronic transfer of information in electronic forms, while giving due consideration to the value and cost of providing the information in those forms. These pricing policies may include preferential prices for information requested by a public entity for a public purpose; and (4) establishment of information sales systems that utilize licensing and royalty agreements to the greatest extent possible, together with procedures for agency denial of requests for licenses or royalty agreements by commercial users or resellers of the information. Section 3.751 does not apply to these licensing and royalty agreements and the agreements must include provisions that section 3.751 does not apply and that the state is immune from liability under the agreement. If an agency needs additional funds to comply with the requirements of this paragraph, the agency must first obtain approval of the proposal by the office as required by paragraph (c) before submitting it to the legislature. (g) The office must conduct a comprehensive review at least every three years of the information systems investments that have been made by state agencies and higher education institutions. The review must include recommendations on any information systems applications that could be provided in a more cost beneficial manner by an outside source. The office must report the results of its review to the legislature and the governor. (h) The office shall recommend to the legislature any statutory changes that are necessary or desirable to accomplish the duties described in this subdivision. (i) The office must report to the legislature by January 15 each year on progress in implementing paragraph (f), clauses (1) to (4). Sec. 15. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 16B.465, subdivision 4, is amended to read: Subd. 4. [PROGRAM PARTICIPATION.] (a) The commissioner may require the participation of state agencies, the state board of education, and the governing boardsboard of trustees of the Minnesota state colleges and universities , the community colleges, and the technical colleges,and may request the participation of the board of regents of the University of Minnesota, in the planning and implementation of the network to provide interconnective technologies. The commissioner shall establish reimbursement rates in cooperation with the commissioner of finance to be billed to participating agencies and educational institutions sufficient to cover the operating, maintenance, and administrative costs of the system. (b) A direct appropriation made to an educational institution for usage costs associated with the STARS network must only be used by the educational institution for payment of usage costs of the network as billed by the commissioner of administration. The post-secondary appropriations may be shifted between systems as required by unanticipated usage patterns. An intersystem transfer must be requested by the appropriate system and may be made only after review and approval by the commissioner of finance, in consultation with the commissioner of administration.Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 16B.482, is amended to read: 16B.482 [REIMBURSEMENT FOR MATERIALS AND SERVICES.] The commissioner of administration may provide materials and services under this chapter to state legislative and judicial branch agencies, political subdivisions, the Minnesota state colleges and universities, the University of Minnesota, and federal government agencies. Legislative and judicial branch agencies, political subdivisions, the Minnesota state colleges and universities, the University of Minnesota, and federal government agencies purchasing materials and services from the commissioner of administration shall reimburse the general services, intertechnologies, and cooperative purchasing revolving funds for cost. Sec. 17. [16B.4821] [PROVISION OF MATERIALS AND SERVICES TO MNSCU.] Subdivision 1. [MATERIALS AND SERVICES AVAILABLE.] Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the Minnesota state colleges and universities may request from the commissioner of administration any services and materials available to any state agency under this chapter, including but not limited to purchasing, contracting, leasing, energy conservation, communications systems, construction, and all other programs and contracts administered by the department of administration, whether administered directly or indirectly by contract or otherwise. The commissioner of administration shall make reasonable efforts to comply with any such request. The chancellor of the Minnesota state colleges and universities and the commissioner of administration shall cooperate to identify services and materials available to state agencies from the department of administration. Subd. 2. [STATUS REQUESTED BY CHANCELLOR.] The Minnesota state colleges and universities shall be a state agency where being a state agency is a prerequisite to obtaining or participating in any services, materials acquisition, or programs under this chapter which are requested by the chancellor. Subd. 3. [NOTIFICATION.] The Minnesota state colleges and universities shall be a state agency for purposes of being included on any state agency's list to receive notices and information appropriate to the purposes of the Minnesota state colleges and universities. Sec. 18. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 16B.49, is amended to read: 16B.49 [CENTRAL MAILING SYSTEM.] The commissioner shall maintain and operate for agencies a central mailing system. Official mail of an agency occupying quarters within the boundaries of the city of St. Paul must be delivered unstamped to the central mailing station. Account must be kept of the postage required on that mail, which is then a proper charge against the agency delivering the mail. To provide funds for the payment of postage, each agency shall make advance payments to the commissioner sufficient to cover its postage obligations for at least 60 days. For purposes of this section, the Minnesota state colleges and universities is a state agency. Sec. 19. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 16B.531, is amended to read: 16B.531 [TRAVEL SERVICES.] The commissioner may offer a centralized travel service to all state departments and agencies, and to the Minnesota state colleges and universities, and may, in connection with that service, accept payments from travel agencies under contracts for the provision of travel services. The payments must be deposited in the motor pool revolving account established by section 16B.54, subdivision 8, and must be used for the expenses of managing the centralized travel service. Revenues in excess of the management costs of the centralized service must be returned to the general fund. Sec. 20. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 16B.54, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [MOTOR POOLS.] The commissioner shall manage a central motor pool of passenger motor vehicles and trucks used by state agencies with principal offices in the city of St. Paul and may provide for branch central motor pools at other places within the state. For purposes of this section, (1) "agencies" includes the Minnesota state colleges and universities, and (2) "truck" means a pickup or panel truck up to one ton carrying capacity. Sec. 21. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 16B.85, subdivision 2, is amended to read: Subd. 2. [RISK MANAGEMENT FUND.] (a) All state agencies, and the Minnesota state colleges and universities, may, in cooperation with the commissioner, participate in insurance programs and other funding alternative programs provided by the risk management fund. (b) When an agency or agencies enter into an insurance or self-insurance program, each agency shall contribute the appropriate share of its costs as determined by the commissioner. (c) The money in the fund to pay claims arising from state activities and for administrative costs, including costs for the adjustment and defense of the claims, is appropriated to the commissioner. (d) Interest earned from the investment of money in the fund shall be credited to the fund and be available to the commissioner for the expenditures authorized in this subdivision. (e) The fund is exempt from the provisions of section 16A.152, subdivision 4. In the event that proceeds in the fund are insufficient to pay outstanding claims and associated administrative costs, the commissioner, in consultation with the commissioner of finance, may assess state agencies participating in the fund amounts sufficient to pay the costs. The commissioner shall determine the proportionate share of the assessment of each agency. Sec. 22. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 43A.05, subdivision 4, is amended to read: Subd. 4. [TIME OFF IN EMERGENCIES.] The commissioner shall authorize appointing authorities to pay for time off in emergencies. The commissioner, after consultation with the commissioner of public safety, may excuse employees from duty with full pay in the event of a natural or other emergency, if continued operation would involve a threat to the health or safety of individuals. Absence with pay shall not exceed 16 working hours at any one time unless the commissioner authorizes a longer duration. Authority to excuse employees from duty with full pay on the campuses of the Minnesota state colleges and universities is vested in the college and university presidents, under guidelines established by the board of trustees of the Minnesota state colleges and universities. Sec. 23. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 43A.06, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [GENERAL.] (a) The commissioner, through the labor relations bureau, shall perform the duties assigned to the commissioner by sections 3.855, 179A.01 to 179A.25 and this section. (b) The deputy commissioner for the labor relations bureau shall be the state labor negotiator for purposes of negotiating and administering agreements with exclusive representatives of employees and shall perform any other duties delegated by the commissioner subject to the limitations in paragraph (c). (c) In consultation with the commissioner of employee relations and except as specified in this paragraph,The board of trustees of the Minnesota state colleges and universities may exercise the powers under this section for employees included in units 9, 10, 11, and 12 in section 179A.10, subdivision 2. The power and authority to engage in collective bargaining or to enter into interest arbitration remains with the commissioner of employee relations, who shall exercise those powers in consultation with the board of trustees of the Minnesota state colleges and universities.The commissioner of employee relations shall have the right to review and comment to the Minnesota state colleges and universities on the board's final proposals prior to exchange of final positions with the designated bargaining units as well as any requests for interest arbitration. When submitting a proposed collective bargaining agreement to the legislative coordinating commission and the legislature under section 3.855, subdivision 2, the board of trustees must use procedures and assumptions consistent with those used by the commissioner of employee relations in calculating the costs of the proposed contract. Sec. 24. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 43A.10, subdivision 3, is amended to read: Subd. 3. [FACILITIES FURNISHED EXAMINERS.] The authorities having control of public buildings in political subdivisions of the state and school districts, upon written request of the commissioner, shall furnish without chargeconvenient facilities for the administration of examinations. Upon such request, it shall be the duty of state and local authorities and employees, as it is consistent with their other duties, to aid in carrying out the provisions of this section. Campuses of the Minnesota state colleges and universities may charge the commissioner for actual costs incurred in providing facilities for examinations, provided that the costs were incurred due solely to the examination. Sec. 25. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 123.70, subdivision 10, is amended to read: Subd. 10. A statement required to be submitted under subdivisions 1, 2, and 4 to document evidence of immunization shall include month, day, and year for immunizations administered after January 1, 1990. (a) For persons enrolled in grades 7 and 12 during the 1992-19931996-1997 school term, the statement must indicate that the person has received at least two doses of vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella, given alone or separately and given not less that one month aparta dose of tetanus and diphtheria toxoid no earlier than 11 years of age. (b) For persons enrolled in grades 7, 8, and 12 during the 1993-19941997-1998 school term, the statement must indicate that the person has received at least two doses of vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella, given alone or separately and given not less than one month aparta dose of tetanus and diphtheria toxoid no earlier than 11 years of age. (c) For persons enrolled in grades 7, 8, 9, and 12 during the 1994-19951998-1999 school term, the statement must indicate that the person has received at least two doses of vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella, given alone or separately and given not less than one month aparta dose of tetanus and diphtheria toxoid no earlier than 11 years of age. (d) For persons enrolled in grades 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12 during the 1995-19961999-2000 school term, the statement must indicate that the person has received at least two doses of vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella, given alone or separately and given not less than one month aparta dose of tetanus and diphtheria toxoid no earlier than 11 years of age. (e) For persons enrolled in grades 7 through 12 during the 2000-2001 school term and for each year thereafter, the statement must indicate that the person has received a dose of tetanus and diphtheria toxoid no earlier than 11 years of age. (f) For persons enrolled in grades 7 through 12 during the 1996-1997 school year and for each year thereafter, the statement must indicate that the person has received at least two doses of vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella, given alone or separately and given not less than one month apart. Sec. 26. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 135A.033, is amended to read: 135A.033 [PERFORMANCE FUNDING.] The governing boards of the University of Minnesota , the state universities, the community colleges, and the technical collegesand the Minnesota state colleges and universities, in conjunction with their respective campuses, shall each specify performance categories and indicators relating to section 135A.053, subdivision 1, to be used for policy and appropriations decisions, as well as allocations for rewarding campuses that achieve performance levels and assisting campuses that are unable to achieve these levels. Because the mission of each system and type of campus varies, categories and indicators shall vary accordingly. Sec. 27. [135A.053] [STATE HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY.] Subdivision 1. [STATEWIDE OBJECTIVES.] Minnesota's higher education investment is made in pursuit of the following objectives: (1) to ensure quality - to provide a level of excellence that is competitive on a national and international level, through high quality teaching, scholarship, and learning in a broad range of arts and sciences, technical education, and professional fields; (2) to foster student success - to enable and encourage students to choose institutions and programs that are best suited for their talents and abilities, and to provide an educational climate that supports students in pursuing their goals and aspirations; (3) to promote democratic values - to enhance Minnesota's quality of life by developing understanding and appreciation of a free and diverse society; (4) to maintain access - to provide an opportunity for all Minnesotans, regardless of personal circumstances, to participate in higher education; and (5) to enhance the economy - to assist the state in being competitive in the world market, and to prepare a highly skilled and adaptable workforce that meets Minnesota's opportunities and needs. Subd. 2. [PERFORMANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY.] Higher education systems and campuses are expected to achieve the objectives in subdivision 1 and will be held accountable for doing so. The legislature is increasing the flexibility of the systems and campuses to provide greater responsibility to higher education in deciding how to achieve statewide objectives, and to decentralize authority so that those decisions can be made at the level where the education is delivered. To demonstrate their accountability, the legislature expects each system and campus to measure and report on its performance, using meaningful indicators that are critical to achieving the objectives in subdivision 1, as provided in section 135A.033. Nothing in this section precludes a system or campus from determining its own objectives and performance measures beyond those identified in this section. Sec. 28. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 135A.14, as amended by Laws 1995, chapter 212, article 3, section 59, and Laws 1995, First Special Session chapter 3, article 16, section 13, is amended to read: 135A.14 [STATEMENT OF IMMUNIZATION OF POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS.] Subdivision 1. [DEFINITIONS.] As used in this section, the following terms have the meanings given them. (a) "Administrator" means the administrator of the institution or other person with general control and supervision of the institution. (b) "Public or private post-secondary educational institution" or "institution" means any of the following institutions having an enrollment of more than 100 persons during any quarter, term, or semester during the preceding year: (1) the University of Minnesota; (2) the state universities; (3) the state community colleges; (4) public technical colleges; (5) private four-year, professional and graduate institutions; (6) private two-year colleges; and (7) schools subject to either chapter 141, sections 136A.61 to 136A.71, or schools exempt under section 136A.657, and which offer educational programs within the state for an academic year greater than six consecutive months. An institution's report to the Minnesota higher education services office or the Minnesota department of children, families, and learning may be considered when determining enrollment. (c) "Student" means a person born after 1956 who did not graduate from a Minnesota high school in 1997 or later, and who is (1) registering for more than one class during a full academic term, such as a quarter or a semester ;or (2) housed on campus and is registering for one or more classes. Student does not include persons enrolled in extension classes only or correspondence classes only. Subd. 2. [STATEMENT OF IMMUNIZATION REQUIRED.] Except as provided in subdivision 3, no student may remain enrolled in a public or private post-secondary educational institution unless the student has submitted to the administrator a statement that the student has received appropriate immunization against measles, rubella, and mumps after having attained the age of 12 months, and against diphtheria and tetanus within ten years of first registration at the institution. This statement must indicate the month and year of each immunization given. Instead of submitting a statement, a student may provide an immunization record maintained by a school according to section 123.70, subdivision 7, or a school in another state if the required information is contained in the record. A student who has submitted a statement as provided in this subdivision may transfer to a different Minnesota institution without submitting another statement if the student's transcript or other official documentation indicates that the statement was submitted. Subd. 3. [EXEMPTIONS FROM IMMUNIZATION.] (a) An immunization listed in subdivision 2 is not required if the student submits to the administrator a statement signed by a physician that shows: (1) that, for medical reasons, the student did not receive an immunization; (2) that the student has experienced the natural disease against which the immunization protects; or (3) that a laboratory has confirmed the presence of adequate immunity. (b) If the student submits a notarized statement that the student has not been immunized as required in subdivision 2 because of the student's conscientiously held beliefs, the immunizations described in subdivision 2 are not required. The institution shall forward this statement to the commissioner of health. Subd. 4. [IMMUNIZATION FILES REQUIRED.] The institution must maintain an immunization record within the student's filefor all studentseach student governed by this section for at least one year from the time of original filing. The immunization records may be inspected by the department of health and the local board of health in whose jurisdiction the institution is located. Subd. 5. [DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING STATEMENT.] The institution shall require that the statement from the student, as required within subdivision 2 or 3, be submitted within 45 days of commencement of the academic term for which the student has registered. Sec. 29. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 135A.181, subdivision 2, is amended to read: Subd. 2. [ COMMONCALENDAR.] In converting to the semester system required in subdivision 1 shall be offered on a common calendar throughout all, the campuses under the jurisdiction of the board of trustees of the Minnesota state colleges and universities. This calendar, in consultation with the system office, shall set calendars that best meet the needs of students, including those jointly enrolled in local school districts and other cooperative programs. Common calendars shall includebe a priority at colocated campuses including a common start and end date for each semester as well as common summer school schedules. The board of trustees may exempt a campus from this calendar if they determine that because of extenuating circumstances an alternative calendar would better serve students' needs.Sec. 30. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 136A.101, subdivision 10, is amended to read: Subd. 10. "Satisfactory academic progress" means that: (1) at a point betweenby the end of a student's first andsecond academic year of attendance at an institution, the student has at least a cumulative grade point average of C or its equivalent, or academic standing consistent with the institution's graduation requirements; and (2) by the end of the first term of the third and fourth academic year of attendance, (i)the student has a cumulative grade point average of at least a C or its equivalent , (ii) the student's advisor certifies that the student has reviewed the general education requirements necessary for graduation and is making satisfactory progress toward completing them, and (iii) the student's advisor certifies that the student has chosen a major and reviewed the requirements necessary for completion of the major. Sec. 31. [136A.1312] [FINANCIAL AID ADMINISTRATOR, PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT.] Nothing in this chapter or in the office's rules shall be interpreted as limiting the ability of student financial aid administrators, on the basis of adequate documentation, to make necessary adjustments to the cost of attendance and expected family contribution computations to allow for treatment of individual students with special circumstances, with the exception of the cost of attendance defined under section 136A.121, subdivision 6. In addition, nothing in this chapter or in the office's rules shall be interpreted as limiting the ability of the student financial aid administrator to use supplementary information about the financial status of eligible applicants with special circumstances in selecting recipients of state financial aid and determining the amount of awards. Nothing in this section precludes a financial aid administrator from establishing an appeals process for other extenuating circumstances. Sec. 32. [136A.1313] [FINANCIAL AID AUDITS.] Beginning with audits for fiscal year 1996, in place of the audits provided by the office, public institutions that administer state grants under decentralized delivery may arrange for audits of state financial aid awards and tuition reciprocity recipients in conjunction with their audits for federal financial aid. Audits must be conducted in compliance with guidelines and materials prepared by the office. The office shall develop a review process including procedures for responding to audit exceptions. All other institutions under decentralized delivery may arrange for audits under this section beginning with audits for fiscal year 1997. Sec. 33. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 136F.06, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [GENERAL AUTHORITY.] The board shall possess all powers necessary to govern the state colleges and universities and all related property. Those powers shall include, but are not limited to, those enumerated in this section. The board shall prescribe courses of study andconditions of admission, set tuition and fees, prescribeapprove programs of study and requirements for completion of programs, approve the awarding of appropriate certificates, diplomas, and degrees, enter into contracts and other agreements, and adopt suitable policies for the institutions it governs. To the extent practicable in protecting statewide interests, the board shall provide autonomy to the campuses while holding them accountable for their decisions. Sections 14.01 to 14.47 do not apply to policies and procedures of the board. Sec. 34. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 136F.06, subdivision 2, is amended to read: Subd. 2. [GOVERNANCE AUTHORITY.] The board shall have the authority needed to operate and govern the state colleges and universities unless otherwise directed or limitedprohibited by law. The board is responsible for its operations and necessary decisions unless these are specifically delegated by law to a state department or agency. Sec. 35. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 136F.12, is amended to read: 136F.12 [FOND DU LAC CAMPUS.] The Fond du Lac campus has a unique mission among two-year colleges to serve the lower division general education needs in Carlton and south St. Louis counties, and the education needs of American Indians throughout the state and especially in northern Minnesota. Accordingly, while the college is governed by the board of trustees, its governance is accomplished in conjunction with the board of directors of Fond du Lac tribal college. By July 1, 1995, the board of trustees and the board of directors of Fond du Lac tribal college shall implement the mechanisms necessary to accomplish the sharing of authority while ensuring accountability for college actions. The mechanisms shall supersede any previous arrangement, agreement, or memorandum of understanding.Sec. 36. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 136F.16, subdivision 3, is amended to read: Subd. 3. [OFF-CAMPUS SITES.] The board shall not establish off-campus centers or other permanent sites to provide academic programs, courses, or student services without authorizing legislation. For the purposes of this subdivision, the campus of Metropolitan State University is the seven-county metropolitan area. This section does not apply to sites set up specifically for the delivery of courses and programs through telecommunications. Sec. 37. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 136F.18, is amended to read: 136F.18 [CAMPUS CLOSING.] The board may close a campus or center under its jurisdiction according to policies adopted by the board. Prior to closing a campus or center, the board shall hold a public hearing on the issue in the area which would be affected by the closing. At the hearing affected persons shall have an opportunity to present testimony. The board shall give notice of this hearing by publishing notice in the State Register and in a newspaper of general circulation in the affected area at least 30 days before the scheduled hearing.Sec. 38. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 136F.30, is amended to read: 136F.30 [COURSES AND PROGRAMS.] The board shall prescribe the coursesreview and approve or disapprove campus proposals for adding, deleting, or substantially changing programs of study, including graduate and undergraduate academic programs, training in professional, semiprofessional, and technical fields, and adult education. The board shall avoid duplicate program offerings. The board may initiate activities to close programs. The board shall place a high priority on ensuring the transferability of credit. Sec. 39. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 136F.36, subdivision 2, is amended to read: Subd. 2. [EXEMPTIONS.] The sale requirements of chapters 92 and 94 do not apply to this section , nor do the leasing provisions of section 16B.24, nor do the construction supervision and control provisions of sections 16B.30 to 16B.335. The board shall develop policies for leasing requirements and construction supervision. The board will normally competitively bid contracts related to instructional construction but , notwithstanding the provisions of sections 16B.07 to 16B.09,may negotiate contracts without competitive bidding where it deems appropriate. Sec. 40. [136F.42] [PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT.] Subdivision 1. [TIME REPORTING.] As provided in executive order 96-2, the board, in consultation with the commissioners of employee relations and finance, may develop policies to allow system office or campus employees on salaries, as defined in section 43A.17, subdivision 1, to use negative time reporting in which employees report only that time for which leave is taken. By the end of the 1997 fiscal year, the board, in consultation with the commissioners of employee relations and finance, shall evaluate the use of negative time reporting and its potential for use with other state employees. Subd. 2. [TRAVEL POLICIES.] The board may adopt policies for colleges and universities to approve and administer travel arrangements, other than reimbursement, for employees on campus, and for the system office to provide the same services for employees in that office. Sec. 41. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 136F.44, is amended to read: 136F.44 [ADMINISTRATIVE INTERACTION WITH STUDENTS.] Subdivision 1. [SYSTEM AND CAMPUS ADMINISTRATORS.] As part of their annual goal setting activity, all unrepresented system and campus academic administrators employed in their positions before July 1, 1995, shall have the expectation ofare encouraged to substantially increasingincrease their interaction with students through activities such as teaching a regularly scheduled course or serving as an academic advisor. Contracts for persons initially employed in unclassified administrative positions on or after July 1, 1995, shall include requirements for activities involving student contact.Actions to increase the interaction of students and administrators under this section shall not displace permanent faculty or staff. Subd. 2. [ EVALUATIONINFORMATION.] Each state university, community college, and technical college campus shall provide an evaluation of this activity to the board, andThe board shall include a summary of campus and system activities related to subdivision 1 in its 1998-1999 biennial budget request. Sec. 42. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 136F.50, is amended to read: 136F.50 [COOPERATION OR PROMOTION OF A STATE COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY.] The board, system office, and the campuses may cooperate by contractual arrangement or otherwise with responsible persons, firms, corporations, associations, or governmental agencies to promote short courses, research, and other programs and activities in the state colleges and universities as in the judgment of the board, system office, or the campus contribute to the development of the state colleges and universities and the welfare of their students. Sec. 43. [136F.526] [AUDITS.] Each college and university shall be audited as provided by board policy. The policy shall be designed to ensure financial integrity, necessary internal controls, and appropriate accordance between board policies and campus expenditures. The college or university may arrange for any additional audits it desires by contracting with the legislative auditor or a private certified public accountant. Nothing in this section shall limit the authority of the legislative auditor to perform selected scope audits or other duties of the office as provided under section 3.971. Sec. 44. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 136F.53, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [ BOARD POWERCAMPUS PARKING AUTHORITY.] Notwithstanding section 169.966, the board may authorizea state college or university tomay adopt and enforce policies, regulations, or ordinances for the regulation of traffic and parking in parking facilities and on private roads and roadways situated on property owned, leased, occupied, or operated by the state college or university. Sec. 45. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 136F.53, subdivision 3, is amended to read: Subd. 3. [DISPUTES.] A state college or university , with the approval of the board,shall establish procedures to resolve a dispute arising from enforcement of a policy. Sec. 46. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 136F.58, is amended to read: 136F.58 [BOOKSTORES.] The board may permitA state college or university to conductmay operate a bookstore in a state college or university building, or may allocate space in a state college or university building and permit a person or corporation to conductoperate a bookstore thereinwithout rent at the board'scampus' pleasure and on such conditions as the board may impose. The board may provide insurance, at no cost to the state, for the inventory of a bookstore a state college or university conducts in its building. Sec. 47. [136F.581] [PURCHASES AND CONTRACTS.] Subdivision 1. [CONDITIONS.] The board and the colleges and universities are subject to the provisions of section 471.345. Subd. 2. [POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.] The board shall develop policies, and each college and university shall develop procedures, for purchases and contracts that are consistent with subdivision 1. In addition, each college and university, in consultation with the system office, shall develop procedures for those purchases and contracts that can be accomplished by a college and university without board approval. The board policies must allow each college and university the local authority to enter into contracts for construction projects of up to $250,000 and to make other purchases of up to $50,000, without receiving board approval. The board may allow a college or university local authority to make purchases over $50,000 without receiving board approval. Subd. 3. [PROCUREMENT FROM DESIGNATED BUSINESSES.] The policies and procedures must include provisions for procurement, including construction, from small targeted group businesses and businesses from economically disadvantaged areas designated under section 16B.19. The board, colleges, and universities shall use the methods contained in section 471.345, subdivision 8, for such purchasing, or may develop additional methods in which the cost percentage preferences are consistent with the provision of section 16B.19, subdivision 2c and 2d, or consistent with the provisions of the University of Minnesota's targeted group business purchasing program. Subd. 4. [PROFESSIONAL OR TECHNICAL SERVICES.] (a) The board shall develop policies for entering into contracts for professional or technical services, other than instructional services. The policies must allow each college and university the authority to enter into contracts for professional or technical services up to $15,000 without board approval. The board may allow a college or university authority to enter into contracts for professional or technical services over $15,000 without receiving board approval. (b) Each college and university, in consultation with the system office, shall develop procedures to enter into contracts for professional or technical services. (c) The policies and procedures developed by the board and by each college and university for professional or technical service contracts must be done in consultation with employees and their exclusive bargaining representatives and must address topics such as employee protections, information availability and reporting, conflict of interest, and renewal restrictions. Sec. 48. [136F.582] [LOCAL CONTRACTING AUTHORITY.] College and university presidents may enter into contracts to provide customized training or for short-term leases of instructional space or equipment without additional authorization. Sec. 49. [136F.61] [STATE BUILDING CODE.] All Minnesota state college and university facilities are subject to the provisions of the state building code under chapter 16B and the Uniform Fire Code under chapter 299F. Sec. 50. [136F.67] [FINANCING OF CHILD CARE; PARKING.] Subdivision 1. [AUTHORIZATION.] A technical college or a community college must not seek financing for child care facilities or parking facilities through the higher education facilities authority, as provided in section 136A.28, subdivision 7, without the explicit authorization of the board. Subd. 2. [PARKING.] State appropriations for repair or construction of parking facilities must not be used for more than two-thirds of the repair or construction cost of a parking facility at any technical college or community college campus. The campus must provide the remaining costs through local revenue. Sec. 51. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 136F.71, is amended by adding a subdivision to read: Subd. 3. [INTEREST INCOME.] Beginning July 1, 1997, interest income attributable to general fund dedicated receipts of the board is appropriated to the board. The board shall allocate the income proportionately among the colleges and universities. The board shall report this income separately in its biennial budget requests. Sec. 52. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 136F.72, subdivision 3, is amended to read: Subd. 3. [ADMINISTRATION.] The boardEach college and university, independent of other authority and notwithstanding chapters 16A and 16B, shall administer the money collected for the state colleges and universitiesits activity funds and the administrative fund. The board, independent of other authority and notwithstanding chapters 16A and 16B, shall administer the administrative fund established in the system office. All activity fund money collected shall be administered under the policies of the board subject to audit of the legislative auditor. Sec. 53. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 136F.80, subdivision 2, is amended to read: Subd. 2. [DEPOSIT OF MONEY.] The board shall provide by policy, in accordance with provisions of chapter 118, for the deposit of all money received or referred to under this section. Whenever the board shall by resolution determine that there are moneys in the state college or university funds not currently needed, the board may by resolution authorize and direct the president of the college or university to invest a specified amount in securities as are duly authorized as legal investments for savings banks and trust companies. Securities so purchased shall be deposited and held for the board by any bank or trust company authorized to do a banking business in this state. Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 118, the state board of investment may invest assets of the board, colleges, and universities when requested by the board, college, or university. Sec. 54. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 137.37, is amended to read: 137.37 [OFF-CAMPUS SITES AND CENTERS.] The board of regents and the university campuses are requested to not establish any off-campus centers or other permanent sites located off university campuses to provide academic programs, courses, or student services without authorizing legislation. This section does not apply to sites set up specifically for the delivery of courses and programs through telecommunications. Sec. 55. Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 169.441, subdivision 5, is amended to read: Subd. 5. [OPTIONAL MARKINGS; RULES.] A school district or technical collegemay elect to show on the front and rear of the school buses that it owns or contracts for, a plainly visible, summary message explaining section 169.444, subdivisions 1 and 2. If the school district or technical collegeelects to display the message, it must conform with the rules of the commissioner of children, families, and learning. The commissioner shall adopt rules governing the size, type, design, display, and content of the summary message that may be shown. Sec. 56. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 169.448, subdivision 2, is amended to read: Subd. 2. [SCHOOL MOTOR COACHES.] (a) NeitherA school district nor a technical collegemay not acquire a motor coach for transportation purposes. (b) A motor coach acquired by a school district or technical collegebefore March 26, 1986, may be used by it only to transport students participating in school activities, their instructors, and supporting personnel to and from school activities. A motor coach may not be outwardly equipped and identified as a school bus. A motor coach operated under this subdivision is not a school bus for purposes of section 124.225. The state board of education shall implement rules governing the equipment, identification, operation, inspection, and certification of motor coaches operated under this subdivision. (c) After January 1, 1998, neithera school district nor a technical collegemay not own or operate a motor coach for any purpose. Sec. 57. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 201.1611, is amended to read: 201.1611 [POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTION VOTER REGISTRATION.] Subdivision 1. [FORMS.] All post-secondary institutions that enroll students accepting state or federal financial aid shall provide voter registration forms to each student upon payment of tuition, fees, and activities funds at the commencement ofas early as possible in the fall quarter. The forms must contain spaces for the information required in section 201.071, subdivision 1, and applicable rules of the secretary of state. The institutions may request these forms from the secretary of state. Institutions shall consult with their campus student government in determining the most effective means of distributing the forms and in seeking to facilitate election day registration of students under section 201.061, subdivision 3. Subd. 2. [STUDENT VOTER REGISTRATION.] Upon registration or receipt of payment of fees, students must be asked if they want to register to vote at the same time.A copy of each completed voter registration form must be sent to the county auditor of the county in which the voter maintains residence or to the secretary of state as soon as possible. All completed voter registration forms must be forwarded to the county auditor within five days and inno caselater than 21 days before the general election. Sec. 58. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 248.07, subdivision 7, is amended to read: Subd. 7. [BLIND, VENDING STANDS AND MACHINES ON GOVERNMENTAL PROPERTY.] Notwithstanding any other law, for the rehabilitation of blind persons the commissioner shall have exclusive authority to establish and to operate vending stands and vending machines in all buildings and properties owned or rented exclusively by the Minnesota state colleges and universities at a state university or, a community college systems, a consolidated community technical college, or a technical college served by the commissioner before January 1, 1996, or by any department or agency of the state of Minnesota except the department of natural resources properties operated directly by the division of state parks and not subject to private leasing. The merchandise to be dispensed by such vending stands and machines may include nonalcoholic beverages, food, candies, tobacco, souvenirs, notions and related items. Such vending stands and vending machines herein authorized shall be operated on the same basis as other vending stands for the blind established and supervised by the commissioner under federal law. The commissioner shall waive this authority to displace any present private individual concessionaire in any state-owned or rented building or property who is operating under a contract with a specific renewal or termination date, until the renewal or termination date. With the consent of the governing body of a governmental subdivision of the state, the commissioner may establish and supervise vending stands and vending machines for the blind in any building or property exclusively owned or rented by the governmental subdivision. Sec. 59. Laws 1995, chapter 212, article 2, section 15, is amended to read: Sec. 15. [ CREDITSTUDENT TRACKING.] The board of regents of the University of Minnesota and the board of trustees of the Minnesota state colleges and universities are requested to develop acentralized electronic tracking systemsystems of credits earned by studentsstudent enrollment. Sec. 60. Laws 1995, chapter 212, article 2, section 20, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [PLAN.] The state universities, community colleges, and technical colleges shall each develop and implement plans, in conjunction with the board of trustees, to provide students with job placement history and projected demand to students at the time the student declares a major program or field of studyfor careers in major programs or fields of study. The University of Minnesota campuses are requested to develop and implement similar plans. These plans may allow for this information to be provided through such means as in-person student advising or electronic delivery, as determined by the campus to best address student needs. Sec. 61. Laws 1995, chapter 212, article 2, section 20, subdivision 2, is amended to read: Subd. 2. [CONTENTS.] Information provided must include program placement history, and projected demand in the field and in associated types of placement, using labor market forecasting information from the department of economic security or similar materials. The plan must provide for students to indicate in writing that they received the information.Sec. 62. [MINNESOTA STATE COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY POLICIES.] Subdivision 1. [GENERAL.] In establishing system policies under this section and elsewhere in this act, the system office and campus representatives shall consult with the departments of administration, employee relations, and finance. Subd. 2. [DEVELOPMENT.] The system office and the campuses shall begin developing policies and procedures and do other necessary planning to implement this act immediately upon final enactment. Policies and procedures necessary to implement section 47 shall be developed by July 1, 1996. To the extent possible, policies and procedures necessary to implement any other sections shall be developed before the beginning of the 1996-1997 academic year. Subd. 3. [PROPERTY DISPOSAL POLICY.] Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 15.054, Minnesota state college and university system and campus officials, in consultation with the department of administration, shall establish an efficient method for the disposal and exchange of property and equipment no longer needed by the system office or a campus, but that might be of use to another college or university in the system. Minnesota state college and university system and campus officials may allow other state and local governmental agencies access to property and equipment to be used for educational purposes. Subd. 4. [ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE PRACTICES.] The board shall develop (1) resource recovery policies that ensure recycling in the system office and at the colleges and universities is at least maintained at the current level, and (2) environmentally responsible practices that are consistent in their intent and goals with Minnesota Statutes, sections 16B.121 and 115A.15, and related administrative policies. Sec. 63. [FINANCIAL AID RULES.] The higher education services office shall eliminate the requirement that schools document that students have been counseled regarding responsibilities as SELF loan borrowers. Schools shall have a campus policy for counseling students about their obligations and responsibilities as SELF borrowers. This counseling may be done in conjunction with federal loan counseling. The office shall work with the Minnesota association of financial aid administrators to determine a solution to the problems created by different federal and state disbursement schedules and to improve the process relating to holds on state grants for nonpayment of child support. Sec. 64. [CONTRACT LIABILITY.] Any procurement contract involving the department of administration that (1) was entered into before March 1, 1996, and (2) would be breached without the participation of the Minnesota state colleges and universities as determined by the attorney general, shall remain in effect until the first time that the Minnesota state colleges and universities can be excluded without liability. Sec. 65. [TRANSITIONAL BARGAINING.] Changes in the authority of the board of trustees to negotiate contracts under section 23 apply to negotiations for contracts for the period beginning July 1, 1999. Sec. 66. [REPEALER.] Minnesota Statutes 1994, sections 137.03; 137.05; 137.06; 137.07; 137.08; 137.11; 137.14; 137.15; and 137.33; Minnesota Statutes 1995 Supplement, section 136F.59, subdivision 1, are repealed. Sec. 67. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] Sections 1, 2, 5 to 11, 14, 15, 26 to 31, 33 to 38, 41 to 46, 48, and 53 to 66 are effective the day following final enactment. Sections 3, 4, 12, 13, 16 to 24, 32, 39, 40, 47, and 49 to 52 are effective July 1, 1996. Section 25 is effective January 1, 1997. Presented to the governor March 29, 1996 Signed by the governor April 2, 1996, 10:10 a.m.
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