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                            CHAPTER 159-S.F.No. 1881 
                  An act relating to the organization and operation of 
                  state government; appropriating money for the 
                  department of transportation and other agencies with 
                  certain conditions; regulating certain activities and 
                  practices; providing for fees; establishing revolving 
                  account; requiring studies; amending Minnesota 
                  Statutes 1996, sections 16B.335, subdivision 1; 
                  161.082, by adding a subdivision; 161.14, subdivision 
                  29; 162.09, subdivision 4; 162.181, subdivisions 1 and 
                  3; 168.011, subdivision 9; 168.018; 168.1291, 
                  subdivision 1; 168.27, subdivision 5a; 168A.29, 
                  subdivision 1; 169.01, subdivision 78; 169.045, 
                  subdivision 1; 169.06, subdivision 4; 169.14, 
                  subdivisions 3 and 5a; 169.17; 169.21, subdivision 2; 
                  169.444, subdivisions 2, 5, 6, 7, and by adding a 
                  subdivision; 169.81, subdivision 3c; 169.85; 169.974, 
                  subdivision 2; 171.06, subdivision 2a; 171.13, 
                  subdivision 5, and by adding a subdivision; 171.29, 
                  subdivision 2; 173.13, subdivision 4; 174.03, by 
                  adding a subdivision; 221.84, subdivision 1; 296.16, 
                  subdivision 1; 299A.38, subdivision 2, and by adding a 
                  subdivision; 299C.10, subdivision 4; 299C.46, 
                  subdivision 3, and by adding a subdivision; 360.017, 
                  subdivision 1; 457A.04, subdivision 2; 473.408, 
                  subdivision 7; and 473.446, subdivision 1a; proposing 
                  coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 
                  168; 299A; and 360; repealing Minnesota Statutes 1996, 
                  section 299D.10. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
                                   ARTICLE 1 
                                 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 "1997," "1998," and "1999," where used in this act, mean 
        that the appropriation or appropriations listed under them are 
        available for the year ending June 30, 1997, June 30, 1998, or 
        June 30, 1999, respectively.  If the figures are not used, the 
        appropriations are available for the year ending June 30, 1998, 
        or June 30, 1999, respectively.  The term "first year" means the 
        year ending June 30, 1998, and the term "second year" means the 
        year ending June 30, 1999.  Appropriations for the year ending 
        June 30, 1997, are in addition to appropriations made in 
        previous years. 
                                SUMMARY BY FUND
                   1997         1998          1999           TOTAL
        General $  226,000   $ 76,868,000   $ 73,890,000   $150,984,000
        Airports               18,016,000     18,078,000     36,094,000 
        C.S.A.H.              318,289,000    327,512,000    645,801,000 
        Highway User           14,199,000     14,269,000     28,468,000 
        M.S.A.S.               96,580,000     99,264,000    195,844,000 
        Special Revenue           912,000        927,000      1,839,000 
        Trunk 
        Highway  9,000,000    936,783,000    936,772,000  1,882,555,000 
        TOTAL  $ 9,226,000 $1,461,647,000 $1,470,712,000 $2,941,585,000
                                                   APPROPRIATIONS 
                                               Available for the Year 
                                                   Ending June 30 
                                   1997           1998         1999 
        Sec. 2.  TRANSPORTATION 
        Subdivision 1.  Total 
        Appropriation         $ 9,000,000 $1,311,399,000 $1,320,220,000
        The appropriations in this section are 
        from the trunk highway fund, except 
        when another fund is named. 
                                Summary by Fund
                          1997          1998           1999 
        General                       16,844,000     14,537,000
        Airports                      17,966,000     18,028,000
        C.S.A.H.                     318,289,000    327,512,000
        M.S.A.S.                      96,580,000     99,264,000
        Trunk Highway    9,000,000   861,720,000    860,879,000
        The amounts that may be spent from this 
        appropriation for each program are 
        specified in the following subdivisions.
        Subd. 2.  Aeronautics                 18,296,000     17,958,000
                      Summary by Fund
        Airports             17,896,000     17,958,000
        General                 400,000        -0-
        The amounts that may be spent from this 
        appropriation for each activity are as 
        follows:  
        (a) Airport Development and Assistance 
              1998           1999
            12,948,000     12,948,000
        $12,846,000 the first year and 
        $12,846,000 the second year are for 
        navigational aids, construction grants, 
        and maintenance grants.  If the 
        appropriation for either year is 
        insufficient, the appropriation for the 
        other year is available for it. 
        These appropriations must be spent in 
        accordance with Minnesota Statutes, 
        section 360.305, subdivision 4. 
        $12,000 the first year and $12,000 the 
        second year are for maintenance of the 
        Pine Creek Airport.  
        $90,000 the first year and $90,000 the 
        second year are for air service grants. 
        (b) Aviation Support 
             4,880,000      4,941,000
        $65,000 the first year and $65,000 the 
        second year are for the civil air 
        patrol. 
        $200,000 the first year and $200,000 
        the second year are for the air service 
        marketing program under Minnesota 
        Statutes, section 360.0151. 
        (c) Air Transportation Services 
               468,000         69,000 
                      Summary by Fund
        Airports                 68,000         69,000
        General                 400,000           -0-
        $400,000 the first year is from the 
        general fund for refurbishing a federal 
        surplus jet airplane for state 
        ownership and use. 
        Subd. 3.  Transit                    15,248,000     14,337,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General              14,937,000     14,021,000
        Trunk Highway           311,000        316,000
        The amounts that may be spent from this 
        appropriation for each activity are as 
        follows:  
        (a) Greater Minnesota Transit
        Assistance 
            13,556,000    13,556,000
        This appropriation is from the general 
        fund.  Any unencumbered balance the 
        first year does not cancel but is 
        available for the second year. 
        (b) Transit Administration   
               767,000       781,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General                 456,000       465,000
        Trunk Highway           311,000       316,000 
        (c) Access to Jobs and Training
        in Greater Minnesota
               925,000          -0- 
        This appropriation is from the general 
        fund. 
        The commissioner shall make grants 
        under this subdivision to counties 
        located outside the metropolitan area 
        and to eligible recipients of the 
        public transit subsidy program under 
        Minnesota Statutes, section 174.24, 
        subdivision 2, to facilitate the 
        transition between public assistance 
        and employment.  Grant recipients under 
        this subdivision shall, to the greatest 
        extent possible, seek federal or 
        private sector funding to transport 
        economically disadvantaged persons to 
        jobs and employment-related activities, 
        including child care facilities. 
        Recipients of grants from this 
        appropriation may spend the grants on 
        the following activities: 
        (1) providing transportation service or 
        arranging for service by contract with 
        a transportation provider; 
        (2) enhancing existing public transit 
        service; 
        (3) providing full or partial bus fare 
        reimbursement; 
        (4) facilitating employer efforts to 
        provide or coordinate transportation 
        services; 
        (5) coordinating transportation service 
        already being provided; 
        (6) providing or contracting for 
        transportation links between public 
        transportation routes and major 
        employment locations; and 
        (7) providing, through other programs, 
        cost-effective transportation to the 
        target population. 
        This appropriation is available for 
        expenditure in either year of the 
        biennium. 
        Subd. 4.  Railroads and Waterways    2,452,000      1,484,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General               1,247,000       253,000
        Trunk Highway         1,205,000     1,231,000 
        $1,000,000 the first year is from the 
        general fund for the study of commuter 
        rail service under article 2, section 
        51.  This appropriation is available 
        until June 30, 1999. Of this amount the 
        commissioner may spend up to $100,000 
        for the costs of managing the study. 
        Subd. 5.  Motor Carrier Regulation   2,437,000      2,487,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General                 110,000       113,000
        Trunk Highway         2,327,000     2,374,000
        Subd. 6.  Local Roads              414,869,000    426,776,000
                      Summary by Fund
        C.S.A.H.            318,289,000   327,512,000
        M.S.A.S.             96,580,000    99,264,000
        The amounts that may be spent from this 
        appropriation for each activity are as 
        follows:  
        (a) County State Aids 
           318,289,000    327,512,000
        This appropriation is from the county 
        state-aid highway fund and is available 
        until spent.  
        (b) Municipal State Aids 
            96,580,000     99,264,000
        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 chair of the transportation 
        budget division of the senate and the 
        chair of the transportation budget 
        division 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.  
        Subd. 7.  State Roads    9,000,000   807,314,000    817,712,000
                                Summary by Fund
                          1997          1998           1999 
        General                          109,000        109,000
        Trunk Highway    9,000,000   807,205,000    817,603,000
        The amounts that may be spent from this 
        appropriation for each activity are as 
        follows:  
        (a) State Road Construction 
                         9,000,000   445,822,000    445,838,000
        It is estimated that these 
        appropriations will be funded as 
        follows:  
        Federal Highway Aid 
           225,000,000    225,000,000
        Highway User Taxes 
           220,822,000    220,838,000
        The commissioner of transportation 
        shall notify the chair of the 
        transportation budget division of the 
        senate and chair of the transportation 
        budget division 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 rights-of-way, payment to 
        lessees, interest subsidies, and 
        relocation expenses.  
        The appropriation for fiscal year 1997 
        is for state road construction and is 
        added to the appropriations in Laws 
        1995, chapter 265, article 2, section 
        2, subdivision 7, clause (a).  The 
        commissioner, with the approval of the 
        commissioner of finance, may spend up 
        to $7,100,000 of this appropriation for 
        state road operations for flood relief 
        efforts. 
        Of this appropriation, up to 
        $15,000,000 the first year and up to 
        $15,000,000 the second year may be 
        transferred by the commissioner to the 
        trunk highway revolving loan account if 
        this account is created in the trunk 
        highway fund. 
        The commissioner of transportation may 
        receive money 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 
            15,161,000     13,539,000
        $5,951,000 the first year and 
        $5,403,000 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 state government 
        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 
            11,606,000     11,791,000
        $600,000 the first year and $600,000 
        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, and (3) in 
        regions where no regional development 
        commission or joint powers board is 
        functioning, the department's district 
        office for that region. 
        $216,000 the first year and $216,000 
        the second year are available for 
        grants to metropolitan planning 
        organizations outside the seven-county 
        metropolitan area. 
        $154,000 the first year and $181,000 
        the second year are for development of 
        an upgraded transportation information 
        system for making investment decisions. 
        $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) Central Engineering Services
            56,593,000     57,384,000
        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. 
        (e) Design and Construction Engineering
            69,445,000     70,879,000
        (f) State Road Operations
           202,431,000    205,503,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General                 100,000       100,000
        Trunk Highway       202,331,000   205,403,000
        $11,689,000 the first year and 
        $11,689,000 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. 
        $805,000 each year is for the Orion 
        intelligent transportation system 
        research project. 
        $100,000 the first year and $100,000 
        the second year are from the general 
        fund for grants to the Minnesota 
        highway safety center at St. Cloud 
        State University for driver education. 
        (g) Electronic Communications
             6,256,000     12,778,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General                   9,000         9,000
        Trunk Highway         6,247,000    12,769,000
        $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. 
        $1,730,000 the first year and 
        $8,170,000 the second year are for the 
        purchase of ancillary equipment for the 
        800 MHZ system and for personnel 
        necessary to develop, install, and 
        operate the system. 
        Subd. 8.  General Support             38,512,000     39,466,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General                  41,000        41,000
        Airports                 70,000        70,000 
        Trunk Highway        38,401,000    39,355,000
        The amounts that may be spent from this 
        appropriation for each activity are as 
        follows:  
        (a) General Management       
            25,599,000     25,924,000
        The commissioner of transportation is 
        authorized to implement a demonstration 
        congestion-pricing project involving 
        I-394 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).  A 
        demonstration congestion-pricing 
        project implemented under this 
        paragraph may not be continued longer 
        than two years after the date of its 
        implementation.  For the purposes of 
        this demonstration project, the 
        commissioner is 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 must be 
        deposited in the trunk highway fund and 
        are appropriated to implement and 
        administer this demonstration project.  
        The demonstration project is exempt 
        from Minnesota Statutes, sections 
        160.84 to 160.92. 
        (b) General Services 
            12,913,000     13,542,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General                  41,000        41,000
        Airports                 70,000        70,000 
        Trunk Highway        12,802,000    13,431,000 
        $1,500,000 the first year and 
        $1,500,000 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. 
        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. 9.  Buildings                   12,271,000        -0- 
        $6,771,000 is for ongoing operational 
        building needs. $5,500,000 is for the 
        Cedar Avenue truck station in Richfield.
        The appropriation of $644,000 in Laws 
        1996, chapter 455, article 2, section 
        2, clause (5), for the Deer Lake 
        equipment storage building, is canceled 
        and is reappropriated for a Virginia 
        headquarters building addition for the 
        state patrol.  
        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 chair of the transportation 
        budget division of the senate and the 
        chair of the transportation budget 
        division of the house of 
        representatives.  
         Subd. 11.  Use of State Road 
        Construction Appropriations 
        Any money appropriated to the 
        commissioner of transportation for 
        state road construction for any fiscal 
        year before fiscal year 1999 is 
        available to the commissioner during 
        fiscal years 1998 and 1999 to the 
        extent that the commissioner spends the 
        money on the state road construction 
        project for which the money was 
        originally encumbered during the fiscal 
        year for which it was appropriated. 
        The commissioner of transportation 
        shall report to the commissioner of 
        finance by August 1, 1998, and August 
        1, 1999, on a form the commissioner of 
        finance provides, on expenditures made 
        during the previous fiscal year that 
        are authorized by this section. 
        Subd. 12.  Contingent Appropriation 
        Until June 30, 1999, the commissioner 
        of transportation, with the approval of 
        the governor after consultation with 
        the legislative advisory commission 
        under Minnesota Statutes, section 3.30, 
        may transfer all or part of the 
        unappropriated balance in the trunk 
        highway fund to an appropriation (1) 
        for trunk highway design, construction, 
        or inspection in order to take 
        advantage of an unanticipated receipt 
        of income to the trunk highway fund, 
        (2) for trunk highway maintenance in 
        order to meet an emergency, or (3) to 
        pay tort or environmental claims.  The 
        amount transferred is appropriated for 
        the purpose of the account to which it 
        is transferred. 
        Sec. 3.  METROPOLITAN COUNCIL  
        TRANSIT                               51,351,000     49,351,000
        Subdivision 1.  Access to Jobs 
        and Training                           2,000,000          -0-  
        The metropolitan council shall spend 
        all of this appropriation as grants 
        under this subdivision to counties 
        located in the metropolitan area to 
        facilitate the transition between 
        public assistance and employment.  
        Counties receiving grants under this 
        subdivision shall, to the greatest 
        extent possible, seek federal or 
        private sector funding to transport 
        economically disadvantaged persons to 
        jobs and employment-related activities, 
        including child care facilities. 
        Counties receiving grants from this 
        appropriation may spend the grants on 
        the following activities: 
        (1) providing transportation service or 
        arranging for service by contract with 
        a transportation provider; 
        (2) providing full or partial bus fare 
        reimbursement; 
        (3) facilitating employer efforts to 
        provide or coordinate transportation 
        services; 
        (4) coordinating transportation service 
        already being provided; 
        (5) providing or contracting for 
        transportation links between public 
        transportation routes and major 
        employment locations; and 
        (6) providing, through other programs, 
        cost-effective transportation to the 
        target population.  
        The council shall report by January 15, 
        1999, to the chairs of the senate and 
        house of representatives transportation 
        policy committees on activities under 
        this subdivision. 
        This appropriation is available for 
        expenditure in either year of the 
        biennium. 
        Subd. 2.  School 
        Transportation 
        (a) The metropolitan council, the 
        school board of special school district 
        No. 1, Minneapolis, and the school 
        board of independent school district 
        No. 625, St. Paul, in consultation with 
        an advisory board, shall develop a 
        school transportation plan, the goal of 
        which is to make available school 
        transportation through the metropolitan 
        council's public transit system, at no 
        cost to students, to no fewer than 75 
        percent of the students transported by 
        Minneapolis public schools and no fewer 
        than 75 percent of the students 
        transported by St. Paul public schools, 
        in grades 9 to 12, during the 1998-1999 
        school year.  The plan shall consider 
        the feasibility of extending the plan, 
        for 1998-1999 implementation or in 
        subsequent years, to students in grades 
        7 and 8. 
        (b) The metropolitan council and the 
        school boards shall appoint, convene, 
        and consult with an advisory board 
        concerning the development of the 
        school transportation plan.  The 
        advisory board shall include, without 
        limitation, the school transportation 
        directors from the Minneapolis and St. 
        Paul school districts; a member of the 
        Amalgamated Transit Union; secondary 
        students and parents of secondary 
        students who use school transportation 
        in those school districts; a 
        representative of the department of 
        public safety; representatives of 
        nonpublic schools located within the 
        districts; a representative of the 
        department of children, families, and 
        learning; and administrators of 
        secondary schools within the 
        districts.  The advisory board expires 
        upon submission of the report required 
        by paragraph (d). 
        (c) The transportation plan must 
        include, without being limited to: 
        (1) a plan for service of the maximum 
        possible number of students, with a 
        goal of transporting no less than 75 
        percent of the students in grades 9 to 
        12 who are transported in each 
        district, with a minimum number of new 
        transit routes; 
        (2) a recommendation for school day 
        start and end times to optimize use of 
        public transit for school 
        transportation; 
        (3) an analysis of availability of 
        public transit for special education 
        students; open enrollment students; 
        students enrolled in nonpublic schools, 
        charter schools, post-secondary 
        enrollment options programs, area 
        learning centers, and other 
        nontraditional programs; and students 
        participating in school activities 
        before or after the school day; 
        (4) a description of the quality of 
        service to be available to students, 
        including maximum length of ride, 
        number of transfers required, and 
        maximum distance between home or school 
        and bus stop; 
        (5) a recommendation concerning 
        policies applicable to fares for 
        student ridership throughout the school 
        day and identification by public 
        transit drivers of students entitled to 
        free school transportation; 
        (6) a plan to extend the goals and 
        requirements of the state's school 
        transportation safety program to the 
        transportation of students on public 
        transit, to the maximum feasible 
        extent; 
        (7) a method for communicating 
        information to students whose school 
        transportation will be provided by 
        public transit, and their parents and 
        guardians, of the school transportation 
        plan prior to any implementation and 
        identification of a contact person to 
        answer resulting questions; 
        (8) recommendations concerning any 
        legislation required to implement the 
        school transportation plan; 
        (9) an analysis of the cost to the 
        metropolitan council of providing the 
        service outlined in the school 
        transportation plan; 
        (10) an analysis of the cost to the 
        Minneapolis and St. Paul school 
        districts for providing transportation 
        and transportation-related services to 
        students in grades 9 to 12 under the 
        school transportation plan developed as 
        provided in paragraph (a), which must 
        not exceed the projected cost, as 
        determined by the districts, of 
        providing equivalent transportation and 
        transportation-related services using 
        district-provided transportation; 
        (11) a description of the services that 
        the districts will be able to 
        discontinue by virtue of the 
        implementation of the school 
        transportation plan, and the financial 
        impact to the school districts of 
        discontinuing these services; and 
        (12) an analysis of the safety 
        implications of the plan. 
        (d) The metropolitan council and school 
        boards for the Minneapolis and St. Paul 
        school districts shall report the 
        school transportation plan to the 
        senate children, families and learning 
        K-12 committee and transportation 
        committee, and to the house of 
        representatives education committee and 
        transportation and transit committee 
        before January 30, 1998. 
        Subd. 3.  Transit 
        Operations 
        (a) The council may not spend more than 
        $34,600,000 for metro mobility in the 
        1998-1999 biennium except for proceeds 
        from bond sales when use of those 
        proceeds for metro mobility capital 
        expenditures is authorized by law.  
        (b) The council may not raise fares for 
        regular route service it provides 
        during the 1998-1999 biennium. 
        (c) The council shall use this 
        appropriation to provide at least 
        131,000,000 riders per biennium. 
        Sec. 4.  PUBLIC SAFETY
        Subdivision 1.  Total       
        Appropriation             226,000     97,830,000    100,099,000 
                                Summary by Fund
                          1997          1998           1999 
        General           226,000      8,673,000     10,002,000
        Trunk
        Highway           -0-         74,196,000     75,026,000
        Highway User      -0-         14,049,000     14,144,000
        Special 
        Revenue           -0-            912,000        927,000
        Subd. 2.  Administration 
        and Related Services                  10,685,000     11,914,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General               2,830,000      3,953,000
        Trunk Highway         6,490,000      6,616,000
        Highway User          1,365,000      1,345,000
        $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. 
        $1,128,000 the second year from the 
        general fund and $575,000 the first 
        year and $575,000 the second year from 
        the trunk highway fund are to enhance 
        the criminal justice computer systems. 
        $299,000 the first year and $308,000 
        the second year are for soft body armor 
        reimbursements under Minnesota 
        Statutes, section 299A.38.  
        $50,000 the first year from the highway 
        user tax distribution fund is for the 
        public awareness campaign on vehicle 
        forfeiture and administrative plate 
        impoundment.  This appropriation 
        cancels unless a law is enacted in 1997 
        which requires the department of public 
        safety to implement this campaign. 
        $1,851,000 the first year and 
        $1,830,000 the second year are 
        appropriated from the general fund for 
        transfer by the commissioner of finance 
        to the trunk highway fund on January 1, 
        1998, and January 1, 1999, 
        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.  
        $580,000 the first year and $610,000 
        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, 1998, and January 1, 1999, 
        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 tax 
        distribution fund purposes in the 
        administration and related services 
        program.  
        $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, 1998, and January 1, 1999, 
        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. 
        Subd. 3.  State Patrol    226,000     51,215,000     51,717,000
                                Summary by Fund
                          1997          1998           1999 
        General           226,000      2,058,000      2,181,000
        Trunk Highway                 49,067,000     49,446,000
        Highway User                      90,000         90,000 
        The commissioner of finance shall 
        reduce the appropriations for the 
        division of state patrol from the trunk 
        highway fund and general fund as 
        necessary to reflect legislation 
        enacted in 1997 that (1) reduces state 
        contributions for pensions for 
        employees under the division of state 
        patrol from the trunk highway fund or 
        general fund, or (2) provides money for 
        those pensions from police state aid. 
        Of the appropriation for fiscal year 
        1997, $76,000 is for transfer to the 
        trunk highway fund and $150,000 is to 
        reimburse the state patrol for general 
        fund expenditures to cover the costs of 
        deploying state patrol troopers to the 
        city of Minneapolis to assist the city 
        in combating violent crime. 
        $600,000 the first year and $1,200,000 
        the second year from the trunk highway 
        fund are to implement wage increases 
        for state patrol troopers, trooper 1s, 
        and corporals.  The wage adjustments 
        are based on an internal Hay study 
        conducted by the department of employee 
        relations. 
        $1,675,000 the first year and $424,000 
        the second year from the trunk highway 
        fund and $93,000 the first year and 
        $22,000 the second year from the 
        general fund are for the development 
        and operational costs of computer-aided 
        dispatching, records management, and 
        station office automation systems. 
        $78,000 the first year and $78,000 the 
        second year from the general fund are 
        for additional capitol complex security 
        positions. 
        The commissioner of public safety shall 
        identify and implement measures to 
        increase the representation of females 
        and minorities in the state patrol so 
        that the trooper population more 
        accurately reflects the population 
        served by the state patrol.  These 
        measures must include: 
        (1) evaluation of hiring and training 
        programs to identify and eliminate any 
        biases against underutilized, protected 
        groups; 
        (2) expansion of outreach programs to 
        high schools to include informational 
        presentations on law enforcement 
        careers and law enforcement degree 
        programs; 
        (3) intensification of recruitment 
        efforts toward qualified members of 
        protected groups; 
        (4) provision of guidance and support 
        to students in law enforcement degree 
        programs; 
        (5) publication of employment 
        opportunities in newspapers with 
        substantial readership among protected 
        groups; and 
        (6) development of other innovative 
        ways to promote awareness, acceptance, 
        and appreciation for diversity and 
        affirmative action in the state patrol. 
        The commissioner shall report to the 
        senate transportation committee and the 
        house of representatives transportation 
        and transit committee by January 30, 
        1998, on the measures implemented, 
        results achieved, progress made in 
        reaching affirmative action goals, and 
        recommendations for future action. 
        When an otherwise qualified candidate 
        does not have the educational credits 
        to meet the current peace officer 
        standards and training board licensing 
        standards, the commissioner may provide 
        the financial resources to obtain the 
        education necessary to meet the 
        licensing requirements.  Of this 
        appropriation, $150,000 the second year 
        from the general fund is for assistance 
        to these otherwise qualified 
        individuals to prepare them for the 
        trooper candidate school beginning in 
        January 1999. 
        Subd. 4.  Driver and
        Vehicle Services                      34,666,000     35,185,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General               3,724,000      3,807,000
        Trunk Highway        18,348,000     18,669,000
        Highway User         12,594,000     12,709,000
        $867,000 the first year and $777,000 
        the second year from the highway user 
        tax distribution fund are for 
        purchasing manufactured license plates 
        from the department of corrections. 
        $24,000 the first year and $19,000 the 
        second year from the trunk highway fund 
        are for the costs related to adding 
        blood alcohol concentration to drivers' 
        records.  This appropriation cancels 
        unless a law is enacted in 1997 which 
        requires the department of public 
        safety to record blood alcohol 
        concentration on a driver's record. 
        $89,000 the first year and $135,000 the 
        second year from the highway user tax 
        distribution fund are for implementing 
        the plate impoundments.  This 
        appropriation cancels unless a law is 
        enacted in 1997 which requires the 
        commissioner of public safety to 
        impound a vehicle's license plates upon 
        a second DWI conviction within five 
        years on the part of the vehicle's 
        owner. 
        Subd. 5.  Traffic
        Safety                                   352,000        356,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General                  61,000        61,000
        Trunk Highway           291,000       295,000
        Subd. 6.  Pipeline Safety                912,000        927,000
        This appropriation is from the pipeline 
        safety account in the special revenue 
        fund. 
        Sec. 5.  ADMINISTRATION                   25,000       -0- 
        This appropriation is from the highway 
        user tax distribution fund.  The 
        commissioner shall spend this 
        appropriation for a study by a 
        qualified consultant to determine the 
        actual percent of all gasoline received 
        in and produced or brought into the 
        state, except gasoline used for 
        aviation purposes, that is being used 
        as fuel for snowmobiles in the state.  
        The study must include a determination 
        of the amount of gasoline consumed by 
        vehicles in the course of transporting 
        snowmobiles on the highways of this 
        state.  The commissioner shall consult 
        with the commissioners of revenue, 
        transportation, and natural resources 
        in preparing the request for proposals 
        for the study and in selecting the 
        consultant to perform the study.  The 
        commissioner shall report to the 
        legislature on the results of the study 
        by February 1, 1998. 
        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           200,000       200,000
        Highway User            125,000       125,000
        Airports                 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. 
                                   ARTICLE 2 
                           TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT 
           Section 1.  [REPORT.] 
           The commissioner of transportation shall report to the 
        chairs of the senate and house of representatives transportation 
        committees by January 15, 1998, and January 15, 1999, on the use 
        of grants to the Minnesota highway safety center at St. Cloud 
        State University under:  (1) Minnesota Statutes, section 171.29, 
        subdivision 2, paragraph (b), clause (4), item (ii); and (2) 
        article 1, section 2, subdivision 7, paragraph (f), of this act. 
           Sec. 2.  [SCREENING AND ADVISORY COMMITTEES.] 
           Notwithstanding any other law, the following advisory 
        committees do not expire on June 30, 1997: 
           (1) the county state-aid rules advisory committee 
        established under Minnesota Statutes, section 162.02, 
        subdivision 2; 
           (2) the county state-aid screening board established under 
        Minnesota Statutes, section 162.07, subdivision 5; 
           (3) the municipal state-aid rules advisory committee 
        established under Minnesota Statutes, section 162.09, 
        subdivision 2; and 
           (4) the municipal state-aid screening committee established 
        under Minnesota Statutes, section 162.13, subdivision 3. 
           Sec. 3.  [DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION; LAND TRANSFER.] 
           Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
        commissioner of transportation shall at the earliest feasible 
        date transfer to the city of Duluth at no cost a tract of land 
        consisting of 0.59 acres of parcel No. 211 in the city of Duluth.
           Sec. 4.  [DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM.] 
           Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 473.384, 
        subdivision 6, regarding percentages of total operating costs to 
        be subsidized by the metropolitan council, until June 30, 2001, 
        the metropolitan council may establish the appropriate 
        percentage operating subsidy to be granted to individual 
        recipients under the subdivision.  The metropolitan council must 
        establish the percentage annually, based on available transit 
        funds and the council's determination of a reasonable subsidy 
        per passenger trip in comparison to similar transit or 
        paratransit service in the metropolitan area.  The council may 
        provide a subsidy up to 100 percent of a recipient's operating 
        costs for all or any portion of the transit or paratransit 
        service and may require recipients to pay up to 100 percent of 
        their own operating costs for all or any portion of the service. 
           Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 16B.335, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [CONSTRUCTION AND MAJOR REMODELING.] (a) 
        The commissioner, or any other recipient to whom an 
        appropriation is made to acquire or better public lands or 
        buildings or other public improvements of a capital nature, must 
        not prepare final plans and specifications for any construction, 
        major remodeling, or land acquisition in anticipation of which 
        the appropriation was made until the agency that will use the 
        project has presented the program plan and cost estimates for 
        all elements necessary to complete the project to the chair of 
        the senate finance committee and the chair of the house ways and 
        means committee and the chairs have made their recommendations, 
        and the chair of the house capital investment committee is 
        notified.  "Construction or major remodeling" means construction 
        of a new building or substantial alteration of the exterior 
        dimensions or interior configuration of an existing building.  
        The presentation must note any significant changes in the work 
        that will be done, or in its cost, since the appropriation for 
        the project was enacted or from the predesign submittal.  The 
        program plans and estimates must be presented for review at 
        least two weeks before a recommendation is needed.  The 
        recommendations are advisory only.  Failure or refusal to make a 
        recommendation is considered a negative recommendation.  The 
        chairs of the senate finance committee, the house capital 
        investment committee, and the house ways and means committee 
        must also be notified whenever there is a substantial change in 
        a construction or major remodeling project, or in its cost. 
           (b) Capital projects exempt from the requirements of this 
        section include construction, renovation, or improvements to 
        dams, highway rest areas, truck stations, storage facilities not 
        consisting primarily of offices or heated work areas, trails, 
        bike paths, sewer separation projects, water and wastewater 
        facilities, campgrounds, roads, bridges, port development 
        projects for which the commissioner of transportation has 
        entered into an assistance agreement under section 457A.04, or 
        any other capital project with a construction cost of less than 
        $200,000. 
           Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 161.082, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [TRANSFERS TO TURNBACK ACCOUNT.] (a) Whenever a 
        county submits plans for a project to be funded from the county 
        turnback account and the commissioner determines that the 
        project would be approved for funding except for insufficient 
        money in the county turnback account, the commissioner may 
        transfer from the unencumbered balance of the construction 
        account in the county state-aid highway fund an amount 
        sufficient to pay the costs of the project. 
           (b) The commissioner may make a transfer under paragraph (a)
        only if the commissioner determines that the transfer would not 
        reduce the unencumbered balance of the construction account in 
        the county state-aid highway fund to less than $50,000,000. 
           (c) Not later than ten years after any transfer under 
        paragraph (a), the commissioner shall transfer from the county 
        turnback account to the construction account in the county 
        state-aid highway fund an amount sufficient to repay the amount 
        transferred under paragraph (a). 
           Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 161.14, 
        subdivision 29, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 29.  [LAURA INGALLS WILDER HISTORIC HIGHWAY.] Marked 
        trunk highway No. 14, from its intersection with marked trunk 
        highway No. 169 in or near the city of Mankato to its terminus 
        at the Minnesota-South Dakota border, easterly to its 
        intersection with marked U.S. highway No. 63 in or near 
        Rochester and then northerly and southerly along marked U.S. 
        highway No. 63, as follows: 
           (1) northerly along marked U.S. highway No. 63 to its 
        intersection with marked U.S. highway No. 61 in or near Lake 
        City and then southeasterly along U.S. highway No. 61 to its 
        intersection with marked trunk highway No. 60 in or near the 
        city of Wabasha and then northeasterly along marked trunk 
        highway No. 60 to its intersection with the Minnesota-Wisconsin 
        border; and 
           (2) southerly along marked U.S. highway No. 63 to its 
        intersection with marked trunk highway No. 16 and then easterly 
        along marked trunk highway No. 16 to its intersection with 
        marked U.S. highway No. 52 in or near the city of Preston and 
        then southerly and easterly along marked U.S. highway No. 52 to 
        the Minnesota-Iowa border, 
        is designated the "Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Highway." 
           Pursuant to section 161.139, the commissioner of 
        transportation shall adopt a suitable marking design to mark 
        this highway and shall erect appropriate signs.  The people of 
        the communities, having resolved to support and financially back 
        the marking of these routes, shall reimburse the department for 
        costs incurred in marking and memorializing this highway. 
           Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, 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. 
           (e) The population of a city that is not receiving a 
        municipal state-aid street fund apportionment shall be 
        determined, upon request of the city, by the most recent 
        population estimate of the metropolitan council or state 
        demographer.  A municipal state-aid street fund apportionment 
        received by the city must be based on this population estimate 
        until the next federal decennial census or special census. 
           Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 162.181, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [LIMITATION ON AMOUNT.] Except as otherwise 
        provided herein, any county may, in accordance with chapter 475, 
        issue and sell its obligations, the total amount thereof not to 
        exceed the total of the preceding two years state-aid 
        allotments, for the purpose of establishing, locating, 
        relocating, constructing, reconstructing, and improving county 
        state-aid highways therein and constructing buildings and other 
        facilities for maintaining county state-aid highways.  In the 
        resolution providing for the issuance of the obligations, the 
        county board of the county shall irrevocably pledge and 
        appropriate to the sinking fund from which the obligations are 
        payable, an amount of the moneys money allotted or to be 
        allotted to the county from its account in the county state-aid 
        highway fund sufficient to pay the principal of and the interest 
        on the obligations as they respectively come due.  The 
        obligations shall be issued in the amounts and on terms such 
        that the amount of principal and interest due in any calendar 
        year on the obligations, including any similar obligations of 
        the county which are outstanding, shall not exceed 50 percent of 
        the amount of the last annual allotment preceding the bond issue 
        received by the county from the construction account in the 
        county state-aid highway fund.  All interest on the obligations 
        shall be paid out of the county's normal maintenance account in 
        the county state-aid highway fund.  The obligations may be made 
        general obligations, but if moneys money of the county other 
        than moneys money received from the county state-aid highway 
        fund, are is used for payment of the obligations, the moneys 
        money so used shall be restored to the appropriate fund from the 
        moneys money next received by the county from the construction 
        or maintenance account in the county state-aid highway fund 
        which are is not required to be paid into a sinking fund for 
        obligations. 
           Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 162.181, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [PROCEEDS TO BE USED FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES.] 
        Moneys Money received from the sale of the obligations and spent 
        for the establishment, location, relocation, construction, 
        reconstruction, and improvement of county state-aid highways 
        within the county shall be spent only in accordance with other 
        provisions of law and the rules of the transportation 
        commissioner relating to the establishment, location, 
        relocation, construction, reconstruction, and improvement of 
        county state-aid highways within the county issuing the 
        obligations those purposes. 
           Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 168.011, 
        subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 9.  [BUS; INTERCITY BUS.] (a) "Bus" means (1) every 
        motor vehicle designed for carrying more than 15 passengers 
        including the driver and used for transporting persons, and (2) 
        every motor vehicle that is (i) designed for carrying more than 
        ten passengers including the driver, (ii) used for transporting 
        persons, and (iii) owned by a nonprofit organization and not 
        operated for hire or for commercial purposes, or (3) every motor 
        vehicle certified by the department of transportation as a 
        special transportation service provider vehicle and receiving 
        reimbursement as provided in section 256B.0625, subdivision 17.  
           (b) "Intercity bus" means any bus operating as a common 
        passenger carrier over regular routes and between fixed termini, 
        but excluding all buses operating wholly within the limits of 
        one city, or wholly within two or more contiguous cities, or 
        between contiguous cities and a terminus outside the corporate 
        limits of such cities, and not more than 20 miles distant 
        measured along the fixed route from such corporate limits. 
           Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 168.018, is 
        amended to read: 
           168.018 [QUARTERLY REGISTRATION OF FARM TRUCKS.] 
           The owner of (1) any farm truck as defined in section 
        168.011, subdivision 17, or (2) a truck owned by a retailer who 
        is engaged in the intrastate transportation of fertilizer or 
        agricultural chemicals directly to a farm for on-farm use within 
        a radius of 50 miles of the retailer's business location, may 
        elect to register and license the farm truck only for one or 
        more quarters of a registration year, at a tax of one-fourth of 
        the annual tax on the vehicle plus $5 for each quarterly 
        registration.  The owner may not apply for quarterly 
        registration or renewal until seven days before the selected 
        quarter or concurrent quarters.  The expiration date of a 
        registration shall be displayed on the license plate in such a 
        manner as the registrar shall direct.  No farm truck registered 
        on a quarterly basis shall be operated on the public streets and 
        highways more than ten days beyond the end of the quarter for 
        which it is registered unless the registration has been renewed 
        for another quarter or for the remainder of the registration 
        year.  
           For purposes of this section registration quarters shall 
        begin on March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. 
           Sec. 13.  [168.1235] [VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS; 
        SPECIAL LICENSE PLATE STICKERS.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [GENERAL REQUIREMENTS; FEES.] (a) On 
        payment of a fee of $10 for each set of two license plates, or 
        for a single plate in the case of a motorcycle plate, payment of 
        the registration tax required by law, and compliance with other 
        laws relating to the registration and licensing of a passenger 
        automobile, pickup truck, van, self-propelled recreational 
        equipment, or motorcycle, as applicable, the registrar shall 
        issue a special license plate sticker for each plate to an 
        applicant who is a member of a congressionally chartered 
        veterans service organization and is an owner or joint owner of 
        a passenger automobile, pickup truck, van, self-propelled 
        recreational equipment, or motorcycle. 
           (b) The additional fee of $10 is payable at the time of 
        initial application for the special license plate stickers and 
        when the license plates must be replaced or renewed.  An 
        applicant must not be issued more than two sets of special 
        license plate stickers for vehicles listed in paragraph (a) and 
        owned or jointly owned by the applicant. 
           (c) The commissioner of veterans affairs shall determine 
        what documentation is required by each applicant to show that 
        the applicant is a member of a congressionally chartered 
        veterans service organization and is entitled to the special 
        license plate stickers. 
           Subd. 2.  [DESIGN.] (a) The commissioner of veterans 
        affairs, after consultation with each of the congressionally 
        chartered veterans service organizations, shall design the 
        special license plate stickers, subject to the approval of the 
        registrar.  The emblem, symbol, or other pictorial 
        representation on the sticker must be at least as large as the 
        letters and numerals on the plate and the registrar shall allow 
        for plates with spaces for the stickers in place of a numeral or 
        letter. 
           (b) Each congressionally chartered veterans service 
        organization must arrange for any applicable rules of the 
        national organization to be changed or copyrights to be released 
        before the commissioner may issue special license plate stickers 
        to members of any particular service organization under this 
        section. 
           Subd. 3.  [NUMBER ESTIMATED.] The commissioner of veterans 
        affairs shall estimate the number of special plate stickers that 
        will be required and submit the estimate to the registrar.  
           Subd. 4.  [PLATE TRANSFERS.] Notwithstanding section 168.12 
        or other law to the contrary, on payment of a fee of $5, the 
        special plate stickers issued under subdivision 1, may be 
        transferred to other license plates on a passenger automobile, 
        pickup truck, van, motorcycle, or self-propelled recreational 
        equipment owned or jointly owned by the person to whom the 
        stickers were issued.  
           Subd. 5.  [FEES CREDITED.] Fees collected under this 
        section must be paid into the state treasury and credited to the 
        highway user tax distribution fund. 
           Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 168.1291, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [DEFINITION.] For purposes of this section 
        "special license plates" means license plates issued under 
        sections 168.12, subdivisions 2b to 2e; 168.123; 168.1235; 
        168.129; 168.1292; and 168.1296. 
           Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 168.27, 
        subdivision 5a, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 5a.  [CONSIGNMENT SALES.] No person may solicit, 
        accept, offer for sale, or sell motor vehicles for consignment 
        sale unless licensed as a new or used motor vehicle dealer, a 
        motor vehicle wholesaler, or a motor vehicle auctioneer.  This 
        requirement does not apply to a licensed auctioneer selling 
        motor vehicles at an auction if, in the ordinary course of the 
        auctioneer's business, the sale of motor vehicles is incidental 
        to the sale of other real or personal property.  Incidental 
        means up to a total of ten but no more than ten percent of the 
        items in the posted auction bill are motor vehicles.  
           Sec. 16.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 168A.29, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [AMOUNTS.] (a) The department shall be paid 
        the following fees: 
           (1) for filing an application for and the issuance of an 
        original certificate of title, the sum of $2; 
           (2) for each security interest when first noted upon a 
        certificate of title, including the concurrent notation of any 
        assignment thereof and its subsequent release or satisfaction, 
        the sum of $2, except that no fee is due for a security interest 
        filed by a public authority under section 168A.05, subdivision 
        8; 
           (3) for the transfer of the interest of an owner and the 
        issuance of a new certificate of title, the sum of $2; 
           (4) for each assignment of a security interest when first 
        noted on a certificate of title, unless noted concurrently with 
        the security interest, the sum of $1; 
           (5) for issuing a duplicate certificate of title, the sum 
        of $4.  
           (b) After June 30, 1994, in addition to each of the fees 
        required under paragraph (a), clauses (1) and (3), the 
        department shall be paid: 
           (1) from July 1, 1994, to June 30, 1997, $3.50; but then 
           (2) after June 30, 1997, $1.  
           The additional fee collected under this paragraph must be 
        deposited in the transportation services special revenue fund 
        and credited to the state patrol public safety motor vehicle 
        account established in section 299D.10 299A.70. 
           Sec. 17.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.01, 
        subdivision 78, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 78.  [RECREATIONAL VEHICLE COMBINATION.] 
        "Recreational vehicle combination" means a combination of 
        vehicles consisting of a pickup truck as defined in section 
        168.011, subdivision 29, attached by means of a fifth-wheel 
        coupling to a camper-semitrailer which has hitched to it a 
        trailer carrying a watercraft as defined in section 86B.005, 
        subdivision 18; off-highway motorcycle as defined in section 
        84.787, subdivision 7; motorcycle; motorized bicycle; snowmobile 
        as defined in section 84.81, subdivision 3; or all-terrain 
        vehicle as defined in section 84.92, subdivision 8.  For 
        purposes of this subdivision: 
           (a) A "fifth-wheel coupling" is a coupling between a 
        camper-semitrailer and a towing pickup truck in which a portion 
        of the weight of the camper-semitrailer is carried over or 
        forward of the rear axle of the towing pickup. 
           (b) A "camper-semitrailer" is a trailer, other than a 
        manufactured home as defined in section 327B.01, subdivision 13, 
        designed for human habitation and used for vacation or 
        recreational purposes for limited periods. 
           Sec. 18.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.045, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [DESIGNATION OF ROADWAYS, PERMIT.] The 
        governing body of any county, home rule charter or statutory 
        city, or town may by ordinance authorize the operation of 
        motorized golf carts, or four-wheel all-terrain vehicles, on 
        designated roadways or portions thereof under its jurisdiction.  
        Authorization to operate a motorized golf cart or four-wheel 
        all-terrain vehicle is by permit only.  For purposes of this 
        section, a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle is a motorized 
        flotation-tired vehicle with four low-pressure tires that is 
        limited in engine displacement of less than 800 cubic 
        centimeters and total dry weight less than 600 pounds. 
           Sec. 19.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.06, 
        subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 4.  [OBEDIENCE TO AND REQUIRED TRAFFIC-CONTROL 
        DEVICES.] (a) The driver of any vehicle shall obey the 
        instructions of any official traffic-control device applicable 
        thereto placed in accordance with the provisions of this 
        chapter, unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police 
        officer, subject to the exceptions granted the driver of an 
        authorized emergency vehicle in this chapter.  
           (b) No provision of this chapter for which official 
        traffic-control devices are required shall be enforced against 
        an alleged violator if at the time and place of the alleged 
        violation an official device is not in proper position and 
        sufficiently legible to be seen by an ordinarily observant 
        person.  Whenever a particular section does not state that 
        official traffic-control devices are required, such section 
        shall be effective even though no devices are erected or in 
        place.  
           (c) Whenever official traffic-control devices are placed in 
        position approximately conforming to the requirements of this 
        chapter, such devices shall be presumed to have been so placed 
        by the official act or direction of lawful authority, unless the 
        contrary shall be established by competent evidence.  
           (d) Any official traffic-control device placed pursuant to 
        the provisions of this chapter and purporting to conform to the 
        lawful requirements pertaining to such devices shall be presumed 
        to comply with the requirements of this chapter, unless the 
        contrary shall be established by competent evidence.  
           (e) A flagger in a designated work zone may stop vehicles 
        and hold vehicles in place until it is safe for the vehicles to 
        proceed.  A person operating a motor vehicle that has been 
        stopped by a flagger in a designated work zone may proceed after 
        stopping only on instruction by the flagger. 
           Sec. 20.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.14, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [REDUCED SPEED REQUIRED.] (a) The driver of any 
        vehicle shall, consistent with the requirements, drive at an 
        appropriate reduced speed when approaching or passing an 
        authorized emergency vehicle stopped with emergency lights 
        flashing on any street or highway, when approaching and crossing 
        an intersection or railway grade crossing, when approaching and 
        going around a curve, when approaching a hill crest, when 
        traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway, and when special 
        hazards exist with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by 
        reason of weather or highway conditions.  
           (b) A person who fails to reduce speed appropriately when 
        approaching or passing an authorized emergency vehicle stopped 
        with emergency lights flashing on a street or highway shall be 
        assessed an additional surcharge equal to the amount of the fine 
        imposed for the speed violation, but not less than $25. 
           Sec. 21.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.14, 
        subdivision 5a, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 5a.  [SPEED ZONING IN SCHOOL ZONES.] Local 
        authorities may establish a school speed limit within a school 
        zone of a public or nonpublic school upon the basis of an 
        engineering and traffic investigation as prescribed by the 
        commissioner of transportation.  The establishment of a school 
        speed limit on any trunk highway shall be with the consent of 
        the commissioner of transportation.  Such school speed limits 
        shall be in effect when children are present, going to or 
        leaving school during opening or closing hours or during school 
        recess periods.  The school speed limit shall not be lower than 
        15 miles per hour and shall not be more than 20 miles per hour 
        below the established speed limit on an affected street or 
        highway if the established speed limit is 40 miles per hour or 
        greater. 
           The school speed limit shall be effective upon the erection 
        of appropriate signs designating the speed and indicating the 
        beginning and end of the reduced speed zone.  Any speed in 
        excess of such posted school speed limit is unlawful.  All such 
        signs shall be erected by the local authorities on those streets 
        and highways under their respective jurisdictions and by the 
        commissioner of transportation on trunk highways. 
           For the purpose of this subdivision, "school zone" means 
        that section of a street or highway which abuts the grounds of a 
        school where children have access to the street or highway from 
        the school property or where an established school crossing is 
        located provided the school advance sign prescribed by the 
        manual on uniform traffic control devices adopted by the 
        commissioner of transportation pursuant to section 169.06 is in 
        place.  All signs erected by local authorities to designate 
        speed limits in school zones shall conform to the manual on 
        uniform control devices. 
           Notwithstanding section 609.0331 or 609.101 or other law to 
        the contrary, a person who violates a speed limit established 
        under this subdivision is assessed an additional surcharge equal 
        to the amount of the fine imposed for the violation, but not 
        less than $25. 
           Sec. 22.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.17, is 
        amended to read: 
           169.17 [EMERGENCY VEHICLES.] 
           The speed limitations set forth in sections 169.14 to 
        169.17 do not apply to an authorized emergency vehicles when 
        vehicle responding to an emergency calls, but the drivers 
        thereof.  Drivers of all emergency vehicles shall sound an 
        audible signal by siren and display at least one lighted red 
        light to the front, except that law enforcement vehicles or 
        medical emergency vehicles shall sound an audible signal by 
        siren or display at least one lighted red light to the front.  
        This provision does not relieve the driver of an authorized 
        emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the 
        safety of persons using the street, nor does it protect the 
        driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the consequence 
        of a reckless disregard of the safety of others.  
           Sec. 23.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.21, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [RIGHTS IN ABSENCE OF SIGNALS.] (a) Where 
        traffic-control signals are not in place or in operation, the 
        driver of a vehicle shall stop to yield the right-of-way to a 
        pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or 
        within any crosswalk at an intersection but no pedestrian shall 
        suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run 
        into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is 
        impossible for the driver to yield.  This provision shall not 
        apply under the conditions as otherwise provided in this 
        subdivision. 
           (b) When any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at 
        any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian 
        to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle 
        approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the 
        stopped vehicle. 
           (c) It is unlawful for any person to drive a motor vehicle 
        through a column of school children crossing a street or highway 
        or past a member of a school safety patrol or adult crossing 
        guard, while the member of the school safety patrol or adult 
        crossing guard is directing the movement of children across a 
        street or highway and while the school safety patrol member or 
        adult crossing guard is holding an official signal in the stop 
        position.  A peace officer may arrest the driver of a motor 
        vehicle if the peace officer has probable cause to believe that 
        the driver has operated the vehicle in violation of this 
        paragraph within the past four hours.  
           (d) A person who violates this subdivision is guilty of a 
        misdemeanor and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more 
        than 90 days or to payment of a fine of not more than $700, or 
        both.  A person who violates this subdivision a second or 
        subsequent time within one year of a previous conviction under 
        this subdivision is guilty of a gross misdemeanor and may be 
        sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year or to 
        payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both. 
           Sec. 24.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.444, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 1a.  [PASSING ON RIGHT.] No person may pass or 
        attempt to pass a school bus in a motor vehicle on the 
        right-hand, passenger-door side of the bus when the school bus 
        is displaying the prewarning flashing amber signals as required 
        in section 169.443, subdivision 1. 
           Sec. 25.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.444, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [VIOLATIONS BY DRIVERS; PENALTIES.] (a) A person 
        who fails to stop a vehicle or to keep it stopped, as required 
        in subdivision 1, or who violates subdivision 1a, is guilty of a 
        misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $300. 
           (b) A person is guilty of a gross misdemeanor if the person 
        fails to stop a motor vehicle or to keep it stopped, as required 
        in subdivision 1, or who violates subdivision 1a, and commits 
        either or both of the following acts: 
           (1) passes or attempts to pass the school bus in a motor 
        vehicle on the right-hand, passenger-door side of the bus; or 
           (2) passes or attempts to pass the school bus in a motor 
        vehicle when a school child is outside of and on the street or 
        highway used by the school bus or on the adjacent sidewalk. 
           Sec. 26.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.444, 
        subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 5.  [CAUSE FOR ARREST.] A peace officer may arrest 
        the driver of a motor vehicle if the peace officer has probable 
        cause to believe that the driver has operated the vehicle in 
        violation of subdivision 1 or 1a within the past four hours. 
           Sec. 27.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.444, 
        subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 6.  [VIOLATION; PENALTY FOR OWNERS AND LESSEES.] (a) 
        If a motor vehicle is operated in violation of subdivision 1 or 
        1a, the owner of the vehicle, or for a leased motor vehicle the 
        lessee of the vehicle, is guilty of a petty misdemeanor. 
           (b) The owner or lessee may not be fined under paragraph 
        (a) if (1) another person is convicted for that violation, or 
        (2) the motor vehicle was stolen at the time of the violation.  
           (c) Paragraph (a) does not apply to a lessor of a motor 
        vehicle if the lessor keeps a record of the name and address of 
        the lessee.  
           (d) Paragraph (a) does not prohibit or limit the 
        prosecution of a motor vehicle operator for violating 
        subdivision 1 or 1a.  
           (e) A violation under paragraph (a) does not constitute 
        grounds for revocation or suspension of the owner's or lessee's 
        driver's license.  
           Sec. 28.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.444, 
        subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 7.  [EVIDENTIARY PRESUMPTIONS.] (a) There is a 
        rebuttable presumption that signals described in section 169.442 
        were in working order and operable when a violation of 
        subdivision 1, 1a, 2, or 5 was allegedly committed, if the 
        signals of the applicable school bus were inspected and visually 
        found to be in working order and operable within 12 hours 
        preceding the incident giving rise to the violation. 
           (b) There is a rebuttable presumption that a motor vehicle 
        outwardly equipped and identified as a school bus satisfies all 
        of the identification and equipment requirements of section 
        169.441 when a violation of subdivision 1, 1a, 2, or 5 was 
        allegedly committed, if the applicable school bus bears a 
        current inspection certificate issued under section 169.451. 
           Sec. 29.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.81, 
        subdivision 3c, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3c.  [RECREATIONAL VEHICLE COMBINATIONS.] 
        Notwithstanding subdivision 3, a recreational vehicle 
        combination may be operated without a permit if: 
           (1) the combination does not consist of more than three 
        vehicles, and the towing rating of the pickup truck is equal to 
        or greater than the total weight of all vehicles being towed; 
           (2) the combination does not exceed 60 feet in length; 
           (3) the camper-semitrailer in the combination does not 
        exceed 28 feet in length until August 1, 1997, and 26 feet 
        thereafter; 
           (4) the operator of the combination is at least 18 years of 
        age; 
           (5) the trailer carrying a watercraft, motorcycle, 
        motorized bicycle, off-highway motorcycle, snowmobile, or 
        all-terrain vehicle meets all requirements of law; 
           (6) the trailers in the combination are connected to the 
        pickup truck and each other in conformity with section 169.82; 
        and 
           (7) the combination is not operated within the seven-county 
        metropolitan area, as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2, 
        during the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 
        p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. 
           Sec. 30.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.85, is 
        amended to read: 
           169.85 [WEIGHING; PENALTY.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [DRIVERS TO STOP FOR WEIGHING.] The driver 
        of a vehicle which has been lawfully stopped may be required by 
        a peace officer to submit the vehicle and load to a weighing by 
        means of portable or stationary scales, and the peace officer 
        may require that the vehicle be driven to the nearest available 
        scales if the distance to the scales is no further than five 
        miles, or if the distance from the point where the vehicle is 
        stopped to the vehicle's destination is not increased by more 
        than ten miles as a result of proceeding to the nearest 
        available scales.  Official traffic control devices as 
        authorized by section 169.06 may be used to direct the driver to 
        the nearest scale.  When a truck weight enforcement operation is 
        conducted by means of portable or stationary scales and signs 
        giving notice of the operation are posted within the highway 
        right-of-way and adjacent to the roadway within two miles of the 
        operation, the driver of a truck or combination of vehicles 
        registered for or weighing in excess of 12,000 pounds shall 
        proceed to the scale site and submit the vehicle to weighing and 
        inspection. 
           Subd. 2.  [UNLOADING.] Upon weighing a vehicle and load, as 
        provided in this section, an officer may require the driver to 
        stop the vehicle in a suitable place and remain standing until a 
        portion of the load is removed that is sufficient to reduce the 
        gross weight of the vehicle to the limit permitted under section 
        169.825.  A suitable place is a location where loading or 
        tampering with the load is not prohibited by federal, state, or 
        local law, rule or ordinance.  A driver may be required to 
        unload a vehicle only if the weighing officer determines that 
        (a) on routes subject to the provisions of section 169.825, the 
        weight on an axle exceeds the lawful gross weight prescribed by 
        section 169.825, by 2,000 pounds or more, or the weight on a 
        group of two or more consecutive axles in cases where the 
        distance between the centers of the first and last axles of the 
        group under consideration is ten feet or less exceeds the lawful 
        gross weight prescribed by section 169.825, by 4,000 pounds or 
        more; or (b) on routes designated by the commissioner in section 
        169.832, subdivision 11, the overall weight of the vehicle or 
        the weight on an axle or group of consecutive axles exceeds the 
        maximum lawful gross weights prescribed by section 169.825; or 
        (c) the weight is unlawful on an axle or group of consecutive 
        axles on a road restricted in accordance with section 169.87.  
        Material unloaded must be cared for by the owner or driver of 
        the vehicle at the risk of the owner or driver. 
           Subd. 3.  [VIOLATION.] A driver of a vehicle who (1) fails 
        or refuses to stop and submit the vehicle and load to a weighing 
        as required in this section, or who (2) fails or refuses, when 
        directed by an officer upon a weighing of the vehicle, to stop 
        the vehicle and otherwise comply with the provisions of this 
        section, or (3) fails to comply with an official traffic control 
        device as authorized by section 169.06 that directs the driver 
        to the nearest scale is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
           Subd. 4.  [ARREST.] A peace officer may arrest the driver 
        of a motor vehicle if the peace officer has probable cause to 
        believe that the driver has operated the vehicle in violation of 
        subdivision 3 within the past four hours. 
           Subd. 5.  [IDENTIFICATION OF DRIVER.] A person who owns or 
        leases a motor vehicle that a peace officer has probable cause 
        to believe has been operated in violation of subdivision 3 must 
        identify the driver of the motor vehicle upon request of the 
        peace officer.  Violation of this subdivision is a petty 
        misdemeanor. 
           Sec. 31.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.974, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [LICENSE REQUIREMENTS.] No person shall operate a 
        motorcycle on any street or highway without having a valid 
        standard driver's license with a two-wheeled vehicle endorsement 
        as provided by law.  No such two-wheeled vehicle endorsement 
        shall be issued unless the person applying therefor has in 
        possession a valid two-wheeled vehicle instruction permit as 
        provided herein, has passed a written examination and road test 
        administered by the department of public safety for such 
        endorsement, and, in the case of applicants under 18 years of 
        age, shall present a certificate or other evidence of having 
        successfully completed an approved two-wheeled vehicle driver's 
        safety course in this or another state, in accordance with rules 
        promulgated by the state board of education for courses offered 
        through the public schools, or rules promulgated by the 
        commissioner of public safety for courses offered by a private 
        or commercial school or institute.  The commissioner of public 
        safety may waive the road test for any applicant on determining 
        that the applicant possesses a valid license to operate a 
        two-wheeled vehicle issued by a jurisdiction that requires a 
        comparable road test for license issuance.  A two-wheeled 
        vehicle instruction permit shall be issued to any person over 16 
        years of age, who is in possession of a valid driver's license, 
        who is enrolled in an approved two-wheeled vehicle driver's 
        safety course, and who has passed a written examination for such 
        permit and has paid such fee as the commissioner of public 
        safety shall prescribe.  A two-wheeled vehicle instruction 
        permit shall be effective for 45 days one year, and may be 
        renewed under rules to be prescribed by the commissioner of 
        public safety. 
           No person who is operating by virtue of a two-wheeled 
        vehicle instruction permit shall: 
           (a) carry any passengers on the streets and highways of 
        this state on the motorcycle which the person is operating; 
           (b) drive the motorcycle at night time; 
           (c) drive the motorcycle on any highway marked by the 
        commissioner as an interstate highway pursuant to title 23 of 
        the United States Code; or 
           (d) drive the motorcycle without wearing protective 
        headgear that complies with standards established by the 
        commissioner of public safety. 
           Notwithstanding the provisions of this subdivision, the 
        commissioner of public safety may, however, issue a special 
        motorcycle permit, restricted or qualified in such manner as the 
        commissioner of public safety shall deem proper, to any person 
        demonstrating a need therefor and unable to qualify for a 
        standard driver's license. 
           Sec. 32.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 171.06, 
        subdivision 2a, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2a.  [TWO-WHEELED VEHICLE ENDORSEMENT FEE 
        INCREASED.] (a) The fee for any duplicate drivers driver's 
        license which is obtained for the purpose of adding a 
        two-wheeled vehicle endorsement is increased by $16 $18.50 for 
        each first such duplicate license and $13 for each renewal 
        thereof.  The additional fee shall be paid into the state 
        treasury and credited as follows: 
           (1) $8.50 $11 of the additional fee for each first 
        duplicate license, and $7 of the additional fee for each 
        renewal, must be credited to the motorcycle safety fund which is 
        hereby created; provided that any fee receipts in excess of 
        $750,000 in a fiscal year shall be credited 90 percent to the 
        trunk highway fund and ten percent to the general fund, as 
        provided in section 171.26. 
           (2) The remainder of the additional fee must be credited to 
        the general fund. 
           (b) All application forms prepared by the commissioner for 
        two-wheeled vehicle endorsements shall clearly contain the 
        information that state the amount of the total fee charged for 
        the endorsement, $7 that is dedicated to the motorcycle safety 
        fund. 
           Sec. 33.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 171.13, 
        subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 5.  [EXAMINATION FEE FOR VEHICLE ENDORSEMENT.] Any 
        person applying to secure a motorcycle, school bus, tank 
        vehicle, passenger, double-trailer or triple-trailer, or 
        hazardous materials vehicle endorsement on the person's driver's 
        license shall pay a $2.50 examination fee at the place of 
        application. 
           Sec. 34.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 171.13, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 6.  [INITIAL MOTORCYCLE ENDORSEMENT FEES.] A person 
        applying for an initial motorcycle endorsement on a driver's 
        license shall pay at the place of examination a total fee of 
        $21, which includes the examination fee and endorsement fee, but 
        does not include the fee for a duplicate driver's license 
        prescribed in section 171.06, subdivision 2.  Of this amount, 
        $11 must be credited as provided in section 171.06, subdivision 
        2a, paragraph (a), clause (1), $2.50 must be credited to the 
        trunk highway fund, and the remainder must be credited to the 
        general fund. 
           Sec. 35.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 171.29, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [FEES, ALLOCATION.] (a) A person whose driver's 
        license has been revoked as provided in subdivision 1, except 
        under section 169.121 or 169.123, shall pay a $30 fee before the 
        driver's license is reinstated. 
           (b) A person whose driver's license has been revoked as 
        provided in subdivision 1 under section 169.121 or 169.123 shall 
        pay a $250 fee plus a $10 surcharge before the driver's license 
        is reinstated.  The $250 fee is to be credited as follows: 
           (1) Twenty percent shall be credited to the trunk highway 
        fund. 
           (2) Fifty-five percent shall be credited to the general 
        fund. 
           (3) Eight percent shall be credited to a separate account 
        to be known as the bureau of criminal apprehension account.  
        Money in this account may be appropriated to the commissioner of 
        public safety and the appropriated amount shall be apportioned 
        80 percent for laboratory costs and 20 percent for carrying out 
        the provisions of section 299C.065. 
           (4) Twelve percent shall be credited to a separate account 
        to be known as the alcohol-impaired driver education account.  
        Money in the account may be is appropriated as follows: 
           (i) The first $200,000 in a fiscal year is to the 
        commissioner of children, families, and learning for programs in 
        elementary and secondary schools. 
           (ii) The remainder credited in a fiscal year is 
        appropriated to the commissioner of transportation to be spent 
        as grants to the Minnesota highway safety center at St. Cloud 
        State University for programs relating to alcohol and highway 
        safety education in elementary and secondary schools. 
           (5) Five percent shall be credited to a separate account to 
        be known as the traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury 
        account.  $100,000 is annually appropriated from the account to 
        the commissioner of human services for traumatic brain injury 
        case management services.  The remaining money in the account is 
        annually appropriated to the commissioner of health to establish 
        and maintain the traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury 
        registry created in section 144.662 and to reimburse the 
        commissioner of economic security for the reasonable cost of 
        services provided under section 268A.03, clause (o). 
           (c) The $10 surcharge shall be credited to a separate 
        account to be known as the remote electronic alcohol monitoring 
        pilot program account.  Up to $250,000 is annually appropriated 
        from this account to the commissioner of corrections for a 
        remote electronic alcohol monitoring pilot program.  The 
        unencumbered balance remaining in the first year of the biennium 
        does not cancel but is available for the second year. 
           Sec. 36.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 173.13, 
        subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 4.  [FEES.] The annual fee for each such permit or 
        renewal thereof shall be as follows: 
           (1) If the advertising area of the advertising device does 
        not exceed 50 square feet, the fee shall be $25 $30. 
           (2) If the advertising area exceeds 50 square feet but does 
        not exceed 300 square feet, the fee shall be $50 $60. 
           (3) If the advertising area exceeds 300 square feet, the 
        fee shall be $100 $120. 
           (4) No fee shall be charged for a permit for official signs 
        and notices as they are defined in section 173.02, except that a 
        fee may be charged for a star city sign erected under section 
        173.085. 
           Sec. 37.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 174.03, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 6a.  [ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF NONHIGHWAY ALTERNATIVES.] 
        If the commissioner considers congestion pricing, tolls, mileage 
        pricing, or public-private partnerships in order to meet the 
        transportation needs of commuters in the department's 
        metropolitan district between 2001 and 2020, the commissioner 
        shall, in cooperation with the metropolitan council and the 
        regional railroad authorities in the district, compare the 
        economics of these financing methods with the economics of 
        nonhighway alternatives for moving commuters.  The commissioner 
        shall analyze the economics as they relate to both individuals 
        and to the transportation system. 
           Sec. 38.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 221.84, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [DEFINITION.] "Limousine service" means a 
        service that:  
           (1) is not provided on a regular route; 
           (2) is provided in an unmarked a luxury passenger 
        automobile that is not a van or station wagon and has a seating 
        capacity of not more than 12 persons, excluding the driver; 
           (3) provides only prearranged pickup; and 
           (4) charges more than a taxicab fare for a comparable trip. 
           Sec. 39.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 296.16, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [INTENT; GASOLINE USE.] All gasoline 
        received in this state and all gasoline produced in or brought 
        into this state except aviation gasoline and marine gasoline 
        shall be determined to be intended for use in motor vehicles in 
        this state. 
           Approximately 1-1/2 percent of all gasoline received in 
        this state and 1-1/2 percent of all gasoline produced or brought 
        into this state, except gasoline used for aviation purposes, is 
        being used as fuel for the operation of motorboats on the waters 
        of this state and of the total revenue derived from the 
        imposition of the gasoline fuel tax for uses other than for 
        aviation purposes, 1-1/2 percent of such revenues is the amount 
        of tax on fuel used in motorboats operated on the waters of this 
        state.  
           Approximately three-fourths of one percent in fiscal years 
        1998 and 1999, and three-fourths of one percent thereafter, of 
        all gasoline received in and produced or brought into this 
        state, except gasoline used for aviation purposes, is being used 
        as fuel for the operation of snowmobiles in this state, and of 
        the total revenue derived from the imposition of the gasoline 
        fuel tax for uses other than for aviation 
        purposes, three-fourths of one percent in fiscal years 1998 and 
        1999, and three-fourths of one percent thereafter, of such 
        revenues is the amount of tax on fuel used in snowmobiles 
        operated in this state. 
           Approximately 0.15 of one percent of all gasoline received 
        in or produced or brought into this state, except gasoline used 
        for aviation purposes, is being used for the operation of 
        all-terrain vehicles in this state, and of the total revenue 
        derived from the imposition of the gasoline fuel tax, 0.15 of 
        one percent is the amount of tax on fuel used in all-terrain 
        vehicles operated in this state. 
           Approximately 0.046 of one percent of all gasoline received 
        or produced in or brought into this state, except gasoline used 
        for aviation purposes, is being used for the operation of 
        off-highway motorcycles in this state, and of the total revenue 
        derived from the imposition of the gasoline fuel tax for uses 
        other than for aviation purposes, 0.046 of one percent is the 
        amount of tax on fuel used in off-highway motorcycles operated 
        in this state. 
           Approximately .164 of one percent of all gasoline received 
        or produced in or brought into this state, except gasoline used 
        for aviation purposes, is being used for the off-road operation 
        of off-road vehicles, as defined in section 84.797, in this 
        state, and of the total revenue derived from the imposition of 
        the gasoline fuel tax for uses other than aviation purposes, 
        .164 of one percent is the amount of tax on fuel used for 
        off-road operation of off-road vehicles in this state. 
           Sec. 40.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, 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-half of the 
        vest's purchase price or $300, as adjusted according to 
        subdivision 2a.  The political subdivision that employs the 
        peace officer shall pay at least the lesser of one-half of the 
        vest's purchase price or $300, as adjusted according to 
        subdivision 2a.  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. 41.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 299A.38, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 2a.  [ADJUSTMENT OF REIMBURSEMENT AMOUNT.] On October 
        1, 1997, the commissioner of public safety shall adjust the $300 
        reimbursement amounts specified in subdivision 2, and in each 
        subsequent year, on October 1, the commissioner shall adjust the 
        reimbursement amount applicable immediately preceding that 
        October 1 date.  The adjusted rate must 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 the preceding June 1. 
           Sec. 42.  [299A.70] [PUBLIC SAFETY MOTOR VEHICLE ACCOUNT.] 
           The public safety motor vehicle account is created in the 
        special revenue fund, consisting of the fees collected under 
        section 168A.29, subdivision 1, paragraph (b).  Money in the 
        account is annually appropriated to the commissioner for 
        purchasing and equipping department vehicles.  
           Sec. 43.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 299C.10, 
        subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 4.  [FEE FOR BACKGROUND CHECK; ACCOUNT; 
        APPROPRIATION.] The superintendent shall collect a fee in an 
        amount to cover the expense for each background check provided 
        for a purpose not directly related to the criminal justice 
        system or required by section 624.7131, 624.7132, or 624.714.  
        The proceeds of the fee must be deposited in a special account.  
        Until July 1, 1997, Money in the account is appropriated to the 
        commissioner to maintain and improve the quality of the criminal 
        record system in Minnesota. 
           Sec. 44.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 299C.46, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 2a.  [NONCRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCY DEFINED.] For the 
        purposes of sections 299C.46 to 299C.49, "noncriminal justice 
        agency" means an agency of a state or an agency of a political 
        subdivision of a state charged with the responsibility of 
        performing checks of state databases connected to the criminal 
        justice data communications network. 
           Sec. 45.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 299C.46, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [AUTHORIZED USE, FEE.] (a) The criminal justice 
        data communications network shall be used exclusively by:  
           (1) criminal justice agencies in connection with the 
        performance of duties required by law; 
           (2) agencies investigating federal security clearances of 
        individuals for assignment or retention in federal employment 
        with duties related to national security, as required by Public 
        Law Number 99-1691; and 
           (3) other agencies to the extent necessary to provide for 
        protection of the public or property in an emergency or disaster 
        situation.; and 
           (4) noncriminal justice agencies statutorily mandated, by 
        state or national law, to conduct checks into state databases 
        prior to disbursing licenses or providing benefits. 
           (b) The commissioner of public safety shall establish a 
        monthly network access charge to be paid by each participating 
        criminal justice agency.  The network access charge shall be a 
        standard fee established for each terminal, computer, or other 
        equipment directly addressable by the criminal justice data 
        communications network, as follows:  January 1, 1984 to December 
        31, 1984, $40 connect fee per month; January 1, 1985 and 
        thereafter, $50 connect fee per month.  
           (c) The commissioner of public safety is authorized to 
        arrange for the connection of the data communications network 
        with the criminal justice information system of the federal 
        government, any adjacent state, or Canada. 
           Sec. 46.  [360.0151] [AIR SERVICE MARKETING PROGRAM.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [PROGRAM ESTABLISHED.] The commissioner of 
        transportation shall establish an air service marketing program 
        to encourage the preservation and expansion of scheduled 
        passenger air carrier service to greater Minnesota.  The 
        commissioner may spend funds appropriated from the state 
        airports fund for (1) air service marketing grants and (2) 
        conducting statewide studies to determine the feasibility of air 
        service initiatives.  The commissioner may develop a single, 
        recognizable statewide marketing program to increase visibility 
        of and ridership at airports with scheduled air carrier service. 
           Subd. 2.  [GRANTS AUTHORIZED.] (a) The commissioner may 
        make air service marketing grants to political subdivisions that 
        own and operate airports designated by order of the commissioner 
        as key airports.  The commissioner shall make a project 
        agreement with each political subdivision receiving a grant 
        under this section that provides for: 
           (1) a detailed description of the project for which the 
        grant is provided; 
           (2) a schedule of the project; and 
           (3) the division of costs of the project between the state 
        and the recipient. 
           (b) Payments by the commissioner under a project agreement 
        may only be made to reimburse local costs already incurred. 
           Subd. 3.  [USES OF GRANT.] (a) Costs for the following 
        activities related to commercial passenger air service at the 
        recipient's airport are eligible for reimbursement under this 
        section:  
           (1) advertising of service; 
           (2) public relations activities intended to educate the 
        public on the value of the airport and its commercial passenger 
        air service; 
           (3) marketing studies; or 
           (4) service improvement activities such as route analysis, 
        service studies, and other activities intended to preserve or 
        increase service from an existing or new-entry air carrier. 
           (b) A grant under this section may not be used for: 
           (1) an activity that promotes an airport within the service 
        area of another airport; 
           (2) a promotional activity that features one specific air 
        carrier at an airport when more than one air carrier serves the 
        airport; 
           (3) administrative costs associated with the marketing 
        program or with the routine operation of the airport; or 
           (4) payments to air carriers as fare subsidies, service 
        subsidies, or seat guarantees. 
           Sec. 47.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 360.017, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [CREATION; AUTHORIZED DISBURSEMENTS.] (a) 
        There is hereby created a fund to be known as the state airports 
        fund.  The fund shall consist of all money appropriated to it, 
        or directed to be paid into it, by the legislature. 
           (b) The state airports fund shall be paid out on 
        authorization of the commissioner and shall be used: 
           (1) to acquire, construct, improve, maintain, and operate 
        airports and other air navigation facilities and; 
           (2) to assist municipalities in the acquisition, 
        construction, improvement, and maintenance of airports and other 
        air navigation facilities.  The fund may also be used; 
           (3) to assist municipalities to initiate, enhance, and 
        market scheduled air service at their airports; 
           (4) to promote interest and safety in aeronautics through 
        education and information.; and 
           (5) to pay the salaries and expenses in of the department 
        of transportation related to aeronautic planning, 
        administration, and operation shall be paid from the state 
        airports fund.  All allotments of money from the state airports 
        fund for salaries and expenses shall be approved by the 
        commissioner of finance. 
           Sec. 48.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 457A.04, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [COSTS.] An assistance agreement must specify 
        those project costs which may be paid in whole or in part with 
        assistance from the commissioner.  Assistance agreements may 
        provide that only the following costs may be so paid: 
           (1) final engineering costs on a commercial navigation 
        facility project; 
           (2) capital improvements to a commercial navigation 
        facility; and 
           (3) costs of dredging necessary to open a new commercial 
        navigation facility project, to provide access to on-shore 
        facilities from existing channels, to provide for fleeting 
        operations, and for disposal of dredged material. 
           The following costs may not be paid with assistance from 
        the commissioner: 
           (1) the applicant's administrative, insurance, and legal 
        costs; 
           (2) costs of acquiring project permits; 
           (3) costs of preparing environmental documents, feasibility 
        studies, or project designs; 
           (4) interest on money borrowed by the applicant or charged 
        to the applicant for late payment of project costs; 
           (5) any costs related to the routine maintenance, repair, 
        or operation of a commercial navigation facility; and 
           (6) costs of dredging to maintain an existing channel; and 
           (7) costs for a project that involves only dredging. 
           Sec. 49.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 473.408, 
        subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 7.  [EMPLOYEE PLAN DISCOUNT PASSES.] The council may 
        offer monthly passes for regular route bus service for sale to 
        employers at a special discount subject to the provisions of 
        this subdivision.  An employer may be eligible to purchase 
        passes at a special discount if the employer agrees to establish 
        a payroll deduction plan as a means for its employees to 
        purchase the passes at a price at or below the amount charged by 
        the council.  The special discount on passes sold pursuant to 
        this subdivision shall be determined by the council. 
           Sec. 50.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 473.446, 
        subdivision 1a, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 1a.  [TAXATION WITHIN TRANSIT AREA.] For the purposes 
        of sections 473.405 to 473.449, and the metropolitan transit 
        system, the metropolitan council shall levy upon all taxable 
        property within the metropolitan transit area but outside of the 
        metropolitan transit taxing district, defined in subdivision 2, 
        a transit tax, which shall be equal to ten percent of the sum of 
        the levies provided in subdivision 1, clauses (a) to (c).  The 
        proceeds of this tax shall be used only for paratransit services 
        or ride sharing programs designed to serve persons located 
        within the transit area but outside of the transit taxing 
        district.  
           The regional transit board shall annually determine which 
        cities and towns qualify for the 0.510 or 0.765 tax capacity 
        rate reduction and certify this list to the county auditor on or 
        before September 15.  No changes shall be made to the list after 
        September 15 of the same levy year. 
           Sec. 51.  [COMMUTER RAIL SERVICE STUDY.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [STUDY.] The commissioner of 
        transportation, through the division of railroads and waterways, 
        shall conduct a study of the potential of utilizing freight rail 
        corridors in the Twin Cities metropolitan area for commuter rail 
        service.  The commissioner shall perform the study in 
        coordination with the metropolitan council and metropolitan 
        regional rail authorities and shall consider, among other 
        things, the positive and negative effects of commuter rail 
        service on surrounding neighborhoods. 
           Subd. 2.  [REPORT.] The commissioner shall report the 
        findings and recommendations of the study to the governor and 
        legislature by January 15, 1998, and February 1, 1999.  If in 
        the report required by January 15, 1998, the commissioner 
        identifies one or more rail corridors that have potential for a 
        commuter rail demonstration project, the commissioner, alone or 
        in cooperation with the metropolitan council and one or more 
        metropolitan regional rail authorities, may propose legislation 
        to the 1998 legislative session that provides for acquisition or 
        lease of the corridors, improvements necessary for their use for 
        commuter rail purposes, acquisition of commuter rail rolling 
        stock, and operation of commuter rail services. 
           Subd. 3.  [REGIONAL RAIL AUTHORITIES.] Nothing in this 
        section may be construed to prohibit or restrict a regional rail 
        authority in the performance of any duty or exercise of any 
        power under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 398A. 
           Sec. 52.  [RAILROAD SERVICE PRESERVATION.] 
           No state or local agency or political subdivision may take 
        any action that would have the effect of precluding the use for 
        commuter rail service of any rail line that is providing rail 
        service within the seven-county metropolitan area on the 
        effective date of this section. 
           Sec. 53.  [REPEALER.] 
           Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 299D.10, is repealed. 
           Sec. 54.  [APPLICATION.] 
           Sections 49 and 50 apply in the counties of Anoka, Carver, 
        Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington. 
           Sec. 55.  [EFFECTIVE DATES.] 
           (a) All provisions of this act that appropriate money for 
        fiscal year 1997 are effective the day following final enactment.
           (b) Sections 2, 3, 9, 10, 46, 49, and 52 are effective the 
        day following final enactment. 
           (c) Sections 19, 20, 21, 23 to 28, and 30 are effective 
        August 1, 1997, and apply to violations committed on and after 
        that date. 
           Presented to the governor May 15, 1997 
           Signed by the governor May 16, 1997, 2:00 p.m.