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                             CHAPTER 27-H.F.No. 265 
                  An act relating to agriculture; clarifying the 
                  employment status of certain farm crisis assistance 
                  personnel; amending Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 
                  17.03, subdivision 9. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 17.03, 
        subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 9.  [FARM CRISIS ASSISTANCE FEES; LIABILITY.] (a) The 
        department may charge a fee for farm crisis assistance services 
        it provides to persons outside of the department.  
           (b) The state is not liable for the actions of persons 
        under contract with the department who provide farm crisis 
        assistance services as part of their contractual duties.  
        Persons who provide farm crisis assistance are not subject to 
        liability for their actions that are within the scope of their 
        contract.  The immunity from liability in this subdivision is in 
        addition to and not a limitation of immunity otherwise accorded 
        to the state and its contractors under law.  
           (c) Fees collected by the department under this subdivision 
        must be deposited in the general fund. 
           (d) Persons under contract with the department to provide 
        farm crisis assistance are not employees of the state. 
           Presented to the governor April 10, 1997 
           Signed by the governor April 11, 1997, 9:50 a.m.