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Minnesota Session Laws - 1997, 2nd Special Session

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                              CHAPTER 3-S.F.No. 2 
                  An act relating to employment; regulating public 
                  employee and official compensation; amending Minnesota 
                  Statutes 1996, sections 3.855, subdivision 3; 15A.081, 
                  subdivisions 7b, 8, and 9; 15A.083, subdivisions 5, 
                  6a, and 7; 43A.17, subdivisions 1 and 3; 43A.18, 
                  subdivisions 4 and 5; 85A.02, subdivision 5a; 298.22, 
                  subdivision 1; and 349A.02, subdivision 1; proposing 
                  coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 15A; 
                  repealing Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 15A.081, 
                  subdivisions 1 and 7. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 3.855, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [OTHER SALARIES AND COMPENSATION PLANS.] The 
        commission shall also: 
           (1) review and approve, reject, or modify a plan for 
        compensation and terms and conditions of employment prepared and 
        submitted by the commissioner of employee relations under 
        section 43A.18, subdivision 2, covering all state employees who 
        are not represented by an exclusive bargaining representative 
        and whose compensation is not provided for by chapter 43A or 
        other law; 
           (2) review and approve, reject, or modify a plan for total 
        compensation and terms and conditions of employment for 
        employees in positions identified as being managerial under 
        section 43A.18, subdivision 3, whose salaries and benefits are 
        not otherwise provided for in law or other plans established 
        under chapter 43A; 
           (3) review and approve, reject, or modify recommendations 
        for salaries submitted by the governor or other appointing 
        authority under section 43A.18, subdivision 5, covering agency 
        head positions listed in section 15A.081 15A.0815; 
           (4) review and approve, reject, or modify recommendations 
        for salaries of officials of higher education systems under 
        section 15A.081, subdivision 7b; and 
           (5) review and approve, reject, or modify plans for 
        compensation, terms, and conditions of employment proposed under 
        section 43A.18, subdivisions 3a and 4. 
           Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 15A.081, 
        subdivision 7b, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 7b.  [HIGHER EDUCATION OFFICERS.] The board of 
        trustees of the Minnesota state colleges and universities and 
        the higher education services council shall set the salary rates 
        for, respectively, the chancellor of the Minnesota state 
        colleges and universities and the director of the higher 
        education services office.  The board or the council shall 
        submit the proposed salary change to the legislative 
        coordinating commission for approval, modification, or rejection 
        in the manner provided in section 3.855.  The salary rate for 
        the chancellor of the Minnesota state colleges and universities 
        may not exceed 95 percent of the salary of the governor under 
        section 15A.082, subdivision 3.  For purposes of this 
        subdivision, "the salary rate of the chancellor" does not 
        include: 
           (1) employee benefits that are also provided for the 
        majority of all other full-time state employees, vacation and 
        sick leave allowances, health and dental insurance, disability 
        insurance, term life insurance, and pension benefits or like 
        benefits the cost of which is borne by the employee or which is 
        not subject to tax as income under the Internal Revenue Code of 
        1986; 
           (2) dues paid to organizations that are of a civic, 
        professional, educational, or governmental nature; 
           (3) reimbursement for actual expenses incurred by the 
        employee that the appointing authority determines to be directly 
        related to the performance of job responsibilities, including 
        any relocation expenses paid during the initial year of 
        employment; or 
           (4) a housing allowance that is comparable to housing 
        allowances provided to chancellors and university presidents in 
        similar higher education systems nationwide.  
           The salary of the director of the higher education services 
        office may not exceed the maximum of the salary range for the 
        commissioner of administration.  In deciding whether to 
        recommend a salary increase, the governing board or council 
        shall consider the performance of the chancellor or director, 
        including the chancellor's or director's progress toward 
        attaining affirmative action goals. 
           Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 15A.081, 
        subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 8.  [EXPENSE ALLOWANCE.] Notwithstanding any law to 
        the contrary, positions listed in subdivision 1 section 
        15A.0815, subdivisions 2 and 3, constitutional officers, and the 
        commissioner of iron range resources and rehabilitation are 
        authorized an annual expense allowance not to exceed $1,500 for 
        necessary expenses in the normal performance of their duties for 
        which no other reimbursement is provided.  The expenditures 
        under this subdivision are subject to any laws and rules 
        relating to budgeting, allotment and encumbrance, preaudit and 
        postaudit.  The commissioner of finance may promulgate adopt 
        rules to assure the proper expenditure of these funds, and to 
        provide for reimbursement. 
           Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 15A.081, 
        subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 9.  [TRANSFER OF VACATION AND SICK LEAVE; CERTAIN 
        APPOINTEES.] (a) This subdivision governs transfers of 
        accumulated vacation leave and sick leave if the governor 
        appoints the incumbent of a position listed in this section 
        15A.0815 to another position listed in this section 15A.0815. 
           (b) An appointee moving between positions in the executive 
        branch shall transfer all vacation leave and sick leave hours to 
        the appointee's credit at the time of the new appointment. 
           (c) The governor may authorize an appointee to transfer 
        accumulated vacation leave and sick leave hours under the 
        following conditions: 
           (1) an appointee moving to a position in the executive 
        branch from a position outside the executive branch may be 
        permitted to transfer no more than 275 hours of accumulated 
        unliquidated vacation leave and no more than 900 hours of 
        accumulated unliquidated sick leave; and 
           (2) an appointee moving to a position outside the executive 
        branch from a position within the executive branch may be 
        permitted to transfer accumulated unliquidated vacation leave 
        and sick leave hours up to the maximum accumulations permitted 
        by the personnel policies governing the new position. 
        The governor shall notify the commissioner of employee relations 
        of any transfers authorized under this paragraph. 
           Sec. 5.  [15A.0815] [SALARY LIMITS FOR CERTAIN EMPLOYEES.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [SALARY LIMITS.] The governor or other 
        appropriate appointing authority shall set the salary rates for 
        positions listed in this section within the salary limits listed 
        in subdivisions 2 to 4, subject to approval of the legislative 
        coordinating commission and the legislature as provided by 
        sections 3.855, 15A.081, subdivision 7b, and 43A.18, subdivision 
        5.  
           Subd. 2.  [GROUP I SALARY LIMITS.] The salaries for 
        positions in this subdivision may not exceed 85 percent of the 
        salary of the governor:  
           Commissioner of administration; 
           Commissioner of agriculture; 
           Commissioner of children, families, and learning; 
           Commissioner of commerce; 
           Commissioner of corrections; 
           Commissioner of economic security; 
           Commissioner of employee relations; 
           Commissioner of finance; 
           Commissioner of health; 
           Executive director, higher education services office; 
           Commissioner, housing finance agency; 
           Commissioner of human rights; 
           Commissioner of human services; 
           Executive director, state board of investment; 
           Commissioner of labor and industry; 
           Commissioner of natural resources; 
           Director of office of strategic and long-range planning; 
           Commissioner, pollution control agency; 
           Commissioner of public safety; 
           Commissioner, department of public service; 
           Commissioner of revenue; 
           Commissioner of trade and economic development; 
           Commissioner of transportation; and 
           Commissioner of veterans affairs. 
           Subd. 3.  [GROUP II SALARY LIMITS.] The salaries for 
        positions in this subdivision may not exceed 75 percent of the 
        salary of the governor: 
           Ombudsman for corrections; 
           Executive director of gambling control board; 
           Commissioner, bureau of mediation services; 
           Ombudsman for mental health and retardation; 
           Chair, metropolitan council; 
           Executive director of pari-mutuel racing; 
           Executive director, public employees retirement 
        association; 
           Commissioner, public utilities commission; 
           Executive director, state retirement system; and 
           Executive director, teachers retirement association. 
           Subd. 4.  [GROUP III SALARY LIMITS.] The salary for a 
        position in this subdivision may not exceed 25 percent of the 
        salary of the governor: 
           Chair, metropolitan airports commission. 
           Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 15A.083, 
        subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 5.  [TAX COURT.] Salaries The salary of judges a 
        judge of the tax court are is the same as the base salary for 
        a district judges as set under section 15A.082, subdivision 
        3 court judge.  The salary of the chief tax court judge is the 
        same as the salary for a chief district court judge. 
           Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 15A.083, 
        subdivision 6a, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 6a.  [ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE; MAXIMUM SALARY 
        SALARIES.] The salary of the chief administrative law judge is 
        the same as the salary of a district court judge.  The salaries 
        of the assistant chief administrative law judge and 
        administrative law judge supervisors are 95 percent of the 
        salary of a district court judge.  The maximum salary of an 
        administrative law judge in the classified service employed by 
        the office of administrative hearings is 90 percent of the 
        salary of a district court judges judge as set under section 
        15A.082, subdivision 3.  
           Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 15A.083, 
        subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 7.  [WORKERS' COMPENSATION COURT OF APPEALS AND 
        COMPENSATION JUDGES.] Salaries of judges of the workers' 
        compensation court of appeals are the same as the salary for 
        district court judges as set under section 15A.082, subdivision 
        3.  The salary of the chief judge of the workers' compensation 
        court of appeals is the same as the salary for a chief district 
        court judge.  Salaries of compensation judges are 75 90 percent 
        of the salary of district court judges.  The chief workers' 
        compensation settlement judge at the department of labor and 
        industry may be paid an annual salary that is up to five percent 
        greater than the salary of workers' compensation settlement 
        judges at the department of labor and industry. 
           Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 43A.17, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [SALARY LIMITS.] As used in subdivisions 1 
        to 9, "salary" means hourly, monthly, or annual rate of pay 
        including any lump-sum payments and cost-of-living adjustment 
        increases but excluding payments due to overtime worked, shift 
        or equipment differentials, work out of class as required by 
        collective bargaining agreements or plans established under 
        section 43A.18, and back pay on reallocation or other payments 
        related to the hours or conditions under which work is performed 
        rather than to the salary range or rate to which a class is 
        assigned.  For presidents of state universities, "salary" does 
        not include a housing allowance provided through a compensation 
        plan approved under section 43A.18, subdivision 3a. 
           The salary, as established in section 15A.081 15A.0815, of 
        the head of a state agency in the executive branch is the upper 
        limit on the salaries of individual employees in the agency.  
        The salary of the commissioner of labor and industry is the 
        upper limit of salaries of employees in the bureau of mediation 
        services.  However, if an agency head is assigned a salary that 
        is lower than the current salary of another agency employee, the 
        employee retains the salary, but may not receive an increase in 
        salary as long as the salary is above that of the agency head.  
        The commissioner may grant exemptions from these upper limits as 
        provided in subdivisions 3 and 4. 
           Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 43A.17, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [UNUSUAL EMPLOYMENT SITUATIONS.] Upon the request 
        of the appointing authority, and when the commissioner 
        determines that changes in employment situations create 
        difficulties in attracting or retaining employees, the 
        commissioner may approve an unusual employment situation 
        increase to advance an employee within the compensation plan.  
        Such The action will must be consistent with applicable 
        provisions of collective bargaining agreements or plans pursuant 
        to adopted under section 43A.18.  The commissioner shall review 
        each proposal giving due consideration to salary rates paid to 
        other employees in the same class and agency and may approve any 
        request which in the commissioner's judgment is in the best 
        interest of the state. If the commissioner determines that the 
        position requires special expertise necessitating a higher 
        salary to attract or retain qualified persons, the commissioner 
        may grant an exemption not to exceed 120 percent of the base 
        salary of the head of the agency or the maximum rate established 
        for the position, whichever is less.  
           Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 43A.18, 
        subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 4.  [PLANS NOT ESTABLISHED BUT APPROVED BY 
        COMMISSIONER.] (a) Notwithstanding any other law to the 
        contrary, terms and conditions of employment for employees 
        listed in this subdivision must be set by appointing authorities 
        within the limits of compensation plans that have been approved 
        by the commissioner before becoming effective.  Compensation 
        plans established under paragraphs paragraph (c) and (d), must 
        be reviewed and approved, modified, or rejected by the 
        legislature and the legislative coordinating commission on 
        employee relations under section 3.855, subdivision subdivisions 
        2 and 3, before becoming effective. 
           (b) Total compensation for employees who are not covered by 
        a collective bargaining agreement in the offices of the 
        governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of 
        state, state auditor, and state treasurer must be determined by 
        the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary 
        of state, state auditor, and state treasurer, respectively.  
           (c) Total compensation for classified administrative law 
        judges in the office of administrative hearings must be 
        determined by the chief administrative law judge.  
           (d) Total compensation for unclassified positions not 
        covered by a collective bargaining agreement in the higher 
        education services office must be determined by the higher 
        education services office. 
           Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 43A.18, 
        subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 5.  [GOVERNOR APPOINTING AUTHORITIES TO RECOMMEND 
        CERTAIN SALARIES.] (a) The governor shall, by July 1 of each 
        odd-numbered year, or other appropriate appointing authority, 
        may submit to the legislative coordinating commission on 
        employee relations recommendations for salaries within the 
        salary range limits for the positions listed in section 15A.081, 
        subdivisions 1 and 7 15A.0815, subdivisions 2 to 4.  The 
        governor An appointing authority may also propose additions or 
        deletions of positions from those listed.  
           (b) Before submitting the recommendations, the governor 
        appointing authority shall consult with the commissioner of 
        administration, the commissioner of finance, and the 
        commissioner of employee relations concerning the 
        recommendations.  
           (c) In making recommendations, the governor appointing 
        authority shall consider the criteria established in subdivision 
        8 and the performance of individual incumbents.  The performance 
        evaluation must include a review of an incumbent's progress 
        toward attainment of affirmative action goals.  The governor 
        appointing authority shall establish an objective system for 
        quantifying knowledge, abilities, duties, responsibilities, and 
        accountabilities and in determining recommendations rate each 
        position by this system.  
           (d) Before the governor's appointing authority's 
        recommended salaries take effect, the recommendations must be 
        reviewed and approved, rejected, or modified by the 
        legislative coordinating commission on employee relations and 
        the legislature under section 3.855, subdivision subdivisions 2 
        and 3.  The governor may also at any time propose changes in the 
        salary rate of any positions covered by this subdivision, which 
        must be submitted and approved in the same manner as provided in 
        this subdivision.  If, when the legislature is not in session, 
        the commission fails to reject or modify salary recommendations 
        of the governor within 30 calendar days of their receipt, the 
        recommendations are deemed to be approved.  
           (e) The governor appointing authority shall set the initial 
        salary of a head of a new agency or a chair of a new 
        metropolitan board or commission whose salary is not 
        specifically prescribed by law after consultation with the 
        commissioner, whose recommendation is advisory only.  The amount 
        of the new salary must be comparable to the salary of an agency 
        head or commission chair having similar duties and 
        responsibilities. 
           (f) The salary of a newly appointed head of an agency or 
        chair of a metropolitan agency listed in section 15A.081, 
        subdivision 1 or 7 15A.0815, subdivisions 2 to 4, may be 
        increased or decreased by the governor appointing authority from 
        the salary previously set for that position within 30 days of 
        the new appointment after consultation with the commissioner.  
        If the governor appointing authority increases a salary under 
        this paragraph, the governor appointing authority shall submit 
        the new salary to the legislative coordinating commission on 
        employee relations and the full legislature for approval, 
        modification, or rejection under section 3.855, 
        subdivision subdivisions 2 and 3.  If, when the legislature is 
        not in session, the commission fails to reject or modify salary 
        recommendations of the governor within 30 calendar days of their 
        receipt, the recommendations are deemed to be approved. 
           Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 85A.02, 
        subdivision 5a, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 5a.  [EMPLOYEES.] (a) The board shall appoint an 
        administrator who shall serve as the executive secretary and 
        principal administrative officer of the board and, subject to 
        its approval, the administrator shall operate the Minnesota 
        zoological garden and enforce all rules and policy decisions of 
        the board.  The administrator must be chosen solely on the basis 
        of training, experience, and other qualifications appropriate to 
        the field of zoo management and development.  The board shall 
        set the compensation for salary of the administrator within the 
        limits established for the commissioner of agriculture in 
        section 15A.081, subdivision 1.  The salary of the administrator 
        may not exceed 85 percent of the salary of the governor.  The 
        administrator shall perform duties assigned by the board 
        and shall serve serves in the unclassified service at the 
        pleasure of the board.  The administrator, with the 
        participation of the board, shall appoint a development director 
        in the unclassified service or contract with a development 
        consultant to establish mechanisms to foster community 
        participation in and community support for the Minnesota 
        zoological garden.  The board may employ other necessary 
        professional, technical, and clerical personnel.  Employees of 
        the zoological garden are eligible for salary supplement in the 
        same manner as employees of other state agencies.  The 
        commissioner of finance shall determine the amount of salary 
        supplement based on available funds. 
           (b) The board may contract with individuals to perform 
        professional services and may contract for the purchases of 
        necessary species exhibits, supplies, services, and equipment. 
        The board may also contract for the construction and operation 
        of entertainment facilities on the zoo grounds that are not 
        directly connected to ordinary functions of the zoological 
        garden.  The zoo board shall may not enter into any a final 
        agreement for construction of any an entertainment facility that 
        is not directly connected to the ordinary functions of the zoo 
        until after final construction plans have been submitted to the 
        chairs of the senate finance and house appropriations committees 
        for their recommendations. 
           The zoo may not contract for entertainment during the 
        period of the Minnesota state fair that would directly compete 
        with entertainment at the Minnesota state fair. 
           Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 298.22, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  (1) The office of governor shall appoint 
        the commissioner of iron range resources and rehabilitation is 
        created.  The commissioner shall be appointed by the governor 
        under the provisions of section 15.06. 
           (2) The commissioner may hold such other positions or 
        appointments as that are not incompatible with duties as 
        commissioner of iron range resources and rehabilitation.  The 
        commissioner may appoint a deputy commissioner.  All expenses of 
        the commissioner, including the payment of such assistance as 
        may be necessary, shall must be paid out of the amounts 
        appropriated by section 298.28.  The compensation salary of the 
        commissioner shall must be set by the legislative coordinating 
        commission and may not exceed the maximum salary set for the 
        commissioner of administration under section 15A.081, 
        subdivision 1 75 percent of the salary of the governor. 
           (3) When the commissioner shall determine determines that 
        distress and unemployment exists or may exist in the future in 
        any county by reason of the removal of natural resources or a 
        possibly limited use thereof of natural resources in the future 
        and the any resulting decrease in employment resulting 
        therefrom, now or hereafter, the commissioner may use such 
        whatever amounts of the appropriation made to the commissioner 
        of revenue in section 298.28 as that are determined to be 
        necessary and proper in the development of the remaining 
        resources of said the county and in the vocational training and 
        rehabilitation of its residents, except that the amount needed 
        to cover cost overruns awarded to a contractor by an arbitrator 
        in relation to a contract awarded by the commissioner or in 
        effect after July 1, 1985, is appropriated from the general 
        fund.  For the purposes of this section, "development of 
        remaining resources" includes, but is not limited to, the 
        promotion of tourism. 
           Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 349A.02, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [DIRECTOR.] A state lottery is established 
        under the supervision and control of the director of the state 
        lottery appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of 
        the senate.  The director must be qualified by experience and 
        training in the operation of a lottery to supervise the 
        lottery.  The director serves in the unclassified service.  The 
        annual salary rate authorized for the director is equal to 80 85 
        percent of the salary rate prescribed for the governor as of the 
        effective date of Laws 1993, chapter 146. 
           Sec. 16.  [SALARIES OF CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS, 
        LEGISLATORS, AND JUDGES.] 
           (a) The salaries of constitutional officers are increased 
        by 2.5 percent effective July 1, 1997, and by 2.5 percent 
        effective January 1, 1998. 
           (b) The salaries of legislators are increased by 5.0 
        percent effective January 4, 1999. 
           (c) The salaries of the judges of the supreme court, court 
        of appeals, and district court are increased by 4.0 percent 
        effective July 1, 1997, and by 5.0 percent effective January 1, 
        1998. 
           (d) Effective July 1, 1999, the salaries of judges of the 
        supreme court, court of appeals, and district court are 
        increased by the average of the general salary adjustments for 
        state employees in fiscal year 1998 provided by negotiated 
        collective bargaining agreements or arbitration awards ratified 
        by the legislature in the 1998 legislative session. 
           (e) Effective January 1, 2000, the salaries of judges of 
        the supreme court, court of appeals, and district court are 
        increased by the average of the general salary adjustments for 
        state employees in fiscal year 1999 provided by negotiated 
        collective bargaining agreements or arbitration awards ratified 
        by the legislature in the 1998 legislative session. 
           (f) The commissioner of employee relations shall calculate 
        the average of the general salary adjustments provided by 
        negotiated collective bargaining agreements or arbitration 
        awards ratified by the legislature in the 1998 legislative 
        session.  Negotiated collective bargaining agreements or 
        arbitration awards that do not include general salary 
        adjustments may not be included in these calculations.  The 
        commissioner shall weigh the general salary adjustments by the 
        number of full-time equivalent employees covered by each 
        agreement or arbitration award.  The commissioner shall 
        calculate the average general salary adjustment for each fiscal 
        year covered by the agreements or arbitration awards.  The 
        results of these calculations must be expressed as percentages, 
        rounded to the nearest one-tenth of one percent.  The 
        commissioner shall calculate the new salaries for the positions 
        listed in paragraphs (d) and (e) using the applicable 
        percentages from the calculations in this paragraph and report 
        them to the speaker of the house, the president of the senate, 
        the chief justice of the supreme court, and the governor. 
           Sec. 17.  [PHASE-IN OF SALARY INCREASES.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 15A.083, 
        subdivisions 6a and 7, the salary of an administrative law judge 
        or compensation judge may not exceed 85 percent of the salary of 
        a district court judge before July 1, 1998.  After June 30, 
        1998, the salary of an administrative law judge and a 
        compensation judge is governed by Minnesota Statutes, section 
        15A.083, subdivisions 6a and 7.  If an employee's current salary 
        exceeds the salary provided by this subdivision, the employee 
        retains that salary, but may not receive a salary increase until 
        the salary provided by this section exceeds the employee's 
        current salary. 
           (b) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 15A.083, 
        subdivision 6a, the salary of the assistant chief administrative 
        law judge and administrative law judge supervisors in the office 
        of administrative hearings is 90 percent of the salary of a 
        district court judge effective July 1, 1997.  After June 30, 
        1998, the salary of the assistant chief administrative law judge 
        and administrative law judge supervisors is governed by 
        Minnesota Statutes, section 15A.083, subdivision 6a.  If an 
        employee's current salary exceeds the salary provided by this 
        subdivision, the employee retains the salary, but may not 
        receive a salary increase until the salary provided by this 
        section exceeds the employee's current salary. 
           Sec. 18.  [REVISOR INSTRUCTION.] 
           The revisor of statutes shall substitute the reference 
        "section 15A.0815" for each reference to section 15A.081, 
        subdivisions 1, 7, and 7b, wherever they occur in the next 
        edition of Minnesota Statutes and Minnesota Rules. 
           Sec. 19.  [REPEALER.] 
           Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 15A.081, subdivisions 1 
        and 7, are repealed. 
           Sec. 20.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
           Sections 1 to 19 are effective retroactive to July 1, 1997. 
           Presented to the governor August 20, 1997 
           Signed by the governor August 22, 1997, 10:55 a.m.

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