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CHAPTER 455-S.F.No. 2521 An act relating to local government; establishing standards for the creation of corporations by political subdivisions; providing for the continuation of existing corporations created by political subdivisions; clarifying the application of chapter 238 to municipalities; providing for the number and requirements for appointment of certain housing and redevelopment authority members; amending Minnesota Statutes 1998, sections 238.08, subdivision 3; 469.003, subdivision 5; 469.006, subdivisions 1 and 2; and 469.011, subdivision 4; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 465; repealing Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 465.715, subdivisions 1, 2, and 3; Minnesota Statutes 1999 Supplement, section 465.715, subdivision 1a. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: ARTICLE 1 CORPORATIONS CREATED BY POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS Section 1. [465.717] [CREATION OF CORPORATIONS BY POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS.] Subdivision 1. [STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION REQUIRED.] A county, home rule charter city, statutory city, town, school district, or other political subdivision, including a joint powers entity operating under section 471.59, may not create a corporation, whether for profit or not for profit, unless explicitly authorized to do so by law. Subd. 2. [AUTHORITY TO INCORPORATE A JOINT POWERS ENTITY.] A joint powers entity created under section 471.59 may incorporate itself as a nonprofit under chapter 317A. A corporation created under this subdivision shall comply with every law that applies to the participating political subdivisions and shall possess no greater authority or power than that held by the joint powers entity itself. Sec. 2. [465.719] [EXISTING CORPORATIONS CREATED BY POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS.] Subdivision 1. [DEFINITIONS.] The following definitions apply to this section: (a) "Political subdivision" means a county, a statutory or home rule charter city, a town, a school district, or other political subdivision of the state. Political subdivision includes a political subdivision acting individually or jointly as provided under section 471.59. (b) "Corporation" means a corporation created by a political subdivision before May 31, 1997, in which (1) the corporation's articles of incorporation or bylaws provide for the governing body of the political subdivision to serve as a corporation's governing board; (2) the articles of incorporation or bylaws provide for appointed officials of the political subdivision or members of the governing body of the political subdivision or both to be automatically appointed to the board solely by virtue of their appointment or election to office and they constitute a majority of the corporation's board members; or (3) the governing body of the political subdivision approves the budget or expenditures of the corporation for purposes other than those related to oversight of public grants or loans made to the corporation under a competitive process for which other entities are eligible. Corporation does not include: (1) a corporation established under chapters 453, 453A, or sections 119A.374 to 119A.376; 245.62 to 245.66; (2) a nonprofit corporation created to raise funds for use by a political subdivision if less than a majority of the board of directors of the corporation are members of the governing body of the political subdivision appointed to the board of directors by virtue of their election to office; or (3) a corporation created by a political subdivision pursuant to state statute or special law or federal law. Subd. 2. [RESOLUTION REQUIRED.] In order to provide for the continued existence of a corporation created by a political subdivision, the political subdivision, or its successor, that created the corporation must adopt a resolution at a regularly scheduled meeting of the governing body of the political subdivision. The resolution must include the information required in subdivisions 4 to 9. A certified copy of the resolution must be filed with the secretary of state. If a resolution is not adopted within three years of the effective date of this section, the board of directors of the corporation shall direct and authorize an officer or designee of the corporation to file with the secretary of state immediately a notice of intent to dissolve the corporation and then as soon as possible, complete dissolution of the corporation as provided in the corporation's articles of incorporation and bylaws, and the law under which the corporation was formed. Subd. 3. [AMENDED ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION, BYLAWS.] If the political subdivision adopts a resolution under subdivision 2, the board of directors of the corporation shall direct and authorize an officer or designee of the corporation to file amended articles of incorporation, if necessary, as soon as practicable after adoption of the resolution to make the articles of incorporation consistent with the resolution and to provide for the application of the laws under subdivision 9. Thereafter, the corporation may not amend its articles of incorporation unless the political subdivision adopts a resolution in support of the change as provided in subdivision 2 for ratifying existing corporations and a certified copy of the resolution is attached to the amended articles of incorporation filed with the secretary of state. Subd. 4. [EXISTING CONTRACTS.] If on the effective date of this section the corporation has contracts or other obligations that are inconsistent with any requirement of this section, the resolution may provide for the delayed application of that requirement for the time necessary to avoid a breach or impairment of the contract or obligation. Subd. 5. [NEED FOR CORPORATION.] The resolution must make a detailed and specific finding regarding the purpose of the corporation, and why the corporation is the best alternative for accomplishing the purpose. Subd. 6. [AUTHORITIES AND POWERS OF CORPORATION LIMITED.] The resolution must specify what authorities and powers the corporation possesses. The authorities and powers of the corporation must not exceed the authorities and powers of the political subdivision that created it, except as otherwise authorized in this section. Subd. 7. [BOARD MEMBERSHIP.] If a majority of the corporation's governing board includes elected or appointed officials of the political subdivision creating the corporation, the resolution must make a detailed and specific finding regarding the purpose of those officials serving on the board, and why the corporation cannot accomplish its purpose unless those officials serve on the board. Alternatively, the resolution may provide for other board membership and the articles of incorporation amended to be consistent with the resolution. Subd. 8. [ALLOCATION OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES.] If the political subdivision that created the corporation is a joint powers board, the joint powers agreement and the resolution must specify how the assets and liabilities of the corporation are allocated or attributed to each member of the joint powers board, including, but not limited to, for the purposes of any applicable levy or debt limits. If a corporation is created by more than one political subdivision, each political subdivision that ratifies creation of the corporation must adopt a resolution required by this section and, among other requirements, each resolution must specify and agree with the resolution of the other political subdivisions as to how the assets and liabilities of the corporation are allocated or attributed to each political subdivision, including, but not limited to, for the purposes of any applicable levy or debt limits. Subd. 9. [APPLICATION OF OTHER LAWS.] A corporation created by a political subdivision under this section must comply with every law that applies to the political subdivision, as if the corporation is a part of the political subdivision, unless the resolution ratifying creation of the corporation specifically exempts the corporation from part or all of a law. If the resolution exempts the corporation from part or all of a law, the resolution must make a detailed and specific finding as to why the corporation cannot fulfill its purpose if the corporation is subject to that law. A corporation may not be exempted from section 471.705, the Minnesota Open Meeting Law, sections 138.163 to 138.25, governing records management, or chapter 13, the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. Any affected or interested person may bring an action in district court to void the resolution on the grounds that the findings are not sufficiently detailed and specific, or that the corporation can fulfill its purpose if it is subject to the law from which the resolution exempts the corporation. Laws that apply to a political subdivision that also apply to a corporation created by a political subdivision under this subdivision include, but are not limited to: (1) section 471.705, the Minnesota Open Meeting Law; (2) chapter 13, the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act; (3) section 471.345, the Uniform Municipal Contracting Law; (4) sections 43A.17, limiting the compensation of employees based on the governor's salary; 471.991 to 471.999, providing for equitable pay; and 465.72 and 465.722, governing severance pay; (5) section 275.065, providing for truth-in-taxation hearings. If any tax revenues of the political subdivision will be appropriated to the corporation, the corporation's annual operating and capital budgets must be included in the truth-in-taxation hearing of the political subdivision that created the corporation; (6) if the corporation issues debt, its debt is included in the political subdivision's debt limit if it would be included if issued by the political subdivision, and issuance of the debt is subject to the election and other requirements of chapter 475 and section 471.69; (7) section 471.895, prohibiting acceptance of gifts from interested parties, and sections 471.87 to 471.89, relating to interests in contracts; (8) chapter 466, relating to municipal tort liability; (9) chapter 118A, requiring deposit insurance or bond or pledged collateral for deposits; (10) chapter 118A, restricting investments; (11) section 471.346, requiring ownership of vehicles to be identified; (12) sections 471.38 to 471.41, requiring claims to be in writing, itemized, and approved by the governing board before payment can be made; and (13) the corporation cannot make advances of pay, make or guarantee loans to employees, or provide in-kind benefits unless authorized by law. Subd. 10. [THREE-YEAR REVIEW OF APPLICABILITY OF OTHER LAWS.] At least every three years after adoption of a resolution that exempts a corporation from part or all of a law under subdivision 9, the political subdivision must review the activities of the corporation and whether the exemption should continue to apply to the corporation. The political subdivision must conduct the review at a regularly scheduled meeting of its governing body. The political subdivision must adopt a resolution to continue any exemption and a certified copy of the resolution must be filed with the secretary of state. The political subdivision cannot exempt the corporation from a law for the first time under the review process of this subdivision. Subd. 11. [TAXES USED FOR PUBLIC PURPOSE.] If the political subdivision has authority under other law to appropriate tax revenues for use by the corporation, those funds must be appropriated and used only for public purposes. Subd. 12. [AUDIT.] A corporation created by a political subdivision that receives public money from the political subdivision, other than grants or loans made under a competitive process for which other entities are eligible, must be audited annually by either a certified public accountant or the state auditor. Except as provided below, the audit report must be presented at a regularly scheduled meeting of the governing body of the political subdivision that created the corporation. The audit report must be made available to individuals after presentation of the audit report to the governing body of the political subdivision. The data classification of an audit performed by the office of the state auditor is governed by chapter 6. Subd. 13. [STATE AUDITOR POWERS.] The state auditor has the same powers with regard to a corporation created by a political subdivision as the state auditor has with regard to the political subdivision that created the corporation. Subd. 14. [DATA CLASSIFICATION.] The following data created, collected, or maintained by a corporation subject to this section are classified as private data under section 13.02, subdivision 12, or as nonpublic data under section 13.02, subdivision 9: (1) data relating either (i) to private businesses consisting of financial statements, credit reports, audits, business plans, income and expense projections, customer lists, balance sheets, income tax returns, and design, market, and feasibility studies not paid for with public funds, or (ii) to enterprises operated by the corporation that are in competition with entities offering similar goods and services, so long as the data are not generally known or readily ascertainable by proper means and disclosure of specific data would cause harm to the competitive position of the enterprise or private business, provided that the goods or services do not require a tax levy; and (2) any data identified in section 13.491 collected or received by a transit organization. Sec. 3. [CLARIFICATION.] Existing corporations that reported to the state auditor under Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 465.715, subdivision 3, but do not meet the definition of a corporation under section 2, subdivision 1, paragraph (b), remain as established and are not affected by this act or by Minnesota Statutes, section 465.715. Sec. 4. [REPEALER.] Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 465.715, subdivisions 1, 2, and 3; and Minnesota Statutes 1999 Supplement, section 465.715, subdivision 1a, are repealed. ARTICLE 2 MISCELLANEOUS Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 238.08, subdivision 3, is amended to read: Subd. 3. [MUNICIPAL OPERATION.] Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to limit any municipality from the right to construct, purchase, and operate
acable communications systemsystems, or, to operate facilities and channels for community television, including, but not limited to, public, educational, and governmental access and local origination programming. Any municipal system, including the operation of community television by a municipality, shall be subject to this chapter to the same extent as would any nonpublic cable communications system. Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 469.003, subdivision 5, is amended to read: Subd. 5. [COMMISSIONERS.] An authority shall consist of fiveup to seven commissioners, who shall be residents of the area of operation of the authority, who shall be appointed after the resolution becomes finally effective. If any additional commissioners are appointed, one of the commissioners must be appointed in accordance with the requirements of Code of Federal Regulations, title 24, part 964. Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 469.006, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.] When the governing body of a county adopts a resolution under section 469.004, the governing body shall appoint five persons or the number of commissioners for the governing body, plus up to two additional commissioners, as commissioners of the county authority. If any additional commissioners are appointed, one of the commissioners must be appointed in accordance with the requirements of Code of Federal Regulations, title 24, part 964. The membership of the commission will reflect an areawide distribution on a representative basis. The commissioners who are first appointed shall be designated to serve for terms of one, two, three, four, and five years respectively, from the date of their appointment. Thereafter commissioners shall be appointed for a term of office of five years except that all vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term. Persons may be appointed as commissioners if they reside within the boundaries or area, and are otherwise eligible for the appointments under sections 469.001 to 469.047. Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 469.006, subdivision 2, is amended to read: Subd. 2. [MULTICOUNTY COMMISSIONERS.] The governing body in the case of a county, and the mayor with the approval of the governing body in the case of a city, of each political subdivision included in a multicounty authority shall appoint one person as a commissioner of the authority at or after the time of the adoption of the resolution establishing the authority. In the case of a multicounty authority comprising only two or three political subdivisions, the appointing authorities of the participating political subdivisions shall each appoint one additional commissioner whose term of office shall be as provided for a commissioner of a multicounty authority. If any additional commissioners are appointed, one of the commissioners must be appointed in accordance with the requirements of Code of Federal Regulations, title 24, part 964. In the case of a multicounty authority comprising more than three political subdivisions, the appointing authorities of the participating political subdivisions may each appoint one additional commissioner whose term of office shall be as provided for a commissioner of a multicounty authority. The housing and redevelopment authority board of commissioners of a multicounty authority may appoint one or two additional commissioners in order to comply with the requirements of Code of Federal Regulations, title 24, part 964. The appointment must be approved by a majority of the commissioners of each of the political subdivisions comprising the multicounty authority. When the area of operation of a multicounty authority is increased to include an additional political subdivision, the appointing authority of each additional political subdivision shall appoint one or, if appropriate, two commissioners of the multicounty authority. The appointing authority of each political subdivision shall appoint the successors of the commissioner appointed by it. The commissioners of a multicounty authority shall be appointed for terms of five years except that all vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired terms. Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 469.011, subdivision 4, is amended to read: Subd. 4. [EXPENSES; COMPENSATION.] Each commissioner may receive necessary expenses, including traveling expenses, incurred in the performance of duties. Each commissioner may be paid up to $55$75 for attending each regular and special meeting of the authority. Commissioners who are full-time state employees or full-time employees of the political subdivisions of the state may not receive the daily payment, but they may suffer no loss in compensation or benefits from the state or a political subdivision as a result of their service on the board. Commissioners who are elected officials may receive the daily payment for a particular day only if they do not receive any other daily payment for public service on that day. Commissioners who are full-time state employees or full-time employees of the political subdivisions of the state may receive the expenses provided for in this subdivision unless the expenses are reimbursed by another source. Sec. 6. [WASHINGTON COUNTY HRA INCREASED TO SEVEN.] Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 469.006, subdivision 1, the Washington county housing and redevelopment authority has seven members. The county board must appoint one member from each county commissioner district after receiving a recommendation for the position from the district's county commissioner. One housing and redevelopment commissioner must be appointed by the county board to represent the county at large. One authority member must be appointed by the county board from among county residents who are directly assisted by the public housing agency as defined in Code of Federal Regulations, title 24, part 964. The first appointee to an at-large position serves for two years; thereafter the term is three years. The first appointee to the position requiring one directly assisted by the public housing agency serves for one year; thereafter the term is three years. Sec. 7. [EFFECTIVE DATE; LOCAL APPROVAL.] Section 6 is effective the day after the governing body of Washington county and its chief clerical officer timely complete their compliance with Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021, subdivisions 2 and 3. Presented to the governor May 2, 2000 Signed by the governor May 5, 2000, 10:50 a.m.