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                            CHAPTER 245-H.F.No. 2612 
                  An act relating to occupations; revising circumstances 
                  in which the signature of a licensed architect, 
                  licensed engineer, licensed land surveyor, licensed 
                  landscape architect, licensed geoscientist, or 
                  certified interior designer is required; amending 
                  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 326.12, subdivision 3.
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 326.12, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [CERTIFIED SIGNATURE.] Each plan, drawing, 
        specification, plat, report, or other document which under 
        sections 326.02 to 326.15 is prepared by a licensed architect, 
        licensed engineer, licensed land surveyor, licensed landscape 
        architect, licensed geoscientist, or certified interior designer 
        must bear the signature of the licensed or certified person 
        preparing it, or the signature of the licensed or certified 
        person under whose direct supervision it was prepared.  Each 
        signature shall be accompanied by a certification that the 
        signer is licensed or certified under sections 326.02 to 326.15, 
        by the person's license or certificate number, and by the date 
        on which the signature was affixed.  The provisions of this 
        paragraph shall not apply to any plans, drawings, 
        specifications, plats, reports, or other documents of an 
        intraoffice or intracompany nature.  A government agency or 
        local unit of government need sign and certify only the title 
        page or first page of a highway construction document that is 
        described in this subdivision; provided that all other pages 
        must have printed or stamped on them a facsimile signature and 
        the information required by this subdivision.  The stamp or 
        printed signature has the same force and effect as an actual 
        signature or that are considered to be drafts or of a 
        preliminary, schematic, or design development nature by licensed 
        or certified individuals who would normally be responsible for 
        their preparation.  The required signature and certification 
        must appear on all pages of plans and drawings that must be 
        signed, but only on the first page of specifications, plats, 
        reports, or other documents that must be signed.  A stamp, 
        printed signature, or electronically created signature has the 
        same force and effect as an actual signature if it creates an 
        accurate depiction of the licensed or certified professional's 
        actual signature.  
           Sec. 2.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
           Section 1 is effective the day following final enactment. 
           Presented to the governor March 13, 2002 
           Signed by the governor March 15, 2002, 12:10 p.m.