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                            CHAPTER 135-S.F.No. 1015 
                  An act relating to veterans affairs; permitting the 
                  commissioner of veterans affairs access to taxpayer 
                  identification information to notify veterans of 
                  health hazards that might affect them; amending 
                  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 270B.14, by adding a 
                  subdivision. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 270B.14, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 18.  [DISCLOSURE TO COMMISSIONER OF VETERANS 
        AFFAIRS.] (a) At the request of the commissioner of veterans 
        affairs, the commissioner may disclose return information to the 
        extent provided in paragraph (b) and for the purposes provided 
        in paragraph (c). 
           (b) Data that may be disclosed are limited to the 
        taxpayer's identity, as defined in section 270B.01, subdivision 
        5. 
           (c) The commissioner of veterans affairs may request data 
        only for the purposes of locating and notifying individual 
        veterans of health hazards, including, but not limited to, 
        hearing loss, chemical, biological, and radiation exposure, Gulf 
        War Syndrome, and other injuries as they become recognized as a 
        result of their service in the armed forces of the United States 
        and for the purpose of notifying veterans, their dependents, and 
        survivors of veterans of potential benefits to which they may be 
        entitled, including, but not limited to, eligibility for health 
        care assistance for post-traumatic stress disorders and chemical 
        dependency treatment as well as physical injuries.  Requests for 
        data by the commissioner of veterans affairs must be in writing 
        and state the purpose of the request. 
           Sec. 2.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
           Section 1 is effective the day following final enactment. 
           Presented to the governor February 26, 2004 
           Signed by the governor February 26, 2004, 12:25 p.m.