language to be deleted (2) new language
relating to the military; expanding eligibility for the salary differential program for state employees ordered into active military service; permitting military personnel stationed outside Minnesota to use state parks without fee while home on leave; providing leave without pay to family members of soldiers wounded or killed while in active service, and for family members of deployed soldiers to attend send-off or homecoming ceremonies; establishing a policy statement supportive of military service; providing certain job protections for persons ordered into active military service; adding cross-references; directing institutions of higher education to provide credit for military training and experience for veterans; clarifying law governing renewal of occupational licenses and professional certifications during and following active military service; authorizing National Guard security guard employees to carry certain weapons; authorizing the placement of plaques honoring certain veterans in the Court of Honor;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2004, sections 85.053, by adding a subdivision; 190.055; 326.56; 609.67, subdivisions 3, 5; 626.88, subdivision 1; Minnesota Statutes 2005 Supplement, sections 43A.183; 192.502, by adding subdivisions; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 181; 190; 197.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
(a) Each agency head shall pay to each eligible member of the National Guard or other reserve component of the United States armed forces an amount equal to the person's salary differential for each month or portion of month that the person is ordered to serve in active military service. The person's salary differential is calculated as
the difference between:
(1) the person's monthly total gross earnings as an active state employee, excluding any overtime pay received but including all other earnings, averaged over the last three full months of the person's active state employment prior to reporting to active military service, and including any additional salary or earnings adjustments that the person would have received at any time during the person's military leave had the person been serving as an active state employee during that time; and
(2) the person's monthly base pay in active military service.
This payment may be made only to a person for whom the amount in clause (1) is greater than the amount in clause (2). Payments must be made at the intervals at which the member received pay as a state employee, except that any back pay due under this section may be paid as a lump sum. Payment under this section must not extend beyond four years from the date the employee reported for active service, plus any additional time the employee may be legally required to serve. An eligible member of the National Guard or other reserve component of the United States armed forces may apply for the pay differential benefits authorized under this section prior to, during, or following the person's active military service on or after May 29, 2003.
(b) An eligible member of the reserve components
of the United States armed forces is a reservist or National Guard member who was an employee of the state of Minnesota at the time the member took military leave under section 192.261 to report for active military service
(c) For purposes of this section, an employee of the state is an employee of the executive, judicial, or legislative branch of state government or an employee of the Minnesota State Retirement System, the Public Employee Retirement Association, or the Teachers Retirement Association.
(d) For purposes of this section, the term "Active service" has the meaning given in section 190.05, subdivision 5, but excludes service performed exclusively for purposes of:
(1) basic combat training, advanced individual training, annual training, and periodic inactive duty training;
(2) special training periodically made available to reserve members;
(3) service performed in accordance with section 190.08, subdivision 3; and
(4) service performed as part of the active guard/reserve program pursuant to United States Code, title 32, section 502(f), or other applicable authority.
(e) The agency head must continue the employee's enrollment in health and dental coverage, and the employer contribution toward that coverage, until the employee reports for active military service. If the employee had elected dependent coverage for health or dental coverage as of the time that the employee reported for active service, the agency head must offer the employee the option to continue the dependent coverage at the employee's own expense. The agency head must permit the employee to continue participating in any pretax account in which the employee participated when the employee reported for active service, to the extent of employee pay available for that purpose. An employee who has opted to continue a permitted benefit may cancel that continuation at any time during the person's military leave by written notification from the employee, or from the employee's designated attorney-in-fact under a power of attorney, to the agency head or the commissioner of employee relations.
(f) The agency head must periodically inform in writing all agency personnel who are or may be members of the reserve component of the United States armed forces of the benefits provided under this section and of the procedures relevant to securing those benefits, including, but not limited to, any procedures regarding the continuation and discontinuation of any optional deductions. It will suffice to meet this requirement if the agency head posts the information on the agency Web site in a highly recognizable manner that can be easily found and understood by the employees to whom it might apply.
Upon being ordered to active duty, the employee must notify the agency head of that order in a timely manner and must provide to the agency head the name of and contact information for the employee's designated attorney-in-fact under a power of attorney. Prior to the commencement of the employee's military leave, the agency head must ensure the agency's receipt of that information and immediately convey that information to the commissioners of finance and employee relations, including any subsequent change in that designation by the employee. When communicating with the employee during the person's military leave, the agency head and the commissioners of finance and employee relations must immediately provide a copy of the communication to the employee's designated attorney-in-fact. Those officials must also honor requests for information or other appropriate directives from that designee on behalf of the employee during the employee's military leave.
(g) The commissioners of employee relations and finance shall adopt procedures required to implement this section. The procedures are exempt from chapter 14.
(h) This section does not apply to a judge, legislator, or constitutional officer of the executive branch.
A person called or ordered to active service, as defined in section 190.05, subdivision 5a or 5b, has all the protections afforded to persons in the military service of the United States under
the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act of 1940, United States Code, Appendix 50, sections 501 to 548, and 560 to 591, as amended.
For the purposes of this section the terms defined in this subdivision shall have the meanings ascribed to them.
"Employment essential to the prosecution of any war and to the national defense" means employment by the United States of America, any of its agencies, or any contractor under the United States of America, or subcontractor under such contractor, in work connected with the prosecution of war or for the defense of the United States of America and others of the United Nations during war.
(2) "Outside of the United States" means outside of the territorial limits of the 50 states of the United States and the District of Columbia.
any person required by law to be licensed or registered in order to carry on or practice a trade, employment, occupation or profession in the state of Minnesota who is also required by law to renew the license or certificate of registration at stated intervals and to pay a fee for such renewal on or before a specified date, or be subject to revocation of the license or certificate or other penalties, who has since the enactment by the Congress of the United States of the Selective Service and Training Act of 1940 entered, or shall hereafter enter, the armed forces of the United States of America, or who has since the enactment of said act been engaged, or shall hereafter be engaged, in employment, outside of the United States, essential to the prosecution of any war or to the national defense, whose license or certificate of registration was effective at the time of entry into the armed forces or engagement in the employment aforesaid, is hereby exempted from the payment of all renewal fees and from the filing of any application for renewal, which but for this section would have been required as a condition of the renewal of the license or certificate, during the time the person has been in such armed forces or in such employment, and from any penalties for nonpayment or late payment, and is hereby exempted from further payment of such renewal fees and from the making of any application for renewal during the period the person shall remain in such armed forces or is engaged in such employment, and for a further period of six months from discharge from the armed forces, if a member thereof, or from the date of return within the boundaries of the United States if engaged in the employment hereinbefore referred to. The license or certificate in the meantime shall remain in full force and effect, and if it has been canceled or revoked since the date of the enactment of the Selective Service and Training Act of 1940 solely on the ground of nonpayment of renewal fees, or failure to apply for a renewal, it shall be reinstated upon the application of the licensee or registrant or any one on the licensee's or registrant's behalf without the payment of any penalties or costs. Any such person may within six months from the date of release from the armed forces of the United States, if the person has been a member of such armed forces, or from the date of return within the boundaries of the United States if the person has been engaged in employment hereinbefore referred to, make application for a renewal of the license or certificate without penalty and in the same manner as if the person had made application therefor at the time or time specified by existing laws.
The following persons may own or possess a machine gun or short-barreled shotgun provided the provisions of subdivision 4 are complied with:
(1) law enforcement officers for use in the course of their duties;
(2) chief executive officers of correctional facilities and other personnel thereof authorized by them and persons in charge of other institutions for the retention of persons convicted or accused of crime, for use in the course of their duties;
(3) persons possessing machine guns or short-barreled shotguns which, although designed as weapons, have been determined by the superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension or the superintendent's delegate by reason of the date of manufacture, value, design or other characteristics to be primarily collector's items, relics, museum pieces or objects of curiosity, ornaments or keepsakes, and are not likely to be used as weapons;
(4) manufacturers of ammunition who possess and use machine guns for the sole purpose of testing ammunition manufactured for sale to federal and state agencies or political subdivisions; and
(5) dealers and manufacturers who are federally licensed to buy and sell, or manufacture machine guns or short-barreled shotguns and who either use the machine guns or short-barreled shotguns in peace officer training under courses approved by the Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training, or are engaged in the sale of machine guns or short-barreled shotguns to federal and state agencies or political subdivisions.
This section does not apply to members of the armed services of either the United States or the state of Minnesota for use in the course of their duties.
(a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the meanings given them.
(b) "Peace officer" means an employee of a political subdivision or state law enforcement agency who is licensed pursuant to sections 626.84 to 626.863 charged with the prevention and detection of crime and the enforcement of the general criminal laws of the state and who has full power of arrest, and shall also include Minnesota state troopers, state conservation officers, park police, constables, and University of Minnesota police officers.
(c) "Security guard" means any person who is paid a fee, wage or salary to perform one or more of the following functions:
(1) prevention or detection of intrusion, unauthorized entry or activity, vandalism or trespass on private property;
(2) prevention or detection of theft, loss, embezzlement, misappropriation, or concealment of merchandise, money, bonds, stocks, notes, or other valuable documents or papers;
(3) control, regulation, or direction of the flow or movements of the public, whether by vehicle or otherwise, to assure protection of private property;
(4) protection of individuals from bodily harm; or
(5) enforcement of policies and rules of the security guard's employer related to crime reduction insofar as such enforcement falls within the scope of security guard's duties.
The term "security guard" does not include: (i) auditors, accountants, and accounting personnel performing audits or accounting functions; (ii) employees of a firm licensed pursuant to section 326.3381 whose duties are primarily administrative or clerical in nature; (iii) unarmed security personnel; (iv) personnel temporarily employed pursuant to statute or ordinance by political subdivisions to provide protective services at social functions; (v) employees of air or rail carriers.
Presented to the governor May 22, 2006
Signed by the governor June 1, 2006, 9:45 p.m.