CHAPTER 350--S.F.No. 1060
relating to transportation; modifying management, priorities, research, and planning provisions related to Department of Transportation; requiring reports;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 161.53; 165.03, by adding a subdivision; 174.02, subdivision 1a, by adding a subdivision; 174.03, subdivision 1a, by adding a subdivision; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 167; 174.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
161.53 RESEARCH ACTIVITIES.
The commissioner may set aside in each fiscal year up to two percent of the total amount of all funds appropriated to the commissioner other than county state-aid and municipal state-aid highway funds for transportation research including public and private research partnerships. The commissioner shall spend this money for (1) research to improve the design, construction, maintenance, management, and environmental compatibility of transportation systems; (2) research on transportation policies that enhance energy efficiency and economic development; (3) programs for implementing and monitoring research results; and (4) development of transportation education and outreach activities.
Of all funds appropriated to the commissioner other than state-aid funds, the commissioner shall spend at least 0.1 percent, but not exceeding $1,200,000 in any fiscal year, for research and related activities performed by the Center for Transportation Studies of the University of Minnesota. The center shall establish a technology transfer and training center for Minnesota transportation professionals.
Mission; efficiency; legislative report, recommendations.
It is part of the department's mission that within the department's resources the commissioner shall endeavor to:
(1) prevent the waste or unnecessary spending of public money;
(2) use innovative fiscal and human resource practices to manage the state's resources and operate the department as efficiently as possible;
(3) minimize the degradation of air and water quality;
(4) coordinate the department's activities wherever appropriate with the activities of other governmental agencies;
(5) use technology where appropriate to increase agency productivity, improve customer service, increase public access to information about government, and increase public participation in the business of government;
(6) utilize constructive and cooperative labor-management practices to the extent otherwise required by chapters 43A and 179A;
report to the legislature on the performance of agency operations and the accomplishment of agency goals in the agency's biennial budget according to section 16A.10, subdivision 1; and
(8) recommend to the legislature appropriate changes in law necessary to carry out the mission and improve the performance of the department.
Revision of state transportation plan.
The commissioner shall revise the state transportation plan by January 1, 1996, January 1, 2000, and, if the requirements of clauses (1) and (2) have been met in the previous revision , by January 1 of every third even-numbered year thereafter. Before final adoption of a revised plan, the commissioner shall hold a hearing to receive public comment on the preliminary draft of the revised plan.
The revised state transportation plan must:
(1) incorporate the goals of the state transportation system in section 174.01; and
(2) establish objectives, policies, and strategies for achieving those goals.
Presented to the governor May 12, 2010
Signed by the governor May 14, 2010, 8:01 p.m.