language to be deleted (2) new language
relating to economic development; authorizing redevelopment demolition loans; eliminating a semiannual report; establishing a small business advocate office in the Business Assistance Center; granting Albert Lea the authority to establish an industrial sewer charge rebate program;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 116J.555, subdivision 2; 116J.571; 116J.572; 116J.575, by adding a subdivision; 116J.66; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 116J.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
(a) In making grants, the commissioner shall establish semiannual application deadlines in which grants will be authorized from all or part of the available appropriations of money in the account.
(b) After each semiannual cycle in which grants are awarded, the commissioner shall report to the environment and natural resources committees of the senate and house of representatives, the Finance Division of the senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, and the house of representatives Committee on Environment and Natural Resources finance the grants awarded and appropriate supporting information describing each grant made. This report must be made within 30 days after the grants are awarded.
(c) The commissioner shall annually report to the legislative committees in paragraph (b) on the status of the cleanup projects undertaken under grants made under the programs. The commissioner shall include in the annual report information on the cleanup and development activities undertaken for the grants made in that and previous fiscal years. The commissioner shall make this report no later than 120 days after the end of the fiscal year.
Two redevelopment accounts are created, one in the general fund and one in the bond proceeds fund. Money in the accounts may be used to make grants as provided in section 116J.575 and to pay for the commissioner's costs in reviewing applications and making grants.
"Development authority" includes a statutory or home rule charter city, county, housing and redevelopment authority, economic development authority, or port authority.
"Metropolitan area" means the seven-county metropolitan area, as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2.
"Municipality" means the statutory or home rule charter city, town, or, in the case of unorganized territory, county in which the redevelopment is located.
"Redevelopment costs" or "costs" means the costs of land acquisition, stabilizing unstable soils when infill is required, demolition, infrastructure improvements, and ponding or other environmental infrastructure and costs necessary for adaptive reuse of buildings, including remedial activities.
The commissioner shall establish within the department a business assistance center. The center shall consist of (1) a Bureau of Small Business which shall have as its sole function the provision of assistance to small businesses in the state and (2) a bureau of licenses to assist all businesses in obtaining state licenses and permits. This center shall be accorded at least equal status with the other major operating units within the department.
Presented to the governor May 7, 2012
Signed by the governor May 10, 2012, 12:43 p.m.