language to be deleted (2) new language
relating to state government; regulating data protection for victims of violence;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 5B.02; 5B.03, subdivision 1; 5B.04; 5B.05; 5B.07, subdivision 1; 13.82, subdivision 24; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 13.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
(a) For purposes of this chapter and unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions in this section have the meanings given them.
(b) "Address" means a residential street address, school address, or work address of an individual, as specified on the individual's application to be a program participant under this chapter.
(c) "Applicant" means an adult, a parent or guardian acting on behalf of an eligible minor, or a guardian acting on behalf of an incapacitated person, as defined in section 524.5-102.
(d) "Domestic violence" means an act as defined in section 518B.01, subdivision 2, paragraph (a), and includes a threat of such acts committed against an individual in a domestic situation, regardless of whether these acts or threats have been reported to law enforcement officers.
(e) "Eligible person" means an adult, a minor, or an incapacitated person, as defined in section 524.5-102 for whom there is good reason to believe (i) that the eligible person is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or (ii) that the eligible person fears for the person's safety or the safety of persons on whose behalf the application is made. A person registered or required to register as a predatory offender under section 243.166 or 243.167, or the law of another jurisdiction, is not an eligible person.
(f) "Mail" means first class letters and flats delivered via the United States Postal Service, including priority, express, and certified mail, and excluding packages, parcels, periodicals, and catalogues, unless they are clearly identifiable as pharmaceuticals or clearly indicate that they are sent by a government agency.
(g) "Program participant" means an individual certified as a program participant under section 5B.03.
(h) "Stalking" means acts criminalized under section 609.749 and includes a threat of such acts committed against an individual, regardless of whether these acts or threats have been reported to law enforcement officers.
The secretary of state shall certify an eligible person as a program participant when the secretary receives an application that must contain:
(1) the name of the eligible person;
(2) a statement by the applicant that the applicant has good reason to believe (i) that the eligible person listed on the application is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, (ii) that the eligible person fears for the person's safety or the safety of persons on whose behalf the application is made, and (iii) that the eligible person is not applying for certification as a program participant in order to avoid prosecution for a crime;
(3) a designation of the secretary of state as agent for purposes of service of process and for the purpose of receipt of mail;
(4) the mailing address where the eligible person can be contacted by the secretary of state, and the phone number or numbers where the applicant or eligible person can be called by the secretary of state;
(5) the physical address or addresses of the eligible person, disclosure of which will increase the risk of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking;
(6) a statement whether the eligible person would like information on becoming an ongoing absentee ballot recipient pursuant to section 5B.06;
(7) a statement from the eligible person that gives the secretary of state consent to confirm the eligible person's participation in Safe at Home to a third party who provides the program participant's first and last name and Safe at Home lot number listed on the program participant's card;
(8) the signature of the applicant, an indicator of the applicant's authority to act on behalf of the eligible person, if appropriate, the name and signature of any individual or representative of any person who assisted in the preparation of the application, and the date on which the application was signed; and
(9) any other information as required by the secretary of state.
(a) If the program participant obtains a legal change of identity, the participant loses certification as a program participant.
(b) The secretary of state may cancel a program participant's certification if there is a change in the mailing address, unless the program participant or the person who signed as the applicant on behalf of an eligible person provides the secretary of state with at least two days' prior notice in writing of the change of address.
(c) The secretary of state may cancel certification of a program participant if mail forwarded by the secretary to the program participant's address is returned as nondeliverable.
The secretary of state shall cancel certification of a program participant who applies using false information.
(a) When a program participant presents the address designated by the secretary of state to any person, that address must be accepted as the address of the program participant.
(b) A program participant may use the address designated by the secretary of state as the program participant's work address.
(c) The Office of the Secretary of State shall forward all mail sent to the designated address to the proper program participants.
(a) Data related to applicants, eligible persons, and program participants are private data on individuals as defined by section 13.02, subdivision 12. A consent for release of the address from an applicant, eligible person, or program participant is not effective.
(b) A program participant's name and address maintained by a local government entity in connection with an active investigation or inspection of an alleged health code, building code, fire code, or city ordinance violation allegedly committed by the program participant are private data on individuals as defined in section 13.02.
Nothing in this chapter prohibits the exchange of information by law enforcement agencies provided the exchanged information is pertinent and necessary to the requesting agency in initiating, furthering, or completing an investigation, except not public personnel data.
Presented to the governor May 16, 2013
Signed by the governor May 20, 2013, 3:15 p.m.