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CHAPTER 97--S.F.No. 1354

An act

relating to local government; amending provisions relating to police and firefighters' civil service commissions and employees of police and fire departments;

amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 420.03; 420.04; 420.16.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 420.03, is amended to read:


Except in a city having a combined police and firefighters' civil service commission, the commission shall consist of three members who are citizens of the state and resident of such city, and shall be appointed by the council of the city, and when first created one commissioner shall be appointed for the term of one year, who shall be president of the commission, one for the term of two years, and one for the term of three years, and all commissioners shall hold office until their successors are appointed and qualified. The council may remove any commissioner who in the judgment of the council has willfully violated any of the provisions of sections 420.01 to 420.16. No commissioner shall, at the time of appointment or while serving, hold any other office or employment under the city, the United States, the state of Minnesota, or any public corporation or political division thereof, other than the office of notary public or member of a civil service commission for police officers or other municipal personnel. Each commissioner, before entering upon duties, shall subscribe and file with the city clerk, an oath for the faithful discharge of the duties. Except in a city having a combined police and firefighters' civil service commission, there shall be appointed each year thereafter by the council one member of the commission whose term of office shall be for three years, and each member of the commission shall be president during the last year of the term. All vacancies in the commission shall be filled by appointment by the council within 30 90 days after the vacancy occurs.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 420.04, is amended to read:

420.04 MEETINGS.

The commission shall first meet immediately after its appointment and thereafter on the first Monday in February of each year at which meetings it shall select from its members a secretary who shall serve until a successor is elected. The commission shall, from time to time, fix the times of its meetings, and adopt, amend, and alter rules for its procedure. All meetings shall be held and all records must be kept at the city hall.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 420.16, is amended to read:


An applicant for examination, appointment, or promotion in the fire prevention service of the city who shall, either directly or indirectly, give, render, or pay or promote to give, render, or pay any money, service, or other thing to any person for or on account of or in connection with the applicant's examination, appointment, or proposed appointment or promotion, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to suspension or removal.

Any officer or employee of the fire department, when operated under civil service in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, who shall in any manner directly or indirectly solicit, receive, or pay, or be in any manner concerned in soliciting, receiving, or paying any assessment, subscription, or contribution for any party or political purpose shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to suspension or removal.

Any person who shall solicit or receive directly or indirectly, or be in any manner concerned in soliciting or receiving any assessment, contribution, or payment for any political purpose from any officer or employee in a fire department operated under civil service as in this chapter provided for, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Presented to the governor May 26, 2017

Signed by the governor May 30, 2017, 6:15 p.m.