language to be deleted (2) new language
relating to higher education; making clarifying and technical changes to loan forgiveness programs; ratifying certain higher education labor agreements;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 136A.1791, subdivision 8; 136A.1795, subdivision 2; 136A.901, subdivision 1; Minnesota Statutes 2017 Supplement, section 136A.1789, subdivision 2; Laws 2017, chapter 89, article 1, section 2, subdivisions 20, 31, 32, 33, 34.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
(a) An aviation degree loan forgiveness program account is established to provide qualified pilots and qualified aircraft technicians with financial assistance in repaying qualified education loans. The commissioner must use money from the account to establish and administer the aviation degree loan forgiveness program.
(b) Appropriations made to the aviation degree loan forgiveness program account do not cancel and are available until expended.
A teacher shortage loan forgiveness repayment fund is created for depositing money appropriated to or received by the commissioner for the program. Money deposited in the fund shall not revert to any state fund at the end of any fiscal year but remains in the loan forgiveness repayment fund and is continuously available for loan forgiveness under this section.
(a) The commissioner shall establish and administer a loan forgiveness program for large animal veterinarians who:
(1) agree to practice in designated rural areas that are considered underserved; and
(2) work full time in a practice that is at least 50 percent involved with the care of food animals.
Appropriations made to the program do not cancel and are available until expended.
The commissioner shall establish a grant program to award grants to institutions in Minnesota for research into spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Grants shall be awarded to conduct research into new and innovative treatments and rehabilitative efforts for the functional improvement of people with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Research topics may include, but are not limited to, pharmaceutical, medical device, brain stimulus, and rehabilitative approaches and techniques. The commissioner, in consultation with the advisory council established under section 136A.902, shall award 50 percent of the grant funds for research involving spinal cord injuries and 50 percent to research involving traumatic brain injuries. In addition to the amounts appropriated by law, the commissioner may accept additional funds from private and public sources. Amounts received from these sources are appropriated to the commissioner for the purposes of issuing grants under this section.
Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Grant Program
For spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury research grants authorized under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.901.
The commissioner may use no more than three percent of this appropriation to administer the grant program under this subdivision.
Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness
For the loan forgiveness program under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.1791.
The commissioner may use no more than three percent of this appropriation to administer the program under this subdivision.
Large Animal Veterinarian Loan Forgiveness Program
For the large animal veterinarian loan forgiveness program under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.1795.
Agricultural Educators Loan Forgiveness
For deposit in the agricultural education loan forgiveness account.
Aviation Degree Loan Forgiveness Program
For the aviation degree loan forgiveness program under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.1789.
Presented to the governor May 21, 2018
Signed by the governor May 29, 2018, 1:21 p.m.