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CHAPTER 62--H.F.No. 1830

An act

relating to government operations; establishing a biennial budget; appropriating money for the legislature, certain constitutional offices and state agencies, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Humanities Center, State Lottery, certain retirement accounts, certain offices, departments, boards, commissions, councils, general contingent account, and tort claims; transferring certain funds; providing revenue recapture; requiring appropriation reduction for executive agencies; canceling a certain general fund appropriation; making changes to policy provisions for state government operations, local government policy, elections administration, campaign finance, information technology and cybersecurity, grants oversight, and state employees with disabilities; providing penalties; requiring reports;

amending Minnesota Statutes 2022, sections 1.135, subdivisions 2, 4, 6, by adding a subdivision; 1.141, subdivision 1; 3.011; 3.012; 3.099, subdivision 3; 3.195, subdivision 1; 3.303, subdivision 6; 3.855, subdivisions 2, 3, 5, by adding a subdivision; 3.888, subdivision 5, by adding subdivisions; 3.97, subdivision 2; 3.972, subdivision 3; 3.978, subdivision 2; 3.979, subdivisions 2, 3, by adding a subdivision; 4.045; 5.30, subdivision 2; 5B.06; 6.91, subdivision 4; 9.031, subdivision 3; 10.44; 10.45; 10.5805; 10A.01, subdivisions 5, 21, 26, 30, by adding subdivisions; 10A.022, subdivision 3; 10A.025, subdivision 4; 10A.03, subdivision 2, by adding a subdivision; 10A.04, subdivisions 3, 4, 6, 9; 10A.05; 10A.06; 10A.071, subdivision 1; 10A.09, subdivision 5, by adding a subdivision; 10A.121, subdivisions 1, 2; 10A.15, subdivisions 3, 5, by adding subdivisions; 10A.17, subdivision 5, by adding a subdivision; 10A.20, subdivisions 2a, 5, 12; 10A.244; 10A.25, subdivision 3a; 10A.271, subdivision 1; 10A.273, subdivision 1; 10A.275, subdivision 1; 10A.31, subdivision 4; 10A.38; 12.03, by adding subdivisions; 12.31, subdivision 2; 12.36; 13.04, subdivision 4; 13D.02, subdivision 1; 15.0395; 15.066, by adding a subdivision; 15A.0815, subdivisions 1, 2; 15A.082, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, by adding a subdivision; 15A.0825, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 9; 16A.011, by adding a subdivision; 16A.055, by adding a subdivision; 16A.103, subdivisions 1, 1b, as amended, by adding a subdivision; 16A.122, subdivision 2; 16A.126, subdivision 1; 16A.1286, subdivision 2; 16A.15, subdivision 3; 16A.152, subdivisions 2, 4; 16A.632, subdivision 2; 16A.97; 16B.307, subdivision 1; 16B.32, subdivisions 1, 1a; 16B.33, subdivisions 1, 3, 3a, by adding a subdivision; 16B.4805, subdivision 1; 16B.58, by adding a subdivision; 16B.87, subdivision 2; 16B.97, subdivisions 2, 3, 4; 16B.98, subdivisions 5, 6, 8, by adding subdivisions; 16B.991; 16C.10, subdivision 2; 16C.16, subdivisions 6, 6a, 7; 16C.19; 16C.251; 16C.32, subdivision 1; 16C.36; 16E.01, subdivisions 1a, 3, by adding a subdivision; 16E.016; 16E.03, subdivisions 2, 4a, by adding a subdivision; 16E.14, subdivision 4; 16E.21, subdivisions 1, 2; 43A.01, subdivision 2; 43A.02, by adding subdivisions; 43A.04, subdivisions 1a, 4, 7; 43A.06, subdivision 1; 43A.08, subdivision 1; 43A.09; 43A.10, subdivisions 2a, 7; 43A.14; 43A.15, subdivision 14, by adding a subdivision; 43A.18, subdivision 1; 43A.19, subdivision 1; 43A.191; 43A.21, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, by adding a subdivision; 43A.36, subdivision 1; 43A.421; 116J.994, subdivision 3; 118A.09, subdivisions 1, 2, 3; 135A.17, subdivision 2; 137.0245, subdivision 2, by adding a subdivision; 138.081, subdivision 3; 138.665, subdivision 2; 138.912, subdivisions 1, 2; 145.951; 155A.23, subdivisions 8, 18, by adding a subdivision; 155A.27, subdivisions 1, 5a, 10; 155A.271, subdivision 1; 155A.29, subdivision 1; 161.1419, subdivision 2; 179A.03, subdivision 14; 179A.22, subdivision 4; 200.02, subdivision 7; 201.014, subdivision 2a, as added; 201.022, subdivision 1; 201.061, subdivisions 1, 3, by adding a subdivision; 201.071, subdivisions 1, as amended, 8; 201.091, subdivision 4a; 201.12, subdivision 2; 201.121, subdivision 1; 201.13, subdivision 3; 201.145, subdivisions 3, 4; 201.1611, subdivision 1, by adding a subdivision; 201.195; 201.225, subdivision 2; 202A.13; 202A.18, subdivision 2a; 203B.001; 203B.01, by adding subdivisions; 203B.03, subdivision 1, by adding a subdivision; 203B.05, subdivision 1; 203B.06, subdivision 3; 203B.07, subdivisions 1, 2, 3; 203B.08, subdivisions 1, 3; 203B.081, subdivisions 1, 3, by adding subdivisions; 203B.085; 203B.11, subdivisions 1, 2, 4; 203B.12, subdivisions 7, 8, by adding a subdivision; 203B.121, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4; 203B.16, subdivision 2; 203B.21, subdivisions 1, 3; 203B.23, subdivision 2; 203B.24, subdivision 1; 204B.06, subdivisions 1, 1b, 4a, by adding a subdivision; 204B.071; 204B.09, subdivisions 1, 3; 204B.13, by adding a subdivision; 204B.14, subdivision 2; 204B.16, subdivision 1; 204B.19, subdivision 6; 204B.21, subdivision 2; 204B.26; 204B.28, subdivision 2; 204B.32, subdivision 2; 204B.35, by adding a subdivision; 204B.45, subdivisions 1, 2, by adding a subdivision; 204B.46; 204B.49; 204C.04, subdivision 1; 204C.07, subdivision 4; 204C.10, as amended; 204C.15, subdivision 1; 204C.24, subdivision 1; 204C.28, subdivision 1; 204C.33, subdivision 3; 204C.35, by adding a subdivision; 204C.39, subdivision 1; 204D.08, subdivision 6; 204D.09, subdivision 2; 204D.13, subdivisions 2, 3, by adding a subdivision; 204D.16; 204D.25, subdivision 1; 205.13, subdivision 5; 205.16, subdivision 2; 205.175, subdivision 3; 205A.09, subdivision 2; 205A.10, subdivision 5; 205A.12, subdivision 5; 206.58, subdivisions 1, 3; 206.61, subdivision 1; 206.80; 206.83; 206.845, subdivision 1, by adding a subdivision; 206.86, by adding a subdivision; 206.90, subdivision 10; 207A.12; 207A.15, subdivision 2; 208.05; 209.021, subdivision 2; 211A.02, subdivision 1; 211B.11, subdivision 1; 211B.15, subdivisions 4a, as added, 8; 211B.20, subdivision 1; 211B.32, subdivision 1, as amended; 307.08; 349A.02, subdivision 1; 367.03, subdivision 6; 381.12, subdivision 2; 383B.145, by adding a subdivision; 383B.32, subdivision 2; 428A.01, by adding subdivisions; 428A.02, subdivision 1; 428A.03, by adding a subdivision; 447.32, subdivision 4; 462A.22, subdivision 10; 471.345, by adding a subdivision; 473.606, subdivision 5; 473.704, subdivision 3; 507.0945; 645.44, subdivision 5, as amended; Laws 2023, chapter 5, sections 1; 2; Laws 2023, chapter 34, article 2, section 1; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 1; 2; 3; 5; 8; 10A; 15; 16A; 16B; 16E; 43A; 118A; 134; 138; 155A; 203B; 208; 211B; 381; 412; 471; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2022, sections 1.135, subdivisions 3, 5; 1.141, subdivisions 3, 4, 6; 4A.01; 4A.04; 4A.06; 4A.07; 4A.11; 12.03, subdivision 5d; 15A.0815, subdivisions 3, 4, 5; 16A.98; 16B.24, subdivision 13; 16B.323; 16B.326; 16E.0466, subdivision 2; 43A.17, subdivision 9; 124D.23, subdivision 9; 136F.03; 179.90; 179.91; 202A.16, subdivisions 1, 2, 3; 203B.081, subdivision 2; 204D.04, subdivision 1; 383B.143, subdivisions 2, 3; 383C.806; Laws 2014, chapter 287, section 25, as amended; Laws 2023, chapter 34, article 4, section 1, subdivision 2; Minnesota Rules, parts 4511.0100, subpart 1a; 4511.0600, subpart 5.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

ARTICLE 1

STATE GOVERNMENT AND ELECTIONS APPROPRIATIONS

Section 1.

new text begin STATE GOVERNMENT AND ELECTIONS APPROPRIATIONS. new text end

new text begin The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the agencies and for the purposes specified in this article. The appropriations are from the general fund, or another named fund, and are available for the fiscal years indicated for each purpose. The figures "2024" and "2025" used in this article mean that the appropriations listed under them are available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2024, or June 30, 2025, respectively. "The first year" is fiscal year 2024. "The second year" is fiscal year 2025. "The biennium" is fiscal years 2024 and 2025. new text end

new text begin APPROPRIATIONS new text end
new text begin Available for the Year new text end
new text begin Ending June 30 new text end
new text begin 2024 new text end new text begin 2025 new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin LEGISLATURE new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Total Appropriation new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 153,255,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 122,993,000 new text end

new text begin The amounts that may be spent for each purpose are specified in the following subdivisions. The base for this appropriation is $123,093,000 in fiscal year 2026 and each fiscal year thereafter. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Senate new text end

new text begin 41,045,000 new text end new text begin 43,845,000 new text end

new text begin The base for this appropriation in fiscal year 2026 and fiscal year 2027 is reduced by an amount equal to the base established for the senate under Minnesota Statutes, section 3.1985, subdivision 2. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin House of Representatives new text end

new text begin 48,046,000 new text end new text begin 48,558,000 new text end

new text begin The base for this appropriation in fiscal year 2026 and fiscal year 2027 is reduced by an amount equal to the base established for the house of representatives under Minnesota Statutes, section 3.1985, subdivision 2. new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Legislative Coordinating Commission new text end

new text begin 64,164,000 new text end new text begin 30,590,000 new text end

new text begin The base is $30,690,000 in fiscal year 2026 and each fiscal year thereafter. new text end

new text begin $200,000 each year is for the Office on the Economic Status of Women. The base for this appropriation is $400,000 in fiscal year 2026 and each fiscal year thereafter. new text end

new text begin $1,000,000 the first year is to provide translation services for legislative business. new text end

new text begin new text begin Legislative Auditor.new text end $10,459,000 the first year and $11,526,000 the second year are for the Office of the Legislative Auditor. new text end

new text begin new text begin Revisor of Statutes.new text end $22,250,000 the first year and $8,714,000 the second year are for the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. new text end

new text begin new text begin Legislative Reference Library.new text end $2,055,000 the first year and $2,184,000 the second year are for the Legislative Reference Library. new text end

new text begin new text begin Legislative Budget Office.new text end $2,454,000 the first year and $2,669,000 the second year are for the Legislative Budget Office. new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 9,258,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 9,216,000 new text end

new text begin (a) $19,000 each year is for necessary expenses in the normal performance of the governor's and lieutenant governor's duties for which no other reimbursement is provided. new text end

new text begin (b) By September 1 of each year, the commissioner of management and budget shall report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over state government finance any personnel costs incurred by the Offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor that were supported by appropriations to other agencies during the previous fiscal year. The Office of the Governor shall inform the chairs and ranking minority members of the committees before initiating any interagency agreements. new text end

Sec. 4.

new text begin STATE AUDITOR new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 14,965,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 14,254,000 new text end

new text begin The base for this appropriation is $14,268,000 in fiscal year 2026 and $14,278,000 in fiscal year 2027. new text end

new text begin $500,000 the first year is for assistance and grants to towns to facilitate use of the Small City and Town Accounting System. new text end

Sec. 5.

new text begin ATTORNEY GENERAL new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 56,296,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 43,825,000 new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund new text end
new text begin 2024 new text end new text begin 2025 new text end
new text begin General new text end new text begin 53,380,000 new text end new text begin 40,909,000 new text end
new text begin State Government Special Revenue new text end new text begin 2,521,000 new text end new text begin 2,521,000 new text end
new text begin Environmental new text end new text begin 145,000 new text end new text begin 145,000 new text end
new text begin Remediation new text end new text begin 250,000 new text end new text begin 250,000 new text end

new text begin $1,000,000 the first year is for transfer from the general fund to the consumer litigation account established in Minnesota Statutes, section 8.315. new text end

Sec. 6.

new text begin SECRETARY OF STATE new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 13,470,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 11,069,000 new text end

new text begin The base for this appropriation is $11,255,000 in fiscal year 2026 and $11,069,000 in fiscal year 2027. new text end

new text begin $500,000 the first year is for the secretary of state to make grants to counties and municipalities to improve access to polling places for individuals with disabilities and to provide the same opportunity for access and participation in the electoral process, including privacy and independence, to voters with disabilities as that which exists for voters with no disabilities. Funds may be used to purchase equipment or to make capital improvements to government-owned facilities. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2027. new text end

new text begin $200,000 the first year is to develop and implement an educational campaign relating to the restoration of the right to vote to formerly incarcerated individuals, including voter education materials and outreach to affected individuals. new text end

Sec. 7.

new text begin CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 1,993,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 1,981,000 new text end

new text begin The base for this appropriation is $1,791,000 in fiscal year 2026 and each fiscal year thereafter. new text end

Sec. 8.

new text begin STATE BOARD OF INVESTMENT new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 139,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 139,000 new text end

Sec. 9.

new text begin ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 12,528,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 10,510,000 new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund new text end
new text begin 2024 new text end new text begin 2025 new text end
new text begin General new text end new text begin 2,760,000 new text end new text begin 694,000 new text end
new text begin Workers' Compensation new text end new text begin 9,768,000 new text end new text begin 9,816,000 new text end

Sec. 10.

new text begin INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 90,215,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 56,140,000 new text end

new text begin The base for this appropriation is $10,853,000 in fiscal year 2026 and $10,872,000 in fiscal year 2027. new text end

new text begin (a) Cybersecurity Grant Program. $2,204,000 the first year and $3,521,000 the second year are for a state and local cybersecurity improvement grant program for political subdivisions and Minnesota Tribal governments, as established in Minnesota Statutes, section 16E.35. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2027. new text end

new text begin (b) Statewide Cybersecurity Enhancements. $10,280,000 the first year and $16,875,000 the second year are to procure, implement, and support advanced cybersecurity tools that combat persistent and evolving cybersecurity threats. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2027. new text end

new text begin (c) Executive Branch Cloud Transformation. $10,685,000 the first year and $22,910,000 the second year are to support planning, migration, modernization, infrastructure, training, and services required for executive branch cloud transformation to modernize enterprise information technology delivery for state agency business partners. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2027. new text end

new text begin (d) Targeted Application Modernization. $40,000,000 the first year is to modernize targeted applications to improve user experiences with digital services provided by state agencies, enable service delivery transformation, and systematically address aging technology. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2027. new text end

new text begin (e) Children's Cabinet IT Innovation. $2,000,000 each year is to provide technology capabilities that support centering Minnesota children and their families over agency structures and provides dedicated information technology resources to deliver innovative digital services to children and families. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2027. new text end

new text begin (f) Public Land Survey System. $9,700,000 the first year is for the grant program authorized by Minnesota Statutes, section 381.125, and for grants to counties to employ county technical staff to aid surveyors making land survey corners. Up to six percent of this appropriation may be used by the chief geospatial information officer for the administration of the grant program. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2027. new text end

new text begin (g) During the biennium ending June 30, 2025, the Department of Information Technology Services must not charge fees to a public noncommercial educational television broadcast station eligible for funding under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 129D, for access to the state broadcast infrastructure. If the access fees not charged to public noncommercial educational television broadcast stations total more than $400,000 for the biennium, the office may charge for access fees in excess of these amounts. new text end

Sec. 11.

new text begin ADMINISTRATION new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Total Appropriation new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 73,623,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 46,421,000 new text end

new text begin The base for this appropriation is $35,746,000 in fiscal year 2026 and $35,758,000 in fiscal year 2027. new text end

new text begin The amounts that may be spent for each purpose are specified in the following subdivisions. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Government and Citizen Services new text end

new text begin 39,928,000 new text end new text begin 19,943,000 new text end

new text begin The base for this appropriation is $17,268,000 in fiscal year 2026 and $17,280,000 in fiscal year 2027. new text end

new text begin Council on Developmental Disabilities. $222,000 each year is for the Council on Developmental Disabilities. new text end

new text begin State Agency Accommodation Reimbursement. $200,000 each year may be transferred to the accommodation account established in Minnesota Statutes, section 16B.4805. new text end

new text begin Disparity Study. $500,000 the first year and $1,000,000 the second year are to conduct a study on disparities in state procurement. This is a onetime appropriation. new text end

new text begin Grants Administration Oversight. $2,411,000 the first year and $1,782,000 the second year are for grants administration oversight. The base for this appropriation in fiscal year 2026 and each year thereafter is $1,581,000. new text end

new text begin $735,000 the first year and $201,000 the second year are for a study to develop a road map on the need for an enterprise grants management system and to implement the study's recommendation. This is a onetime appropriation. new text end

new text begin Risk Management Fund Property Self-Insurance. $12,500,000 the first year is for transfer to the risk management fund under Minnesota Statutes, section 16B.85. This is a onetime appropriation. new text end

new text begin Office of Enterprise Translations. $1,306,000 the first year and $1,159,000 the second year are to establish the Office of Enterprise Translations. $250,000 each year may be transferred to the language access service account established in Minnesota Statutes, section 16B.373. new text end

new text begin Capitol Mall Design Framework Implementation. $5,000,000 the first year is to implement the updated Capitol Mall Design Framework, prioritizing the framework plans identified in article 2, section 124. This appropriation is available until December 31, 2024. new text end

new text begin new text begin Parking Fund.new text end $3,255,000 the first year and $1,085,000 the second year are for a transfer to the state parking account to maintain the operations of the parking and transit program on the Capitol complex. These are onetime transfers. new text end

new text begin Procurement; Environmental Analysis and Task Force. $522,000 the first year and $367,000 the second year are to implement the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, section 16B.312. new text end

new text begin Center for Rural Policy and Development. $100,000 the first year is for a grant to the Center for Rural Policy and Development. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Strategic Management Services new text end

new text begin 2,574,000 new text end new text begin 2,645,000 new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Fiscal Agent new text end

new text begin 31,121,000 new text end new text begin 23,833,000 new text end

new text begin The base for this appropriation is $15,833,000 in fiscal year 2026 and each fiscal year thereafter. new text end

new text begin The appropriations under this section are to the commissioner of administration for the purposes specified. new text end

new text begin In-Lieu of Rent. new text end new text begin $11,129,000 each year is for space costs of the legislature and veterans organizations, ceremonial space, and statutorily free space. new text end

new text begin new text begin Public Television.new text end (a) $1,550,000 each year is for matching grants for public television. new text end

new text begin (b) $250,000 each year is for public television equipment grants under Minnesota Statutes, section 129D.13. new text end

new text begin (c) $500,000 each year is for block grants to public television under Minnesota Statutes, section 129D.13. Of this amount, up to three percent is for the commissioner of administration to administer the grants. This is a onetime appropriation. new text end

new text begin (d) The commissioner of administration must consider the recommendations of the Minnesota Public Television Association before allocating the amounts appropriated in paragraphs (a) and (b) for equipment or matching grants. new text end

new text begin new text begin Public Radio.new text end (a) $2,392,000 the first year and $1,242,000 the second year are for community service grants to public educational radio stations. This appropriation may be used to disseminate emergency information in foreign languages. Any unencumbered balance does not cancel at the end of the first year and is available for the second year. new text end

new text begin (b) $142,000 each year is for equipment grants to public educational radio stations. This appropriation may be used for the repair, rental, and purchase of equipment including equipment under $500. new text end

new text begin (c) $850,000 the first year is for grants to the Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations for the purchase of emergency equipment and increased cybersecurity and broadcast technology. The Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations may use up to four percent of this appropriation for costs that are directly related to and necessary for the administration of these grants. new text end

new text begin (d) $1,288,000 the first year is for a grant to the Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations to provide a diverse community radio news service. Of this amount, up to $38,000 is for the commissioner of administration to administer this grant. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2027. new text end

new text begin (e) $1,020,000 each year is for equipment grants to Minnesota Public Radio, Inc., including upgrades to Minnesota's Emergency Alert and AMBER Alert Systems. new text end

new text begin (f) The appropriations in paragraphs (a) to (e) may not be used for indirect costs claimed by an institution or governing body. new text end

new text begin (g) The commissioner of administration must consider the recommendations of the Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations before awarding grants under Minnesota Statutes, section 129D.14, using the appropriations in paragraphs (a) to (c). No grantee is eligible for a grant unless they are a member of the Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations on or before July 1, 2023. new text end

new text begin (h) Any unencumbered balance remaining the first year for grants to public television or public radio stations does not cancel and is available for the second year. new text end

new text begin Real Estate and Construction Services. $12,000,000 the first year and $8,000,000 the second year are to facilitate space consolidation and the transition to a hybrid work environment, including but not limited to the design, remodel, equipping, and furnishing of the space. This appropriation may also be used for relocation and rent loss. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2027. new text end

Sec. 12.

new text begin CAPITOL AREA ARCHITECTURAL AND PLANNING BOARD new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 1,070,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 510,000 new text end

new text begin The base for this appropriation in fiscal year 2026 and each year thereafter is $455,000. new text end

new text begin $500,000 the first year is to support commemorative artwork activities. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2027. new text end

new text begin $130,000 in fiscal year 2024 and $55,000 in fiscal year 2025 are for mandatory zoning and design rules. This is a onetime appropriation. new text end

Sec. 13.

new text begin MINNESOTA MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 55,356,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 58,057,000 new text end

new text begin The base for this appropriation is $47,831,000 in fiscal year 2026 and each fiscal year thereafter. new text end

new text begin (a) $13,489,000 the first year and $14,490,000 the second year are to stabilize and secure the state's enterprise resource planning systems. This amount is available until June 30, 2027. The base for this appropriation is $6,470,000 in fiscal year 2026 and each fiscal year thereafter. new text end

new text begin (b) $1,000,000 each year is for administration and staffing of the Children's Cabinet established in Minnesota Statutes, section 4.045. new text end

new text begin (c) $317,000 each year is to increase the agency's capacity to proactively raise awareness about the capital budget process and provide technical assistance around the requirements associated with the capital budget process and receiving general fund or general obligation bond funding for capital projects, including compliance requirements that must be met at various stages of capital project development, with particular focus on nonprofits, American Indian communities, and communities of color that have traditionally not participated in the state capital budget process. This appropriation may also be used to increase the agency's capacity to coordinate with other state agencies regarding the administration of grant agreements, programs, and technical assistance related to capital projects governed by the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 16A, and other applicable laws and statutes. new text end

new text begin (d) $2,500,000 each year is for interagency collaboration to develop data collection standards for race, ethnicity, gender identity, and disability status and to develop a roadmap and timeline for implementation of the data standards across state government. These funds may be transferred to other agencies to support this work and may be used to update computer systems to accommodate revised data collection standards. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2027. new text end

new text begin (e) $102,000 the first year and $60,000 the second year are for the report required under Minnesota Statutes, section 43A.15, subdivision 14a, and for training and content development relating to ADA Title II, affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, digital accessibility, inclusion, disability awareness, and cultural competence. new text end

Sec. 14.

new text begin REVENUE new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Total Appropriation new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 194,566,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 203,778,000 new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund new text end
new text begin 2024 new text end new text begin 2025 new text end
new text begin General new text end new text begin 190,306,000 new text end new text begin 199,518,000 new text end
new text begin Health Care Access new text end new text begin 1,760,000 new text end new text begin 1,760,000 new text end
new text begin Highway User Tax Distribution new text end new text begin 2,195,000 new text end new text begin 2,195,000 new text end
new text begin Environmental new text end new text begin 305,000 new text end new text begin 305,000 new text end

new text begin The general fund base for this appropriation is $198,168,000 in fiscal year 2026 and each fiscal year thereafter. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Tax System Management new text end

new text begin 161,715,000 new text end new text begin 168,851,000 new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund new text end
new text begin General new text end new text begin 157,455,000 new text end new text begin 164,591,000 new text end
new text begin Health Care Access new text end new text begin 1,760,000 new text end new text begin 1,760,000 new text end
new text begin Highway User Tax Distribution new text end new text begin 2,195,000 new text end new text begin 2,195,000 new text end
new text begin Environmental new text end new text begin 305,000 new text end new text begin 305,000 new text end

new text begin The general fund base for this appropriation is $163,189,000 in fiscal year 2026 and $163,263,000 in fiscal year 2027 and each fiscal year thereafter. new text end

new text begin new text begin Taxpayer Assistance.new text end (a) $750,000 each year is for the commissioner of revenue to make grants to one or more eligible organizations, qualifying under section 7526A(e)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to coordinate, facilitate, encourage, and aid in the provision of taxpayer assistance services. The unencumbered balance in the first year does not cancel but is available for the second year. new text end

new text begin (b) For purposes of this section, "taxpayer assistance services" means accounting and tax preparation services provided by volunteers to low-income, elderly, and disadvantaged Minnesota residents to help them file federal and state income tax returns and Minnesota property tax refund claims and to provide personal representation before the Department of Revenue and Internal Revenue Service. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Debt Collection Management new text end

new text begin 32,851,000 new text end new text begin 34,927,000 new text end

new text begin The base for this appropriation is $34,979,000 in fiscal year 2026 and $34,905,000 in fiscal year 2027 and each fiscal year thereafter. new text end

Sec. 15.

new text begin GAMBLING CONTROL BOARD new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 6,365,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 6,334,000 new text end

new text begin These appropriations are from the lawful gambling regulation account in the special revenue fund. new text end

Sec. 16.

new text begin RACING COMMISSION new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 1,933,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 954,000 new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund new text end
new text begin General new text end new text begin 1,000,000 new text end new text begin -0- new text end
new text begin Special Revenue new text end new text begin 933,000 new text end new text begin 954,000 new text end

new text begin The special revenue fund appropriations are from the racing and card playing regulation accounts in the special revenue fund. new text end

new text begin Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act Compliance. $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2024 is from the general fund for costs related to the federal Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act. new text end

Sec. 17.

new text begin STATE LOTTERY new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 349A.10, subdivision 3, the State Lottery's operating budget must not exceed $40,000,000 in fiscal year 2024 and $40,000,000 in fiscal year 2025. new text end

Sec. 18.

new text begin AMATEUR SPORTS COMMISSION new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 1,229,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 391,000 new text end

new text begin $850,000 the first year is for upgrades necessary to support the installation of solar panels on the roof of the ice arena complex at the National Sports Center. new text end

Sec. 19.

new text begin COUNCIL FOR MINNESOTANS OF AFRICAN HERITAGE new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 795,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 816,000 new text end

Sec. 20.

new text begin COUNCIL ON LATINO AFFAIRS new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 664,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 680,000 new text end

Sec. 21.

new text begin COUNCIL ON ASIAN-PACIFIC MINNESOTANS new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 623,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 645,000 new text end

Sec. 22.

new text begin INDIAN AFFAIRS COUNCIL new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 1,337,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 1,360,000 new text end

Sec. 23.

new text begin COUNCIL ON LGBTQIA2S+ MINNESOTANS new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 500,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 499,000 new text end

Sec. 24.

new text begin MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Total Appropriation new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 35,356,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 26,932,000 new text end

new text begin The base for this appropriation in fiscal year 2026 and each year thereafter is $26,457,000. new text end

new text begin The amounts that may be spent for each purpose are specified in the following subdivisions. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Operations and Programs new text end

new text begin 34,935,000 new text end new text begin 26,511,000 new text end

new text begin The base for this appropriation in fiscal year 2026 and each year thereafter is $26,136,000. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 138.668, the Minnesota Historical Society may not charge a fee for its general tours at the Capitol, but may charge fees for special programs other than general tours. new text end

new text begin (a) $9,390,000 the first year is for capital improvements and betterments at state historic sites, buildings, landscaping at historic buildings, exhibits, markers, and monuments, to be spent in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 16B.307. The society shall determine project priorities as appropriate based on need. This amount is available until June 30, 2027. new text end

new text begin (b) $35,000 the first year is to support the work of the State Emblems Redesign Commission established under article 2, section 118. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Fiscal Agent new text end

new text begin 421,000 new text end new text begin 421,000 new text end

new text begin The base for this appropriation is $321,000 in fiscal year 2026 and each fiscal year thereafter. new text end

new text begin (a) Global Minnesota new text end new text begin 39,000 new text end new text begin 39,000 new text end
new text begin (b) Minnesota Air National Guard Museum new text end new text begin 17,000 new text end new text begin 17,000 new text end
new text begin (c) Hockey Hall of Fame new text end new text begin 100,000 new text end new text begin 100,000 new text end
new text begin (d) Farmamerica new text end new text begin 215,000 new text end new text begin 215,000 new text end

new text begin The base for this appropriation is $115,000 in fiscal year 2026 and each fiscal year thereafter. new text end

new text begin (e) Minnesota Military Museum new text end new text begin 50,000 new text end new text begin 50,000 new text end

new text begin Any unencumbered balance remaining in this subdivision the first year does not cancel but is available for the second year of the biennium. new text end

Sec. 25.

new text begin BOARD OF THE ARTS new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Total Appropriation new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 7,774,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 7,787,000 new text end

new text begin The amounts that may be spent for each purpose are specified in the following subdivisions. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Operations and Services new text end

new text begin 835,000 new text end new text begin 848,000 new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Grants Program new text end

new text begin 4,800,000 new text end new text begin 4,800,000 new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Regional Arts Councils new text end

new text begin 2,139,000 new text end new text begin 2,139,000 new text end

new text begin Any unencumbered balance remaining in this section the first year does not cancel, but is available for the second year. new text end

new text begin Money appropriated in this section and distributed as grants may only be spent on projects located in Minnesota. A recipient of a grant funded by an appropriation in this section must not use more than ten percent of the total grant for costs related to travel outside the state of Minnesota. new text end

Sec. 26.

new text begin MINNESOTA HUMANITIES CENTER new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 3,470,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 970,000 new text end

new text begin $500,000 each year is for Healthy Eating, Here at Home grants under Minnesota Statutes, section 138.912. No more than three percent of the appropriation may be used for the nonprofit administration of the program. new text end

new text begin $2,500,000 the first year is for cultural awareness programs and grants. If the center awards grants, it may retain up to five percent of the amount allocated to grants for administrative costs associated with the grants. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2027. new text end

Sec. 27.

new text begin BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 844,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 859,000 new text end

Sec. 28.

new text begin BOARD OF ARCHITECTURE ENGINEERING, LAND SURVEYING, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, GEOSCIENCE, AND INTERIOR DESIGN new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 893,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 913,000 new text end

Sec. 29.

new text begin BOARD OF COSMETOLOGIST EXAMINERS new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 3,470,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 3,599,000 new text end

Sec. 30.

new text begin BOARD OF BARBER EXAMINERS new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 442,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 452,000 new text end

Sec. 31.

new text begin GENERAL CONTINGENT ACCOUNTS new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 2,000,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 2,000,000 new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund new text end
new text begin 2024 new text end new text begin 2025 new text end
new text begin General new text end new text begin 1,500,000 new text end new text begin 1,500,000 new text end
new text begin State Government Special Revenue new text end new text begin 400,000 new text end new text begin 400,000 new text end
new text begin Workers' Compensation new text end new text begin 100,000 new text end new text begin 100,000 new text end

new text begin (a) The general fund base for this appropriation is $1,500,000 in fiscal year 2026 and each even-numbered fiscal year thereafter. The base is $0 for fiscal year 2027 and each odd-numbered fiscal year thereafter. new text end

new text begin (b) The appropriations in this section may only be spent with the approval of the governor after consultation with the Legislative Advisory Commission pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 3.30. new text end

new text begin (c) If an appropriation in this section for either year is insufficient, the appropriation for the other year is available for it. new text end

Sec. 32.

new text begin TORT CLAIMS new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 161,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 161,000 new text end

new text begin These appropriations are to be spent by the commissioner of management and budget according to Minnesota Statutes, section 3.736, subdivision 7. If an appropriation in this section for either year is insufficient, the appropriation for the other year is available for it. new text end

Sec. 33.

new text begin MINNESOTA STATE RETIREMENT SYSTEM new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Total Appropriation new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 14,543,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 14,372,000 new text end

new text begin The amounts that may be spent for each purpose are specified in the following subdivisions. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Combined Legislators and Constitutional Officers Retirement Plan new text end

new text begin 8,543,000 new text end new text begin 8,372,000 new text end

new text begin Under Minnesota Statutes, sections 3A.03, subdivision 2; 3A.04, subdivisions 3 and 4; and 3A.115. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Judges Retirement Plan new text end

new text begin 6,000,000 new text end new text begin 6,000,000 new text end

new text begin For transfer to the judges retirement fund under Minnesota Statutes, section 490.123. This transfer continues each fiscal year until the judges retirement plan reaches 100 percent funding as determined by an actuarial valuation prepared according to Minnesota Statutes, section 356.214. new text end

Sec. 34.

new text begin PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 25,000,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 25,000,000 new text end

new text begin (a) $9,000,000 each year is for direct state aid to the public employees police and fire retirement plan authorized under Minnesota Statutes, section 353.65, subdivision 3b. new text end

new text begin (b) State payments from the general fund to the Public Employees Retirement Association on behalf of the former MERF division account are $16,000,000 on September 15, 2024, and $16,000,000 on September 15, 2025. These amounts are estimated to be needed under Minnesota Statutes, section 353.505. new text end

Sec. 35.

new text begin TEACHERS RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 29,831,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 29,831,000 new text end

new text begin The amounts estimated to be needed are as follows: new text end

new text begin Special Direct State Aid. $27,331,000 each year is for special direct state aid authorized under Minnesota Statutes, section 354.436. new text end

new text begin Special Direct State Matching Aid. $2,500,000 each year is for special direct state matching aid authorized under Minnesota Statutes, section 354.435. new text end

Sec. 36.

new text begin ST. PAUL TEACHERS RETIREMENT FUND new text end

new text begin $ new text end new text begin 14,827,000 new text end new text begin $ new text end new text begin 14,827,000 new text end

new text begin The amounts estimated to be needed for special direct state aid to the first class city teachers retirement fund association authorized under Minnesota Statutes, section 354A.12, subdivisions 3a and 3c. new text end

Sec. 37.

new text begin CANCELLATION; COVID-19 MANAGEMENT. new text end

new text begin $58,334,000 of the general fund appropriation in Minnesota Laws 2022, chapter 50, article 3, section 1, is canceled to the general fund by June 30, 2023. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 38.

new text begin APPROPRIATION REDUCTION FOR EXECUTIVE AGENCIES. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of management and budget must reduce general fund appropriations to executive agencies for agency operations for the biennium ending June 30, 2025, by $8,672,000 due to savings from reduced transfers to the Governor's Office account in the special revenue fund. new text end

new text begin (b) If savings are obtained through reduced transfers from nongeneral funds other than those established in the state constitution or protected by federal law, the commissioner of management and budget may transfer the amount of savings to the general fund. The amount transferred to the general fund from other funds reduces the required general fund reduction in this section. Reductions made in fiscal year 2025 must be reflected as reductions in agency base budgets for fiscal years 2026 and 2027. new text end

Sec. 39.

new text begin APPROPRIATION; CAPITOL AREA ARCHITECTURAL AND PLANNING BOARD; CAPITOL MALL DESIGN FRAMEWORK. new text end

new text begin $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2023 is appropriated from the general fund to the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board to update the Capitol Mall Design Framework and for initial implementation of the framework. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until December 31, 2024. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 40.

new text begin APPROPRIATION; SECRETARY OF STATE; HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT STATE MATCHING FUNDS. new text end

new text begin $461,000 in fiscal year 2023 is transferred from the general fund to the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) account established in Minnesota Statutes, section 5.30, and is credited to the state match requirement of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022, Public Law 117-103, and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, Public Law 117-328. This is a onetime transfer. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 41.

new text begin APPROPRIATION; SECRETARY OF STATE; COURT ORDERED ATTORNEY FEES. new text end

new text begin $495,000 in fiscal year 2023 is appropriated from the general fund to the secretary of state for the payment of attorney fees and costs awarded by court order in the legislative and congressional redistricting cases Peter Wattson, et al.; Paul Anderson, et al.; and Frank Sachs, et al. v. Steve Simon, Secretary of State of Minnesota, Nos. A21-0243 and A21-0546, and interest thereon. This is a onetime appropriation. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 42.

new text begin APPROPRIATION; DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS. new text end

new text begin $165,000 in fiscal year 2024 and $33,000 in fiscal year 2025 are appropriated to the commissioner of corrections for the report required under Minnesota Statutes section 201.145, subdivision 3. new text end

Sec. 43.

new text begin TRANSFER; VOTING OPERATIONS, TECHNOLOGY, AND ELECTION RESOURCES ACCOUNT. new text end

new text begin $1,250,000 each year is transferred from the general fund to the voting operations, technology, and election resources account established under Minnesota Statutes, section 5.305. The base for this transfer is $1,250,000 in fiscal year 2026 and each fiscal year thereafter. new text end

Sec. 44.

new text begin TRANSFER; STATE ELECTIONS CAMPAIGN ACCOUNT. new text end

new text begin $2,103,000 in fiscal year 2025 is transferred from the general fund to the general account of the state elections campaign account established in Minnesota Statutes, section 10A.31. This is a onetime transfer. new text end

Sec. 45.

new text begin TRANSFER; STATE FACILITIES ASSET PRESERVATION. new text end

new text begin $9,391,000 in fiscal year 2024 is transferred from the general fund to the asset preservation account in the special revenue fund established in Minnesota Statutes, section 16B.24, subdivision 5, paragraph (d). new text end

Sec. 46.

new text begin SCIENCE MUSEUM OF MINNESOTA REVENUE RECOVERY. new text end

new text begin $500,000 in fiscal year 2024 and $250,000 in fiscal year 2025 are appropriated from the general fund to the Science Museum of Minnesota for revenue recovery. This is a onetime appropriation. new text end

Sec. 47.

new text begin ST. ANTHONY FALLS STUDY. new text end

new text begin $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2024 is appropriated from the general fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for a geophysical study and hazard assessment of the St. Anthony Falls area and St. Anthony Falls cutoff wall. The study must include a field-based investigation of the cutoff wall and other subsurface structures, modeling of the surrounding area, examination of public safety and infrastructure risks posed by potential failure of the cutoff wall or surrounding area, and emergency response plan for identified risks. By conducting this study, the Board of Regents does not consent to accepting liability for the current condition or risks posed by a potential failure of the cutoff wall. By July 1, 2025, the Board of Regents must submit a report to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over state and local government policy and finance. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2025. new text end

Sec. 48.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 5.30, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Appropriation.

deleted text begin Notwithstanding section 4.07,deleted text end Money in the Help America Vote Act account deleted text begin may be spent only pursuant to direct appropriations enacted from time to time by law. Money in the account must be spentdeleted text end new text begin is appropriated to the secretary of statenew text end to improve new text begin the new text end administration of elections in accordance with the Help America Vote Act, the state plan certified by the governor under the act, and for reporting and administrative requirements under the act and plan. new text begin To the extent required by federal law, new text end money in the account must be used in a manner that is consistent with the maintenance of effort requirements of section 254(a)(7) of the Help America Vote Act, Public Law 107-252, based on the level of state expenditures for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and applies to any balances in the Help America Vote Act account existing on or after that date. new text end

Sec. 49.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 6.91, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Appropriation.

deleted text begin (a)deleted text end The amount necessary to fund obligations under subdivision 2 is annually appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of revenue.

deleted text begin (b) The sum of $6,000 in fiscal year 2011 and $2,000 in each fiscal year thereafter is annually appropriated from the general fund to the state auditor to carry out the auditor's responsibilities under sections 6.90 to 6.91. deleted text end

Sec. 50.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 10A.31, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Appropriation.

(a) The amounts designated by individuals for the state elections campaign account, less three percent, are appropriated from the general fund, must be transferred and credited to the appropriate account in the state elections campaign account, and are annually appropriated for distribution as set forth in subdivisions 5, 5a, 6, and 7. The remaining three percent must be kept in the general fund for administrative costs.

(b) In addition to the amounts in paragraph (a), deleted text begin $1,020,000deleted text end new text begin $2,432,000new text end for each general election is appropriated from the general fund for transfer to the general account of the state elections campaign account.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2025. new text end

Sec. 51.

new text begin REPEALER. new text end

new text begin Laws 2023, chapter 34, article 4, section 1, subdivision 2, new text end new text begin is repealed. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

ARTICLE 2

STATE GOVERNMENT POLICY

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 1.135, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Official seal.

The seal described in subdivision deleted text begin 3deleted text end new text begin 3anew text end is the "Great Seal of the State of Minnesota." When the seal, the impression of the seal, the scene within the seal, or its likeness is reproduced at state expense, it must conform to subdivision 3 and section 4.04. A seal, impression, scene, or likeness which does not conform to these provisions is not official.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective May 11, 2024. new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 1.135, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 3a. new text end

new text begin Official seal; May 11, 2024, and thereafter. new text end

new text begin The Great Seal of the State of Minnesota is the design as certified in the report of the State Emblems Redesign Commission, as established by this act. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective May 11, 2024. new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 1.135, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Additional effects; size.

Every effort shall be made to reproduce the seal with justification to the 12 o'clock position deleted text begin and with attention to the authenticity of the illustrations used to create the scene within the seal. The description of the scene in this section does not preclude the graphic inclusion of the effects of movement, sunlight, or falling water when the seal is reproduced. Nor doesdeleted text end new text begin .new text end This section new text begin does not new text end prohibit the enlargement, proportioned reduction, or embossment of the seal for its use in unofficial acts.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective May 11, 2024. new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 1.135, subdivision 6, is amended to read:

Subd. 6.

State's duties.

State agencies and departments using the seal, its impression, deleted text begin the scene within the sealdeleted text end or its likeness shall make every effort to bring any seal, impression, deleted text begin scene,deleted text end or likeness currently fixed to a permanent object into accordance with this section and section 4.04. Expendable material to which the seal new text begin in effect prior to May 11, 2024, new text end or any impression, scene, or likenessnew text begin of that sealnew text end is currently affixed may be used until the supply is exhaustednew text begin or until January 1, 2025, whichever occurs firstnew text end . All unused dies and engravings of the Great Seal shall be given to the Minnesota Historical Society, along with all historical information available about the seal, to be retained in the society's permanent collection.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective May 11, 2024. new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 1.141, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Adoption.

The design of the state flag deleted text begin proposed by the Legislative Interim Commission acting under Laws 1955, chapter 632,deleted text end new text begin as certified in the report of the State Emblems Redesign Commission, as established by this act, new text end is adopted as the official state flag.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective May 11, 2024. new text end

Sec. 6.

new text begin [1.1471] STATE FIRE MUSEUM. new text end

new text begin The Bill and Bonnie Daniels Firefighters Hall and Museum in the city of Minneapolis is designated as the official state fire museum. new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.011, is amended to read:

3.011 SESSIONS.

The legislature shall meet at the seat of government on the first Tuesday after the deleted text begin firstdeleted text end new text begin secondnew text end Monday in January of each odd-numbered year. deleted text begin When the first Monday in January falls on January 1, it shall meet on the first Wednesday after the first Monday.deleted text end It shall also meet when called by the governor to meet in special session.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.012, is amended to read:

3.012 LEGISLATIVE DAY.

new text begin For the purposes of the Minnesota Constitution, article IV, section 12, new text end a legislative day is a day when either house of the legislature deleted text begin is called to orderdeleted text end new text begin gives any bill a third reading, adopts a rule of procedure or organization, elects a university regent, confirms a gubernatorial appointment, or votes to override a gubernatorial vetonew text end . A legislative day begins at seven o'clock a.m. and continues until seven o'clock a.m. of the following calendar day.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective January 13, 2025, and applies to sessions of the legislature convening on or after that date. new text end

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.099, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Leaders.

The senate Committee on Rules and Administration for the senate and the house of representatives Committee on Rules and Legislative Administration for the house of representatives may each designate for their respective body up to deleted text begin threedeleted text end new text begin fivenew text end leadership positions to receive up to 140 percent of the compensation of other members.

At the commencement of each biennial legislative session, each house of the legislature shall adopt a resolution designating its majority and minority leader.

The majority leader is the person elected by the caucus of members in each house which is its largest political affiliation. The minority leader is the person elected by the caucus which is its second largest political affiliation.

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.195, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Distribution of reports.

(a) Except as provided in subdivision 4, a report to the legislature required of a department or agency shall be made, unless otherwise specifically required by law, by filing deleted text begin two copiesdeleted text end new text begin one copynew text end with the Legislative Reference Library, and by making the report available electronically to the Legislative Reference Library. The same distribution procedure shall be followed for other reports and publications unless otherwise requested by a legislator or the Legislative Reference Library.

(b) A public entity as defined in section 16C.073 shall not distribute a report or publication to a member or employee of the legislature, except the Legislative Reference Library, unless the entity has determined that the member or employee wants the reports or publications published by that entity or the member or employee has requested the report or publication. This prohibition applies to both mandatory and voluntary reports and publications. A report or publication may be summarized in an executive summary and distributed as the entity chooses. Distribution of a report to legislative committee or commission members during a committee or commission hearing is not prohibited by this section.

(c) A report or publication produced by a public entity may not be sent to both the home address and the office address of a representative or senator unless mailing to both addresses is requested by the representative or senator.

(d) Reports, publications, periodicals, and summaries under this subdivision must be printed in a manner consistent with section 16C.073.

Sec. 11.

new text begin [3.1985] LEGISLATIVE FUNDING; APPROPRIATION. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definition. new text end

new text begin As used in this section, "member expenses" means: new text end

new text begin (1) compensation to members of the legislature, to include salary; payroll taxes; leadership pay; employer-paid benefits or contributions offered through the state employee group insurance program or the Minnesota State Retirement System; and any fees related to items identified in this clause; and new text end

new text begin (2) per diem and mileage costs associated with the conduct of legislative business by members of the legislature, and housing and communication costs for members, as authorized by the house of representatives Committee on Rules and Legislative Administration or the senate Committee on Rules and Administration. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Legislative funding. new text end

new text begin (a) Sums sufficient to fund member expenses of the house of representatives and the senate are appropriated from the general fund to the house of representatives and senate, as applicable. new text end

new text begin (b) No later than June 15 of each year, the controller of the house of representatives and the secretary of the senate must each certify to the commissioner of management and budget the amounts to be appropriated under this section for the fiscal year beginning July 1 of the same year. new text end

new text begin (c) No later than January 15 of each year, the controller of the house of representatives and the secretary of the senate must each certify to the commissioner of management and budget any changes to the current biennium's appropriations. Certifications provided by January 15 of an odd-numbered year must include estimated amounts to be appropriated for the fiscal biennium beginning the next July 1. new text end

new text begin (d) Amounts certified under paragraphs (b) and (c) must be the amounts determined by a majority vote conducted during a public meeting of the house of representatives Committee on Rules and Legislative Administration, or the senate Committee on Rules and Administration, as applicable. new text end

new text begin (e) At any time between the date funds are certified under this subdivision and the last date for adjusting the certified amount, the Legislative Advisory Commission may convene a meeting to review and provide advice on the certified amount. At its discretion, the committees may incorporate the advice of the Legislative Advisory Commission when making an adjustment to the certified amount. new text end

new text begin (f) Sums sufficient to address emergency needs of the house of representatives, senate, Legislative Coordinating Commission, and any other joint legislative office, council, or commission, are appropriated from the general fund to the house of representatives, senate, or Legislative Coordinating Commission, as applicable. Emergency needs may include but are not limited to information technology system failures, cybersecurity incidents, and physical infrastructure failures. The controller of the house of representatives, the secretary of the senate, or the executive director of the Legislative Coordinating Commission must certify to the commissioner of management and budget any amount to be appropriated under this paragraph, as directed by the speaker of the house, majority leader of the senate, or chair of the Legislative Coordinating Commission. To the extent practical, any amount proposed for appropriation must be submitted to the commissioner of management and budget for advice and comment prior to final certification. The total amount appropriated by this paragraph in a fiscal year must not exceed $1,000,000. new text end

new text begin (g) In the event of a nonappropriation caused by a gubernatorial veto impacting the house of representatives, the senate, the Legislative Coordinating Commission, or any other joint legislative office, council, or commission, the general fund appropriation base for the house of representatives, senate, or Legislative Coordinating Commission, plus three percent, is appropriated in the next fiscal year from the general fund to the house of representatives, senate, or Legislative Coordinating Commission, as applicable, for any expenses for which an appropriation is not otherwise provided by this section. new text end

new text begin (h) By October 15 each year, the house of representatives, the senate, and the Legislative Coordinating Commission must each submit a report to the commissioner of management and budget detailing expenditures made under paragraphs (a) and (f) for the prior fiscal year. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Other appropriations. new text end

new text begin Nothing in this section precludes the house of representatives, the senate, or a joint legislative office or commission of the Legislative Coordinating Commission from receiving a direct appropriation by law or another statutory appropriation for a specific purpose provided in the direct or statutory appropriation. If the house of representatives, the senate, or a joint legislative office or commission receives a direct or statutory appropriation, the amount appropriated is distinct from and must not be considered during the biennial appropriation certification process under this section. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICABILITY. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2025, and applies to appropriations for fiscal years 2026 and thereafter. new text end

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.303, subdivision 6, is amended to read:

Subd. 6.

Grants; staff; space; equipmentnew text begin ; contractsnew text end .

new text begin (a) new text end The commission may make grants, employ an executive director and other staff, and obtain office space, equipment, and supplies necessary to perform its duties.

new text begin (b) The executive director may enter into contracts in compliance with section 3.225 to provide necessary services and supplies for the house of representatives and the senate, and for legislative commissions and joint legislative offices. A contract for professional or technical services that is valued at more than $50,000 may be made only after the executive director has consulted with the chair and vice-chair of the commission. new text end

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.855, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

new text begin Unrepresented new text end state employee deleted text begin negotiationsdeleted text end new text begin compensationnew text end .

deleted text begin (a) The commissioner of management and budget shall regularly advise the commission on the progress of collective bargaining activities with state employees under the state Public Employment Labor Relations Act. During negotiations, the commission may make recommendations to the commissioner as it deems appropriate but no recommendation shall impose any obligation or grant any right or privilege to the parties. deleted text end

deleted text begin (b)deleted text end new text begin (a)new text end The commissionernew text begin of management and budgetnew text end shall submit to the chair of the commission any deleted text begin negotiated collective bargaining agreements, arbitration awards,deleted text end compensation plansdeleted text begin ,deleted text end or salaries deleted text begin for legislative approval or disapproval. Negotiated agreements shall be submitted within five days of the date of approval by the commissioner or the date of approval by the affected state employees, whichever occurs later. Arbitration awards shall be submitted within five days of their receipt by the commissioner.deleted text end new text begin prepared under section 43A.18, subdivisions 2, 3, 3b, and 4. The chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities shall submit any compensation plan under section 43A.18, subdivision 3a.new text end If the commission disapproves a deleted text begin collective bargaining agreement, award,deleted text end compensation plandeleted text begin ,deleted text end or salary, the commission shall specify in writing to the parties those portions with which it disagrees and its reasons. If the commission approves a deleted text begin collective bargaining agreement, award,deleted text end compensation plandeleted text begin ,deleted text end or salary, it shall submit the matter to the legislature to be accepted or rejected under this section.

deleted text begin (c)deleted text end new text begin (b)new text end When the legislature is not in session, the commission may give interim approval to a deleted text begin negotiated collective bargaining agreement,deleted text end salarydeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin ornew text end compensation plandeleted text begin , or arbitration awarddeleted text end . deleted text begin When the legislature is not in session, failure of the commission to disapprove a collective bargaining agreement or arbitration award within 30 days constitutes approval.deleted text end The commission shall submit the deleted text begin negotiated collective bargaining agreements,deleted text end salariesdeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin andnew text end compensation plansdeleted text begin , or arbitration awardsdeleted text end for which it has provided approval to the entire legislature for ratification at a special legislative session called to consider them or at its next regular legislative session as provided in this section. Approval or disapproval by the commission is not binding on the legislature.

deleted text begin (d)deleted text end new text begin (c)new text end When the legislature is not in session, the proposed deleted text begin collective bargaining agreement, arbitration decision,deleted text end salarydeleted text begin ,deleted text end or compensation plan must be implemented upon its approval by the commission, and state employees covered by the proposed deleted text begin agreement or arbitration decisiondeleted text end new text begin plan or salarynew text end do not have the right to strike while the interim approval is in effect. deleted text begin Wages and economic fringe benefit increases provided for in the agreement or arbitration decision paid in accordance with the interim approval by the commission are not affected, but the wages or benefit increases must cease to be paid or provided effective upon the rejection of the agreement, arbitration decision, salary, or compensation plan, or upon adjournment of the legislature without acting on it.deleted text end

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.855, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Other salaries and compensation plans.

The commission shall deleted text begin alsodeleted text end :

(1) review and approvedeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin ornew text end rejectdeleted text begin , or modifydeleted text end a plan for compensation and terms and conditions of employment prepared and submitted by the commissioner of management and budget under section 43A.18, subdivision 2, covering all state employees who are not represented by an exclusive bargaining representative and whose compensation is not provided for by chapter 43A or other law;

(2) review and approvedeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin ornew text end rejectdeleted text begin , or modifydeleted text end a plan for total compensation and terms and conditions of employment for employees in positions identified as being managerial under section 43A.18, subdivision 3, whose salaries and benefits are not otherwise provided for in law or other plans established under chapter 43A;

deleted text begin (3) review and approve, reject, or modify recommendations for salaries submitted by the governor or other appointing authority under section 15A.0815, subdivision 5, covering agency head positions listed in section 15A.0815; deleted text end

deleted text begin (4)deleted text end new text begin (3)new text end review and approvedeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin ornew text end rejectdeleted text begin , or modifydeleted text end recommendations for salary range of officials of higher education systems under section 15A.081, subdivision 7c;

deleted text begin (5)deleted text end new text begin (4)new text end review and approvedeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin ornew text end rejectdeleted text begin , or modifydeleted text end plans for compensation, terms, and conditions of employment proposed under section 43A.18, subdivisions 3a, 3b, and 4; and

deleted text begin (6)deleted text end new text begin (5)new text end review and approvedeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin ornew text end rejectdeleted text begin , or modifydeleted text end the plan for compensation, terms, and conditions of employment of classified employees in the office of the legislative auditor under section 3.971, subdivision 2.

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.855, subdivision 5, is amended to read:

Subd. 5.

Information required.

The commissioner of management and budget must submit to the Legislative Coordinating Commission the following information with the submission of a deleted text begin collective bargaining agreement ordeleted text end compensation plan under deleted text begin subdivisionsdeleted text end new text begin subdivision new text end 2 deleted text begin and 3deleted text end :

(1) for each agency and for each proposed deleted text begin agreement ordeleted text end plan, a comparison of biennial compensation costs under the current deleted text begin agreement ordeleted text end plan to the projected biennial compensation costs under the proposed deleted text begin agreement ordeleted text end plan, paid with funds appropriated from the general fund;

(2) for each agency and for each proposed deleted text begin agreement ordeleted text end plan, a comparison of biennial compensation costs under the current deleted text begin agreement ordeleted text end plan to the projected biennial compensation costs under the proposed deleted text begin agreement ordeleted text end plan, paid with funds appropriated from each fund other than the general fund;

(3) for each agency and for each proposed deleted text begin agreement ordeleted text end plan, an identification of the amount of the additional biennial compensation costs that are attributable to salary and wages and to the cost of nonsalary and nonwage benefits; and

(4) for each agency, for clauses (1) to (3), the impact of the aggregate of all deleted text begin agreements anddeleted text end plans being submitted to the commission.

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.855, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Information required; collective bargaining agreements, memoranda of understanding, and arbitration awards. new text end

new text begin Within 14 days after the implementation of a collective bargaining agreement, memorandum of understanding, or receipt of an arbitration award, the commissioner of management and budget must submit to the Legislative Coordinating Commission the following: new text end

new text begin (1) a copy of the collective bargaining agreement showing changes from previous agreements and a copy of the executed agreement; new text end

new text begin (2) a copy of any memorandum of understanding that has a fiscal impact, interest, or arbitration award; new text end

new text begin (3) a comparison of biennial compensation costs under the current agreement to the projected biennial compensation costs under the new agreement, memorandum of understanding, interest, or arbitration award; and new text end

new text begin (4) a comparison of biennial compensation costs under the current agreement to the projected biennial compensation costs for the following biennium under the new agreement, memorandum of understanding, interest, or arbitration award. new text end

Sec. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.888, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 1a. new text end

new text begin Definition. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the following term has the meaning given. new text end

new text begin (b) "Security records" means data, documents, recordings, or similar that: new text end

new text begin (1) were originally collected, created, received, maintained, or disseminated by a member of the commission during a closed meeting or a closed portion of a meeting; and new text end

new text begin (2) are security information as defined by section 13.37, subdivision 1, or otherwise pertain to cybersecurity briefings and reports; issues related to cybersecurity systems; or deficiencies in or recommendations regarding cybersecurity services, infrastructure, and facilities, if disclosure of the records would pose a danger to or compromise cybersecurity infrastructure, facilities, procedures, or responses. new text end

Sec. 18.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.888, subdivision 5, is amended to read:

Subd. 5.

Meetings.

The commission must meet at least three times per calendar year. The meetings of the commission are subject to section 3.055, except that the commission may close a meeting when necessary to safeguard the state's cybersecurity. deleted text begin The minutes, recordings, and documents from a closed meeting under this subdivisiondeleted text end new text begin Security records new text end shall be maintained by the Legislative Coordinating Commission and shall not be made available to the public until new text begin at least new text end eight years new text begin but no more than 20 years new text end after the date of the new text begin closed new text end meeting.

Sec. 19.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.888, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 5a. new text end

new text begin Closed meetings procedures. new text end

new text begin The commission must adopt procedures for conducting closed meetings before the commission's first closed meeting. At a minimum, the procedures must include: new text end

new text begin (1) a requirement to provide notice to the public, when practicable, before each closed meeting of the commission's intent and authority to hold a closed meeting or to hold a closed session during an otherwise open meeting; new text end

new text begin (2) a requirement that the commission minimize the number of people present at a closed meeting to those necessary to conduct the meeting; new text end

new text begin (3) a requirement that votes shall not be taken during a closed meeting or a closed portion of a meeting pursuant to this section; new text end

new text begin (4) steps the commission must take if a commission member is alleged to have violated the confidentiality of a closed meeting; and new text end

new text begin (5) guidance for the Legislative Coordinating Commission for the public release of security records following the eight-year record requirement in subdivision 5. The meetings of the Legislative Coordinating Commission under this subdivision are exempt from section 3.055 when necessary to safeguard the confidentiality of security records. new text end

Sec. 20.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.888, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 5b. new text end

new text begin Alleged member closed meeting confidentiality violations. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, if a complaint alleging a member violated the confidentiality of a closed meeting is brought to a legislative committee with jurisdiction over ethical conduct, the committee with jurisdiction over ethical conduct must preserve the confidentiality of the closed meeting at issue. new text end

Sec. 21.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.97, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Membership; terms; meetings; compensation; powers.

The Legislative Audit Commission consists of:

(1) three members of the senate appointed by the deleted text begin Subcommittee on Committees of the Committee on Rules and Administration of thedeleted text end senatenew text begin majority leadernew text end ;

(2) three members of the senate appointed by the senate minority leader;

(3) three members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house; and

(4) three members of the house of representatives appointed by the house of representatives minority leader.

Members shall serve until replaced, or until they are not members of the legislative body from which they were appointed. Appointing authorities shall fill vacancies on the commission within 30 days of a vacancy being created.

The commission shall meet in January of each odd-numbered year to elect its chair and vice-chair. They shall serve until successors are elected. The chair and vice-chair shall alternate biennially between the senate and the house of representativesnew text begin , and shall be of different political partiesnew text end . The commission shall meet at the call of the chair. The members shall serve without compensation but be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses as members of the legislature. The commission may exercise the powers prescribed by section 3.153.

Sec. 22.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.972, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Audit contracts.

deleted text begin Notwithstanding any other law,deleted text end A state department, board, commission, or other state agency deleted text begin shall not negotiate a contractdeleted text end new text begin contractingnew text end with a public accountant for an audit, except a contract negotiated by the state auditor for an audit of a local government, deleted text begin unless the contract has been reviewed by the legislative auditor. The legislative auditor shall not participate in the selection of the public accountant but shall review and submit written comments on the proposed contract within seven days of its receipt. Upon completion of the audit, the legislative auditor shall be givendeleted text end new text begin must provide the legislative auditor withnew text end a copy of the final reportnew text begin of the audit upon completion of the auditnew text end .

Sec. 23.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.978, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Inquiry and inspection power; duty to aid legislative auditor.

All public officials and their deputies and employees, and all corporations, firms, and individuals having business involving the receipt, disbursement, or custody of public funds shall at all timesnew text begin : (1)new text end afford reasonable facilities for examinations by the legislative auditordeleted text begin , makedeleted text end new text begin ; (2) providenew text end returns and reports required by the legislative auditordeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin ; (3)new text end attend and answer under oath the legislative auditor's lawful inquiriesdeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin ; (4)new text end produce and exhibit all books, accounts, documents, data of any classification, and property that the legislative auditor requests to inspectdeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin ;new text end and new text begin (5) new text end in all things cooperate with the legislative auditor.

Sec. 24.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.979, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Access to data by commission members.

Members of the commission have access to new text begin not public new text end data that is collected or used by the legislative auditor deleted text begin and classified as not public or as private or confidentialdeleted text end only as authorized by resolution of the commission. The commission may not authorize its members to have access to private or confidential data on individuals collected or used in connection with the collection of any tax.

Sec. 25.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.979, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Audit data.

(a) "Audit" as used in this subdivision means a financial audit, program evaluation, special review, deleted text begin ordeleted text end investigationnew text begin , or assessment of an allegation or report submitted to the legislative auditornew text end .

new text begin (b) Notwithstanding any other law, new text end data relating to an audit are deleted text begin not public or with respect to data on individuals aredeleted text end confidential new text begin or protected nonpublic new text end until the final report of the audit has been released by the legislative auditor or the audit is no longer being actively pursued. Upon release of a final audit report by the legislative auditor, data relating to an audit are public except data otherwise classified as not public.

new text begin (c) Unless the data are subject to a more restrictive classification by another law, upon the legislative auditor's decision to no longer actively pursue an audit without the release of a final audit report, data relating to an audit are private or nonpublic except for data: (1) relating to the audit's existence, status, and disposition; and (2) that document the work of the legislative auditor. For any such audit, data identifying individuals or nongovernmental entities are private or nonpublic. new text end

deleted text begin (b)deleted text end new text begin (d)new text end Data related to an audit but not published in the audit report and that the legislative auditor reasonably believes will be used in litigation deleted text begin are not public and with respect to data on individualsdeleted text end are confidential new text begin or protected nonpublic new text end until the litigation has been completed or is no longer being actively pursued.

deleted text begin (c)deleted text end new text begin (e)new text end Data that could reasonably be used to determine the identity of an individualnew text begin or entitynew text end supplying data for an audit are private new text begin or nonpublic new text end if the data supplied deleted text begin by the individualdeleted text end were needed for an audit and deleted text begin the individualdeleted text end would not havenew text begin beennew text end provided deleted text begin the datadeleted text end to the legislative auditor without an assurance that the deleted text begin individual'sdeleted text end identity new text begin of the individual or entity new text end would remain privatenew text begin or nonpublicnew text end , or the legislative auditor reasonably believes that the deleted text begin subjectdeleted text end new text begin data new text end would not have new text begin been new text end provided deleted text begin the datadeleted text end .

deleted text begin (d) The definitions of terms provided in section 13.02 apply for purposes of this subdivisiondeleted text end new text begin (f) Data related to an audit that were obtained from a nongovernmental entity have the classification that the data would have if obtained from the governmental entity for which the data were created, collected, or maintained by the nongovernmental entitynew text end .

new text begin (g) The legislative auditor may disseminate data of any classification to: new text end

new text begin (1) a governmental entity, other than a law enforcement agency or prosecuting authority, if the dissemination of the data aids a pending audit; or new text end

new text begin (2) a law enforcement agency or prosecuting authority if there is reason to believe that the data are evidence of criminal activity within the agency's or authority's jurisdiction. new text end

new text begin (h) Notwithstanding the classification of data as confidential or protected nonpublic, an individual or entity who supplies information for an audit may authorize the legislative auditor to release data that would identify the individual or entity for the purpose of conducting the audit. Data disseminated pursuant to this paragraph are subject to section 13.03, subdivision 4, paragraph (c). new text end

Sec. 26.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 3.979, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin The definitions of terms provided in section 13.02 apply for purposes of this section. new text end

Sec. 27.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 4.045, is amended to read:

4.045 CHILDREN'S CABINET.

The Children's Cabinet shall consist of the commissioners of education, human services, employment and economic development, public safety, corrections, management and budget, health, administration, Housing Finance Agency, and transportationdeleted text begin , and the director of the Office of Strategic and Long-Range Planningdeleted text end . The governor shall designate one member to serve as cabinet chair. The chair is responsible for ensuring that the duties of the Children's Cabinet are performed.

Sec. 28.

new text begin [8.315] CONSUMER LITIGATION FUND. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin The consumer litigation account is established in the special revenue fund in the state treasury. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Disbursements from account. new text end

new text begin The attorney general may authorize disbursements from the consumer litigation account for the following purposes related to multistate consumer litigation: new text end

new text begin (1) payment of the costs of litigation, investigation, administration, or settlement of any matter related to the duties and authorities provided by this chapter, federal law, or common law as it pertains to consumer litigation; new text end

new text begin (2) cost-share payments subject to agreements entered into with other states, governmental entities, law enforcement agencies, or federal agencies in furtherance of litigation, investigation, administration, or settlement of any matter that pertains to consumer litigation; new text end

new text begin (3) retention of expert witnesses, professional or technical services, consultants, specialists, mediators, or necessary services related to litigation, investigation, administration, or settlement of any matter that pertains to consumer litigation; and new text end

new text begin (4) document review, issue coding, electronic data hosting, or discovery-related costs, including reasonable costs for services incurred by a state agency if related to litigation or an investigation pertaining to consumer litigation in which the state is a party and the attorney general determines it is beneficial to the state to authorize such payments. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Reporting. new text end

new text begin The attorney general shall report annually by October 15 to the chairs and ranking minority members of the committees in the senate and the house of representatives with jurisdiction over state government finance on activities funded through money disbursed from the consumer litigation account during the prior fiscal year. The report must include an accounting of the starting balance and ending balance of the consumer litigation account for the relevant reporting period and a summary description of all disbursements from the account, along with the purpose of any disbursements. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2023. new text end

Sec. 29.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 9.031, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Collateral.

(a) In lieu of the corporate bond required in subdivision 2, a depository may deposit with the commissioner of management and budget collateral to secure state funds that are to be deposited with it. The Executive Council must approve the collateral.

(b) The Executive Council shall not approve any collateral except:

deleted text begin (1) bonds and certificates of indebtedness, other than bonds secured by real estate, that are legal investments for savings banks under any law of the state; and deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) bonds of any insular possession of the United States, of any state, or of any agency of this state, the payment of the principal and interest of which is provided for by other than direct taxation. deleted text end

new text begin (1) United States government treasury bills, treasury notes, and treasury bonds; new text end

new text begin (2) issues of United States government agencies and instrumentalities, as quoted by a recognized industry quotation service available to the state; new text end

new text begin (3) general obligation securities of any state other than the state and its agencies or local government with taxing powers that is rated "A" or better by a national bond rating service, or revenue obligation securities of any state other than the state and its agencies or local government with taxing powers that is rated "AA" or better by a national bond rating service; new text end

new text begin (4) irrevocable standby letters of credit issued by Federal Home Loan Banks to the state accompanied by written evidence that the bank's public debt is rated "AA" or better by Moody's Investors Service, Inc., or Standard & Poor's Corporation; and new text end

new text begin (5) time deposits that are fully insured by any federal agency. new text end

(c) The collateral deposited shall be accompanied by an assignment thereof to the state, which assignment shall recite that:

(1) the depository will pay all the state funds deposited with it to the commissioner of management and budget, free of exchange or other charge, at any place in this state designated by the commissioner of management and budget; if the deposit is a time deposit it shall be paid, together with interest, only when due; and

(2) in case of default by the depository the state may sell the collateral, or as much of it as is necessary to realize the full amount due from the depository, and pay any surplus to the depository or its assigns.

(d) Upon the direction of the Executive Council, the commissioner of management and budget, on behalf of the state, may reassign in writing to the depository any registered collateral pledged to the state by assignment thereon.

(e) A depository may deposit collateral of less value than the total designation and may, at any time during the period of its designation, deposit additional collateral, withdraw excess collateral, and substitute other collateral for all or part of that on deposit. Approval of the Executive Council is not necessary for the withdrawal of excess collateral.

(f) If the depository is not in default the commissioner of management and budget shall pay the interest collected on the deposited collateral to the depository.

new text begin (g) In lieu of depositing collateral with the commissioner of management and budget, collateral may also be placed in safekeeping in a restricted account at a Federal Reserve bank, or in an account at a trust department of a commercial bank or other financial institution that is not owned or controlled by the financial institution furnishing the collateral. The selection shall be approved by the commissioner. new text end

Sec. 30.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 10.44, is amended to read:

10.44 deleted text begin HOUSE, SENATE, COURT, ELECTED OFFICEdeleted text end BUDGETS; HOW TREATED.

new text begin Except as provided in section 3.1985, new text end the budgets of the house of representatives, senate, constitutional officers, district courts, court of appeals, and supreme court must be submitted to and considered by the appropriate committees of the legislature in the same manner as the budgets of executive agencies.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2025, and applies to budgets proposed for fiscal years 2026 and thereafter. new text end

Sec. 31.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 10.45, is amended to read:

10.45 BUDGETS; INFORMATION.

The budgets of the deleted text begin house of representatives, the senate,deleted text end new text begin Legislative Coordinating Commission and new text end each constitutional officer, the district courts, court of appeals, and supreme court shall be public information and shall be divided into expense categories. new text begin The budgets of the house of representatives and the senate shall be public information and shall be separated by appropriation categories identified in section 3.1985 and direct appropriation expense categories. new text end The categories shall include, among others,new text begin payroll,new text end travelnew text begin ,new text end and telephone expenses.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2025, and applies to budgets adopted for fiscal years 2026 and thereafter. new text end

Sec. 32.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 10.5805, is amended to read:

10.5805 HMONG SPECIAL GUERRILLA UNITS REMEMBRANCE DAY.

new text begin (a) new text end May 14 of each year is designated as Hmong Special Guerrilla Units Remembrance Day in honor of Southeast Asians, Americans, and their allies who served, suffered, sacrificed, or died in the Secret War in Laos during the Vietnam War in the years 1961 to 1975 in support of the armed forces of the United States, and in recognition of the significance of May 14, 1975, the last day that the overall American-trained Hmong command structure over the Special Guerrilla Units in Laos was operational. At least 35,000 Hmong Special Guerrilla soldiers lost their lives protecting trapped, lost, or captured American soldiers and pilots in Laos and Vietnam. One-half of the Hmong population in Laos perished as a result of the American Secret War in Laos. Ethnic Hmong men, women, and children in Laos faced persecution and forced reeducation in seminar camps after their American support ended. Despite the tremendous cost and sacrifices in the war, the Hmong remain proud to stand by the values of freedom and justice that America symbolizes. Those who survived escaped to western countries to start a new life. Each year, the governor shall issue a proclamation honoring the observance.

new text begin (b) Schools are encouraged to offer instruction about Hmong history or read the passage under paragraph (a) to students in honor of this day on May 14 or, if May 14 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, on the Friday preceding May 14. new text end

new text begin (c) Businesses may close in honor of this day and an employee may request the day off in observance. new text end

new text begin (d) The governor shall order the United States and the Minnesota flags flown on the grounds of the Capitol Area to be flown at half-staff on May 14. Local governments, private businesses, and public and private schools are encouraged to fly United States and Minnesota flags at half-staff on May 14. new text end

Sec. 33.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 13.04, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Procedure when data is not accurate or complete.

(a) An individual subject of the data may contest the accuracy or completeness of public or private datanew text begin about themselvesnew text end .

new text begin (b)new text end To exercise this right, an individual shall notify in writing the responsible authoritynew text begin of the government entity that maintains the data,new text end describing the nature of the disagreement.

new text begin (c) Upon receiving notification from the data subject,new text end the responsible authority shall within 30 days either:

(1) correct the data found to be inaccurate or incomplete and attempt to notify past recipients of inaccurate or incomplete data, including recipients named by the individual; or

(2) notify the individual that the new text begin responsible new text end authority deleted text begin believesdeleted text end new text begin has determinednew text end the data to be correct.new text begin If the challenged data are determined to be accurate or complete, the responsible authority shall inform the individual of the right to appeal the determination to the commissioner as specified under paragraph (d).new text end Data in dispute shall be disclosed only if the individual's statement of disagreement is included with the disclosed data.

new text begin (d) A data subject may appeal new text end the determination of the responsible authority deleted text begin may be appealeddeleted text end pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act relating to contested cases. new text begin An individual must submit an appeal to the commissioner within 60 days of the responsible authority's notice of the right to appeal or as otherwise provided by the rules of the commissioner. new text end Upon receipt of an appeal by an individual, the commissioner shall, before issuing the order and notice of a contested case hearing required by chapter 14, try to resolve the dispute through education, conference, conciliation, or persuasion. If the parties consent, the commissioner may refer the matter to mediation. Following these efforts, the commissioner shall dismiss the appeal or issue the order and notice of hearing.

new text begin (e) The commissioner may dismiss an appeal without first attempting to resolve the dispute or before issuing an order and notice of a contested case hearing if: new text end

new text begin (1) the appeal to the commissioner is not timely; new text end

new text begin (2) the appeal concerns data previously presented as evidence in a court proceeding in which the data subject was a party; or new text end

new text begin (3) the individual making the appeal is not the subject of the data challenged as inaccurate or incomplete. new text end

deleted text begin (b)deleted text end new text begin (f)new text end Data on individuals that have been successfully challenged by an individual must be completed, corrected, or destroyed by a government entity without regard to the requirements of section 138.17.

new text begin (g) new text end After completing, correcting, or destroying successfully challenged data, a government entity may retain a copy of the commissioner of administration's order issued under chapter 14 or, if no order were issued, a summary of the dispute between the parties that does not contain any particulars of the successfully challenged data.

Sec. 34.

new text begin [15.0147] COUNCIL ON LGBTQIA2S+ MINNESOTANS. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Council established; membership. new text end

new text begin (a) The Council on LGBTQIA2S+ Minnesotans is established. The council consists of 16 voting members. new text end

new text begin (b) The governor shall appoint a total of 12 public voting members. The governor may additionally appoint a commissioner of a state agency or a designee of the commissioner to serve as an ex-officio, nonvoting member of the council. new text end

new text begin (c) Four legislators shall be appointed to the council. The speaker of the house and the minority leader of the house of representatives shall each appoint one member of the house of representatives to the council. The senate Subcommittee on Committees of the Committee on Rules and Administration shall appoint one member of the senate majority caucus and one member of the senate minority caucus. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Appointments; terms; removal. new text end

new text begin (a) In making appointments to the council, the governor shall consider an appointee's proven dedication and commitment to Minnesota's LGBTQIA2S+ community and any expertise possessed by the appointee that might be beneficial to the council, such as experience in public policy, legal affairs, social work, business, or management. The executive director and legislative members may offer advice to the governor on applicants seeking appointment. new text end

new text begin (b) Terms, compensation, and filling of vacancies for members appointed by the governor are as provided in section 15.059. Removal of members appointed by the governor is governed by section 15.059, except that: (1) a member who misses more than half of the council meetings convened during a 12-month period is automatically removed from the council; and (2) a member appointed by the governor may be removed by a vote of three of the four legislative members of the council. The chair of the council shall inform the governor of the need for the governor to fill a vacancy on the council. Legislative members serve at the pleasure of their appointing authority. new text end

new text begin (c) A member appointed by the governor may serve no more than a total of eight years on the council. A legislator may serve no more than eight consecutive years or 12 nonconsecutive years on the council. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Training; executive committee; meetings; support. new text end

new text begin (a) A member appointed by the governor must attend orientation training within the first six months of service for the member's initial term. The commissioner of administration must arrange for the training to include but not be limited to the legislative process, government data practices, ethics, conflicts of interest, Open Meeting Law, Robert's Rules of Order, fiscal management, and human resources. The governor must remove a member who does not complete the training. new text end

new text begin (b) The council shall annually elect from among the members appointed by the governor a chair and other officers the council deems necessary. These officers and one legislative member selected by the council shall serve as the executive committee of the council. new text end

new text begin (c) Forty percent of voting members of the council constitutes a quorum. A quorum is required to conduct council business. A council member may not vote on any action if the member has a conflict of interest under section 10A.07. new text end

new text begin (d) The council shall receive administrative support from the commissioner of administration under section 16B.371. The council may contract in its own name but may not accept or receive a loan or incur indebtedness except as otherwise provided by law. Contracts must be approved by a majority of the members of the council and executed by the chair and the executive director. The council may apply for, receive, and expend in its own name grants and gifts of money consistent with the powers and duties specified in this section. new text end

new text begin (e) The attorney general shall provide legal services to the council on behalf of the state on all matters relating to the council, including matters relating to the state as the employer of the executive director of the council and other council staff. new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Executive director; staff. new text end

new text begin (a) The Legislative Coordinating Commission must appoint an executive director for the council. The executive director must be experienced in administrative activities and familiar with the challenges and needs of Minnesota's LGBTQIA2S+ community of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender expansive, queer, intersex, asexual, or two-spirit. The executive director serves in the unclassified service at the pleasure of the Legislative Coordinating Commission. new text end

new text begin (b) The Legislative Coordinating Commission must establish a process for recruiting and selecting applicants for the executive director position. This process must include consultation and collaboration with the council. new text end

new text begin (c) The executive director and council members must work together in fulfilling council duties. The executive director must consult with the commissioner of administration to ensure appropriate financial, purchasing, human resources, and other services for operation of the council. new text end

new text begin (d) Once appointed, the council is responsible for supervising the work of the executive director. The council chair must report to the chair of the Legislative Coordinating Commission regarding the performance of the executive director, including recommendations regarding any disciplinary actions. The executive director must appoint and supervise the work of other staff necessary to carry out the duties of the council. The executive director must consult with the council chair prior to taking the following disciplinary actions with council staff: written reprimand, suspension, demotion, or discharge. The executive director and other council staff are executive branch employees. new text end

new text begin (e) The executive director must submit the council's biennial budget request to the commissioner of management and budget as provided under chapter 16A. new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Duties of council. new text end

new text begin (a) The council must work for the implementation of economic, social, legal, and political equality for Minnesota's community of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender expansive, queer, intersex, asexual, or two-spirit. The council shall work with the legislature and governor to carry out this work by performing the duties in this section. new text end

new text begin (b) The council shall advise the governor and the legislature on issues confronting the LGBTQIA2S+ community. This may include but is not limited to presenting the results of surveys, studies, and community forums to the appropriate executive departments and legislative committees. new text end

new text begin (c) The council shall advise the governor and the legislature of administrative and legislative changes needed to improve the economic and social condition of Minnesota's LGBTQIA2S+ community. This may include but is not limited to working with legislators to develop legislation to address issues and to work for passage of legislation. This may also include making recommendations regarding the state's affirmative action program and the state's targeted group small business program or working with state agencies and organizations to develop business opportunities and promote economic development for the LGBTQIA2S+ community. new text end

new text begin (d) The council shall advise the governor and the legislature of the implications and effect of proposed administrative and legislative changes on the constituency of the council. This may include but is not limited to tracking legislation, testifying as appropriate, and meeting with executive departments and legislators. new text end

new text begin (e) The council shall serve as a liaison between state government and organizations that serve Minnesota's LGBTQIA2S+ community. This may include but is not limited to working with these organizations to carry out the duties in paragraphs (a) to (d) and working with these organizations to develop informational programs or publications to involve and empower the community in seeking improvement in their economic and social conditions. new text end

new text begin (f) The council shall perform or contract for the performance of studies designed to suggest solutions to the problems of Minnesota's LGBTQIA2S+ community in the areas of education, employment, human rights, health, housing, social welfare, and other related areas. new text end

new text begin (g) In carrying out duties under this subdivision, the council may act to advise on issues that affect the shared constituencies with the councils established in section 15.0145. new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Duties of council members. new text end

new text begin A council member shall: new text end

new text begin (1) attend and participate in scheduled meetings and be prepared by reviewing meeting notes; new text end

new text begin (2) maintain and build communication with Minnesota's LGBTQIA2S+ community; new text end

new text begin (3) collaborate with the council and executive director in carrying out the council's duties; and new text end

new text begin (4) participate in activities the council or executive director deem appropriate and necessary to facilitate the goals and duties of the council. new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Reports. new text end

new text begin The council must report on the measurable outcomes achieved in the council's current strategic plan to meet its statutory duties, along with the specific objectives and outcome measures proposed for the following year. The council must submit the report by January 15 each year to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with primary jurisdiction over state government operations. Each report must cover the calendar year of the year before the report is submitted. The specific objectives and outcome measures for the following current year must focus on three or four achievable objectives, action steps, and measurable outcomes for which the council will be held accountable. The strategic plan may include other items that support the statutory purposes of the council but should not distract from the primary statutory proposals presented. The biennial budget of the council must be submitted to the Legislative Coordinating Commission by February 1 in each odd-numbered year. new text end

Sec. 35.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 15.0395, is amended to read:

15.0395 INTERAGENCY AGREEMENTS AND INTRA-AGENCY TRANSFERS.

(a) By October 15, 2018, and annually thereafter, the head of each agency must provide reports to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over the department or agency's budget on:

(1)new text begin eachnew text end interagency deleted text begin agreementsdeleted text end new text begin agreementnew text end or service-level deleted text begin agreements anddeleted text end new text begin agreement, includingnew text end any deleted text begin renewalsdeleted text end new text begin renewalnew text end or deleted text begin extensionsdeleted text end new text begin extensionnew text end ofnew text begin annew text end existing interagency or service-level deleted text begin agreementsdeleted text end new text begin agreementnew text end with another agency if the cumulative value of those agreementsnew text begin between two agenciesnew text end is more than $100,000 in the previous fiscal year; and

(2) transfers of appropriations between accounts within or between agencies, if the cumulative value of the transfers is more than $100,000 in the previous fiscal year.

The report must include the statutory citation authorizing the agreement, transfer or dollar amount, purpose, deleted text begin anddeleted text end new text begin thenew text end effective date of the agreement,new text begin andnew text end the duration of the agreementdeleted text begin , and a copy of the agreementdeleted text end .new text begin Interagency agreements and service-level agreements that authorize enterprise central services and transfers specifically required by statute or session law are not required to be reported under this section.new text end

(b) As used in this section, "agency" includes the departments of the state listed in section 15.01, a multimember state agency in the executive branch described in section 15.012, paragraph (a), the Department of Information Technology Services, and the Office of Higher Education.

Sec. 36.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 15.066, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Advice and consent time limit. new text end

new text begin (a) For appointments that require confirmation by only the senate, if the senate does not reject an appointment within 60 legislative days of the day of receipt of the letter of appointment by the president of the senate, the senate has consented to the appointment. new text end

new text begin (b) For appointments that require confirmation by both the senate and the house of representatives, if neither the senate nor the house of representatives has rejected an appointment within 60 legislative days of the later of the day of receipt of the letter of appointment by the president of the senate or the day of receipt of the letter of appointment by the speaker of the house of representatives, the house of representatives and senate have consented to the appointment. new text end

new text begin (c) This section does not apply to appointments to the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board under section 10A.02. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective January 1, 2027. new text end

Sec. 37.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 15A.0815, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Salary limits.

The deleted text begin governor or otherdeleted text end appropriate appointing authority shall set the salary rates for positions listed in this section deleted text begin within the salary limits listed in subdivisions 2 to 4. The governor's or other appointing authority's action is subject to approval of the Legislative Coordinating Commission and the legislature as provided by subdivision 5 and section 3.855deleted text end new text begin based upon the salaries prescribed by the Compensation Council established under section 15A.082new text end .

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and applies to salary rates adopted by the council for fiscal year 2024 and thereafter. new text end

Sec. 38.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 15A.0815, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

deleted text begin Group I salary limitsdeleted text end new text begin Agency head salariesnew text end .

The salary for a position listed in this subdivision shall deleted text begin not exceed 133 percent of the salary of the governor. This limit must be adjusted annually on January 1. The new limit must equal the limit for the prior year increased by the percentage increase, if any, in the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers from October of the second prior year to October of the immediately prior yeardeleted text end new text begin be determined by the Compensation Council under section 15A.082new text end . The commissioner of management and budget must publish the deleted text begin limitdeleted text end new text begin salariesnew text end on the department's website. This subdivision applies to the following positions:

Commissioner of administration;

Commissioner of agriculture;

Commissioner of education;

Commissioner of commerce;

Commissioner of corrections;

Commissioner of health;

Commissioner, Minnesota Office of Higher Education;

new text begin Commissioner, Minnesota IT Services; new text end

Commissioner, Housing Finance Agency;

Commissioner of human rights;

Commissioner of human services;

Commissioner of labor and industry;

Commissioner of management and budget;

Commissioner of natural resources;

Commissioner, Pollution Control Agency;

Commissioner of public safety;

Commissioner of revenue;

Commissioner of employment and economic development;

Commissioner of transportation; deleted text begin anddeleted text end

Commissioner of veterans affairsdeleted text begin .deleted text end new text begin ;new text end

new text begin Executive director of the Gambling Control Board; new text end

new text begin Executive director of the Minnesota State Lottery; new text end

new text begin Commissioner of Iron Range resources and rehabilitation; new text end

new text begin Commissioner, Bureau of Mediation Services; new text end

new text begin Ombudsman for mental health and developmental disabilities; new text end

new text begin Ombudsperson for corrections; new text end

new text begin Chair, Metropolitan Council; new text end

new text begin Chair, Metropolitan Airports Commission; new text end

new text begin School trust lands director; new text end

new text begin Executive director of pari-mutuel racing; and new text end

new text begin Commissioner, Public Utilities Commission. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and applies to salary rates adopted by the council for fiscal year 2024 and thereafter. new text end

Sec. 39.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 15A.082, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Creation.

A Compensation Council is created each odd-numbered year to deleted text begin assist the legislature in establishingdeleted text end new text begin establishnew text end the compensation of constitutional officers new text begin and the heads of state and metropolitan agencies identified in section 15A.0815new text end , new text begin and to assist the legislature in establishing the compensation ofnew text end justices of the supreme courtdeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin andnew text end judges of the court of appeals and district courtdeleted text begin , and the headsdeleted text end new text begin .new text end deleted text begin of state and metropolitan agencies included in section deleted text end deleted text begin 15A.0815deleted text end deleted text begin .deleted text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and applies to salary rates adopted by the council for fiscal year 2024 and thereafter. new text end

Sec. 40.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 15A.082, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Membership.

new text begin (a) new text end The Compensation Council consists of deleted text begin 16deleted text end new text begin the followingnew text end members: eight nonjudges appointed by the chief justice of the supreme court, of whom no more than four may belong to the same political party; and one member from each congressional district appointed by the governor, of whom no more than four may belong to the same political party. new text begin The speaker and minority leader of the house of representatives must each appoint two members. The majority leader and minority leader of the senate must each appoint two members. new text end Appointments must be made after the first Monday in January and before January 15. The compensation and removal of members deleted text begin appointed by the governor or the chief justicedeleted text end shall be as provided in section 15.059, subdivisions 3 and 4. new text begin Members continue to serve until new members are appointed. Members appointed by the governor may not vote on the salary of the governor. new text end The Legislative Coordinating Commission shall provide the council with administrative and support services.new text begin The commissioner of management and budget must provide analytical and policy support to the council related to the compensation of agency heads. The provision of analytical and policy support under this subdivision shall not be considered ex parte communication under subdivision 7.new text end

new text begin (b) Members appointed under paragraph (a) may not be a: new text end

new text begin (1) current or former judge; new text end

new text begin (2) current lobbyist registered under Minnesota law; new text end

new text begin (3) current employee in the judicial, legislative, or executive branch of state government; new text end

new text begin (4) current or former governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, or state auditor; or new text end

new text begin (5) current or former legislator, or the spouse of a current legislator. new text end

Sec. 41.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 15A.082, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Submission of recommendationsnew text begin and determinationnew text end .

(a) By April 1 in each odd-numbered year, the Compensation Council shall submit to the speaker of the house and the president of the senate salary recommendations for deleted text begin constitutional officers,deleted text end justices of the supreme court, and judges of the court of appeals and district court. deleted text begin The recommended salary for each other office must take effect on the first Monday in January of the next odd-numbered year, with no more than one adjustment, to take effect on January 1 of the year after thatdeleted text end new text begin The recommended salaries take effect on July 1 of that year and July 1 of the subsequent even-numbered year and at whatever interval the council recommends thereafter, unless the legislature by law provides otherwisenew text end . The salary recommendations deleted text begin for judges and constitutional officersdeleted text end take effect if an appropriation of money to pay the recommended salaries is enacted after the recommendations are submitted and before their effective date. Recommendations may be expressly modified or rejected.

(b) deleted text begin The council shall also submit to the speaker of the house and the president of the senate recommendations for the salary ranges of the heads of state and metropolitan agencies, to be effective retroactively from January 1 of that year if enacted into law. The recommendations shall include the appropriate group in section 15A.0815 to which each agency head should be assigned and the appropriate limitation on the maximum range of the salaries of the agency heads in each group, expressed as a percentage of the salary of the governor.deleted text end new text begin By April 1 in each odd-numbered year, the Compensation Council must prescribe salaries for constitutional officers, and for the agency and metropolitan agency heads identified in section 15A.0815. The prescribed salary for each office must take effect July 1 of that year and July 1 of the subsequent even-numbered year and at whatever interval the council determines thereafter, unless the legislature by law provides otherwise. An appropriation by the legislature to fund the relevant office, branch, or agency of an amount sufficient to pay the salaries prescribed by the council constitutes a prescription by law as provided in the Minnesota Constitution, article V, sections 4 and 5.new text end

Sec. 42.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 15A.082, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Criteria.

In making compensation recommendationsnew text begin and determinationsnew text end , the council shall consider the amount of compensation paid in government service and the private sector to persons with similar qualifications, the amount of compensation needed to attract and retain experienced and competent persons, and the ability of the state to pay the recommended compensation.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and applies to salary rates adopted by the council for fiscal year 2024 and thereafter. new text end

Sec. 43.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 15A.082, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin No ex parte communications. new text end

new text begin Members may not have any communication with a constitutional officer, a head of a state agency, or member of the judiciary during the period after the first meeting is convened under this section and the date the prescribed and recommended salaries are submitted under subdivision 3. new text end

Sec. 44.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 15A.0825, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Membership.

(a) The Legislative Salary Council consists of the following members:

(1) one person, who is not a judge, from each congressional district, appointed by the chief justice of the supreme court; and

(2) one person from each congressional district, appointed by the governor.

(b) If Minnesota has an odd number of congressional districts, the governor and the chief justice must each appoint an at-large member, in addition to a member from each congressional district.

(c) One-half of the members appointed by the governor and one-half of the members appointed by the chief justice must belong to the political party that has the most members in the legislature. One-half of the members appointed by the governor and one-half of the members appointed by the chief justice must belong to the political party that has the second most members in the legislature.

(d) None of the members of the council may be:

(1) a current or former legislator, or the spouse of a current legislator;

(2) a current or former lobbyist registered under Minnesota law;

(3) a current employee of the legislature;

(4) a current or former judge; deleted text begin ordeleted text end

(5) a current or former governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, or state auditordeleted text begin .deleted text end new text begin ; ornew text end

new text begin (6) a current employee of an entity in the executive or judicial branch. new text end

Sec. 45.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 15A.0825, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

deleted text begin Initial appointmentdeleted text end new text begin Appointmentsnew text end ; convening authority; first meetingnew text begin in odd-numbered yearnew text end .

Appointing authorities must make their deleted text begin initialdeleted text end appointments deleted text begin by January 2, 2017deleted text end new text begin after the first Monday in January and before January 15 in each odd-numbered year. Appointing authorities who determine that a vacancy exists under subdivision 3, paragraph (b), must make an appointment to fill that vacancy by January 15 in each odd-numbered yearnew text end . The governor shall designate one member to convene and chair the first meeting of the councilnew text begin , that must occur by February 15 of each odd-numbered yearnew text end . deleted text begin The first meeting must be before January 15, 2017.deleted text end At its first meeting, the council must elect a chair from among its members. deleted text begin Members that reside in an even-numbered congressional district serve a first term ending January 15, 2019. Members residing in an odd-numbered congressional district serve a first term ending January 15, 2021.deleted text end

Sec. 46.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 15A.0825, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Terms.

(a) Except deleted text begin for initial terms anddeleted text end for the first term following redistricting, a term is four years or until new appointments are made after congressional redistricting as provided in subdivision 4. Members may serve no more than two full terms or portions of two consecutive terms.

(b) If a member ceases to reside in the congressional district that the member resided in at the time of appointment as a result of moving or redistricting, the appointing authority who appointed the member must appoint a replacement who resides in the congressional district to serve the unexpired term.

Sec. 47.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 15A.0825, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Appointments following redistricting.

Appointing authorities shall make appointments deleted text begin within three monthsdeleted text end after a congressional redistricting plan is adopted. new text begin Appointing authorities shall make appointments in accordance with the timing requirements in subdivision 2. new text end Members that reside in an even-numbered district shall be appointed to a term of two years following redistricting. Members that reside in an odd-numbered district shall be appointed to a term of four years following redistricting.

Sec. 48.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 15A.0825, subdivision 9, is amended to read:

Subd. 9.

Staffing.

The Legislative Coordinating Commission shall provide administrative and support services for the council.new text begin The provision of administrative and support services under this subdivision shall not be considered ex parte communication under subdivision 10.new text end

Sec. 49.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16A.011, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 15a. new text end

new text begin Transfer. new text end

new text begin A "transfer" means the authorization to move state money from one fund, account, or agency to another fund, account, or agency within the state treasury. When authorized by law, a transfer must reduce money in one fund, account, or agency and increase the same amount to a separate fund, account, or agency. new text end

Sec. 50.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16A.055, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Grant acceptance. new text end

new text begin The commissioner may apply for and receive grants from any source for the purpose of fulfilling any of the duties of the department. All funds received under this subdivision are appropriated to the commissioner for the purposes for which the funds are received. new text end

Sec. 51.

new text begin [16A.091] ACCOUNTABILITY AND PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of management and budget is responsible for the coordination, development, assessment, and communication of information, performance measures, planning, and policy concerning the state's future. new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner must develop a statewide system of economic, social, and environmental performance measures. The commissioner must provide information to assist public and elected officials with understanding the status of these performance measures. new text end

new text begin (c) The commissioner may appoint one deputy with principal responsibility for planning, strategy, and performance management. new text end

Sec. 52.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16A.103, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

State revenue and expenditures.

In February and November each year, the commissioner shall prepare a forecast of state revenue and expenditures. The November forecast must be delivered to the legislature and governor no later than deleted text begin the end of the first week ofdeleted text end Decembernew text begin 6new text end . The February forecast must be delivered to the legislature and governor by the end of February. Forecasts must be delivered to the legislature and governor on the same day. If requested by the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy, delivery to the legislature must include a presentation to the commission.

Sec. 53.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16A.103, subdivision 1b, as amended by Laws 2023, chapter 10, section 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 1b.

Forecast variable.

In determining the rate of inflation, the application of inflation, the amount of state bonding as it affects debt service, the calculation of investment income, and the other variables to be included in the expenditure part of the forecast, the commissioner must consult with the chairs and lead minority members of the senate deleted text begin State Governmentdeleted text end Finance Committee and the house of representatives Ways and Means Committee, and legislative fiscal staff. This consultation must occur at least three weeks before the forecast is to be released. No later than two weeks prior to the release of the forecast, the commissioner must inform the chairs and lead minority members of the senate deleted text begin State Governmentdeleted text end Finance Committee and the house of representatives Ways and Means Committee, and legislative fiscal staff of any changes in these variables from the previous forecast.

Sec. 54.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16A.103, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 1i. new text end

new text begin Budget close report. new text end

new text begin By October 15 of each odd-numbered year, the commissioner shall prepare a detailed fund balance analysis of the general fund for the previous biennium. The analysis shall include a comparison to the most recent publicly available fund balance analysis of the general fund. The commissioner shall provide this analysis to the chairs and ranking minority members of the house of representatives Ways and Means Committee and the senate Finance Committee, and shall post the analysis on the agency's website. new text end

Sec. 55.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16A.126, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Set rates.

The commissioner shall approve the rates an agency must pay to a revolving fund for services. Funds subject to this subdivision include, but are not limited to, the revolving funds established in sections 14.46; 14.53; 16B.2975, subdivision 4; 16B.48; 16B.54; 16B.58; 16B.85; 16E.14; 43A.55; and 176.591; deleted text begin anddeleted text end the fund established in section 43A.30new text begin ; and the account established in section 16A.1286new text end .

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2024. new text end

Sec. 56.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16A.1286, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Billing procedures.

The commissioner may bill deleted text begin up to $10,000,000 indeleted text end each fiscal year for statewide systems services provided to state agenciesdeleted text begin , judicial branch agencies, the University of Minnesotadeleted text end new text begin in the executive, legislative, and judicial branchesnew text end , the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and other entities. new text begin Each entity shall be billed based on that entity's usage of the statewide systems.new text end Each agency shall transfer from agency operating appropriations to the statewide systems account the amount billed by the commissioner. deleted text begin Billing policies and procedures related to statewide systems services must be developed by the commissioner in consultation with the commissioners of management and budget and administration, the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.deleted text end new text begin The commissioner shall develop billing policies and procedures.new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2025. new text end

Sec. 57.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16A.15, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Allotment and encumbrance.

(a) A payment may not be made without prior obligation. An obligation may not be incurred against any fund, allotment, or appropriation unless the commissioner has certified a sufficient unencumbered balance or the accounting system shows sufficient allotment or encumbrance balance in the fund, allotment, or appropriation to meet it. The commissioner shall determine when the accounting system may be used to incur obligations without the commissioner's certification of a sufficient unencumbered balance. An expenditure or obligation authorized or incurred in violation of this chapter is invalid and ineligible for payment until made valid. A payment made in violation of this chapter is illegal. An employee authorizing or making the payment, or taking part in it, and a person receiving any part of the payment, are jointly and severally liable to the state for the amount paid or received. If an employee knowingly incurs an obligation or authorizes or makes an expenditure in violation of this chapter or takes part in the violation, the violation is just cause for the employee's removal by the appointing authority or by the governor if an appointing authority other than the governor fails to do so. In the latter case, the governor shall give notice of the violation and an opportunity to be heard on it to the employee and to the appointing authority. A claim presented against an appropriation without prior allotment or encumbrance may be made valid on investigation, review, and approval by the agency head in accordance with the commissioner's policy, if the services, materials, or supplies to be paid for were actually furnished in good faith without collusion and without intent to defraud. The commissioner may then pay the claim just as properly allotted and encumbered claims are paid.

(b) The commissioner may approve payment for materials and supplies in excess of the obligation amount when increases are authorized by section 16C.03, subdivision 3.

(c) To minimize potential construction delay claims, an agency with a project funded by a building appropriation may allow a new text begin consultant or new text end contractor to proceed with supplemental work within the limits of the appropriation before money is encumbered. Under this circumstance, the agency may requisition funds and allow new text begin consultants or new text end contractors to expeditiously proceed with new text begin services or new text end a construction sequence. While the new text begin consultant or new text end contractor is proceeding, the agency shall immediately act to encumber the required funds.

Sec. 58.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16A.152, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Additional revenues; priority.

(a) If on the basis of a forecast of general fund revenues and expenditures, the commissioner of management and budget determines that there will be a positive unrestricted budgetary general fund balance at the close of the biennium, the commissioner of management and budget must allocate money to the following accounts and purposes in priority order:

(1) the cash flow account established in subdivision 1 until that account reaches $350,000,000;

(2) the budget reserve account established in subdivision 1a until that account reaches deleted text begin $2,377,399,000deleted text end new text begin $2,852,098,000new text end ;

(3) the amount necessary to increase the aid payment schedule for school district aids and credits payments in section 127A.45 to not more than 90 percent rounded to the nearest tenth of a percent without exceeding the amount available and with any remaining funds deposited in the budget reserve;new text begin andnew text end

(4) the amount necessary to restore all or a portion of the net aid reductions under section 127A.441 and to reduce the property tax revenue recognition shift under section 123B.75, subdivision 5, by the same amountdeleted text begin ;deleted text end

deleted text begin (5) the amount necessary to increase the Minnesota 21st century fund by not more than the difference between $5,000,000 and the sum of the amounts credited and canceled to it in the previous 12 months under Laws 2020, chapter 71, article 1, section 11, until the sum of all transfers under this section and all amounts credited or canceled under Laws 2020, chapter 71, article 1, section 11, equals $20,000,000; and deleted text end

deleted text begin (6) for a forecast in November only, the amount remaining after the transfer under clause (5) must be used to reduce the percentage of accelerated June liability sales tax payments required under section 289A.20, subdivision 4, paragraph (b), until the percentage equals zero, rounded to the nearest tenth of a percent. By March 15 following the November forecast, the commissioner must provide the commissioner of revenue with the percentage of accelerated June liability owed based on the reduction required by this clause. By April 15 each year, the commissioner of revenue must certify the percentage of June liability owed by vendors based on the reduction required by this clausedeleted text end .

(b) The amounts necessary to meet the requirements of this section are appropriated from the general fund within two weeks after the forecast is released or, in the case of transfers under paragraph (a), clauses (3) and (4), as necessary to meet the appropriations schedules otherwise established in statute.

(c) The commissioner of management and budget shall certify the total dollar amount of the reductions under paragraph (a), clauses (3) and (4), to the commissioner of education. The commissioner of education shall increase the aid payment percentage and reduce the property tax shift percentage by these amounts and apply those reductions to the current fiscal year and thereafter.

Sec. 59.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16A.152, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Reduction.

(a) If the commissioner determines that probable receipts for the general fund will be less than anticipated, and that the amount available for the remainder of the biennium will be less than needed, the commissioner shall, with the approval of the governor, and after consulting the Legislative Advisory Commission, reduce the amount in the budget reserve account as needed to balance expenditures with revenue.

(b) An additional deficit shall, with the approval of the governor, and after consulting the Legislative Advisory Commission, be made up by reducing unexpended allotments of any prior appropriation or transfer. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the commissioner is empowered to defer or suspend prior statutorily created obligations which would prevent effecting such reductions.

(c) If the commissioner determines that probable receipts for any other fund, appropriation, or item will be less than anticipated, and that the amount available for the remainder of the term of the appropriation or for any allotment period will be less than needed, the commissioner shall notify the agency concerned and then reduce the amount allotted or to be allotted so as to prevent a deficit.

(d) In reducing allotments, the commissioner may consider other sources of revenue available to recipients of state appropriations and may apply allotment reductions based on all sources of revenue available.

(e) In like manner, the commissioner shall reduce allotments to an agency by the amount of any saving that can be made over previous spending plans through a reduction in prices or other cause.

new text begin (f) The commissioner is prohibited from reducing an allotment or appropriation made to the legislature. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 60.

new text begin [16A.2845] APPROPRIATIONS TO OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR. new text end

new text begin Except as provided in this section, section 16A.28 applies to appropriations made to the Office of the Governor. An unexpended balance not carried forward and remaining unexpended and unencumbered at the end of a biennium lapses and shall be returned to the fund from which it was appropriated. Balances may be carried forward into the next biennium and credited to special accounts to be used only as follows: (1) for nonrecurring expenditures on investments that enhance efficiency or improve effectiveness; (2) to pay expenses associated with the work of the office, including public outreach efforts and related activities; and (3) to pay severance costs of involuntary terminations. The approval of the commissioner of management and budget under section 16A.28, subdivision 2, does not apply to the Office of the Governor. An appropriation made to the Office of the Governor may be spent in either year of the biennium. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2023, and applies to appropriations made to the Office of the Governor for fiscal year 2024 and thereafter. new text end

Sec. 61.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16A.632, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Standards.

(a) Article XI, section 5, clause (a), of the constitution states general obligation bonds may be issued to finance only the acquisition or betterment of state land, buildings, and improvements of a capital nature. In interpreting this and applying it to the purposes of the program contemplated in this section, the following standards are adopted for the disbursement of money from the capital asset preservation and replacement accountdeleted text begin :deleted text end new text begin .new text end

(b) deleted text begin Nodeleted text end new text begin An appropriation under this section may not be used to acquirenew text end new landdeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin ornew text end buildingsdeleted text begin , or major new improvements will be acquired. These projects, including all capital expenditures required to permit their effective use for the intended purpose on completion, will be estimated and provided for individually through a direct appropriation for each projectdeleted text end new text begin or to construct new buildings or additionsnew text end .

(c) An expenditure will be made from the account only when it is a capital expenditure on a capital asset previously owned by the state, within the meaning of accepted accounting principles as applied to public expenditures. The commissioner of administration will consult with the commissioner of management and budget to the extent necessary to ensure this and will furnish the commissioner of management and budget a list of projects to be financed from the account in order of their priority. The commissioner shall also furnish each revision of the list. The legislature assumes that many provisions for preservation and replacement of portions of existing capital assets will constitute betterments and capital improvements within the meaning of the constitution and capital expenditures under correct accounting principles, and will be financed more efficiently and economically under the program than by direct appropriations for specific projects. However, the purpose of the program is to accumulate data showing how additional costs may be saved by appropriating money from the general fund for preservation measures, the necessity of which is predictable over short periods.

(d) The commissioner of administration will furnish instructions to agencies to apply for funding of capital expenditures for preservation and replacement from the account, will review applications, will make initial allocations among types of eligible projects enumerated below, will determine priorities, and will allocate money in priority order until the available appropriation has been committed.new text begin An appropriation under this section may not be used to make minor emergency repairs.new text end

(e) Categories of projects considered likely to be most needed and appropriate for financing are the following:

(1) unanticipated emergencies of all kindsdeleted text begin , for which a relatively small amount should be initially reserved, replaced from money allocated to low-priority projects, if possible, as emergencies occur, and used for stabilization rather than replacement if the cost would exhaust the account and should be specially appropriateddeleted text end new text begin involving impacts to state-owned propertynew text end ;

(2) new text begin major new text end projects to deleted text begin removedeleted text end new text begin addressnew text end life safety deleted text begin hazards, likedeleted text end new text begin for existing buildings and sites, including but not limited to security,new text end replacement of mechanicalnew text begin and other buildingnew text end systems, building code violations, or structural defectsdeleted text begin , at costs not large enough to require major capital requests to the legislaturedeleted text end ;

(3) deleted text begin eliminationdeleted text end new text begin removalnew text end or containment of hazardous substances like asbestos or PCBs;

(4) deleted text begin moderate cost replacementdeleted text end new text begin major projects to replacenew text end and repair deleted text begin ofdeleted text end roofs, windows, tuckpointing, and structural members necessary to preserve the exterior and interior of existing buildings; and

(5) up to ten percent of an appropriation awarded under this section may be used for design costs for projects eligible to be funded from this account in anticipation of future funding from the account.

Sec. 62.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16A.97, is amended to read:

16A.97 TOBACCO BONDS.

The commissioner may sell and issue debt under deleted text begin either or both of sections 16A.98 anddeleted text end new text begin sectionnew text end 16A.99, but the net proceeds of bonds issued and sold under deleted text begin those sections togetherdeleted text end new text begin that sectionnew text end must not exceed $640,000,000 during fiscal years 2012 and 2013.

Sec. 63.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16B.307, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Standards.

(a) Article XI, section 5, clause (a), of the constitution requires that state general obligation bonds be issued to finance only the acquisition or betterment of public land, buildings, and other public improvements of a capital nature. Money appropriated for asset preservation, whether from state bond proceeds or from other revenue, is subject to the following additional limitations:

(b) An appropriation for asset preservation may not be used to acquire new land nor to acquire or construct new buildingsdeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin ornew text end additions to buildingsdeleted text begin , or major new improvementsdeleted text end .

(c) An appropriation for asset preservation may be used only for a capital expenditure on a capital asset previously owned by the state, within the meaning of generally accepted accounting principles as applied to public expenditures. The commissioner of administration will consult with the commissioner of management and budget to the extent necessary to ensure this and will furnish the commissioner of management and budget a list of projects to be financed from the account in order of their priority. The legislature assumes that many projects for preservation and replacement of portions of existing capital assets will constitute betterments and capital improvements within the meaning of the constitution and capital expenditures under generally accepted accounting principles, and will be financed more efficiently and economically under this section than by direct appropriations for specific projects.

(d) Categories of projects considered likely to be most needed and appropriate for asset preservation appropriations are the following:

(1) new text begin major new text end projects to deleted text begin removedeleted text end new text begin addressnew text end life safety hazardsdeleted text begin , likedeleted text end new text begin for existing buildings and sites, including but not limited to security, new text end building code violationsnew text begin ,new text end or structural defects. Notwithstanding paragraph (b), a project in this category may include an addition to an existing building if it is a required component of the hazard deleted text begin removaldeleted text end new text begin abatementnew text end project;

(2) projects to eliminate or contain hazardous substances like asbestos or lead paint;

(3) major projects to new text begin address accessibility and building code violations; new text end replace or repair roofs, windows, tuckpointing, mechanical deleted text begin ordeleted text end new text begin ,new text end electricalnew text begin , plumbing or other buildingnew text end systems, utility infrastructure,new text begin andnew text end tunnelsdeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin ; makenew text end site deleted text begin renovationsdeleted text end new text begin improvementsnew text end necessary to support building usedeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin ;new text end and new text begin repair new text end structural components necessary to preserve the exterior and interior of existing buildings; and

(4)new text begin majornew text end projects to deleted text begin renovatedeleted text end new text begin repairnew text end parking deleted text begin structuresdeleted text end new text begin facilities and surface lotsnew text end .

(e) Up to ten percent of an appropriation subject to this section may be used for design costs for projects eligible to be funded under this section in anticipation of future asset preservation appropriations.

Sec. 64.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16B.32, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Alternative energy sources.

deleted text begin Plans prepared by the commissioner for a new building or for a renovation of 50 percent or more of an existing building or its energy systems must include designs which use active and passive solar energy systems, earth sheltered construction, and other alternative energy sources where feasible. deleted text end new text begin (a) If the incorporation of cost-effective energy efficiency measures into the design, materials, and operations of a building or major building renovation subject to section 16B.325 is not sufficient to meet Sustainable Building 2030 energy performance standards required under section 216B.241, subdivision 9, cost-effective renewable energy sources or solar thermal energy systems, or both, must be deployed to achieve those standards. new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioners of administration and commerce shall review compliance of building designs and plans subject to this section with Sustainable Building 2030 performance standards developed under section 216B.241, subdivision 9, and shall make recommendations to the legislature as necessary to ensure that those performance standards are met. new text end

new text begin (c) For the purposes of this section: new text end

new text begin (1) "energy efficiency" has the meaning given in section 216B.2402, subdivision 7; new text end

new text begin (2) "renewable energy" has the meaning given in section 216B.2422, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), and includes hydrogen generated from wind, solar, or hydroelectric; and new text end

new text begin (3) "solar thermal energy systems" has the meaning given to "qualifying solar thermal project" in section 216B.2411, subdivision 2, paragraph (e). new text end

Sec. 65.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16B.32, subdivision 1a, is amended to read:

Subd. 1a.

Onsite energy generation from renewable sources.

deleted text begin A state agency that prepares a predesign for a new building must consider meeting at least two percent of the energy needs of the building from renewable sources located on the building site. For purposes of this subdivision, "renewable sources" are limited to wind and the sun. The predesign must include an explicit cost and price analysis of complying with the two-percent requirement compared with the present and future costs of energy supplied by a public utility from a location away from the building site and the present and future costs of controlling carbon emissions. If the analysis concludes that the building should not meet at least two percent of its energy needs from renewable sources located on the building site, the analysis must provide explicit reasons why not. The building may not receive further state appropriations for design or construction unless at least two percent of its energy needs are designed to be met from renewable sources, unless the commissioner finds that the reasons given by the agency for not meeting the two-percent requirement were supported by evidence in the record. deleted text end new text begin The total aggregate nameplate capacity of all renewable energy sources utilized to meet Sustainable Building 2030 standards in a state-owned building or facility, including any subscription to a community solar garden under section 216B.1641, may not exceed 120 percent of the average annual electric energy consumption of the state-owned building or facility. new text end

Sec. 66.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16B.33, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

(a) As used in this section, the following terms have the meanings given them:

(b) "Agency" has the meaning given in section 16B.01.

(c) "Architect" means an architect or landscape architect registered to practice under sections 326.02 to 326.15.

(d) "Board" means the state Designer Selection Board.

(e) "Design-build" means the process of entering into and managing a single contract between the commissioner and the design-builder in which the design-builder agrees to both design and construct a project as specified in the contract at a guaranteed maximum or a fixed price.

(f) "Design-builder" means a person who proposes to design and construct a project in accordance with the requirements of section 16C.33.

(g) "Designer" means an architect or engineer, or a partnership, association, or corporation comprised primarily of architects or engineers or of both architects and engineers.

(h) "Engineer" means an engineer registered to practice under sections 326.02 to 326.15.

(i) "Person" includes an individual, corporation, partnership, association, or any other legal entity.

(j) "Primary designer" means the designer who is to have primary design responsibility for a project, and does not include designers who are merely consulted by the user agency and do not have substantial design responsibility, or designers who will or may be employed or consulted by the primary designer.

(k) "Project" means an undertaking to construct, erect, or remodel a building by or for the state or an agency.new text begin Capital projects exempt from the requirements of this section include demolition or decommissioning of state assets; hazardous materials abatement; repair and replacement of utility infrastructure, parking lots, and parking structures; security upgrades; building systems replacement or repair, including alterations to building interiors needed to accommodate the systems; and other asset preservation work not involving remodeling of occupied space.new text end

(l) "User agency" means the agency undertaking a specific project. For projects undertaken by the state of Minnesota, "user agency" means the Department of Administration or a state agency with an appropriate delegation to act on behalf of the Department of Administration.

Sec. 67.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16B.33, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Agencies must request designer.

(a) Application. Upon undertaking a project with an estimated cost greater than deleted text begin $2,000,000deleted text end new text begin $4,000,000new text end or a planning project with estimated fees greater than deleted text begin $200,000deleted text end new text begin $400,000new text end , every user agency, except the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board, shall submit a written request for a primary designer for its project to the commissioner, who shall forward the request to the board. The University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities shall follow the process in subdivision 3a to select designers for their projects. The written request must include a description of the project, the estimated cost of completing the project, a description of any special requirements or unique features of the proposed project, and other information which will assist the board in carrying out its duties and responsibilities set forth in this section.

(b) Reactivated project. If a project for which a designer has been selected by the board becomes inactive, lapses, or changes as a result of project phasing, insufficient appropriations, or other reasons, the commissioner, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, or the University of Minnesota may, if the project is reactivated, retain the same designer to complete the project.

(c) Fee limit reached after designer selected. If a project initially estimated to be below the cost and planning fee limits of this subdivision has its cost or planning fees revised so that the limits are exceeded, the project must be referred to the board for designer selection even if a primary designer has already been selected. In this event, the board may, without conducting interviews, elect to retain the previously selected designer if it determines that the interests of the state are best served by that decision and shall notify the commissioner of its determination.

Sec. 68.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16B.33, subdivision 3a, is amended to read:

Subd. 3a.

Higher education projects.

(a) When the University of Minnesota or the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities undertakes a project involving construction or major remodeling, as defined in section 16B.335, subdivision 1, with an estimated cost greater than deleted text begin $2,000,000deleted text end new text begin $4,000,000new text end or a planning project with estimated fees greater than deleted text begin $200,000deleted text end new text begin $400,000new text end , the system shall submit a written request for a primary designer to the commissioner, as provided in subdivision 3.

(b) When the University of Minnesota or the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities undertakes a project involving renovation, repair, replacement, or rehabilitation, the system office may submit a written request for a primary designer to the commissioner as provided in subdivision 3.

(c) For projects at the University of Minnesota or the State Colleges and Universities, the board shall select at least two primary designers under subdivision 4 for recommendation to the Board of Regents or the Board of Trustees. Meeting records or written evaluations that document the final selection are public records. The Board of Regents or the Board of Trustees shall notify the commissioner of the designer selected from the recommendations.

Sec. 69.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16B.33, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Rate of inflation. new text end

new text begin No later than December 31 of every fifth year starting in 2025, the commissioner shall determine the percentage increase in the rate of inflation, as measured by the Means Quarterly Construction Cost Index, during the four-year period preceding that year. The thresholds in subdivisions 3, paragraph (a); and 3a, paragraph (a), shall be increased by the percentage calculated by the commissioner to the nearest ten-thousandth dollar. new text end

Sec. 70.

new text begin [16B.361] OFFICE OF COLLABORATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Duties of the office. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of administration shall maintain the Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution within the Department of Administration. The office must: new text end

new text begin (1) assist state agencies; offices of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches; Tribal governments; and units of local government in improving collaboration, dispute resolution, and public engagement; new text end

new text begin (2) promote and utilize collaborative dispute resolution models and processes based on documented best practices to foster trust, relationships, mutual understanding, consensus-based resolutions, and wise and durable solutions, including but not limited to: new text end

new text begin (i) using established criteria and procedures for identifying and assessing collaborative dispute resolution projects; new text end

new text begin (ii) designing collaborative dispute resolution processes; new text end

new text begin (iii) preparing and training participants; and new text end

new text begin (iv) facilitating meetings and group processes using collaborative techniques and approaches; new text end

new text begin (3) support collaboration and dispute resolution in the public and private sectors by providing technical assistance and information on best practices and new developments in dispute resolution fields; new text end

new text begin (4) build capacity and educate the public and government entities on collaboration, dispute resolution approaches, and public engagement; new text end

new text begin (5) promote the broad use of community mediation in the state; and new text end

new text begin (6) ensure that all areas of the state have access to services by providing grants to private nonprofit entities certified by the state court administrator under chapter 494 that assist in resolution of disputes. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Awarding grants to assist in resolution of disputes. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner shall, to the extent funds are appropriated for this purpose, make grants to private nonprofit community mediation entities certified by the state court administrator under chapter 494 that assist in resolution of disputes under subdivision 1, clause (6). The commissioner shall establish a grant review committee to assist in the review of grant applications and the allocation of grants under this section. new text end

new text begin (b) To be eligible for a grant under this section, a nonprofit organization must meet the requirements of section 494.05, subdivision 1, clauses (1), (2), (4), and (5). new text end

new text begin (c) A nonprofit entity receiving a grant must agree to comply with guidelines adopted by the state court administrator under section 494.015, subdivision 1. Policies adopted under sections 16B.97 and 16B.98 apply to grants under this section. The exclusions in section 494.03 apply to grants under this section. new text end

new text begin (d) Grantees must report data required under chapter 494 to evaluate quality and outcomes. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Accepting funds. new text end

new text begin The commissioner may apply for and receive money made available from federal, state, or other sources for the purposes of carrying out the mission of the Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution. Funds received under this subdivision are appropriated to the commissioner for their intended purpose. new text end

Sec. 71.

new text begin [16B.372] ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS; OFFICE CREATED. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Enterprise sustainability. new text end

new text begin The Office of Enterprise Sustainability is established to assist all state agencies in making measurable progress toward improving the sustainability of government operations by reducing the impact on the environment, controlling unnecessary waste of natural resources and public funds, and spurring innovation. The office shall create new tools and share best practices, assist state agencies to plan for and implement improvements, and monitor progress toward achieving intended outcomes. Specific duties include but are not limited to: new text end

new text begin (1) managing a sustainability metrics and reporting system, including a public dashboard that allows Minnesotans to track progress and is updated annually; new text end

new text begin (2) assisting agencies in developing and executing sustainability plans; and new text end

new text begin (3) implementing the state building energy conservation improvement revolving loan in Minnesota Statutes, sections 16B.86 and 16B.87. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin State agency responsibilities. new text end

new text begin Each cabinet-level agency is required to participate in the sustainability effort by developing a sustainability plan and by making measurable progress toward improving associated sustainability outcomes. State agencies and boards that are not members of the cabinet shall take steps toward improving sustainability outcomes. However, they are not required to participate at the level of cabinet-level agencies. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Local governments. new text end

new text begin The Office of Enterprise Sustainability shall make reasonable attempts to share tools and best practices with local governments. new text end

Sec. 72.

new text begin [16B.373] OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TRANSLATIONS. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Office establishment. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner shall establish an Office of Enterprise Translations. The office must: new text end

new text begin (1) provide translation services for written material for executive agencies; new text end

new text begin (2) create and maintain language-specific landing webpages in Spanish, Hmong, and Somali and other languages that may be determined by the commissioner, in consultation with the state demographer, with links to translated materials at state agency websites; and new text end

new text begin (3) serve as a resource to executive agencies in areas such as best practices and standards for the translation of written materials. new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner shall determine the process and requirements for state agencies to request translations of written materials. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Language access service account established. new text end

new text begin The language access service account is created in the special revenue fund for reimbursing state agencies for expenses incurred in providing language translation services. new text end

Sec. 73.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16B.4805, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

"Reasonable accommodation" as used in this section has the meaning given in section 363A.08. "State agency" as used in this section has the meaning given in section 16A.011, subdivision 12. "Reasonable accommodations eligible for reimbursement" means:

(1) reasonable accommodations provided to applicants for employment;

(2) reasonable accommodations for employees for services that will need to be provided on a periodic or ongoing basis; or

(3) reasonable accommodations that involve onetime expenses that total more than deleted text begin $1,000deleted text end new text begin $500new text end for an employee in a fiscal year.

Sec. 74.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16B.58, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Electric vehicle charging. new text end

new text begin The commissioner may require that a user of a charging station located on the State Capitol complex used to charge an electric vehicle pay an electric service fee as determined by the commissioner. new text end

Sec. 75.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16B.87, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Award and terms of loans.

(a) An agency shall apply for a loan on a form developed by the commissioner of administration that requires an applicant to submit the following information:

(1) a description of the proposed project, including existing equipment, structural elements, operating characteristics, and other conditions affecting energy use that the energy conservation improvements financed by the loan modify or replace;

(2) the total estimated project cost and the loan amount sought;

(3) a detailed project budget;

(4) projections of the proposed project's expected energy and monetary savings;

(5) information demonstrating the agency's ability to repay the loan;

(6) a description of the energy conservation programs offered by the utility providing service to the state building from which the applicant seeks additional funding for the project; and

(7) any additional information requested by the commissioner.

(b) The committee shall review applications for loans and shall award a loan based upon criteria adopted by the committee. A loan made under this section must:

(1) be at or below the market rate of interest, including a zero interest loan; and

(2) have a term no longer than deleted text begin sevendeleted text end new text begin tennew text end years.

(c) In making awards, the committee shall give preference to:

(1) applicants that have sought funding for the project through energy conservation projects offered by the utility serving the state building that is the subject of the application; and

(2) to the extent feasible, applications for state buildings located within the electric retail service area of the utility that is subject to section 116C.779.

Sec. 76.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16C.10, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Emergency acquisition.

The solicitation process described in this chapternew text begin and chapter 16Bnew text end is not required in emergencies. In emergencies, the commissioner may make new text begin or authorize new text end any purchases necessary for thenew text begin design, construction,new text end repair, rehabilitation, and improvement of a deleted text begin state-owneddeleted text end new text begin publicly ownednew text end structure or maynew text begin make ornew text end authorize an agency to do so and may purchase, or may authorize an agency to purchase, new text begin any new text end goods, services, or utility services directly for immediate use.new text begin This provision applies to projects conducted by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.new text end

Sec. 77.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16C.16, subdivision 6, is amended to read:

Subd. 6.

Purchasing methods.

(a) The commissioner may award up to a deleted text begin sixdeleted text end new text begin 12new text end percent preference for specified goods or services to small targeted group businesses.

(b) The commissioner may award a contract for goods, services, or construction directly to a small business or small targeted group business without going through a competitive solicitation process up to a total contract award value, including extension options, of deleted text begin $25,000deleted text end new text begin $100,000new text end .

(c) The commissioner may designate a purchase of goods or services for award only to small businesses or small targeted group businesses if the commissioner determines that at least three small businesses or small targeted group businesses are likely to respond to a solicitation.

(d) The commissioner, as a condition of awarding a construction contract or approving a contract for professional or technical services, may set goals that require the prime contractor to subcontract a portion of the contract to small businesses or small targeted group businesses. The commissioner must establish a procedure for granting waivers from the subcontracting requirement when qualified small businesses or small targeted group businesses are not reasonably available. The commissioner may establish financial incentives for prime contractors who exceed the goals for use of small business or small targeted group business subcontractors and financial penalties for prime contractors who fail to meet goals under this paragraph. The subcontracting requirements of this paragraph do not apply to prime contractors who are small businesses or small targeted group businesses.

Sec. 78.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16C.16, subdivision 6a, is amended to read:

Subd. 6a.

Veteran-owned small businesses.

(a) Except when mandated by the federal government as a condition of receiving federal funds, the commissioner shall award up to a deleted text begin sixdeleted text end new text begin 12new text end percent preference, but no less than the percentage awarded to any other group under this section, on state procurement to certified small businesses that are majority-owned and operated by veterans.

(b) The commissioner may award a contract for goods, services, or construction directly to a veteran-owned small business without going through a competitive solicitation process up to a total contract award value, including extension options, of deleted text begin $25,000deleted text end new text begin $100,000new text end .

(c) The commissioner may designate a purchase of goods or services for award only to a veteran-owned small business if the commissioner determines that at least three veteran-owned small businesses are likely to respond to a solicitation.

(d) The commissioner, as a condition of awarding a construction contract or approving a contract for professional or technical services, may set goals that require the prime contractor to subcontract a portion of the contract to a veteran-owned small business. The commissioner must establish a procedure for granting waivers from the subcontracting requirement when qualified veteran-owned small businesses are not reasonably available. The commissioner may establish financial incentives for prime contractors who exceed the goals for use of veteran-owned small business subcontractors and financial penalties for prime contractors who fail to meet goals under this paragraph. The subcontracting requirements of this paragraph do not apply to prime contractors who are veteran-owned small businesses.

(e) The purpose of this designation is to facilitate the transition of veterans from military to civilian life, and to help compensate veterans for their sacrifices, including but not limited to their sacrifice of health and time, to the state and nation during their military service, as well as to enhance economic development within Minnesota.

(f) Before the commissioner certifies that a small business is majority-owned and operated by a veteran, the commissioner of veterans affairs must verify that the owner of the small business is a veteran, as defined in section 197.447.

Sec. 79.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16C.16, subdivision 7, is amended to read:

Subd. 7.

Economically disadvantaged areas.

(a) The commissioner may award up to a deleted text begin sixdeleted text end new text begin 12new text end percent preference on state procurement to small businesses located in an economically disadvantaged area.

(b) The commissioner may award a contract for goods, services, or construction directly to a small business located in an economically disadvantaged area without going through a competitive solicitation process up to a total contract award value, including extension options, of deleted text begin $25,000deleted text end new text begin $100,000new text end .

(c) The commissioner may designate a purchase of goods or services for award only to a small business located in an economically disadvantaged area if the commissioner determines that at least three small businesses located in an economically disadvantaged area are likely to respond to a solicitation.

(d) The commissioner, as a condition of awarding a construction contract or approving a contract for professional or technical services, may set goals that require the prime contractor to subcontract a portion of the contract to a small business located in an economically disadvantaged area. The commissioner must establish a procedure for granting waivers from the subcontracting requirement when qualified small businesses located in an economically disadvantaged area are not reasonably available. The commissioner may establish financial incentives for prime contractors who exceed the goals for use of subcontractors that are small businesses located in an economically disadvantaged area and financial penalties for prime contractors who fail to meet goals under this paragraph. The subcontracting requirements of this paragraph do not apply to prime contractors who are small businesses located in an economically disadvantaged area.

(e) A business is located in an economically disadvantaged area if:

(1) the owner resides in or the business is located in a county in which the median income for married couples is less than 70 percent of the state median income for married couples;

(2) the owner resides in or the business is located in an area designated a labor surplus area by the United States Department of Labor; or

(3) the business is a certified rehabilitation facility or extended employment provider as described in chapter 268A.

(f) The commissioner may designate one or more areas designated as targeted neighborhoods under section 469.202 or as border city enterprise zones under section 469.166 as economically disadvantaged areas for purposes of this subdivision if the commissioner determines that this designation would further the purposes of this section. If the owner of a small business resides or is employed in a designated area, the small business is eligible for any preference provided under this subdivision.

(g) The Department of Revenue shall gather data necessary to make the determinations required by paragraph (e), clause (1), and shall annually certify counties that qualify under paragraph (e), clause (1). An area designated a labor surplus area retains that status for 120 days after certified small businesses in the area are notified of the termination of the designation by the United States Department of Labor.

Sec. 80.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16C.19, is amended to read:

16C.19 ELIGIBILITY; RULES.

(a) A small business wishing to participate in the programs under section 16C.16, subdivisions 4 to 7, must be certified by the commissionernew text begin or, if authorized by the commissioner, by a nationally recognized certifying organization. The commissioner may choose to authorize a nationally recognized certifying organization if the certification requirements are substantially the same as those adopted under the rules authorized in this section and the business meets the requirements in section 16C.16, subdivision 2new text end .

new text begin (b) new text end The commissioner shall adopt by rule standards and procedures for certifying that small targeted group businesses, small businesses located in economically disadvantaged areas, and veteran-owned small businesses are eligible to participate under the requirements of sections 16C.16 to 16C.21. The commissioner shall adopt by rule standards and procedures for hearing appeals and grievances and other rules necessary to carry out the duties set forth in sections 16C.16 to 16C.21.

deleted text begin (b)deleted text end new text begin (c)new text end The commissioner may make rules which exclude or limit the participation of nonmanufacturing business, including third-party lessors, brokers, franchises, jobbers, manufacturers' representatives, and others from eligibility under sections 16C.16 to 16C.21.

deleted text begin (c)deleted text end new text begin (d)new text end The commissioner may make rules that set time limits and other eligibility limits on business participation in programs under sections 16C.16 to 16C.21.

deleted text begin (d)deleted text end new text begin (e)new text end Notwithstanding paragraph (a), for purposes of sections 16C.16 to 16C.21, a veteran-owned small business, the principal place of business of which is in Minnesota, is certified if:

(1) it has been verified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as being either a veteran-owned small business or a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, in accordance with Public Law 109-461 and Code of Federal Regulations, title 38, part 74; or

(2) the veteran-owned small business supplies the commissioner with proof that the small business is majority-owned and operated by:

(i) a veteran as defined in section 197.447; or

(ii) a veteran with a service-connected disability, as determined at any time by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

deleted text begin (e)deleted text end new text begin (f)new text end Until rules are adopted pursuant to paragraph (a) for the purpose of certifying veteran-owned small businesses, the provisions of Minnesota Rules, part 1230.1700, may be read to include veteran-owned small businesses. In addition to the documentation required in Minnesota Rules, part 1230.1700, the veteran owner must have been discharged under honorable conditions from active service, as indicated by the veteran owner's most current United States Department of Defense form DD-214.

deleted text begin (f)deleted text end new text begin (g)new text end Notwithstanding paragraph (a), for purposes of sections 16C.16 to 16C.21, a minority- or woman-owned small business, the principal place of business of which is in Minnesota, is certified if it has been certified by the Minnesota unified certification program under the provisions of Code of Federal Regulations, title 49, part 26new text begin , and a Tribal-owned small business, the principal place of business of which is in Minnesota, is certified if it has been certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) program under the provisions of Code of Federal Regulations, title 13, part 124new text end .

deleted text begin (g)deleted text end new text begin (h)new text end The commissioner may adopt rules to implement the programs under section 16C.16, subdivisions 4 to 7, using the expedited rulemaking process in section 14.389.

Sec. 81.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16C.251, is amended to read:

16C.251 BEST AND FINAL OFFER.

A "best and final offer" solicitation process may not be used for building and construction contractsnew text begin awarded based on competitive bidsnew text end .

Sec. 82.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16C.32, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

As used in sections 16C.32 to 16C.35, the following terms have the meanings given them, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(1) "acceptance" means a formal resolution of the commissioner authorizing the execution of a design-build, construction manager at risk, or job order contracting contract;

(2) "agency" means any state officer, employee, board, commission, authority, department, or other agency of the executive branch of state government. Unless specifically indicated otherwise, as used in sections 16C.32 to 16C.35, agency also includes the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities;

(3) "architect" means an architect or landscape architect registered to practice under sections 326.02 to 326.15;

(4) "board" means the state Designer Selection Board, unless the estimated cost of the project is less than deleted text begin $2,000,000deleted text end new text begin the amount specified in section 16B.33, subdivision 3new text end , in which case the commissioner may act as the board;

(5) "Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board" means the board established to govern the Capitol Area under chapter 15B;

(6) "commissioner" means the commissioner of administration or the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, whichever controls a project;

(7) "construction manager at risk" means a person who is selected by the commissioner to act as a construction manager to manage the construction process, which includes, but is not limited to, responsibility for the price, schedule, and workmanship of the construction performed in accordance with the procedures of section 16C.34;

(8) "construction manager at risk contract" means a contract for construction of a project between a construction manager at risk and the commissioner, which contract shall include a guaranteed maximum price, construction schedule, and workmanship of the construction performed;

(9) "design-build contract" means a contract between the commissioner and a design-builder to furnish the architectural, engineering, and related design services as well as the labor, materials, supplies, equipment, and construction services for a project;

(10) "design and price-based proposal" means the proposal to be submitted by a design-builder in the design and price-based selection process, as described in section 16C.33, which proposal meets the requirements of section 16C.33, subdivision 7, paragraph (c), in such detail as required in the request for proposals;

(11) "design and price-based selection" means the selection of a design-builder as described in section 16C.33, subdivision 8;

(12) "design criteria package" means performance criteria prepared by a design criteria professional who shall be either an employee of the commissioner or shall be selected in compliance with section 16B.33, 16C.08, or 16C.087;

(13) "design criteria professional" means a person licensed under chapter 326, or a person who employs an individual or individuals licensed under chapter 326, required to design a project, and who is employed by or under contract to the commissioner to provide professional, architectural, or engineering services in connection with the preparation of the design criteria package;

(14) "guaranteed maximum price" means the maximum amount that a design-builder, construction manager at risk, or subcontractor will be paid pursuant to a contract to perform a defined scope of work;

(15) "guaranteed maximum price contract" means a contract under which a design-builder, construction manager, or subcontractor is paid on the basis of their actual cost to perform the work specified in the contract plus an amount for overhead and profit, the sum of which must not exceed the guaranteed maximum price set forth in the contract;

(16) "job order contracting" means a project delivery method that requests a limited number of bids from a list of qualified contractors, selected from a registry of qualified contractors who have been prescreened and who have entered into master contracts with the commissioner, as provided in section 16C.35;

(17) "past performance" or "experience" does not include the exercise or assertion of a person's legal rights;

(18) "person" includes an individual, corporation, partnership, association, or any other legal entity;

(19) "project" means an undertaking to construct, alter, or enlarge a building, structure, or other improvements, except highways and bridges, by or for the state or an agency;

(20) "qualifications-based selection" means the selection of a design-builder as provided in section 16C.33;

(21) "request for qualifications" means the document or publication soliciting qualifications for a design-build, construction manager at risk, or job order contracting contract as provided in sections 16C.33 to 16C.35;

(22) "request for proposals" means the document or publication soliciting proposals for a design-build or construction manager at risk contract as provided in sections 16C.33 and 16C.34; and

(23) "trade contract work" means the furnishing of labor, materials, or equipment by contractors or vendors that are incorporated into the completed project or are major components of the means of construction. Work performed by trade contractors involves specific portions of the project, but not the entire project.

Sec. 83.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16C.36, is amended to read:

16C.36 REORGANIZATION SERVICES UNDER MASTER CONTRACT.

The commissioner of administration must make available under a master contract program a list of eligible contractors who can assist state agencies in using data analytics to:

(1) accomplish agency reorganization along service rather than functional lines in order to provide more efficient and effective service; and

(2) bring about internal reorganization of management functions in order to flatten the organizational structure by requiring that decisions are made closer to the service needed, eliminating redundancies, and optimizing the span of control ratios to public and private sector industry benchmarks.

deleted text begin The commissioner of administration must report to the legislature by January 15, 2013, and January 15, 2014, on state agency use of eligible contractors under this section, and on improvements in efficiency and effectiveness, including the contract oversight process, of state services as a result of services provided by contractors. deleted text end

Sec. 84.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 43A.04, subdivision 7, is amended to read:

Subd. 7.

Reporting.

The commissioner shall issue a written report by February 1 and August 1 of each year to the chair of the Legislative Coordinating Commission. The report must list the number of appointments made under each of the categories in section 43A.15, the number made to the classified service other than under section 43A.15, and the number made under section 43A.08, subdivision 2a, during the six-month periods ending June 30 and December 31, respectively.new text begin The report must be posted online and must be accessible under section 16E.03. The commissioner shall advertise these reports in multiple formats to ensure broad dissemination.new text end

Sec. 85.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 43A.06, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

General.

(a) The commissioner shall perform the duties assigned to the commissioner by new text begin this section and new text end sections 3.855deleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin andnew text end 179A.01 to 179A.25 deleted text begin and this sectiondeleted text end .

(b) The commissioner shall be the state labor negotiator for purposes of negotiating and administering agreements with exclusive representatives of employees and shall perform any other duties delegated by the commissioner subject to the limitations in paragraph (c).

(c) The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities may exercise the powers under this section for employees included in the units provided in new text begin section 179A.10, subdivision 2, new text end clauses (9), (10), and (11) deleted text begin of section 179A.10, subdivision 2deleted text end , except with respect to sections 43A.22 to 43A.31, which shall continue to be the responsibility of the commissioner. The commissioner shall have the right to review and comment to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities on the board's final proposals prior to exchange of final positions with the designated bargaining units as well as any requests for interest arbitration. The legislature encourages the Board of Trustees, in coordination with the commissioner of management and budget and the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, to endeavor in collective bargaining negotiations to seek fiscal balance recognizing the ability of the employer to fund the agreements or awards. deleted text begin When submitting a proposed collective bargaining agreement to the Legislative Coordinating Commission and the legislature under section 3.855, subdivision 2, the Board of Trustees must use procedures and assumptions consistent with those used by the commissioner in calculating the costs of the proposed contract. The Legislative Coordinating Commission must, when considering a collective bargaining agreement or arbitration award submitted by the Board of Trustees, evaluate market conditions affecting the employees in the bargaining unit, equity with other bargaining units in the executive branch, and the ability of the trustees and the state to fund the agreement or award.deleted text end

Sec. 86.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 43A.08, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Unclassified positions.

Unclassified positions are held by employees who are:

(1) chosen by election or appointed to fill an elective office;

(2) heads of agencies required by law to be appointed by the governor or other elective officers, and the executive or administrative heads of departments, bureaus, divisions, and institutions specifically established by law in the unclassified service;

(3) deputy and assistant agency heads and one confidential secretary in the agencies listed in subdivision 1a deleted text begin and in the Office of Strategic and Long-Range Planningdeleted text end ;

(4) the confidential secretary to each of the elective officers of this state and, for the secretary of state and state auditor, an additional deputy, clerk, or employee;

(5) intermittent help employed by the commissioner of public safety to assist in the issuance of vehicle licenses;

(6) employees in the offices of the governor and of the lieutenant governor and one confidential employee for the governor in the Office of the Adjutant General;

(7) employees of the Washington, D.C., office of the state of Minnesota;

(8) employees of the legislature and of legislative committees or commissions; provided that employees of the Legislative Audit Commission, except for the legislative auditor, the deputy legislative auditors, and their confidential secretaries, shall be employees in the classified service;

(9) presidents, vice-presidents, deans, other managers and professionals in academic and academic support programs, administrative or service faculty, teachers, research assistants, and student employees eligible under terms of the federal Economic Opportunity Act work study program in the Perpich Center for Arts Education and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, but not the custodial, clerical, or maintenance employees, or any professional or managerial employee performing duties in connection with the business administration of these institutions;

(10) officers and enlisted persons in the National Guard;

(11) attorneys, legal assistants, and three confidential employees appointed by the attorney general or employed with the attorney general's authorization;

(12) judges and all employees of the judicial branch, referees, receivers, jurors, and notaries public, except referees and adjusters employed by the Department of Labor and Industry;

(13) members of the State Patrol; provided that selection and appointment of State Patrol troopers must be made in accordance with applicable laws governing the classified service;

(14) examination monitors and intermittent training instructors employed by the Departments of Management and Budget and Commerce and by professional examining boards and intermittent staff employed by the technical colleges for the administration of practical skills tests and for the staging of instructional demonstrations;

(15) student workers;

(16) executive directors or executive secretaries appointed by and reporting to any policy-making board or commission established by statute;

(17) employees unclassified pursuant to other statutory authority;

(18) intermittent help employed by the commissioner of agriculture to perform duties relating to pesticides, fertilizer, and seed regulation;

(19) the administrators and the deputy administrators at the State Academies for the Deaf and the Blind; and

(20) chief executive officers in the Department of Human Services.

Sec. 87.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 43A.18, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Collective bargaining agreements.

Except as provided in section 43A.01 and to the extent they are covered by a collective bargaining agreement, the compensation, terms and conditions of employment for all employees represented by an exclusive representative certified pursuant to chapter 179A shall be governed solely by the collective bargaining agreement executed by the parties deleted text begin and approved by the legislaturedeleted text end .

Sec. 88.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 137.0245, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Membership.

The Regent Candidate Advisory Council shall consist of 24 members. Twelve members shall be appointed by the deleted text begin Subcommittee on Committees of the Committee on Rules and Administrationdeleted text end new text begin majority leadernew text end of the senate. Twelve members shall be appointed by the speaker of the house. Each appointing authority must appoint one member who is a student enrolled in a degree program at the University of Minnesota at the time of appointment. No more than one-third of the members appointed by each appointing authority may be current or former legislators. No more than two-thirds of the members appointed by each appointing authority may belong to the same political party; however, political activity or affiliation is not required for the appointment of any member. Geographical representation must be taken into consideration when making appointments. Section 15.0575 shall govern the advisory council, except that:

(1) the members shall be appointed to six-year terms with one-third appointed each even-numbered year; and

(2) student members are appointed to two-year terms with two students appointed each even-numbered year.

A member may not serve more than two full terms.

Sec. 89.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 137.0245, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Public meetings. new text end

new text begin Meetings of the council or subcommittees of the council must be open to the public and are subject to section 3.055. new text end

Sec. 90.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 138.081, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Administration of federal act.

The deleted text begin Department of Administrationdeleted text end new text begin Minnesota Historical Societynew text end is designated as the state agency to administer the provisions of the federal act providing for the preservation of historical and archaeological data, United States Code, title deleted text begin 16deleted text end new text begin 54new text end , deleted text begin sections 469 to 469Cdeleted text end new text begin section 312501, as amendednew text end , insofar as the provisions of the act provide for implementation by the state.

Sec. 91.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 138.665, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

deleted text begin Mediationdeleted text end new text begin Consultationnew text end .

The state, state departments, agencies, and political subdivisions, including the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, have a responsibility to protect the physical features and historic character of properties designated in sections 138.662 and 138.664 or listed on the National Register of Historic Places created by Public Law 89-665. Before carrying out any undertaking that will affect designated or listed properties, or funding or licensing an undertaking by other parties, the state department or agency shall consult with the State Historic Preservation Office pursuant to deleted text begin the society'sdeleted text end new text begin the State Historic Preservation Office'snew text end established procedures to determine appropriate treatments and to seek ways to avoid and mitigate any adverse effects on designated or listed properties. If the state department or agency and the State Historic Preservation Office agree in writing on a suitable course of action, the project may proceed. If the parties cannot agree, any one of the parties may request that the governor appoint and convene a mediation task force consisting of five members, two appointed by the governor, the chair of the State Review Board of the State Historic Preservation Office, the commissioner of administration or the commissioner's designee, and one member deleted text begin who is not an employee of the Minnesota Historical Societydeleted text end appointed by the director of the new text begin Minnesota Historical new text end Society. The two appointees of the governor and deleted text begin the onedeleted text end of the director of the society shall be qualified by training or experience in one or more of the following disciplines: (1) history; (2) archaeology; and (3) architectural history. The mediation task force is not subject to the conditions of section 15.059. This subdivision does not apply to section 138.662, subdivision 24, and section 138.664, subdivisions 8 and 111.

Sec. 92.

new text begin [138.705] CAPITOL BUILDING ELECTROLIER. new text end

new text begin The Minnesota Historical Society must light the Capitol building electrolier during regular business hours on any days during which the legislature is convened in a regular or special session, and during special events, when requested jointly by the chief clerk of the house of representatives and the secretary of the senate. The historical society must coordinate with the chief clerk of the house of representatives and the secretary of the senate for the purpose of keeping the electrolier lit when either body of the legislature is expected to meet outside of regular business hours. new text end

Sec. 93.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 138.912, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Establishment.

The healthy eating, here at home program is established to provide incentives for low-income Minnesotans to use federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for healthy purchases at Minnesota-based farmers' marketsnew text begin , mobile markets, and direct-farmer sales, including community-supported agriculture sharesnew text end .

Sec. 94.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 138.912, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Definitions.

(a) The definitions in this subdivision apply to this section.

(b) "Healthy eating, here at home" means a program administered by the Minnesota Humanities Center to provide incentives for low-income Minnesotans to use SNAP benefits for healthy purchases at Minnesota-based farmers' markets.

(c) "Healthy purchases" means SNAP-eligible foods.

(d) "Minnesota-based farmers' market" means a physical market as defined in section 28A.151, subdivision 1, paragraph (b), and also includes mobile marketsnew text begin and direct-farmer sales, including through a community-supported agriculture modelnew text end .

(e) "Voucher" means a physical or electronic credit.

(f) "Eligible household" means an individual or family that is determined to be a recipient of SNAP.

Sec. 95.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 145.951, is amended to read:

145.951 IMPLEMENTATION PLAN; STATEWIDE PROGRAM FOR FAMILIES.

The commissioner of health, in consultation with the commissioners of education; corrections; public safety; and human services, and with the deleted text begin directorsdeleted text end new text begin directornew text end of deleted text begin the Office of Strategic and Long-Range Planning,deleted text end the Council on Disabilitydeleted text begin ,deleted text end and the councils and commission under sections 3.922, 3.9221, and 15.0145, may develop an implementation plan for the establishment of a statewide program to assist families in developing the full potential of their children. The program must be designed to strengthen the family, to reduce the risk of abuse to children, and to promote the long-term development of children in their home environments. The program must also be designed to use volunteers to provide support to parents, and to link parents with existing public health, education, and social services as appropriate.

Sec. 96.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 155A.23, subdivision 8, is amended to read:

Subd. 8.

Manager.

A "manager" is any person who is a cosmetologist, esthetician, advanced practice esthetician,new text begin hair technician,new text end nail technician practitioner, or eyelash technician deleted text begin practitionerdeleted text end , and who has a manager license and provides any services under that license, as defined in subdivision 3.

Sec. 97.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 155A.23, subdivision 18, is amended to read:

Subd. 18.

Practitioner.

A "practitioner" is any person licensednew text begin as an operator or managernew text end in the practice of cosmetology, esthiology,new text begin hair technology services,new text end nail technology services, or eyelash technology services.

Sec. 98.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 155A.23, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 21. new text end

new text begin Hair technician. new text end

new text begin A "hair technician" is any person who, for compensation, performs personal services for the cosmetic care of the hair on the scalp. Hair technician services include cutting the hair and the application of dyes, bleach, reactive chemicals, keratin, or other preparations to color or alter the structure of the hair. A person who only performs hairstyling as defined by subdivision 19, is not a hair technician. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective on or after July 1, 2024. new text end

Sec. 99.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 155A.27, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Licensing.

A person must hold an individual license to practice in the state as a cosmetologist, esthetician,new text begin hair technician,new text end nail technician, eyelash technician, advanced practice esthetician, manager, or instructor.

Sec. 100.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 155A.27, subdivision 5a, is amended to read:

Subd. 5a.

Temporary military license.

The board shall establish temporary licenses for a cosmetologist,new text begin hair technician,new text end nail technician, and esthetician in accordance with section 197.4552.

Sec. 101.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 155A.27, subdivision 10, is amended to read:

Subd. 10.

Nonresident licenses.

(a) A nonresident cosmetologist,new text begin hair technician,new text end nail technician, deleted text begin ordeleted text end esthetician may be licensed in Minnesota if the individual has completed cosmetology school in a state or country with the same or greater school hour requirements, has an active license in that state or country, and has passed a board-approved theory and practice-based examination, the Minnesota-specific written operator examination for cosmetologist,new text begin hair technician,new text end nail technician, deleted text begin ordeleted text end esthetician. If a test is used to verify the qualifications of trained cosmetologists, the test should be translated into the nonresident's native language within the limits of available resources. Licenses shall not be issued under this subdivision for managers or instructors.

(b) If an individual has less than the required number of school hours, the individual must have had a current active license in another state or country for at least three years and have passed a board-approved theory and practice-based examination, and the Minnesota-specific written operator examination for cosmetologist,new text begin hair technician,new text end nail technician, deleted text begin ordeleted text end esthetician. If a test is used to verify the qualifications of trained cosmetologists, the test should be translated into the nonresident's native language within the limits of available resources. Licenses must not be issued under this subdivision for managers or instructors.

(c) Applicants claiming training and experience in a foreign country shall supply official English-language translations of all required documents from a board-approved source.

Sec. 102.

new text begin [155A.2705] HAIR TECHNICIAN REQUIREMENTS AND TRAINING. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Age requirement. new text end

new text begin An applicant for a hair technician license must be at least 17 years of age. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Application. new text end

new text begin A complete application for a hair technician license must include the following: new text end

new text begin (1) a completed application form; new text end

new text begin (2) payment of the fees required by section 155A.25; new text end

new text begin (3) passing test results achieved no more than one year before the submission of the application of the following board-approved tests for the license for a hair technician: new text end

new text begin (i) the general theory test; new text end

new text begin (ii) the written practical test; and new text end

new text begin (iii) the test on Minnesota Laws and Rules related to providing hair technician services; and new text end

new text begin (4) proof of completion of training in the form of the original course completion certificate with the notarized signatures of the school manager or owner documenting the successful completion of the required training under subdivision 3. If the completed training is more than five years old, a skills course certificate no more than one year old must also be submitted. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Training. new text end

new text begin Hair technician training must be completed at a Minnesota-licensed cosmetology school. The training must consist of 900 hours of coursework and planned clinical instruction and experience that includes: new text end

new text begin (1) the first 300 hours of the hair technology course that includes: new text end

new text begin (i) student orientation; new text end

new text begin (ii) preclinical instruction in the theory of sciences, including: new text end

new text begin (A) muscle and bone structure and function; new text end

new text begin (B) properties of the hair and scalp; new text end

new text begin (C) disorders and diseases of the hair and scalp; new text end

new text begin (D) chemistry as related to hair technology; and new text end

new text begin (E) electricity and light related to the practice of hair technology; new text end

new text begin (iii) theory and preclinical instruction on client and service safety prior to students offering services; new text end

new text begin (iv) introductory service skills that are limited to the observation of an instructor demonstration, student use of mannequins, or student-to-student application of basic services related to hair technology; new text end

new text begin (v) Minnesota statutes and rules pertaining to the regulation of hair technology; new text end

new text begin (vi) health and safety instruction that includes: new text end

new text begin (A) chemical safety; new text end

new text begin (B) safety data sheets; new text end

new text begin (C) personal protective equipment (PPE); new text end

new text begin (D) hazardous substances; and new text end

new text begin (E) laws and regulations related to health and public safety; and new text end

new text begin (vii) infection control to protect the health and safety of the public and technician that includes: new text end

new text begin (A) disinfectants; new text end

new text begin (B) disinfectant procedures; new text end

new text begin (C) cleaning and disinfection; new text end

new text begin (D) single use items; new text end

new text begin (E) storage of tools, implements, and linens; and new text end

new text begin (F) other implements and equipment used in salons and schools; new text end

new text begin (2) 300 hours in hair cutting and styling that includes hair and scalp analysis, cleaning, scalp and hair conditioning, hair design and shaping, drying, arranging, curling, dressing, waving, and nonchemical straightening; and new text end

new text begin (3) 300 hours in chemical hair services that includes hair and scalp analysis, dying, bleaching, reactive chemicals, keratin, hair coloring, permanent straightening, permanent waving, predisposition and strand tests, safety precautions, chemical mixing, color formulation, and the use of dye removers. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2024. new text end

Sec. 103.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 155A.271, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Continuing education requirements.

(a) To qualify for license renewal under this chapter as an individual cosmetologist,new text begin hair technician,new text end nail technician, esthetician, advanced practice esthetician, eyelash technician, or salon manager, the applicant must complete four hours of continuing education credits from a board-approved continuing education provider during the three years prior to the applicant's renewal date. One credit hour of the requirement must include instruction pertaining to state laws and rules governing the practice of cosmetology. Three credit hours must include instruction pertaining to health, safety, and infection control matters consistent with the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards applicable to the practice of cosmetology, or other applicable federal health, infection control, and safety standards, and must be regularly updated so as to incorporate newly developed standards and accepted professional best practices. Credit hours earned are valid for three years and may be applied simultaneously to all individual licenses held by a licensee under this chapter.

(b) deleted text begin Effective August 1, 2017,deleted text end In addition to the hours of continuing education credits required under paragraph (a), to qualify for license renewal under this chapter as an individual cosmetologist,new text begin hair technician,new text end nail technician, esthetician, advanced practice esthetician, or salon manager, the applicant must also complete a four credit hour continuing education course from a board-approved continuing education provider based on any of the following within the licensee's scope of practice:

(1) product chemistry and chemical interaction;

(2) proper use and maintenance of machines and instruments;

(3) business management, professional ethics, and human relations; or

(4) techniques relevant to the type of license held.

Credits are valid for three years and must be completed with a board-approved provider of continuing education during the three years prior to the applicant's renewal date and may be applied simultaneously to other individual licenses held as applicable, except that credits completed under this paragraph must not duplicate credits completed under paragraph (a).

(c) Paragraphs (a) and (b) do not apply to an instructor license, a school manager license, or an inactive license.

Sec. 104.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 155A.29, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Licensing.

A person must not offer cosmetology services for compensation unless the services are provided by a licensee in a licensed salon or as otherwise provided in this section. deleted text begin Each salon must be licensed as a cosmetology salon, a nail salon, esthetician salon, advanced practice esthetician salon, or eyelash extension salon. A salon may hold more than one type of salon license.deleted text end

Sec. 105.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 161.1419, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Members.

(a) The commission shall be composed of 15 members of whom:

(1) one shall be appointed by the commissioner of transportation;

(2) one shall be appointed by the commissioner of natural resources;

(3) one shall be appointed by the director of Explore Minnesota Tourism;

(4) one shall be appointed by the commissioner of agriculture;

(5) one shall be appointed by the director of the Minnesota Historical Society;

(6) two shall be members of the senate to be appointed by the Committee on Committees;

(7) two shall be members of the house of representatives to be appointed by the speaker;

(8) one shall be the secretary appointed pursuant to subdivision 3; and

(9) five shall be citizen members appointed new text begin to staggered four-year terms new text end by new text begin the commission after receiving recommendations from new text end five citizen committees established by the members appointed under clauses (1) to (8), with each citizen committee established within and representing each of the following geographic segments along the Mississippi River:

(i) Lake Itasca to but not including the city of Grand Rapids;

(ii) Grand Rapids to but not including the city of Brainerd;

(iii) Brainerd to but not including the city of Elk River;

(iv) Elk River to but not including the city of Hastings; and

(v) Hastings to the Iowa border.

Each citizen deleted text begin committeedeleted text end member shall be a resident of the geographic segment that the deleted text begin committee anddeleted text end member represents.

(b) The members of the commission new text begin appointed in paragraph (a), clauses (1) to (8), new text end shall serve for a term expiring at the close of each regular session of the legislature and until their successors are appointed.

new text begin (c) new text end Successor members shall be appointed by the same appointing authorities. Members may be reappointed. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority. The commissioner of transportation, the commissioner of natural resources, and the director of the Minnesota Historical Society shall be ex officio members, and shall be in addition to the 15 members heretofore provided for. Immediately upon making the appointments to the commission the appointing authorities shall so notify the Mississippi River Parkway Commission, hereinafter called the National Commission, giving the names and addresses of the members so appointed.

Sec. 106.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 179A.03, subdivision 14, is amended to read:

Subd. 14.

Public employee or employee.

(a) "Public employee" or "employee" means any person appointed or employed by a public employer except:

(1) elected public officials;

(2) election officers;

(3) commissioned or enlisted personnel of the Minnesota National Guard;

(4) emergency employees who are employed for emergency work caused by natural disaster;

(5) part-time employees whose service does not exceed the lesser of 14 hours per week or 35 percent of the normal work week in the employee's appropriate unit;

(6) employees whose positions are basically temporary or seasonal in character and: (i) are not for more than 67 working days in any calendar year; or (ii) are not for more than 100 working days in any calendar year and the employees are under the age of 22, are full-time students enrolled in a nonprofit or public educational institution prior to being hired by the employer, and have indicated, either in an application for employment or by being enrolled at an educational institution for the next academic year or term, an intention to continue as students during or after their temporary employment;

(7) employees providing services for not more than two consecutive quarters to the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities under the terms of a professional or technical services contract as defined in section 16C.08, subdivision 1;

(8) employees of charitable hospitals as defined by section 179.35, subdivision 3, except that employees of charitable hospitals as defined by section 179.35, subdivision 3, are public employees for purposes of sections 179A.051, 179A.052, and 179A.13;

(9) full-time undergraduate students employed by the school which they attend under a work-study program or in connection with the receipt of financial aid, irrespective of number of hours of service per week;

(10) an individual who is employed for less than 300 hours in a fiscal year as an instructor in an adult vocational education program;

deleted text begin (11) an individual hired by the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and deleted text end deleted text begin Universities to teach one course for three or fewer credits for one semester in a year; deleted text end

deleted text begin (12)deleted text end new text begin (11)new text end with respect to court employees:

(i) personal secretaries to judges;

(ii) law clerks;

(iii) managerial employees;

(iv) confidential employees; and

(v) supervisory employees;

deleted text begin (13)deleted text end new text begin (12)new text end with respect to employees of Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., managerial, supervisory, and confidential employees.

(b) The following individuals are public employees regardless of the exclusions of paragraph (a), clauses (5) deleted text begin and (6)deleted text end new text begin to (7)new text end :

(1) an employee hired by a school district or the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities except at the university established in the Twin Cities metropolitan area under section 136F.10 or for community services or community education instruction offered on a noncredit basis: (i) to replace an absent teacher or faculty member who is a public employee, where the replacement employee is employed more than 30 working days as a replacement for that teacher or faculty member; or (ii) to take a teaching position created due to increased enrollment, curriculum expansion, courses which are a part of the curriculum whether offered annually or not, or other appropriate reasons;

(2) an employee hired for a position under paragraph (a), clause (6), item (i), if that same position has already been filled under paragraph (a), clause (6), item (i), in the same calendar year and the cumulative number of days worked in that same position by all employees exceeds 67 calendar days in that year. For the purpose of this paragraph, "same position" includes a substantially equivalent position if it is not the same position solely due to a change in the classification or title of the position; deleted text begin anddeleted text end

(3) an early childhood family education teacher employed by a school districtdeleted text begin .deleted text end new text begin ; andnew text end

new text begin (4) an individual hired by the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities as the instructor of record to teach (i) one class for more than three credits in a fiscal year, or (ii) two or more credit-bearing classes in a fiscal year. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 107.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 179A.22, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Agreements.

The commissioner of management and budget is authorized to enter into agreements with exclusive representativesnew text begin as provided in section 43A.06, subdivisions 1, paragraph (b), and 3. The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is authorized to enter into agreements with exclusive representatives as provided in section 43A.06, subdivision 1, paragraph (c)new text end . The negotiated agreements andnew text begin any relatednew text end arbitration deleted text begin decisiondeleted text end new text begin decisionsnew text end must be deleted text begin submitted to the legislature to be accepted or rejected in accordance with this section and section 3.855deleted text end new text begin implemented by the commissioner of management and budget or the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities respectively, following the approval of the tentative agreement by exclusive representativesnew text end .

Sec. 108.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 307.08, is amended to read:

307.08 DAMAGES; ILLEGAL MOLESTATION OF HUMAN REMAINS; BURIALS; CEMETERIES; PENALTY; deleted text begin AUTHENTICATIONdeleted text end new text begin ASSESSMENTnew text end .

Subdivision 1.

Legislative intent; scope.

It is a declaration and statement of legislative intent that all human burials, human remains, and human burial grounds shall be accorded equal treatment and respect for human dignity without reference to their ethnic origins, cultural backgrounds, or religious affiliations. The provisions of this section shall apply to all human burials, human remains, or human burial grounds found on or in all public or private lands or waters in Minnesota.new text begin Within the boundaries of Tribal Nation reservations, nothing in this section should be interpreted to conflict with federal law, including the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), United States Code, title 25, section 3001 et seq., and its implementing regulations, Code of Federal Regulations, title 43, part 10.new text end

Subd. 2.

Felony; gross misdemeanor.

(a) A person who intentionally, willfully, deleted text begin anddeleted text end new text begin ornew text end knowingly does any of the following is guilty of a felony:

(1) destroys, mutilates, or injures human burials deleted text begin ordeleted text end new text begin ,new text end human burial groundsnew text begin , or associated grave goodsnew text end ; or

(2) without the consent of the appropriate authority, disturbs human burial grounds or removes human remainsnew text begin or associated grave goodsnew text end .

(b) A person who, without the consent of the appropriate authority and the landowner, intentionally, willfully, deleted text begin anddeleted text end new text begin ornew text end knowingly does any of the following is guilty of a gross misdemeanor:

(1) removes any tombstone, monument, or structure placed in any public or private cemetery or deleted text begin authenticateddeleted text end new text begin assessednew text end human burial ground; or

(2) removes any fence, railing, new text begin natural stone, new text end or other work erected for protection or ornament, or any tree, shrub, or plant deleted text begin or grave goods and artifactsdeleted text end within the limits of a public or private cemetery or deleted text begin authenticateddeleted text end new text begin assessednew text end human burial ground; or

(3) discharges any firearms upon or over the grounds of any public or private cemetery or deleted text begin authenticateddeleted text end new text begin assessednew text end burial ground.

new text begin (c) A person who intentionally, willfully, or knowingly fails to comply with any other provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor. new text end

Subd. 3.

Protective posting.

Upon the agreement of the appropriate authority and the landowner, an authenticated or recorded human burial ground may be posted for protective purposes every 75 feet around its perimeter with signs listing the activities prohibited by subdivision 2 and the penalty for violation of it. Posting is at the discretion of the Indian affairs council in the case of new text begin American new text end Indian burials or at the discretion of the state archaeologist in the case of deleted text begin non-Indiandeleted text end new text begin non-American Indiannew text end burials. This subdivision does not require posting of a burial ground. The size, description, location, and information on the signs used for protective posting must be approved by the appropriate authority and the landowner.

Subd. 3a.

deleted text begin Authenticationdeleted text end new text begin Cemeteries; records and condition assessmentsnew text end .

deleted text begin The state archaeologist shall authenticate all burial grounds for purposes of this section. The state archaeologist may retain the services of a qualified professional archaeologist, a qualified physical anthropologist, or other appropriate experts for the purpose of gathering information that the state archaeologist can use to authenticate or identify burial grounds. If probable Indian burial grounds are to be disturbed or probable Indian remains analyzed, the Indian Affairs Council must approve the professional archaeologist, qualified anthropologist, or other appropriate expert. Authentication is at the discretion of the state archaeologist based on the needs identified in this section or upon request by an agency, a landowner, or other appropriate authority. deleted text end new text begin (a) Cemeteries shall be assessed according to this subdivision. new text end

new text begin (b) The state archaeologist shall implement and maintain a system of records identifying the location of known, recorded, or suspected cemeteries. The state archaeologist shall provide access to the records as provided in subdivision 11. new text end

new text begin (c) The cemetery condition assessment of non-American Indian cemeteries is at the discretion of the state archaeologist based on the needs identified in this section or upon request by an agency, a landowner, or other appropriate authority. new text end

new text begin (d) The cemetery condition assessment of American Indian cemeteries is at the discretion of the Indian Affairs Council based on the needs identified in this section or upon request by an agency, a landowner, or other appropriate authority. If the Indian Affairs Council has possession or takes custody of remains they may follow United States Code, title 25, sections 3001 to 3013. new text end

new text begin (e) The cemetery condition assessment of cemeteries that include American Indian and non-American Indian remains or include remains whose ancestry cannot be determined shall be assessed at the discretion of the state archaeologist in collaboration with the Indian Affairs Council based on the needs identified in this section or upon request by an agency, a landowner, or other appropriate authority. new text end

new text begin (f) The state archaeologist and the Indian Affairs Council shall have 90 days from the date a request is received to begin a cemetery condition assessment or provide notice to the requester whether or not a condition assessment of a cemetery is needed. new text end

new text begin (g) The state archaeologist and the Indian Affairs Council may retain the services of a qualified professional archaeologist, a qualified forensic anthropologist, or other appropriate experts for the purpose of gathering information that the state archaeologist or the Indian Affairs Council can use to assess or identify cemeteries. new text end

Subd. 5.

Costdeleted text begin ; use of datadeleted text end .

The cost of deleted text begin authenticationdeleted text end new text begin condition assessmentnew text end , recording, surveying, and marking burial grounds and the cost of identification, analysis, rescue, and reburial of human remains on public lands or waters shall be the responsibility of the state or political subdivision controlling the lands or waters. On private lands or waters these costs deleted text begin shalldeleted text end new text begin maynew text end be borne by the state, deleted text begin but may be borne bydeleted text end new text begin ornew text end the landowner upon mutual agreement with the state. deleted text begin The state archaeologist must make the data collected for this activity available using standards adopted by the Department of Information Technology Services and geospatial technology standards and guidelines published by the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office. Costs associated with this data delivery must be borne by the state.deleted text end

Subd. 7.

Remains found outside of recorded cemeteries.

new text begin (a) new text end All unidentified human remains or burials found outside of recorded cemeteries or unplatted graves or burials found within recorded cemeteries and in contexts which indicate antiquity greater than 50 years shall be new text begin treated with the utmost respect for all human dignity and new text end dealt with according to the provisions of this section.

new text begin (b)new text end If such burials are not new text begin American new text end Indian or their ethnic identity cannot be ascertained, as determined by the state archaeologist, they shall be dealt with in accordance with provisions established by the state archaeologist and other appropriate authority.

new text begin (c)new text end If such burials are new text begin American new text end Indian, as determined by the state archaeologistnew text begin and Indian Affairs Councilnew text end , efforts shall be made deleted text begin by the state archaeologist and the Indian Affairs Council to ascertain their tribal identity. If their probable tribal identity can be determined and the remains have been removed from their original context, such remains shall be turned over to contemporary tribal leaders for disposition. If tribal identity cannot be determined, the Indian remains must be dealt with in accordance with provisions established by the state archaeologist and the Indian Affairs Council if they are from public land. If removed Indian remains are from private land they shall be dealt with in accordance with provisions established by the Indian Affairs Council. If it is deemed desirable by the state archaeologist or the Indian Affairs Council, removed remains shall be studied in a timely and respectful manner by a qualified professional archaeologist or a qualified physical anthropologist before being delivered to tribal leaders or before being reburieddeleted text end new text begin to follow procedures as defined in United States Code, title 25, section 3001 et seq., and its implementing regulations, Code of Federal Regulations, title 43, part 10, within reservation boundaries. For burials outside of reservation boundaries, the procedures defined in United States Code, title 25, section 3001 et seq., and its implementing regulations, Code of Federal Regulations, title 43, part 10, are at the discretion of the Indian Affairs Councilnew text end .

new text begin Subd. 7a. new text end

new text begin Landowner responsibilities. new text end

Application by a landowner for permission to develop or disturb nonburial areas within deleted text begin authenticateddeleted text end new text begin assessednew text end or recorded burial grounds shall be made tonew text begin :new text end

new text begin (1)new text end the state archaeologist and other appropriate authority in the case of deleted text begin non-Indiandeleted text end new text begin non-American Indiannew text end burialsnew text begin ;new text end and deleted text begin todeleted text end

new text begin (2)new text end the Indian Affairs Council and other appropriate authority in the case of new text begin American new text end Indian burials.

new text begin (b)new text end Landowners with deleted text begin authenticateddeleted text end new text begin assessednew text end or suspected human burial grounds on their property are obligated to inform prospective buyers of the burial ground.

Subd. 8.

Burial ground relocation.

No deleted text begin non-Indiandeleted text end new text begin non-American Indiannew text end burial ground may be relocated without the consent of the appropriate authority. No new text begin American new text end Indian burial ground may be relocated unless the request to relocate is approved by the Indian Affairs Council. When a burial ground is located on public lands or waters, any burial relocations must be duly licensed under section 138.36 and the cost of removal is the responsibility of and shall be paid by the state or political subdivision controlling the lands or waters. If burial grounds are deleted text begin authenticateddeleted text end new text begin assessednew text end on private lands, efforts may be made by the state to purchase and protect them instead of removing them to another location.

Subd. 9.

Interagency cooperation.

new text begin (a) The state archaeologist and the Indian Affairs Council shall enter into a memorandum of understanding to coordinate their responsibilities under this section. new text end

new text begin (b) new text end The Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Transportation, and all other state agencies and local governmental units whose activities may be affected, shall cooperate with the state archaeologist and the Indian Affairs Council to carry out the provisions of this section.

Subd. 10.

Construction and development plan review.

When human burials are known or suspected to exist, on public lands or waters, the state or political subdivision controlling the lands or waters or, in the case of private lands, the landowner or developer, shall submit construction and development plans to the state archaeologist for review deleted text begin prior to the time bids are advertiseddeleted text end new text begin before plans are finalizednew text end and prior to any disturbance within the burial area. If the known or suspected burials are thought to be new text begin American new text end Indian, plans shall also be submitted to the Indian Affairs Council. The state archaeologist and the Indian Affairs Council shall review the plans within deleted text begin 30deleted text end new text begin 45new text end days of receipt and make recommendations for the preservation in place or removal of the human burials or remains, which may be endangered by construction or development activities.

Subd. 11.

Burial sites data.

new text begin (a) new text end Burial sites deleted text begin locational and related data maintained bydeleted text end new text begin data under the authority ofnew text end the Office of the State Archaeologist deleted text begin and accessible through the office's "Unplatted Burial Sites and Earthworks in Minnesota" websitedeleted text end new text begin or Indian Affairs Councilnew text end are security information for purposes of section 13.37. Persons who gain access to deleted text begin the data maintained on the sitedeleted text end new text begin this datanew text end are subject to liability under section 13.08 and the penalty established by section 13.09 if they improperly use or further disseminate the data.new text begin Use of this information must be approved by the appropriate authority.new text end

Subd. 12.

Right of entry.

The state archaeologist new text begin or designee new text end may enter on property for the purpose of deleted text begin authenticatingdeleted text end new text begin assessingnew text end burial sites. new text begin The Indian Affairs Council or a designated representative of the Indian Affairs Council may enter on property for the purpose of assessing or identifying American Indian cemeteries. new text end Only after obtaining permission from the property owner or lessee, descendants of persons buried in burial grounds covered by this section may enter the burial grounds for the purpose of conducting religious or commemorative ceremonies. This right of entry must not unreasonably burden property owners or unnecessarily restrict their use of the property.

Subd. 13.

Definitions.

As used in this section, the following terms have the meanings given.

(a) "Abandoned cemetery" means a cemetery where the cemetery association has disbanded or the cemetery is neglected and contains marked graves older than 50 years.

(b) "Appropriate authority" means:

(1) the trustees when the trustees have been legally defined to administer burial grounds;

(2) the Indian Affairs Council in the case of new text begin American new text end Indian burial grounds lacking trustees;

(3) the county board in the case of abandoned cemeteries under section 306.243; and

(4) the state archaeologist in the case of deleted text begin non-Indiandeleted text end new text begin non-American Indiannew text end burial grounds lacking trustees or not officially defined as abandoned.

(c) "Artifacts" means natural or artificial articles, objects, implements, or other items of archaeological interest.

(d) deleted text begin "Authenticate"deleted text end new text begin "Assess"new text end means to establish the presence of or high potential of human burials or human skeletal remains being located in a discrete areadeleted text begin , delimit the boundaries of human burial grounds or graves,deleted text end and attempt to determine the ethnic, cultural, or religious affiliation of individuals interred.

(e) "Burial" means the organic remnants of the human body that were intentionally interred as part of a mortuary process.

(f) "Burial ground" means a discrete location that is known to contain or has high potential to contain human remains based on physical evidence, historical records, or reliable informant accounts.

(g) "Cemetery" means a discrete location that is known to contain or intended to be used for the interment of human remains.

(h) "Disturb" means any activity that deleted text begin significantlydeleted text end harms the physical integrity or setting of a human burial or human burial ground.

(i) "Grave goods" means objects or artifacts directly associated with human burials or human burial grounds that were placed as part of a mortuary ritual at the time of interment.

(j) "Human remains" means the deleted text begin calcified portion of the humandeleted text end bodynew text begin of a deceased person in whole or in part, regardless of the state of decompositionnew text end , not including isolated teethdeleted text begin , or cremated remains deposited in a container or discrete featuredeleted text end .

(k) "Identification" means to analyze organic materials to attempt to determine if they represent human remains and to attempt to establish the ethnic, cultural, or religious affiliations of such remains.

(l) "Marked" means a burial that has a recognizable tombstone or obvious grave marker in place or a legible sign identifying an area as a burial ground or cemetery.

(m) "Qualified physical anthropologist" means a specialist in identifying human remains who holds an advanced degree in anthropology or a closely related field.

(n) "Qualified professional archaeologist" means an archaeologist who meets the United States Secretary of the Interior's professional qualification standards in Code of Federal Regulations, title 36, part 61, appendix A, or subsequent revisions.

(o) "Recorded cemetery" means a cemetery that has a surveyed plat filed in a county recorder's office.

(p) "State" or "the state" means the state of Minnesota or an agency or official of the state acting in an official capacity.

(q) "Trustees" means the recognized representatives of the original incorporators, board of directors, or cemetery association.

new text begin (r) "Person" means a natural person or a business and includes both if the natural person is engaged in a business. new text end

new text begin (s) "Business" means a contractor, subcontractor, supplier, consultant, or provider of technical, administrative, or physical services organized as a sole proprietorship, partnership, association, corporation, or other entity formed for the purpose of doing business for profit. new text end

Sec. 109.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 349A.02, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Director.

A State Lottery is established under the supervision and control of a director. The director of the State Lottery shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. The director serves in the unclassified service at the pleasure of the governor. The annual salary rate authorized for the director is deleted text begin equal to 95 percent of the salary rate prescribed for the governordeleted text end new text begin established through the process described under section 15A.0815new text end .

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. Any recommendations made by the Compensation Council in 2023 determine salaries for fiscal years 2024 and 2025. new text end

Sec. 110.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 381.12, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Expense, tax levy.

The county board of any county may levy a tax upon all the taxable property in the county for the purpose of defraying the expense incurred, or to be incurrednew text begin , less any amount received from the public system monument grant program under section 381.125,new text end for:

(1) the preservation and restoration of monuments under this section;

(2) the preservation or establishment of control monuments for mapping activities;

(3) the modernization of county land records through the use of parcel-based land management systems; or

(4) the establishment of geographic (GIS), land (LIS), management (MIS) information systems.

Sec. 111.

new text begin [381.125] PUBLIC LAND SURVEY SYSTEM MONUMENT GRANT PROGRAM. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Grant program. new text end

new text begin The chief geospatial information officer, through the Geospatial Advisory Council established under section 16E.30, subdivision 8, shall work with the stakeholders licensed as land surveyors under section 326.02, to develop a process for accepting applications from counties for funding for the perpetuation of monuments established by the United States in the public lands survey to mark public land survey corners, as provided in section 381.12, subdivision 2, clause (1). Grants may also be used to update records and data regarding monuments. The chief geospatial information officer must establish criteria for prioritizing applicants when resources available for grants are not sufficient to award grants to all applicants. The criteria must favor providing grants to counties that demonstrate financial need for assistance. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin By October 1, in each odd-numbered year, the chief geospatial information officer must submit a report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the committees in the senate and the house of representatives with jurisdiction over state government and local government. The report must include the following: new text end

new text begin (1) a summary of the chief geospatial information officer activities regarding administration of this grant program for the previous fiscal year, including the amount of money requested and disbursed by county; new text end

new text begin (2) an assessment of the progress toward completion of necessary monument restoration and certification by county; and new text end

new text begin (3) a forecast of the amount needed to complete monument recertification in all counties. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Nonstate match. new text end

new text begin No nonstate match is required for grants made under this program. new text end

Sec. 112.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 383B.32, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Unclassified service.

(a) The unclassified service comprises:

(1) officers chosen by election or appointment to fill an elective office;

(2) members of boards and commissions appointed by the county board;

(3) physicians, medical residents, interns, and students in training;

(4) nonsalaried attending medical staff;

(5) special sheriff's deputies serving without pay;

(6) seasonal, temporary, provisional, intermittent, and emergency positions;

(7) positions funded by specific governmental or nongovernmental grants of intermittent or limited funding duration;

(8) the director or principal administrative officer of a department appointed pursuant to sections 383B.101 to 383B.103; or appointed by the county board; or appointed for a term pursuant to law;

(9) chief deputy or principal assistant and secretary for each elected official;

(10) examiner of titles and deputy examiners;

(11) chief deleted text begin criminaldeleted text end new text begin public safety servicesnew text end deputy sheriff, a chief deleted text begin civildeleted text end new text begin adult detention and court servicesnew text end deputy sheriff, a chief administrative deputy sheriff, deleted text begin anddeleted text end a chief deleted text begin financial servicesdeleted text end new text begin community relationsnew text end deputy sheriffnew text begin , and a chief investigations deputy sheriffnew text end ;

(12) public defender;

(13) county medical examiner;

(14) office staff appointed by the county administrator pursuant to sections 383B.101 to 383B.103; and

(15) county administrator.

(b) Notwithstanding any contrary provision of other law, any person coming within paragraph (a), clause (8), who, on August 1, 2000, is in the classified service, remains in the classified service until vacating the position. After that, an appointee to a position described in paragraph (a), clause (8), is in the unclassified service.

Sec. 113.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 462A.22, subdivision 10, is amended to read:

Subd. 10.

Audits.

All of the books and records of the agency shall be subject to audit by the legislative auditor in the manner prescribed for other agencies of state government. The agency is authorized also to employ and to contract in its resolutions and indentures for the employment of public accountants for the audit of books and records pertaining to any fund or funds. deleted text begin The legislative auditor shall review contracts with public accountants as provided in section 3.972.deleted text end

Sec. 114.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 507.0945, is amended to read:

507.0945 ADMINISTRATION.

(a) An Electronic Real Estate Recording Commission deleted text begin administered by the Legislative Coordinating Commissiondeleted text end is created to new text begin evaluate new text end and deleted text begin mustdeleted text end new text begin then maynew text end adopt standards to implement sections 507.0941 to 507.0948.

(b) The Electronic Real Estate Recording Commission shall consist of the following:

(1) three members appointed by the Minnesota Association of County Officials who are county employees, including one from within the seven-county metropolitan area, one from outside the seven-county metropolitan area, and at least one of whom is a county recorder and at least one of whom is a registrar of titles;

(2) one member appointed by the Minnesota Land Title Association;

(3) one member who represents the Minnesota Bankers Association;

(4) one member who represents the Section of Real Property Law of the Minnesota State Bar Association;

(5) one nonvoting member who is appointed by the other members of the commission and an expert in the technological aspects of electronic real estate recording; and

(6) one member who is the state archivist appointed pursuant to section 138.17.

(c) Members of the Electronic Real Estate Recording Commission shall serve four-year terms, except that (1) the initial appointments of county employees shall be for two years and (2) the expert in the technological aspects of electronic real estate recording shall serve at the pleasure of a majority of the other members of the commission. All initial terms shall commence on July 1, 2008. Members shall serve until their successors are appointed. Any member may be reappointed for successive terms.

(d) The state archivist shall call the first meeting of the Electronic Real Estate Recording Commission. At the first meeting and biennially thereafter, the commission shall elect from its membership a chair and vice-chair to serve two-year terms. Meetings may be called by the chair or the vice-chair deleted text begin or the director of the Legislative Coordinating Commissiondeleted text end . Meetings shall be held as often as necessary, but at least once a year.

(e) A majority of the voting members of the Electronic Real Estate Recording Commission constitutes a quorum to do business, and a majority of a quorum may act in any matter within the jurisdiction of the commission.

(f) As soon as practicable and as needed thereafter, the Electronic Real Estate Recording Commission shall identify the information technology new text begin and any other new text end expertise it requires and report its needs to the deleted text begin Legislative Coordinating Commission. The Electronic Real Estate Recording Commission also shall report any other expertise it needs to fulfill its responsibilities. The Legislative Coordinating Commission shall provide support services, including meeting space, as needed for the Electronic Real Estate Recording Commission to carry out its duties in an effective mannerdeleted text end new text begin committees of the house of representatives and the senate that have jurisdictionnew text end .

Sec. 115.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 645.44, subdivision 5, as amended by Laws 2023, chapter 5, section 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 5.

Holiday.

new text begin (a) new text end "Holiday" includes New Year's Day, January 1; Martin Luther King's Birthday, the third Monday in January; Washington's and Lincoln's Birthday, the third Monday in February; Memorial Day, the last Monday in May; Juneteenth, June 19; Independence Day, July 4; Labor Day, the first Monday in September; deleted text begin Christopher Columbusdeleted text end new text begin Indigenous Peoplesnew text end Day, the second Monday in October; Veterans Day, November 11; Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November; and Christmas Day, December 25; provided, when New Year's Day, January 1; or Juneteenth, June 19; or Independence Day, July 4; or Veterans Day, November 11; or Christmas Day, December 25; falls on Sunday, the following day shall be a holiday and, provided, when New Year's Day, January 1; or Juneteenth, June 19; or Independence Day, July 4; or Veterans Day, November 11; or Christmas Day, December 25; falls on Saturday, the preceding day shall be a holiday. No public business shall be transacted on any holiday, except in cases of necessity and except in cases of public business transacted by the legislature, nor shall any civil process be served thereon. However, for the executive branch of the state of Minnesota, "holiday" also includes the Friday after Thanksgiving but does not include deleted text begin Christopher Columbusdeleted text end new text begin Indigenous Peoplesnew text end Day. Other branches of state government and political subdivisions shall have the option of determining whether deleted text begin Christopher Columbusdeleted text end new text begin Indigenous Peoplesnew text end Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving shall be holidays. Where it is determined that deleted text begin Columbus Daydeleted text end new text begin Indigenous Peoples Daynew text end or the Friday after Thanksgiving is not a holiday, public business may be conducted thereon.

new text begin (b) new text end Any agreement between a public employer and an employee organization citing Veterans Day as the fourth Monday in October shall be amended to cite Veterans Day as November 11.

new text begin (c) Any agreement between a public employer and an employee organization citing "Christopher Columbus Day" or "Columbus Day" shall be amended to cite "Indigenous Peoples Day." new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 116.

Laws 2023, chapter 5, section 1, is amended by adding an effective date to read:

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 117.

Laws 2023, chapter 5, section 2, is amended by adding an effective date to read:

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 118.

new text begin STATE EMBLEMS REDESIGN COMMISSION. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin The State Emblems Redesign Commission is established. The purpose of the commission is to develop and adopt a new design for the official state flag and the official state seal no later than January 1, 2024. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Membership; meetings. new text end

new text begin (a) The commission consists of the following members: new text end

new text begin (1) three members of the public, appointed by the governor; new text end

new text begin (2) one member appointed by the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage; new text end

new text begin (3) one member appointed by the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs; new text end

new text begin (4) one member appointed by the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans; new text end

new text begin (5) one member representing the Dakota community and one member representing the Ojibwe community, appointed by the executive board of the Indian Affairs Council; new text end

new text begin (6) the secretary of state or the secretary's designee; new text end

new text begin (7) the executive director of the Minnesota Historical Society or the director's designee; new text end

new text begin (8) the chair of the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board or the chair's designee; new text end

new text begin (9) the chair of the Minnesota Arts Board or the chair's designee; and new text end

new text begin (10) the executive director of Explore Minnesota Tourism or the director's designee. new text end

new text begin (b) The following serve as ex officio, nonvoting members of the commission: (1) two members of the house of representatives, one each appointed by the speaker of the house and the minority leader of the house; and (2) two members of the senate, one representing the majority caucus appointed by the senate majority leader and one representing the minority caucus appointed by the senate minority leader. new text end

new text begin (c) Appointments to the commission must be made no later than August 1, 2023. The voting members of the commission shall elect a chair and vice-chair. An appointee designated by the governor shall convene the commission's first meeting. Decisions of the commission must be made by majority vote. The Minnesota Historical Society must provide office space and administrative support to the commission. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Meetings. new text end

new text begin Meetings of the commission are subject to Minnesota Statutes, chapter 13D. new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Duties; form and style of recommended state emblems. new text end

new text begin The commission shall develop and adopt a new design for the official state seal and a new design for the official state flag. The designs must accurately and respectfully reflect Minnesota's shared history, resources, and diverse cultural communities. Symbols, emblems, or likenesses that represent only a single community or person, regardless of whether real or stylized, may not be included in a design. The commission may solicit and secure the voluntary service and aid of vexillologists and other persons who have either technical or artistic skill in flag construction and design, or the design of official seals, to assist in the work. The commission must also solicit public feedback and suggestions to inform its work. new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin The commission shall certify its adopted designs in a report to the legislature and governor no later than January 1, 2024. The commission's report must describe the symbols and other meanings incorporated in the design. new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin The commission expires upon submission of its report. new text end

Sec. 119.

new text begin WORKING GROUP ON YOUTH INTERVENTIONS. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin The working group on youth interventions is established to develop recommendations on the design of a regional system of care for youth interventions, sustainable financing models, and alternatives to criminal penalties. The working group must evaluate coordinated approaches to youth with high behavioral health needs with the goal of reducing and eliminating touchpoints with the justice system as well as identifying community-based services to address youth needs and identifying gaps in services. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Membership. new text end

new text begin (a) The working group consists of the following members: new text end

new text begin (1) a county attorney appointed by the Minnesota County Attorneys Association; new text end

new text begin (2) a public defender with responsibility for systems in one or more of the counties included in clause (4), appointed by the State Public Defender's Office; new text end

new text begin (3) a peace officer, as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 626.84, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), federally recognized Indian Tribes within the boundaries of Minnesota, from one of the counties included in clause (4), appointed by the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association; new text end

new text begin (4) a county administrator or their designee from each of the following counties: new text end

new text begin (i) Anoka County; new text end

new text begin (ii) Carver County; new text end

new text begin (iii) Dakota County; new text end

new text begin (iv) Hennepin County; new text end

new text begin (v) Olmsted County; new text end

new text begin (vi) Ramsey County; new text end

new text begin (vii) Scott County; new text end

new text begin (viii) St. Louis County; new text end

new text begin (ix) Stearns County; and new text end

new text begin (x) Washington County; new text end

new text begin (5) two representatives of county social services agencies appointed by the Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators; new text end

new text begin (6) two representatives of community supervision appointed by the Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties; new text end

new text begin (7) two representatives of community supervision appointed by the Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers; new text end

new text begin (8) two representatives appointed by the commissioner of human services, one with experience in child welfare and one with experience in children's mental health; new text end

new text begin (9) the commissioner of corrections, or a designee; new text end

new text begin (10) two members representing culturally competent advocacy organizations, one of which must be the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Minnesota; and new text end

new text begin (11) two members, to be designated by Hennepin County and Ramsey County, from the community with lived experience of a juvenile family member who was or is currently involved in the justice system, one of whom must be a resident of Hennepin County. new text end

new text begin (b) Appointments to the working group must be made by September 1, 2023. new text end

new text begin (c) Member compensation and reimbursement for expenses are governed by Minnesota Statutes, section 15.059, subdivision 3. new text end

new text begin (d) None of the members can be a current legislator. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Chairs; meetings. new text end

new text begin (a) The working group shall be cochaired by the representative member under subdivision 2, clause (4), from Hennepin County and the commissioner of corrections or a designee. new text end

new text begin (b) The cochairs shall convene the first meeting of the working group no later than September 15, 2023. new text end

new text begin (c) Task force meetings are subject to the Minnesota Open Meeting Law under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 13D. new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Administrative support. new text end

new text begin The Legislative Coordinating Commission must provide administrative support and meeting space for the working group. The commission may also choose to delegate this authority to Hennepin County. new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Duties. new text end

new text begin (a) The working group shall assess the current approach to addressing the therapeutic and rehabilitative needs of youth adjudicated to be either children in need of protection services or delinquent. The working group shall evaluate racial disparities as part of the working group duties under this subdivision. new text end

new text begin (b) The working group shall also: new text end

new text begin (1) provide the number of youth currently in these systems; new text end

new text begin (2) provide the demographics of all youth including age, gender, sexual orientation, and race or ethnicity; new text end

new text begin (3) provide the number of youth currently in out-of-home placement due to their behavioral health needs broken down by: new text end

new text begin (i) therapeutic and rehabilitative needs of youth; and new text end

new text begin (ii) proximity of a facility to their home or community; new text end

new text begin (4) provide the number of youth currently in an out-of-state residential facility broken down by: new text end

new text begin (i) therapeutic and rehabilitative needs; new text end

new text begin (ii) type of facility or setting; new text end

new text begin (iii) location of facility; and new text end

new text begin (iv) county of residence; new text end

new text begin (5) provide the number of youth awaiting or in need of placement due to no available resource broken down by: new text end

new text begin (i) therapeutic and rehabilitative needs; new text end

new text begin (ii) type of facility or setting needed; and new text end

new text begin (iii) wait time and wait setting; new text end

new text begin (6) provide the total bed capacity by treatment facility broken down by: new text end

new text begin (i) residential treatment centers; new text end

new text begin (ii) which facilities are state operated; new text end

new text begin (iii) which facilities are county operated; and new text end

new text begin (iv) which facilities are owned or operated by a community provider; new text end

new text begin (7) for children who can access residential treatment, provide the: new text end

new text begin (i) average length of stay; new text end

new text begin (ii) average daily cost per type of placement, and delineate by payor source; new text end

new text begin (iii) return or recidivism rate; new text end

new text begin (iv) therapeutic and rehabilitative needs; new text end

new text begin (v) discharge setting, including whether that is a home, step down program, or runaway; and new text end

new text begin (vi) barriers, if any, to discharge; new text end

new text begin (8) describe community-based programming, various treatment models, how programs operate, and the types of these services currently being provided in the state, including licensure model, and provide data specific to current total capacity and availability, level of care, outcomes, and costs; new text end

new text begin (9) provide research models and best practices across North America, including continuum of care, program specifics, best metrics, continuous improvement, entities involved in funding and oversight, outcomes, and costs; and new text end

new text begin (10) describe the role the state of Minnesota should play in ensuring best practice resources are available to all children across the state. new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin No later than February 15, 2024, the working group must submit a written report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees and divisions with jurisdiction over human services, public safety, and judiciary on the working group's activities and recommendations based on the evaluation and information collected under subdivision 5. new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin The working group shall expire upon submission of the report required under subdivision 6, or February 29, 2024, whichever is later. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2023. new text end

Sec. 120.

new text begin LEGISLATIVE TASK FORCE ON AGING. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin A legislative task force is established to: new text end

new text begin (1) review and develop state resources for an aging demographic; new text end

new text begin (2) identify and prioritize necessary support for an aging population through statewide and local endeavors for people to remain in their communities; and new text end

new text begin (3) ensure all aging-related state policies are inclusive of race, gender, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, abilities, and other characteristics that reflect the full population of the state. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Duties. new text end

new text begin The task force shall review: new text end

new text begin (1) all current aging-related governmental functions, programs, and services across all state departments; new text end

new text begin (2) the current plans to improve health and support services workforce demographics; new text end

new text begin (3) current public and private strategies to: new text end

new text begin (i) support family caregivers for older adults; new text end

new text begin (ii) define and support quality of care and life improvements in long-term care and home care; and new text end

new text begin (iii) sustain neighborhoods and communities for an aging population; new text end

new text begin (4) the necessity for planning and investment in aging in Minnesota to address: new text end

new text begin (i) the longevity economy and the impact it has on the workforce, advancing technology, and innovations; new text end

new text begin (ii) housing options, land use, transportation, social services, and the health systems; new text end

new text begin (iii) availability of safe, affordable rental housing for aging tenants; and new text end

new text begin (iv) coordination between health services and housing supports; new text end

new text begin (5) coordination across all state agencies, Tribal Nations, cities, and counties to encourage resolution of aging related concerns; and new text end

new text begin (6) from this review, determine the governmental entity to plan, lead, and implement these recommended policies and funding for aging Minnesotans across the state. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Membership. new text end

new text begin (a) The task force shall include the following members: new text end

new text begin (1) two members from the house of representatives, one appointed by the speaker of the house and one appointed by the minority leader; new text end

new text begin (2) two members from the senate, one appointed by the majority leader and one appointed by the minority leader; new text end

new text begin (3) the chair of the Minnesota Board on Aging, or a board member as designee; new text end

new text begin (4) the chair of the Minnesota Council on Disability, or an agency employee as designee; new text end

new text begin (5) the chair of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, or a council member, except the legislative council member, as designee; and new text end

new text begin (6) the director of the University of Minnesota Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, or a University of Minnesota employee as a designee. new text end

new text begin (b) The speaker of the house and the senate majority leader shall appoint a chair and a vice-chair for the membership of the task force. The chair and the vice-chair shall rotate after each meeting. new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Meetings. new text end

new text begin (a) The task force shall meet at least once per month. The meetings shall take place in person in the Capitol complex, provided that the chair may direct that a meeting be conducted electronically if doing so would facilitate public testimony or would protect the health or safety of members of the task force. new text end

new text begin (b) The task force shall invite input from the public, the leadership of advocacy groups, and provider organizations. new text end

new text begin (c) The chair designated by the speaker of the house shall convene the first meeting of the task force no later than August 1, 2023. new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Expenses; per diem. new text end

new text begin Members serving on the task force shall receive the following per diem: new text end

new text begin (1) the Board on Aging task force member who is a volunteer citizen member shall receive the per diem listed in Minnesota Statutes, section 15.059, subdivision 3; new text end

new text begin (2) the Council on Disability task force member shall not receive a per diem; new text end

new text begin (3) the Indian Affairs Council task force member who is a citizen member shall receive the per diem listed in Minnesota Statutes, section 15.059, subdivision 3; new text end

new text begin (4) the University of Minnesota task force member shall not receive a per diem; and new text end

new text begin (5) legislative members of the task force shall not receive a per diem. new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin The task force shall submit a report with recommendations to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over health and human services finance and policy and state government by January 15, 2025. new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin The task force expires January 31, 2025. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2023, or when the legislative leaders required to make appointments to the task force name appointees beginning the day after final enactment. new text end

Sec. 121.

new text begin INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE ADVISORY TASK FORCE. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definition. new text end

new text begin For purposes of this section, "task force" means the Infrastructure Resilience Advisory Task Force established in this section. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin The Infrastructure Resilience Advisory Task Force is established to evaluate issues related to coordination, sustainability, resiliency, and federal funding on state, local, and private infrastructure in the state. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Membership. new text end

new text begin (a) The task force consists of the following members: new text end

new text begin (1) two members of the senate, with one appointed by the senate majority leader and one appointed by the senate minority leader; new text end

new text begin (2) two members of the house of representatives, with one appointed by the speaker of the house and one appointed by the house minority leader; new text end

new text begin (3) the commissioner of administration; new text end

new text begin (4) the commissioner of agriculture; new text end

new text begin (5) the commissioner of commerce; new text end

new text begin (6) the commissioner of employment and economic development; new text end

new text begin (7) the commissioner of health; new text end

new text begin (8) the commissioner of management and budget; new text end

new text begin (9) the commissioner of natural resources; new text end

new text begin (10) the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency; new text end

new text begin (11) the commissioner of transportation; new text end

new text begin (12) two members appointed by the governor; new text end

new text begin (13) one representative from a federally recognized Tribal government, appointed by the governor; new text end

new text begin (14) one member appointed by the Association of Minnesota Counties; new text end

new text begin (15) one member appointed by the League of Minnesota Cities; new text end

new text begin (16) one member appointed by the Minnesota Association of Townships; new text end

new text begin (17) one member appointed by the Minnesota chapter of the American Public Works Association; new text end

new text begin (18) one member appointed by the Associated General Contractors of Minnesota; new text end

new text begin (19) one member appointed by each public utility that owns a nuclear-powered electric generating plant in this state; and new text end

new text begin (20) one member appointed by the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association. new text end

new text begin (b) At its first meeting, the task force must elect a chair or cochairs by a majority vote of those members present and may elect a vice-chair as necessary. new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Appointments. new text end

new text begin (a) The appointing authorities under subdivision 3 must make the appointments by July 31, 2023. new text end

new text begin (b) A commissioner under subdivision 3 may appoint a designee who is an employee of the respective agency. new text end

new text begin (c) An appointing authority under subdivision 3, paragraph (a), clauses (12) to (20), may only appoint an individual who has expertise and experience in asset management, financial management and procurement, or state and local infrastructure, whether from the public or private sector. Expertise and experience may include but is not limited to the following areas: new text end

new text begin (1) asset management planning, design, construction, management, and operations and maintenance; new text end

new text begin (2) infrastructure for agriculture, communications, drinking water, energy, health, natural resources, public utilities, stormwater, transportation, or wastewater; and new text end

new text begin (3) asset management planning across jurisdictions and infrastructure sectors. new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Duties. new text end

new text begin At a minimum, the task force must: new text end

new text begin (1) develop objectives and strategies to: new text end

new text begin (i) provide for effective and efficient management of state, local, and private infrastructure; new text end

new text begin (ii) enhance sustainability and resiliency of infrastructure throughout the state; new text end

new text begin (iii) respond to and mitigate the effects of adverse weather events across the state, including natural disasters, droughts, and floods; and new text end

new text begin (iv) provide for equitable treatment in areas of persistent poverty and historically disadvantaged communities; new text end

new text begin (2) identify approaches to enhance infrastructure coordination across jurisdictions, agencies, state and local government, and public and private sectors, including in planning, design, engineering, construction, maintenance, and operations; new text end

new text begin (3) identify methods to maximize federal formula and discretionary funds provided to recipients in the state for infrastructure purposes; new text end

new text begin (4) evaluate options for organizational design of state agencies to meet the purposes under clauses (1) to (3), including consideration of: new text end

new text begin (i) options for establishment of a board, council, office, or other agency; and new text end

new text begin (ii) models in other states; and new text end

new text begin (5) develop findings and recommendations related to the duties specified in this subdivision. new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Meetings. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of transportation must convene the first meeting of the task force no later than October 1, 2023. new text end

new text begin (b) The task force must establish a schedule for meetings and meet as necessary to accomplish the duties under subdivision 5. new text end

new text begin (c) The task force is subject to the Minnesota Open Meeting Law under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 13D. new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Administration. new text end

new text begin (a) The Legislative Coordinating Commission must provide administrative support to the task force and must assist in creation of the report under subdivision 8. new text end

new text begin (b) Upon request of the task force, a commissioner under subdivision 3 must provide information and technical support. new text end

new text begin (c) Members of the task force serve without compensation. new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Report required. new text end

new text begin By February 1, 2024, the task force must submit a report to the governor and the legislative committees with jurisdiction over climate, economic development, energy, infrastructure, natural resources, and transportation. At a minimum, the report must: new text end

new text begin (1) summarize the activities of the task force; new text end

new text begin (2) provide findings and recommendations adopted by the task force; and new text end

new text begin (3) include any draft legislation to implement the recommendations. new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin The task force expires June 30, 2024. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 122.

new text begin FORD BUILDING SITE REDEVELOPMENT; MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT REQUIRED. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the commissioner of administration may not prepare or approve building construction plans for redevelopment of the Ford Building or the Ford Building property site unless the plans are for mixed-use development and identify ground-level space for locally owned businesses. new text end

Sec. 123.

new text begin CAPITOL BARBER. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of administration must provide suitable space in the Capitol complex for operations of the Capitol Barber. new text end

Sec. 124.

new text begin CAPITOL MALL DESIGN FRAMEWORK. new text end

new text begin (a) An update to the Capitol Mall Design Framework must include: new text end

new text begin (1) plans to integrate green space campuswide, including but not limited to the addition of green space on the following sites at the approximate sizes indicated: new text end

new text begin (i) the southwest corner of Rice Street and University Avenue, with a minimum size of 20,700 square feet; new text end

new text begin (ii) the northeast corner of Rice Street and University Avenue, with a minimum size of 32,000 square feet; and new text end

new text begin (iii) the north side of the State Capitol building adjacent to University Avenue; new text end

new text begin (2) plans for visual markers and welcome information for the Capitol campus at one or more corners of Rice Street and University Avenue, anchoring a pathway to the State Capitol building and Capitol Mall that features interpretive markers honoring the importance and stature of the Capitol campus as both a historic site and as a modern, active public gathering space for all Minnesotans; and new text end

new text begin (3) plans to plant trees throughout the Capitol campus, prioritizing the creation of a mature tree canopy to provide an area of shade for users of the Capitol Mall between or adjacent to the State Capitol building and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. new text end

new text begin (b) The Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board must contract with one or more professional design consultants with expertise on horticulture, landscape architecture, civic space design, infrastructure assessment, and operations and maintenance planning to develop the framework updates. The board must additionally consult with the commissioners of administration and public safety and the senate majority leader and the speaker of the house or their designees before any proposed framework update is approved. The board must approve the updated design framework no later than March 1, 2024. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 125.

new text begin AGENCY HEAD SALARY REBASING. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of management and budget must rebase the salary of each agency head equal to the across-the-board increases not applied to agency head compensation since rates were last determined, to be effective July 1, 2023. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 126.

new text begin COMPENSATION COUNCIL. new text end

new text begin The salary recommendations for constitutional officers submitted to the legislature by the Compensation Council on March 31, 2023, are adopted. new text end

Sec. 127.

new text begin DEADLINE FOR CERTIFICATION OF APPROPRIATION AMOUNTS FOR LEGISLATURE FOR FISCAL YEARS 2026 AND 2027. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding the effective date of Minnesota Statutes, section 3.1985, the house of representatives and senate must each certify to the commissioner of management and budget the anticipated amount to be appropriated under Minnesota Statutes, section 3.1985, for fiscal years 2026 and 2027 no later than January 15, 2025, and must certify the actual amount to be appropriated for fiscal years 2026 and 2027 no later than June 30, 2025. new text end

Sec. 128.

new text begin INITIAL APPOINTMENTS; COUNCIL ON LGBTQIA2S+ MINNESOTANS. new text end

new text begin The governor and legislature must make initial appointments to the Council on LGBTQIA2S+ Minnesotans under Minnesota Statutes, section 15.0147, no later than August 1, 2023. The commissioner of administration must convene the first meeting of the council no later than September 15, 2023. new text end

Sec. 129.

new text begin OFFICE OF SMALL AGENCIES; STUDY. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Study; requirements. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of administration must review the unique issues faced by small agencies other than departments of the state as defined in section 15.01. These include boards, commissions, councils, task forces, and authorities. The study will assess whether the current support model provides adequate support for the agencies as well as their volunteer board members. The study will also examine how other states support their small agencies and provide recommendations on how to most effectively support these small agencies in their delivery of important functions of government. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin By February 1, 2024, the commissioner of administration must submit the findings and recommendations of the study to the governor and the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with primary jurisdiction over state government. new text end

Sec. 130.

new text begin PREPARATORY WORK ON EXCLUSIVE REPRESENTATION AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR LEGISLATIVE EMPLOYEES. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Legislative employee collective bargaining report. new text end

new text begin The executive director of the Legislative Coordinating Commission must request that the National Conference of State Legislatures prepare a report on the status of employee collective bargaining rights in state legislatures. The requested report must identify existing legislatures that engage in collective bargaining with their employees and, as applicable, the organizational structure and procedures adopted to accommodate employee bargaining within those legislative workplaces, including any structures or procedures that balance the rights of employees to bargain against the constitutional duty of a legislature to conduct necessary business, and any structures or procedures to accommodate the distinction between employees assigned to nonpartisan duties and employees assigned to duties within a political party caucus. The executive director must request that the report be prepared no later than August 1, 2024, and, to the extent practicable, reflect the status of collective bargaining rights as of that date. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Consultant. new text end

new text begin The executive director of the Legislative Coordinating Commission shall contract with an external consultant to: new text end

new text begin (1) examine issues related to collective bargaining for employees of the house of representatives, the senate, and legislative offices; and new text end

new text begin (2) develop recommendations for best practices and options for the legislature to consider in implementing and administering collective bargaining for employees of the house of representatives, the senate, and legislative offices. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Information gathering. new text end

new text begin The consultant must gather input on these issues from employees of the senate, house of representatives, and the joint offices of the legislature. The consultant must, at a minimum, conduct a survey of all employees on these matters and conduct interviews with representative samplings of employees in each type of position in each legislative body and joint legislative offices, heads of nonpartisan legislative offices, the executive director of the Legislative Coordinating Commission, the chief clerk of the house of representatives, the secretary of the senate, and the human resources directors of the house of representatives and the senate. new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin The contract with the consultant must require that the consultant submit a report on the consultant's findings and recommendations by November 1, 2024. At a minimum, the final report must address considerations on the following issues: new text end

new text begin (1) which employees of the house of representatives, the senate, and legislative agencies for whom collective bargaining may or may not be appropriate; new text end

new text begin (2) mandatory, permissive, and prohibited subjects of bargaining; new text end

new text begin (3) who would negotiate on behalf of the house of representatives, the senate, and legislative agencies and which entity or entities would be considered the employer for purposes of bargaining; new text end

new text begin (4) definitions for relevant terms; new text end

new text begin (5) common public employee collective bargaining agreement frameworks related to grievance procedures and processes for disciplinary actions; new text end

new text begin (6) procedures related to certifying exclusive bargaining representatives, determining bargaining units, adjudicating unfair labor practices, determining representation questions, and coalition bargaining; new text end

new text begin (7) the efficiency and feasibility of coalition bargaining; new text end

new text begin (8) procedures for approving negotiated collective bargaining agreements; new text end

new text begin (9) procedures for submitting requests for funding to the appropriate legislative committees if appropriations are necessary to implement provisions of the collective bargaining agreements; new text end

new text begin (10) the National Conference of State Legislatures report required under subdivision 1 and approaches taken by other state legislatures that have authorized collective bargaining for legislative employees; and new text end

new text begin (11) draft legislation for any statutory changes needed to implement recommendations of the consultant related to the collective bargaining process for legislative employees. new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Administrative meeting support. new text end

new text begin The executive director of the Legislative Coordinating Commission must arrange working space and administrative support for the consultant, as needed. new text end

Sec. 131.

new text begin MISSISSIPPI RIVER PARKWAY COMMISSION; CITIZEN MEMBERS. new text end

new text begin Citizens currently appointed to the Mississippi River Parkway Commission under Minnesota Statutes, section 161.1419, subdivision 2, for areas following the geographic segments along the Mississippi River, serve terms as follows: new text end

new text begin (1) citizen member representing Lake Itasca, to but not including the city of Grand Rapids, for a term ending December 31, 2025; new text end

new text begin (2) citizen member representing Grand Rapids, to but not including the city of Brainerd, for a term ending December 31, 2025; new text end

new text begin (3) citizen member representing Brainerd, to but not including the city of Elk River, for a term ending December 31, 2025; new text end

new text begin (4) citizen member representing Elk River, to but not including the city of Hastings, for a term ending December 31, 2027; and new text end

new text begin (5) citizen member representing Hastings, to the Iowa border, for a term ending December 31, 2027. new text end

Sec. 132.

new text begin REVISOR INSTRUCTION. new text end

new text begin In the next edition of Minnesota Statutes and Minnesota Rules and the online publication of Minnesota Statutes and Minnesota Rules, the revisor of statutes shall change references to "Christopher Columbus Day" or "Columbus Day" to "Indigenous Peoples Day" wherever the phrases appear in Minnesota Statutes and Minnesota Rules. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 133.

new text begin REPEALER. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin State emblems redesign. new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2022, sections 1.135, subdivisions 3 and 5; and 1.141, subdivisions 3, 4, and 6, new text end new text begin are repealed, effective May 11, 2024. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Evergreen firehall polling place. new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 383C.806, new text end new text begin is repealed. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Compensation council. new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 15A.0815, subdivisions 3, 4, and 5, new text end new text begin are repealed effective the day following final enactment. new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Parking garage debt service waiver. new text end

new text begin Laws 2014, chapter 287, section 25, as amended by Laws 2015, chapter 77, article 2, section 78, new text end new text begin is repealed. new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Tobacco securitization bonds. new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16A.98, new text end new text begin is repealed. new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Strategic and long-range planning. new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2022, sections 4A.01; 4A.04; 4A.06; 4A.07; 4A.11; and 124D.23, subdivision 9, new text end new text begin are repealed. new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Candidate advisory council. new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 136F.03, new text end new text begin is repealed. new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution; grants. new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2022, sections 179.90; and 179.91, new text end new text begin are repealed. new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Electric vehicle charging. new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16B.24, subdivision 13, new text end new text begin is repealed. new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Solar energy in state buildings. new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16B.323, new text end new text begin is repealed. new text end

new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Heating and cooling systems; state-funded buildings. new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 16B.326, new text end new text begin is repealed. new text end

ARTICLE 3

LOCAL GOVERNMENT POLICY

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 13D.02, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Conditions.

(a) A meeting governed by section 13D.01, subdivisions 1, 2, 4, and 5, and this section may be conducted by interactive technology so long as:

(1) all members of the body participating in the meeting, wherever their physical location, can hear and see one another and can hear and see all discussion and testimony presented at any location at which at least one member is present;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the body can hear and see all discussion and testimony and all votes of members of the body;

(3) at least one member of the body is physically present at the regular meeting location;

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call so each member's vote on each issue can be identified and recorded; and

(5) each location at which a member of the body is present is open and accessible to the public.

(b) A meeting satisfies the requirements of paragraph (a), although a member of the public body participates from a location that is not open or accessible to the public, if the member has not participated more than three times in a calendar year from a location that is not open or accessible to the public, and:

(1) the member is serving in the military and is at a required drill, deployed, or on active duty; or

(2) the member has been advised by a health care professional against being in a public place for personal or family medical reasons. deleted text begin This clause only applies when a state of emergency has been declared under section 12.31, and expires 60 days after the removal of the state of emergency.deleted text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 118A.09, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Definition; qualifying government.

new text begin (a) new text end "Qualifying government" means:

(1) a county or statutory or home rule charter city with a population of more than 100,000;new text begin ornew text end

(2) a county or statutory or home rule charter city deleted text begin which had its most recently issued general obligation bonds rated in the highest category by a national bond rating agency; ordeleted text end new text begin whose most recent long-term, senior, general obligation rating by one or more national rating organizations in the prior 18-month period is AA or higher.new text end

deleted text begin (3) a self-insurance pool listed in section 471.982, subdivision 3. deleted text end

new text begin (b) new text end A county or statutory or home rule charter city with a population of 100,000 or less that is a qualifying government, but deleted text begin isdeleted text end subsequently deleted text begin rated less than the highest category by a national bond rating agency on a general obligation bond issuedeleted text end new text begin does not meet the threshold under paragraph (a), clause (2)new text end , may not invest additional funds under this sectionnew text begin during any time period when it does not meet the threshold,new text end but may continue to manage funds previously invested under subdivision 2.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 118A.09, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Additional investment authority.

Qualifying governments may invest the amount described in subdivision 3:

(1) in index mutual funds based in the United States and indexed to a broad market United States equity indexnew text begin , on the condition that index mutual fund investments must be made directly with the main sales office of the fundnew text end ; or

(2) with the Minnesota State Board of Investment subject to such terms and minimum amounts as may be adopted by the board. deleted text begin Index mutual fund investments must be made directly with the main sales office of the fund.deleted text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 118A.09, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Funds.

(a) Qualifying governments may only invest under subdivision 2 according to the limitations in this subdivision. A qualifying government under subdivision 1, clause (1) or (2), may only invest its funds that are held for long-term capital plans authorized by the city council or county board, or long-term obligations of the qualifying government. Long-term obligations of the qualifying government include long-term capital plan reserves, funds held to offset long-term environmental exposure, other postemployment benefit liabilities, compensated absences, and other long-term obligations established by applicable accounting standards.

(b) Qualifying governments under subdivision 1, clause (1) or (2), may invest up to 15 percent of the sum of:

(1) unassigned cash;

(2) cash equivalents;

(3) deposits; and

(4) investments.

deleted text begin Thisdeleted text end new text begin (c) Thenew text end calculation new text begin in paragraph (b) new text end must be based on the qualifying government's most recent audited statement of net position, which must be compliant and audited pursuant to governmental accounting and auditing standards. Once the amount invested reaches 15 percent of the sum of unassigned cash, cash equivalents, deposits, and investments, no further funds may be invested under this section; however, a qualifying government may continue to manage the funds previously invested under this section even if the total amount subsequently exceeds 15 percent of the sum of unassigned cash, cash equivalents, deposits, and investments.

deleted text begin (c) A qualified government under subdivision 1, clause (3), may invest up to the lesser of: deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) 15 percent of the sum of its cash, cash equivalents, deposits, and investments; or deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) 25 percent of its net assets as reported on the pool's most recent audited statement of net position, which must be compliant and audited pursuant to governmental accounting and auditing standards. deleted text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 5.

new text begin [118A.10] SELF-INSURANCE POOLS; ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT AUTHORITY. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definition. new text end

new text begin For the purposes of this section, "qualifying government" means a self-insurance pool listed in section 471.982, subdivision 3. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Additional investment authority. new text end

new text begin (a) A qualifying government may invest in the securities specified in section 11A.24, with the exception of specific investments authorized under section 11A.24, subdivision 6, paragraph (a), clauses (1) to (5). new text end

new text begin (b) Investments authorized under this section are subject to the limitations under section 11A.24. new text end

new text begin (c) A qualifying government may invest with the State Board of Investment subject to the terms and minimum amounts adopted by the State Board of Investment. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Approval. new text end

new text begin Before investing pursuant to this section, the governing body of a qualifying government must adopt an investment policy pursuant to a resolution that includes both of the following statements: new text end

new text begin (1) the governing body understands that investments under this section have a risk of loss; and new text end

new text begin (2) the governing body understands the type of funds that are being invested and the specific investment itself. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 6.

new text begin [134.114] RAMSEY COUNTY LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Appointment. new text end

new text begin The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners shall direct, operate, and manage the suburban Ramsey County library system. The county board shall appoint seven members to a suburban Ramsey County Library Advisory Board. All members must reside in the suburban county library service area. The Ramsey County Library Advisory Board shall replace the existing Ramsey County Library Board upon the effective date of this section. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Powers and duties. new text end

new text begin The Ramsey County Library Advisory Board shall provide advice and make recommendations on matters pertaining to county library services. The Ramsey County Library Advisory Board shall provide recommendations regarding integrated county service delivery that impacts or is enhanced by library services. The county board may delegate additional powers and duties to the Ramsey County Library Advisory Board. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day after the governing body of Ramsey County and its chief clerical officer comply with Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021, subdivisions 2 and 3. new text end

Sec. 7.

new text begin [134.115] ANOKA COUNTY LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Appointment. new text end

new text begin The Anoka County Board of Commissioners shall direct, operate, and manage the suburban Anoka County library system. The county board shall appoint seven members to a suburban Anoka County Library Advisory Board. All members must reside in the suburban county library service area. The Anoka County Library Advisory Board shall replace the existing Anoka County Library Board upon the effective date of this section. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Powers and duties. new text end

new text begin The Anoka County Library Advisory Board shall provide advice and make recommendations on matters pertaining to county library services. The Anoka County Library Advisory Board shall provide recommendations regarding integrated county service delivery that impacts or is enhanced by library services. The county board may delegate additional powers and duties to the Anoka County Library Advisory Board. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day after the governing body of Anoka County and its chief clerical officer comply with Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021, subdivisions 2 and 3. new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 383B.145, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Solicitations to small business enterprises or veteran-owned small businesses. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding the contract threshold of section 471.345, subdivision 4, a contract, as defined in section 471.345, subdivision 2, estimated not to exceed $500,000 may be made pursuant to the provisions of section 471.345, subdivision 4, provided that a business that is directly solicited is certified as either: (1) a small business enterprise; or (2) a small business that is majority-owned and operated by a veteran or a service-disabled veteran. new text end

Sec. 9.

new text begin [412.925] NATIVE LANDSCAPES. new text end

new text begin (a) A statutory city or home rule charter city shall allow an owner, authorized agent, or authorized occupant of any privately owned lands or premises to install and maintain a managed natural landscape. For purposes of this section, the following terms have the meanings given: new text end

new text begin (1) "managed natural landscape" means a planned, intentional, and maintained planting of native or nonnative grasses, wildflowers, forbs, ferns, shrubs, or trees, including but not limited to rain gardens, meadow vegetation, and ornamental plants. Managed natural landscapes does not include turf-grass lawns left unattended for the purpose of returning to a natural state; new text end

new text begin (2) "meadow vegetation" means grasses and flowering broad-leaf plants that are native to, or adapted to, the state of Minnesota, and that are commonly found in meadow and prairie plant communities, not including noxious weeds. "Noxious weed" has the meaning given in section 18.77, subdivision 8; new text end

new text begin (3) "ornamental plants" means grasses, perennials, annuals, and groundcovers purposely planted for aesthetic reasons; new text end

new text begin (4) "rain garden" means a native plant garden that is designed not only to aesthetically improve properties, but also to reduce the amount of stormwater and accompanying pollutants from entering streams, lakes, and rivers; and new text end

new text begin (5) "turf-grass lawn" means a lawn composed mostly of grasses commonly used in regularly cut lawns or play areas, including but not limited to bluegrass, fescue, and ryegrass blends, intended to be maintained at a height of no more than eight inches. new text end

new text begin (b) Managed natural landscapes may include plants and grasses that are in excess of eight inches in height and have gone to seed, but may not include any noxious weeds and must be maintained. new text end

new text begin (c) Except as part of a managed natural landscape as defined in this section, any weeds or grasses growing upon any lot or parcel of land in a city to a greater height than eight inches or that have gone or are about to go to seed are prohibited. new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 428A.01, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Multiunit residential property. new text end

new text begin "Multiunit residential property" means: new text end

new text begin (1) property classified as class 4a under section 273.13, subdivision 25, paragraph (a); new text end

new text begin (2) condominiums, as defined under section 515A.1-103, clause (7), that are classified as class 1a under section 273.13, subdivision 22, paragraph (a); class 4b under section 273.13, subdivision 25, paragraph (b), clause (1); class 4bb under section 273.13, subdivision 25, paragraph (c), clause (1); or condominiums under chapters 515 and 515A established prior to the enactment of the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership act under chapter 515B; new text end

new text begin (3) condominium-type storage units classified as class 4bb under section 273.13, subdivision 25, paragraph (c), clause (3); and new text end

new text begin (4) duplex or triplex property classified as class 1a under section 273.13, subdivision 22, paragraph (a); or classified as class 4b under section 273.13, subdivision 25, paragraph (b), clause (1). new text end

new text begin Multiunit residential property does not include any unit that is an affordable housing unit classified as 4d low-income rental housing under section 273.13, subdivision 25, paragraph (e). new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for the establishment or enlargement of a special service district after July 1, 2023. new text end

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 428A.01, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Nonresidential property. new text end

new text begin "Nonresidential property" means property that is classified under section 273.13 and used for commercial, industrial, or public utility purposes, or is zoned for vacant land or designated on a land use plan for commercial or industrial use. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for the establishment or enlargement of a special service district after July 1, 2023. new text end

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 428A.02, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Ordinance.

The governing body of a city may adopt an ordinance establishing a special service district. Only new text begin nonresidential and multiunit residential new text end property deleted text begin that is classified under section 273.13 and used for commercial, industrial, or public utility purposes, or is vacant land zoned or designated on a land use plan for commercial or industrial use anddeleted text end located in the special service districtdeleted text begin ,deleted text end may be subject to the charges imposed by the city on the special service district. Other types of property may be included within the boundaries of the special service district but are not subject to the levies or charges imposed by the city on the special service district. If 50 percent or more of the estimated market value of a parcel of property is classified under section 273.13 as commercial, industrial, or vacant land zoned or designated on a land use plan for commercial or industrial use, or public utility for the current assessment year, then the entire taxable market value of the property is subject to a service charge based on net tax capacity for purposes of sections 428A.01 to 428A.10. The ordinance shall describe with particularity the area within the city to be included in the district and the special services to be furnished in the district. The ordinance may not be adopted until after a public hearing has been held on the question. Notice of the hearing shall include the time and place of hearing, a map showing the boundaries of the proposed district, and a statement that all persons owning property in the proposed district that would be subject to a service charge will be given opportunity to be heard at the hearing. Within 30 days after adoption of the ordinance under this subdivision, the governing body shall send a copy of the ordinance to the commissioner of revenue.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for the establishment or enlargement of a special service district after July 1, 2023. new text end

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 428A.03, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Common interest community charges. new text end

new text begin Service charges may not be imposed on a unit in a common interest community for a service that is ordinarily provided by the unit's owner's association unless an increased level of service is provided by the special service district. A unit in a common interest community is defined under section 515B.1-103, clause (10), and also includes common interest communities under chapters 515 and 515A that were established prior to the enactment of the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act under chapter 515B. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for the establishment or enlargement of a special service district after July 1, 2023. new text end

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 471.345, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 3b. new text end

new text begin Contracts over $175,000; construction manager at risk alternative. new text end

new text begin As an alternative to the procurement methods described in subdivisions 3 and 3a, municipalities may award a contract for construction, alteration, repair, or maintenance work to a construction manager at risk as provided in section 471.463. new text end

Sec. 15.

new text begin [471.463] CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AT RISK. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the terms in this subdivision have the meanings given. new text end

new text begin (b) "Construction manager at risk" means a person who is selected by a municipality to act as a construction manager to manage the construction process, including but not limited to responsibility for the price, schedule, and workmanship of the construction performed according to the procedures in this section. new text end

new text begin (c) "Construction manager at risk contract" means a contract for construction of a project between a construction manager at risk and a municipality, which shall include a guaranteed maximum price, construction schedule, and workmanship of the construction performed. new text end

new text begin (d) "Guaranteed maximum price" means the maximum amount that a construction manager at risk is paid pursuant to a contract to perform a defined scope of work. new text end

new text begin (e) "Guaranteed maximum price contract" means a contract under which a construction manager or subcontractor is paid on the basis of the actual cost to perform the work specified in the contract plus an amount for overhead and profit, the sum of which must not exceed the guaranteed maximum price in the contract. new text end

new text begin (f) "Municipality" has the meaning given under section 471.345, subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin (g) "Past performance" or "experience" does not include the exercise or assertion of a person's legal rights. new text end

new text begin (h) "Person" means an individual, corporation, partnership, association, or other legal entity. new text end

new text begin (i) "Project" means an undertaking to construct, alter, or enlarge a building, structure, or other improvement, except a street, road, highway, or bridge, by or for a municipality. new text end

new text begin (j) "Request for proposals" means the document or publication soliciting proposals for a construction manager at risk contract as provided in this section. new text end

new text begin (k) "Request for qualifications" means the document or publication soliciting qualifications for a construction manager at risk contract as provided in this section. new text end

new text begin (l) "Trade contract work" means labor, materials, or equipment furnished by contractors or vendors that are incorporated into the completed project or are major components of the means of construction. Work performed by trade contractors involves specific portions of the project, but not the entire project. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Authority. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, a municipality may use a construction manager at risk method of project delivery and award a construction manager at risk contract based on the selection criteria described in this section. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Solicitation of qualifications. new text end

new text begin (a) A request for qualifications must be prepared for each construction manager at risk contract as provided in this section. The request for qualifications must contain, at a minimum, the following elements: new text end

new text begin (1) procedures for submitting qualifications, the criteria and subcriteria for evaluating the qualifications and the relative weight for each criteria and subcriteria, and the procedures for making awards in an open, competitive, and objective manner, applying a scoring or trade-off evaluation method, including a reference to the requirements of this section; new text end

new text begin (2) the proposed terms and conditions for the contract; new text end

new text begin (3) the desired qualifications of the construction manager at risk; new text end

new text begin (4) the schedule for commencement and completion of the project; new text end

new text begin (5) any applicable budget limits for the project; new text end

new text begin (6) the requirements for insurance and statutorily required performance and payment bonds; and new text end

new text begin (7) the identification and location of any other information in the possession or control of a municipality that the municipality determines is material, including surveys, soil reports, drawings or models of existing structures, environmental studies, photographs, or references to public records. new text end

new text begin (b) The request for qualifications criteria must not impose unnecessary conditions beyond reasonable requirements to ensure maximum participation of construction managers at risk. The criteria must not consider the collective bargaining status of the construction manager at risk. new text end

new text begin (c) The request for qualifications criteria may include a requirement that the proposer include the cost for the proposer's services. new text end

new text begin (d) Notice of requests for qualifications must be advertised in a manner designated by the municipality. new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Construction manager at risk selection process. new text end

new text begin (a) In a construction manager at risk selection process, the following apply: new text end

new text begin (1) upon determining to utilize a construction manager at risk for a project, a municipality shall create a selection committee composed of a minimum of three persons, at least one of whom has construction industry expertise; and new text end

new text begin (2) a municipality shall establish procedures for determining the appropriate content of a request for qualifications, as provided in subdivision 3. new text end

new text begin (b) In accordance with the criteria and procedures set forth in the request for qualifications, the selection committee shall evaluate the experience of a proposer as a construction manager at risk, including but not limited to capacity of key personnel, technical competence, capability to perform, past performance of the firm and its employees, safety record and compliance with state and federal law, availability to and familiarity with the project locale, and other appropriate facts submitted by the proposer in response to the request for qualifications. new text end

new text begin (c) A municipality must receive at least two proposals from construction managers or the municipality may: new text end

new text begin (1) solicit new proposals; new text end

new text begin (2) revise the request for qualifications and then solicit new proposals using the revised request for qualifications; new text end

new text begin (3) select another allowed procurement method; or new text end

new text begin (4) reject all proposals. new text end

new text begin (d) The selection committee shall review the qualification of each proposer and create a short list of two to five proposers. new text end

new text begin (e) A municipality shall issue a request for proposals requiring cost and other information as desired from the short-listed proposers. new text end

new text begin (f) The selection committee may conduct formal interviews with the short-listed proposers but shall not disclose any proprietary or confidential information contained in one proposal to another proposer, and shall rank the proposers by applying a scoring or trade-off evaluation method. The scoring or trade-off evaluation method must be described in the request for proposals. new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Construction manager at risk contract. new text end

new text begin (a) A municipality shall conduct contract negotiations with the highest ranked proposer to reach an agreement on the cost and terms of the contract. If an agreement cannot be reached with the highest ranked proposer, the municipality may begin negotiations with the next highest ranked proposer. The negotiation process continues until an agreement is reached with a proposer or the municipality rejects all proposals. new text end

new text begin (b) The construction manager at risk shall competitively bid all trade contract work for the project from a list of qualified firms. The list of qualified firms may be limited to qualified Small Business Enterprise firms, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms, or both, subject to availability of such qualified firms for the specific work. The list of qualified firms must be based on an open, competitive, and objective prequalification process in which the selection criteria, approved by the municipality, may include but is not limited to the firm's experience as a constructor, including capacity of key personnel, technical competence, capability to perform, past performance of the firm and its employees, safety record and compliance with state and federal law, availability to and familiarity with the project locale, Small Business Enterprise or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification, and other considerations as defined by the construction manager at risk and the municipality. The construction manager at risk and the municipality shall jointly determine the composition of the list of qualified firms. With the municipality's approval, upon request, the construction manager at risk may also submit bids for trade contract work if the construction manager at risk does not participate in the municipality's review of the bids or selection decision. new text end

new text begin (c) The construction manager at risk and the municipality shall enter into a guaranteed maximum price contract for the project. new text end

Sec. 16.

new text begin [471.585] MUNICIPAL HOTEL LICENSING. new text end

new text begin (a) A statutory or home rule charter city or a town may adopt an ordinance requiring hotels as defined in section 327.70, subdivision 3, operating within the boundaries of the city or town to have a valid license issued by the city or town. An annual fee for a license under this section may not exceed $150. new text end

new text begin (b) An ordinance adopted under this section is limited to requiring compliance with state and local laws as a condition of licensure. No other licensing conditions or requirements are permitted. new text end

new text begin (c) A city or town that has adopted an ordinance under this section may refuse to issue a license, or may revoke an existing license, if the hotel fails to comply with the conditions of the license. new text end

Sec. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 473.606, subdivision 5, is amended to read:

Subd. 5.

Employees, others, affirmative action; prevailing wage.

The corporation shall have the power to appoint engineers and other consultants, attorneys, and such other officers, agents, and employees as it may see fit, who shall perform such duties and receive such compensation as the corporation may determine deleted text begin notwithstanding the provisions of section 43A.17, subdivision 9,deleted text end and be removable at the pleasure of the corporation. The corporation must adopt an affirmative action plan, which shall be submitted to the appropriate agency or office of the state for review and approval. The plan must include a yearly progress report to the agency or office. Whenever the corporation performs any work within the limits of a city of the first class, or establishes a minimum wage for skilled or unskilled labor in the specifications or any contract for work within one of the cities, the rate of pay to such skilled and unskilled labor must be the prevailing rate of wage for such labor in that city.

Sec. 18.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 473.704, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Directordeleted text begin ; to be entomologistdeleted text end .

It may employ and fix the duties and compensation of a director who shall develop the control programs of the district and shall supervise its executiondeleted text begin ; such director shall be an entomologistdeleted text end .

Sec. 19.

new text begin HENNEPIN COUNTY; CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AT RISK SELECTION. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 471.463, or any other law to the contrary, Hennepin County may proceed to select a construction manager at risk if: new text end

new text begin (1) the county receives only one proposal from a construction manager for a project; and new text end

new text begin (2) the county determines the construction manager at risk marketplace is limited and the benefit of issuing a new solicitation is not practicable. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day after the governing body of Hennepin County and its chief clerical officer comply with the requirements of Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021, subdivisions 2 and 3. new text end

Sec. 20.

new text begin ST. PAUL; DESIGN-BUILD AUTHORIZATION. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 471.345, or any other law to the contrary, the city of St. Paul may solicit and award a design-build contract for the East Side Skate Park project at Eastside Heritage Park on the basis of a best value selection process. The city must consider at least three proposals when awarding a design-build contract under this section. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 21.

new text begin ST. CLOUD REGIONAL AIRPORT; ON-SALE LICENSE. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding any law or ordinance to the contrary, the city of St. Cloud may issue an on-sale intoxicating liquor license to a restaurant in the St. Cloud Regional Airport. The license authorized by this section may be issued for a space that is not compact and contiguous. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective upon approval by the St. Cloud City Council and compliance with Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021. new text end

Sec. 22.

new text begin REPEALER. new text end

new text begin (a) Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 383B.143, subdivisions 2 and 3, new text end new text begin are repealed. new text end

new text begin (b) new text end new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 43A.17, subdivision 9, new text end new text begin is repealed. new text end

Sec. 23.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin Sections 17 and 22, paragraph (b), are effective the day following final enactment. new text end

ARTICLE 4

ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATION

Section 1.

new text begin [2.012] TWELFTH DISTRICT. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Senate district. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding the order of the Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel in Wattson v. Simon, Nos. A21-0243, A21-0546 (February 15, 2022), Senate District 12 consists of the district as described in that order, with the modification contained in file L12B-1, on file with the Geographic Information Systems Office of the Legislative Coordinating Commission and published on its website on April 27, 2022. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin House of representatives districts. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding the order of the Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel in Wattson v. Simon, Nos. A21-0243, A21-0546 (February 15, 2022), Senate District 12 is divided into two house of representatives districts as follows: new text end

new text begin (a) House of Representatives District 12A consists of the district as described in that order. new text end

new text begin (b) House of Representatives District 12B consists of all territory of Senate District 12, as modified by subdivision 1, that is not included in House of Representatives District 12A. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for the state primary and state general elections conducted in 2024 for terms of office beginning on the first Monday in January of 2025, and for all elections held thereafter. new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [2.109] NINTH DISTRICT. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Senate district. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding the order of the Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel in Wattson v. Simon, Nos. A21-0243, A21-0546 (February 15, 2022), Senate District 9 consists of the district as described in that order, with the modification contained in file L12B-1, on file with the Geographic Information Systems Office of the Legislative Coordinating Commission and published on its website on April 27, 2022. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin House of representatives districts. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding the order of the Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel in Wattson v. Simon, Nos. A21-0243, A21-0546 (February 15, 2022), Senate District 9 is divided into two house of representatives districts as follows: new text end

new text begin (a) House of Representatives District 9A consists of the district as described in that order. new text end

new text begin (b) House of Representatives District 9B consists of all territory of Senate District 9, as modified by subdivision 1, that is not included in House of Representatives District 9A. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for the state primary and state general elections conducted in 2024 for terms of office beginning on the first Monday in January of 2025, and for all elections held thereafter. new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin [2.117] SEVENTEENTH DISTRICT. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Senate district. new text end

new text begin Senate District 17 consists of the district as described in the order of the Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel in Wattson v. Simon, Nos. A21-0243, A21-0546 (February 15, 2022). new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin House of representatives districts. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding the order of the Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel in Wattson v. Simon, Nos. A21-0243, A21-0546 (February 15, 2022), Senate District 17 is divided into two house of representatives districts as follows: new text end

new text begin (a) House of Representatives District 17A consists of the district as described in that order, with the modification contained in file L17A-2, on file with the Geographic Information Systems Office of the Legislative Coordinating Commission and published on its website on May 10, 2023. new text end

new text begin (b) House of Representatives District 17B consists of all territory of Senate District 17 not included in House of Representatives District 17A, as described in paragraph (a). new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for the state primary and state general elections conducted in 2024 for terms of office beginning on the first Monday in January of 2025, and for all elections held thereafter. new text end

Sec. 4.

new text begin [2.144] FORTY-FOURTH DISTRICT. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Senate district. new text end

new text begin Senate District 44 consists of the district as described in the order of the Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel in Wattson v. Simon, Nos. A21-0243, A21-0546 (February 15, 2022). new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin House of representatives districts. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding the order of the Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel in Wattson v. Simon, Nos. A21-0243, A21-0546 (February 15, 2022), Senate District 44 is divided into two house of representatives districts as follows: new text end

new text begin (a) House of Representatives District 44A consists of the district as described in that order, with the modification contained in file L44A-1, on file with the Geographic Information Systems Office of the Legislative Coordinating Commission and published on its website on April 27, 2022. new text end

new text begin (b) House of Representatives District 44B consists of all territory of Senate District 44 not included in House of Representatives District 44A, as described in paragraph (a). new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for the state primary and state general elections conducted in 2024 for terms of office beginning on the first Monday in January of 2025, and for all elections held thereafter. new text end

Sec. 5.

new text begin [2.92] ACCESS TO MULTIUNIT FACILITIES BY UNITED STATES CENSUS EMPLOYEES. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Access required. new text end

new text begin It is unlawful for a person, either directly or indirectly, to deny access to an apartment house, dormitory, nursing home, manufactured home park, other multiple unit facility used as a residence, or area in which two or more single-family dwellings are located on private roadways, to an employee of the United States Census Bureau who displays a current, valid census credential and who is engaged in official census business. An employee granted access under this section must be permitted to knock on the doors of individual units to speak with residents and to leave census materials for residents at their doors, except that the manager of a nursing home may direct that the materials be left at a central location within the facility. The materials must be left in an orderly manner. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Limitations. new text end

new text begin This section does not prohibit: new text end

new text begin (1) denial of admittance into a particular apartment, room, manufactured home, or personal residential unit; new text end

new text begin (2) in the case of a nursing home or an assisted living facility licensed under chapter 144G, denial of permission to visit certain persons for valid health reasons; new text end

new text begin (3) limiting visits to a reasonable number of census employees or reasonable hours; new text end

new text begin (4) requiring a prior appointment to gain access to the facility; or new text end

new text begin (5) denial of admittance to or expulsion of an individual employee from a multiple unit dwelling for good cause. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Compliance with federal law. new text end

new text begin A person in compliance with United States Code, title 13, section 223, and any guidance or rules adopted by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, governing access to a facility described in subdivision 1 is considered to be in compliance with the requirements of this section. new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Applicability. new text end

new text begin This section applies from January 1 to July 1 in any year during which a decennial census is conducted under the authority of the United States Constitution, article 1, section 2. new text end

Sec. 6.

new text begin [5.305] VOTING OPERATIONS, TECHNOLOGY, AND ELECTION RESOURCES ACCOUNT. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin For purposes of this section, the following terms have the meanings given: new text end

new text begin (1) "account" means the voting operations, technology, and election resources account; new text end

new text begin (2) "city" means a statutory or home rule charter city; and new text end

new text begin (3) "local unit of government" means a county, city, or town. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Account established; appropriation. new text end

new text begin The voting operations, technology, and election resources account is established in the special revenue fund. Money in the account is appropriated annually to the secretary of state for distribution as provided in this section. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Distribution amount; payment. new text end

new text begin (a) The secretary of state must distribute the balance in the account annually as follows: new text end

new text begin (1) 20 percent of the total balance is for allocation to each county in equal amounts; and new text end

new text begin (2) 80 percent of the total balance is for allocation to each county in proportion to its share of registered voters on May 1 for the most recent statewide general election, as determined by the secretary of state. new text end

new text begin (b) The secretary of state must distribute funds under this section no later than July 20 of each year. new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Allocation of funds among local units of government. new text end

new text begin (a) Upon receipt of funds, each county must segregate the funds in a county election funding account. The money in the account remains in the account until spent for any of the authorized purposes set forth in this section. The county and the local units of government located within the county must agree on a distribution plan for allocating funds from the account. If the county and a local unit of government do not agree on a distribution plan, the county must allocate the funds to that unit of local government as follows: new text end

new text begin (1) 50 percent is retained by the county; new text end

new text begin (2) 25 percent is allocated to each local unit of government responsible for administering absentee voting or mail voting in proportion to that unit of government's share of the county's registered voters on May 1 for the most recent statewide general election; and new text end

new text begin (3) 25 percent is allocated to cities and townships in proportion to each city and township's share of registered voters in the county on May 1 for the most recent statewide general election. new text end

new text begin The county must make distributions to cities and towns by December 31 each year. new text end

new text begin (b) A city or township that is allocated funds under this subdivision must segregate the funds in an election funding account. The money in the account remains in the account until spent for any of the authorized purposes set forth in this section. new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Use of funds. new text end

new text begin A local unit of government may use the funds allocated pursuant to this section for the following purposes, provided the expenditures are directly related to election administration: new text end

new text begin (1) equipment; new text end

new text begin (2) hardware or software; new text end

new text begin (3) cybersecurity; new text end

new text begin (4) security-related infrastructure; new text end

new text begin (5) capital improvements to government-owned property to improve access to polling places for individuals with disabilities; new text end

new text begin (6) staff costs for election administrators, election judges, and other election officials; new text end

new text begin (7) printing and publication; new text end

new text begin (8) postage; new text end

new text begin (9) programming; new text end

new text begin (10) local match for state or federal funds; and new text end

new text begin (11) any other purpose directly related to election administration. new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Reports. new text end

new text begin (a) Annually by December 31, each county auditor must report to the secretary of state with an explanation of how the funds received pursuant to this section during the previous fiscal year were spent and a certification that they were spent in accordance with subdivisions 4 and 5. The county auditor's report must include the following: an itemized description of each actual expenditure listed by the general categories of expenditures identified in subdivision 5, the local unit of government making the expenditure, the balance in the county's election funding account, and the balance of any city's or town's election funding account. The county auditor's report must also include any other information required by the secretary of state. new text end

new text begin (b) Each city and town receiving an allocation of funds under this section must provide the county auditor with the data necessary to submit this report no later than December 15 of each year. new text end

new text begin (c) No later than January 31 of each year, the secretary of state must compile the reports received from each county auditor and submit a summary report on the expenditure of funds to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over elections policy and finance. At a minimum, the summary report must identify expenditures by county, city, and town and the purposes of each expenditure. new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 5B.06, is amended to read:

5B.06 VOTING BY PROGRAM PARTICIPANT; ABSENTEE BALLOT.

A program participant who is otherwise eligible to vote may register with the secretary of state as a permanent absentee voter. Notwithstanding section 203B.04, subdivision 5, the secretary of state is not required to send an absentee ballot application prior to each election to a program participant registered as a permanent absentee voter under this section. As soon as practicable before each election, the secretary of state shall determine the precinct in which the residential address of deleted text begin thedeleted text end new text begin anew text end program participant is located deleted text begin anddeleted text end new text begin . Upon making a precinct determination, the secretary of statenew text end shallnew text begin either (1)new text end request from and receive from the county auditor or other election official the ballot for that precinct and deleted text begin shall forwarddeleted text end new text begin mailnew text end the absentee ballot to the program participant deleted text begin with the otherdeleted text end new text begin , or (2) using the Minnesota statewide voter registration system, prepare the program participant's ballot for that precinct and mail the absentee ballot to the program participant. The secretary of state shall include with each mailed absentee ballot all correspondingnew text end materials for absentee balloting as required by Minnesota law. The program participant shall complete the ballot and return it to the secretary of state, who shall review the ballot in the manner provided by section 203B.121, subdivision 2. If the ballot and ballot materials comply with the requirements of that section, the ballot must be certified by the secretary of state as the ballot of a program participant, and must be forwarded to the appropriate electoral jurisdiction for tabulation along with all other ballots. The name and address of a program participant must not be listed in the statewide voter registration system.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 135A.17, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Residential housing list.

All postsecondary institutions that enroll students accepting deleted text begin state ordeleted text end federal financial aid may prepare a current list of students enrolled in the institution and residing in the institution's housing or within ten miles of the institution's campus. new text begin All postsecondary institutions that enroll students accepting state financial aid must, to the extent the information may be disclosed pursuant to Code of Federal Regulations, title 34, part 99, prepare a current list of students enrolled in the institution and residing in the institution's housing or in the city or cities in which the campus is situated, if available. new text end The list shall include each student's current addressnew text begin , unless the student is enrolled in the Safe at Home address confidentiality program as provided in chapter 5Bnew text end . The list shall be certified and sent to the appropriate county auditor or auditors for use in election day registration as provided under section 201.061, subdivision 3. A residential housing list provided under this subdivision may not be used or disseminated by a county auditor or the secretary of state for any other purpose.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 200.02, subdivision 7, is amended to read:

Subd. 7.

Major political party.

(a) "Major political party" means a political party that maintains a party organization in the statedeleted text begin , political division or precinct in question and that has presenteddeleted text end new text begin ; has complied with the party's constitution and rules; is in compliance with the requirements of sections 202A.12 and 202A.13; files with the secretary of state no later than December 1 of each odd-numbered year a certification that the party has met the foregoing requirements, including a list of the dates and locations of each convention held; and meets all other qualification requirements of this subdivision.new text end

new text begin (b) A political party qualifies as a major political party by: new text end

new text begin (1) presentingnew text end at least one candidate for election to the office of:

deleted text begin (1)deleted text end new text begin (i)new text end governor and lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, or attorney general at the last preceding state general election for those offices; or

deleted text begin (2)deleted text end new text begin (ii)new text end presidential elector or U.S. senator at the last preceding state general election for presidential electors; and

whose candidate received votes in each county in that election and received votes from not less than five percent of the total number of individuals who voted in that electiondeleted text begin .deleted text end new text begin , if the state general election was held on or before November 8, 2022, or not less than eight percent of the total number of individuals who voted in that election, at a state general election held on or after November 7, 2024;new text end

deleted text begin (b) "Major political party" also means a political party that maintains a party organization in the state, political subdivision, or precinct in question and that has presenteddeleted text end new text begin (2) presentingnew text end at least 45 candidates for election to the office of state representative, 23 candidates for election to the office of state senator, four candidates for election to the office of representative in Congress, and one candidate for election to each of the following offices: governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and state auditor, at the last preceding state general election for those officesdeleted text begin .deleted text end new text begin ; ornew text end

deleted text begin (c) "Major political party" also means a political party that maintains a party organization in the state, political subdivision, or precinct in question and whose members presentdeleted text end new text begin (3) presentingnew text end to the secretary of state at any time before the close of filing for the state partisan primary ballot a petition for a place on the state partisan primary ballot, which petition contains valid signatures of a number of the party members equal to at least five percent of the total number of individuals who voted in the preceding state general election. A signature is valid only if signed no more than one year prior to the date the petition was filed.

deleted text begin (d)deleted text end new text begin (c)new text end A political party whose candidate receives a sufficient number of votes at a state general election described in paragraph deleted text begin (a)deleted text end new text begin (b), clause (1),new text end or a political party that presents candidates at an election as required by paragraph (b)new text begin , clause (2),new text end becomes a major political party as of January 1 following that election deleted text begin anddeleted text end new text begin . A political party that complies with paragraph (a)new text end retains its major party status for at least two state general elections even if the party fails to present a candidate who receives the number and percentage of votes required under paragraph deleted text begin (a)deleted text end new text begin (b), clause (1),new text end or fails to present candidates as required by paragraph (b)new text begin , clause (2),new text end at subsequent state general elections.

deleted text begin (e)deleted text end new text begin (d)new text end A major political party whose candidates fail to receive the number and percentage of votes required under paragraph deleted text begin (a)deleted text end new text begin (b), clause (1),new text end and that fails to present candidates as required by paragraph (b)new text begin , clause (2),new text end at each of two consecutive state general elections described by paragraph deleted text begin (a) ordeleted text end (b)new text begin , clause (1) or (2)new text end , respectively, loses major party status as of December 31 following the later of the two consecutive state general elections.

new text begin (e) A major political party that does not submit the certification required by this subdivision loses major party status on December 31 of the year in which the party did not file the certification. new text end

new text begin (f) The secretary of state must notify the chair of the major political party, the commissioner of revenue, and the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board if the political party's status is changed pursuant to this section. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and applies to major party status for elections held in 2024 and thereafter. The December 1, 2023, certification of a political party that is recognized as a major political party as of the effective date of this section must include certification that the party was in compliance with paragraph (a) during the most recent state general election year. new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 201.014, subdivision 2a, as added by Laws 2023, chapter 12, section 1, is amended to read:

Subd. 2a.

Felony conviction; restoration of civil right to vote.

An individual who is ineligible to vote because of a felony conviction has the civil right to vote restored during any period when the individual is not incarcerated for the offense. If the individual is later incarcerated for the offense, the individual's civil right to vote is lost only during that period of incarceration.new text begin For purposes of this subdivision only, an individual on work release under section 241.26 or 244.065 or an individual released under section 631.425 is not deemed to be incarcerated.new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective June 1, 2023. new text end

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 201.022, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Establishment.

The secretary of state shall maintain a statewide voter registration system to facilitate voter registration and to provide a central database containing voter registration information from around the state. The system must be accessible to the county auditor of each county in the state. The system must also:

(1) provide for voters to submit their voter registration applications to any county auditor, the secretary of state, or the Department of Public Safety;

(2) provide for the definition, establishment, and maintenance of a central database for all voter registration information;

(3) provide for entering data into the statewide registration system;

(4) provide for electronic transfer of completed voter registration applications from the Department of Public Safety to the secretary of state or the county auditor;

(5) assign a unique identifier to each legally registered voter in the state;

(6) provide for the acceptance of the Minnesota driver's license number, Minnesota state identification number, and last four digits of the Social Security number for each voter record;

(7) coordinate with other agency databases within the state;

(8) allow county auditors and the secretary of state to add or modify information in the system to provide for accurate and up-to-date records;

(9) allow county auditors, municipal and school district clerks, and the secretary of state to have electronic access to the statewide registration system for review and search capabilities;

(10) provide security and protection of all information in the statewide registration system and ensure that unauthorized access is not allowed;

(11) provide access to municipal clerks to use the system;

(12) provide a system for each county to identify the precinct to which a voter should be assigned for voting purposes;

(13) provide daily reports accessible by county auditors on the driver's license numbers, state identification numbers, or last four digits of the Social Security numbers submitted on voter registration applications that have been verified as accurate by the secretary of state; deleted text begin anddeleted text end

(14) provide reports on the number of absentee ballots transmitted to and returned and cast by voters under section 203B.16new text begin ; andnew text end

new text begin (15) provide reports necessary for early votingnew text end .

The appropriate state or local official shall provide security measures to prevent unauthorized access to the computerized list established under section 201.021.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective upon the revisor of statutes' receipt of the early voting certification and applies to elections held on or after January 1, 2024, or the 85th day after the revisor of statutes receives the certification, whichever is later. new text end

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 201.061, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Prior to election day.

(a) At any time except during the 20 days immediately preceding any regularly scheduled election, an eligible voter or any individual who will be an eligible voter at the time of the next election may register to vote in the precinct in which the voter maintains residence by completing a voter registration application as described in section 201.071, subdivision 1. A completed application may be submitted:

(1) in person or by mail to the county auditor of that county or to the Secretary of State's Office; or

(2) electronically through a secure website that shall be maintained by the secretary of state for this purpose, if the applicant has an email address and provides the applicant's verifiable Minnesota driver's license number, Minnesota state identification card number, or the last four digits of the applicant's Social Security number.

new text begin (b) new text end A registration that is received in person or by mail no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 21st day preceding any election, or a registration received electronically through the secretary of state's secure website no later than 11:59 p.m. on the 21st day preceding any election, shall be accepted. An improperly addressed or delivered registration application shall be forwarded within two working days after receipt to the county auditor of the county where the voter maintains residence. A state or local agency or an individual that accepts completed voter registration applications from a voter must submit the completed applications to the secretary of state or the appropriate county auditor within ten calendar days after the applications are dated by the voter.

deleted text begin (b)deleted text end new text begin (c)new text end An application submitted electronically under paragraph (a), clause (2), may only be transmitted to the county auditor for processing if the secretary of state has verified the application information matches the information in a government database associated with the applicant's driver's license number, state identification card number, or Social Security number. The secretary of state must review all unverifiable voter registration applications submitted electronically for evidence of suspicious activity and must forward any such application to an appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation.

new text begin (d) new text end An individual may not electronically submit a voter registration application on behalf of any other individualnew text begin , except that the secretary of state may provide features on the secure website established under paragraph (a), clause (2), that allow third parties to connect application programming interfaces that facilitate an individual's submission of voter registration information while interacting with the third partynew text end .

deleted text begin (c)deleted text end new text begin (e)new text end For purposes of this section, mail registration is defined as a voter registration application delivered to the secretary of state, county auditor, or municipal clerk by the United States Postal Service or a commercial carrier.

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 201.061, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Election day registration.

(a) An individual who is eligible to vote may register on election day by appearing in person at the polling place for the precinct in which the individual maintains residence, by completing a registration application, making an oath in the form prescribed by the secretary of state and providing proof of residence. An individual may prove residence for purposes of registering by:

(1) presenting a driver's license or Minnesota identification card issued pursuant to section 171.07;

(2) presenting any document approved by the secretary of state as proper identification;

(3) presenting one of the following:

(i) a current valid student identification card from a postsecondary educational institution in Minnesota, if a list of students from that institution has been prepared under section 135A.17 and certified to the county auditor in the manner provided in rules of the secretary of state; or

(ii) a current student fee statement that contains the student's valid address in the precinct together with a picture identification card; or

(4) having a voter who is registered to vote in the precinct, or an employee employed by and working in a residential facility in the precinct and vouching for a resident in the facility, sign an oath in the presence of the election judge vouching that the voter or employee personally knows that the individual is a resident of the precinct. A voter who has been vouched for on election day may not sign a proof of residence oath vouching for any other individual on that election day. A voter who is registered to vote in the precinct may sign up to eight proof-of-residence oaths on any election day. This limitation does not apply to an employee of a residential facility described in this clause. The secretary of state shall provide a form for election judges to use in recording the number of individuals for whom a voter signs proof-of-residence oaths on election day. The form must include space for the maximum number of individuals for whom a voter may sign proof-of-residence oaths. For each proof-of-residence oath, the form must include a statement that the individual: (i) is registered to vote in the precinct or is an employee of a residential facility in the precinct, (ii) personally knows that the voter is a resident of the precinct, and (iii) is making the statement on oath. The form must include a space for the voter's printed name, signature, telephone number, and address.

The oath required by this subdivision and Minnesota Rules, part 8200.9939, must be attached to the voter registration application.

(b) The operator of a residential facility shall prepare a list of the names of its employees currently working in the residential facility and the address of the residential facility. The operator shall certify the list and provide it to the appropriate county auditor no less than 20 days before each election for use in election day registration.

(c) "Residential facility" means transitional housing as defined in section 256E.33, subdivision 1; a supervised living facility licensed by the commissioner of health under section 144.50, subdivision 6; a nursing home as defined in section 144A.01, subdivision 5; deleted text begin a residence registered with the commissioner of health as a housing with services establishment as defined in section 144D.01, subdivision 4deleted text end new text begin an assisted living facility licensed by the commissioner of health under chapter 144Gnew text end ; a veterans home operated by the board of directors of the Minnesota Veterans Homes under chapter 198; a residence licensed by the commissioner of human services to provide a residential program as defined in section 245A.02, subdivision 14; a residential facility for persons with a developmental disability licensed by the commissioner of human services under section 252.28; setting authorized to provide housing support as defined in section 256I.03, subdivision 3; a shelter for battered women as defined in section 611A.37, subdivision 4; deleted text begin ordeleted text end a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter or dwelling designed to provide temporary living accommodations for the homelessnew text begin ; a facility where a provider operates a residential treatment program as defined in section 245.462, subdivision 23; or a facility where a provider operates an adult foster care program as defined in section 245A.02, subdivision 6cnew text end .

(d) For tribal band members, an individual may prove residence for purposes of registering by:

(1) presenting an identification card issued by the tribal government of a tribe recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, United States Department of the Interior, that contains the name, address, signature, and picture of the individual; or

(2) presenting an identification card issued by the tribal government of a tribe recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, United States Department of the Interior, that contains the name, signature, and picture of the individual and also presenting one of the documents listed in Minnesota Rules, part 8200.5100, subpart 2, item B.

(e) A county, school district, or municipality may require that an election judge responsible for election day registration initial each completed registration application.

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 201.061, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 3a. new text end

new text begin Additional proofs of residence permitted for students. new text end

new text begin (a) An eligible voter may prove residence by presenting a current valid photo identification issued by a postsecondary educational institution in Minnesota if the voter's name; student identification number, if available; and address within the precinct appear on a current residential housing list under section 135A.17, certified to the county auditor by the postsecondary educational institution. new text end

new text begin (b) This additional proof of residence for students must not be allowed unless the postsecondary educational institution submits to the county auditor no later than 60 days prior to the election a written agreement that the postsecondary educational institution will certify for use at the election accurate updated residential housing lists under section 135A.17. A written agreement is effective for the election and all subsequent elections held in that calendar year, including the November general election. new text end

new text begin (c) The additional proof of residence for students must be allowed on an equal basis for voters who reside in housing meeting the requirements of section 135A.17, if the residential housing lists certified by the postsecondary educational institution meet the requirements of this subdivision. new text end

new text begin (d) An updated residential housing list must be certified to the county auditor no earlier than 20 days prior to each election. The certification must be dated and signed by the chief officer or designee of the postsecondary educational institution and must state that the list is current and accurate and includes only the names of persons residing as of the date of the certification. new text end

new text begin (e) The county auditor shall instruct the election judges of the precinct in procedures for use of the list in conjunction with photo identification. The auditor shall supply a list to the election judges with the election supplies for the precinct. new text end

new text begin (f) The county auditor shall notify all postsecondary educational institutions in the county of the provisions of this subdivision. new text end

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 201.071, subdivision 1, as amended by Laws 2023, chapter 12, section 2, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Form.

Both paper and electronic voter registration applications must contain the same information unless otherwise provided by law. A voter registration application must contain spaces for the following required information: voter's first name, middle name, and last name; voter's previous name, if any; voter's current address; voter's previous address, if any; voter's date of birth; voter's municipality and county of residence; voter's telephone number, if provided by the voter; date of registration; current and valid Minnesota driver's license number or Minnesota state identification number, or if the voter has no current and valid Minnesota driver's license or Minnesota state identification, the last four digits of the voter's Social Security number; and voter's signature. The paper registration application may include the voter's email address, if provided by the voter. The electronic voter registration application must include the voter's email address. The registration application may include the voter's interest in serving as an election judge, if indicated by the voter. The application must also contain the following certification of voter eligibility:

"I certify that I:

(1) will be at least 18 years old on election day;

(2) am a citizen of the United States;

(3) will have deleted text begin resideddeleted text end new text begin maintained residencenew text end in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding election day;

(4) maintain residence at the address given on the registration form;

(5) am not under court-ordered guardianship in which the court order revokes my right to vote;

(6) have not been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote;

(7) am not currently incarcerated for a conviction of a felony offense; and

(8) have read and understand the following statement: that giving false information is a felony punishable by not more than five years imprisonment or a fine of not more than $10,000, or both."

The certification must include boxes for the voter to respond to the following questions:

"(1) Are you a citizen of the United States?" and

"(2) Will you be 18 years old on or before election day?"

And the instruction:

"If you checked 'no' to either of these questions, do not complete this form."

The form of the voter registration application and the certification of voter eligibility must be as provided in this subdivision and approved by the secretary of state. Voter registration forms authorized by the National Voter Registration Act must also be accepted as valid. The federal postcard application form must also be accepted as valid if it is not deficient and the voter is eligible to register in Minnesota.

An individual may use a voter registration application to apply to register to vote in Minnesota or to change information on an existing registration.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective June 1, 2023. new text end

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 201.071, subdivision 8, is amended to read:

Subd. 8.

School district assistance.

School districts shall assist county auditors in determining the school district in which a voter deleted text begin residesdeleted text end new text begin maintains residencenew text end .

Sec. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 201.091, subdivision 4a, is amended to read:

Subd. 4a.

Presidential primary political party list.

The secretary of state must maintain a list of the voters who voted in a presidential nomination primary and the political party each voter selected. Information maintained on the list is private data on individuals as defined under section 13.02, subdivision 12, except that the secretary of state must provide deleted text begin the listdeleted text end to the chair of each major political partynew text begin the list of voters who selected that partynew text end .

Sec. 18.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 201.12, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Moved within state.

If any nonforwardable mailing from an election official is returned as undeliverable but with a permanent forwarding address in this state, the county auditor may change the voter's status to "inactive" in the statewide registration system and shall transmit a copy of the mailing to the auditor of the county in which the new address is located. If an election is scheduled to occur in the precinct in which the voter deleted text begin residesdeleted text end new text begin maintains residencenew text end in the next 47 days, the county auditor shall promptly update the voter's address in the statewide voter registration system. If there is not an election scheduled, the auditor may wait to update the voter's address until after the next list of address changes is received from the secretary of state. Once updated, the county auditor shall mail to the voter a notice stating the voter's name, address, precinct, and polling place, except that if the voter's record is challenged due to a felony conviction, noncitizenship, name change, incompetence, or a court's revocation of voting rights of individuals under guardianship, the auditor must not mail the notice. The notice must advise the voter that the voter's voting address has been changed and that the voter must notify the county auditor within 21 days if the new address is not the voter's address of residence. The notice must state that it must be returned if it is not deliverable to the voter at the named address.

Sec. 19.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 201.121, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Entry of registration information.

(a) At the time a voter registration application is properly completed, submitted, and received in accordance with sections 201.061 and 201.071, the county auditor shall enter the information contained on it into the statewide registration system. Voter registration applications completed before election day must be entered into the statewide registration system within ten days after they have been submitted to the county auditor. Voter registration applications completed on election day must be entered into the statewide registration system within 42 days after the election, unless the county auditor notifies the secretary of state before the deadline has expired that the deadline will not be met. Upon receipt of a notification under this paragraph, the secretary of state must extend the deadline for that county auditor by an additional 28 days. The secretary of state may waive a county's obligations under this paragraph if, on good cause shown, the county demonstrates its permanent inability to comply.

The secretary of state must post data on each county's compliance with this paragraph on the secretary of state's website including, as applicable, the date each county fully complied or the deadline by which a county's compliance must be complete.

(b) Upon receiving a completed voter registration application, the secretary of state may electronically transmit the information on the application to the appropriate county auditor as soon as possible for review by the county auditor before final entry into the statewide registration system. The secretary of state may mail the voter registration application to the county auditor.

(c) Within ten days after the county auditor has entered information from a voter registration application into the statewide registration system, the secretary of state shall compare the voter's name, date of birth, and driver's license number, state identification number, or the last four digits of the Social Security number with the same information contained in the Department of Public Safety database.

(d) The secretary of state shall provide a report to the county auditor on a weekly basis that includes a list of voters whose name, date of birth, or identification number have been compared with the same information in the Department of Public Safety database and cannot be verified as provided in this subdivision. The report must list separately those voters who have submitted a voter registration application by mail and have not voted in a federal election in this state.

(e) The county auditor shall compile a list of voters for whom the county auditor and the secretary of state are unable to conclude that information on the voter registration application and the corresponding information in the Department of Public Safety database relate to the same person.

(f) The county auditor shall send a notice of incomplete registration to any voter whose name appears on the list and change the voter's status to deleted text begin "incomplete."deleted text end new text begin "challenged."new text end A voter who receives a notice of incomplete registration from the county auditor may either provide the information required to deleted text begin complete the registrationdeleted text end new text begin clear the challengenew text end at least 21 days before the next election or at the polling place on election day.

Sec. 20.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 201.13, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Use of change of address system.

(a) At least once each month the secretary of state shall obtain a list of individuals registered to vote in this state who have filed with the United States Postal Service a change of their permanent address. The secretary of state may also periodically obtain a list of individuals with driver's licenses or state identification cards to identify those who are registered to vote who have applied to the Department of Public Safety for a replacement driver's license or state identification card with a different address, and a list of individuals for whom the Department of Public Safety received notification of a driver's license or state identification card cancellation due to a change of residency out of state. However, the secretary of state shall not load data derived from these lists into the statewide voter registration system within the 47 days before the state primary or 47 days before a November general election.

(b) If the address is changed to another address in this state, the secretary of state shall locate the precinct in which the voter deleted text begin residesdeleted text end new text begin maintains residencenew text end , if possible. If the secretary of state is able to locate the precinct in which the voter deleted text begin residesdeleted text end new text begin maintains residencenew text end , the secretary must transmit the information about the changed address by electronic means to the county auditor of the county in which the new address is located. For addresses for which the secretary of state is unable to determine the precinct, the secretary may forward information to the appropriate county auditors for individual review. If the voter has not voted or submitted a voter registration application since the address change, upon receipt of the information, the county auditor shall update the voter's address in the statewide voter registration system. The county auditor shall mail to the voter a notice stating the voter's name, address, precinct, and polling place, unless the voter's record is challenged due to a felony conviction, noncitizenship, name change, incompetence, or a court's revocation of voting rights of individuals under guardianship, in which case the auditor must not mail the notice. The notice must advise the voter that the voter's voting address has been changed and that the voter must notify the county auditor within 21 days if the new address is not the voter's address of residence. The notice must state that it must be returned if it is not deliverable to the voter at the named address.

(c) If the change of permanent address is to an address outside this state, the secretary of state shall notify by electronic means the auditor of the county where the voter formerly deleted text begin resideddeleted text end new text begin maintained residencenew text end that the voter has moved to another state. If the voter has not voted or submitted a voter registration application since the address change, the county auditor shall promptly mail to the voter at the voter's new address a notice advising the voter that the voter's status in the statewide voter registration system will be changed to "inactive" unless the voter notifies the county auditor within 21 days that the voter is retaining the former address as the voter's address of residence, except that if the voter's record is challenged due to a felony conviction, noncitizenship, name change, incompetence, or a court's revocation of voting rights of individuals under guardianship, the auditor must not mail the notice. If the notice is not received by the deadline, the county auditor shall change the voter's status to "inactive" in the statewide voter registration system.

(d) If, in order to maintain voter registration records, the secretary of state enters an agreement to share information or data with an organization governed exclusively by a group of states, the secretary must first determine that the data security protocols are sufficient to safeguard the information or data shared. If required by such an agreement, the secretary of state may share the following data from the statewide voter registration system and data released to the secretary of state under section 171.12, subdivision 7a:

(1) name;

(2) date of birth;

(3) address;

(4) driver's license or state identification card number;

(5) the last four digits of an individual's Social Security number; and

(6) the date that an individual's record was last updated.

If the secretary of state enters into such an agreement, the secretary and county auditors must process changes to voter records based upon that data in accordance with this section. Except as otherwise provided in this subdivision, when data is shared with the secretary of state by another state, the secretary of state must maintain the same data classification that the data had while it was in the possession of the state providing the data.

Sec. 21.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 201.145, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Commissioner of corrections reportdeleted text begin ; state court administrator reportdeleted text end .

(a) deleted text begin The state court administrator must report on individuals 17 years of age or older who have been convicted of a felony.deleted text end

deleted text begin (b)deleted text end The commissioner of corrections must report on individuals deleted text begin 17deleted text end new text begin 16new text end years of age or older who are currentlydeleted text begin :deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) servingdeleted text end new text begin incarcerated fornew text end felony sentences under the commissioner's jurisdictiondeleted text begin ; ordeleted text end

deleted text begin (2) on probation for felony offenses that resulted in the loss of civil rights, as indicated by the statewide supervision system established under section 241.065deleted text end .

deleted text begin (c)deleted text end new text begin (b)new text end Each report under this subdivision must include the following information for each individual: name, address or last known residential address that is not a correctional facility, and date of birth. If available, each report must also include the individual's: corrections' state identification number, last four digits of the Social Security number, driver's license or state identification card number, deleted text begin date of sentence, effective date of the sentence, county in which the conviction occurred, and date of dischargedeleted text end new text begin and most recent date of incarcerationnew text end .

deleted text begin (d)deleted text end new text begin (c)new text end No later than seven calendar days after receiving a report under this subdivision, the secretary of state must determine deleted text begin if a person identified under paragraph (a) is registered to vote and must prepare a list of those registrants for the county auditor. No later than seven calendar days after receiving a report under this subdivision, the secretary of state must determinedeleted text end if any data newly indicates that a person identified under paragraph deleted text begin (b)deleted text end new text begin (a)new text end is registered to vote and must prepare a list of those registrants for the county auditor. No later than seven calendar days after receiving the list from the secretary of state, the county auditor must challenge the status on the record in the statewide voter registration system of each individual named in the list.

deleted text begin (e)deleted text end new text begin (d)new text end The county auditor must identify an individual who deleted text begin registered to vote ordeleted text end voted while deleted text begin servingdeleted text end new text begin incarcerated fornew text end a felony sentence deleted text begin under the commissioner's jurisdiction or while on probation for a felony offense that resulted in the loss of civil rights during a period when the individual's civil rights were revokeddeleted text end . The county auditor must immediately send notice to the county attorney. The notice must include the name of the individual and any other identifying information as well as the evidence that shows the individual deleted text begin registered to vote ordeleted text end voted during the period deleted text begin when the individual's civil rights were revokeddeleted text end new text begin of incarcerationnew text end .

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective June 1, 2023. new text end

Sec. 22.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 201.145, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Reports; restoration of right to vote.

(a) The state court administrator must report on each individual whose guardianship was modified to restore the ward's right to vote or whose guardianship was terminated by order of the court under section 524.5-317 after being ineligible to vote for any of the reasons specified in subdivision 2, paragraph (a).

(b) deleted text begin The state court administrator must report on individuals previously convicted of a felony whose civil rights have been restored.deleted text end

deleted text begin (c)deleted text end The commissioner of corrections must report on individuals who were deleted text begin servingdeleted text end new text begin incarcerated fornew text end a felony sentence under the commissioner's jurisdiction deleted text begin or who were on probation for a felony offense under the commissioner's jurisdiction that resulted in the loss of civil rights but who have been discharged from the sentencedeleted text end new text begin and have been released from incarcerationnew text end .

deleted text begin (d)deleted text end new text begin (c)new text end Each report under this subdivision must include the following information for each individual: name, address, date of birth, and, if available, the last four digits of the Social Security number. For deleted text begin reportsdeleted text end new text begin the reportnew text end required by deleted text begin paragraphsdeleted text end new text begin paragraphnew text end (b) deleted text begin and (c)deleted text end , deleted text begin eachdeleted text end new text begin thenew text end report must also include the individual's, if available: corrections' state identification number, driver's license or state identification card number, date of deleted text begin sentence, effective date of the sentencedeleted text end new text begin incarcerationnew text end , county in which the conviction occurred, and date of discharge.

deleted text begin (e)deleted text end new text begin (d)new text end No later than seven calendar days after receiving a report under this subdivision, the secretary of state must determine if a person identified under paragraph (a) deleted text begin or (b)deleted text end is registered to vote and must prepare a list of those registrants for the county auditor. No later than seven calendar days after receiving a report under this subdivision, the secretary of state must determine if any data newly indicates that a person identified under paragraph deleted text begin (c)deleted text end new text begin (b)new text end is registered to vote and must prepare a list of those registrants for the county auditor. No later than seven calendar days after receiving the list from the secretary of state, the county auditor must remove the challenge status on the record in the statewide voter registration system of each individual named in the list.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective June 1, 2023. new text end

Sec. 23.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 201.1611, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Forms.

new text begin (a) new text end All postsecondary institutions that enroll students accepting state or federal financial aid deleted text begin shalldeleted text end new text begin mustnew text end provide voter registration forms to each student deleted text begin as early as possible in the fall quarterdeleted text end new text begin during the fall and spring of each year. In state election years, it must be provided 15 days in advance of the deadline for registering to vote for the state general electionnew text end . new text begin If the voter registration forms are provided electronically, the electronic message must be devoted exclusively to voter registration.new text end

new text begin (b) new text end All school districts deleted text begin shalldeleted text end new text begin mustnew text end make available voter registration applications each May and September to all students registered as students of the school district who will be eligible to vote at the next election after those months. A school district has no obligation to provide voter registration applications to students who participate in a postsecondary education option program or who otherwise deleted text begin residedeleted text end new text begin maintain residencenew text end in the district but do not attend a school operated by the district. A school district fulfills its obligation to a student under this section if it provides a voter registration application to the student one time.

new text begin (c)new text end The new text begin voter registration new text end forms must contain spaces for the information required in section 201.071, subdivision 1, and applicable rules of the secretary of state. The institutions and school districts may request these forms from the secretary of state. Institutions deleted text begin shalldeleted text end new text begin mustnew text end consult with their campus student government in determining the most effective means of distributing the forms and in seeking to facilitate election day registration of students under section 201.061, subdivision 3. School districts must advise students that completion of the voter registration application is not a school district requirement.

new text begin (d) The institutions must report to the secretary of state by November 30 of each year on their implementation of this section. At a minimum, the report must include how and when the forms were distributed and the voter engagement plan under subdivision 3, paragraph (b), clause (2). Institutions may include information about methods that were effective in increasing student registrations. new text end

new text begin (e) By February 1 of each year, the secretary of state must report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over elections on the information under paragraph (d). The secretary must highlight best practices and innovative methods that were most effective in registering students to vote. new text end

Sec. 24.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 201.1611, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Voter information. new text end

new text begin (a) All postsecondary institutions that enroll students accepting state or federal financial aid must maintain a webpage to share resources to help students determine where and how they are eligible to vote. The webpage must include the following: new text end

new text begin (1) resources from state and local election officials on voter registration and voting requirements including voter registration deadlines; residency requirements; acceptable methods of proving residency for same day registration, as applicable; and absentee voting options; new text end

new text begin (2) applicable deadlines for requesting and submitting an absentee ballot, as well as additional options for early and in-person voting, and voting on election day; new text end

new text begin (3) resources to help students who are registered in another state to apply for absentee ballots in that state, and may include resources from state and local election officials from that state; new text end

new text begin (4) the campus vote coordinator's name and contact information; and new text end

new text begin (5) the voter engagement plan required by paragraph (b), clause (2). new text end

new text begin (b) All postsecondary institutions that enroll students accepting state or federal financial aid must designate a staff person as the campus vote coordinator. The campus vote coordinator must: new text end

new text begin (1) ensure the institution complies with this section; and new text end

new text begin (2) consult with the campus student association to develop a voter engagement plan that identifies goals and activities, resources to accomplish the identified goals and activities, and individual or key departments responsible for executing the identified goals and activities. new text end

Sec. 25.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 201.195, is amended to read:

201.195 CHALLENGES.

Subdivision 1.

Petition; deleted text begin hearingdeleted text end new text begin timingnew text end .

new text begin (a) new text end Upon petition filed with the county auditor, any voter registered within a county may challenge the eligibility or residence of any other voter registered within that county. new text begin A petition filed pursuant to this section must not include the name of more than one person whose right to vote is challenged. The county auditor must not accept a filing which challenges the eligibility of more than one voter. Petitions must be filed at least 45 days before the election, unless the voter registered or updated the voter's registration within 60 days before the election, in which case the petition must be filed at least ten days before the election, or within ten days after the voter's new or updated registration appeared on the public information list, whichever is later. new text end

new text begin (b) new text end The petition deleted text begin shalldeleted text end new text begin mustnew text end state the grounds for challenge deleted text begin anddeleted text end new text begin , provide facts and circumstances supporting the challenge, and may include supporting documents, affidavits, or other evidence. The petition mustnew text end be accompanied by an affidavit stating that the challenge is based on the challenger's personal knowledgenew text begin , and that the filer exercised due diligence to personally verify the facts and circumstances establishing the basis for the challengenew text end . new text begin The filer has the burden to prove, by clear and convincing evidence, that the basis for challenging the individual's eligibility to vote is valid.new text end

new text begin (c) The following reasons, standing alone, do not constitute adequate grounds for a challenge: new text end

new text begin (1) a piece of mail sent to the voter by someone other than the county auditor that was returned as undeliverable; new text end

new text begin (2) enrollment in an educational institution; or new text end

new text begin (3) registration to vote at an address that is housing provided for students by an educational institution. new text end

new text begin Subd. 1a. new text end

new text begin Reasons for dismissal. new text end

new text begin If the petition is incomplete, or if the basis for the challenge does not meet the requirements of this section, the county auditor must dismiss the petition and notify the filer in writing of the reasons for the dismissal. new text end

new text begin Subd. 1b. new text end

new text begin Notice to voter. new text end

Within five days after receipt of deleted text begin thedeleted text end new text begin anew text end petitionnew text begin that meets the requirements of this sectionnew text end , the county auditor deleted text begin shalldeleted text end new text begin mustnew text end set a date for a hearing on the challenge and notify the challenger by mail. A copy of the petition and notice of the hearing deleted text begin shalldeleted text end new text begin mustnew text end be served on the challenged voter by the county auditor in the same manner as in a civil action. new text begin The county auditor must inform the challenged individual that:new text end

new text begin (1) a petition has been filed as to whether the individual is eligible to vote as well as the basis of the challenge; new text end

new text begin (2) if the individual votes by mail, the individual's ballot will not be counted unless the challenge is resolved; and new text end

new text begin (3) the individual may submit information prior to the hearing or present information at the hearing. This information may include a sworn statement, supporting documents, affidavits, witnesses, or other evidence supporting the challenged individual's eligibility to vote in the election. new text end

new text begin Subd. 1c. new text end

new text begin Hearing. new text end

The hearing deleted text begin shalldeleted text end new text begin mustnew text end be held before the county auditor or the auditor's designee who deleted text begin shalldeleted text end new text begin mustnew text end then make findings and affirm or dismiss the challenge.new text begin The hearing must be recorded by either video or audio recording. The recording must be retained for 22 months.new text end

Subd. 2.

Appeal.

If a challenge is affirmed, the voter whose registration has been challenged may appeal the ruling to the secretary of state. new text begin The voter must immediately notify the county auditor of the appeal, and upon receipt of this notice, the county auditor must submit the entire record of the hearing, including all documents and a recording of the hearing, to the secretary of state. new text end The appeal deleted text begin shalldeleted text end new text begin mustnew text end be heard within five days but in any case before election day. Upon hearing the appeal the secretary of state deleted text begin shalldeleted text end new text begin mustnew text end affirm or reverse the ruling and deleted text begin shalldeleted text end new text begin mustnew text end give appropriate instructions to the county auditor.

Subd. 3.

Hearing procedures.

A hearing before the secretary of state deleted text begin shalldeleted text end new text begin mustnew text end be conducted as a contested case and determined in accordance with chapter 14.

Sec. 26.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 201.225, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Technology requirements.

An electronic roster must:

(1) be able to be loaded with a data file that includes voter registration data in a file format prescribed by the secretary of state;

(2) allow for data to be exported in a file format prescribed by the secretary of state;

(3) allow for data to be entered manually or by scanning a Minnesota driver's license or identification card to locate a voter record or populate a voter registration application that would be printed and signed and dated by the voter. The printed registration application can be deleted text begin eitherdeleted text end a printed form, deleted text begin labelsdeleted text end new text begin a labelnew text end printed with voter information to be affixed to a preprinted form, deleted text begin ordeleted text end a combination of deleted text begin bothdeleted text end new text begin a form and label, or an electronic record that the voter signs electronically and is printed following its completion at the polling placenew text end ;

(4) allow an election judge to update data that was populated from a scanned driver's license or identification card;

(5) cue an election judge to ask for and input data that is not populated from a scanned driver's license or identification card that is otherwise required to be collected from the voter or an election judge;

(6) immediately alert the election judge if the voter has provided information that indicates that the voter is not eligible to vote;

(7) immediately alert the election judge if the electronic roster indicates that a voter has already voted in that precinct, the voter's registration status is challenged, or it appears the voter deleted text begin residesdeleted text end new text begin maintains residencenew text end in a different precinct;

(8) provide immediate instructions on how to resolve a particular type of challenge when a voter's record is challenged;

(9) provide for a printed voter signature certificate, containing the voter's name, address of residence, date of birth, voter identification number, the oath required by section 204C.10, and a space for the voter's original signature. The printed voter signature certificate can be deleted text begin eitherdeleted text end a printed form deleted text begin ordeleted text end new text begin ,new text end a label printed with the voter's information to be affixed to the oathnew text begin , or an electronic record that the voter signs electronically and is printed following its completion at the polling placenew text end ;

(10) contain only preregistered voters within the precinct, and not contain preregistered voter data on voters registered outside of the precinctnew text begin , unless being utilized for absentee or early voting under chapter 203B or for mail balloting on election day pursuant to section 204B.45, subdivision 2anew text end ;

(11) be only networked within the polling location on election day, except for the purpose of updating absentee ballot records;

(12) meet minimum security, reliability, and networking standards established by the Office of the Secretary of State in consultation with the Department of Information Technology Services;

(13) be capable of providing a voter's correct polling place; and

(14) perform any other functions necessary for the efficient and secure administration of the participating election, as determined by the secretary of state.

Electronic rosters used only for election day registration do not need to comply with clauses (1), (8), and (10). Electronic rosters used only for preregistered voter processing do not need to comply with clauses (4) and (5).

Sec. 27.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 202A.13, is amended to read:

202A.13 COMMITTEES, CONVENTIONS.

The rules of each major political party shall provide that for each congressional district and deleted text begin each countydeleted text end new text begin at least 45 countiesnew text end or legislative deleted text begin districtdeleted text end new text begin districtsnew text end a convention shall be held at least once every state general election year. Each major political party shall also provide for each congressional district and deleted text begin each countydeleted text end new text begin at least 45 countiesnew text end or legislative deleted text begin districtdeleted text end new text begin districtsnew text end an executive committee consisting of a chair and such other officers as may be necessary. The party rules may provide for only one executive committee and one convention where any county and congressional district have the same territorial limits.

A delegate or alternate who is deaf, deafblind, or hard-of-hearing who needs interpreter services at a county, legislative district, congressional district, or state convention shall so notify the executive committee of the major political party unit whose convention the delegate or alternate plans to attend. Written notice must be given by certified mail or electronic mail to the executive committee at least 30 days before the convention date. The major political party, not later than 14 days before the convention date, shall secure the services of one or more interpreters if available and shall assume responsibility for the cost of the services. The state central committee of the major political party shall determine the process for reimbursing interpreters.

A visually impaired delegate or alternate to a county, legislative district, congressional district, or state convention may notify the executive committee of the major political party unit that the delegate or alternate requires convention materials in audio tape, Braille, or large print format. Upon receiving the request, the executive committee shall provide all official written convention materials as soon as they are available, so that the visually impaired individual may have them converted to audio tape, Braille, or large print format, prior to the convention.

Sec. 28.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 202A.18, subdivision 2a, is amended to read:

Subd. 2a.

Preference ballotnew text begin for governornew text end .

new text begin In a year when the office of governor appears on the state general election ballot, new text end prior to the opening of nominations for the election of permanent offices and delegates, a ballot must be distributed to permit caucus participants to indicate their preference for the office of the governor. The results of preference voting must be reported to the secretary of state immediately upon conclusion of the voting, in the manner provided by the secretary of state. The secretary of state shall provide the appropriate forms to the party for reporting the results.

Sec. 29.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 203B.001, is amended to read:

203B.001 ELECTION LAW APPLICABILITY.

The Minnesota Election Law is applicable to voting by absentee ballotnew text begin and early votingnew text end unless otherwise provided in this chapter.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective upon the revisor of statutes' receipt of the early voting certification and applies to elections held on or after January 1, 2024, or the 85th day after the revisor of statutes receives the certification, whichever is later. new text end

Sec. 30.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 203B.01, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Early voting. new text end

new text begin "Early voting" means voting in person before election day as provided in section 203B.30. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective upon the revisor of statutes' receipt of the early voting certification and applies to elections held on or after January 1, 2024, or the 85th day after the revisor of statutes receives the certification, whichever is later. new text end

Sec. 31.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 203B.01, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Utility worker. new text end

new text begin "Utility worker" means an employee of a public utility as defined by section 216B.02, subdivision 4. new text end

Sec. 32.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 203B.03, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Violation.

(a) No individual shall intentionally:

(1) make or sign any false certificate required by this chapter;

(2) make any false or untrue statement in any application for absentee ballots;

(3) apply for absentee ballots more than once in any election with the intent to cast an illegal ballot;

(4) exhibit a ballot marked by that individual to any other individual;

(5) do any act in violation of the provisions of this chapter for the purpose of casting an illegal vote in any precinct or for the purpose of aiding another to cast an illegal vote;

(6) use information from absentee ballot new text begin or early voting new text end materials or records for purposes unrelated to elections, political activities, or law enforcement;

(7) provide assistance to an absenteenew text begin or earlynew text end voter except in the manner provided by section 204C.15, subdivision 1;

(8) solicit the vote of an absentee voter while in the immediate presence of the voter during the time the individual knows the absentee voter is voting; or

(9) alter an absentee ballot application after it has been signed by the voter, except by an election official for administrative purposes.

(b) Before inspecting information from absentee ballot new text begin or early voting new text end materials or records, an individual shall provide identification to the public official having custody of the material or information.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective upon the revisor of statutes' receipt of the early voting certification and applies to elections held on or after January 1, 2024, or the 85th day after the revisor of statutes receives the certification, whichever is later. new text end

Sec. 33.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 203B.03, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 1a. new text end

new text begin Prohibited methods of compensation. new text end

new text begin (a) No individual may be compensated for the solicitation, collection, or acceptance of absentee ballot applications from voters for submission to the county auditor or other local election official in a manner in which payment is calculated by multiplying (1) either a set or variable payment rate, by (2) the number of applications solicited, collected, or accepted. new text end

new text begin (b) No individual may be deprived of compensation or have compensation automatically reduced exclusively for failure to solicit, collect, or accept a minimum number of absentee ballot applications. new text end

new text begin (c) No individual may receive additional compensation for collecting a certain number of absentee ballot applications. new text end

new text begin (d) Violation of this subdivision is a petty misdemeanor. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment. new text end

Sec. 34.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 203B.05, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Generally.

The full-time clerk of any city or town shall administer the provisions of sections 203B.04 to 203B.15 new text begin and 203B.30 new text end if:

(1) the county auditor of that county has designated the clerk to administer them; or

(2) the clerk has given the county auditor of that county notice of intention to administer them.

The designation or notice must specify whether the clerk will be responsible for the administration of a ballot board as provided in section 203B.121.

A clerk of a city that is located in more than one county may only administer the provisions of sections 203B.04 to 203B.15 new text begin and 203B.30 new text end if the clerk has been designated by each of the county auditors or has provided notice to each of the county auditors that the city will administer absentee voting. A clerk may only administer the provisions of sections 203B.04 to 203B.15new text begin and 203B.30new text end if the clerk has technical capacity to access the statewide voter registration system in the secure manner prescribed by the secretary of state. The secretary of state must identify hardware, software, security, or other technical prerequisites necessary to ensure the security, access controls, and performance of the statewide voter registration system. A clerk must receive training approved by the secretary of state on the use of the statewide voter registration system before administering this section. A clerk may not use the statewide voter registration system until the clerk has received the required training. The county auditor must notify the secretary of state of any municipal clerk who will be administering the provisions of this section and the duties that the clerk will administer.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective upon the revisor of statutes' receipt of the early voting certification and applies to elections held on or after January 1, 2024, or the 85th day after the revisor of statutes receives the certification, whichever is later. new text end

Sec. 35.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 203B.06, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Delivery of ballots.

(a) The commissioner of corrections must provide the secretary of state with a list of the names and mailing addresses of state adult correctional facilities. An application for an absentee ballot that provides an address included on the list provided by the commissioner of corrections must not be accepted and an absentee ballot must not be provided to the applicant. The county auditor or municipal clerk must promptly transmit a copy of the application to the county attorney. The Department of Corrections must implement procedures to ensure that absentee ballots issued under this chapter are not received or mailed by offenders incarcerated at state adult correctional facilities.

(b) If an application for absentee ballots is accepted at a time when absentee ballots are not yet available for distribution, the county auditor, or municipal clerk accepting the application shall file it and as soon as absentee ballots are available for distribution shall mail them to the address specified in the application. If an application for absentee ballots is accepted when absentee ballots are available for distribution, the county auditor or municipal clerk accepting the application shall promptly:

(1) mail the ballots to the voter whose signature appears on the application if the application is submitted by mail and does not request commercial shipping under clause (2);

(2) ship the ballots to the voter using a commercial shipper requested by the voter at the voter's expense;

(3) deliver the absentee ballots directly to the voter if the application is submitted in person; or

(4) deliver the absentee ballots in a sealed transmittal envelope to an agent who has been designated to bring the ballots, as provided in section 203B.11, subdivision 4, to a voter who would have difficulty getting to the polls because of incapacitating health reasons, or who is disabled, or who is a patient in a health care facility, a resident of deleted text begin a facility providingdeleted text end new text begin annew text end assisted living deleted text begin services governed bydeleted text end new text begin facility licensed undernew text end chapter 144G, a participant in a residential program for adults licensed under section 245A.02, subdivision 14, or a resident of a shelter for battered women as defined in section 611A.37, subdivision 4.

(c) If an application does not indicate the election for which absentee ballots are sought, the county auditor or municipal clerk shall mail or deliver only the ballots for the next election occurring after receipt of the application. Only one set of ballots may be mailed, shipped, or delivered to an applicant for any election, except as provided in section 203B.121, subdivision 2, or when a replacement ballot has been requested by the voter for a ballot that has been spoiled or lost in transit.

Sec. 36.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 203B.07, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Delivery of envelopes, directions.

The county auditor or the municipal clerk shall prepare, print, and transmit a return envelope, new text begin a signature envelope, new text end a ballot envelope, and a copy of the directions for casting an absentee ballot to each applicant whose application for absentee ballots is accepted pursuant to section 203B.04. The county auditor or municipal clerk shall provide first class postage for the return envelope. The directions for casting an absentee ballot shall be printed in at least 14-point bold type with heavy leading and may be printed on the ballot envelope. When a person requests the directions in Braille or on audio file, the county auditor or municipal clerk shall provide them in the form requested. The secretary of state shall prepare Braille and audio file copies and make them available.

When a voter registration application is sent to the applicant as provided in section 203B.06, subdivision 4, the directions or registration application shall include instructions for registering to vote.

Sec. 37.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 203B.07, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Design of envelopes.

new text begin (a) new text end The deleted text begin returndeleted text end new text begin signaturenew text end envelope shall be of sufficient size to conveniently enclose and contain the ballot envelope and a folded voter registration application. The deleted text begin returndeleted text end new text begin signaturenew text end envelope shall be designed to open on the left-hand end.

new text begin (b) new text end The return envelope must be designed in one of the following ways:

(1) it must be of sufficient size to contain deleted text begin an additionaldeleted text end new text begin a signaturenew text end envelope deleted text begin that whendeleted text end new text begin and when the return envelope isnew text end sealed, new text begin it new text end conceals the signature, identification, and other information; or

(2) it must new text begin be the signature envelope and new text end provide an additional flap that when sealed, conceals the signature, identification, and other information.

new text begin (c) new text end Election officials may open the flap or the deleted text begin additionaldeleted text end new text begin returnnew text end envelope at any time after receiving the returned ballot to inspect the returned certificate for completeness or to ascertain other information.

Sec. 38.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 203B.07, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Eligibility certificate.

A certificate of eligibility to vote by absentee ballot shall be printed on the back of the deleted text begin returndeleted text end new text begin signaturenew text end envelope. The certificate shall contain space for the voter's Minnesota driver's license number, state identification number, or the last four digits of the voter's Social Security number, or to indicate that the voter does not have one of these numbers. The space must be designed to ensure that the voter provides the same type of identification as provided on the voter's absentee ballot application for purposes of comparison. The certificate must also contain a statement to be signed and sworn by the voter indicating that the voter meets all of the requirements established by law for voting by absentee ballot and space for a statement signed by a person who is registered to vote in Minnesota or by a notary public or other individual authorized to administer oaths stating that:

(1) the ballots were displayed to that individual unmarked;

(2) the voter marked the ballots in that individual's presence without showing how they were marked, or, if the voter was physically unable to mark them, that the voter directed another individual to mark them; and

(3) if the voter was not previously registered, the voter has provided proof of residence as required by section 201.061, subdivision 3.

Sec. 39.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 203B.08, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Marking and return by voter.

(a) An eligible voter who receives absentee ballots as provided in this chapter shall mark them in the manner specified in the directions for casting the absentee ballots. The return envelope containing marked ballots may be mailed as provided in the directions for casting the absentee ballots, may be left with the county auditor or municipal clerk who transmitted the absentee ballots to the voter, or may be left in a drop box as provided in section 203B.082. If delivered in person, the return envelope must be submitted to the county auditor or municipal clerk by deleted text begin 3:00deleted text end new text begin 8:00new text end p.m. on election day.

(b) The voter may designate an agent to deliver in person the sealed absentee ballot return envelope to the county auditor or municipal clerk or to deposit the return envelope in the mail. An agent may deliver or mail the return envelopes of not more than three voters in any election. Any person designated as an agent who tampers with either the return envelope or the voted ballots or does not immediately mail or deliver the return envelope to the county auditor or municipal clerk is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Sec. 40.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 203B.08, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Procedures on receipt of ballots.

When absentee ballots are returned to a county auditor or municipal clerk, that official shall stamp or initial and date the return envelope and place it in a locked ballot container or other secured and locked space with other return envelopes received by that office. Within five days after receipt, the county auditor or municipal clerk shall deliver to the ballot board all ballots received, except that during the 14 days immediately preceding an election, the county auditor or municipal clerk shall deliver all ballots received to the ballot board within three days. Ballots received on election day deleted text begin either (1) after 3:00 p.m., if delivered in person; or (2)deleted text end after 8:00 p.m.deleted text begin , if delivered by mail or a package delivery service,deleted text end shall be marked as received late by the county auditor or municipal clerk, and must not be delivered to the ballot board.

Sec. 41.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 203B.081, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Location; timingnew text begin for absentee votingnew text end .

An eligible voter may vote by absentee ballot in the office of the county auditor and at any other polling place designated by the county auditor during the 46 days before the election, except as provided in this section.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective upon the revisor of statutes' receipt of the early voting certification and applies to elections held on or after January 1, 2024, or the 85th day after the revisor of statutes receives the certification, whichever is later. new text end

Sec. 42.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 203B.081, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 1a. new text end

new text begin Location; timing for early voting. new text end </