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CHAPTER 264--S.F.No. 2493
An act
relating to natural resources; appropriating money from the outdoor
heritage fund, clean water fund, arts and cultural heritage fund, and environment
and natural resources trust fund; modifying requirements for outdoor heritage
fund appropriations; appropriating money for an Aquatic Invasive Species
Cooperative Research Center; modifying prior appropriations; modifying
certain parks and trails grant program provisions; changing provisions of
grant management; changing control and oversight of the film production jobs
program to the commissioner of administration;amending Minnesota Statutes
2010, sections 16B.98, subdivisions 5, 7; 85.535, subdivision 3; 97A.056, by
adding subdivisions; 116U.26; Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, sections
3.303, subdivision 10; 114D.30, subdivision 4; Laws 2009, chapter 172, article
2, section 4, as amended; article 3, section 3; Laws 2011, First Special Session
chapter 2, article 3, section 2, subdivisions 4, 9; Laws 2011, First Special Session
chapter 6, article 2, section 7; article 4, section 2, subdivision 5.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

ARTICLE 1
OUTDOOR HERITAGE FUND


Section 1. OUTDOOR HERITAGE APPROPRIATION.
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
outdoor heritage fund and are available for the fiscal years indicated for each purpose. The
figures "2012" and "2013" used in this article mean that the appropriations listed under the
figure are available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, or June 30, 2013, respectively.
"The first year" is fiscal year 2012. "The second year" is fiscal year 2013. "The biennium"
is fiscal years 2012 and 2013. The appropriations in this article are onetime.

APPROPRIATIONS

Available for the Year

Ending June 30

2012
2013


Sec. 2. OUTDOOR HERITAGE

Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
$
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$
99,920,000
This appropriation is from the outdoor
heritage fund. The amounts that may be
spent for each purpose are specified in the
following subdivisions.

Subd. 2.Prairies
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24,640,000


(a) Minnesota Buffers for Wildlife and Water
- Phase II
$2,090,000 in the second year is to the
Board of Water and Soil Resources in
cooperation with Pheasants Forever to
acquire permanent conservation easements
to enhance habitat by expanding clean water
fund riparian wildlife buffers on private land.
A list of proposed permanent conservation
easements must be provided as part of the
final report. The accomplishment plan must
include an easement stewardship plan. Up
to $90,000 is for establishing a monitoring
and enforcement fund as approved in
the accomplishment plan and subject to
Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
subdivision 17. An annual financial report is
required for any monitoring and enforcement
fund established, including expenditures
from the fund and a description of annual
monitoring and enforcement activities.


(b) Minnesota Prairie Recovery Project - Phase
III
$4,610,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with The Nature Conservancy to
acquire native prairie and savanna and restore
and enhance grasslands and savanna. A list of
proposed land acquisitions must be provided
as part of the required accomplishment plan.
Annual income statements and balance sheets
for income and expenses from land acquired
with this appropriation must be submitted to
the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council
no later than 180 days following the close of
The Nature Conservancy's fiscal year.


(c) Cannon River Headwaters Habitat
Complex - Phase II
$1,760,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with The Trust for Public Land
to acquire and restore lands in the Cannon
River watershed for wildlife management
area purposes under Minnesota Statutes,
section 86A.05, subdivision 8, or aquatic
management area purposes under Minnesota
Statutes, sections 86A.05, subdivision
14, and 97C.02. A list of proposed land
acquisitions must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.

(d) Wildlife Management Area Acquisition
$2,900,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to acquire
land in fee for wildlife management area
purposes under Minnesota Statutes, section
86A.05, subdivision 8. A list of proposed
land acquisitions must be provided as part of
the required accomplishment plan.


(e) Northern Tallgrass Prairie National
Wildlife Refuge Land Acquisition - Phase IV
$1,580,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with The Nature Conservancy
in cooperation with the United States Fish
and Wildlife Service to acquire land in
fee or permanent conservation easements
within the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Habitat
Preservation Area in western Minnesota for
addition to the Northern Tallgrass Prairie
National Wildlife Refuge. A list of proposed
land acquisitions must be provided as part
of the required accomplishment plan. The
accomplishment plan must include an
easement monitoring and enforcement plan.


(f) Accelerating the Wildlife Management Area
Program - Phase IV
$3,300,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Pheasants Forever to acquire
land in fee for wildlife management area
purposes under Minnesota Statutes, section
86A.05, subdivision 8. A list of proposed
land acquisitions must be provided as part of
the required accomplishment plan.

(g) Green Corridor Legacy Program - Phase IV
$1,730,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with the Redwood Area
Development Corporation to acquire land in
fee for wildlife management area purposes
under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
subdivision 8, and for aquatic management
areas under Minnesota Statutes, sections
86A.05, subdivision 14, and 97C.02. A list of
proposed land acquisitions must be provided
as part of the required accomplishment plan.


(h) Accelerated Prairie Restoration and
Enhancement on DNR Lands - Phase IV
$4,300,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to
accelerate the restoration and enhancement
of wildlife management areas, scientific
and natural areas, and land under native
prairie bank easements. A list of proposed
restorations and enhancements must
be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.


(i) Anoka Sand Plain Habitat Restoration and
Enhancement - Phase II
$1,050,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
agreements to restore and enhance habitat on
public lands in the Anoka Sand Plain and
along the Rum River as follows: $558,750 to
Great River Greening; $99,400 to the Anoka
Conservation District; and $391,850 to the
National Wild Turkey Federation. A list
of proposed restorations and enhancements
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.

(j) Enhanced Public Grasslands
$1,320,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with Pheasants Forever in
cooperation with the Minnesota Prairie
Chicken Society to restore and enhance
habitat on public lands. The criteria for
selection of projects must be included in the
accomplishment plan. A list of proposed
restorations and enhancements must be
provided as part of the final report.

Subd. 3.Forests
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15,300,000


(a) Protecting Mississippi River Corridor
Habitat ACUB Partnership - Phase II
$480,000 in the second year is to the
Board of Water and Soil Resources to
acquire permanent conservation easements
on land adjacent to the Nokasippi River
and the boundaries of the Minnesota
National Guard Army compatible use buffer
(ACUB). A list of proposed land acquisitions
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan. The accomplishment
plan must include an easement stewardship
plan. Up to $4,800 is for establishing
a monitoring and enforcement fund as
approved in the accomplishment plan and
subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
97A.056, subdivision 17. An annual financial
report is required for any monitoring and
enforcement fund established, including
expenditures from the fund and a description
of annual monitoring and enforcement
activities.


(b) Mississippi Northwoods Habitat Complex
Protection
$11,040,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Crow Wing County to
acquire land in fee along the Mississippi
River in Crow Wing County to be added
to the county forest system. The purchase
price must not exceed the appraised fair
market value of the property as reviewed
and approved under established procedures
in compliance with the Uniform Standards
of Professional Appraisal Practice and
the Department of Natural Resources'
Supplemental Appraisal and Appraisal
Review Guidelines (effective July 15,
2009). A land description must be provided
as part of the required accomplishment
plan. Development of a paved trail on land
acquired under this paragraph constitutes an
alteration of the intended use of the interest in
real property and must be handled according
to Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
subdivision 15. Any plan, including trail
alignment, for the development of a paved
trail must be submitted to the Lessard-Sams
Outdoor Heritage Council for approval. No
paved trail development or paved trail use
is allowed unless it is specified in the plan
for trail use and alignment approved by the
Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
If additional money is needed to acquire
the land under this paragraph, by December
15, 2012, the amount necessary to complete
the acquisition shall be transferred from
unspent appropriations under subdivision
5, paragraph (h), and added to this
appropriation.


(c) Northeastern Minnesota Sharp-Tailed
Grouse Habitat Partnership - Phase III
$1,340,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with Pheasants Forever in
cooperation with the Minnesota Sharp-Tailed
Grouse Society to acquire and enhance
lands for wildlife management area purposes
under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
subdivision 8. A list of proposed land
acquisitions must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.


(d) Protect Key Forest Habitat Lands in Cass
County - Phase III
$480,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Cass County to acquire land
in fee in Cass County for forest wildlife
habitat. A list of proposed land acquisitions
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.

(e) Minnesota Moose Habitat Collaborative
$960,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the Minnesota Deer Hunters
Association to restore and enhance public
forest lands in northeastern Minnesota
for moose habitat purposes. A list of
proposed restorations and enhancements
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.


(f) LaSalle Lake: Protecting Critical Minnesota
Headwaters Habitat
$1,000,000 in the second year is added
to the appropriation in Laws 2011, First
Special Session chapter 6, article 1, section
2, subdivision 3, paragraph (b).

Subd. 4.Wetlands
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31,140,000


(a) Reinvest in Minnesota Wetlands Reserve
Program Partnership - Phase IV
$13,810,000 in the second year is to the
Board of Water and Soil Resources to
acquire permanent conservation easements
and restore wetlands and associated upland
habitat in cooperation with the United
States Department of Agriculture Wetlands
Reserve Program. A list of land acquisitions
must be provided as part of the final report.
The accomplishment plan must include
an easement stewardship plan. Up to
$180,000 is for establishing a monitoring
and enforcement fund as approved in
the accomplishment plan and subject to
Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
subdivision 17. An annual financial report is
required for any monitoring and enforcement
fund established, including expenditures
from the fund and a description of annual
monitoring and enforcement activities.


(b) Accelerating the Waterfowl Production
Area Program - Phase IV
$5,400,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Pheasants Forever to acquire
land in fee to be managed and designated as
waterfowl production areas in Minnesota,
in cooperation with the United States Fish
and Wildlife Service. A list of proposed land
acquisitions must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.

(c) Columbus Lake Conservation Area
$940,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Anoka County to acquire
land in fee for conservation purposes that
connect wetlands and shallow lakes to
the Lamprey Pass Wildlife Management
Area. A list of proposed land acquisitions
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.


(d) Living Shallow Lakes and Wetlands
Initiative - Phase II
$4,490,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Ducks Unlimited to assess,
restore, and enhance shallow lakes and
wetlands, including technical assistance,
survey, design, and engineering to develop
new enhancement and restoration projects
for future implementation. A list of
proposed restorations and enhancements
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.


(e) Accelerated Shallow Lakes and Wetlands
Enhancement - Phase IV
$3,870,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to
develop engineering designs and complete
construction to enhance shallow lakes and
wetlands. A list of proposed restorations and
enhancements must be provided as part of
the required accomplishment plan. Work
must be completed within three years of the
effective date of this article.

(f) Marsh Lake Enhancement
$2,630,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to
complete design and construction to modify
the dam at Marsh Lake and return the historic
outlet of the Pomme de Terre River to Lac
Qui Parle.

Subd. 5.Habitats
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28,620,000

(a) DNR Aquatic Habitat - Phase IV
$3,480,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to
acquire interests in land in fee or permanent
conservation easements for aquatic
management areas under Minnesota Statutes,
sections 86A.05, subdivision 14, and
97C.02, and to restore and enhance aquatic
habitat. A list of proposed land acquisitions
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan. The accomplishment
plan must include an easement stewardship
plan. Up to $25,000 is for establishing
a monitoring and enforcement fund as
approved in the accomplishment plan and
subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
97A.056, subdivision 17. An annual financial
report is required for any monitoring and
enforcement fund established, including
expenditures from the fund and a description
of annual monitoring and enforcement
activities.

(b) Metro Big Rivers Habitat - Phase III
$3,680,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
agreements to acquire interests in land in
fee or permanent conservation easements
and to restore and enhance natural systems
associated with the Mississippi, Minnesota,
and St. Croix Rivers as follows: $1,000,000
to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife
Refuge Trust, Inc.; $375,000 to the Friends
of the Mississippi; $375,000 to Great River
Greening; $930,000 to The Minnesota
Land Trust; and $1,000,000 to The Trust
for Public Land. A list of proposed
acquisitions, restorations, and enhancements
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan. The accomplishment
plan must include an easement stewardship
plan. Up to $51,000 is for establishing
a monitoring and enforcement fund as
approved in the accomplishment plan and
subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
97A.056, subdivision 17. An annual financial
report is required for any monitoring and
enforcement fund established, including
expenditures from the fund and a description
of annual monitoring and enforcement
activities.


(c) Dakota County Riparian and Lakeshore
Protection and Management - Phase III
$480,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Dakota County to acquire
permanent conservation easements and
restore and enhance habitats along the
Mississippi, Cannon, and Vermillion Rivers.
A list of proposed acquisitions, restorations,
and enhancements must be provided as
part of the required accomplishment plan.
The accomplishment plan must include
an easement stewardship plan. Up to
$20,000 is for establishing a monitoring
and enforcement fund as approved in
the accomplishment plan and subject to
Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
subdivision 17. An annual financial report is
required for any monitoring and enforcement
fund established, including expenditures
from the fund and a description of annual
monitoring and enforcement activities.

(d) Lower St. Louis River Habitat Restoration
$3,670,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to restore
habitat in the lower St. Louis River estuary.
A list of proposed projects must be provided
as part of the required accomplishment plan.


(e) Coldwater Fish Habitat Enhancement -
Phase IV
$2,120,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Minnesota Trout Unlimited
to restore and enhance coldwater fish lake,
river, and stream habitats in Minnesota. A list
of proposed restorations and enhancements
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.

(f) Grand Marais Creek Outlet Restoration
$2,320,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the Red Lake Watershed
District to restore and enhance stream and
related habitat in Grand Marais Creek. A list
of proposed restorations and enhancements
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.

(g) Knife River Habitat Restoration
$380,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the Lake Superior Steelhead
Association to restore trout habitat in the
Upper Knife River Watershed. A list of
proposed restorations must be provided as
part of the required accomplishment plan.
Notwithstanding rules of the commissioner
of natural resources, restorations conducted
pursuant to this paragraph may be
accomplished by excavation.

(h) Protect Aquatic Habitat from Asian Carp
$7,500,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to
design, construct, operate, and evaluate
structural deterrents for Asian carp to protect
Minnesota's aquatic habitat. Use of this
money requires a one-to-one match for
projects on state boundary waters.


(i) Outdoor Heritage Conservation Partners
Grant Program - Phase IV
$4,990,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for a
program to provide competitive, matching
grants of up to $400,000 to local, regional,
state, and national organizations for
enhancing, restoring, or protecting forests,
wetlands, prairies, and habitat for fish, game,
or wildlife in Minnesota. Grants shall not
be made for activities required to fulfill
the duties of owners of lands subject to
conservation easements. Grants shall not be
made from appropriations in this paragraph
for projects that have a total project cost
exceeding $575,000. $366,000 of this
appropriation may be spent for personnel
costs and other direct and necessary
administrative costs. Grantees may acquire
land or interests in land. Easements must be
permanent. Land acquired in fee must be
open to hunting and fishing during the open
season unless otherwise provided by state
law. The program shall require a match of
at least ten percent from nonstate sources
for all grants. The match may be cash or
in-kind resources. For grant applications
of $25,000 or less, the commissioner shall
provide a separate, simplified application
process. Subject to Minnesota Statutes, the
commissioner of natural resources shall,
when evaluating projects of equal value,
give priority to organizations that have a
history of receiving or charter to receive
private contributions for local conservation
or habitat projects. If acquiring land or a
conservation easement, priority shall be
given to projects associated with existing
wildlife management areas under Minnesota
Statutes, section 86A.05, subdivision 8;
scientific and natural areas under Minnesota
Statutes, sections 84.033 and 86A.05,
subdivision 5; and aquatic management areas
under Minnesota Statutes, sections 86A.05,
subdivision 14, and 97C.02. All restoration
or enhancement projects must be on land
permanently protected by a conservation
easement or public ownership or in public
waters as defined in Minnesota Statutes,
section 103G.005, subdivision 15. Priority
shall be given to restoration and enhancement
projects on public lands. Minnesota Statutes,
section 97A.056, subdivision 13, applies
to grants awarded under this paragraph.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2016. No less than five percent of the
amount of each grant must be held back from
reimbursement until the grant recipient has
completed a grant accomplishment report by
the deadline and in the form prescribed by
and satisfactory to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor
Heritage Council. The commissioner shall
provide notice of the grant program in
the game and fish law summaries that are
prepared under Minnesota Statutes, section
97A.051, subdivision 2.

Subd. 6.Administration
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220,000

(a) Contract Management
$175,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
contract management duties assigned in this
section. The commissioner shall provide a
work program in the form specified by the
Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council
on the expenditure of this appropriation.
No money may be expended prior to
Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council
approval of the work program.

(b) Technical Evaluation Panel
$45,000 in the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for a
technical evaluation panel to conduct up to
ten restoration evaluations under Minnesota
Statutes, section 97A.056, subdivision 10.

Subd. 7.Availability of Appropriation
Money appropriated in this section may
not be spent on activities unless they are
directly related to and necessary for a
specific appropriation and are specified in
the accomplishment plan approved by the
Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
Money appropriated in this section must not
be spent on indirect costs or other institutional
overhead charges that are not directly related
to and necessary for a specific appropriation.
Unless otherwise provided, the amounts
in this section are available until June 30,
2015, when projects must be completed and
final accomplishments reported. Funds for
restoration or enhancement are available
until June 30, 2017, or four years after
acquisition, whichever is later, in order to
complete initial restoration or enhancement
work. If a project receives federal funds,
the time period of the appropriation is
extended to equal the availability of federal
funding. Funds appropriated for fee title
acquisition of land may be used to restore,
enhance, and provide for public use of the
land acquired with the appropriation. Public
use facilities must have a minimal impact
on habitat in acquired lands. If the purchase
price for a fee title acquisition funded with
an appropriation in this article falls below
the estimated purchase price contained in
the approved accomplishment plan and no
other acquisitions are listed in the approved
accomplishment plan, the difference between
the purchase price and the estimated purchase
price is canceled for the project and added
to the appropriation under subdivision 5,
paragraph (h).


Subd. 8.Payment Conditions and Capital
Equipment Expenditures
All agreements referred to in this section must
be administered on a reimbursement basis
unless otherwise provided in this section.
Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section
16A.41, expenditures directly related to each
appropriation's purpose made on or after July
1, 2012, or the date of accomplishment plan
approval, whichever is later, are eligible for
reimbursement unless otherwise provided in
this section. Periodic reimbursement must
be made upon receiving documentation that
the items articulated in the accomplishment
plan approved by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor
Heritage Council have been achieved,
including partial achievements as evidenced
by progress reports approved by the
Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
Reasonable amounts may be advanced to
projects to accommodate cash flow needs,
support future management of acquired
lands, or match a federal share. The
advances must be approved as part of the
accomplishment plan. Capital equipment
expenditures for specific items in excess of
$10,000 must be itemized in and approved as
part of the accomplishment plan.

    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 97A.056, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:
    Subd. 12. Accomplishment plans. It is a condition of acceptance of money
appropriated from the outdoor heritage fund that the agency or entity using the
appropriation submits an accomplishment plan and periodic accomplishment reports
to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council in the form determined by the council.
The accomplishment plan must identify the project manager responsible for expending
the appropriation and the final product. The accomplishment plan must account for
the use of the appropriation and outcomes of the expenditure in measures of wetlands,
prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat restored, protected, and enhanced.
The plan must include an evaluation of results. If lands are acquired by fee with money
from the outdoor heritage fund, the accomplishment plan must include a hunting and
fishing management plan for the lands acquired by fee. No money appropriated from the
outdoor heritage fund may be expended unless the council has approved the pertinent
accomplishment plan.

    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 97A.056, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:
    Subd. 13. Project requirements. (a) As a condition of accepting money
appropriated from the outdoor heritage fund, an agency or entity receiving money from
an appropriation must comply with this subdivision for any project funded in whole or
in part with funds from the appropriation.
(b) All conservation easements acquired with money appropriated from the outdoor
heritage fund must:
(1) be permanent;
(2) specify the parties to the easement;
(3) specify all of the provisions of an agreement that are permanent;
(4) specify the habitat types and location being protected;
(5) where appropriate for conservation or water protection outcomes, require the
grantor to employ practices retaining water on the eased land as long as practicable;
(6) specify the responsibilities of the parties for habitat enhancement and restoration
and the associated costs of these activities;
(7) be sent to the office of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council;
(8) include a long-term stewardship plan and identify the sources and amount of
funding for monitoring and enforcing the easement agreement; and
(9) identify the parties responsible for monitoring and enforcing the easement
agreement.
(c) For all restorations, a recipient must prepare and retain an ecological restoration
and management plan that, to the degree practicable, is consistent with current
conservation science and ecological goals for the restoration site. Consideration should
be given to soil, geology, topography, and other relevant factors that would provide the
best chance for long-term success and durability of the restoration. The plan must include
the proposed timetable for implementing the restoration, including, but not limited to,
site preparation, establishment of diverse plant species, maintenance, and additional
enhancement to establish the restoration; identify long-term maintenance and management
needs of the restoration and how the maintenance, management, and enhancement will be
financed; and use current conservation science to achieve the best restoration.
(d) For new lands acquired, a recipient must prepare a restoration and management
plan in compliance with paragraph (c), including identification of sufficient funding for
implementation.
(e) To ensure public accountability for the use of public funds, a recipient must
provide to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council documentation of the process used
to select parcels acquired in fee or as permanent conservation easements and must provide
the council with documentation of all related transaction costs, including, but not limited
to, appraisals, legal fees, recording fees, commissions, other similar costs, and donations.
This information must be provided for all parties involved in the transaction. The recipient
must also report to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council any difference between
the acquisition amount paid to the seller and the state-certified or state-reviewed appraisal,
if a state-certified or state-reviewed appraisal was conducted. Acquisition data such as
appraisals may remain private during negotiations but must ultimately be made public
according to chapter 13.
(f) Except as otherwise provided in the appropriation, all restoration and
enhancement projects funded with money appropriated from the outdoor heritage fund
must be on land permanently protected by a conservation easement or public ownership or
in public waters as defined in section 103G.005, subdivision 15.
(g) To the extent an appropriation is used to acquire an interest in real property,
a recipient of an appropriation from the outdoor heritage fund must provide to the
Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and the commissioner of management and
budget an analysis of increased operation and maintenance costs likely to be incurred by
public entities as a result of the acquisition and of how the costs are to be paid.
(h) A recipient of money appropriated from the outdoor heritage fund must give
consideration to and make timely written contact with Conservation Corps Minnesota for
possible use of the corps' services to contract for restoration and enhancement services.
A copy of the written contact must be filed with the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage
Council within 15 days of execution.
(i) A recipient of money appropriated from the outdoor heritage fund must erect
signage according to Laws 2009, chapter 172, article 5, section 10.

    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 97A.056, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:
    Subd. 14. Purchase of recycled and recyclable materials. A political subdivision,
public or private corporation, or other entity that receives money appropriated from the
outdoor heritage fund must use the money in compliance with sections 16B.121, regarding
purchase of recycled, repairable, and durable materials, and 16B.122, regarding purchase
and use of paper stock and printing.

    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 97A.056, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:
    Subd. 15. Land acquisition restrictions. (a) An interest in real property, including,
but not limited to, an easement or fee title, that is acquired with money appropriated
from the outdoor heritage fund must be used in perpetuity or for the specific term of an
easement interest for the purpose for which the appropriation was made. The ownership
of the interest in real property transfers to the state if: (1) the holder of the interest in
real property fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the grant agreement or
accomplishment plan; or (2) restrictions are placed on the land that preclude its use for the
intended purpose as specified in the appropriation.
(b) A recipient of funding that acquires an interest in real property subject to this
subdivision may not alter the intended use of the interest in real property or convey any
interest in the real property acquired with the appropriation without the prior review and
approval of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council or its successor. The council
shall notify the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees and
divisions with jurisdiction over the outdoor heritage fund at least 15 business days before
approval under this paragraph. The council shall establish procedures to review requests
from recipients to alter the use of or convey an interest in real property. These procedures
shall allow for the replacement of the interest in real property with another interest in real
property meeting the following criteria:
(1) the interest must be at least equal in fair market value, as certified by the
commissioner of natural resources, to the interest being replaced; and
(2) the interest must be in a reasonably equivalent location and have a reasonably
equivalent useful conservation purpose compared to the interest being replaced, taking
into consideration all effects from fragmentation of the whole habitat.
(c) A recipient of funding who acquires an interest in real property under paragraph
(a) must separately record a notice of funding restrictions in the appropriate local
government office where the conveyance of the interest in real property is filed. The
notice of funding agreement must contain:
(1) a legal description of the interest in real property covered by the funding
agreement;
(2) a reference to the underlying funding agreement;
(3) a reference to this section; and
(4) the following statement: "This interest in real property shall be administered in
accordance with the terms, conditions, and purposes of the grant agreement controlling the
acquisition of the property. The interest in real property, or any portion of the interest in
real property, shall not be sold, transferred, pledged, or otherwise disposed of or further
encumbered without obtaining the prior written approval of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor
Heritage Council or its successor. The ownership of the interest in real property transfers to
the state if: (1) the holder of the interest in real property fails to comply with the terms and
conditions of the grant agreement or accomplishment plan; or (2) restrictions are placed
on the land that preclude its use for the intended purpose as specified in the appropriation."

    Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 97A.056, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:
    Subd. 16. Real property interest report. (a) By December 1 each year, a recipient
of money appropriated from the outdoor heritage fund that is used for the acquisition of an
interest in real property, including, but not limited to, an easement or fee title, must submit
annual reports on the status of the real property to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage
Council or its successor in a form determined by the council. If lands are acquired by fee
with money from the outdoor heritage fund, the real property interest report must include
a verification of the status of the hunting and fishing management plan for the lands
acquired by fee. The responsibility for reporting under this subdivision may be transferred
by the recipient of the appropriation to another person or entity that holds the interest in
the real property. To complete the transfer of reporting responsibility, the recipient of
the appropriation must:
(1) inform the person to whom the responsibility is transferred of that person's
reporting responsibility;
(2) inform the person to whom the responsibility is transferred of the property
restrictions under subdivision 15; and
(3) provide written notice to the council of the transfer of reporting responsibility,
including contact information for the person to whom the responsibility is transferred.
(b) After the transfer, the person or entity that holds the interest in the real property
is responsible for reporting requirements under this subdivision.

    Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 97A.056, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:
    Subd. 17. Easement monitoring and enforcement requirements. Money
appropriated from the outdoor heritage fund for easement monitoring and enforcement
may be spent only on activities included in an easement monitoring and enforcement
plan contained within the accomplishment plan. Money received for monitoring and
enforcement, including earnings on the money received, shall be kept in a monitoring
and enforcement fund held by the organization and is appropriated for monitoring and
enforcing conservation easements in the state. Within 120 days after the close of the
entity's fiscal year, an entity receiving appropriations for easement monitoring and
enforcement must provide an annual financial report to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor
Heritage Council on the easement monitoring and enforcement fund as specified in the
accomplishment plan. Money appropriated from the outdoor heritage fund for monitoring
and enforcement of easements and earnings on the money appropriated shall revert
to the state if:
(1) the easement transfers to the state under subdivision 15;
(2) the holder of the easement fails to file an annual report and then fails to cure that
default within 30 days of notification of the default by the state; or
(3) the holder of the easement fails to comply with the terms of the monitoring and
enforcement plan contained within the accomplishment plan and fails to cure that default
within 90 days of notification of the default by the state.

    Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 97A.056, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:
    Subd. 18. Successor organizations. The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council
may approve the continuation of a project with an organization that has adopted a new
name. Continuation of a project with an organization that has undergone a significant
change in mission, structure, or purpose requires:
(1) notice to the chairs of the legislative committees and divisions with jurisdiction
over the outdoor heritage fund; and
(2) presentation by the council of proposed legislation either ratifying or rejecting
continued involvement with the new organization.

    Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 97A.056, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:
    Subd. 19. Fee title acquisition; open season. (a) Lands acquired by fee with
money appropriated from the outdoor heritage fund that are held by the state must be open
to the public taking of fish and game during the open season, unless otherwise provided by
state law.
(b) Lands acquired by fee with money appropriated from the outdoor heritage fund
that are held by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must be open to the public taking of
fish and game during the open season according to the National Wildlife Refuge System
Improvement Act, United States Code, title 16, section 668dd, et seq.
(c) Except as provided in paragraph (b), lands acquired by fee with money
appropriated from the outdoor heritage fund that are held by a nonstate entity must be open
to the public taking of fish and game during the open season, unless otherwise prescribed
by the commissioner of natural resources.
EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective retroactively from July 1, 2009.

    Sec. 11. LEGACY FUNDING REQUIREMENTS APPLY.
Each direct recipient of money appropriated in this article, as well as each
recipient of a grant awarded pursuant to this article, must satisfy all reporting and other
requirements incumbent upon legacy funding recipients as provided in Laws 2011, First
Special Session chapter 6, article 5.

ARTICLE 2
CLEAN WATER FUND

    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 114D.30, subdivision 4, is
amended to read:
    Subd. 4. Terms; compensation; removal. The terms of members representing the
state agencies and the Metropolitan Council are four years and are coterminous with the
governor. The terms of other nonlegislative members of the council shall be as provided
in section 15.059, subdivision 2. Members may serve until their successors are appointed
and qualify. Compensation and removal of nonlegislative council members is as provided
in section 15.059, subdivisions 3 and 4. Compensation of legislative members is as
determined by the appointing authority. The Pollution Control Agency may reimburse
legislative members for expenses. A vacancy on the council may be filled by the
appointing authority provided in subdivision 1 for the remainder of the unexpired term.

    Sec. 2. Laws 2009, chapter 172, article 2, section 4, as amended by Laws 2010, chapter
361, article 2, section 2, and Laws 2011, First Special Session chapter 6, article 2, section
23, is amended to read:

Sec. 4. POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY
$
24,076,000
$
27,630,000
(a) $9,000,000 the first year and $9,000,000
the second year are to develop total
maximum daily load (TMDL) studies and
TMDL implementation plans for waters
listed on the United States Environmental
Protection Agency approved impaired
waters list in accordance with Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 114D. The agency shall
complete an average of ten percent of the
TMDLs each year over the biennium. Of
this amount, $348,000 the first year is to
retest the comprehensive assessment of the
biological conditions of the lower Minnesota
River and its tributaries within the Lower
Minnesota River Major Watershed, as
previously assessed from 1976 to 1992 under
the Minnesota River Assessment Project
(MRAP). The assessment must include the
same fish species sampling at the same 116
locations and the same macroinvertebrate
sampling at the same 41 locations as the
MRAP assessment. The assessment must:
(1) include an analysis of the findings; and
(2) identify factors that limit aquatic life in
the Minnesota River.
Of this amount, $250,000 the first year is
for a pilot project for the development of
total maximum daily load (TMDL) studies
conducted on a watershed basis within
the Buffalo River watershed in order to
protect, enhance, and restore water quality
in lakes, rivers, and streams. The pilot
project shall include all necessary field
work to develop TMDL studies for all
impaired subwatersheds within the Buffalo
River watershed and provide information
necessary to complete reports for most of the
remaining watersheds, including analysis of
water quality data, identification of sources
of water quality degradation and stressors,
load allocation development, development
of reports that provide protection plans
for subwatersheds that meet water quality
standards, and development of reports that
provide information necessary to complete
TMDL studies for subwatersheds that do not
meet water quality standards, but are not
listed as impaired.
(b) $500,000 the first year is for development
of an enhanced TMDL database to manage
and track progress. Of this amount, $63,000
the first year is to promulgate rules. By
November 1, 2010, the commissioner shall
submit a report to the chairs of the house of
representatives and senate committees with
jurisdiction over environment and natural
resources finance on the outcomes achieved
with this appropriation.
(c) $1,500,000 the first year and $3,169,000
the second year are for grants under
Minnesota Statutes, section 116.195, to
political subdivisions for up to 50 percent of
the costs to predesign, design, and implement
capital projects that use storm water or
treated municipal wastewater instead of
groundwater from drinking water aquifers,
in order to demonstrate the beneficial use
of wastewater or storm water, including
the conservation and protection of water
resources. Of this amount, $1,000,000 the
first year is for grants to ethanol plants that
are within one and one-half miles of a city for
improvements that use storm water or reuse
greater than 300,000 gallons of wastewater
per day. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2016.
(d) $1,125,000 the first year and $1,125,000
the second year are for groundwater
assessment and drinking water protection to
include:
(1) the installation and sampling of at least
30 new monitoring wells;
(2) the analysis of samples from at least 40
shallow monitoring wells each year for the
presence of endocrine disrupting compounds;
and
(3) the completion of at least four to
five groundwater models for TMDL and
watershed plans.
(e) $2,500,000 the first year is for the clean
water partnership program. Priority shall be
given to projects preventing impairments and
degradation of lakes, rivers, streams, and
groundwater in accordance with Minnesota
Statutes, section 114D.20, subdivision 2,
clause (4). Any balance remaining in the first
year does not cancel and is available for the
second year.
(f) $896,000 the first year is to establish
a network of water monitoring sites, to
include at least 20 additional sites, in public
waters adjacent to wastewater treatment
facilities across the state to assess levels of
endocrine-disrupting compounds, antibiotic
compounds, and pharmaceuticals as required
in this article. The data must be placed on
the agency's Web site.
(g) $155,000 the first year is to provide
notification of the potential for coal tar
contamination, establish a storm water
pond inventory schedule, and develop best
management practices for treating and
cleaning up contaminated sediments as
required in this article. $490,000 the second
year is to provide grants to local units of
government for up to 50 percent of the costs
to implement best management practices to
treat or clean up contaminated sediments
in storm water ponds and other waters as
defined under this article. Local governments
must have adopted an ordinance for the
restricted use of undiluted coal tar sealants
in order to be eligible for a grant, unless a
statewide restriction has been implemented.
A grant awarded under this paragraph must
not exceed $100,000. Up to $145,000 of the
appropriation in the second year may be used
to complete work required under section 28,
paragraph (c).
(h) $350,000 the first year and $600,000 the
second year are for a restoration project in
the lower St. Louis River and Duluth harbor
in order to improve water quality. This
appropriation must be matched by nonstate
money at a rate of at least $2 for every $1 of
state money.
(i) $150,000 the first year and $196,000 the
second year are for grants to the Red River
Watershed Management Board to enhance
and expand existing river watch activities in
the Red River of the North. The Red River
Watershed Management Board shall provide
a report that includes formal evaluation
results from the river watch program to the
commissioners of education and the Pollution
Control Agency and to the legislative natural
resources finance and policy committees
and K-12 finance and policy committees by
February 15, 2011.
(j) $200,000 the first year and $300,000 the
second year are for coordination with the
state of Wisconsin and the National Park
Service on comprehensive water monitoring
and phosphorus reduction activities in the
Lake St. Croix portion of the St. Croix
River. The Pollution Control Agency
shall work with the St. Croix Basin Water
Resources Planning Team and the St. Croix
River Association in implementing the
water monitoring and phosphorus reduction
activities. This appropriation is available
to the extent matched by nonstate sources.
Money not matched by November 15, 2010,
cancels for this purpose and is available for
the purposes of paragraph (a).
(k) $7,500,000 the first year and $7,500,000
the second year are for completion of 20
percent of the needed statewide assessments
of surface water quality and trends. Of this
amount, $175,000 the first year and $200,000
the second year are for monitoring and
analyzing endocrine disruptors in surface
waters.
(l) $100,000 the first year and $150,000
the second year are for civic engagement
in TMDL development. The agency shall
develop a plan for expenditures under
this paragraph. The agency shall give
consideration to civic engagement proposals
from basin or sub-basin organizations,
including the Mississippi Headwaters Board,
the Minnesota River Joint Powers Board,
Area II Minnesota River Basin Projects,
and the Red River Basin Commission.
By November 15, 2009, the plan shall be
submitted to the house and senate chairs
and ranking minority members of the
environmental finance divisions.
(m) $5,000,000 the second year is for
groundwater protection or prevention of
groundwater degradation activities. By
January 15, 2010, the commissioner, in
consultation with the commissioner of
natural resources, the Board of Water and
Soil Resources, and other agencies, shall
submit a report to the chairs of the house of
representatives and senate committees with
jurisdiction over the clean water fund on the
intended use of these funds. The legislature
must approve expenditure of these funds by
law.
Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section
16A.28, the appropriations encumbered on or
before June 30, 2011, as grants or contracts in
this section are available until June 30, 2013.

    Sec. 3. Laws 2011, First Special Session chapter 6, article 2, section 7, is amended to
read:


Sec. 7. BOARD OF WATER AND SOIL
RESOURCES
$
27,534,000
$
27,534,000
31,734,000
(a) $13,750,000 the first year and
$13,750,000 $15,350,000 the second year are
for pollution reduction and restoration grants
to local government units and joint powers
organizations of local government units to
protect surface water and drinking water; to
keep water on the land; to protect, enhance,
and restore water quality in lakes, rivers,
and streams; and to protect groundwater
and drinking water, including feedlot water
quality and subsurface sewage treatment
system (SSTS) projects and stream bank,
stream channel, and shoreline restoration
projects. The projects must be of long-lasting
public benefit, include a match, and be
consistent with TMDL implementation plans
or local water management plans.
(b) $3,000,000 the first year and $3,000,000
$3,600,000 the second year are for targeted
local resource protection and enhancement
grants. The board shall give priority
consideration to projects and practices
that complement, supplement, or exceed
current state standards for protection,
enhancement, and restoration of water
quality in lakes, rivers, and streams or that
protect groundwater from degradation. Of
this amount, at least $1,500,000 each year is
for county SSTS implementation.
(c) $900,000 the first year and $900,000
$1,200,000 the second year are to
provide state oversight and accountability,
evaluate results, and develop an electronic
system to measure and track the value of
conservation program implementation by
local governments, including submission
to the legislature by March 1 each year
an annual report prepared by the board,
in consultation with the commissioners of
natural resources, health, agriculture, and
the Pollution Control Agency, detailing the
recipients and projects funded under this
section. The board shall require grantees to
specify the outcomes that will be achieved
by the grants prior to any grant awards.
(d) $1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000
$1,700,000 the second year are for technical
assistance and grants for the conservation
drainage program in consultation with
the Drainage Work Group, created under
Minnesota Statutes, section 103B.101,
subdivision 13
, that consists of projects to
to facilitate the installation of conservation
practices on drainage systems that will result
in water quality improvements and evaluate
the outcomes of these installations. retrofit
existing drainage systems with water quality
improvement practices, evaluate outcomes,
and provide outreach to landowners, public
drainage authorities, drainage engineers
and contractors, and others. The board
shall coordinate practice standards with the
Natural Resources Conservation Service of
the United States Department of Agriculture
and seek to leverage federal funds as
part of conservation drainage program
implementation.
(e) $6,000,000 the first year and $6,000,000
the second year are to purchase and restore
permanent conservation easements on
riparian buffers adjacent to public waters,
excluding wetlands, to keep water on the
land in order to decrease sediment, pollutant,
and nutrient transport; reduce hydrologic
impacts to surface waters; and increase
infiltration for groundwater recharge. The
riparian buffers must be at least 50 feet
unless there is a natural impediment, a road,
or other impediment beyond the control
of the landowner. This appropriation may
be used for restoration of riparian buffers
protected by easements purchased with
this appropriation and for stream bank
restorations when the riparian buffers have
been restored.
(f) $1,300,000 the first year and $1,300,000
$2,300,000 the second year are for
permanent conservation easements on
wellhead protection areas under Minnesota
Statutes, section 103F.515, subdivision 2,
paragraph (d). Priority must be placed on
land that is located where the vulnerability
of the drinking water supply is designated
as high or very high by the commissioner
of health. The board shall coordinate
with the United States Geological Survey,
the commissioners of health and natural
resources, and local communities contained
in the Decorah and St. Lawrence Edge areas
of Winona, Goodhue, Olmsted, and Wabasha
Counties to obtain easements in identified
areas as having the most vulnerability to
groundwater contamination.
(g) $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000
the second year are for community partners
grants to local units of government for:
(1) structural or vegetative management
practices that reduce storm water runoff
from developed or disturbed lands to reduce
the movement of sediment, nutrients, and
pollutants for restoration, protection, or
enhancement of water quality in lakes, rivers,
and streams and to protect groundwater
and drinking water; and (2) installation
of proven and effective water retention
practices including, but not limited to, rain
gardens and other vegetated infiltration
basins and sediment control basins in order
to keep water on the land. The projects
must be of long-lasting public benefit,
include a local match, and be consistent with
TMDL implementation plans or local water
management plans. Local government unit
staff and administration costs may be used
as a match.
(h) $84,000 the first year and $84,000 the
second year are for a technical evaluation
panel to conduct up to ten restoration
evaluations under Minnesota Statutes,
section 114D.50, subdivision 6.
(i) The board shall contract for services
with Conservation Corps Minnesota for
restoration, maintenance, and other activities
under this section for $500,000 the first year
and $500,000 the second year.
(j) The board may shift grant or cost-share
funds in this section and may adjust the
technical and administrative assistance
portion of the funds to leverage federal or
other nonstate funds or to address oversight
responsibilities or high-priority needs
identified in local water management plans.
(k) The appropriations in this section are
available until June 30, 2016.

    Sec. 4. AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES COOPERATIVE RESEARCH
CENTER; APPROPRIATION.
$1,800,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2013 from the clean water fund to the Board
of Regents of the University of Minnesota to develop and implement an Aquatic Invasive
Species Cooperative Research Center, including equipment and facility development. As
a condition of receiving this appropriation, the University of Minnesota is requested to
collaborate with the commissioner of natural resources in developing solutions to control
aquatic invasive species. A portion of this appropriation may be used for educating
and engaging citizens on preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. Money
appropriated in this section may not be spent on activities unless they are directly related
to and necessary for the purposes of this section. Money appropriated in this section must
not be spent on indirect costs or other institutional overhead charges that are not directly
related to and necessary for the purposes of this section. This is a onetime appropriation
and is available until June 30, 2018. Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10, applies to
this appropriation. For the purpose of this appropriation, the term "fund" means the
clean water fund and the term "commission" means the Clean Water Council as used in
Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10.

    Sec. 5. LEGACY FUNDING REQUIREMENTS APPLY.
All appropriations in this article are onetime and are subject to the requirements
and availability provisions provided under Laws 2011, First Special Session chapter 6,
articles 2 and 5. Each direct recipient of money appropriated in this article, as well as each
recipient of a grant awarded pursuant to this article, must satisfy all reporting and other
requirements incumbent upon legacy funding recipients as provided in Laws 2011, First
Special Session chapter 6, articles 2 and 5.

ARTICLE 3
PARKS AND TRAILS FUND

    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 85.535, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
    Subd. 3. Match Grant amount. Recipients must provide a nonstate cash match
of at least 25 percent of the total eligible project costs A grant amount is not subject to a
maximum grant award limitation. Additional consideration shall be given to applicants
who provide a nonstate cash match.

    Sec. 2. Laws 2009, chapter 172, article 3, section 3, is amended to read:

Sec. 3. METROPOLITAN COUNCIL
$
12,641,000
$
15,140,000
(a) $12,641,000 the first year and
$15,140,000 the second year are from the
parks and trails fund to be distributed as
required under new Minnesota Statutes,
section 85.535, subdivision 3, except that
of this amount, $40,000 the first year is for
a grant to Hennepin County to plant trees
along the Victory Memorial Parkway. For
acquisition of an interest in real property,
appropriations under this section are
available until June 30, 2013.
(b) The Metropolitan Council shall submit
a report on the expenditure and use of
money appropriated under this section to
the legislature as provided in Minnesota
Statutes, section 3.195, by March 1 of each
year. The report must detail the outcomes in
terms of additional use of parks and trails
resources, user satisfaction surveys, and
other appropriate outcomes.
(c) Grant agreements entered into by the
Metropolitan Council and recipients of
money appropriated under this section shall
ensure that the funds are used to supplement
and not substitute for traditional sources of
funding.
(d) The implementing agencies receiving
appropriations under this section shall
give consideration to contracting with the
Minnesota Conservation Corps for contract
restoration, maintenance, and other activities.
EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

ARTICLE 4
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCE TRUST FUND

    Section 1. Laws 2011, First Special Session chapter 2, article 3, section 2, subdivision
4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.Land, Habitat, and Recreation
14,629,000
13,755,000
12,755,000

Summary by Fund



Environment and
natural resources
trust fund
13,879,000
13,755,000
12,755,000



State land and
water conservation
account (LAWCON)
750,000
-0-
(a) State Park and Recreation Area
Operations and Improvements
$1,877,000 the first year and $1,750,000
the second year are from the trust fund to
the commissioner of natural resources for
state park and recreation area operations
and improvements, including activities
directly related to and necessary for this
appropriation. This appropriation is not
subject to Minnesota Statutes, sections
116P.05, subdivision 2, paragraph (b), and
116P.09, subdivision 4.
(b) State Parks and Trails Land
Acquisition
$1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000 the
second year are from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to acquire
state trails and critical parcels within the
statutory boundaries of state parks. State
park land acquired with this appropriation
must be sufficiently improved to meet at
least minimum management standards, as
determined by the commissioner of natural
resources. A list of proposed acquisitions
must be provided as part of the required work
program. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2014, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
(c) Metropolitan Regional Park System
Acquisition
$1,125,000 the first year and $1,125,000
the second year are from the trust fund to
the Metropolitan Council for grants for the
acquisition of lands within the approved park
unit boundaries of the metropolitan regional
park system. This appropriation may not
be used for the purchase of residential
structures. A list of proposed fee title and
easement acquisitions must be provided as
part of the required work program. This
appropriation must be matched by at least
40 percent of nonstate money and must be
committed by December 31, 2011, or the
appropriation cancels. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2014, at which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered, unless an earlier date is
specified in the work program.
(d) Regional Park, Trail, and Connection
Acquisition and Development Grants
$1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000 the
second year are from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to provide
matching grants to local units of government
for acquisition and development of regional
parks, regional trails, and trail connections.
The local match required for a grant to
acquire a regional park or regional outdoor
recreation area is two dollars of nonstate
money for each three dollars of state money.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2014, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
(e) Scientific and Natural Area Acquisition
and Restoration
$820,000 the first year and $820,000 the
second year are from the trust fund to
the commissioner of natural resources
to acquire lands with high-quality native
plant communities and rare features to be
established as scientific and natural areas
as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section
86A.05, subdivision 5, restore parts of
scientific and natural areas, and provide
technical assistance and outreach. A list
of proposed acquisitions must be provided
as part of the required work program.
Land acquired with this appropriation
must be sufficiently improved to meet at
least minimum management standards, as
determined by the commissioner of natural
resources. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2014, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
(f) La Salle Lake State Recreation Area
Acquisition
$1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000
the second year are is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with The Trust for Public
Land to acquire approximately 190 acres
land to be designated as a state recreation
area as provided in Minnesota Statutes,
section 86A.05, subdivision 3, on La Salle
Lake adjacent to the upper Mississippi
River. If this acquisition is not completed
by July 15, 2012, then the appropriation
is available to the Department of Natural
Resources for other state park and recreation
area acquisitions on the priority list. Up to
$10,000 may be retained by the Department
of Natural Resources at the request of
The Trust for Public Land for transaction
costs, associated professional services, and
restoration needs.
(g) Minnesota River Valley Green
Corridor Scientific and Natural Area
Acquisition
$1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000
the second year are from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with the Redwood Area
Communities Foundation to acquire lands
with high-quality native plant communities
and rare features to be established as scientific
and natural areas as provided in Minnesota
Statutes, section 86A.05, subdivision 5. A list
of proposed acquisitions must be provided
as part of the required work program.
Land acquired with this appropriation
must be sufficiently improved to meet at
least minimum management standards, as
determined by the commissioner of natural
resources. Up to $54,000 may be retained by
the Department of Natural Resources at the
request of the Redwood Area Communities
Foundation for transaction costs, associated
professional services, and restoration needs.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2014, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
(h) Native Prairie Stewardship and Native
Prairie Bank Acquisition
$500,000 the first year and $500,000 the
second year are from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to acquire
native prairie bank easements, prepare
baseline property assessments, restore and
enhance native prairie sites, and provide
technical assistance to landowners. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2014, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
(i) Metropolitan Conservation Corridors
(MeCC) - Phase VI
$1,737,000 the first year and $1,738,000
the second year are from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources
for the acceleration of agency programs
and cooperative agreements. Of this
appropriation, $150,000 the first year
and $150,000 the second year are to the
commissioner of natural resources for
agency programs and $3,175,000 is for the
agreements as follows: $100,000 the first
year and $100,000 the second year with
Friends of the Mississippi River; $517,000
the first year and $518,000 the second year
with Dakota County; $200,000 the first year
and $200,000 the second year with Great
River Greening; $220,000 the first year and
$220,000 the second year with Minnesota
Land Trust; $300,000 the first year and
$300,000 the second year with Minnesota
Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc.;
and $250,000 the first year and $250,000
the second year with The Trust for Public
Land for planning, restoring, and protecting
priority natural areas in the metropolitan area,
as defined under Minnesota Statutes, section
473.121, subdivision 2, and portions of the
surrounding counties, through contracted
services, technical assistance, conservation
easements, and fee title acquisition. Land
acquired with this appropriation must
be sufficiently improved to meet at least
minimum management standards, as
determined by the commissioner of natural
resources. Expenditures are limited to the
identified project corridor areas as defined
in the work program. This appropriation
may not be used for the purchase of
habitable residential structures, unless
expressly approved in the work program. All
conservation easements must be perpetual
and have a natural resource management
plan. Any land acquired in fee title by the
commissioner of natural resources with
money from this appropriation must be
designated as an outdoor recreation unit
under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.07.
The commissioner may similarly designate
any lands acquired in less than fee title. A
list of proposed restorations and fee title
and easement acquisitions must be provided
as part of the required work program. An
entity that acquires a conservation easement
with appropriations from the trust fund
must have a long-term stewardship plan
for the easement and a fund established for
monitoring and enforcing the agreement.
Money appropriated from the trust fund for
easement acquisition may be used to establish
a monitoring, management, and enforcement
fund as approved in the work program. An
annual financial report is required for any
monitoring, management, and enforcement
fund established, including expenditures
from the fund. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2014, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
(j) Habitat Conservation Partnership
(HCP) - Phase VII
$1,737,000 the first year and $1,738,000
the second year are from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources
for the acceleration of agency programs
and cooperative agreements. Of this
appropriation, $125,000 the first year
and $125,000 the second year are to the
commissioner of natural resources for
agency programs and $3,225,000 is for
agreements as follows: $637,000 the first
year and $638,000 the second year with
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; $38,000 the first year
and $37,000 the second year with Friends
of Detroit Lakes Wetland Management
District; $25,000 the first year and $25,000
the second year with Leech Lake Band of
Ojibwe; $225,000 the first year and $225,000
the second year with Minnesota Land Trust;
$200,000 the first year and $200,000 the
second year with Minnesota Valley National
Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc.; $242,000 the
first year and $243,000 the second year
with Pheasants Forever, Inc.; and $245,000
the first year and $245,000 the second year
with The Trust for Public Land to plan,
restore, and acquire fragmented landscape
corridors that connect areas of quality habitat
to sustain fish, wildlife, and plants. The
United States Department of Agriculture,
Natural Resources Conservation Service,
is an authorized cooperating partner in the
appropriation. Expenditures are limited to
the project corridor areas as defined in the
work program. Land acquired with this
appropriation must be sufficiently improved
to meet at least minimum habitat and facility
management standards, as determined by
the commissioner of natural resources.
This appropriation may not be used for the
purchase of habitable residential structures,
unless expressly approved in the work
program. All conservation easements must
be perpetual and have a natural resource
management plan. Any land acquired in fee
title by the commissioner of natural resources
with money from this appropriation must
be designated as an outdoor recreation unit
under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.07.
The commissioner may similarly designate
any lands acquired in less than fee title. A
list of proposed restorations and fee title
and easement acquisitions must be provided
as part of the required work program. An
entity who acquires a conservation easement
with appropriations from the trust fund
must have a long-term stewardship plan
for the easement and a fund established for
monitoring and enforcing the agreement.
Money appropriated from the trust fund for
easement acquisition may be used to establish
a monitoring, management, and enforcement
fund as approved in the work program. An
annual financial report is required for any
monitoring, management, and enforcement
fund established, including expenditures
from the fund. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2014, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
(k) Natural and Scenic Area Acquisition
Grants
$500,000 the first year and $500,000 the
second year are from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to provide
matching grants to local governments for
acquisition of natural and scenic areas, as
provided in Minnesota Statutes, section
85.019, subdivision 4a. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2014, by which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
(l) Acceleration of Minnesota Conservation
Assistance
$313,000 the first year and $312,000 the
second year are from the trust fund to the
Board of Water and Soil Resources to provide
grants to soil and water conservation districts
to provide technical assistance to secure
enrollment and retention of private lands in
federal and state programs for conservation.
(m) Conservation Easement Stewardship
and Enforcement Program - Phase II
$250,000 the first year and $250,000 the
second year are from the trust fund to
the commissioner of natural resources to
accelerate the implementation of the Phase
I Conservation Easement Stewardship Plan
being developed with an appropriation
from Laws 2008, chapter 367, section 2,
subdivision 5, paragraph (h).
(n) Recovery of At-Risk Native Prairie
Species
$73,000 the first year and $74,000 the second
year are from the trust fund to the Board of
Water and Soil Resources for an agreement
with the Martin County Soil and Water
Conservation District to collect, propagate,
and plant declining, at-risk native species
on protected habitat and to enhance private
market sources for local ecotype native seed.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2014, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
(o) Understanding Threats, Genetic
Diversity, and Conservation Options for
Wild Rice
$97,000 the first year and $98,000 the second
year are from the trust fund to the Board
of Regents of the University of Minnesota
to research the genetic diversity of wild
rice population throughout Minnesota for
use in related conservation and restoration
efforts. This appropriation is contingent upon
demonstration of review and cooperation
with the Native American tribal nations
in Minnesota. Equipment purchased with
this appropriation must be available for
future publicly funded projects at no charge
except for typical operating expenses. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2014, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
(p) Southeast Minnesota Stream
Restoration
$125,000 the first year and $125,000 the
second year are from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Trout Unlimited to restore at
least four miles of riparian corridor for trout
and nongame species in southeast Minnesota
and increase local capacities to implement
stream restoration through training and
technical assistance. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2014, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
(q) Restoration Strategies for Ditched
Peatland Scientific and Natural Areas
$100,000 the first year and $100,000 the
second year are from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to evaluate
the hydrology and habitat of the Winter Road
Lake peatland watershed protection area to
determine the effects of ditch abandonment
and examine the potential for restoration
of patterned peatlands. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2014, by which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
(r) Northeast Minnesota White Cedar
Plant Community Restoration
$125,000 for the first year and $125,000
the second year are from the trust fund to
the Board of Water and Soil Resources to
assess the decline of northern white cedar
plant communities in northeast Minnesota,
prioritize cedar sites for restoration, and
provide cedar restoration training to local
units of government.
(s) Land and Water Conservation Account
(LAWCON) Federal Reimbursement
$750,000 is from the state land and water
conservation account (LAWCON) in the
natural resources fund to the commissioner of
natural resources for priorities established by
the commissioner for eligible state projects
and administrative and planning activities
consistent with Minnesota Statutes, section
116P.14, and the federal Land and Water
Conservation Fund Act. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2014, by which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered.

    Sec. 2. Laws 2011, First Special Session chapter 2, article 3, section 2, subdivision 9,
is amended to read:


Subd. 9.Emerging Issues
4,522,000
4,213,000
3,213,000
(a) Minnesota Conservation Apprentice
Academy
$100,000 the first year and $100,000 the
second year are from the trust fund to
the Board of Water and Soil Resources
in cooperation with Conservation Corps
Minnesota to train and mentor future
conservation professionals by providing
apprenticeship service opportunities to
soil and water conservation districts. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2014, by which time the project must be
completed and the final products delivered.
(b) Chronic Wasting Disease and Animal
Health
$600,000 the first year and $600,000 the
second year are from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to address
chronic wasting disease and accelerate
wildlife health programs, including activities
directly related to and necessary for this
appropriation.
(c) Aquatic Invasive Species
$2,177,000 the first year and $3,513,000
$2,513,000 the second year are from the
trust fund to the commissioner of natural
resources to accelerate aquatic invasive
species programs, including the development
and implementation of best management
practices for public water access facilities
to implement aquatic invasive species
prevention strategies, including activities
directly related to and necessary for this
appropriation. $50,000 is for a grant
to develop and produce a documentary
identifying the challenges presented by
aquatic invasive species. The documentary
shall be available to the Department of
Natural Resources to distribute to watercraft
license purchasers and the general public
through online and other media.
(d) Reinvest in Minnesota Wetlands
Reserve Acquisition and Restoration
Program Partnership
$1,645,000 the first year is to the Board
of Water and Soil Resources to acquire
permanent conservation easements and
restore wetlands and associated upland
habitat in cooperation with the United States
Department of Agriculture Wetlands Reserve
Program. A list of proposed land acquisitions
must be provided as part of the required work
program.
(e) Limitation
Appropriations in paragraphs (b) and (c) are
not subject to Minnesota Statutes, sections
116P.05, subdivision 2, paragraph (b), and
116P.09, subdivision 4.

    Sec. 3. AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES COOPERATIVE RESEARCH
CENTER; APPROPRIATION.
$2,000,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2013 from the environment and natural
resources trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to develop
and implement an Aquatic Invasive Species Cooperative Research Center, including
equipment and facility development. As a condition of receiving this appropriation, the
University of Minnesota is requested to collaborate with the commissioner of natural
resources in developing solutions to control aquatic invasive species. Money appropriated
in this section may not be spent on activities unless they are directly related to and
necessary for the purposes of this section. Money appropriated in this section must not be
spent on indirect costs or other institutional overhead charges that are not directly related
to and necessary for the purposes of this section. This is a onetime appropriation and
is available until June 30, 2018.

ARTICLE 5
ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE FUND

    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 16B.98, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
    Subd. 5. Creation and validity of grant agreements. (a) A grant agreement is
not valid and the state is not bound by the grant unless:
    (1) the grant has been executed by the head of the agency or a delegate who is
party to the grant; and
    (2) the accounting system shows an encumbrance for the amount of the grant in
accordance with policy approved by the commissioner.; and
(3) the grant agreement includes an effective date that references either section
16C.05, subdivision 2, or 16B.98, subdivisions 5 and 7, as determined by the granting
agency.
    (b) The combined grant agreement and amendments must not exceed five years
without specific, written approval by the commissioner according to established policy,
procedures, and standards, or unless the commissioner determines that a longer duration is
in the best interest of the state.
    (c) A fully executed copy of the grant agreement with all amendments and other
required records relating to the grant must be kept on file at the granting agency for a time
equal to that required of grantees in subdivision 8.
    (d) Grant agreements must comply with policies established by the commissioner
for minimum grant agreement standards and practices.
    (e) The attorney general may periodically review and evaluate a sample of state
agency grants to ensure compliance with applicable laws.

    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 16B.98, subdivision 7, is amended to read:
    Subd. 7. Grant payments. Payments to the grantee may not be issued until the
grant agreement is fully executed. Encumbrances for grants issued by June 30 may be
certified for a period of one year beyond the year in which the funds were originally
appropriated as provided by section 16A.28, subdivision 6.

    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 116U.26, is amended to read:
116U.26 FILM PRODUCTION JOBS PROGRAM.
    (a) The film production jobs program is created. The program shall be operated
by the Minnesota Film and TV Board with administrative oversight and control by the
director of Explore Minnesota Tourism commissioner of administration. The program
shall make payment to producers of feature films, national television or Internet programs,
documentaries, music videos, and commercials that directly create new film jobs in
Minnesota. To be eligible for a payment, a producer must submit documentation to the
Minnesota Film and TV Board of expenditures for production costs incurred in Minnesota
that are directly attributable to the production in Minnesota of a film product.
    The Minnesota Film and TV Board shall make recommendations to the director of
Explore Minnesota Tourism commissioner of administration about program payment, but
the director commissioner has the authority to make the final determination on payments.
The director's commissioner's determination must be based on proper documentation of
eligible production costs submitted for payments. No more than five percent of the funds
appropriated for the program in any year may be expended for administration.
    (b) For the purposes of this section:
    (1) "production costs" means the cost of the following:
    (i) a story and scenario to be used for a film;
    (ii) salaries of talent, management, and labor, including payments to personal
services corporations for the services of a performing artist;
    (iii) set construction and operations, wardrobe, accessories, and related services;
    (iv) photography, sound synchronization, lighting, and related services;
    (v) editing and related services;
    (vi) rental of facilities and equipment; or
    (vii) other direct costs of producing the film in accordance with generally accepted
entertainment industry practice; and
    (2) "film" means a feature film, television or Internet show, documentary, music
video, or television commercial, whether on film, video, or digital media. Film does not
include news, current events, public programming, or a program that includes weather
or market reports; a talk show; a production with respect to a questionnaire or contest; a
sports event or sports activity; a gala presentation or awards show; a finished production
that solicits funds; or a production for which the production company is required under
United States Code, title 18, section 2257, to maintain records with respect to a performer
portrayed in a single-media or multimedia program.
    (c) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the Minnesota Film and TV Board
may make reimbursements of: (1) up to 20 percent of film production costs for films that
locate production outside the metropolitan area, as defined in section 473.121, subdivision
2, or that incur production costs in excess of $5,000,000 in the metropolitan area within
a 12-month period; or (2) up to 15 percent of film production costs for films that incur
production costs of $5,000,000 or less in the metropolitan area within a 12-month period.

    Sec. 4. Laws 2011, First Special Session chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 5,
is amended to read:


Subd. 5.Minnesota Historical Society
12,050,000
12,050,000
12,950,000
These amounts are appropriated to the
governing board of the Minnesota Historical
Society to preserve and enhance access to
Minnesota's history and its cultural and
historical resources. Grant agreements
entered into by the Minnesota Historical
Society and other recipients of appropriations
in this subdivision shall ensure that
these funds are used to supplement and
not substitute for traditional sources of
funding. Funds directly appropriated to the
Minnesota Historical Society shall be used to
supplement, and not substitute for, traditional
sources of funding. Notwithstanding
Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, for
historic preservation projects that improve
historic structures, the amounts are available
until June 30, 2015.
Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants.
$5,250,000 the first year and $5,250,000
$5,450,000 the second year are for history
programs and projects operated or conducted
by or through local, county, regional, or
other historical or cultural organizations; or
for activities to preserve significant historic
and cultural resources. Funds are to be
distributed through a competitive grants
process. The Minnesota Historical Society
shall administer these funds using established
grants mechanisms, with assistance from
the advisory committee created under Laws
2009, chapter 172, article 4, section 2,
subdivision 4, paragraph (b), item (ii).
Programs. $4,800,000 the first year and
$4,800,000 $5,200,000 the second year are
for programs and purposes related to the
historical and cultural heritage of the state
of Minnesota, conducted by the Minnesota
Historical Society.
History Partnerships. $1,500,000 the first
year and $1,500,000 $1,700,000 the second
year are for partnerships involving multiple
organizations, which may include the
Minnesota Historical Society, to preserve and
enhance access to Minnesota's history and
cultural heritage in all regions of the state.
Statewide Survey of Historical and
Archaeological Sites. $250,000 the first
year and $250,000 the second year are
for a contract or contracts to be let on a
competitive basis to conduct statewide
surveys of Minnesota's sites of historical,
archaeological, and cultural significance.
Results of this survey must be published in
a searchable form, available to the public on
a cost-free basis. The Minnesota Historical
Society, the Office of the State Archaeologist,
and the Indian Affairs Council shall each
appoint a representative to an oversight
board to select contractors and direct the
conduct of these surveys. The oversight
board shall consult with the Departments of
Transportation and Natural Resources.
Digital Library. $250,000 the first year and
$250,000 the second year are for a digital
library project to preserve, digitize, and share
Minnesota images, documents, and historical
materials. The Minnesota Historical Society
shall cooperate with the Minitex interlibrary
loan system and shall jointly share this
appropriation for these purposes.
Commemoration Activities. $100,000
the second year is for activities that
commemorate the sesquicentennial of
the American Civil War and the Dakota
Conflict, as recommended by the Civil War
Commemoration Task Force established in
Executive Order 11-15 (2011).

    Sec. 5. COMMEMORATION PROGRAMMING; APPROPRIATION.
$80,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2013 from the arts and cultural heritage fund
to the commissioner of administration for grants to public broadcasting organizations to
develop programming that commemorates the sesquicentennial. Of this appropriation,
$50,000 is for grants to the Minnesota Public Television Association and $30,000 is for
public radio grants.

    Sec. 6. FILM PRODUCTION INCENTIVE PROGRAM; APPROPRIATION.
$600,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2013 from the arts and cultural heritage fund
to the commissioner of administration for a grant to the Minnesota Film and TV Board
for a new competitive film production incentive program. The Minnesota Film and TV
Board in consultation with Independent Feature Project/Minnesota shall reimburse film
producers for eligible production costs incurred to produce a film or documentary in
Minnesota. Eligible production costs are expenditures incurred in Minnesota that are
directly attributable to the production of a film or documentary in Minnesota. Eligible
production costs include talent, management, labor, set construction and operation,
wardrobe, sound synchronization, lighting, editing, rental facilities and equipment, and
other direct costs of producing a film or documentary in accordance with generally
accepted entertainment industry practices. A producer must agree, to the greatest extent
possible, to procure all eligible production inputs in Minnesota. A producer must submit
proper documentation of eligible production costs incurred. The commissioner of
administration may use up to one percent of this appropriation for grant administration.

    Sec. 7. HISTORICAL RULEMAKING WEB SITE; APPROPRIATION.
$35,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2013 from the arts and cultural heritage fund to
the revisor of statutes to design and implement a Web site to provide the public searchable
access to historical documents relating to state agency rulemaking. It is anticipated that
the revisor of statutes will match this appropriation from carryforward funds and that the
revisor will use the carryforward funds to design and implement a Web site that will
provide the public searchable access to future state agency rulemaking documents.

    Sec. 8. LEGACY FUNDING REQUIREMENTS APPLY.
All appropriations in this article are onetime and are subject to the requirements
and availability provisions provided under Laws 2011, First Special Session chapter 6,
articles 4 and 5. Each direct recipient of money appropriated in this article, as well as each
recipient of a grant awarded pursuant to this article, must satisfy all reporting and other
requirements incumbent upon legacy funding recipients as provided in Laws 2011, First
Special Session chapter 6, articles 4 and 5.

ARTICLE 6
GENERAL

    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 3.303, subdivision 10, is
amended to read:
    Subd. 10. Constitutionally dedicated funding accountability. (a) The Legislative
Coordinating Commission shall develop and maintain a user-friendly, public-oriented
Web site that informs, educates, and demonstrates to the public how the constitutionally
dedicated funds in the arts and cultural heritage fund, outdoor heritage fund, clean water
fund, parks and trails fund, and environment and natural resources trust fund are being
expended to meet the requirements established for each fund in the state constitution.
Information provided on the Web site must include, but is not limited to:
(1) information on all project proposals received by the Outdoor Heritage Council
and the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources;
(2) information on all projects receiving funding, including:
(i) the name of the project and a project description;
(ii) the name, telephone number, members of the board or equivalent governing
body, and e-mail address of the funding recipient and, when applicable, the Web site
address where the public can directly access detailed information on the recipient's receipt
and use of money for the project;
(iii) the amount and source of funding, including the fiscal year of the appropriation;
(iv) the amount and source of any additional funding or leverage;
(v) the duration of the project;
(vi) the number of full-time equivalents funded under the project. For the purposes
of this item, "full-time equivalent" means a position directly attributed to the receipt of
money from one or more of the funds covered under this section, calculated as the total
number of hours planned for the position divided by 2,088;
(vii) the direct expenses and administration costs of the project;
(viii) proposed measurable outcomes and the plan for measuring and evaluating
the results;
(ix) for pass-through, noncompetitive grants, the entity acting as the fiscal agent or
administering agency and a point of contact for additional information; and
    (x) for competitive grants, the name and a brief description of the qualifications of
all board members or members of an equivalent governing body ultimately responsible
for awarding the grants, as well as any grant-making advisory group. In addition, an
entity that awards competitive grants, including but not limited to a state agency or any
statewide, regional, or local organization, must report whether an employee, decision
maker, advisory group member, or other person involved in the grant process disclosed
a conflict of interest or potential conflict of interest. If the entity reports that a conflict
of interest or potential conflict of interest was disclosed, the entity must provide the
Legislative Coordinating Commission with a contact person for additional information and
the Legislative Coordinating Commission must post this information on the Web site. An
entity that awards competitive grants must obtain and apply the conflict of interest policies
developed by the commissioner of administration under section 16B.98, subdivision 3,
unless the entity maintains and applies its own documented conflict of interest policies
which are substantially similar to the commissioner of administration's policies;
(3) actual measured outcomes and evaluation of projects as required under sections
85.53, subdivision 2; 114D.50, subdivision 4; and 129D.17, subdivision 2;
(4) education about the areas and issues the projects address, including, when
feasible, maps of where projects have been undertaken;
(5) all frameworks developed for future uses of each fund; and
(6) methods by which members of the public may apply for project funds under
any of the constitutionally dedicated funds.
Information that could be used to identify, contact, or locate an individual minor
shall be withheld from the information required for the Web site.
(b) As soon as practicable or by January 15 of the applicable fiscal year, whichever
comes first, a state agency or other recipient of a direct appropriation from a fund covered
under this section shall submit the information required under paragraph (a) and, when
applicable, compile and submit the same information for any grant recipient or other
subrecipient of funding. All information for proposed and funded projects, including
the proposed measurable outcomes, must be made available on the Web site as soon
as practicable. Information on the measured outcomes and evaluation must be posted
as soon as it becomes available. The costs of these activities shall be paid out of the
arts and cultural heritage fund, outdoor heritage fund, clean water fund, parks and
trails fund, and the environment and natural resources trust fund proportionately. For
purposes of this section, "measurable outcomes" means outcomes, indicators, or other
performance measures that may be quantified or otherwise measured in order to measure
the effectiveness of a project or program in meeting its intended goal or purpose.
(c) The Legislative Coordinating Commission shall be responsible for receiving all
ten-year plans and 25-year frameworks for each of the constitutionally dedicated funds. To
the extent practicable, staff for the commission shall provide assistance and oversight to
these planning efforts and shall coordinate public access to hearings and public meetings
for all planning efforts.
Presented to the governor April 27, 2012
Signed by the governor May 1, 2012, 6:09 p.m.

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