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145A.06 Commissioner; powers and duties relative to boards of health.

Subdivision 1. Generally. In addition to other powers and duties provided by law, the commissioner has the powers listed in subdivisions 2 to 5.

Subd. 2. Supervision of local enforcement. (a) In the absence of provision for a board of health, the commissioner may appoint three or more persons to act as a board until one is established. The commissioner may fix their compensation, which the county or city must pay.

(b) The commissioner by written order may require any two or more boards of health to act together to prevent or control epidemic diseases.

(c) If a board fails to comply with section 145A.04, subdivision 6, the commissioner may employ medical and other help necessary to control communicable disease at the expense of the board of health involved.

(d) If the commissioner has reason to believe that the provisions of this chapter have been violated, the commissioner shall inform the attorney general and submit information to support the belief. The attorney general shall institute proceedings to enforce the provisions of this chapter or shall direct the county attorney to institute proceedings.

Subd. 3. Repealed, 1989 c 194 s 22

Subd. 4. Assistance to boards of health. The commissioner shall help and advise boards of health that ask for help in developing, administering, and carrying out public health services and programs.

Subd. 5. Deadly infectious diseases. The commissioner shall promote measures aimed at preventing businesses from facilitating sexual practices that transmit deadly infectious diseases by providing technical advice to boards of health to assist them in regulating these practices or closing establishments that constitute a public health nuisance.

HIST: 1987 c 309 s 6; 1988 c 689 art 2 s 47; 1Sp2003 c 14 art 8 s 15