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62J.694 Medical education endowment fund.

Subdivision 1. Creation; use of cash reserves. (a) The medical education endowment fund is created in the state treasury. The State Board of Investment shall invest the fund under section 11A.24. All earnings of the fund must be credited to the fund. The principal of the fund must be maintained inviolate, except that the principal may be used to make expenditures from the fund for the purposes specified in this section when the market value of the fund falls below 105 percent of the cumulative total of the tobacco settlement payments received by the state and credited to the tobacco settlement fund under Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 16A.87, subdivision 2. For purposes of this section, "principal" means an amount equal to the cumulative total of the tobacco settlement payments received by the state and credited to the tobacco settlement fund under Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 16A.87, subdivision 2.

(b) If the commissioner of finance determines that probable receipts to the general fund will be sufficient to meet the need for expenditures from the general fund for a fiscal biennium, after using the cash reserves of the tobacco use prevention and local public health endowment fund, excluding an amount sufficient to meet the annual appropriations in section 144.395, subdivision 2, the commissioner may use cash reserves of the medical education endowment fund, excluding the amounts needed to meet the appropriations described in subdivisions 2 and 2a, to pay expenses of the general fund. If cash reserves are transferred to the general fund to meet cash flow needs, the amount transferred, plus interest at a rate comparable to the rate earned by the state on invested commissioner of finance cash, as determined monthly by the commissioner, must be returned to the endowment fund as soon as sufficient cash balances are available in the general fund, but in any event before the end of the fiscal biennium. An amount necessary to pay the interest is appropriated from the general fund. If cash reserves of the endowment fund are used to pay expenses for the general fund, notwithstanding subdivision 2, paragraph (d), the Academic Health Center shall be held harmless to the extent possible. When determining the fair market value of the fund, for the purposes described in subdivisions 2 and 2a, the value of the cash reserves transferred to the general fund must be included in the determination.

(c) The Academic Health Center account is created as a separate account in the medical education endowment fund. The account is invested under paragraph (a). All earnings of the account must be credited to the account. The principal of the account must be maintained inviolate, except that the principal may be used to make expenditures from the account for the purposes specified in subdivision 2a when the value of the account falls below an amount equal to deposits made to the account under Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 16A.87, subdivision 3, paragraph (b).

Subd. 2. Expenditures. (a) Up to five percent of the fair market value of the fund excluding the value of the Academic Health Center account, is annually appropriated for medical education activities in the state of Minnesota. The appropriations are to be transferred quarterly for the purposes identified in the following paragraphs.

(b) For fiscal year 2000, 70 percent of the appropriation in paragraph (a) is for transfer to the Board of Regents for the instructional costs of health professional programs at the Academic Health Center and affiliated teaching institutions, and 30 percent of the appropriation is for transfer to the commissioner of health to be distributed for medical education under section 62J.692.

(c) For fiscal year 2001, 49 percent of the appropriation in paragraph (a) is for transfer to the Board of Regents for the instructional costs of health professional programs at the Academic Health Center and affiliated teaching institutions, and 51 percent is for transfer to the commissioner of health to be distributed for medical education under section 62J.692.

(d) For fiscal year 2002, and each year thereafter, 42 percent of the appropriation in paragraph (a) is appropriated for the instructional costs of health professional programs at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, and 58 percent is for transfer to the commissioner of health to be distributed for medical education under section 62J.692.

(e) A maximum of $150,000 of each annual appropriation to the commissioner of health in paragraph (d) may be used by the commissioner for administrative expenses associated with implementing section 62J.692.

Subd. 2a. Expenditure; Academic Health Center account. (a) Beginning in January 2002, up to five percent of the fair market value of the Academic Health Center account is annually appropriated to the Board of Regents for the costs of the Academic Health Center. Appropriations are to be transferred quarterly and may only be used for instructional costs of health professional programs at the Academic Health Center and for interdisciplinary academic initiatives within the Academic Health Center, except as specified in paragraph (b).

(b) Of the amount appropriated under paragraph (a), $4,850,000 shall be transferred annually to the commissioner of health no later than April 15 of each year for distribution under section 62J.692, subdivision 4.

Subd. 3. Audits required. The legislative auditor shall audit endowment fund expenditures to ensure that the money is spent for the purposes set out in this section.

Subd. 4. Sunset. The medical education endowment fund expires June 30, 2015. Upon expiration, the commissioner of finance shall transfer the principal and any remaining interest to the general fund.

Subd. 5. Effective date. This section is only in effect if there are funds available in the medical education endowment fund.

HIST: 1999 c 245 art 11 s 2; 2000 c 392 s 3,4; 1Sp2001 c 1 art 2 s 3-5; 2002 c 220 art 15 s 3; 2002 c 374 art 8 s 1; 2003 c 112 art 2 s 50; 1Sp2003 c 14 art 7 s 20; 2004 c 228 art 1 s 17