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    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    Subd. 3.[Repealed, 1989 c 194 s 22]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.
History: 1987 c 309 s 6; 1988 c 689 art 2 s 47; 1Sp2003 c 14 art 8 s 15

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