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198.003 POWERS AND DUTIES.
    Subdivision 1. Policy; rules. The board shall determine policy and, subject to chapter 14,
adopt, amend, and repeal rules for the governance of the homes. With respect to residents'
administrative appeal time periods that are not established by statute, the board may create by rule
reasonable time periods within which a resident must appeal an administrative determination to
the next administrative level. If the determination is not appealed within the time set by rule, the
determination becomes final.
The board shall take other action as provided by law.
    Subd. 2.[Repealed, 2004 c 219 s 7]
    Subd. 3. Use of campus. The board may allow veterans organizations or public or private
social service, educational, or rehabilitation agencies or organizations and their clients to use
surplus space on a home's campus, staff, and other resources of the board and may require the
participating agencies or organizations to pay for that use.
    Subd. 4. Veterans homes resources account. Money received by the board under
subdivision 3 must be deposited in the state treasury and credited to a veterans homes resources
account in the special revenue fund. Money in the account is appropriated to the board to operate,
maintain, and make repairs at the campus used under subdivision 3, including payment of
associated legal fees and expenses.
    Subd. 5. Appropriation transfers to be reported. When the board transfers operational
money between programs under section 16A.285, in addition to the requirements of that section
the board must provide the chairs of the legislative committees that have jurisdiction over the
board's budget with sufficient detail to identify the account to which the money was originally
appropriated, and the account to which the money is being transferred.
    Subd. 6. Meetings by telephone or other electronic means. (a) Notwithstanding sections
13D.01 and 13D.02 of the Open Meeting Law, the Minnesota Veterans Homes Board of Directors
may conduct a meeting of its members by telephone or other electronic means so long as the
following conditions are met:
(1) all members of the board participating in the meeting, wherever their physical location,
can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;
(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the board can hear all
discussion and testimony and all votes of the members of the board;
(3) at least one member of the board, the executive director, or an attorney for the agency is
physically present at the regular meeting location; and
(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be identified
and recorded.
(b) Each member of the board participating in a meeting by electronic means is considered
present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum and participating in all proceedings.
(c) If telephone or another electronic means is used to conduct a meeting, to the extent
practical, the board shall allow a person to monitor the meeting electronically from a remote
location. The board may require the person making a connection to pay for the documented
additional cost that the board incurs as a result of the additional connection.
(d) If telephone or another electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or
emergency meeting, the agency shall provide notice of the regular meeting location, of the fact that
some members may participate by electronic means, and of the provisions of paragraph (c). The
timing and method of providing notice is governed by section 13D.04 of the Open Meeting Law.
History: 1988 c 699 s 7; 1989 c 84 s 1; 1991 c 24 s 1; 1991 c 186 s 1; 1995 c 207 art 7 s
20,21; 1996 c 292 s 2; 1996 c 305 art 2 s 36; 1999 c 245 art 1 s 15; 2006 c 198 s 1