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    Subdivision 1. Water recreation account. (a) A portion of the money in the water recreation
account shall be utilized by the commissioner of natural resources to implement this chapter and
a portion shall be paid to counties and in an amount the commissioner shall determine and be
used to defray the expenses of enforcement of the provisions of this chapter and the expenses of a
county sponsored or administered watercraft and swimming safety instructional program.
(b) The commissioner may withhold up to $25,000 per biennium of the allocation for the
purpose of payments to counties and other political subdivisions for specific boat and water safety
projects beyond the capability of previously allocated funds.
(c) Counties and other political subdivisions shall make application for payment of the funds
on forms and for purposes as prescribed by the commissioner.
    Subd. 2. Fines and bail money. (a) All fines, installment payments, and forfeited bail money
collected from persons convicted of violations of this chapter or rules adopted thereunder, or of a
violation of section 169A.20 involving a motorboat, shall be paid to the county treasurer of the
county where the violation occurred by the court administrator or other person collecting the
money within 15 days after the last day of the month the money was collected.
(b) One-half of the receipts shall be credited to the general revenue fund of the county. The
other one-half of the receipts shall be transmitted by the county treasurer to the commissioner
of natural resources to be deposited in the state treasury and credited to the water recreation
account for the purpose of boat and water safety.
History: 1990 c 391 art 9 s 36; 1Sp1997 c 2 s 6; 2000 c 478 art 2 s 7; 2001 c 185 s 19