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Subdivision 1.Certifications.

Before the commissioner may make any payments authorized in this section to the Board of Regents for a biomedical science research facility project, the commissioner must certify that the board has, by board resolution, approved the maximum project cost for the project and complied with the requirements of section 137.63, subdivision 2. For each project approved by the board, the board must certify to the commissioner the amount of the annual payments of principal and interest required to service each series of bonds issued by the University of Minnesota for the project, and the actual amount of the state's annual payment to the University of Minnesota under subdivision 2. The annual payment must not exceed the amount required to pay debt service on the bonds issued to finance 75 percent of the project costs.

Subd. 2.Payments.

On July 15 of each year after the certification under subdivision 1, but no earlier than July 15, 2009, and for so long thereafter as any bonds issued by the board for the construction of a project are outstanding, the state must transfer to the board annual payments as certified under subdivision 1, up to the maximum amounts in the appropriation schedule under subdivision 3. Payments under this section are to reimburse the Board of Regents for the state's share of the project costs for the biomedical science research facility projects, provided that the principal amount of bonds issued by the University of Minnesota to pay the state's share of the costs must not exceed $219,000,000.

Subd. 3.Appropriations.

Annual appropriations are made from the general fund to the commissioner of finance for transfer to the Board of Regents, as follows:

(1) up to $850,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2010;

(2) up to $3,650,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2011;

(3) up to $7,825,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2012;

(4) up to $12,100,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2013;

(5) up to $14,825,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2014; and

(6) up to $15,550,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2015 and each year thereafter, up to 25 years following the certification of the last project by the commissioner.

Subd. 4.Report to legislature.

The Board of Regents must report to the committees of the legislature with responsibility for capital investment by January 15 of each even-numbered year on the biomedical science research facility projects authorized under this section. The report must at a minimum include for each project, the total cost, the number of researchers, research grants, and the amount of debt issued by the board.

Subd. 5.Reinvestment.

The Board of Regents must, to the extent permitted under federal law and University of Minnesota policies, place a priority on reducing the state's share of project costs by dedicating a share of the proceeds from any commercialization or licensing revenues attributable to research conducted in the biomedical science facilities to reducing the appropriations needed under subdivision 3.

Subd. 6.Services to individuals and firms.

Consistent with its mission and governing policies and the requirements for tax exempt bonds, the university shall make available laboratory and other services on a fee-for-service basis to individuals and firms in the bioscience industry in Minnesota. The university will not assert patent rights when providing services that do not involve its innovative intellectual contributions.


2008 c 179 s 47

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