Note: see session law sections for effective dates.
|137.01||[Repealed, 1998 c 384 s 13]|
|137.02||POWERS AND DUTIES OF BOARD OF REGENTS.|
|137.021||ACCEPTANCE OF FEDERAL MONEY.|
|137.022||PERMANENT UNIVERSITY FUND.|
|137.0225||UNIVERSITY PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP.|
|137.0226||SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING PROGRAM.|
|BOARD OF REGENTS; MEMBERSHIP AND SELECTION|
|137.023||UNIVERSITY STUDENT ON BOARD OF REGENTS.|
|137.024||CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS REPRESENTED ON BOARD OF REGENTS.|
|137.0245||REGENT CANDIDATE ADVISORY COUNCIL.|
|137.0246||REGENT NOMINATION AND ELECTION.|
|137.025||APPROPRIATIONS; PAYMENT; INVESTMENT.|
|137.0252||APPROPRIATION; CONTRACT BUYOUT.|
|137.027||APPROPRIATION; FRINGE BENEFITS.|
|137.028||BIENNIAL BUDGET REQUEST; UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA.|
|137.03||[Repealed, 1996 c 310 s 1; 1996 c 398 s 66]|
|137.04||LIBRARY TO GET COPIES OF STATE PUBLICATIONS.|
|137.05||[Repealed, 1996 c 310 s 1; 1996 c 398 s 66]|
|137.06||[Repealed, 1996 c 310 s 1; 1996 c 398 s 66]|
|137.07||[Repealed, 1996 c 310 s 1; 1996 c 398 s 66]|
|137.08||[Repealed, 1996 c 310 s 1; 1996 c 398 s 66]|
|137.09||BOARD OF REGENTS NOT TO EXCEED APPROPRIATIONS; PENALTY.|
|137.10||REFUND OF TUITION TO STUDENTS IN CERTAIN CASES.|
|137.105||UNDERGRADUATE TUITION GUARANTEE PLAN.|
|137.11||[Repealed, 1996 c 310 s 1; 1996 c 398 s 66]|
|137.12||PEACE OFFICERS; APPOINTMENT; POWER OF ARREST.|
|137.14||[Repealed, 1996 c 310 s 1; 1996 c 398 s 66]|
|137.15||[Repealed, 1996 c 310 s 1; 1996 c 398 s 66]|
|137.20||[Repealed, 1990 c 397 s 1]|
|137.21||[Repealed, 1990 c 397 s 1]|
|137.22||HIGHER EDUCATION ACT OF 1965; RECEIPTS.|
|137.31||PROCUREMENT FROM SMALL BUSINESSES.|
|137.32||MINNESOTA COUPLES ON THE BRINK PROJECT.|
|137.33||[Repealed, 1996 c 310 s 1; 1996 c 398 s 66]|
|137.341||FARM SAFETY SPECIALIST POSITION.|
|137.342||RESEARCH CENTER FOR AGRICULTURAL HEALTH AND SAFETY.|
|137.36||PROMPT PAYMENT TO SUBCONTRACTORS.|
|137.37||OFF-CAMPUS SITES AND CENTERS.|
|137.38||EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS.|
|137.39||MEDICAL SCHOOL INITIATIVES.|
|137.40||RESIDENCY AND OTHER INITIATIVES.|
|137.41||[Repealed, 1997 c 183 art 3 s 39]|
|137.42||GRANTS FOR AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER PROGRAMS.|
|137.43||SUBSTITUTE PHYSICIAN DEMONSTRATION PROJECT.|
|137.44||HEALTH PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION BUDGET PLAN.|
|137.45||PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.|
|FETAL TISSUE RESEARCH|
|137.47||FETAL TISSUE RESEARCH.|
|137.51||LAND PROTECTION AND TRANSFER.|
|137.52||CONTAMINATION REMEDIATION; REPORT.|
|137.54||CONDITIONS FOR PAYMENT TO UNIVERSITY.|
|137.55||PUBLIC USE OF STADIUM.|
|137.57||NO FULL FAITH AND CREDIT.|
|137.59||[Repealed, 2014 c 149 s 75]|
|137.63||BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH FACILITIES FUNDING PROGRAM.|
|137.64||CONDITIONS FOR PAYMENTS TO UNIVERSITY.|
|137.65||NO FULL FAITH AND CREDIT.|
|137.66||MINNESOTA DISCOVERY, RESEARCH, AND INNOVATION ECONOMY FUNDING PROGRAM.|
|137.67||MINNESOTA BIOMEDICINE AND BIOETHICS INNOVATION GRANTS.|
|137.68||ADVISORY COUNCIL ON RARE DISEASES.|
|137.70||UNIVERSITY NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT.|
The regents of the university shall have authority to indemnify the officers or the employees of the university against liability arising out of the operation of motor vehicles or other equipment by them while engaged in the performance of their duties as such public officials or employees and to pay out of the public funds the premiums on the indemnity insurance policies insuring such governmental agency against such liability. The regents may defend any such officer or employee, in the name and on behalf of the officer or employee, in any suit brought against the officer or employee to enforce a claim, whether groundless or otherwise, arising out of the operation of a motor vehicle or other equipment in the performance of official duties, and may compromise and settle such claim or suit and pay out of public funds the amount of such settlement or compromise, or the amount of any judgment against such officer or employee based on any such claim without first requiring such officer or employee to settle or pay any such claim. The regents may, in their discretion, pay the premiums of the indemnity insurance policies referred to in this subdivision, insuring such officers or employees against liability for or injury to persons or property, within the limits of this subdivision, and such payment of insurance premiums out of public funds shall in no way impose on the regents any liability.
The Board of Regents may use any money not specifically appropriated for other purposes for acquiring land by purchase or condemnation. In case it is desired to use the fund for the acquisition of land by eminent domain, the power of eminent domain shall be exercised in accordance with chapter 117.
Land must not be purchased and a building must not be purchased, constructed, or erected on land of the University of Minnesota until the regents have first consulted with the chair of the senate Finance Committee and the chair of the house of representatives Ways and Means Committee and obtained their advisory recommendations.
All nonacademic employees of the University of Minnesota shall be paid salaries comparable to salaries paid to state employees in the classified civil service.
The regents of the University of Minnesota are hereby designated the state agency empowered to accept any and all moneys provided for or made available to this state by the United States of America or any department or agency thereof for the construction and equipping of any building for university or college purposes in accordance with the provisions of federal law and any rules or regulations promulgated thereunder and are further authorized to do any and all things required of this state by such federal law and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder in order to obtain such federal money.
The investment management of the permanent university fund shall be under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, subject to any limitations imposed by the Constitution of the state of Minnesota, article XI, section 9. All securities and cash held in the state treasury credited to the permanent university fund that are unappropriated or unencumbered are transferred and appropriated to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota solely for the purpose of investment by them. The investments are restricted to those the State Board of Investment may invest in under section 11A.24.
All income from the permanent university fund is appropriated annually to the Board of Regents. Authority over this income is vested solely in the board but must be used by the board directly to enhance the mission of the university. This appropriation of income must not be used to reduce other appropriations made to the Board of Regents. The determination of this income shall be based on the procedures detailed in section 11A.16, subdivision 5, or 11A.12.
(a) For purposes of this section, the permanent university fund has three accounts. The sources of the money in the endowed mineral research and scholarship accounts are set out in paragraph (b) and subdivision 4. All money in the fund that is not otherwise allocated is in the endowed chair account. The income from the endowed chair account must be used, and capital gains allocated to that account may be used, to provide endowment support for professorial chairs in academic disciplines. The endowment support for the chairs from the income and the capital gains must not total more than six percent per year of the 36-month trailing average market value of the endowed chair account of the fund, as computed quarterly or otherwise as directed by the regents. The endowment support from the income and the capital gains must not provide more than half the sum of the endowment support for all university chairs and professorships endowed, with nonstate sources providing the remainder. The endowment support from the income and the capital gains may provide more than half the endowment support of an individual chair.
(b) If any portion of the annual appropriation of the income is not used for the purposes specified in paragraph (a) or subdivision 4, that portion lapses and must be added to the principal of the three accounts of the permanent university fund in proportion to the market value of each account.
(a) All income credited after July 1, 1992, to the permanent university fund from royalties for mining under state mineral leases from and after July 1, 1991, must be allocated as provided in this subdivision.
(b)(1) Beginning January 1, 2013, 50 percent of the income must be allocated according to this paragraph. One-half of the income under this paragraph, up to $50,000,000, must be credited to the mineral research account of the fund to be allocated for the Natural Resources Research Institute-Duluth and Coleraine facilities, for mineral and mineral-related research including mineral-related environmental research. The other one-half of the income under this paragraph, up to $25,000,000, is credited to an endowment for the costs of operating a mining, metallurgical, or related engineering degree program offered through the University of Minnesota at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College and for scholarships for students to attend the mining, metallurgical, or related engineering program. The maximum scholarship awarded to attend the mining, metallurgical, or related engineering degree program funded under this paragraph cannot exceed $6,500 per academic year and may be awarded a maximum of four academic years.
(2) The remainder of the income under paragraph (a) plus the amount of any income under clause (1) after $50,000,000 has been credited to the mineral research account for the Natural Resources Research Institute and the amount of any income over the $25,000,000 for the engineering program must be credited to the endowed scholarship account of the fund for distribution annually for scholastic achievement as provided by the Board of Regents to undergraduates enrolled at the University of Minnesota who are resident students as defined in section 136A.101, subdivision 8.
(c) The annual distribution from the endowed scholarship account must be allocated to the various campuses of the University of Minnesota in proportion to the number of undergraduate resident students enrolled on each campus.
(d) The Board of Regents must report to the education committees of the legislature biennially at the time of the submission of its budget request on the disbursement of money from the endowed scholarship account and to the environment and natural resources committees on the use of the mineral research account.
(e) Capital gains and losses and portfolio income of the permanent university fund must be credited to its three accounts in proportion to the market value of each account.
(f) The endowment support from the income and capital gains of the endowed mineral research and endowed scholarship accounts of the fund must not total more than six percent per year of the 36-month trailing average market value of the account from which the support is derived.
1963 c 567 s 2; 1965 c 41 s 1; 1971 c 197 s 3; 1976 c 2 s 172; 1980 c 516 s 2; 1980 c 607 art 14 s 45 subd 2; s 46; 1983 c 289 s 114 subd 1; 1984 c 655 art 1 s 92; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1Sp1985 c 11 s 65; 1990 c 591 art 6 s 8,9; 1Sp1993 c 2 art 4 s 1,2; 1997 c 183 art 3 s 26; 2003 c 133 art 2 s 19; 2006 c 282 art 8 s 7; 2012 c 270 s 10; 2014 c 275 art 1 s 22
The Board of Regents may establish a scholarship to help offset the impact of rising tuition for Minnesota students. To be eligible for a scholarship under this section, a student must be a Minnesota resident undergraduate from a family with an annual adjusted gross income not to exceed $100,000.
As a condition of a license for an arena or stadium location under section 340A.404, subdivision 4a, paragraph (a), clause (3), the University of Minnesota shall deposit at least 75 percent of the net revenue generated through the existence of this license for scholarships under section 137.0225 for Minnesota resident men and women attending the University of Minnesota.
In electing members of the Board of Regents pursuant to article 13, section 3, of the Constitution of the state of Minnesota, and Territorial Laws 1851, chapter 3, section 5, one member of the Board of Regents of the university shall be a person who at the time of election to the board is a student who is enrolled in a degree program at the university. This person shall represent the state at large. Upon expiration of the term or in the event of a vacancy in the office, one position shall be filled by a person having the same qualifications.
At least one member of the Board of Regents of the university shall be a resident of each congressional district.
A Regent Candidate Advisory Council is established to assist in determining criteria for, and identifying and recruiting qualified candidates for membership on the Board of Regents and making recommendations to the joint legislative committee described in section 137.0246, subdivision 2.
The Regent Candidate Advisory Council shall consist of 24 members. Twelve members shall be appointed by the Subcommittee on Committees of the Committee on Rules and Administration of the senate. Twelve members shall be appointed by the speaker of the house. Each appointing authority must appoint one member who is a student enrolled in a degree program at the University of Minnesota at the time of appointment. No more than one-third of the members appointed by each appointing authority may be current or former legislators. No more than two-thirds of the members appointed by each appointing authority may belong to the same political party; however, political activity or affiliation is not required for the appointment of any member. Geographical representation must be taken into consideration when making appointments. Section 15.0575 shall govern the advisory council, except that:
(1) the members shall be appointed to six-year terms with one-third appointed each even-numbered year; and
(2) student members are appointed to two-year terms with two students appointed each even-numbered year.
A member may not serve more than two full terms.
(a) The advisory council shall:
(1) develop, in consultation with current and former regents and the administration of the University of Minnesota, a statement of the selection criteria to be applied and a description of the responsibilities and duties of a regent, and shall distribute this to potential candidates; and
(2) for each position on the board, identify and recruit qualified candidates for the Board of Regents, based on the background and experience of the candidates, their potential for discharging the responsibilities of a member of the Board of Regents, and the needs of the board. The selection criteria must not include a limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve on the Board of Regents.
(b) The selection criteria developed under paragraph (a), clause (1), must include a criterion that regents represent diversity in geography; gender; race; occupation, including business and labor; and experience.
(c) The selection criterion must include an identification of the membership needs of the board for individual skills relevant to the governance of the University of Minnesota and the needs for certain individual characteristics. Individual characteristics relate to qualities such as gender, race, and geographic location of residence.
(a) The advisory council shall recommend at least two and not more than four candidates. By January 15 of each odd-numbered year, the advisory council shall submit its recommendations to the joint legislative committee described in section 137.0246, subdivision 2.
(b) The advisory council must submit a report to the joint committee on the needs criterion identified under subdivision 3, paragraph (c), at the same time it submits its recommendations.
The Legislative Coordinating Commission shall provide administrative and support services for the advisory council.
(a) The joint legislative committee consists of the members of the higher education budget and policy divisions in each house of the legislature. The chairs of the divisions from each body shall be cochairs of the joint legislative committee. A majority of the members from each house is a quorum of the joint committee.
(b) By February 28 of each odd-numbered year, or at a date agreed to by concurrent resolution, the joint legislative committee shall meet to consider the advisory council's recommendations for regent of the University of Minnesota for possible presentation to a joint convention of the legislature.
(c) The joint committee may recommend to the joint convention candidates recommended by the advisory council and the other candidates nominated by the joint committee. A candidate other than those recommended by the advisory council may be nominated for consideration by the joint committee only if the nomination receives the support of at least three house of representatives members of the committee and two senate members of the committee. A candidate must receive a majority vote of members from the house of representatives and from the senate on the joint committee to be recommended to the joint convention. The joint committee may recommend no more than one candidate for each vacancy. In recommending nominees, the joint committee must consider the needs of the board of regents and the balance of the board membership with respect to gender, racial, and ethnic composition.
The commissioner of management and budget shall pay 1/12 of the annual appropriation to the University of Minnesota by the 25th day of each month. If the 25th day of the month falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the monthly payment must be made by the first business day immediately following the 25th day of the month.
The commissioner of management and budget shall pay no money to the University of Minnesota pursuant to a direct appropriation for buildings until all balances separately invested, including cash, and those in the temporary investment pool attributable to all state building funds shall be reduced below $5,000,000, or any other amount specified in the act making the appropriation. Payment shall then be made upon certification of the amounts needed for construction payments, but so as not to increase the building balances in cash, separately invested, or in the temporary investment pool, to a total above the indicated level.
(a) The commissioner of management and budget shall pay no money to the University of Minnesota pursuant to a direct appropriation from the Minnesota environment and natural resources trust fund until the University of Minnesota requests reimbursement for expenditures related to the direct appropriation. The reimbursement request shall specify expenditures by appropriation. The commissioner of management and budget shall reimburse the University of Minnesota by the 25th day of the month following the reimbursement request. If the 25th day of the month falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, the payment must be made by the first business day immediately following the 25th day of the month.
(b) For each year the appropriation is available, the University of Minnesota must submit an encumbrance request to the commissioner of management and budget by July 31 for the prior fiscal year. The encumbrance request shall identify the amount the university anticipates it will request for reimbursement for expenses in the prior fiscal year by appropriation. The commissioner of management and budget shall maintain this amount as an encumbrance at the state level until the university submits its final reimbursement request for that fiscal year.
(c) Final requests for reimbursement must be made within 90 days from the last day the appropriation is available to reimburse expenditures.
The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota shall make available to the commissioner of management and budget all books, accounts, documents, and property that the commissioner desires to inspect.
No appropriation from the state of Minnesota to the governing board of the University of Minnesota shall be used directly or indirectly for costs related to the early termination of a contract of a coach who reports to the director of athletics.
(a) Direct appropriations to the University of Minnesota include money to pay the employer's share of Social Security, state retirement, and health insurance. Money provided for these purposes shall be expended only for these purposes and any amounts in excess of the employer's share shall be returned to the state treasury.
(b) Unless otherwise explicitly provided for in law, direct appropriations to the University of Minnesota do not include, and may not be used to pay, any mandatory or discretionary bonus or other performance-based incentive payment provided for in an employment contract with the president or vice-presidents, chancellors, provosts, vice-provosts, deans, or directors of individual programs.
Beginning in 2013, as part of the biennial budget request submitted to the Department of Management and Budget and the legislature, the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota is encouraged to include a request for funding for rural primary care training by family practice residence programs to prepare doctors for the practice of primary care medicine in rural areas of the state. The funding request should provide for ongoing support of rural primary care training through the University of Minnesota's general operation and maintenance funding or through dedicated health science funding.
The general library of the University of Minnesota is a depository of all books, pamphlets, maps, and other works published by or under the authority of the state of Minnesota.
It shall be unlawful for the Board of Regents to permit any expenditures for any purpose in excess of the amount appropriated or contemplated by law and any member or agent of the board violating this provision is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
Any student who, being a resident of the state, has enrolled to pursue any course in the University of Minnesota and paid tuition for the course, and who, prior to the termination of the school year for which the tuition was paid, enlisted or has been inducted into the military services of the United States, either voluntarily or pursuant to the present selective service law, is entitled to the refund of all tuition paid for which credit cannot properly be given.
The administrative officers of the University of Minnesota shall refund to the students any tuition so paid. Any student making application for refund of any paid tuition shall furnish to the administrative officers of the University of Minnesota a certificate from the proper officers reciting the fact of the enlistment or the induction of the student into the military service of the United States.
The Board of Regents is encouraged to offer students a guaranteed tuition plan that can provide students a tuition option designed to meet the goals in this section. A Minnesota resident student who first enrolls in a degree program at the University of Minnesota beginning in the spring of 2012 or later may be offered guaranteed stable tuition for up to four consecutive academic years. Under the guaranteed plan, for an undergraduate student enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program, the tuition charged to the student for each semester of enrollment during a four-year period, beginning with the first semester of enrollment, must not exceed the amount of tuition that the student was charged for the first semester of enrollment. For a student who continues to be enrolled after four consecutive academic years, the tuition rate for each semester in excess of four years is equal to the tuition rate paid by new enrollees at the University of Minnesota. Time limits for the stable tuition plan under this section do not apply to a student in the military while the student is on active military duty.
The regents of the University of Minnesota are hereby authorized to appoint, employ and fix the compensation to be paid out of funds of the regents of the University of Minnesota, persons as peace officers who shall have and may exercise throughout the state of Minnesota the same powers of arrest possessed by a sheriff, police officer, or peace officer, but said powers of arrest shall only be exercised in connection with investigations authorized to be made by the regents of the University of Minnesota, which investigations shall relate to university personnel or property.
The University of Minnesota, Morris branch, situated in whole or in part on the lands described in Laws 1909, chapter 184, shall admit Indian pupils qualified for admission at all times free of charge for tuition and on terms of equality with white pupils.
Subdivision 1 is a substitute for the provisions of Laws 1909, chapter 184, section 2, which reads: The said lands and buildings described in section 1 hereof shall be held and maintained by the state of Minnesota as an agricultural school, and Indian pupils shall at all times be admitted to said school free of charge for tuition and on terms of equality with white pupils.
The Board of Regents may establish a branch campus of the University of Minnesota in Rochester, to serve the educational needs of and to foster the economic goals of the region and the state. The University of Minnesota should expand higher education offerings in Rochester that it is uniquely qualified to provide. To the extent possible, the Board of Regents should provide its offerings in partnership with higher education institutions that already serve Rochester and the southeastern region of Minnesota, and should avoid unnecessary duplicative offerings of courses and programs, particularly in nursing and allied health programs.
The legislature intends that the mission of the expanded education offerings in Rochester be congruent with the university's unique core mission of teaching, research, and outreach in order to support the educational needs and economic development of this region and the state. The legislature recognizes that the distinctiveness of each of the higher education institutions in Rochester must be maintained to achieve success in serving the higher education needs of the community and the economic goals of the state.
In order to enable the state to match the cost of any program under Title I of the Higher Education Act of 1965, any receipts accruing to any state department or agency by reason of service performed for the University of Minnesota in connection with the program shall be deposited in the state treasury. The receipts are appropriated to the department or agency making the deposit, to be used as part of the state's 25 percent share of the cost of the programs. The balance of the state's share of the cost of the programs is payable by the participating departments or agencies from any moneys appropriated for salaries, supplies and expenses.
Prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the regents of the University of Minnesota shall designate and set aside for awarding to small businesses approximately 20 percent of the value of procurement contracts which are to be awarded during that fiscal year and which are to be paid in total or in part from funds appropriated to the university by the legislature. The regents shall designate specific procurement contracts to be set aside, or may authorize the university administration to divide the amount set aside into procurement contracts of economically feasible size, in order to facilitate offers or bids from small businesses. In making the annual designation, the regents shall attempt to vary the procurement contracts included in the set-aside program so that a variety of goods and services produced by different small businesses can be included in the university set-aside program over a period of years. For the purposes of this section, (a) "procurement contract" means any agreement, written or oral, by which the university obtains needed goods or services, including the construction of capital improvements; and (b) "small business" has the meaning given that term by state law. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent small businesses from seeking awards of procurement contracts not included in the set-aside program.
The regents shall establish procurement rules to govern the university set aside program. The rules shall include guidelines and procedures for negotiating price or securing bids, reasonable limitations on the amount by which a contract price under the set-aside program may exceed the estimated cost of obtaining comparable goods or services on the open market, uniform procedures for providing security for performance under procurement contracts, criteria for evaluating the financial and technical capabilities of participating small businesses, and any other matter deemed necessary or desirable for the proper operation of the university small business set-aside program.
If a procurement contract designated for the set-aside program cannot be awarded to a small business under the conditions prescribed in subdivisions 1 and 2, the award shall be placed in accordance with the regular procurement policies of the university. In this event, the university shall designate as a replacement a procurement contract of comparable value to be included in the university set-aside program during that fiscal year if practicable.
The regents and the administration of the University of Minnesota shall publicize the provisions of the university small business set-aside program, attempt to locate small businesses able to perform set aside procurement contracts, and encourage participation by small businesses in the University of Minnesota small business set-aside program.
Within the limits of available appropriations, the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota is requested to develop and implement a Minnesota couples on the brink project, as provided for in this section. The regents may administer the project with federal grants, state appropriations, and in-kind services received for this purpose.
The purpose of the project is to develop, evaluate, and disseminate best practices for promoting successful reconciliation between married persons who are considering or have commenced a marriage dissolution proceeding and who choose to pursue reconciliation.
The regents shall:
(1) enter into contracts or manage a grant process for implementation of the project; and
(2) develop and implement an evaluation component for the project.
The Minnesota Extension Service is instructed to develop and implement an ongoing program for rural health and safety.
The rural health and safety program in the Minnesota extension service has the following ongoing responsibilities:
(1) to develop programs and materials related to farm accident prevention;
(2) to develop and implement educational programs that will enable rural residents to understand and comply with safety standards and good health practices;
(3) to maintain cooperation and effective working relationships with health and safety agencies and organizations in Minnesota, other states, and the United States government; and
(4) to seek and efficiently utilize grant money made available for programs relating to rural and farm safety.
Money for support of the rural health and safety program in the Minnesota Extension Service may be accepted from the following sources:
(1) legislative appropriations from the general fund;
(2) funds from other sources within the University of Minnesota and the Extension Service to the extent not precluded by other law; and
(3) gifts or grants from individuals, organizations, governmental units, foundations, corporations, or other sources except that no restrictions may be placed by the giver with respect to the functions, duties, and responsibilities of the program.
The Minnesota legislature finds that because the Extension Service has unique opportunities for delivering health and safety messages to farm families, the Extension Service is urged to retain and, to the extent practicable, keep filled at all times, the staff position of farm safety specialist.
There is created within the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and under its direction an interagency, interdisciplinary research center for agricultural health and safety. The center shall coordinate funding for, and the findings of, research projects designed to reduce injury and death from farm accidents, reduce long-term exposure to potentially hazardous agricultural agents, and make health care services more available to persons who suffer from health problems related to agriculture.
(a) The regents may award up to a six percent preference in the amount bid for specified goods and services to small targeted group businesses designated under section 16C.16, subdivision 5.
(b) The regents may designate a purchase of goods or services for award only to small targeted group businesses designated under section 16C.16, subdivision 5, if the regents determine that at least three small targeted group businesses are likely to bid.
(c) The regents, as a condition of awarding a construction contract or approving a contract for consultant, professional, or technical services, may set goals that require the prime contractor to subcontract a portion of the contract to small targeted group businesses. The regents must establish a procedure for granting waivers from the subcontracting requirement when qualified small targeted group businesses are not reasonably available. The regents may establish financial incentives for prime contractors who exceed the goals for use of subcontractors and financial penalties for prime contractors who fail to meet goals under this paragraph. The subcontracting requirements of this paragraph do not apply to prime contractors who are small targeted group businesses. At least 75 percent of the value of the subcontracts awarded to small targeted group businesses under this paragraph must be performed by the business to which the subcontract is awarded or by another small targeted group business.
(d) The regents may award up to a four percent preference in the amount bid on university procurement to small businesses located in an economically disadvantaged area as defined in section 16C.16, subdivision 7.
(e) The regents may delegate responsibility under this section to university employees.
The rules adopted by the commissioner of administration to define small businesses and to set time and other eligibility requirements for participation in programs under sections 16C.16 to 16C.19 apply to this section.
The regents are encouraged to purchase from small targeted group businesses designated under section 16C.16 when making purchases that are not subject to competitive bidding procedures.
Each university contract must require the prime contractor to pay any subcontractor within ten days of the prime contractor's receipt of payment from the university for undisputed services provided by the subcontractor. The contract must require the prime contractor to pay interest of 1-1/2 percent per month or any part of a month to the subcontractor on any undisputed amount not paid on time to the subcontractor. The minimum monthly interest penalty payment for an unpaid balance of $100 or more is $10. For an unpaid balance of less than $100, the prime contractor shall pay the actual penalty due to the subcontractor. A subcontractor who prevails in a civil action to collect interest penalties from a prime contractor must be awarded its costs and disbursements, including attorney fees, incurred in bringing the action.
The Board of Regents and the university campuses are requested to not establish any off-campus centers or other permanent sites located off university campuses to provide academic programs, courses, or student services without authorizing legislation. This section does not apply to sites set up specifically for the delivery of courses and programs through telecommunications.
If the Board of Regents accepts the amount transferred under section 62J.692, subdivision 7, paragraph (b), to be used for the purposes described in sections 137.38 to 137.40, it shall comply with the duties for which the transfer is made.
For purposes of sections 137.38 to 137.40, "primary care" means a type of medical care delivery that assumes ongoing responsibility for the patient in both health maintenance and illness treatment. It is personal care involving a unique interaction and communication between the patient and the physician. It is comprehensive in scope, and includes all the overall coordination of the care of the patient's health care problems including biological, behavioral, and social problems. The appropriate use of consultants and community resources is an important aspect of effective primary care. Primary care physicians include family practitioners, general pediatricians, and general internists.
The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, through the University of Minnesota Medical School, is requested to implement the initiatives required by sections 137.38 to 137.40 in order to increase the number of graduates of residency programs of the medical school who practice primary care by 20 percent over an eight-year period. The initiatives must be designed to encourage newly graduated primary care physicians to establish practices in areas of rural and urban Minnesota that are medically underserved.
The Board of Regents is requested to seek grants from private foundations and other nonstate sources, including community provider organizations, for the medical school initiatives outlined in sections 137.38 to 137.40.
The University of Minnesota Medical School is requested to study the demographic characteristics of students that are associated with a primary care career choice. The medical school is requested to modify the selection process for medical students based on the results of this study, in order to increase the number of medical school graduates choosing careers in primary care.
The medical school is requested to ensure that its curriculum provides students with early exposure to primary care physicians and primary care practice, and to address other primary care curriculum issues such as public health, preventive medicine, and health care delivery. The medical school is requested to also support premedical school educational initiatives that provide students with greater exposure to primary care physicians and practices.
The medical school is requested to develop a program to provide students with clinical experiences in primary care settings in internal medicine and pediatrics. The program must provide training experiences in medical clinics in rural Minnesota communities, as well as in community clinics and health maintenance organizations in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
The University of Minnesota Medical School is requested to increase the opportunities for general medicine, pediatrics, and family practice residents to serve rotations in primary care settings. These settings must include community clinics, health maintenance organizations, and practices in rural communities.
The medical school is requested to establish a rural residency training program in family practice. The program shall provide an initial year of training in a metropolitan-based hospital and family practice clinic. The second and third years of the residency program shall be based in rural communities, utilizing local clinics and community hospitals, with specialty rotations in nearby regional medical centers.
The medical school is requested to develop continuing medical education programs for primary care physicians that are comprehensive, community-based, accessible to primary care physicians in all areas of the state, and which enhance primary care skills.
The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, through the Academic Health Center and the University of Minnesota-Duluth School of Medicine, is requested to apply for a federal Area Health Education Center Program grant. If awarded a grant, the University of Minnesota-Duluth School of Medicine, in cooperation with public or private, nonprofit area health education centers, is requested to plan, develop, and operate area health education center programs. The University of Minnesota-Duluth School of Medicine is requested to develop cooperative arrangements with two area health education centers in year two of the grant, and develop cooperative arrangements with an additional two centers in year three of the grant.
Each program must:
(1) provide preceptorship educational experiences for health science students;
(2) maintain community-based primary care residency programs or be affiliated with such programs;
(3) maintain continuing education programs for health professionals or coordinate its activities with such programs;
(4) maintain learning resources and dissemination systems;
(5) have agreements with community-based organizations for educating and training health professionals;
(6) train health professionals, including nurses and allied health professionals; and
(7) carry out recruitment and health career awareness programs among minority and other students in medically underserved areas of the state.
The Board of Regents, through the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, is requested to establish and administer a substitute physician (locum tenens and emergency room coverage) demonstration project at up to four rural demonstration sites within the state. The Academic Health Center is requested to coordinate the administration of the project with the commissioner of health and the Office of Rural Health and Primary Health Care.
The project must:
(1) encourage physicians to serve as substitute physicians for the demonstration sites;
(2) provide a central register of physicians interested in serving as substitute physicians at the demonstration sites;
(3) provide a referral service for requests from demonstration sites for substitute physicians; and
(4) provide substitute physician services at rates that reflect the administrative savings resulting from centralized referral and credentialing.
The Academic Health Center is requested to credential persons desiring to serve as substitute physicians. The Academic Health Center may employ substitute physicians serving in the demonstration project as temporary clinical faculty and may provide substitute physicians with additional opportunities for professional education and interaction.
The Academic Health Center is requested to designate up to four rural communities as demonstration sites for the project. The Academic Health Center is requested to choose sites based on a community's need for substitute physician services and the willingness of the community to work cooperatively with the Academic Health Center and participate in the demonstration project evaluation.
The Board of Regents is requested to adopt a biennial budget plan for making expenditures from the funds dedicated for the instructional costs of health professional programs at publicly funded academic health centers and affiliated teaching institutions. The budget plan may be submitted as part of the University of Minnesota's biennial budget request.
The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota is requested to offer an academic program consistent with the requirements of this section for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the University of Minnesota-Morris.
The program must establish an enrollment goal of at least 15 incoming students per academic year. The board is requested to establish an application process for the program. A student who successfully completes the program must be awarded a certificate, diploma, or other appropriate academic credential.
(a) The program must provide an inclusive, full-time, two-year residential college experience for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The curriculum must include:
(1) core courses that develop life skills, financial literacy, and the ability to live independently;
(2) rigorous academic work in a student's chosen field of study; and
(3) an internship, apprenticeship, or other skills-based experience to prepare for meaningful employment upon completion of the program.
(b) In addition to academic requirements, the program must allow participating students the opportunity to engage fully in campus life. Program activities must include, but are not limited to:
(1) the establishment of on-campus mentoring and peer support communities; and
(2) opportunities for personal growth through leadership development and other community engagement activities.
(c) The program may tailor its curriculum and activities to highlight academic programs, student and community life experiences, and employment opportunities unique to the campus or the region where the campus is located.
By January 15 of each year, the board must submit a report on the program to the chairs and ranking minority members of the committees in the house of representatives and the senate with jurisdiction over higher education finance and policy. The report must include, but need not be limited to, information regarding:
(1) the number of students participating in the program;
(2) program goals and outcomes; and
(3) the success rate of participants.
(a) For purposes of this section, the terms in this subdivision have the meanings given them.
(b) "Aborted fetal tissue" means fetal tissue that is available as a result of an elective abortion.
(c) "Fetal tissue" means any body part, organ, or cell of an unborn human child. Fetal tissue does not include tissue or cells obtained from a placenta, umbilical cord, or amniotic fluid.
(d) "Institutional Review Board" or "IRB" means the University of Minnesota's Institutional Review Board, the primary unit responsible for oversight of human subjects research protections.
(e) "Fetal Tissue Research Committee" or "FTR" means an oversight committee at the University of Minnesota with the responsibility to oversee, review, and approve or deny research using fetal tissue.
(f) "Non-aborted fetal tissue" means fetal tissue that is available as a result of a miscarriage or stillbirth, or fetal tissue from a living unborn child.
(g) "Research" means systematic investigation, including development, testing, and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Research does not include a procedure or test administered to a particular patient by a physician for medical purposes.
(a) A researcher at the University of Minnesota must obtain approval from the FTR before conducting research using fetal tissue. The FTR must consider whether alternatives to fetal tissue would be sufficient for the research. If the proposed research involves aborted fetal tissue, the researcher must provide a written narrative justifying the use of aborted fetal tissue and discussing whether alternatives to aborted fetal tissue, including non-aborted fetal tissue, can be used.
(b) The FTR must submit its decision to the IRB. The IRB is requested to review the conclusions of the FTR to ensure that all alternatives have been considered.
(a) No later than January 15 of each year, the Board of Regents must submit a report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over higher education policy and finance and health and human services policy and finance. The report must describe:
(1) all fetal tissue research proposals submitted to the FTR or IRB, including any written narrative required under subdivision 2;
(2) whether the research proposal involved aborted fetal tissue;
(3) action by the FTR or IRB on all fetal tissue research proposals, including whether the proposal was approved by the FTR or IRB;
(4) a list of all new or ongoing fetal tissue research projects at the university, including:
(i) the date that the project was approved by the FTR or IRB;
(ii) the source of funding for the project;
(iii) the goal or purpose of the project;
(iv) whether the fetal tissue used is aborted fetal tissue or non-aborted fetal tissue;
(v) the source of the fetal tissue used;
(vi) references to any publicly available information about the project, such as National Institutes of Health grant award information; and
(vii) references to any publications resulting from the project.
(b) The report must not include a researcher's name, other identifying information, contact information, or the location of a laboratory or office.
The University of Minnesota is requested to conduct education programs for all students and employees engaged in research on fetal tissue. Programs are requested to include mandatory comprehensive training on applicable federal and state laws, university policies and procedures, and other professional standards related to the respectful, humane, and ethical treatment of fetal tissue in research.
"Commissioner" means the commissioner of management and budget.
"Stadium" means an athletic stadium suitable for intercollegiate National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I football games and related infrastructure improvements constructed on the University of Minnesota's east bank campus in the city of Minneapolis.
"Board" means the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota.
"Commission" means the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission.
"University land" means approximately 2,840 acres owned by the University of Minnesota as of May 25, 2006, lying within the area legally described as approximately the Southerly 3/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 1 (comprising 120 acres), approximately the Southeast 1/4 of Section 2 (comprising 160 acres), the East 1/2 of Section 10, Section 11, the West 1/2 of Section 12, Section 13, and Section 14, all in Township 114 North, Range 19 West, Dakota County, Minnesota.
"Permitted university uses" means university educational, research, outreach, scientific, and agricultural uses including, undiminished, all of the uses present as of May 25, 2006, of the university land, all of the uses of university real property that adjoins the university land present as of May 25, 2006, any uses related to the foregoing uses, and the making of improvements incidental to those uses, provided that an improvement must be agreed to in writing by the university and the commissioner of natural resources.
"Other permitted uses" means agricultural, outdoor recreation uses including those named in section 86A.03, subdivision 3, open space management uses, outdoor recreation-based uses consistent with those of the parks and open space system created pursuant to chapter 473, wildlife management areas, aquatic management areas, scientific and natural areas, and the making of improvements incidental to those uses, provided the improvements have been agreed to in writing by the university and the commissioner of natural resources.
"Prohibited uses" means use of the university land for residential, commercial, or industrial uses, except to the extent those uses are otherwise permitted by Laws 2006, chapter 247, or are permitted as of May 25, 2006, under university leases, easements, or use agreements, or are utility uses within defined corridors.
The obligation of the state of Minnesota to make the payments required under section 137.54 is expressly conditioned upon the university's covenant in perpetuity, subject to subdivision 3, limiting the use of the university land by the university, its successors, and assigns to the permitted university uses and the other permitted uses and forbidding the use of the university land by the university, its successors, and assigns for any of the prohibited uses. A declaration imposing those restrictions and granting to the Department of Natural Resources the right to enforce the same which has been executed by the university and filed in the Office of the Dakota County Recorder shall satisfy this condition. In furtherance of the purposes of this subdivision, the university and Department of Natural Resources shall promptly endeavor to enter into a joint powers agreement pursuant to section 471.59, or a conservation easement held by a qualified conservation organization or by a conservation easement holder as described in applicable Minnesota law embodying those restrictions, which agreement or easement shall provide for cooperative oversight of the use of the university land. Nothing in this section or in any declaration, agreement, or easement made or entered into pursuant to this section shall impair the rights of third parties under leases, easements, or use agreements in force as of May 25, 2006. Any lease or other transfer of the university land made after May 25, 2006, shall, unless otherwise agreed to by the commissioner of natural resources, be for a term that expires not later than the date the university land is conveyed as provided under subdivision 2. Any agreement between the board and the commissioner of natural resources must provide that the income received by the university from leases of the university land to third parties shall be dedicated to the operation and maintenance of the university land. Except as limited by Laws 2006, chapter 247, or by any declaration, agreement, or conservation easement made, entered into, or granted as provided in this section, the rights of the university with respect to the university land while it continues to own the land are not impaired.
Not later than the date on which the state of Minnesota makes the last of the payments required under section 137.54, the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota shall offer to convey the university land to the Department of Natural Resources in its "as is" condition by quitclaim deed, without warranties, for the sum of $1. The Department of Natural Resources may request conveyance of any or all of the university land offered to be conveyed and the regents shall convey the portion requested. The commissioner of natural resources may, at its option, request that the university convey all or part of the university land to another governmental unit of the state. Except as provided in this subdivision, the instrument of conveyance by the university may not limit the rights of the state with respect to the land. Any conveyance shall be subject to the perpetual right of the university to use the university land for the permitted university uses. A conveyance shall also be subject to the rights of third parties under leases, easements, and use agreements in force on May 25, 2006. The instruments of transfer shall otherwise limit the use of the university land to the other permitted uses and subject those uses to restrictions as may be provided in any agreement between the university and state or any conservation easement granted pursuant to subdivision 1, and proscribe its use for the prohibited purposes. The University of Minnesota shall have the right to enforce those limitations and restrictions. The university shall promptly endeavor and use due diligence to require the federal government to fulfill its obligations under applicable laws, including the Defense Environmental Restoration Program, United States Code, title 10, section 2701, et seq., or the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, as amended, United States Code, title 42, section 9601, et seq., with respect to environmental contamination that occurred prior to the time the university took title to the university land. The university shall seal any abandoned wells on the land pursuant to state law.
Unless otherwise agreed by the board and the commissioner of management and budget, in the event the state of Minnesota fails to make the total payments required by section 137.54 by July 1, 2033, the restrictions in this section on the university's use of the university land; any declaration, agreement, or conservation easement containing those restrictions; and the university's obligation to offer the university land to the state of Minnesota shall be null and void.
The board shall, until the issue is resolved, report annually to the legislature on or before February 1, on its efforts and the efforts of the Department of Defense to remedy contamination of the university land caused by activities occurring prior to the University of Minnesota acquiring the land.
The legislature recognizes that the board has all powers necessary or convenient for designing, constructing, equipping, improving, controlling, operating, and maintaining the stadium and may enter into contracts that are, in its judgment, in the best interests of the public for those purposes. Notwithstanding contrary law, the board may adopt the fair and competitive design and construction procurement procedures in connection with the stadium that it considers to be in the public interest. The board must ensure, to the greatest extent practicable, that materials derived from American-made steel are used in the construction of the stadium. Sections 16B.33 and 16B.335 do not apply to the stadium.
(a) Before the commissioner may make the first payment to the board authorized in this section, the commissioner must certify that the board has received at least $110,750,000 in pledges, gifts, sponsorships, and other nonstate general fund revenue support for the construction of the stadium. On July 1 of each year after certification by the commissioner, but no earlier than July 1, 2007, and for so long thereafter as any bonds issued by the board for the construction of the stadium are outstanding, the state must transfer to the board up to $10,250,000 to reimburse the board for its stadium costs, provided that bonds issued to pay the state's share of such costs shall not exceed $137,250,000. Up to $10,250,000 is appropriated annually from the general fund for the purpose of this section. The appropriation of up to $10,250,000 per year may be made for no more than 25 years. 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 for the construction of the stadium, and the actual amount of the state's annual payment to the university shall equal the amount required to service the bonds representing the state's share of such costs. Except to the extent of the annual appropriation described in this section, the state is not required to pay any part of the cost of designing or constructing the stadium.
(b) The board may refund the bonds issued pursuant to paragraph (a) if refunding is determined by the board to be in the best interest of the university. Notwithstanding paragraph (a), the principal amount of bonds issued in a refunding shall not exceed the lesser of $104,385,000 or the amount necessary to defease the bonds outstanding immediately prior to refunding. The amount of the state's annual payment to the university for the refunded bonds shall be equal to the maximum annual appropriation of $10,250,000, notwithstanding the amount certified under paragraph (a).
(c) The board shall allocate sufficient funds, including any interest expense, from the savings realized through refunding of the bonds pursuant to paragraph (b), to provide $10,000,000 for predesign and design of improved health education and clinical research facilities to meet the needs of the Medical School and Academic Health Center on the Twin Cities campus. The facilities shall be designed to support education and research that promote new innovative models of care which are patient-centered and team-based, and facilitate collaboration across the health professions. The education and research facilities will be collocated and designed to maximize collaboration and high-quality delivery of health care. The board may in its discretion, after the $10,000,000 allocation required by this paragraph, allocate to other university purposes payments from the state that exceed the amount necessary to service the refunded bonds, except for savings in 2029, 2030, and 2031, which shall cancel to the general fund.
(d) The board must certify to the commissioner that the per-semester student fee contribution to the stadium will be at a fixed level coterminous with bonds issued by the board to meet the student share of the design construction of the stadium and that the student fee will not be increased to meet construction cost overruns.
(e) Before the first payment is made under paragraph (a), the board must certify to the commissioner that a provision for affordable access for university students to the university sporting events held at the football stadium has been made.
The board is requested, in furtherance of its outreach mission and subject to its policies regarding the use of university facilities, to provide ample opportunities for use of the stadium for events sponsored by public bodies including public schools.
The commissioner must not make an annual payment required by this act until the board has completed an environmental review of the stadium project and the commissioner determines that the board is performing the duties of the responsible governmental unit as prescribed in the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act, chapter 116D, and the rules adopted under that chapter. The legislature ratifies the Environmental Quality Board's designation of the board as a responsible governmental unit.
Any bonds or other obligations issued by the board under Laws 2006, chapter 247, are not public debt of the state, and the full faith and credit and taxing powers of the state are not pledged for their payment, or of any payments that the state agrees to make under Laws 2006, chapter 247.
The board is requested to cooperate with the reconstituted stadium area advisory group described in the University of Minnesota On-Campus Football Stadium-Final EIS, dated February 13, 2006, to mitigate the impact of the construction and operation of the stadium. The board shall also establish a mitigation fund for the support of community initiatives that relate to the impacts of the operation of the stadium. On July 1, 2007, the university shall deposit $1,500,000 into a fund to be managed by the board. Income from the fund shall be made available exclusively to pay for mitigation activities. The use of the funds must be coordinated through the reconstituted stadium area advisory group.
The board may not acquire the fire station number 19 building for the construction of the stadium and related infrastructure, either directly or indirectly, through the exercise of the power of eminent domain.
Sections 137.61 to 137.65 provide for a biomedical science research funding program to further the investment in biomedical science research facilities in Minnesota to benefit the state's economy, advance the biomedical technology industry, benefit human health, and facilitate research collaboration between the University of Minnesota and other private and public institutions in this state.
"Biomedical science research facility" means a facility located on the campus of the University of Minnesota to be used as a research facility and laboratory for biomedical science and biomedical technology. A hospital licensed under sections 144.50 to 144.56 is not a biomedical science research facility.
"Commissioner" means the commissioner of management and budget.
"Project costs" means the sum of all obligations incurred, paid, or to be paid that are reasonably required for the design, construction, and completion of the project, including, but not limited to:
(1) site acquisition;
(2) soil and environmental testing, surveys, estimates, plans and specifications, supervision of construction, and other engineering and architectural services;
(3) payments under construction contracts and payments for performance bonds; and
(4) purchase and installation of furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
"Project" means the acquisition, construction, improvement, expansion, repair, or rehabilitation of all or part of a structure, facility, infrastructure, or equipment necessary for a biomedical science research facility approved by the Board of Regents.
A biomedical science research facilities funding program is established to provide appropriations to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for up to 75 percent of the project costs for each of four projects approved by the Board of Regents under section 137.64.
The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, either acting on its own or in collaboration with another private or public entity, must pay at least 25 percent of the project costs for each of four projects. The board must not use tuition revenue to pay for the university's share of the costs for the projects approved under section 137.64.
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.
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.
Annual appropriations are made from the general fund to the commissioner of management and budget 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.
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.
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.
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.
Any bonds or other obligations issued by the board under sections 137.61 to 137.65, are not public debt of the state, and the full faith and credit and taxing powers of the state are not pledged for their payment, or of any payments that the state agrees to make under sections 137.61 to 137.65.
(a) The Minnesota Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy (MnDRIVE) funding program is established to discover new knowledge through scientific research that will:
(1) advance the state's economy;
(2) leverage opportunities and establish priorities in sectors of state strength and comparative advantage;
(3) improve the health and well-being of Minnesota's citizens;
(4) advance the capacity and competitiveness of existing and emerging food- and manufacturing-related science and technology industries; and
(5) build a better Minnesota by driving progress and advancing the common good.
(b) The MnDRIVE funding program shall establish priorities by investing in scientific research that promotes:
(1) programs that can position Minnesota as a leader in engineering, science, technology, and food-related solutions;
(2) initiatives that support the growth of targeted industry clusters and the competitiveness of existing Minnesota engineering, science, technology, and food companies in developing new products and services;
(3) initiatives that can result in creating new Minnesota-based companies;
(4) initiatives that can improve the quality of life of Minnesota's citizens, decrease the incidence of disease, and transform how we prevent, treat, and cure diseases; and
(5) initiatives that can secure a safer environment, seek sustainable energy solutions, and prevent, diagnose, and treat environmental problems associated with Minnesota industry.
The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, acting alone or in partnership with other public or private entities, is requested to submit investment proposals consistent with the goals and objectives of the MnDRIVE funding program as part of the Board of Regents biennial budget request to the legislature. The Board of Regents must give consideration to investments in existing scientific research programs that meet these guidelines but may require additional resources in order to preserve or accelerate Minnesota into a national or global leadership position. The governor shall submit a recommendation to the legislature regarding funding requests submitted by the Board of Regents.
By March 1 of each odd-numbered year, the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota must provide to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with primary jurisdiction over higher education policy and finance a summary report of investments and accomplishments related to funds received from the state under subdivision 2 from the prior biennium.
(a) The steering committee of the University of Minnesota and Mayo Foundation partnership shall award grants to entities that apply for a grant under this subdivision to fund innovations and research in biomedicine and bioethics. Grant funds must be used to fund biomedical and bioethical research, and related clinical translation and commercialization activities in this state. Entities must apply for a grant in a form and manner specified by the steering committee. The steering committee shall use the following criteria to award grants under this subdivision:
(1) the likelihood that the research will lead to a new discovery;
(2) the prospects for commercialization of the research;
(3) the likelihood that the research will strengthen Minnesota's economy through the creation of new businesses, increased public or private funding for research in Minnesota, or attracting additional clinicians and researchers to Minnesota; and
(4) whether the proposed research includes a bioethics research plan to ensure the research is conducted using ethical research practices.
(b) Projects that include the acquisition or use of human fetal tissue are not eligible for grants under this subdivision. For purposes of this paragraph, "human fetal tissue" has the meaning given in United States Code, title 42, section 289g-1(f).
In awarding grants under subdivision 1, the steering committee may consult with interested parties who are able to provide technical information, advice, and recommendations on grant projects and awards. Interested parties with whom the steering committee may consult include but are not limited to representatives of private industries with expertise in biomedical research, bioethical research, clinical translation, commercialization, and medical venture financing.
The University of Minnesota is requested to establish an advisory council on rare diseases to provide advice on research, diagnosis, treatment, and education related to rare diseases. For purposes of this section, "rare disease" has the meaning given in United States Code, title 21, section 360bb. The council shall be called the Chloe Barnes Advisory Council on Rare Diseases.
(a) The advisory council may consist of public members appointed by the Board of Regents or a designee according to paragraph (b) and four members of the legislature appointed according to paragraph (c).
(b) The Board of Regents or a designee is requested to appoint the following public members:
(1) three physicians licensed and practicing in the state with experience researching, diagnosing, or treating rare diseases, including one specializing in pediatrics;
(2) one registered nurse or advanced practice registered nurse licensed and practicing in the state with experience treating rare diseases;
(3) at least two hospital administrators, or their designees, from hospitals in the state that provide care to persons diagnosed with a rare disease. One administrator or designee appointed under this clause must represent a hospital in which the scope of service focuses on rare diseases of pediatric patients;
(4) three persons age 18 or older who either have a rare disease or are a caregiver of a person with a rare disease;
(5) a representative of a rare disease patient organization that operates in the state;
(6) a social worker with experience providing services to persons diagnosed with a rare disease;
(7) a pharmacist with experience with drugs used to treat rare diseases;
(8) a dentist licensed and practicing in the state with experience treating rare diseases;
(9) a representative of the biotechnology industry;
(10) a representative of health plan companies;
(11) a medical researcher with experience conducting research on rare diseases; and
(12) a genetic counselor with experience providing services to persons diagnosed with a rare disease or caregivers of those persons.
(c) The advisory council shall include two members of the senate, one appointed by the majority leader and one appointed by the minority leader; and two members of the house of representatives, one appointed by the speaker of the house and one appointed by the minority leader.
(d) The commissioner of health or a designee, a representative of Mayo Medical School, and a representative of the University of Minnesota Medical School shall serve as ex officio, nonvoting members of the advisory council.
(e) Initial appointments to the advisory council shall be made no later than September 1, 2019. Members appointed according to paragraph (b) shall serve for a term of three years, except that the initial members appointed according to paragraph (b) shall have an initial term of two, three, or four years determined by lot by the chairperson. Members appointed according to paragraph (b) shall serve until their successors have been appointed.
The Board of Regents or a designee is requested to convene the first meeting of the advisory council no later than October 1, 2019. The advisory council shall meet at the call of the chairperson or at the request of a majority of advisory council members.
(a) The advisory council's duties may include, but are not limited to:
(1) in conjunction with the state's medical schools, the state's schools of public health, and hospitals in the state that provide care to persons diagnosed with a rare disease, developing resources or recommendations relating to quality of and access to treatment and services in the state for persons with a rare disease, including but not limited to:
(i) a list of existing, publicly accessible resources on research, diagnosis, treatment, and education relating to rare diseases;
(ii) identifying best practices for rare disease care implemented in other states, at the national level, and at the international level that will improve rare disease care in the state and seeking opportunities to partner with similar organizations in other states and countries;
(iii) identifying problems faced by patients with a rare disease when changing health plans, including recommendations on how to remove obstacles faced by these patients to finding a new health plan and how to improve the ease and speed of finding a new health plan that meets the needs of patients with a rare disease; and
(iv) identifying best practices to ensure health care providers are adequately informed of the most effective strategies for recognizing and treating rare diseases; and
(2) advising, consulting, and cooperating with the Department of Health, the Advisory Committee on Heritable and Congenital Disorders, and other agencies of state government in developing information and programs for the public and the health care community relating to diagnosis, treatment, and awareness of rare diseases.
(b) The advisory council shall collect additional topic areas for study and evaluation from the general public. In order for the advisory council to study and evaluate a topic, the topic must be approved for study and evaluation by the advisory council.
Advisory council members are subject to the Board of Regents policy on conflicts of interest.
By January 1 of each year, beginning January 1, 2020, the advisory council shall report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over higher education and health care policy on the advisory council's activities under subdivision 4 and other issues on which the advisory council may choose to report.
In order to support and create an environment surrounding the campuses of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and Duluth, that is conducive to the purposes of higher education and a vital community, the Board of Regents and the cities of Minneapolis and Duluth shall create with the Marcy Holmes, Southeast Como, Prospect Park, and Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and business associations, an appropriate organization so that they cooperate in the development of those neighborhoods. The organization shall include representatives from the Marcy Holmes, Southeast Como, Prospect Park, and Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and business associations. The purpose of the organization is to improve the university's Minneapolis and Duluth campus area neighborhoods including, but not limited to, the following:
(1) providing and supporting the development of good quality university neighborhood housing, including housing for students, faculty, employees, alumni, and others who may wish to live in the university area neighborhoods;
(2) encouraging and assisting university faculty, staff, students, and others to live in the neighborhood as long-term residents;
(3) supporting and assisting appropriate business development in commercial areas of the neighborhood; and
(4) cooperating and coordinating planning and development in all matters affecting the neighborhood with local government, businesses, residents, and other stakeholders in the neighborhood.
The organization created by the Board of Regents and the city of Minneapolis shall include representatives from the organizations currently represented on the University District Alliance Steering Committee. The Board of Regents and the city of Duluth may establish the membership of an organization for the purposes of subdivision 1.
The Board of Regents and the cities of Minneapolis and Duluth shall report by January 15, 2010, to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with primary jurisdiction over higher education policy and finance and economic development and housing finance on the status and activities of the organization that is created.