1.1    .................... moves to amend H.F. No. 3902, the first engrossment, as follows:
1.2Page 30, after line 27, insert:

1.5    Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) The definitions in this subdivision apply to this
1.7    (b) "Active service" has the meaning given in section 190.05, subdivision 5.
1.8    (c) "Business" means a business wholly owned by a qualified service member, or
1.9jointly by the member and the member's spouse, irrespective of whether the business
1.10is a sole proprietorship, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, limited
1.11partnership, or other type of business entity.
1.12    (d) "Qualified service member" means a Minnesota resident who is serving
1.13honorably as a member of the Minnesota National Guard or any other military reserve
1.14unit of the United States armed forces who has been ordered into active service for a
1.15period of 60 days or longer.
1.16    Subd. 2. Protection provided. (a) Notwithstanding any other law or rule to the
1.17contrary, the business of a qualified service member may be exempted from civil court
1.18proceedings for part or all of the period of the member's active military service and for up
1.19to 60 days thereafter, as provided in this section.
1.20    (b) If the business of a qualified service member is a defendant in a civil action, the
1.21court may, on its own motion, grant a stay in the proceedings for a minimum of 60 days.
1.22The court, on its own motion, may renew the stay as the court considers appropriate. If the
1.23qualified service member petitions the court in any manner for a stay, the court must grant
1.24a stay for a minimum of 60 days, provided that:
1.25    (1) the service member submits to the court a letter or other communication setting
1.26forth facts stating the manner in which current military duty requirements materially affect
1.27the service member's ability to appear or otherwise participate in the proceedings, and
2.1stating a date when the service member will be available to appear or otherwise participate
2.2in the proceedings; and
2.3    (2) the service member submits a letter or other communication from the service
2.4member's commanding officer stating that the service member's current military duty
2.5prevents appearance and that military leave is not authorized for the service member
2.6at the time of the letter.
2.7    (c) A service member's communication with the court requesting a stay does not
2.8constitute an appearance for jurisdictional purposes and does not constitute a waiver of
2.9any substantive or procedural defense, including a defense relating to lack of personal
2.11    (d) A qualified service member who is granted a stay in the action or proceedings
2.12against the member's business may in any manner request from the court an additional
2.13stay, which the court may grant if the service member can show to the satisfaction of
2.14the court that the member's military requirements affect the member's ability to appear.
2.15However, the court is not obligated to grant the additional stay. If the court refuses to
2.16grant an additional stay, the court must provide the service member with information
2.17enabling the service member to acquire qualified legal counsel, at the service member's
2.18discretion, for defending the action.
2.19    (e) If a default judgment is entered in a civil action against the business of a qualified
2.20service member during the service member's period of active military service, or within 60
2.21days following termination of or release from the active military service, the court entering
2.22the judgment must, upon application by or on behalf of the service member, reopen the
2.23judgment for the purpose of allowing the member to defend the action if it appears that:
2.24    (1) the service member was materially affected by reason of that military service in
2.25making a defense to the action; and
2.26    (2) the service member has a meritorious or legal defense to the action or some
2.27part of it.
2.28EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2008, and applies to civil
2.29court actions pending or initiated on or after that date."
2.30Renumber the sections in sequence and correct the internal references
2.31Amend the title accordingly