1.1.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 1223 as follows:
1.2Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:

1.3    "Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 174.632, is amended to read:
1.5(a) The planning, design, development, construction, operation, and maintenance of
1.6passenger rail track, facilities, and services are governmental functions, serve a public
1.7purpose, and are a matter of public necessity.
1.8(b) The commissioner is responsible for all aspects of planning, designing,
1.9developing, constructing, equipping, operating, and maintaining passenger rail, including
1.10system planning, alternatives analysis, environmental studies, preliminary engineering,
1.11final design, construction, negotiating with railroads, and developing financial and
1.12operating plans.
1.13(c) The commissioner may enter into a memorandum of understanding or agreement
1.14with a public or private entity, including a regional railroad authority, a joint powers board,
1.15and a railroad, to carry out these activities.
1.16(d) A contract entered into under this section does not affect rights of employees
1.17under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (Railroads), United States Code, title 45,
1.18chapter 2, or the federal Railway Labor Act, United States Code, title 45, chapter 8."