.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 3260 as follows:
Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:
1.6The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are added to the
1.7appropriations in Laws 2013, chapter 117, article 1, unless otherwise specified, to the
1.8agencies and for the purposes specified in this article. Unless otherwise specified, the
1.9appropriations are not added to the base appropriation for each purpose. The appropriations
1.10are from the general fund, or another named fund, and are available for the fiscal years
1.11indicated for each purpose. The figures "2014" and "2015" used in this article mean that the
1.12appropriations listed under them are available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, or
1.13June 30, 2015, respectively. For purposes of this article, "the first year" is fiscal year 2014,
1.14"the second year" is fiscal year 2015, and "the biennium" is fiscal years 2014 and 2015.
|Section 1. APPROPRIATIONS.
||Available for the Year
||Ending June 30
|Sec. 2. DEPARTMENT OF
1.22The amounts that may be spent for each
1.23purpose are specified in the following
|Subdivision 1.Total Appropriations Summary
|Subd. 2.Multimodal Systems
2.2This appropriation is for allocation to public
2.3transit systems under Minnesota Statutes,
2.4section 174.24, in amounts that reflect the
2.5respective foregone fare revenues from
2.6transit service under Minnesota Statutes,
2.7section 174.24, subdivision 8.
|(a) Election Day Transit Service
2.9This appropriation is for non-infrastructure
2.10activities in the safe routes to school program
2.11under Minnesota Statutes, section 174.40,
|(b) Safe Routes to School
2.15This appropriation is for development and
2.16implementation of safety improvements at
2.17highway grade crossings along rail corridors
2.18in which oil or other hazardous materials are
2.19transported. The commissioner shall identify
2.20highway-rail grade crossing locations and
2.21improvements in consultation with railroads
2.22and relevant road authorities.
|(c) Highway-Rail Grade Crossings; Oil and
Other Hazardous Material
2.24This appropriation is for grants under the
2.25port development assistance program in
2.26Minnesota Statutes, chapter 457A.
|(d) Port Development Assistance Program
2.29This appropriation is from the trunk highway
2.30fund for materials and supplies related to
2.31road repair resulting from effects of the
2.322013-2014 winter season.
|(a) Winter-Related Trunk Highway Repair
3.3This appropriation is for the transportation
3.4economic development program under
3.5Minnesota Statutes, section 174.12.
|(b) Transportation Economic Development
3.7This appropriation is for the corridors
3.8of commerce program under Minnesota
3.9Statutes, section 161.088, and may include
3.10right-of-way acquisition for projects included
3.11in the program. The commissioner may
3.12identify projects based on the most recent
3.13selection process or may perform a new
|(c) Corridors of Commerce Program
3.18This appropriation is for materials and
3.19supplies related to road repair resulting from
3.20effects of the 2013-2014 winter season.
3.21By September 1, 2014, the commissioner
3.22shall apportion funds to counties in the
3.23same manner as county state-aid highway
3.24funds provided for calendar year 2014 under
3.25Minnesota Statutes, section 162.07.
|(a) Winter-Related County State-Aid Road
3.28This appropriation is for materials and
3.29supplies related to road repair resulting from
3.30effects of the 2013-2014 winter season.
3.31By September 1, 2014, the commissioner
3.32shall apportion funds to cities in the same
3.33manner as municipal state-aid street funds
4.1provided for calendar year 2014 under
4.2Minnesota Statutes, section 162.13.
|(b) Winter-Related Municipal State-Aid Road
4.4This appropriation is from the trunk highway
4.5fund to complete the Willmar headquarters
4.6and is added to the appropriation in Laws
4.72012, chapter 287, article 1, section 1,
|Subd. 5.Willmar District Headquarters
4.10This appropriation is from the trunk highway
4.11fund to complete the Little Falls truck station
4.12and is added to the appropriation in Laws
4.132010, chapter 189, section 15, subdivision 15.
|Subd. 6.Little Falls Truck Station
|Sec. 3. METROPOLITAN COUNCIL
4.16The amounts that may be spent for each
4.17purpose are specified in the following
|Subdivision 1.Total Appropriations Summary
4.21This appropriation is for:
4.22(1) arterial bus rapid transit development,
4.23which may include but is not limited to
4.24design, engineering, construction, capital
4.25costs, technology, equipment, and rolling
4.27(2) bus rapid transit station development;
4.28(3) transit shelter improvements under
4.29Minnesota Statutes, section 473.41; and
4.30(4) foregone fare revenues from transit
4.31service under Minnesota Statutes, section
4.32473.408, subdivision 11. The Metropolitan
5.1Council shall allocate amounts under this
5.2appropriation to transit providers receiving
5.3financial assistance under Minnesota
5.4Statutes, section 473.388, based on
5.5respective foregone fare revenues.
|Subd. 2.Transit Development and
5.7This appropriation is for allocation to
5.8replacement service providers operating
5.9under Minnesota Statutes, section 473.388,
5.10as provided in this subdivision.
5.11Upon receipt of a prioritized listing of
5.12expenditure items and amounts submitted
5.13by the Suburban Transit Association, or by
5.14all replacement service providers jointly,
5.15the Metropolitan Council shall distribute all
5.16funds appropriated under this subdivision to
5.17each identified replacement service provider,
5.18following the priority order in the listing. An
5.19expenditure item in the listing must be for
5.20nonoperating transit-related expenses.
|Subd. 3.Suburban Transit Providers
5.22This appropriation is for an increase in
5.23the number of State Patrol troopers or
5.24other security officers assigned to the
5.25Capitol complex, and is added to the base
5.26appropriation for the capitol security budget
|Sec. 4. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Sec. 5. TRANSFER; RAILROAD AND PIPELINE SAFETY.
5.29On or before July 31, 2014, the commissioner of management and budget and shall
5.30transfer $2,500,000 from the general fund to the railroad and pipeline safety account in the
5.31special revenue fund under Minnesota Statutes, section 299A.55. This is a onetime transfer.
Sec. 6. Laws 2010, chapter 189, section 15, subdivision 12, is amended to read:
|Subd. 12.Rochester Maintenance Facility
This appropriation is from the bond proceeds
account in the trunk highway fund.
To prepare a site for and design, construct,
furnish, and equip a new maintenance facility
6.8EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 7. Laws 2010, chapter 189, section 26, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
Subd. 4. Trunk highway fund bond proceeds account.
To provide the money
appropriated in this act from the bond proceeds account in the trunk highway fund, the
commissioner of management and budget shall sell and issue bonds of the state in an
amount up to
in the manner, upon the terms, and with the effect
prescribed by Minnesota Statutes, sections
, and by the Minnesota
Constitution, article XIV, section 11, at the times and in the amounts requested by the
commissioner of transportation. The proceeds of the bonds, except accrued interest and
any premium received from the sale of the bonds, must be credited to the bond proceeds
account in the trunk highway fund.
6.19EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 8. Laws 2012, chapter 287, article 2, section 1, is amended to read:
Section 1. ROCHESTER MAINTENANCE FACILITY.
is appropriated to the commissioner of transportation
to design, construct, furnish, and equip the maintenance facility in Rochester and
corresponding remodeling of the existing district headquarters building. This appropriation
is from the bond proceeds account in the trunk highway fund.
6.26EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 9. Laws 2012, chapter 287, article 2, section 3, is amended to read:
Sec. 3. TRUNK HIGHWAY FUND BOND PROCEEDS ACCOUNT.
To provide the money appropriated in this article from the bond proceeds account in
the trunk highway fund, the commissioner of management and budget shall sell and issue
bonds of the state in an amount up to
in the manner, upon the
terms, and with the effect prescribed by Minnesota Statutes, sections
and by the Minnesota Constitution, article XIV, section 11, at the times and in the amounts
requested by the commissioner of transportation. The proceeds of the bonds, except
accrued interest and any premium received from the sale of the bonds, must be credited
to the bond proceeds account in the trunk highway fund.
7.6EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 10. Laws 2012, First Special Session chapter 1, article 1, section 28, is amended
Sec. 28. TRANSFERS, REDUCTIONS, CANCELLATIONS, AND BOND
7.10SALE AUTHORIZATIONS REDUCED.
(a) The remaining balance of the appropriation in Laws 2010, Second Special
Session chapter 1, article 1, section 7, for the economic development and housing
challenge program, estimated to be $450,000, is transferred to the general fund.
(b) The appropriation in Laws 2010, Second Special Session chapter 1, article 1,
section 5, for Minnesota investment fund grants pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section
, is reduced by $1,358,000.
(c) The appropriation in Laws 2010, Second Special Session chapter 1, article 1,
section 12, subdivision 2, for disaster enrollment impact aid pursuant to Minnesota
, is reduced by $30,000.
(d) The appropriation in Laws 2010, Second Special Session chapter 1, article
1, section 12, subdivision 3, for disaster relief facilities grants pursuant to Minnesota
, is reduced by $392,000.
(e) The appropriation in Laws 2010, Second Special Session chapter 1, article 1,
section 12, subdivision 4, for disaster relief operating grants pursuant to Minnesota
, is reduced by $2,000.
(f) The appropriation in Laws 2010, Second Special Session chapter 1, article 1,
section 12, subdivision 5, for pupil transportation aid pursuant to Minnesota Statutes,
, is reduced by $5,000.
(g) The appropriation in Laws 2010, Second Special Session chapter 1, article 2,
section 5, subdivision 3, for pupil transportation aid pursuant to Minnesota Statutes,
, is reduced by $271,000.
(h) The appropriation in Laws 2010, Second Special Session chapter 1, article 1,
section 13, for public health activities pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section
is reduced by $103,000.
of the appropriation in Laws 2007, First Special Session
chapter 2, article 1, section 4, subdivision 3, for reconstruction and repair of trunk
highways and trunk highway bridges is canceled. The bond sale authorization in Laws
2007, First Special Session chapter 2, article 1, section 15, subdivision 2, is reduced
(j) $5,680,000 of the appropriation in Laws 2007, First Special Session chapter 2,
article 1, section 4, subdivision 4, as amended by Laws 2008, chapter 289, section 2, for
grants to local governments for capital costs related to rehabilitation and replacement of
local roads and bridges damaged or destroyed by flooding pursuant to Minnesota Statutes,
, is canceled. The bond sale authorization in Laws 2007, First Special
Session chapter 2, article 1, section 15, subdivision 3, is reduced by $5,680,000.
(k) $2,133,000 of the appropriation in Laws 2010, Second Special Session chapter 1,
article 1, section 4, subdivision 3, for local road and bridge rehabilitation and replacement
pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section
12A.16, subdivision 3
, is canceled. The bond
sale authorization in Laws 2010, Second Special Session chapter 1, article 1, section 17,
subdivision 2, is reduced by $2,133,000.
(l) The appropriation in Laws 2010, Second Special Session chapter 1, article 1,
section 4, subdivision 2, for state road infrastructure operations and maintenance pursuant
to Minnesota Statutes, section
12A.16, subdivision 1
, is reduced by $819,000.
8.20EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 11. Laws 2013, chapter 117, article 1, section 3, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
|Subd. 2.Multimodal Systems
|(1) Airport Development and Assistance
This appropriation is from the state
airports fund and must be spent according
to Minnesota Statutes, section
The base appropriation for fiscal years 2016
and 2017 is $14,298,000 for each year.
Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section
8.3316A.28, subdivision 6
, this appropriation is
available for five years after appropriation.
If the appropriation for either year is
insufficient, the appropriation for the other
year is available for it.
9.5For the current biennium, the commissioner
9.6of transportation may establish different
9.7local contribution rates for airport projects
9.8than those established in Minnesota Statutes,
9.9section 360.305, subdivision 4.
|(2) Aviation Support and Services
|Appropriations by Fund
$65,000 in each year is from the state airports
fund for the Civil Air Patrol.
|Appropriations by Fund
$100,000 in each year is from the general
fund for the administrative expenses of the
Minnesota Council on Transportation Access
under Minnesota Statutes, section
$78,000 in each year is from the general
fund for grants to greater Minnesota transit
providers as reimbursement for the costs of
providing fixed route public transit rides free
of charge under Minnesota Statutes, section
9.29174.24, subdivision 7
, for veterans certified
|(c) Passenger Rail
This appropriation is from the general
fund for passenger rail system planning,
alternatives analysis, environmental analysis,
design, and preliminary engineering under
Minnesota Statutes, sections
|Appropriations by Fund
$500,000 in the first year is from the general
fund to pay for the department's share of costs
associated with the cleanup of contaminated
state rail bank property. This appropriation is
available until expended.
|(e) Safe Routes to School
This appropriation is from the general fund
for non-infrastructure activities in the safe
routes to school program under Minnesota
174.40, subdivision 7a
10.18EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 12. Laws 2013, chapter 117, article 1, section 3, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
|Subd. 3.State Roads
10.23$5,000,000 in each year is for accelerated
10.24replacement of snow plowing equipment.
10.25The base appropriation for operations and
10.26maintenance for fiscal years 2016 and 2017
10.27is $267,395,000 in each year.
|(a) Operations and Maintenance
|(b) Program Planning and Delivery
11.4The base appropriation for program planning
11.5and delivery for fiscal years 2016 and 2017
11.6is $206,720,000 in each year.
|Appropriations by Fund
$250,000 in each year is for the department's
administrative costs for creation and
operation of the Joint Program Office for
Economic Development and Alternative
Finance, including costs of hiring a
consultant and preparing required reports.
$130,000 in each year is available for
administrative costs of the targeted group
$266,000 in each year is available for grants
to metropolitan planning organizations
outside the seven-county metropolitan area.
$75,000 in each year is available for a
transportation research contingent account
to finance research projects that are
reimbursable from the federal government or
from other sources. If the appropriation for
either year is insufficient, the appropriation
for the other year is available for it.
$900,000 in each year is available for
grants for transportation studies outside
the metropolitan area to identify critical
concerns, problems, and issues. These
grants are available: (1) to regional
development commissions; (2) in regions
where no regional development commission
is functioning, to joint powers boards
established under agreement of two or
more political subdivisions in the region to
exercise the planning functions of a regional
development commission; and (3) in regions
where no regional development commission
or joint powers board is functioning, to the
department's district office for that region.
$75,000 in the first year is from the highway
user tax distribution fund to the commissioner
for a grant to the Humphrey School of Public
Affairs at the University of Minnesota for
WorkPlace Telework program congestion
relief efforts consisting of maintenance of
Web site tools and content. This is a onetime
appropriation and is available in the second
|(c) State Road Construction Activity
|(1) Economic Recovery Funds - Federal
This appropriation is to complete projects
using funds made available to the
commissioner of transportation under
title XII of the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law
111-5, and implemented under Minnesota
161.36, subdivision 7
base appropriation is $1,000,000 in fiscal
year 2016 and $0 in fiscal year 2017.
|(2) State Road Construction
It is estimated that these appropriations will
be funded as follows:
|Appropriations by Fund
|Highway User Taxes
The commissioner of transportation shall
notify the chairs and ranking minority
members of the legislative committees with
jurisdiction over transportation finance of
any significant events that should cause these
estimates to change.
This appropriation is for the actual
construction, reconstruction, and
improvement of trunk highways, including
design-build contracts and consultant usage
to support these activities. This includes the
cost of actual payment to landowners for
lands acquired for highway rights-of-way,
payment to lessees, interest subsidies, and
The base appropriation for state road
construction for fiscal years 2016 and 2017
is $645,000,000 in each year.
$10,000,000 in each year is for the
transportation economic development
program under Minnesota Statutes, section
The commissioner may expend up to one-half
of one percent of the federal appropriations
under this clause as grants to opportunity
industrialization centers and other nonprofit
job training centers for job training programs
related to highway construction.
The commissioner may transfer up to
$15,000,000 each year to the transportation
revolving loan fund.
The commissioner may receive money
covering other shares of the cost of
partnership projects. These receipts are
appropriated to the commissioner for these
14.3Notwithstanding subdivision 6, the
14.4commissioner may transfer up to $6,000,000
14.5from the trunk highway fund under this
14.6appropriation to the Stillwater lift bridge
14.7endowment account under Minnesota
14.8Statutes, section 165.15.
14.9Of this appropriation, $14,000,000 in the first
14.10year is for the specific improvements to "Old
14.11Highway 14" described in the settlement
14.12agreement and release executed January
14.137, 2014, between the state and Steele and
|(d) Highway Debt Service
$148,917,000 in the first year and
$180,321,000 in the second year are for
transfer to the state bond fund. If an
appropriation is insufficient to make all
transfers required in the year for which it is
made, the commissioner of management and
budget shall notify the senate Committee
on Finance and the house of representatives
Committee on Ways and Means of the
amount of the deficiency and shall then
transfer that amount under the statutory open
appropriation. Any excess appropriation
cancels to the trunk highway fund.
|(e) Electronic Communications
|Appropriations by Fund
The general fund appropriation is to equip
and operate the Roosevelt signal tower for
Lake of the Woods weather broadcasting.
15.4EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 13. Laws 2013, chapter 117, article 1, section 4, is amended to read:
|Sec. 4. METROPOLITAN COUNCIL
This appropriation is from the general fund
for transit system operations under Minnesota
The base appropriation for fiscal years 2016
and 2017 is
$37,000,000 in the first year is for the
Southwest Corridor light rail transit line
from the Hiawatha light rail transit line in
downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie, to be
used for environmental studies, preliminary
engineering, acquisition of real property, or
interests in real property, and design. This
is a onetime appropriation and is available
Sec. 14. Laws 2013, chapter 117, article 1, section 5, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
|Subd. 5.Traffic Safety
The commissioner of public safety shall
spend 50 percent of the money available to
the state under United States Code, title 23,
section 164, and the remaining 50 percent
must be transferred to the commissioner
of transportation for hazard elimination
activities under United States Code, title 23,
16.3$60,000 in the second year is for light rail
16.4transit safety oversight under Minnesota
16.5Statutes, section 299A.017.
16.6The base appropriation for fiscal years 2016
16.7and 2017 is $495,000 in each year.
Sec. 15. EFFECTIVE DATE; SUPERSEDING PROVISIONS.
16.9Sections 1 to 5 of this article are not effective if House File No. 2395 is enacted
16.10in the 2014 legislative session.
16.12RAILROAD AND PIPELINE SAFETY
Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 115E.01, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:
16.15 Subd. 7a. Listed sensitive area. "Listed sensitive area" means an area or location
16.16listed as an area of special economic or environmental importance in an Area Contingency
16.17Plan or a Sub-Area Contingency Plan prepared under the federal Clean Water Act, United
16.18States Code, title 33, section 1321(j)(4).
16.19EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 115E.01, is amended by adding a subdivision
16.22 Subd. 7b. Local incident commander. "Local incident commander" means the
16.23most senior official at the site of a discharge who has the responsibility for controlling
16.24operations at the site, beginning with the senior officer on the first piece of responding
16.25emergency equipment to arrive at the discharge site. As more senior officers arrive at the
16.26discharge site, the position of local incident commander is passed up the line of authority.
16.27EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 115E.01, is amended by adding a subdivision
16.30 Subd. 11d. Unit train. "Unit train" means a train with more than 25 tanker railcars
16.31carrying oil or hazardous substance cargo.
17.1EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 4. [115E.042] PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE FOR CERTAIN
17.3RAILROADS AND PIPELINES.
17.4 Subdivision 1. Application. In addition to the requirements of section 115E.04,
17.5a person who owns or operates railroad car rolling stock transporting a unit train must
17.6comply with this section. A person who owns or operates pipeline facilities and is required
17.7to show specific preparedness under section 115E.03, subdivision 2, must comply with
17.8this section as applicable and with the provisions of chapters 299F and 299J.
17.9 Subd. 2. Training. (a) Each railroad must offer training to each fire department
17.10having jurisdiction along the route of unit trains. Initial training under this subdivision
17.11must be offered to each fire department by June 30, 2016, and refresher training must be
17.12offered to each fire department at least once every three years thereafter.
17.13(b) The training must address the general hazards of oil and hazardous substances,
17.14techniques to assess hazards to the environment and to the safety of responders and the
17.15public, factors a local incident commander must consider in determining whether to
17.16attempt to suppress a fire or to evacuate the public and emergency responders from an
17.17area, and other strategies for initial response by local emergency responders. The training
17.18must include suggested protocol or practices for local responders to safely accomplish
17.20 Subd. 3. Coordination. Beginning June 30, 2015, each railroad and pipeline
17.21company must communicate at least annually with each county or city emergency
17.22manager and a senior fire department officer of each fire department having jurisdiction
17.23along the route of a unit train or a pipeline to ensure coordination of emergency response
17.24activities between the railroad or pipeline company and local responders.
17.25 Subd. 4. Response capabilities, time limits, drills. (a) Following a discharge, a
17.26railroad or pipeline company must deliver and deploy sufficient equipment and trained
17.27personnel to contain and recover discharged oil or hazardous substances and to protect the
17.28environment and public safety.
17.29(b) Within one hour of a discharge, a railroad or pipeline company must provide a
17.30qualified company employee to advise the local incident commander. The employee may
17.31be made available by telephone, and must be authorized to deploy all necessary response
17.32resources of the railroad or pipeline company.
17.33(c) Within three hours of a discharge, a railroad or pipeline company must be capable
17.34of delivering monitoring equipment and a trained operator to a to assist in protection of
18.1responder and public safety. A plan to ensure delivery of monitoring equipment and an
18.2operator to a discharge site must be provided each year to the commissioner of public safety.
18.3(d) Within three hours of a discharge, a railroad or pipeline company must provide
18.4qualified personnel at a discharge site to assess the discharge and to advise the local
18.6(e) A railroad or pipeline company must be capable of deploying a containment
18.7boom from land across sewer outfalls, creeks, ditches, and other places where oil or
18.8hazardous substances may drain, in order to contain leaked material before it reaches those
18.9resources. The arrangement to provide the containment boom and staff may be made by:
18.10(1) training and caching equipment with local jurisdictions;
18.11(2) training and caching equipment with a fire mutual-aid group;
18.12(3) means of an industry cooperative or mutual-aid group;
18.13(4) deployment of a contractor;
18.14(5) deployment of a response organization under state contract; or
18.15(6) other dependable means acceptable to the Pollution Control Agency.
18.16(f) Each arrangement under paragraph (e) must be confirmed each year. Each
18.17arrangement must be tested by drill at least once every five years.
18.18(g) Within eight hours of a discharge, a railroad or pipeline company must be
18.19capable of delivering and deploying oil spill containment booms, boats, oil recovery
18.20equipment, trained staff, and all other materials needed to provide:
18.21(1) on-site containment and recovery of a volume of oil equal to ten percent of the
18.22calculated worst case discharge at any location along the route; and
18.23(2) protection of listed sensitive areas and potable water intakes within one mile of
18.24a discharge site and within eight hours of water travel time downstream in any river
18.25or stream that the right-of-way intersects.
18.26(h) Within 60 hours of a discharge, a railroad or pipeline company must be capable
18.27of delivering and deploying additional oil spill containment booms, boats, oil recovery
18.28equipment, trained staff, and all other materials needed to provide containment and
18.29recovery of a worst-case oil discharge and to protect listed sensitive areas and potable
18.30water intakes at any location along the route.
18.31(i) Each railroad and pipeline must conduct at least one full-scale oil containment,
18.32recovery, and sensitive area protection drill every three years, at a location and time
18.33chosen by the Pollution Control Agency.
18.34 Subd. 5. Prevention and response plans; approval. (a) By June 30, 2015, a
18.35railroad or pipeline company shall submit the prevention and response plan required under
19.1section 115E.04 as necessary to comply with the requirements of this section, to the
19.2commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency on a form designated by the commissioner.
19.3(b) By June 30 of every third year following a plan submission under this
19.4subdivision, a railroad and pipeline company must update and resubmit the prevention and
19.5response plan for approval by the commissioner.
19.6EFFECTIVE DATE.Subdivisions 1 to 3 and 5 are effective the day following final
19.7enactment. Subdivision 4 is effective July 1, 2015.
Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 115E.08, is amended by adding a subdivision
19.10 Subd. 3a. Railroad and pipeline preparedness; pollution control. The Pollution
19.11Control Agency shall carry out environmental protection activities related to railroad
19.12and pipeline discharge preparedness. Duties under this subdivision include, but are not
19.14(1) assisting local emergency managers and fire officials in understanding the
19.15hazards of oil and hazardous substances, as well as general strategies for containment and
19.17(2) assisting railroads and pipeline companies to identify natural resources and
19.18sensitive areas, and to devise strategies to contain and recover oil and hazardous
19.19substances from land and waters along routes;
19.20(3) facilitating cooperation between railroad and pipeline companies for mutual aid
19.21arrangements that provide training, staff, and equipment as required by this chapter;
19.22(4) participating in drills and training sessions;
19.23(5) reviewing each railroad and pipeline company's prevention and response plans
19.24for compliance with the requirements of this chapter, and assessing each company's
19.25readiness to protect the environment;
19.26(6) conducting inspections and drills as necessary to determine the railroad or
19.27pipeline company's compliance with the requirements of this chapter and ability to protect
19.28the environment; and
19.29(7) conducting follow-up corrective action directives, orders, and enforcement as
19.30necessary based on a finding of inadequate environmental protection preparedness.
19.31EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 115E.08, is amended by adding a subdivision
20.1 Subd. 3b. Railroad and pipeline preparedness; public safety. The commissioner
20.2of public safety shall carry out public safety protection activities related to railroad and
20.3pipeline spill and discharge preparedness. Duties under this subdivision include, but
20.4are not limited to:
20.5(1) assisting local emergency managers and fire officials to understand the hazards
20.6of oil and hazardous substances, as well as general strategies for hazard identification,
20.7initial isolation, and other actions necessary to ensure public safety;
20.8(2) assisting railroads and pipeline companies to develop suggested protocols and
20.9practices for local first responder use in protecting the public's safety;
20.10(3) facilitating cooperation between railroads, pipeline companies, county and city
20.11emergency managers, and other public safety organizations;
20.12(4) participating in major exercises and training sessions;
20.13(5) assisting local units of government to incorporate railroad and pipeline hazard
20.14and response information into local emergency operations plans;
20.15(6) monitoring the public safety-related training and planning requirements of
20.16section 115E.03; and
20.17(7) referring noncompliance with section 115E.03 to the Pollution Control Agency.
20.18EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 219.015, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Position Positions established; duties. (a)
The commissioner of
transportation shall establish
a position of three
state rail safety inspector positions
the Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations of the Minnesota Department
of Transportation. On or after July 1, 2015, the commissioner may establish a fourth
20.24state rail safety inspector position following consultation with railroad companies.
The commissioner shall apply to and enter into agreements with
the Federal Railroad
Administration (FRA) of the United States Department of Transportation to participate
in the federal State Rail Safety
Program for training and
certification of an inspector under authority of United States Code, title 49, sections 20103,
20105, 20106, and 20113, and Code of Federal Regulations, title 49, part 212.
state rail safety inspector shall inspect mainline track, secondary track, and
yard and industry track; inspect railroad right-of-way, including adjacent or intersecting
drainage, culverts, bridges, overhead structures, and traffic and other public crossings;
inspect yards and physical plants; review and enforce safety requirements; review
maintenance and repair records; and review railroad security measures.
21.1(c) A state rail safety inspector may perform, but is not limited to, the duties
21.2described in the federal State Rail Safety Participation Program. An inspector may train,
21.3be certified, and participate in any of the federal State Rail Safety Participation Program
21.4disciplines, including: track, signal and train control, motive power and equipment,
21.5operating practices compliance, hazardous materials, and highway-rail grade crossings.
To the extent delegated by the Federal Railroad Administration and authorized
by the commissioner,
inspector may issue citations for violations of this chapter, or
to ensure railroad employee and public safety and welfare.
21.9EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 219.015, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Railroad company assessment; account; appropriation. (a) As provided
21.12in this subdivision,
the commissioner shall annually assess railroad companies that are
(1) defined as common carriers under section
(2) classified by federal law or
regulation as Class I Railroads,
Class I Rail Carriers, Class II Railroads, or Class II
and (3) operating in this state
21.16 (b) The assessment must be
by a division of state rail safety inspector program costs
equal proportion between carriers based on route miles operated in Minnesota
in equal amounts for 365 days of the calendar year. The commissioner shall assess all
start-up or re-establishment costs,
all related costs of initiating the state rail safety
beginning July 1, 2008. The, and ongoing
state rail inspector duties
must begin and be assessed on January 1, 2009
The assessments must be deposited in a special account in the special revenue
fund, to be known as the state rail safety inspection account. Money in the account is
appropriated to the commissioner
and may be expended to cover the costs incurred
establishment and ongoing responsibilities of the state rail safety inspector program
21.26EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 9. [299A.55] RAILROAD AND PIPELINE SAFETY; OIL AND OTHER
21.29 Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms
21.30have the meanings given.
21.31(b) "Applicable rail carrier" means a railroad company that is subject to an
21.32assessment under section 219.015, subdivision 2.
21.33(c) "Hazardous substance" has the meaning given in section 115B.02, subdivision 8.
22.1(d) "Oil" has the meaning given in section 115E.01, subdivision 8.
22.2(e) "Pipeline company" means any individual, partnership, association, or public
22.3or private corporation required to show specific preparedness under section 115E.03,
22.5 Subd. 2. Railroad and pipeline safety account. (a) A railroad and pipeline safety
22.6account is created in the special revenue fund. The account consists of funds collected
22.7under subdivision 4, and funds donated, allotted, transferred, or otherwise provided to the
22.9(b) Money in the account is annually appropriated to the commissioner of public
22.10safety for the purposes specified in subdivision 3.
22.11 Subd. 3. Allocation of railroad and pipeline safety funds. (a) Subject to funding
22.12appropriated for this subdivision, the commissioner shall provide funds for training and
22.13response preparedness related to (1) derailments, discharge incidents, or spills involving
22.14trains carrying oil or other hazardous substances, and (2) pipeline discharge incidents or
22.15spills involving oil or other hazardous substances.
22.16(b) The commissioner shall allocate available funds to the Board of Firefighter
22.17Training and Education under section 299N.02 and the division of Homeland Security and
22.19(c) Prior to making allocations under paragraph (b), the commissioner shall consult
22.20with the Fire Service Advisory Committee under section 299F.012, subdivision 2.
22.21(d) The commissioner and the entities identified in paragraph (b) shall prioritize
22.22uses of funds based on:
22.23(1) firefighter training needs;
22.24(2) community risk from discharge incidents or spills;
22.25(3) geographic balance; and
22.26(4) recommendations of the Fire Service Advisory Committee.
22.27(e) The following are permissible uses of funds provided under this subdivision:
22.28(1) training costs, which may include but are not limited to training curriculum,
22.29trainers, trainee overtime salary, other personnel overtime salary, and tuition;
22.30(2) costs of gear and equipment related to hazardous materials readiness, response,
22.31and management, which may include but is not limited to original purchase, maintenance,
22.33(3) supplies related to the uses under clauses (1) and (2); and
22.34(4) emergency preparedness planning and coordination.
23.1(f) Notwithstanding paragraph (b), from funds in the railroad and pipeline safety
23.2account provided for the purposes under this subdivision, the commissioner may retain a
23.3balance in the account for budgeting in subsequent fiscal years.
23.4 Subd. 4. Assessments; oil and hazardous substances. (a) The commissioner of
23.5public safety shall annually assess $2,500,000 to railroad and pipeline companies based on
23.6the formula specified in paragraph (b). The commissioner shall deposit funds collected
23.7under this subdivision in the railroad and pipeline safety account under subdivision 2.
23.8(b) The assessment for each railroad is 50 percent of the total annual assessment
23.9amount, divided in equal proportion between applicable rail carriers based on route miles
23.10operated in Minnesota. The assessment for each pipeline company is 50 percent of the
23.11total annual assessment amount, divided in equal proportion between companies based on
23.12the yearly aggregate gallons of oil and hazardous substance transported in Minnesota. The
23.13assessment must be in equal amounts for each day of the fiscal year.
23.14(c) The assessments under this subdivision expire on July 1, 2019.
Sec. 10. REPORTS ON INCIDENT PREPAREDNESS FOR OIL AND OTHER
23.16HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTATION.
23.17 Subdivision 1. Report on response preparedness. By January 15, 2015, the
23.18commissioner of public safety shall submit a report on emergency response preparedness
23.19in the public and private sectors for incidents involving oil and other hazardous materials
23.20transported by rail and pipeline to the chairs and ranking minority members of the
23.21legislative committees with jurisdiction over transportation and public safety policy and
23.22finance. At a minimum, the report must:
23.23(1) summarize the preparedness and emergency response framework in the state;
23.24(2) provide an assessment of costs and needs of fire departments and other
23.25emergency first responders for training and equipment to respond to discharge or spill
23.26incidents involving oil and other hazardous materials transported by rail and pipeline;
23.27(3) develop a comprehensive public and private response capacity inventory that,
23.28to the extent feasible, includes statewide identification of major emergency response
23.29equipment, equipment staging locations, mutual aid agreements, and capacities across
23.30industries involved in transportation and storage of oil and other hazardous materials;
23.31(4) provide information and analysis that forms the basis for allocation of funds
23.32under Minnesota Statutes, section 299A.55;
23.33(5) develop benchmarks or assessment criteria for the evaluation under subdivision 2;
23.34(6) assist in long-range oil and other hazardous materials incident preparedness
24.1(7) make recommendations for any legislative changes.
24.2 Subd. 2. Evaluation of response preparedness and funding. By November 1,
24.32017, the commissioner of public safety shall submit an evaluation of railroad and pipeline
24.4safety preparedness and funding related to incidents involving oil and other hazardous
24.5materials to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with
24.6jurisdiction over transportation and public safety policy and finance. At a minimum,
24.7the evaluation must:
24.8(1) provide an update to the report under subdivision 1 that identifies notable
24.9changes and provides updated information as appropriate;
24.10(2) evaluate the effectiveness of training and response preparedness activities under
24.11Minnesota Statutes, section 299A.55, using the criteria established under subdivision
24.121, clause (5);
24.13(3) identify current sources of funds, funding levels, and any unfunded needs for
24.15(4) analyze equity in the distribution of funding sources for preparedness activities,
24.16which must include but is not limited to (i) examination of the public-private partnership
24.17financing model, and (ii) review of balance across industries involved in storage and
24.18distribution of oil and other hazardous materials; and
24.19(5) make recommendations for any programmatic or legislative changes.
24.20EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 11. IMPROVEMENTS STUDY ON GRADE CROSSINGS AND
24.22RAIL SAFETY FOR OIL AND OTHER HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
24.24(a) The commissioner of transportation shall conduct a study on highway-rail grade
24.25crossing improvement for oil and other hazardous materials transported by rail, and on
24.26rail safety. At a minimum, the study must:
24.27(1) provide information that assists in risk management associated with
24.28transportation of oil and other hazardous materials by rail;
24.29(2) develop criteria to prioritize needs and improvements at highway-rail grade
24.31(3) consider alternatives for safety improvements, including but not limited to active
24.32warning devices such as gates and signals, closings, and grade separation;
24.33(4) provide findings and recommendations that serve to direct accelerated
24.34investments in highway-rail grade crossing safety improvements; and
25.1(5) analyze state inspection activities and staffing for track and hazardous materials
25.2under Minnesota Statutes, section 219.015.
25.3(b) The commissioner shall submit an interim update on the study by August 31,
25.42014, and a final report by October 31, 2014, to the chairs and ranking minority members
25.5of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over transportation policy and finance.
25.6EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
25.8TRANSPORTATION FINANCE PROVISIONS
Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 165.15, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Use of funds.
(a) Income derived from the investment of principal in the
account may be used by the commissioner of transportation for operations and routine
maintenance of the Stillwater lift bridge, including bridge safety inspections and reactive
. No money from this account may be used for any purposes except those described
in this section, and no money from this account may be transferred to any other account
in the state treasury without specific legislative authorization.
Any money transferred
25.16 from the trunk highway fund may only be used for trunk highway purposes.
purposes of this section:
(1) "Income" is the amount of interest on debt securities and dividends on equity
securities. Any gains or losses from the sale of securities must be added to the principal
of the account.
(2) "Routine maintenance" means activities that are predictable and repetitive, but
not activities that would constitute major repairs or rehabilitation.
(b) Investment management fees incurred by the State Board of Investment are
eligible expenses for reimbursement from the account.
(c) The commissioner of transportation has authority to approve or deny expenditures
of funds in the account.
Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 168.123, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. General requirements; fees.
(a) On payment of a fee of $10 for
each set of two plates, or for a single plate in the case of a motorcycle plate, payment of
the registration tax required by law, and compliance with other applicable laws relating to
vehicle registration and licensing, as applicable, the commissioner shall issue:
(1) special veteran's plates to an applicant who served in the active military service
in a branch of the armed forces of the United States or of a nation or society allied with the
United States in conducting a foreign war, was discharged under honorable conditions, and
is a registered owner of a passenger automobile
as defined in section
168.002 , subdivision
, recreational motor vehicle
as defined in section
168.002, subdivision 27
, or one-ton
as defined in section
168.002, subdivision 21b
, but which is not a commercial
motor vehicle as defined in section
169.011, subdivision 16
(2) a veteran's special motorcycle plate as described in subdivision 2, paragraph (a),
(f), (h), (i), or (j), or another special plate designed by the commissioner to an applicant
who is a registered owner of a motorcycle
as defined in section
168.002, subdivision 19
and meets the criteria listed in this paragraph and in subdivision 2, paragraph (a), (f), (h),
(i), or (j). Plates issued under this clause must be the same size as regular motorcycle
plates. Special motorcycle license plates issued under this clause are not subject to
(b) The additional fee of $10 is payable for each set of veteran's plates, is payable
only when the plates are issued, and is not payable in a year in which stickers are issued
instead of plates.
(c) The veteran must have a certified copy of the veteran's discharge papers,
indicating character of discharge, at the time of application. If an applicant served in the
active military service in a branch of the armed forces of a nation or society allied with the
United States in conducting a foreign war and is unable to obtain a record of that service
and discharge status, the commissioner of veterans affairs may certify the applicant as
qualified for the veterans' plates provided under this section.
26.21(d) For license plates issued for the woman veteran plate described in subdivision 2,
26.22paragraph (m), the commissioner shall collect a surcharge of $5 on each $10 fee collected
26.23for that plate under paragraph (a). The surcharge must be deposited in the women veterans
26.24license plate account, established in the state treasury, and the money in that account is
26.25appropriated each year to the commissioner of veterans affairs for a grant to the Minnesota
26.26Women Veterans Initiative Working Group for use in promoting public recognition of
26.27women serving in the military and of women veterans.
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, section 168.123, subdivision 2, is
amended to read:
Subd. 2. Design.
The commissioner of veterans affairs shall design the emblem for
the veterans' special plates, subject to the approval of the commissioner, that satisfy the
(a) For a Vietnam veteran who served after July 1, 1961, and before July 1, 1978,
in the active military service in a branch of the armed forces of the United States or a
nation or society allied with the United States the special plates must bear the inscription
(b) For a veteran stationed on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, or offshore, during the
attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the special plates must bear the inscription
"PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR."
(c) For a veteran who served during World War II, the plates must bear the
inscription "WORLD WAR VET."
(d) For a veteran who served during the Korean Conflict, the special plates must bear
the inscription "KOREAN VET."
(e) For a combat wounded veteran who is a recipient of the Purple Heart medal, the
plates must bear the inscription "COMBAT WOUNDED VET" and have a facsimile or an
emblem of the official Purple Heart medal.
A member of the United States armed forces who is serving actively in the military
and who is a recipient of the Purple Heart medal is also eligible for this license plate.
The commissioner of public safety shall ensure that information regarding the required
proof of eligibility for any applicant under this paragraph who has not yet been issued
military discharge papers is distributed to the public officials responsible for administering
(f) For a Persian Gulf War veteran, the plates must bear the inscription "GULF
WAR VET." For the purposes of this section, "Persian Gulf War veteran" means a person
who served on active duty after August 1, 1990, in a branch of the armed forces of the
United States or a nation or society allied with the United States or the United Nations
during Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, or other military operation in
the Persian Gulf area combat zone as designated in United States Presidential Executive
Order No. 12744, dated January 21, 1991.
(g) For a veteran who served in the Laos War after July 1, 1961, and before July 1,
1978, the special plates must bear the inscription "LAOS WAR VET."
(h) For a veteran who is the recipient of:
(1) the Iraq Campaign Medal, the special plates must be inscribed with a facsimile of
that medal and must bear the inscription "IRAQ WAR VET" directly below the special
(2) the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the special plates must be inscribed with a
facsimile of that medal and must bear the inscription "AFGHAN WAR VET" directly
below the special plate number;
(3) the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the special plates must
be inscribed with a facsimile of that medal and must bear the inscription "GWOT
VETERAN" directly below the special plate number; or
(4) the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the special plates must bear an
appropriate inscription that includes a facsimile of that medal.
(i) For a veteran who is the recipient of the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
the special plates must be inscribed with a facsimile of that medal and must bear the
inscription "GWOT VETERAN" directly below the special plate number. In addition,
any member of the National Guard or other military reserves who has been ordered to
federally funded state active service under United States Code, title 32, as defined in
190.05, subdivision 5b
, and who is the recipient of the Global War on Terrorism
Service Medal, is eligible for the license plate described in this paragraph, irrespective of
whether that person qualifies as a veteran under section
(j) For a veteran who is the recipient of the Korean Defense Service Medal,
the special plates must be inscribed with a facsimile of that medal and must bear the
inscription "KOREAN DEFENSE SERVICE" directly below the special plate number.
(k) For a veteran who is a recipient of the Bronze Star medal, the plates must bear
the inscription "BRONZE STAR VET" and have a facsimile or an emblem of the official
Bronze Star medal.
(l) For a veteran who is a recipient of the Silver Star medal, the plates must bear
the inscription "SILVER STAR VET" and have a facsimile or an emblem of the official
Silver Star medal.
28.23(m) For a woman veteran, the plates must bear the inscription "WOMAN
28.24VETERAN" and have a facsimile or an emblem as designated by the commissioners of
28.25veterans affairs and public safety.
28.26EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective January 1, 2015.
Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169.826, is amended by adding a subdivision
28.29 Subd. 7. Expiration date. Upon request of the permit applicant the expiration
28.30date for a permit issued under this section must be the same as the expiration date of the
28.31permitted vehicle's registration.
28.32EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective November 30, 2016, and applies
28.33to permits issued on and after that date.
Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169.8261, is amended by adding a subdivision
29.3 Subd. 3. Expiration date. Upon request of the permit applicant the expiration
29.4date for a permit issued under this section must be the same as the expiration date of the
29.5permitted vehicle's registration.
29.6EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective November 30, 2016, and applies
29.7to permits issued on and after that date.
Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169.86, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
Subd. 5. Fees; proceeds deposited; appropriation.
The commissioner, with
respect to highways under the commissioner's jurisdiction, may charge a fee for each
permit issued. The fee for an annual permit that expires by law on the date of the
29.12vehicle registration expiration must be based on the proportion of the year that remains
29.13until the expiration date.
Unless otherwise specified, all fees for permits issued by the
commissioner of transportation must be deposited in the state treasury and credited to
the trunk highway fund. Except for those annual permits for which the permit fees are
specified elsewhere in this chapter, the fees are:
(a) $15 for each single trip permit.
(b) $36 for each job permit. A job permit may be issued for like loads carried on
a specific route for a period not to exceed two months. "Like loads" means loads of the
same product, weight, and dimension.
(c) $60 for an annual permit to be issued for a period not to exceed 12 consecutive
months. Annual permits may be issued for:
(1) motor vehicles used to alleviate a temporary crisis adversely affecting the safety
or well-being of the public;
(2) motor vehicles that travel on interstate highways and carry loads authorized
under subdivision 1a;
(3) motor vehicles operating with gross weights authorized under section
(4) special pulpwood vehicles described in section
(5) motor vehicles bearing snowplow blades not exceeding ten feet in width;
(6) noncommercial transportation of a boat by the owner or user of the boat;
(7) motor vehicles carrying bales of agricultural products authorized under section
(8) special milk-hauling vehicles authorized under section
(d) $120 for an oversize annual permit to be issued for a period not to exceed 12
consecutive months. Annual permits may be issued for:
(1) mobile cranes;
(2) construction equipment, machinery, and supplies;
(3) manufactured homes and manufactured storage buildings;
(4) implements of husbandry;
(5) double-deck buses;
(6) commercial boat hauling and transporting waterfront structures, including, but
not limited to, portable boat docks and boat lifts;
(7) three-vehicle combinations consisting of two empty, newly manufactured trailers
for cargo, horses, or livestock, not to exceed 28-1/2 feet per trailer; provided, however,
the permit allows the vehicles to be moved from a trailer manufacturer to a trailer dealer
only while operating on twin-trailer routes designated under section
169.81, subdivision 3
paragraph (c); and
(8) vehicles operating on that portion of marked Trunk Highway 36 described in
169.81, subdivision 3
, paragraph (e).
(e) For vehicles that have axle weights exceeding the weight limitations of sections
, an additional cost added to the fees listed above. However, this
paragraph applies to any vehicle described in section
168.013, subdivision 3
(b), but only when the vehicle exceeds its gross weight allowance set forth in that
paragraph, and then the additional cost is for all weight, including the allowance weight,
in excess of the permitted maximum axle weight. The additional cost is equal to the
product of the distance traveled times the sum of the overweight axle group cost factors
shown in the following chart:
||Overweight Axle Group Cost Factors
||Cost Per Mile For Each Group Of:
limitations on axles
within 8 feet
within 9 feet
axles spaced within
14 feet or less
The amounts added are rounded to the nearest cent for each axle or axle group. The
additional cost does not apply to paragraph (c), clauses (1) and (3).
For a vehicle found to exceed the appropriate maximum permitted weight, a cost-per-mile
fee of 22 cents per ton, or fraction of a ton, over the permitted maximum weight is imposed
in addition to the normal permit fee. Miles must be calculated based on the distance
already traveled in the state plus the distance from the point of detection to a transportation
loading site or unloading site within the state or to the point of exit from the state.
(f) As an alternative to paragraph (e), an annual permit may be issued for overweight,
or oversize and overweight, mobile cranes; construction equipment, machinery, and
supplies; implements of husbandry; and commercial boat hauling. The fees for the permit
are as follows:
|Gross Weight (pounds) of Vehicle
|Annual Permit Fee
If the gross weight of the vehicle is more than 155,000 pounds the permit fee is determined
under paragraph (e).
(g) For vehicles which exceed the width limitations set forth in section
more than 72 inches, an additional cost equal to $120 added to the amount in paragraph (a)
when the permit is issued while seasonal load restrictions pursuant to section
(h) $85 for an annual permit to be issued for a period not to exceed 12 months, for
refuse-compactor vehicles that carry a gross weight of not more than: 22,000 pounds on
a single rear axle; 38,000 pounds on a tandem rear axle; or, subject to section
, 46,000 pounds on a tridem rear axle. A permit issued for up to 46,000 pounds
on a tridem rear axle must limit the gross vehicle weight to not more than 62,000 pounds.
(i) $300 for a motor vehicle described in section
. The fee under this
paragraph must be deposited as follows:
(1) the first $50,000 in each fiscal year must be deposited in the trunk highway fund for
costs related to administering the permit program and inspecting and posting bridges; and
(2) all remaining money in each fiscal year must be deposited in the bridge
inspection and signing account as provided under subdivision 5b.
(j) Beginning August 1, 2006, $200 for an annual permit for a vehicle operating
under authority of section
169.824, subdivision 2
, paragraph (a), clause (2).
32.9EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective November 30, 2016, and applies
32.10to permits issued on and after that date.
Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169.863, is amended by adding a subdivision
32.13 Subd. 3. Expiration date. Upon request of the permit applicant the expiration
32.14date for a permit issued under this section must be the same as the expiration date of the
32.15permitted vehicle's registration.
32.16EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective November 30, 2016, and applies
32.17to permits issued on and after that date.
Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169.865, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. Six-axle vehicles.
(a) A road authority may issue an annual permit
authorizing a vehicle or combination of vehicles with a total of six or more axles to haul raw
or unprocessed agricultural products and be operated with a gross vehicle weight of up to:
(1) 90,000 pounds; and
(2) 99,000 pounds during the period set by the commissioner under section
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision 3, paragraph (a), clause (4), a vehicle or
combination of vehicles operated under this subdivision and transporting only sealed
intermodal containers may be operated on an interstate highway if allowed by the United
States Department of Transportation.
(c) The fee for a permit issued under this subdivision is $300, or a proportional
32.30amount as provided in section 169.86, subdivision 5
32.31EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective November 30, 2016, and applies
32.32to permits issued on and after that date.
Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169.865, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Seven-axle vehicles.
(a) A road authority may issue an annual permit
authorizing a vehicle or combination of vehicles with a total of seven or more axles to
haul raw or unprocessed agricultural products and be operated with a gross vehicle weight
of up to:
(1) 97,000 pounds; and
(2) 99,000 pounds during the period set by the commissioner under section
(b) Drivers of vehicles operating under this subdivision must comply with driver
qualification requirements adopted under section
221.0314, subdivisions 2
to 5, and Code
of Federal Regulations, title 49, parts 40 and 382.
(c) The fee for a permit issued under this subdivision is $500, or a proportional
33.13amount as provided in section 169.86, subdivision 5
33.14EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective November 30, 2016, and applies
33.15to permits issued on and after that date.
Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169.865, is amended by adding a subdivision
33.18 Subd. 5. Expiration date. Upon request of the permit applicant the expiration
33.19date for a permit issued under this section must be the same as the expiration date of the
33.20permitted vehicle's registration.
33.21EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective November 30, 2016, and applies
33.22to permits issued on and after that date.
Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169.866, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
Subd. 3. Permit fee; appropriation.
Vehicle permits issued under subdivision 1
must be annual permits. The fee is $850 for each vehicle, or a proportional amount as
33.26provided in section 169.86, subdivision 5,
and must be deposited in the trunk highway
fund. An amount sufficient to administer the permit program is appropriated from the
trunk highway fund to the commissioner for the costs of administering the permit program.
33.29EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective November 30, 2016, and applies
33.30to permits issued on and after that date.
Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169.866, is amended by adding a subdivision
34.1 Subd. 4. Expiration date. Upon request of the permit applicant the expiration
34.2date for a permit issued under this section must be the same as the expiration date of the
34.3permitted vehicle's registration.
34.4EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective November 30, 2016, and applies
34.5to permits issued on and after that date.
Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 174.24, is amended by adding a subdivision
34.8 Subd. 8. Transit service on election day. An eligible recipient of operating
34.9assistance under this section who contracts or has contracted to provide fixed route public
34.10transit shall provide fixed route public transit service free of charge on a day a state
34.11general election is held.
34.12EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2014, and expires on
34.13November 5, 2014.
Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, section 174.42, subdivision 2, is
amended to read:
Subd. 2. Funding requirement.
In each federal fiscal year, the commissioner
shall obtain a total amount in federal authorizations for reimbursement on transportation
alternatives projects that is equal to or greater than the annual average of federal
authorizations on transportation alternatives projects calculated over
the preceding four
federal fiscal years 2009 to 2012
34.21EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment and
34.22applies to authorizations for federal fiscal year 2015 and subsequent federal fiscal years.
Sec. 15. [219.375] RAILROAD YARD LIGHTING.
34.24 Subdivision 1. General requirements. (a) All railroad common carriers, and their
34.25officers, agents, and employees, operating a railroad in this state are required to maintain
34.26lighting between sunset and sunrise above switches in railroad yards where:
34.27(1) cars or locomotives are switched or inspected; or
34.28(2) cars are switched to assemble or disassemble trains.
34.29(b) Railroad common carriers shall provide lighting adjacent to those portions of
34.30railroad yard tracks where railroad common carrier employees frequently work on the
34.31ground performing switching, inspection, and repair activities. For purposes of this
34.32section, "frequently work" means at least five days per week.
35.1(c) Railroad yard lighting over switches and inspection areas must:
35.2(1) conform with the guidelines set forth by the American Railway Engineering
35.3and Manufacturing Association (AREMA);
35.4(2) include at least one lighting source for each two-yard track switch segment; and
35.5(3) be displayed from a height of at least 30 feet above the railroad yard lead-track
35.7(d) Lighting over switches and other light sources within railroad yards or at other
35.8railroad locations must be:
35.9(1) maintained to illuminate as designed;
35.10(2) compliant with the National Electrical Code;
35.11(3) kept clear of obstructions; and
35.12(4) focused on the railroad common carrier property designed to be illuminated.
35.13(e) The energy source for lighting is permitted, though not required, to:
35.14(1) be direct wired from a carrier facility power source, have solar panel power with
35.15a battery storage source, or have another constant energy source; or
35.16(2) be designed to have standard or light-emitting diode fixtures or electrical circuits
35.17that include power saving or ambient atmosphere actuating switches.
35.18(f) Railroad common carriers must replace damaged or nonoperative lighting within
35.1948 hours after light source damage has been reported to the carrier.
35.20 Subd. 2. Allowances for unusual conditions. Railroad common carriers are not
35.21required to comply with the requirements of this section during:
35.22(1) maintenance activities;
35.24(3) any period of heavy rain or snow, washouts, or similar weather or seismic
35.26(4) a reasonable period after any occurrence identified in clauses (1) to (3), but no
35.27longer than is necessary to achieve compliance with this section.
35.28 Subd. 3. Lighting orders; commissioner authority. (a) When the commissioner
35.29finds that railroad common carrier employees who frequently work adjacent to a portion
35.30of track performing switching, inspection, maintenance, repair, or fueling activities are
35.31exposed to hazard resulting from the lack of lighting, or to the condition of lighting
35.32constructed before July 1, 2014, the commissioner may order a railroad common carrier
35.33to construct lighting adjacent to a portion of track where employees are performing
35.34switching, inspection, maintenance, repair or fueling activities, or require a railroad
35.35common carrier to modify existing lighting to conform with the standards set forth by
35.36AREMA lighting standards, within a reasonable period of time.
36.1(b) A railroad common carrier, person, or corporation may appeal an order under this
36.2subdivision. An appeal under this paragraph is subject to the processes and requirements
36.3of chapter 14.
36.4 Subd. 4. Failure to correct. If a railroad common carrier, person, or corporation
36.5fails to correct a violation of this section within the time provided in an order issued by
36.6the commissioner of transportation under subdivision 3, and the railroad common carrier,
36.7person, or corporation does not appeal the order, the failure to correct the violation as
36.8ordered by the commissioner constitutes a new and separate offense distinct from the
36.9original violation of this section.
36.10 Subd. 5. Complaints. No formal complaint of an alleged violation of this section
36.11may be filed until the filing party has attempted to address the alleged violations with the
36.12railroad common carrier. Any complaint of an alleged violation must contain a written
36.13statement that the filing party has made a reasonable, good faith attempt to address the
36.15 Subd. 6. Waiver. Upon written request of a railroad common carrier, the
36.16commissioner of transportation may waive any portion of this section if conditions do not
36.17reasonably permit compliance. The commissioner's decision is subject to the requirements
36.18under section 218.041 and must include an on-site inspection of the area for which the
36.19waiver has been requested. The inspection shall occur between sunset and sunrise, and all
36.20parties of interest shall be permitted to attend.
36.21 Subd. 7. Violations and penalties. A railroad common carrier, corporation, or
36.22person who violates this section is liable to a penalty not to exceed $500 for each violation.
36.23 Subd. 8. Exceptions; applicability. (a) This section establishes minimum standards
36.24for railroad yard lighting. Nothing in this section shall be construed to preclude design of
36.25railroad yard towers with multiple lighting sources, a brighter lighting design, or other
36.26features that exceed the requirements of this section.
36.27(b) This section applies to all Class One and Class Two railroad common carrier
36.28railroad yards. This section does not apply to an entity that owns or operates track in
36.29Minnesota that is not a Class One or Class Two railroad common carrier as classified
36.30by the Federal Railroad Administration.
36.31(c) Railroad yards and other locations where lighting exists on July 1, 2014, are
36.32deemed compliant with subdivision 1, paragraphs (b) and (c).
36.33EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective November 1, 2016.
Sec. 16. [219.995] MADE IN MINNESOTA SOLAR INSTALLATIONS.
37.1 Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms
37.2have the meanings given.
37.3(b) "Made in Minnesota" has the meaning given in section 216C.411, paragraph (a).
37.4(c) "Solar photovoltaic module" has the meaning given in section
37.5subdivision 1, paragraph (e).
37.6 Subd. 2. Made in Minnesota solar energy system requirement. Notwithstanding
37.7any other law to the contrary, if a railroad common carrier engages in any project in
37.8Minnesota for the construction, improvement, maintenance, or repair of any building,
37.9railroad, railroad yard, railroad facility, or land owned or controlled by the railroad
37.10common carrier and the construction, improvement, maintenance, or repair involves
37.11installation of one or more solar photovoltaic modules, the railroad common carrier
37.12must ensure that the solar photovoltaic modules purchased and installed are "Made in
37.13Minnesota" as defined in subdivision 1, paragraph (b).
37.14 Subd. 3. Application. Subdivision 2 does not apply if:
37.15(1) as a condition of the receipt of federal financial assistance for a specific project,
37.16the railroad common carrier is required to use a procurement method that might result in
37.17the award of a contract to a manufacturer that does not meet the "Made in Minnesota"
37.18definition in subdivision 1, paragraph (b);
37.19(2) no solar photovoltaic modules are available that meet the "Made in Minnesota"
37.20definition and fulfill the function required by the project; or
37.21(3) a railroad common carrier's compliance with the "Made in Minnesota" solar
37.22energy system requirement would result in noncompliance with any applicable federal
37.23statute or regulation.
Sec. 17. [299A.017] STATE SAFETY OVERSIGHT.
37.25 Subdivision 1. Office created. The commissioner of public safety shall establish an
37.26Office of State Safety Oversight in the Department of Public Safety for safety oversight of
37.27rail fixed guideway public transportation systems within the state. The commissioner shall
37.28designate a director of the office.
37.29 Subd. 2. Authority. The director shall implement and has regulatory authority to
37.30enforce the requirements for the state set forth in United States Code, title 49, sections
37.315329 and 5330, federal regulations adopted pursuant to those sections, and successor or
Sec. 18. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 473.408, is amended by adding a subdivision
38.1 Subd. 11. Transit service on election day. (a) The council shall provide regular
38.2route transit, as defined in section 473.385, subdivision 1, paragraph (b), free of charge
38.3on a day a state general election is held.
38.4(b) The requirements under this subdivision apply to operators of regular route
38.5transit (1) receiving financial assistance under section 473.388, or (2) operating under
38.6section 473.405, subdivision 12.
38.7EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2014, and expires on
38.8November 5, 2014.
Sec. 19. [473.41] TRANSIT SHELTERS AND STOPS.
38.10 Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms
38.11have the meanings given.
38.12(b) "Transit authority" means:
38.13(1) a statutory or home rule charter city, with respect to rights-of-way at bus stop and
38.14train stop locations, transit shelters, and transit passenger seating facilities owned by the
38.15city or established pursuant to a vendor contract with the city;
38.16(2) the Metropolitan Council, with respect to transit shelters and transit passenger
38.17seating facilities owned by the council or established pursuant to a vendor contract with
38.18the council; or
38.19(3) a replacement service provider under section 473.388, with respect to
38.20rights-of-way at bus stop and train stop locations, transit shelters, and transit passenger
38.21seating facilities owned by the provider or established pursuant to a vendor contract
38.22with the provider.
38.23(c) "Transit shelter" means a wholly or partially enclosed structure provided for
38.24public use as a waiting area in conjunction with light rail transit, bus rapid transit, or
38.25regular route transit.
38.26 Subd. 2. Design. (a) A transit authority shall establish design specifications for
38.27establishment and replacement of its transit shelters, which must include:
38.28(1) engineering standards, as appropriate;
38.29(2) maximization of protection from the wind, snow, and other elements, including
38.30but not limited to: (i) entrances that are equivalently sized to regular doorways; and (ii)
38.31other than entrances, a fully enclosed facility;
38.32(3) to the extent feasible, inclusion of warming capability at each shelter in which
38.33there is a proportionally high number of transit service passenger boardings; and
38.34(4) full accessibility for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
39.1(b) The council shall consult with the Transportation Accessibility Advisory
39.3 Subd. 3. Maintenance. A transit authority shall ensure that bus stops and transit
39.4shelters are maintained in good working order and are accessible to all users of the transit
39.5system. This requirement includes but is not limited to:
39.6(1) keeping transit shelters reasonably clean and free from graffiti; and
39.7(2) removing snow and ice in a manner that provides accessibility for the elderly and
39.8persons with disabilities to be able to enter and exit transit shelters, and board and exit
39.9transit buses and trains at the regular boarding and exit points at each stop.
39.10EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 20. WATERCRAFT DECONTAMINATION SITES; REST AREAS.
39.12Where feasible with existing resources, the commissioners of natural resources
39.13and transportation shall cooperate in an effort to use rest areas as sites for watercraft
39.14decontamination and other activities to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
39.15EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 21. WOMAN VETERAN LICENSE PLATES; DESIGN.
39.17The commissioner of veterans affairs, in consultation with the commissioner of
39.18public safety, a representative of the Minnesota Women Veterans Initiative Working
39.19Group, and any interested Minnesota veterans service organization, shall design the
39.20"WOMAN VETERAN" special plates established in Minnesota Statutes, section 168.123,
39.21subdivision 2, subject to the approval of the commissioner of public safety.
Sec. 22. HIGHWAY 14 TURNBACK.
39.23Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 161.081, subdivision 3, and 161.16, or
39.24any other law to the contrary, the commissioner of transportation may:
39.25(1) by temporary order, take over the road described as "Old Highway 14" in the
39.26settlement agreement and release executed January 7, 2014, between the state and Waseca
39.27and Steele Counties;
39.28(2) expend $35,000,000 or the amount necessary to complete the work required
39.29under the settlement agreement; and
39.30(3) upon completion of the work described in the settlement agreement, release "Old
39.31Highway 14" back to Steele and Waseca Counties.
40.1Upon completion of the work described in the settlement agreement between the
40.2state and Waseca and Steele Counties, the counties shall accept responsibility for the road
40.3described in the agreement as "Old Highway 14."
Delete the title and insert:
relating to transportation; making supplemental appropriations for transportation
purposes; adjusting appropriations; establishing certain safety oversight
authority; creating account; requiring reports; establishing provisions governing
transportation finance and policy, including provisions relating to railroad
and pipeline safety preparedness, special overdimension permit expiration,
special license plates, railroad yard lighting, transit shelters, and trunk highway
turnbacks;amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 115E.01, by adding
subdivisions; 115E.08, by adding subdivisions; 165.15, subdivision 2; 168.123,
subdivision 1; 169.826, by adding a subdivision; 169.8261, by adding a
subdivision; 169.86, subdivision 5; 169.863, by adding a subdivision; 169.865,
subdivisions 1, 2, by adding a subdivision; 169.866, subdivision 3, by adding
a subdivision; 174.24, by adding a subdivision; 219.015, subdivisions 1, 2;
473.408, by adding a subdivision; Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, sections
168.123, subdivision 2; 174.42, subdivision 2; Laws 2010, chapter 189, sections
15, subdivision 12; 26, subdivision 4; Laws 2012, chapter 287, article 2, sections
1; 3; Laws 2012, First Special Session chapter 1, article 1, section 28; Laws 2013,
chapter 117, article 1, sections 3, subdivisions 2, 3; 4; 5, subdivision 5; proposing
coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 115E; 219; 299A; 473."