Steele County is free to sell, lease or transfer a nursing home to a nonprofit corporation, with the signing of a new law by Gov. Tim Pawlenty on May 8.
The law, sponsored by Rep. Patti Fritz (DFL-Faribault) and Sen. Dick Day (R-Owatonna), allows Steele County, one of the few remaining counties that owns and operates a nursing home, to make the transfer in order to develop a long-term sustainable facility that will be connected to local medical service providers.
The Steele County Board has the right to appoint and remove one or more members of the governing board of the corporation. Also, the law states that the corporation is subject to the open meeting law and Data Practices Act.
The law is effective the day after the governing body of Steele County and its chief clerical officer complete compliance with local approval and filing requirements.
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