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					Department of Employment and Economic Development


        2011 Regular Session Legislative Report

  Bills followed by the Department of Employment and Economic Development




                         DEED Legislative Team
                          Lynne Batzli, Director
                          Tom Dicklich, Director
                         Katherine Sherman-Hoehn
                                                                    Table of Contents


DEED-RELATED CHAPTERS .................................................................................................. 3
BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIVISION.................................................... 4

    State Disaster Recovery Assistance Bill ................................................................................................................................. 4
    Angel Investment Tax Credit .................................................................................................................................................. 4
    JOBZ Modifications................................................................................................................................................................ 4
    Biobutanol Plant Environmental Assessment Worksheet Waiver .......................................................................................... 4


WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT DIVISION .............................................................................. 5

    Governor’s Workforce Development Council (GWDC) Library Advisor .............................................................................. 5
    Dislocated Worker Definition Amendment ............................................................................................................................ 5
    Mandatory Minnesota Youth Program Reporting Modification ............................................................................................. 5
    Project GATE Participant Unemployment Insurance eligibility ............................................................................................. 5


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (UI) DIVISION ...................................................................... 6

    Adult Children of Business Owners ........................................................................................................................................ 6
    Extended Benefits ................................................................................................................................................................... 6
    Suitable Employment: Staffing Agencies ............................................................................................................................... 6
    Assessment for Interest on Federal Loan ................................................................................................................................ 6
    Benefit Account Requirement ................................................................................................................................................. 6
    Personal Time Off (PTO) Deductibility .................................................................................................................................. 6
    Project GATE Participant Unemployment Insurance eligibility ............................................................................................. 6


DEPARTMENT-WIDE ............................................................................................................... 8

Administrative and Financial Services .................................................................................................................................... 8

    State Agency Value Initiative ................................................................................................................................................. 8
DEED-Related Chapters
Chapter   House    Senate   Description                        Presented   Signed
          File     File
6         103      (114)    Unemployment insurance             3/8/2011    3/9/2011
                            eligibility and extension
                            provisions modified.
24        299      (543)    Executive branch agency            5/16/2011   5/19/2011
                            retained savings program
                            established.
67        (1088)   1044     Natural disasters state agencies   5/23/2011   5/24/2011
                            responses provisions
                            modifications; flood damage
                            assistance provisions
                            modification.
74        844      (1204)   Public library adviser provided    5/23/11     5/24/11
                            for the Governor's Workforce
                            Development Council.
84        (1396)   1130     Unemployment insurance and         5/23/11     5/24/11
                            workforce development
                            provisions modifications.
107       (1097)   1115     Omnibus natural resources          5/25/11     5/27/11
                            policy provisions modification
112       1219     (869)    Omnibus technical tax bill.        5/27/11     5/31/11




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Business and Community Development Division
State Disaster Recovery Assistance Bill
Amends M.S. 12A. Bill addresses how state assistance for disaster recovery should be administered.
Sections 3 and 4 relate to DEED. Section 3 clarifies how DEED’s Minnesota Investment Funds can be
used when providing disaster recovery assistance funds to businesses. Section 4 provides more
flexibility in how MIF funds can be forgiven.
Reference: Chapter 67, Sections 3-4
Contact: Bob Isaacson, 651-259-7458 or bob.isaacson@state.mn.us

Angel Investment Tax Credit
Amends MS 116J.8737. The provision adds a definition for “intern” and applies a lower wage
minimum (175% of federal minimum wage, currently equivalent to $12.69/hr) for such employees in
order for a business to be eligible for certification in the angel tax credit program, compared to the
statute’s regular employee minimum wage (175% poverty level wage for a family of four, or currently
equivalent to $18.80/hr [2011]). The provision also increases the maximum previously raised private
equity amount provision to qualify for business certification from $2 million to $4 million, thus
eliminating an inconsistency of the original legislative language which allows a business to raise up to
$4 million using the program. In addition, the provision allows the certification of angel investment
funds with “non-natural person” members (e.g., corporations), while retaining the original requirement
that only natural person members of such funds are eligible for the credit.
Reference: Chapter 112, HF 1219, Article 11, Sections 2, 3, and 4
Contact: Jeff Nelson, 651-259-7523 or jeff.m.nelson@state.mn.us

JOBZ Modifications
Amends MS 290.0922 and MS 469.319 Subd. 5. Several amendments are made to the Job
Opportunities Building Zones (JOBZ) statute. These provisions were initiated by the Department of
Revenue (DOR). Article 6, Sections 5 and 6 are designed to ensure that the only taxpayers that receive
JOBZ benefits, in this case, the minimum fee, are those that have signed a business subsidy agreement.
Article 10, Section 3 makes the “request for clawback waiver time” consistent for all taxes. With this
change, once a letter is sent from the county or DOR the 60-day period for requesting a waiver begins
for both taxing jurisdictions.
Reference: Chapter 112, HF 1219, Article 6 Section 5-6, and Article 10, Section 3
Contact: Bob Isaacson, 651-259-7458 or bob.isaacson@state.mn.us

Biobutanol Plant Environmental Assessment Worksheet Waiver
Amends MS 2010 116D.04, Subd. 2a as amended by Laws 2011, Chapter 4, Section 6. This removes
the mandatory Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) trigger for expanding, but not new,
ethanol and biobutanol plants.
Reference: Chapter 107, SF 1115, Section 87
Contact: Mark Lofthus, 651-259-7440 or mark.lofthus@state.mn.us




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Workforce Development Division
Governor’s Workforce Development Council (GWDC) Library Advisor
Amends 116L.665, Subdivision 2. Adds one individual representing public libraries to serve as
a nonvoting advisor to the GWDC.
Reference: Chapter 74; HF844; SF1204
Contact: Bryan Lindsley, 651-259-7572; bryan.lindsley@state.mn.us

Dislocated Worker Definition Amendment
Amends 116L.17, subdivision 1 to add to the definition of dislocated worker individuals covered under
the Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Program. The amendment also sets an expiration date of
August 1, 2012 on obsolete language regarding workers who lost their jobs from 2007-2009 as a result
of the smoking ban. This clause is effective the day following enactment.
Reference: Chapter 84, Article 3, Section 1
Contact: Anthony Alongi, 651-259-7528; anthony.alongi@state.mn.us

Mandatory Minnesota Youth Program Reporting Modification
Amends 116L.561, subdivision 7 to change the mandated reporting on the Minnesota Youth Program
by deleting the quarterly requirement and giving the Commissioner discretion on how often a report is
required.
Reference: Chapter 84, Article 3, Section 2
Contact: Kay Tracy, 651-259-7555; kay.tracy@state.mn.us

Project GATE Participant Unemployment Insurance eligibility
Amends Laws 2009, Chapter 78, Article 3, Section 16 to permit individuals who are in Project GATE, a
pilot project for individuals starting their own business, to collect unemployment benefits even if they
work 32 hours per week during the start-up phase. This is limited to a maximum of 500 individuals by
law.
Reference: Chapter 84, Article 1, Section 10
Contact: Annie Welch, 651-259-7525; annie.welch@state.mn.us




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Unemployment Insurance (UI) Division
Adult Children of Business Owners
Amends MS 268.085, subdivision 9. Makes adult children of business owners eligible for
unemployment benefits without the limitation imposed on other family members of business owners.
Retroactive to July 1, 2010.
Reference: Chapter 6, H.F. 103, Section 1
Contact: Lee Nelson 651-259-7117 or mailto:lee.nelson@state.mn.us

Extended Benefits
Allows a three-year look-back period under MS 268.115, subdivision 1, clause (2), rather than the two-
year period otherwise provided. Provision is effective so long as federal law allows a three-year look-
back period.
Reference: Chapter 6, H.F. 103, Section 2
Contact: Lee Nelson 651-259-7117 or mailto:lee.nelson@state.mn.us

Suitable Employment: Staffing Agencies
Amends MS 268.035, subd. 23a, lowering from 45% to 25% the percentage of past wages necessary for
work with a staffing agency to be considered suitable employment.
Reference: Chapter 84, S.F. 1130, Article 1, Section 3
Contact: Lee Nelson 651-259-7117 or mailto:lee.nelson@state.mn.us

Assessment for Interest on Federal Loan
Amends MS 268.051, subd. 8. Allows the assessment on employer UI taxes used for pay interest on a
federal loan to be set at less than 2%.
Reference: Chapter 84,, S.F. 1130, Article 1, section 5
Contact: Lee Nelson 651-259-7117 or mailto:lee.nelson@state.mn.us

Benefit Account Requirement
Amends MS 268.07, subd. 2, changing the qualifying requirement to establish a benefit account to a
straight $2,400 in the applicant’s base period. Effective October 28, 2012.
Reference: Chapter 84,, S.F. 1130, Article 1, section 6
Contact: Lee Nelson 651-259-7117 or mailto:lee.nelson@state.mn.us

Personal Time Off (PTO) Deductibility
Amends MS 268.085, subd. 3, to provide that PTO pay and sick pay are treated the same way as
vacation pay for purposes of eligibility.
Reference: Chapter 84,, SF 1130, Article 1, section 8
Contact: Lee Nelson 651-259-7117 or mailto:lee.nelson@state.mn.us



Project GATE Participant Unemployment Insurance eligibility
Amends Laws 2009, Chapter 78, Article 3, Section 16 to permit individuals who are in Project GATE, a
pilot project for individuals starting their own business, to collect unemployment benefits even if they
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work 32 hours per week during the start-up phase. This is limited to a maximum of 500 individuals by
law.
Reference: Chapter 84, Article 1, Section 10
Contact: Annie Welch, 651-259-7525; annie.welch@state.mn.us




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Department-Wide
Administrative and Financial Services

State Agency Value Initiative
Amends MS 2010, Sec. 16A.28, subd. 3; proposing coding for the new law in MS, Chapter 15. The bill
establishes the state agency value initiative (SAVI). SAVI’s mission is to encourage state agencies to
identify cost-effective and efficiency measures in agency programs and operations that result in cost
savings for the state. With approval from the Commissioner of Management and Budget, 50% of any
appropriations for agency operations which remain unspent at the end of the biennium due to
unanticipated innovation, efficiencies etc. may be carried forward to fund specific agency proposals or
projects. Agencies that receive funding from the SAVI program must organize a special peer review
panel to determine which projects or proposals receive the funding.
Reference: Chapter 24, HF 299
Contact: Cindy Farrell, 651-259-7085 or cindy.farrell@state.mn.us




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