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S.F. No. 2383 - Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project (First Engrossment)
Author: Senator Steve Dille
Prepared by: David Giel, Senate Research (296-7178)
Date: March 16, 2010

Section 1 (256.743) requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) to implement, within the limits of available appropriations, a Minnesota Couples on the Brink project to develop, evaluate, and disseminate best practices for promoting successful reconciliation between married couples who are considering or have commenced marriage dissolution and who choose to try reconciliation. The project must be implemented through the University of Minnesota and funded with federal grants, state appropriations, and in-kind services.

Section 2 (517.08, subdivision 1b) amends language governing the marriage license fee for couples who have completed 12 hours of premarital education by removing the requirement that the statement from the education provider confirming that the education occurred must be notarized.

Section 3 (517.08, subdivision 1c) redirects $5 of the marriage license fee currently going to the Minnesota Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Initiative to the Minnesota Couples on the Brink project instead. This section also redirects any balance in the special revenue fund in excess of the amount that qualifies for federal match under the healthy marriage initiative to the new project.


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