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S.F. No. 368 - Driverís Instruction Permit Requirements Modifications; Novice Driver Education Improvement Task Force Establishment and Appropriation (Second Engrossment)
Author: Senator Kevin L. Dahle
Prepared By: Krista Boyd, Senate Fiscal Analyst (651/296-7681)
Date: April 6, 2013


Section 1 authorizes the Commissioner of Public Safety to issue an instruction permit to an applicant who is enrolled in concurrent classroom and behind-the-wheel training and has completed 15 hours of classroom training.  (Completion of the classroom phase of training requires 30 hours.)

Section 2 creates the Novice Driver Education Improvement Task Force with 21 members, including the Commissioner of Public Safety and members designated by specified organizations.  Members serve without compensation.  Members must be appointed or designated by August 1, 2013.  The first meeting must be convened by September 1, 2013.  The duties of the task force are to examine and compare Minnesota law and rules concerning driver education with the Novice Teen Driver Education and Training Administrative Standards, identify discrepancies, and determine to what extent state law should be modified to conform with federal standards.  The Commissioner of Public Safety is required to provide support staff and administrative services for the task force.  The task force must submit a report to the legislative Transportation Committees no later than August 31, 2015, containing any recommendations and proposed legislation.

Section 3 directs the Commissioner of Public Safety to adopt rules to carry out section 1.  Rulemaking is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 14.386 (the exempt process), but they do not expire in two years. 

Section 4 appropriates an unspecified amount from an unspecified fund to the Commissioner of Public Safety for the costs of carrying out the duties in sections 1, 2, and 3.

Section 5 provides that section 1 is effective January 1, 2014.  Section 2 is immediately effective and repealed September 1, 2015, or the day after the task force submits its report, whichever occurs earlier.  Section 3 is effective the day following final enactment.


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