1.1.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 1447 as follows:
1.2Page 1, delete section 1 and insert:

1.3    "Section 1. [136A.1795] LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIAN LOAN
1.5    Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms
1.6have the meanings given.
1.7(b) "Veterinarian" means an individual who has been awarded a doctor of veterinary
1.8medicine degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota.
1.9(c) "Designated rural area" means an area in Minnesota outside the counties of
1.10Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington, excluding the cities of
1.11Duluth, Mankato, Moorhead, Rochester, and St. Cloud.
1.12(d) "Emergency circumstances" means those conditions that make it impossible for
1.13the participant to fulfill the service commitment, including death, total and permanent
1.14disability, or temporary disability lasting more than two years.
1.15(e) "Qualified educational loan" means a government, commercial, or foundation
1.16loan for actual costs paid for tuition, reasonable education expenses, and reasonable living
1.17expenses related to the education of a veterinarian.
1.18    Subd. 2. Establishment; administration. (a) The director of the Minnesota Office
1.19of Higher Education shall establish and administer a loan forgiveness program for large
1.20animal veterinarians who:
1.21(1) agree to practice in designated rural areas that are considered underserved; and
1.22(2) work full time in a practice that is at least 50 percent involved with the care of
1.23food animals.
1.24(b) Appropriations made to the program do not cancel and are available until
2.1    Subd. 3. Eligibility. (a) To be eligible to participate in the loan forgiveness program,
2.2an individual must:
2.3(1) be a veterinarian who has been awarded a veterinary medicine degree within
2.4three years of submitting an application under this section, or be enrolled in the
2.5veterinarian degree program and making satisfactory progress in the College of Veterinary
2.6Medicine, University of Minnesota; and
2.7(2) submit an application to the director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education
2.8in the form and manner prescribed by the director.
2.9(b) An applicant selected to participate must sign a contract agreeing to complete a
2.10five-year service obligation to practice as required under subdivision 2, paragraph (a).
2.11    Subd. 4. Loan forgiveness. (a) The director of the Minnesota Office of Higher
2.12Education may select a maximum of five applicants each year for participation in the loan
2.13forgiveness program, within the limits of available funding. Applicants are responsible for
2.14securing their own qualified educational loans.
2.15(b) The director must select participants based on their suitability for practice serving
2.16the designated rural area, as indicated by experience or training. The director must give
2.17preference to applicants closest to completing their training.
2.18(c) The director must make annual disbursements directly to the participant of
2.19$15,000 or the balance of the participant's qualifying educational loans, whichever is less,
2.20for each year that a participant meets the service obligation required under subdivision 3,
2.21paragraph (b), up to a maximum of five years.
2.22(d) Before receiving loan repayment disbursements and as requested, the participant
2.23must complete and return to the director an affidavit of practice form provided by the
2.24director verifying that the participant is practicing as required under subdivision 2,
2.25paragraph (a). The participant must provide the director with verification that the full
2.26amount of loan repayment disbursement received by the participant has been applied
2.27toward the designated loans. After each disbursement, verification must be received by
2.28the director and approved before the next loan repayment disbursement is made.
2.29(e) Participants who move their practice remain eligible for loan repayment as long
2.30as they practice as required under subdivision 2, paragraph (a).
2.31    Subd. 5. Penalty for nonfulfillment. If a participant does not fulfill the required
2.32minimum commitment of service required under subdivision 3, paragraph (b), the director
2.33of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education must collect from the participant the total
2.34amount paid to the participant under the loan forgiveness program plus interest at a rate
2.35established according to section 270C.40. The director must deposit the money collected
2.36in the state general fund. The director must allow waivers of all or part of the money owed
3.1the director as a result of a nonfulfillment penalty if emergency circumstances prevented
3.2fulfillment of the service obligation.
3.3    Subd. 6. Rules. The director may adopt rules to implement this section."
3.4Page 3, line 9, delete "commissioner of agriculture" and insert "director of the
3.5Minnesota Office of Higher Education"
3.6Amend the title accordingly