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HF 697

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 02/09/2015 02:06pm

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A bill for an act
relating to agriculture; establishing a Minnesota Food Council; providing
appointments; requiring reports;proposing coding for new law as Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 41E.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

[41E.01] MINNESOTA FOOD COUNCIL.

Subdivision 1.

Establishment; membership.

The Minnesota Food Council is
established. The council is composed of 20 members as follows:

(1) the commissioner of agriculture or the commissioner's designee;

(2) the commissioner of health or the commissioner's designee;

(3) the commissioner of natural resources or the commissioner's designee;

(4) three representatives of the University of Minnesota, one from each of the
following institutions: the Department of Applied Economics; Extension; and the Institute
on the Environment;

(5) ten stakeholder representatives, consisting of at least one representative of each
of the following groups, as appointed by the governor: farmers, consumers, agricultural
advocates, environmental advocates, and public health advocates;

(6) the chairs of the house of representatives and senate committees with jurisdiction
over agriculture finance; and

(7) the ranking minority members of the house of representatives and senate
committees with jurisdiction over agriculture finance.

Subd. 2.

Duties.

The council must be a vehicle for networking, communication,
research, and reporting of policy recommendations to improve the food system in
Minnesota, particularly the development and expansion of secure, local, and sustainable
food production systems that promote economic viability, ecological soundness, and social
responsibility. The council must report at least annually to the governor and the legislative
committees with jurisdiction over agriculture policy and finance.

Subd. 3.

Terms and compensation of appointees; staff.

(a) The council's
membership terms, compensation, filling of vacancies, and removal of members are as
provided in section 15.0575.

(b) The council may employ an executive director, assistant director, and
administrative assistant to carry out its duties.

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