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HF 1225

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 01:46am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Introduction Posted on 03/02/2009

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to state government; providing for an independent Office of Strategic
and Long-Range Planning; transferring duties; appropriating money; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 4A.01; 4A.02; 4A.06.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 4A.01, is amended to read:


new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Creation; duties. new text end

The Office of Strategic and Long-Range Planning
is creatednew text begin as an independent agency of state governmentnew text end, with a director appointed by the text begin The director is the state planning officer and is responsible for the coordination,
development, assessment, and communication of information, performance measures,
planning, and policy concerning the state's future. The director may not hold another state
office. The director may contract with another agency for the provision of administrative
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Long-range plan. new text end

new text beginBy September 15, 2010, and every five years thereafter,
new text endthe deleted text beginOffice of Strategic and Long-Range Planningdeleted text endnew text begin directornew text end must develop an integrated
long-range plan for the statenew text begin based upon the plans and strategies of state agencies, public
advice about the future, and other information developed under this chapter
new text end. The deleted text beginofficedeleted text endnew text begin
new text end must coordinate activities among all levels of government and must stimulate
public interest and participation in the future of the state.

The deleted text beginofficedeleted text endnew text begin directornew text end must act in coordination with the commissioner of finance,
affected state agencies, and the legislature in the planning and financing of major public

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin The director must submit a report to the governor and legislature
no later than the end of the first week in December of each year on the economic, social,
and environmental information necessary for public and elected officials to manage
for the long-term. The report must identify and assess the information important to
understanding the state's two-, ten-, and 50-year outlook and be informed on the decisions
that elected officials and the public may face. The report must include the demographic
forecast required by section 4A.02, paragraph (e), and the milestones report required by
section 4A.06 and may include policy recommendations based upon the information
and assessment provided.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 4A.02, is amended to read:


(a) The director shall appoint a state demographer. The demographer must be
professionally competent in demography and must possess demonstrated ability based
upon past performance.

(b) The demographer shall:

(1) continuously gather and develop demographic data relevant to the state;

(2) design and test methods of research and data collection;

(3) periodically prepare population projections for the state and designated regions
and periodically prepare projections for each county or other political subdivision of the
state as necessary to carry out the purposes of this section;

(4) review, comment on, and prepare analysis of population estimates and
projections made by state agencies, political subdivisions, other states, federal agencies, or
nongovernmental persons, institutions, or commissions;

(5) serve as the state liaison with the United States Bureau of the Census, coordinate
state and federal demographic activities to the fullest extent possible, and aid the
legislature in preparing a census data plan and form for each decennial census;

(6) compile an annual study of population estimates on the basis of county, regional,
or other political or geographical subdivisions as necessary to carry out the purposes of
this section and section 4A.03;

(7) by January 1 of each year, issue a report to the legislature containing an analysis
of the demographic implications of the annual population study and population projections;

(8) prepare maps for all counties in the state, all municipalities with a population
of 10,000 or more, and other municipalities as needed for census purposes, according to
scale and detail recommended by the United States Bureau of the Census, with the maps
of cities showing precinct boundaries;

(9) prepare an estimate of population and of the number of households for each
governmental subdivision for which the Metropolitan Council does not prepare an annual
estimate, and convey the estimates to the governing body of each political subdivision
by June 1 of each year;

(10) direct, under section 414.01, subdivision 14, and certify population and
household estimates of annexed or detached areas of municipalities or towns after being
notified of the order or letter of approval by the chief administrative law judge of the
State Office of Administrative Hearings;

(11) prepare, for any purpose for which a population estimate is required by law
or needed to implement a law, a population estimate of a municipality or town whose
population is affected by action under section 379.02 or 414.01, subdivision 14; and

(12) prepare an estimate of average household size for each statutory or home rule
charter city with a population of 2,500 or more by June 1 of each year.

(c) A governing body may challenge an estimate made under paragraph (b) by filing
their specific objections in writing with the state demographer by June 24. If the challenge
does not result in an acceptable estimate, the governing body may have a special census
conducted by the United States Bureau of the Census. The political subdivision must
notify the state demographer by July 1 of its intent to have the special census conducted.
The political subdivision must bear all costs of the special census. Results of the special
census must be received by the state demographer by the next April 15 to be used in that
year's June 1 estimate to the political subdivision under paragraph (b).

(d) The state demographer shall certify the estimates of population and household
size to the commissioner of revenue by July 15 each year, including any estimates still
under objection.

new text begin (e) The state demographer shall release a demographic forecast in conjunction with
the commissioner of finance and the November state economic forecast.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 4A.06, is amended to read:

4A.06 deleted text beginFIREARMSdeleted text endnew text begin MILESTONESnew text end REPORT REQUIRED.

deleted text begin The Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center of the Office of Strategic and
Long-Range Planning shall report to the legislature no later than January 31 of each year
on the number of persons arrested, charged, convicted, and sentenced for violations of each
state law affecting the use or possession of firearms. The report must include complete
statistics, including the make, model, and serial number of each firearm involved, where
that information is available, on each crime committed affecting the use or possession of
firearms and a breakdown by county of the crimes committed.
deleted text end new text begin The director must establish
a statewide system of economic, social, and environmental performance measures. The
milestones must provide the economic, social, and environmental information necessary
for public and elected officials to understand and evaluate the sustainability of the state's
long-term trends. The director must report on the trends and their implications each year.
The director may contract for the development of information and measures.
new text end

new text end

new text begin The responsibilities, staff, and resources of the Office of Geographic and
Demographic Analysis in state and community services are transferred under section
15.039 to the Office of Strategic and Long-Range Planning.
new text end

Sec. 5. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
new text end

new text begin $....... for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, and $....... for the fiscal year ending
June 30, 2011, is appropriated from the general fund to the director of the Office of
Strategic and Long-Range Planning for the purposes of Minnesota Statutes, sections
4A.01 to 4A.07.
new text end