as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/13/2019 11:21am
A bill for an act
relating to state government; modifying the ethnic councils' enabling statute;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 15.0145, subdivisions 3, 5.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 15.0145, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
(a) In making appointments to a council, the
governor shall consider an appointee's proven dedication and commitment to the council's
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beneficial to the council, such as experience in public policy, legal affairs, social work,
business, or management. The executive director of a council and legislative members may
offer advice to the governor on applicants seeking appointment.
(b) Terms, compensation, and filling of vacancies for members appointed by the governor
are as provided in section 15.059. Removal of members appointed by the governor is
governed by section 15.059, except that: (1) a member who missed more than half of the
council meetings convened during a 12-month period automatically is removed from the
council; and (2) a member appointed by the governor may be removed by a vote of three
of the four legislative members of the council. The chair of a council shall inform the
governor of the need for the governor to fill a vacancy on the council. Legislative members
serve at the pleasure of their appointing authority.
(c) A member appointed by the governor may serve no more than a total of eight years
on a council. A legislator may serve new text beginnew text endno more than eight consecutive
years ornew text beginnew text end 12 nonconsecutive years on any one council.
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 15.0145, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
(a) The Legislative Coordinating Commission must
appoint an executive director for each councilnew text beginnew text end. The
executive director must be experienced in administrative activities and familiar with the
challenges and needs of the ethnic council's larger community. The executive director serves
in the unclassified service at the pleasure of the Legislative Coordinating Commission.
(b) The Legislative Coordinating Commission must establish a process for recruiting
and selecting applicants for the executive director positions. This process must include
consultation and collaboration with the applicable council.
(c) The executive director deleted text beginand applicabledeleted text endnew text beginnew text end council deleted text beginmembers
must work togetherdeleted text end in fulfilling council duties. The executive director must consult with
the commissioner of administration to ensure appropriate financial, purchasing, human
resources, and other services for operation of the council.
(d) Once appointed, each deleted text begincouncildeleted text endnew text beginnew text end is responsible for deleted text beginsupervising the work of its
directordeleted text endnew text beginnew text end. The council chair must report to the
chair of the Legislative Coordinating Commission new text beginnew text endregarding the
performance of the executive directordeleted text begin, including any recommendations regarding disciplinary
actionsdeleted text end. The executive director must appoint and supervise the work of other staff necessary
to carry out the duties of the council. deleted text beginThe executive director must consult with the council
chair prior to taking the following disciplinary actions with council staff: written reprimand,
suspension, demotion, or discharge.deleted text end The executive director and other council staff are
executive branch employees.
(e) The executive director must submit the council's biennial budget request to the
commissioner of management and budget as provided under chapter 16A.
(f) The Legislative Coordinating Commission may delegate its responsibilities under
this section to a subcommittee or subgroup of the commission or the chair of the council.