1st Engrossment - 80th Legislature (1997 - 1998) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to local governments; establishing an 1.3 advisory council on local government roles and 1.4 responsibilities. 1.5 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.6 Section 1. [ADVISORY COUNCIL ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT.] 1.7 Subdivision 1. [ESTABLISHED.] An advisory council on the 1.8 roles and responsibilities of local governments is established. 1.9 Subd. 2. [DUTIES.] The advisory council shall study and 1.10 make recommendations to the legislature by July 1, 1998, on the 1.11 appropriate roles and responsibilities of local and regional 1.12 government in the metropolitan area, as defined in Minnesota 1.13 Statutes, section 473.121, subdivision 2. The advisory council 1.14 shall examine: 1.15 (1) what services should be provided and what functions 1.16 fulfilled by local or regional government; 1.17 (2) what level of government is appropriate for the 1.18 efficient, effective, and equitable delivery of these services 1.19 and functions; 1.20 (3) what powers are needed by local and regional government 1.21 to deliver the services; and 1.22 (4) what governance structures will meet the identified 1.23 roles and responsibilities of local and regional government and 1.24 be responsive to, understandable by, and accountable to citizens. 1.25 The advisory council may consider alternatives to the 2.1 existing governance structures in order to fulfill the 2.2 requirements of this section. 2.3 Subd. 3. [MEMBERSHIP.] The advisory council consists of 25 2.4 members, who serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority, 2.5 as follows: 2.6 (1) four representatives of cities, appointed by the 2.7 association of metropolitan municipalities; 2.8 (2) two representatives of towns, appointed by the 2.9 Minnesota association of townships; 2.10 (3) four representatives of counties, appointed by the 2.11 association of Minnesota counties; 2.12 (4) two representatives of school districts, appointed by 2.13 the Minnesota school boards association; 2.14 (5) eight legislators, four house members, appointed by the 2.15 speaker of the house of representatives, and four senate 2.16 members, appointed by the committee on rules and administration; 2.17 (6) the chair of the metropolitan council, or the chair's 2.18 designee; and 2.19 (7) four public members, appointed by the governor. 2.20 Members must be appointed as soon as possible after the 2.21 effective date of this section. 2.22 Subd. 4. [FIRST MEETING; SELECTION OF A CHAIR.] The 2.23 association of metropolitan municipalities shall select one of 2.24 its appointees to convene the first meeting of the advisory 2.25 council. At the first meeting, the advisory council shall 2.26 select a member to serve as chair. 2.27 Subd. 5. [EXPIRATION.] This section expires June 30, 1999.