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SF 2777

1st Engrossment - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 05/11/2018 08:50am

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A bill for an act
relating to state government; modifying the Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind,
and Hard-of-Hearing; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 256C.28,
subdivisions 1, 2, 3a, 5, by adding a subdivision.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 256C.28, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Membership.

The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard-of-Hearing
Minnesotans consists of seven members appointed at large and one member from each
advisory committee established under section 256C.24, subdivision 3. At least 50 percent
of the members must be deaf or deafblind or hard-of-hearing. Members shall include persons
who are deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing, parents of children who are deaf, deafblind,
and hard-of-hearing, and representatives of county and regional human services, including
representatives of private service providers. Commission members are appointed by the
governor for a three-year four-year term and until successors are appointed and qualify.
Commission members
shall serve no more than two three consecutive terms, and no more
than 12 years in total
. Annually, by January 31, the commission shall select one member
as chair and one member as vice-chair to serve until January 31 of the following year or
until the commission selects a new chair or vice-chair, whichever occurs later
.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective August 1, 2018.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 256C.28, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


Subd. 1a.

Executive committee.

The commission may establish an executive committee
and other committees of its members as it deems necessary or proper and may authorize
them to exercise any powers of the commission except those expressly required by law to
be exercised by the commission. The executive committee must have at least three members.
The executive committee may approve contracts not to exceed $50,000 to provide necessary
services and supplies to the commission.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective August 1, 2018.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 256C.28, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Removal; vacancies.

The compensation, removal of members, and filling of
vacancies on the commission are as provided in section 15.0575 15.059.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective August 1, 2018.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 256C.28, subdivision 3a, is amended to read:


Subd. 3a.

Duties.

The commission shall:

(1) assist persons who are deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing and parents of students
who are deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing in advocating for equal access to services,
programs, and opportunities;

(2) advise the governor, the legislature, the judicial branch, and the commissioners of
all state agencies on the development of policies, programs, and services affecting persons
who are deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing, and on the use of appropriate federal and state
money;

(3) create a public awareness of the special needs and potential of persons who are deaf,
deafblind, and hard-of-hearing;

(4) provide the governor, the legislature, and the commissioners of all state agencies
with a review of ongoing services, programs, and proposed legislation affecting persons
who are deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing;

(5) advise the governor, the legislature, the judicial branch, and the commissioners of
all state agencies on statutes, rules, and policies necessary to ensure that persons who are
deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing have equal access to benefits and services provided to
individuals in Minnesota;

(6) recommend to the governor, the legislature, the judicial branch, and the commissioners
of all state agencies legislation designed to improve the economic and social conditions of
persons who are deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing in Minnesota;

(7) propose solutions to problems of persons who are deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing
in the areas of education, employment, human rights, human services, health, housing, and
other related programs;

(8) recommend to the governor, the legislature, and the commissioners of all state
agencies any needed revisions in the state's affirmative action program and any other steps
necessary to eliminate the underemployment or unemployment of deaf, deafblind, and
hard-of-hearing persons in the state's work force;

(9) work with other state and federal agencies and organizations to promote economic
development for Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing; and

(10) coordinate its efforts with other state and local agencies serving persons who are
deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing. ;

(11) research, formulate, and present plans, programs, and policies that will serve the
needs of persons who are deaf, persons who are deafblind, and persons who are
hard-of-hearing; and

(12) encourage and assist in the development of coordinated, interdepartmental goals
and objectives, and the coordination of programs, services, and facilities among all state
departments, political subdivisions, and private providers of service as they relate to persons
who are deaf, persons who are deafblind, and persons who are hard-of-hearing.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective August 1, 2018.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 256C.28, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Powers.

The commission may contract in its own name. Contracts must be
executed by the chair and the executive director. Contracts for more than $50,000
must be
approved by a majority of the members of the commission and executed by the chair and
the executive director
. The commission may apply for, receive, and expend in its own name
grants and gifts of money consistent with the powers and duties specified in this section.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective August 1, 2018.

Sec. 6. TRANSITION OF THE TERMS OF MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION
OF DEAF, DEAFBLIND, AND HARD-OF-HEARING.

The governor shall designate three of the at-large members and four of the members
from the advisory committees under Minnesota Statutes, section 256C.24, subdivision 3,
to serve their current terms coterminous with the governor ending in January 2019. The
current terms of the remaining members shall end the first Monday in January 2020. A
partial term served as of the first Monday in January 2019 constitutes one term for the
purpose of counting terms toward the three-term limit in Minnesota Statutes, section 256C.28.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective August 1, 2018.

Sec. 7. REVISOR'S INSTRUCTION.

The revisor of statutes shall change "Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, and
Hard-of-Hearing Minnesotans" to "Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind, and
Hard-of-Hearing" wherever these terms occur in Minnesota Statutes.

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