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SF 2457

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/15/2019 08:48am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to state government; establishing a Volunteerism Innovation Board;
requiring grants; appropriating money; proposing coding for new law as Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 129E.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [129E.01] MINNESOTA VOLUNTEERISM INNOVATION BOARD.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Board established; membership. new text end

new text begin (a) A Minnesota Volunteerism
Innovation Board is established. The board consists of the following members:
new text end

new text begin (1) three members appointed by the governor;
new text end

new text begin (2) two members appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives;
new text end

new text begin (3) one member appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives;
new text end

new text begin (4) two members appointed by the president of the senate; and
new text end

new text begin (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the senate.
new text end

new text begin (b) In addition to the members appointed under paragraph (a), a representative of the
contractor providing administrative support under subdivision 4 shall serve as the board's
secretary and is an ex-officio, nonvoting member of the board. The contractor's representation
is not subject to the qualification standards in subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin (c) The board shall elect a chair and other officers from among its membership.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Qualifications for appointment. new text end

new text begin (a) The appointing authorities must coordinate
appointments to ensure the inclusion of community leaders from a range of subsectors of
the nonprofit, public, and business volunteerism communities. Appointees must be
geographically balanced according to community indicator regions adopted by the state
demographer, and must reflect a diversity of Minnesota's population.
new text end

new text begin (b) The community indicator regions adopted by the state demographer under paragraph
(a) must reflect the Minnesota Compass regions adopted by Wilder Research, or another
similar metric for identifying and measuring community indicators in individual regions of
the state.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Terms of appointment; removal; compensation. new text end

new text begin Members of the board shall
be appointed for a five-year term. Members may be removed and vacancies filled as provided
in section 15.0575, subdivisions 4 and 5. Members of the board serve without compensation
or reimbursement for expenses, except for compensation or expense reimbursement that
the member may receive in the ordinary course of employment or from another nonstate
source that is not a grant applicant or recipient.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Administrative staff support. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of administration must assist
the board in entering a contract for professional services for administrative support. The
contractor must have existing, demonstrated expertise in building the capacity of
organizations to effectively engage volunteers according to best practices in volunteer
resources leadership.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Duties. new text end

new text begin The board must:
new text end

new text begin (1) gather information about, analyze, and build upon Minnesota's current capacity for
sustained high quality, results-driven, evidence-based, innovative volunteerism in order to
expand Minnesotans' ability to act on challenges and opportunities that correspond directly
to Minnesota Compass measures, or other similar community indicators, and positively
impact Minnesota communities;
new text end

new text begin (2) study and assess the capacity of Minnesota nonprofit, public, and business
organizations to expand and deepen volunteer efforts that address community challenges
and opportunities through sustained high quality, results-driven volunteerism and then make
related recommendations to community and volunteer engagement leaders and report the
study results and recommendations to the governor and the legislature;
new text end

new text begin (3) gather baseline information about the capacity of Minnesota volunteer-involving
organizations to demonstrate results through volunteering best practices and by tracking,
analyzing, and reporting grant activities and measurable grant results with a common
grant-tracking and grant-reporting system; and
new text end

new text begin (4) administer the grant program required by section 129E.02.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Legislative reports. new text end

new text begin By November 15 of each year, the board shall prepare
and deliver to the legislature and the governor a report that shall include the following:
new text end

new text begin (1) a financial statement showing receipts and disbursements for the year ending the
preceding June 30, including a listing of the nonstate gifts and contributions to the Minnesota
volunteerism innovation account established in section 129E.03 that are valued in excess
of $1,000 along with the donor who contributed the gift;
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new text begin (2) a brief description of the activities of the board for the preceding year;
new text end

new text begin (3) the number of meetings and approximate hours spent by board members in meetings
and on other board activities;
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new text begin (4) a brief summary of board rules proposed or adopted during the period with appropriate
citations to the State Register and published rules; and
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new text begin (5) the number of grant applications received by the board, and the number of grants
awarded, with a brief description of the purpose and outcomes of each awarded grant and
the region of the state where the grantee is located.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin The board expires June 30, 2024.
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [129E.02] MINNESOTA VOLUNTEERISM INNOVATION GRANTS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Grants; measures of progress. new text end

new text begin The Minnesota Board on Volunteerism
Innovation must administer a grant program intended to increase measurable results of
innovative volunteer efforts aligned with Minnesota Compass measures, or other similar
community indicators, in areas that impact Minnesotans' quality of life. The measures must
serve as indicators of progress to be measured in order to determine the recipient's progress
toward identified community goals. An applicant for a grant must identify the measures to
be used when applying for a grant.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Eligibility; private match required. new text end

new text begin Grants may be awarded to organizations
in the public, nonprofit, or business sector that directly engage primarily nonstipend
volunteers. To be eligible for a grant, an applicant must match the grant funds requested to
be awarded in full. The match may be demonstrated through a direct contribution of funds,
or through in-kind contributions, including the value of staff and volunteer time provided
by the applicant, the applicant's community partners, or other nonstate sources. The value
of time of volunteers who receive a stipend may not be counted toward the match
requirement. The value of time of volunteers who receive reimbursement for direct
volunteer-related expenses may be counted toward the match requirement. Grants may be
renewed at the discretion of the board.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Rules and laws governing grantmaking process. new text end

new text begin The board must adopt
administrative rules to establish procedures governing the application for grants, evaluation
of applications, and other requirements for awarding grants, including procedures to ensure
that grant awards are equitably distributed to applicants in all regions of the state. Sections
16B.97 to 16B.991 apply to the award of grants by the board. The terms of the grant
agreement must require that all activities funded by the grant be completed no later than
June 30, 2024. No more than five percent of a grant award may be used for administrative
costs associated with implementing the grant.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin This section expires June 30, 2024.
new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin [129E.03] MINNESOTA VOLUNTEERISM INNOVATION ACCOUNT.
new text end

new text begin A volunteerism innovation account is established in the special revenue fund. The account
consists of amounts appropriated to the account by law, and other gifts and contributions
to the account received by the commissioner of management and budget under section
16A.013 from nonstate sources for deposit in the account. Amounts in the account are
appropriated to the Minnesota Volunteerism Innovation Board for the purposes described
in this chapter.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginMINNESOTA VOLUNTEERISM INNOVATION BOARD;
APPOINTMENTS; FIRST MEETING.
new text end

new text begin Initial appointments to the Minnesota Volunteerism Innovation Board must be made no
later than August 1, 2019. The commissioner of administration must convene the first
meeting of the board no later than September 1, 2019.
new text end

Sec. 5. new text beginMINNESOTA VOLUNTEERISM INNOVATION BOARD;
APPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $600,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $600,000 in fiscal year 2021 are appropriated from the
general fund to the volunteerism innovation account in the special revenue fund established
by Minnesota Statutes, section 129E.03. Of these amounts, no more than $70,000 each year
may be used to support administrative costs associated with implementing the requirements
of this act. All remaining amounts must be distributed as grants under Minnesota Statutes,
section 129E.02.
new text end