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relating to the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission; changing certain duties, powers, and procedures;
amending Laws 2005, First Special Session chapter 1, article 4, section 121.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
The Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission is established to plan for activities relating to Minnesota's 150th anniversary of statehood. The commission shall create a plan for capital improvements, celebratory activities, and public engagement in every county in the state of Minnesota.
The commission shall consist of 17 members who shall serve until the completion of the sesquicentennial year of statehood, appointed as follows:
(1) nine members appointed by the governor, representing major corporate, nonprofit, and public sectors of the state, selected from all parts of the state;
(2) two members appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives;
(3) two members appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives;
(4) two members from the majority party in the senate, appointed by the Subcommittee on Committees; and
(5) two members from the minority party in the senate, appointed by the Subcommittee on Committees.
Members shall select a chair from the membership of the commission. The chair shall convene all meetings and set the agenda for the commission. The Minnesota Historical Society shall provide office space and staff support for the commission, and shall cooperate with the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to support the programs of the commission. Meetings shall be at the call of the chair. The commission may appoint an advisory council to advise and assist the commission with its duties. Members shall receive no compensation for service on the Sesquicentennial Commission. Members appointed by the governor may be reimbursed for expenses under Minnesota Statutes, section 15.059, subdivision 3.
The commission shall have the following duties:
(1) to present to the governor and legislature a plan for capital grants to pay for capital improvements on Minnesota's historic public and private buildings, to be known as sesquicentennial grants;
(2) to seek funding for activities to celebrate the 150th anniversary of statehood, and to form partnerships with private parties to further this mission; and
(3) to present an annual report to the governor and legislature outlining progress made towards the celebration of the sesquicentennial.
The commission may arrange for design, production, distribution, marketing, and sale of a commemorative coin. Proceeds from sale of the commemorative coin are appropriated to the commission.
The commission shall continue to operate until January 30, 2009, at which time it shall expire.
Presented to the governor April 30, 2007
Signed by the governor May 3, 2007, 4:54 p.m.