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CHAPTER 374--S.F.No. 1770

An act

relating to poverty; establishing the Ladder Out of Poverty Task Force; providing for its membership and duties; providing legislative appointments.

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

Section 1.

LADDER OUT OF POVERTY TASK FORCE.

Subdivision 1.

Creation.

(a) The task force consists of the following members:

(1) four senators, including two members of the majority party and two members of the minority party, appointed by the Subcommittee on Committees of the Committee on Rules and Administration of the senate;

(2) four members of the house of representatives, including two members of the majority party, appointed by the speaker of the house, and two members of the minority party, appointed by the minority leader;

(3) the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce or the commissioner's designee; and

(4) the attorney general or the attorney general's designee.

(b) The task force shall ensure that representatives of the following have the opportunity to meet with and present views to the task force: credit unions; independent community banks; state and federal financial institutions; community action agencies; faith-based financial counseling agencies; faith-based social justice organizations; legal services organizations representing low-income persons; nonprofit organizations providing free tax preparation services as part of the volunteer income tax assistance program; relevant state and local agencies; University of Minnesota faculty involved in personal and family financial education; philanthropic organizations that have as one of their missions combating predatory lending; organizations representing older Minnesotans; and organizations representing the interests of women, Latinos and Latinas, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, American Indians, and immigrants.

Subd. 2.

Duties.

(a) At a minimum, the task force must identify specific policies, strategies, and actions to:

(1) increase opportunities for poor and near-poor families and individuals to acquire assets and create and build wealth;

(2) expand the utilization of Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota (FAIM) or other culturally specific individual development account programs;

(3) reduce or eliminate predatory financial practices in Minnesota through regulatory actions, legislative enactments, and the development and deployment of alternative, nonpredatory financial products;

(4) provide incentives or assistance to private sector financial institutions to offer additional programs and services that provide alternatives to and education about predatory financial products;

(5) provide financial literacy information to low-income families and individuals at the time the recipient has the ability, opportunity, and motivation to receive, understand, and act on the information provided; and

(6) identify incentives and mechanisms to increase community engagement in combating poverty and helping poor and near-poor families and individuals to acquire assets and create and build wealth.

(b) By June 1, 2012, the task force must provide written recommendations and any draft legislation necessary to implement the recommendations to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees and divisions with jurisdiction over commerce and consumer protection.

Subd. 3.

Administrative provisions.

(a) The director of the Legislative Coordinating Commission, or a designee of the director, must convene the initial meeting of the task force by September 15, 2010. The members of the task force must elect a chair or cochairs from the legislative members at the initial meeting.

(b) Members of the task force serve without compensation or payment of expenses except as provided in this paragraph. To the extent possible, meetings of the task force shall be scheduled on dates when legislative members of the task force are able to attend legislative meetings that would make them eligible to receive legislative per diem payments.

(c) The task force expires June 1, 2012, or upon the submission of the report required under subdivision 3, whichever is earlier.

(d) The task force may accept gifts and grants, which are accepted on behalf of the state and constitute donations to the state. The funds must be deposited in an account in the special revenue fund and are appropriated to the Legislative Coordinating Commission for purposes of the task force.

(e) The Legislative Coordinating Commission shall provide fiscal services to the task force as needed under this subdivision.

Subd. 4.

Deadline for appointments and designations.

The appointments and designations authorized under this section must be completed no later than August 15, 2010.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Presented to the governor May 15, 2010

Signed by the governor May 19, 2010, 10:04 a.m.

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