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MARSS Working Group - 11/16/17

Full audio of the meeting


Members Present

Bert Black, Patricia Winget, Beth Scheffer, Rebecca Gaspard, Mary H. Lynn, Jodi Pope, Wendy Legge, Kerstin Forsythe Hahn, Denise Collins.

Members Excused


The following materials were handed out:

The meeting of the MARSS Working Group held in the conference room of the Board of Cosmetology was called to order by Kerstin Forsythe Hahn at 2:00 p.m. The working group has agreed that they are following the requirements of the open meeting law.

Motion to approve the Minutes of the meeting held October 26, 2017, by Kerstin Forsythe Hahn.

Remaining Questions about Odyssey Fund Option:

Is there a legal barrier with the Odyssey Fund? Kerstin will continue to discuss options with Dave Osteraas and Jon Eichten from MN.IT. Odyssey Fund cannot be used for maintenance and upkeep. It is just for the construction of the system.

Suggestions to Report Outline:

The working group is working toward a consensus. They believe that the recommendations should be something everyone in the working group is behind. Even if it is one or two recommendations. The group is also working on defining a funding mechanism. Kerstin will fill in the report more substantively before the next meeting.

Revisit Scope Document/Statement:

The working group continues to visit the scope and whether to include it in the report or the appendix. Patricia will go over the edits in the document and the group will revisit this topic next meeting.

OAH Follow Up on Discussion about Possible Changes to Chapter 14:

OAH does not support changes to chapter 14 this legislative session.

Funding Brainstorming Continued:

Regarding a legacy fund, the Revisor’s Office requested one and was turned down. Only a small amount was approved for scanning historical documents. It was discussed that there are several different funds that the working group can explore. Private sector ideas were discussed. Bert handed out a packet about online advertising. He explained that he contacted around 30 people about the use of advertisements on government Web sites. He found out that nobody is using ads. A few people thought of doing so but rejected the idea for various reasons. The charge per use option was also discussed. It was decided that, like online advertising, that the working group cannot promote it at this point in time. Kerstin will follow up with Paul Marinac before the next meeting.

Other Issues/Open Forum:

There are several priorities that are urgent. Law librarians and legislators have a need for this but are citizens wanting this system?

Adjourn 3:45 p.m.