116P.05 Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources.
Subdivision 1. Membership. (a) A Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources of 20 members is created, consisting of the chairs of the house and senate committees on environment and natural resources or designees appointed for the terms of the chairs, the chairs of the house and senate committees on environment and natural resources finance or designees appointed for the terms of the chairs, the chairs of the house Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees or designees appointed for the terms of the chairs, seven members of the senate appointed by the Subcommittee on Committees of the Committee on Rules and Administration, and seven members of the house appointed by the speaker.
At least three members from the senate and three members from the house must be from the minority caucus. Members are entitled to reimbursement for per diem expenses plus travel expenses incurred in the services of the commission.
(b) Members shall appoint a chair who shall preside and convene meetings as often as necessary to conduct duties prescribed by this chapter.
(c) Members shall serve on the commission until their successors are appointed.
(d) Vacancies occurring on the commission shall not affect the authority of the remaining members of the commission to carry out their duties, and vacancies shall be filled in the same manner under paragraph (a).
Subd. 2. Duties. (a) The commission shall recommend a budget plan for expenditures from the environment and natural resources trust fund and shall adopt a strategic plan as provided in section 116P.08.
(b) The commission shall recommend expenditures to the legislature from the state land and water conservation account in the natural resources fund.
(c) It is a condition of acceptance of the appropriations made from the Minnesota environment and natural resources trust fund, and oil overcharge money under section 4.071, subdivision 2, that the agency or entity receiving the appropriation must submit a work program and semiannual progress reports in the form determined by the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources. None of the money provided may be spent unless the commission has approved the pertinent work program.
(d) The peer review panel created under section 116P.08 must also review, comment, and report to the commission on research proposals applying for an appropriation from the oil overcharge money under section 4.071, subdivision 2.
(e) The commission may adopt operating procedures to fulfill its duties under chapter 116P.