174.55 Major Transportation Projects Commission.
Subdivision 1. Creation and purpose. The Major Transportation Projects Commission shall review and comment on proposed major transportation projects in which the Department of Transportation is involved. The commission does not expire.
Subd. 2. Composition. The Major Transportation Projects Commission is composed of the governor or the governor's designee; four citizen members appointed by the governor and serving at the pleasure of the governor; seven senators appointed by the Subcommittee on Committees of the Committee on Rules and Administration, three of whom must not be members of the senate majority party; and seven members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker, three of whom must not be members of the house majority party. The commissioner of transportation shall serve as a nonvoting member unless the commissioner is the governor's designee. The commission shall elect a chair from among its members. Nongovernment members of the commission shall receive compensation in accordance with section 15.059, subdivision 3. The commission expires June 30, 2003.
Subd. 3. Duties. The Major Transportation Projects Commission shall review each report submitted under subdivision 4 and shall make comments on the report to the governor and legislature by September 30 of each year.
Subd. 4. Commissioner report. The commissioner of transportation shall report to the commission not later than July 15 of each year. The report must consist of a listing of candidate projects that meet the criteria of major transportation projects within the definition in subdivision 5, and a listing of proposed projects for study that the commissioner believes have the potential of being major transportation projects. The report must include the commissioner's plan for funding and implementation of each project.
Subd. 5. Major transportation project. A major transportation project is a project that meets each of the following criteria:
(1) involves the Department of Transportation;
(2) has a construction cost, in the year in which construction is expected to begin, that exceeds 25 percent of the estimated annual construction program of the department division or construction district in which the project is located; and
(3) is a critical element of the transportation system of its region and the state.
Subd. 6. Construction of transportation projects. The department may not construct a major transportation project without first submitting the project to the Major Transportation Projects Commission. Within any six-year period, the department may not construct a transportation project consisting of separate contiguous projects that do not individually qualify as major transportation projects, but which in their entirety would constitute a major transportation project, without first submitting the project to the Major Transportation Projects Commission.
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