124D.385 MINNESOTA COMMISSION ON NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE.
Subdivision 1. Creation.
The Minnesota Commission on National and Community Service
is established to assist the governor and the legislature in implementing sections
and federal law. Retroactive to the first Monday in January 1994, the terms of the
members of the first commission shall be, as nearly as possible, one year for one-third of the
members, two years for one-third of the members, and three years for one-third of the members.
The members of the first commission shall determine the length of their terms by lot. Thereafter,
the terms of commission members shall be for three years. Commission members may be
reappointed upon the completion of their current term. The compensation, filling of vacancies,
and removal of members are governed by section
. The commission may accept gifts and
contributions from public and private organizations.
Subd. 2. Membership.
(a) The commission consists of 25 voting members. Voting members
shall include the commissioner of education.
(b) The governor shall appoint nine additional voting members that include a representative
of organizations experienced in youth education, development and training, organizations
promoting adult service and volunteerism, community-based service agencies or organizations,
local public or private sector labor unions, local governments, business, a national service or
service learning program, Indian tribes, and an individual between the ages of 16 and 25 who
is a participant or supervisor in a program. The remaining 15 voting members appointed by the
governor shall include individuals with expertise in the management and operations of a nonprofit
organization, including individuals with expertise in public relations, finance, and development.
(c) The governor shall appoint up to five ex officio nonvoting members from appropriate
state agencies. A representative of the Corporation for National and Community Service shall
also serve as an ex officio nonvoting member.
(d) Voting and ex officio nonvoting members may appoint designees to act on their behalf.
The number of voting members who are state employees shall not exceed 25 percent.
(e) The governor shall ensure that, to the extent possible, the membership of the commission
is balanced according to geography, race, ethnicity, age, and gender. The speaker of the house
and the majority leader of the senate shall each appoint two legislators to be nonvoting members
of the commission.
Subd. 3. Duties.
(a) The commission shall:
(1) develop, with the assistance of the governor, the commissioner of education, and affected
state agencies, a comprehensive state plan to provide services under sections
and federal law;
(2) actively pursue public and private funding sources for services, including funding
available under federal law;
(3) administer the youth works grant program under sections
soliciting and approving grant applications from eligible organizations, and administering
individual postservice benefits;
(4) establish an evaluation plan for programs developed and services provided under sections
(5) report to the governor, commissioner of education, and legislature; and
(6) administer the federal AmeriCorps program.
(b) Nothing in sections
precludes an organization from independently
seeking public or private funding to accomplish purposes similar to those described in paragraph
Subd. 4. Delegation to nonprofit.
The commission may create a private nonprofit
corporation that is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue
Code of 1986. If the commission creates a private nonprofit corporation, the commission must
serve as the corporation's board of directors. The private nonprofit corporation is not subject to
laws governing state agencies or political subdivisions, except the provisions of chapter 13, the
Open Meeting Law under chapter 13D, salary limits under section
15A.0815, subdivision 2
and audits by the legislative auditor under chapter 3 apply. Further provided that the board of
directors and the executive director of the nonprofit corporation are each considered an "official"
for purposes of section
. The commission may delegate any or all of its powers and
duties under federal law or under sections
to the corporation if the nonprofit
corporation is approved under federal law to administer the National and Community Service
Trust Act. The commission may revoke a delegation of powers and duties at any time, and
must revoke the delegation if the corporation is no longer approved under federal law as the
administrator in the state of Minnesota for the National and Community Service Trust Act.
History: 1993 c 146 art 5 s 5; 1994 c 483 s 1; 1994 c 647 art 4 s 4; 1995 c 131 s 2,3; 1995 c
212 art 3 s 59; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 4 s 30,31; art 16 s 13; 1996 c 305 art 1 s 30; 1Sp1997 c 4 art 3 s
10; 2000 c 254 s 50; 2002 c 220 art 10 s 32; 2002 c 334 s 1,2; 2003 c 130 s 12; 2004 c 286 s 1