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    Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) "Legislative commission" means a joint commission,
committee, or other entity in the legislative branch composed exclusively of members of the
senate and the house of representatives.
(b) "Joint offices" means the Revisor of Statutes, Legislative Reference Library, the Office of
Legislative Auditor, and any other joint legislative service office.
    Subd. 1a. Approval of budgets; compensation. The budget request of a legislative
commission or joint office shall be submitted to the Legislative Coordinating Commission for
review and approval before its submission to the appropriate fiscal committees of the senate and
the house of representatives. In reviewing the budgets, the Legislative Coordinating Commission
shall evaluate and make recommendations on how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness
of bicameral support functions and services and on whether there is a continuing need for
the various legislative commissions. The executive director of the Legislative Coordinating
Commission shall recommend and the commission shall establish the compensation of all
employees of any legislative commission or joint office, except classified employees of the
Legislative Audit Commission.
    Subd. 2. Transfers. The Legislative Coordinating Commission may transfer unobligated
balances among general fund appropriations to the legislature.
    Subd. 3. Employees. All employees of legislative commissions and joint offices are
employees of the legislature in the unclassified service of the state, except classified employees in
the legislative auditor's office.
    Subd. 4. Administrative staff for commissions. The executive director of the Legislative
Coordinating Commission shall provide and manage office space and equipment and hire,
supervise, and manage all administrative, clerical, and secretarial staff for all legislative
commissions, except the Legislative Advisory Commission and the Legislative Audit
    Subd. 5.[Repealed, 1Sp2003 c 1 art 2 s 136]
    Subd. 6. Bicameral working groups. The Legislative Coordinating Commission may
establish joint commissions, committees, subcommittees, task forces, and similar bicameral
working groups to assist and advise the coordinating commission in carrying out its duties. The
customary appointing authority in each house shall appoint the members of any such entity. The
coordinating commission may delegate to an entity, in writing, specific powers and duties of the
coordinating commission. All entities established by the commission under this subdivision expire
on January 1 of each odd-numbered year, unless renewed by affirmative action of the commission.
    Subd. 7. Membership on legislative commissions. The appointment of a member to a
legislative commission, except a member serving ex officio, is rendered void by three unexcused
absences of the member from the meetings of the commission. If an appointment becomes void,
the legislative commission shall notify the appointing authority of this and request another
    Subd. 8. Rule review. Upon written request of two or more of its members or five or more
members of the legislature, the Legislative Coordinating Commission shall review a state agency
rule as defined in section 14.02, subdivision 4. The commission may perform this review by
holding one or more commission meetings or by establishing a bicameral group as provided in
subdivision 6 to hold these meetings.
History: 1978 c 548 s 1; 1983 c 299 s 1; 1988 c 469 art 1 s 1; 1992 c 513 art 4 s 25; 1995 c
248 art 2 s 2; 1997 c 187 art 5 s 1