3.9225 COUNCIL ON BLACK MINNESOTANS.
Subdivision 1. Creation.
A state Council on Black Minnesotans consists of 13 members
appointed by the governor. The members of the council must be broadly representative of the
Black community of the state and include at least five males and at least five females. One
member of the council must be a person whose ethnic heritage is from West Africa, and one
member of the council must be a person whose ethnic heritage is from East Africa. Membership
terms, compensation, removal of members, and filling of vacancies for nonlegislative members
are as provided in section
. Because the council performs functions that are not purely
advisory, the council is not subject to the expiration date in section
. Two members of the
house of representatives appointed by the speaker and two members of the senate appointed by
the Subcommittee on Committees of the Committee on Rules and Administration shall serve
as nonvoting members of the council. The council shall annually elect from its membership a
chair and other officers it deems necessary.
Subd. 2. Definitions.
For the purpose of this section:
(1) "Black" describes persons who consider themselves as having origin in any of the Black
racial groups of Africa;
(2) "East Africa" means the eastern region of the continent of Africa, comprising areas
occupied by the countries of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Somalia; and
(3) "West Africa" means the western region of the continent of Africa comprising areas
occupied by the countries of Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra
Leone, Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and those parts of
Mali and Niger south of the Sahara.
Subd. 3. Duties.
The council shall:
(a) advise the governor and the legislature on the nature of the issues confronting Black
people in this state;
(b) advise the governor and the legislature on statutes or rules necessary to ensure that Black
people have access to benefits and services provided to people in this state;
(c) recommend to the governor and the legislature any revisions in the state's affirmative
action program and other steps that are necessary to eliminate underutilization of Blacks in
the state's work force;
(d) recommend to the governor and the legislature legislation to improve the economic and
social condition of Black people in this state;
(e) serve as a conduit to state government for organizations of Black people in the state;
(f) serve as a referral agency to assist Black people to secure access to state agencies and
(g) serve as a liaison with the federal government, local government units, and private
organizations on matters relating to the Black people of this state;
(h) perform or contract for the performance of studies designed to suggest solutions to
problems of Black people in the areas of education, employment, human rights, health, housing,
social welfare, and other related areas;
(i) implement programs designed to solve problems of Black people when authorized by
other statute, rule, or order;
(j) review data provided by the commissioner of human services under section
, and present recommendations on the out-of-home placement of Black children.
Recommendations must be presented to the commissioner and the legislature by February 1,
1990; November 1, 1990; and November 1 of each year thereafter; and
(k) publicize the accomplishments of Black people and their contributions to this state.
Subd. 4. Review of grant applications.
All applications by a state department or agency
for the receipt of federal funds which will have their primary effect on Black Minnesotans shall
be submitted to the council for review and recommendation at least 30 days before submission
to a federal agency.
Subd. 5. Powers.
The council may contract in its own name, but no money shall be accepted
or received as a loan nor indebtedness incurred except as otherwise provided by law. Contracts
shall be approved by a majority of the members of the council and executed by the chair and the
executive director. The council may apply for, receive, and expend in its own name grants and
gifts of money consistent with the power and duties specified in subdivisions 1 to 7.
The council shall appoint an executive director who is experienced in administrative
activities and familiar with the problems and needs of Black people. The council may delegate to
the executive director powers and duties under subdivisions 1 to 7 which do not require council
approval. The executive director serves in the unclassified service and may be removed at any
time by the council. The executive director shall recommend to the council, and the council
may appoint the appropriate staff necessary to carry out its duties. Staff members serve in the
unclassified service. The commissioner of administration shall provide the council with necessary
Subd. 6. State agency assistance.
Other state agencies shall supply the council upon request
with advisory staff services on matters relating to the jurisdiction of the council. The council shall
cooperate and coordinate its activities with other state agencies to the highest possible degree.
Subd. 7. Report.
The council shall prepare and distribute a report to the governor and
legislature by November 15 of each even-numbered year. The report shall summarize the
activities of the council since its last report, list receipts and expenditures, identify the major
problems and issues confronting Black people, and list the specific objectives which the council
seeks to attain during the next biennium.
History: 1980 c 614 s 187; 1981 c 20 s 1; 1986 c 444; 1988 c 469 art 1 s 1; 1988 c 629
s 4; 1988 c 686 art 1 s 34; 1988 c 689 art 2 s 3; 1991 c 292 art 3 s 4; 1992 c 408 s 1; 1996 c
420 s 4; 1999 c 139 art 4 s 2; 2001 c 39 s 1,2