3.9226 COUNCIL ON ASIAN-PACIFIC MINNESOTANS.
Subdivision 1. Membership.
The state Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans consists of 23
members. Nineteen members are appointed by the governor and must be broadly representative of
the Asian-Pacific community of the state. Each Asian-Pacific ethnic community from the area
described in subdivision 2 may be represented by no more than one council member. In making
appointments, the governor shall consider an appointee's proven dedication and commitment
to the Asian-Pacific community and any special skills possessed by the appointee that might
be beneficial to the council, including at a minimum experience in public policy, legal affairs,
social work, business, management, or economics. Terms, compensation, and filling of vacancies
for appointed 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 under the rules of the house of
representatives and two members of the senate appointed under the rules of the senate shall
serve as nonvoting members of the council. In making legislative appointments, the speaker of
the house of representatives and the Subcommittee on Committees of the Committee on Rules
and Administration of the senate shall consult with the council in an effort to select appointees
knowledgeable and interested in the affairs of the Asian-Pacific community. The council shall
annually elect from its membership a chair and other officers it deems necessary. The council
shall encourage Asian-Pacific ethnic communities and organizations to designate persons to serve
as liaisons with the council. Liaisons may participate in council meetings, but may not vote, and
may serve on council committees.
The council shall adopt rules to implement designation of Asian-Pacific ethnic communities
to be represented with seats on the council.
Subd. 2. Definition.
For the purpose of this section, the term Asian-Pacific means a person
whose ethnic heritage is from any of the countries in Asia east of, and including, Afghanistan,
or the Pacific Islands.
Subd. 3. Duties.
The council shall:
(1) advise the governor and the legislature on issues confronting Asian-Pacific people in this
state, including the unique problems of non-English-speaking immigrants and refugees;
(2) advise the governor and the legislature of administrative and legislative changes
necessary to ensure that Asian-Pacific people have access to benefits and services provided to
people in this state;
(3) 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 Asian-Pacific
people in the state's work force;
(4) recommend to the governor and the legislature legislation to improve the economic and
social condition of Asian-Pacific people in this state;
(5) serve as a conduit to state government for organizations of Asian-Pacific people in
(6) serve as a referral agency to assist Asian-Pacific people to secure access to state agencies
(7) serve as a liaison with the federal government, local government units, and private
organizations on matters relating to the Asian-Pacific people of this state;
(8) perform or contract for the performance of studies designed to suggest solutions to the
problems of Asian-Pacific people in the areas of education, employment, human rights, health,
housing, social welfare, and other related areas;
(9) implement programs designed to solve the problems of Asian-Pacific people when
authorized by other law;
(10) publicize the accomplishments of Asian-Pacific people and their contributions to this
(11) work with other state and federal agencies and organizations to develop small business
opportunities and promote economic development for Asian-Pacific Minnesotans;
(12) supervise development of an Asian-Pacific trade primer, outlining Asian and Pacific
customs, cultural traditions, and business practices, including language usage, for use by
Minnesota's export community;
(13) cooperate with other state and federal agencies and organizations to develop improved
state trade relations with Asian and Pacific countries; and
(14) assist recent immigrants in adaptation into the culture and promote the study of English
as a second language.
Subd. 4. Review of grant applications and budget requests.
State departments and
agencies shall consult with the council concerning any application for federal money that will
have its primary effect on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans before development of the application. The
council shall advise the governor and the commissioner of finance concerning any state agency
request that will have its primary effect on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans.
Subd. 5. Powers.
(a) The council may contract in its own name but may not accept or receive
a loan or incur indebtedness except as otherwise provided by law. Contracts must 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 powers and duties specified in this section.
(b) The council shall appoint an executive director who is experienced in administrative
activities and familiar with the problems and needs of Asian-Pacific people. The council may
delegate to the executive director powers and duties under this section that 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 appoint the appropriate staff necessary
to carry out the duties of the council. All staff members serve in the unclassified service. The
commissioner of administration shall provide the council with necessary administrative services.
Subd. 6. State agency assistance.
At its request, state agencies shall supply the council with
advisory staff services on matters relating to its jurisdiction. 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 Asian-Pacific people, and list the specific objectives that the
council seeks to attain during the next biennium.
Subd. 8.[Repealed, 1987 c 404 s 191
History: 1Sp1985 c 13 s 68; 1986 c 444; 1988 c 469 art 1 s 1; 1988 c 629 s 5; 1988 c 686 art
1 s 35; 1988 c 689 art 2 s 4; 1989 c 343 s 1; 1991 c 292 art 3 s 5; 1992 c 408 s 2; 1996 c 420 s 5-8