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84.01 DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES; COMMISSIONER APPOINTMENT.
    Subdivision 1. Name change. The name of the Department of Conservation is changed to
the Department of Natural Resources. The name of the commissioner of conservation is changed
to the commissioner of natural resources. Subject to the provisions of Laws 1969, chapter 1129,
and other applicable laws, the Department of Natural Resources with its commissioner and
other officers shall continue to exercise all the powers and duties vested in, or imposed upon
its commissioner as existing and constituted immediately prior to the effective date of Laws
1969, chapter 1129.
    Subd. 2. Appointments. The commissioner of natural resources is appointed by the governor
under the provisions of section 15.06. The commissioner may appoint a deputy commissioner.
    Subd. 3. Employees; delegation. Subject to the provisions of Laws 1969, chapter 1129, and
to other applicable laws the commissioner shall organize the department and employ up to three
assistant commissioners, each of whom shall serve at the pleasure of the commissioner in the
unclassified service, one of whom shall have responsibility for coordinating and directing the
planning of every division within the agency, and such other officers, employees, and agents as
the commissioner may deem necessary to discharge the functions of the department, define the
duties of such officers, employees, and agents and to delegate to them any of the commissioner's
powers, duties, and responsibilities subject to the control of, and under the conditions prescribed
by, the commissioner. Appointments to exercise delegated power shall be by written order filed
with the secretary of state.
    Subd. 4. Oath. Before entering upon the duties of office the commissioner of natural
resources shall take and subscribe an oath.
    Subd. 5. Task forces. The commissioner of natural resources may request from time to time,
as the commissioner deems necessary, information and advice on technical natural resource
matters from advisory task forces or individuals having specialized knowledge or experience in
such matters. A task force shall expire and the terms, compensation and removal of members
shall be as provided in section 15.059. The expenses allowed shall be paid from any money
appropriated to the commissioner for salaries, supplies, and expenses.
History: 1969 c 1129 art 3 s 1,4; 1971 c 113 s 1; 1976 c 149 s 16; 1977 c 305 s 18; 1986 c
444; 1987 c 306 s 1; 1987 c 404 s 91; 1991 c 326 s 4; 2003 c 28 art 1 s 2