The trade policy advisory group is established to advise and assist the governor and the legislature regarding government procurement agreements of United States trade agreements.
(a) The trade policy advisory group shall be comprised of nine members as follows:
(1) the governor, or the governor's designee;
(2) the commissioner of employment and economic development, or the commissioner's designee;
(3) the commissioner of agriculture, or the commissioner's designee;
(4) the commissioner of administration, or the commissioner's designee;
(5) the attorney general, or a designee;
(6) two senators, including one member from the majority party and one member from the minority party, appointed by the Subcommittee on Committees of the Committee on Rules and Administration of the senate; and
(7) two members of the house of representatives, including one member appointed by the speaker of the house and one member appointed by the minority leader.
(b) Members of the trade policy advisory group shall serve for a term of two years and may be reappointed. Members shall serve until their successors have been appointed.
(c) The trade policy advisory group may invite representatives from other state agencies, industries, trade and labor organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and local governments to join the group as nonvoting ex officio members.
(a) The commissioner of employment and economic development or the commissioner's designee shall:
(1) coordinate with the other appointing authorities to designate their representatives; and
(2) provide meeting space and administrative services for the group.
(b) The members shall elect a chair from the legislative members of the working group. The chair will assume responsibility for convening future meetings of the group.
(c) Public members of the advisory group serve without compensation or payment of expenses.
The trade policy advisory group shall:
(1) serve as an advisory group to the governor and the legislature on matters relating to government procurement agreements of United States trade agreements;
(2) assess the potential impact of government procurement agreements on the state's economy;
(3) advise the governor and the legislature of the group's findings and make recommendations, including any draft legislation necessary to implement the recommendations, to the governor and the legislature;
(4) determine, on a case-by-case basis, the impact of a specific government procurement agreement by requesting input from state agencies, seeking expert advice, convening public hearings, and taking other reasonable and appropriate actions;
(5) provide advice on other issues related to trade agreements other than government procurement agreements when specifically requested by the governor or the legislature;
(6) request information from the Office of the United States Trade Representative necessary to conduct an appropriate review of government procurement agreements or other trade issues as directed by the governor or the legislature; and
(7) receive information obtained by the United States Trade Representative's Single Point of Contact for Minnesota.