(a) The following departments and agencies must be reviewed according to the schedule in section 3D.21, but do not expire according to that schedule, unless another law is enacted providing that the entity does expire:
(2) the Office of Higher Education, Explore Minnesota Tourism, and the Public Utilities Commission.
(b) During the regular session immediately before the sunset of a state agency or an advisory committee that expires under section 3D.21, the legislature may enact legislation to continue the agency or advisory committee for a period not to exceed 12 years. This chapter does not prohibit the legislature from:
(1) terminating a state agency or advisory committee subject to this chapter at a date earlier than that provided in this chapter; or
(2) considering any other legislation relative to a state agency or advisory committee subject to this chapter.