The E-Government Advisory Council is established for the purpose of improving online government information services to citizens and businesses.
The council shall consist of nine members as follows:
(1) the state chief information officer or the chief information officer's designee;
(2) one public member appointed by the speaker of the house;
(3) one public member appointed by the senate Subcommittee on Committees of the Rules and Administration Committee;
(4) five members appointed by the governor representing state executive branch agencies that are actively involved with private businesses, the private business community, or the public; and
(5) one member appointed by the governor who is knowledgeable in public access to government data.
Appointing authorities shall make the first appointments to the council by September 1, 2013. The first member appointed by the speaker of the house shall serve until the first Monday in January 2015. The governor shall designate three initial appointees to serve until the first Monday in January 2015. The term of the other three initial appointees of the governor and the first member appointed by the senate shall be until the first Monday in January 2017. The chief information officer or the chief information officer's designee shall convene the council's first meeting by November 1, 2013, and shall act as chair until the council elects a chair at its first meeting.
Membership terms, removal of member, and filling of vacancies are as provided in section 15.059, except that members shall not receive compensation or be reimbursed for expenses and except that terms of initial appointees are as provided in subdivision 3.
The council shall annually elect a chair from its members.
The council shall recommend to the office the priority of North Star projects and online government information services to be developed and supported by convenience fee receipts. The council shall provide oversight on the convenience fee and its receipts in the North Star account. The council shall by majority quorum vote to recommend to approve or disapprove establishing the convenience fee on particular types of transactions, the fee amount, and any changes in the fee amount. If the convenience fee receipts are retained by or transferred to the private entity in lieu of deposit in the North Star account, the council may audit the private entity's convenience fee receipts, expenses paid by the receipts, and associated financial statements.
The office shall provide administrative support to the council.
The council shall expire the first Monday in January 2017.
By June 1, 2014, and every year thereafter, the council shall report to the office with its recommendations regarding establishing the convenience fee, the fee amount, and changes to the fee amount.