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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

COMPENSATION COUNCIL 
Legislative Coordinating Commission, 72 State Office Bldg., St. Paul 55155, (651)296-2963
Law provides: The 16-member council makes recommendations to the legislature in establishing the compensation of constitutional officers, legislators, supreme court justices, court of appeals judges, and trial court judges. It also makes recommendations regarding the salary ranges for heads of state agencies. (Minnesota Statutes, Section 15A.082)

FOREIGN DELEGATIONS LIAISON
72 State Office Bldg., St. Paul 55155, (651)296-9002
Web site: www.commissions.leg.state.mn.us/lcc/internationalaffairs.htm
Law provides: The liaison serves as the main point of contact in scheduling meetings and
arranging itineraries for international and state delegations visiting the legislature. The program is designed to build goodwill, encourage information-sharing about the legislative process, and enhance Minnesota’s national and international stature. The coordinator synthesizes background information on delegations, foreign cultures, and travel agendas into summaries and protocols for use by legislative leadership, legislators, staff, and visitors. (Minnesota Statutes, Section 3.303, subd 5)

GREAT LAKES COMMISSION
585 State Office Bldg., St. Paul 55155, (651)296-2228
Law provides: The commission seeks to increase economic development of the Great Lakes while protecting their environmental integrity. Two state representatives, two state senators, and one member appointed by the governor represent Minnesota on the eight-state commission. (Minnesota Statutes, Section 1.21)
Chair: Thomas Huntley

LEGISLATIVE ADVISORY COMMISSION
400 Centennial Bldg., St. Paul 55155, (651)296-2438
Law provides: The commission has the authority to review and recommend requests by state departments and agencies for funding from contingent appropriations. The commission has six members for any given request: the majority leader of the senate or designee, the chair of the senate committee on finance, the chair of the senate division of finance responsible for overseeing the items being considered by the commission, the speaker of the house or a designee, the chair of the house ways and means committee, and the chair of the house finance committee responsible for overseeing the items being considered by the commission. The division chair of the finance committee in the senate and the house ways and means committee rotate according to the items being considered by the commission. The commissioner of finance acts as secretary and presides at meetings held in the governor’s absence. (Minnesota Statutes, Section 3.30)

Presiding Officer: Governor Tim Pawlenty
Sen. Larry Pogemiller (or designee)
Sen. Dick Cohen
Rotating Senate Division Chair

Executive Secretary: Tom Hanson
Rep. Margaret Anderson Kelliher
Rep. Loren Solberg
Rotating House Division Chair

 

 

LEGISLATIVE AUDIT COMMISSION/OFFICE OF THE LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR
First Fl., Centennial Bldg., St. Paul 55155, (651)296-4708
Law provides: The commission appoints the legislative auditor (for a six-year term) and, through reports from the auditor, provides oversight of state agencies and programs. The commission is composed of twelve members; three from each major caucus (Democratic-Farmer-Labor and Republican) in the house and senate (Minnesota Statutes, Section 3.97).  The office of legislative auditor serves as the post-audit agency for all state departments and agencies, reviews financial activities and compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and evaluates the results and effectiveness of programs. The office includes a financial audits division and a program evaluation division.
Legislative Auditor: James Nobles

LEGISLATIVE COORDINATING COMMISSION, OFFICE ON THE ECONOMIC STATUS OF WOMEN
G-95 State Office Bldg., St. Paul 55155, (651)296-8590, (800)657-3949
Law provides: The commission studies and reports on the economic status of women in Minnesota and makes recommendations to the governor and legislature. (Minnesota Statutes, Section 3.303)
Executive Director: Diane Cushman

LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION ON HEALTH CARE ACCESS
309 State Capitol, (651)296-4261; 559 State Office Bldg., St. Paul 55155, (651)296-9249

LEGISLATIVE-Citizen COMMISSION ON MINNESOTA RESOURCES
65 State Office Bldg., St. Paul 55155, (651)296-2406
Web site: www.lccmr.leg.mn, e-mail: lccmr@lccmr.leg.mn
Law provides: The commission advises the legislature on the allocations (on an annual basis) for certain dedicated funding sources (primarily the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund) for projects “for the public purpose of protection, conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the state’s air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources” (Minnesota Constitution Section 14 as amended November 3, 1998). The commission consists of five representatives, five senators, and seven citizen members (five appointed by the governor and one each by the house and senate). (Minnesota Statutes, Section 116P)
Director: John R. Velin

LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION ON PENSIONS AND RETIREMENT
55 State Office Bldg., St. Paul 55155, (651)296-2750
Law provides: The commission makes a continuing study and investigation of retirement benefit plans applicable to nonfederal government employees in this state. The commission consists of five senators and five representatives. (Minnesota Statutes, Section 3.85)
Executive Director: Lawrence A. Martin

LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION ON PLANNING AND FISCAL POLICY 
72 State Office Bldg., St. Paul 55155, (651)296-9002
Law provides: The principal responsibilities of the commission include providing the legislature with research and analysis of current and projected state revenue, state expenditures and state tax expenditures, and the governor’s proposed levels of revenue and expenditures for biennial budgets. The commission conducts research on matters of economic and fiscal policy, provides economic reports and studies on the state’s economy, reviews and makes recommendations on the operation of state programs, and makes continuing studies of the building needs of state government. (Minnesota Statutes, Section 3.885)

LEGISLATIVE COORDINATING COMMISSION
72 State Office Bldg., St. Paul 55155, (651)296-9002
E-mail: lcc@commissions.leg.state.mn.us
Law provides: The commission coordinates certain activities of the senate and the house of representatives, supervises all legislative commissions and joint agencies, sets the complement and salaries, and reviews the budget.  The commission determines the benefits for legislators, employees of both houses, and the joint agencies.  Membership consists of the president of the senate, the majority leader of the senate, two senators appointed by the majority leader, the minority leader of the senate, one senator appointed by the minority leader, and the speaker of the house, two representatives appointed by the speaker, the majority leader of the house, the minority leader of the house, and one representative appointed by the minority leader.  (Minnesota Statutes, Sections 3.303-3.305)
Director: Greg Hubinger

LEGISLATIVE COORDINATING COMMISSION, GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SERVICES (LCC-GIS)
55 State Office Bldg., St. Paul 55155, (651)296-0547
Web site: www.gis.leg.mn
Law provides: The LCC-GIS is a nonpartisan office responsible for the development and maintenance of map data and is the repository for statewide boundary information for legislative use. LCC-GIS provides the legislature with geographic applications such as demographic analysis, election mapping, and geocoding. These applications provide maps of political and election data, Web-based access to spatial databases and maps, and address matching and analysis.  LCC-GIS provides data and produces maps and publications. (Minnesota Statutes, Section 3.303-3.305)

LEGISLATIVE COORDINATING COMMISSION, SUBCOMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATIVE RULES
72 State Office Bldg., St. Paul 55155, (651)296-1121
Web site: www.commissions.leg.state.mn.us/lcc/rules.htm
Law provides: The subcommittee consists of two members of the senate and two members of the house. It reviews a state agency rule upon the written request of two or more of its members or five or more members of the legislature. It may hold public hearings to investigate complaints with respect to rules if it considers the complaints meritorious and worthy of attention. The subcommittee meets at the call of the chair. The chair rotates between the house and senate every two years. (Minnesota Statutes, Section 3.303, subd 8)

LEGISLATIVE COORDINATING COMMISSION, SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMPLOYEE RELATIONS
72 State Office Bldg., St. Paul 55155, (651)296-2963
Law provides: The subcommittee monitors collective bargaining between the state and its employees. The commission must approve negotiated and arbitrated labor contracts before they become effective. The contracts are submitted later to the full legislature for ratification. The subcommittee approves compensation plans for unrepresented employees and must approve salary increases for heads of state agencies and higher education systems. It also conducts studies on public employment issues. (Minnesota Statutes, Section 3.855)
Commission Director: Greg Hubinger

MISSISSIPPI RIVER PARKWAY COMMISSION
Box 59159, Minneapolis 55459-8257, (763)212-8556
Web site: www.mnmississippiriver.com
Law provides: The multi-state commission works to preserve, promote, and enhance the scenic, historic, and recreational resources of the Mississippi River, to foster economic growth in the corridor, and to develop the historic Great River Road, which runs from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. Minnesota’s delegation has 15 members, including two members of the house; two members of the senate; appointees of the commissioners of transportation, natural resources, and agriculture; an appointee of the directors of Explore Minnesota Tourism and the Minnesota Historical Society; and public members. (Minnesota Statutes, Section 161.1419)

Last updated: 6/1/2009 2:52:59 PM