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S.F. No. 112 - Palliative Care Advisory Committee Establishment – Second Engrossment
Author: Senator Karin Housley
Prepared By: Stephanie James, Senate Counsel (651/296-0103)
Date: February 16, 2017


Section 1 [Palliative Care Advisory Council] establishes a Palliative Care Advisory Council.

Subd. 1 [Membership] specifies that a Palliative Care Advisory Council has 18 public members and four members who are legislators.

Subd. 2 [Public members] requires the commissioner of health to appoint 18 public members and specifies experience or qualities required of those members.

Subd. 3 [Legislative members] requires the senate majority and minority leaders to each appoint one senator, and the speaker and minority leader of the house of representatives to each appoint one member of the house of representatives.

Subd. 4 [Term] sets the membership term at three years and permits reappointment. Members serve until a successor is appointed.

Subd. 5 [Administration] requires the commissioner of health or a designee to provide meeting space and administrative services.

Subd. 6 [Chairs] requires the council to elect a chair and vice chair biennially.

Subd. 7 [Meeting] requires the council to meet at least twice each year.

Subd. 8 [No compensation] specifies that public members serve without compensation.

Subd. 9 [Duties] requires the council to consult with and advise the commissioner of health on palliative care initiatives.  Requires an annual report to the legislature.

Subd. 10 [Open meetings] makes the council subject to the Open Meetings law.

Subd. 11 [Sunset] sunsets the council on January 1, 2025.

Section 2 [Palliative Care Advisory Council Initial Appointments and First Meeting] sets a deadline for first appointments and for convening the first meeting of the council. Requires the commissioner of health to act as chair until the council elects a chair.

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