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S.R. No. 2, as introduced: 90th Legislative Session (2017-2018) Posted on January 3, 2017

1.1A Senate resolution
1.2relating to rules; adopting temporary rules for the 90th session of the Legislature.
1.3BE IT RESOLVED, by the Senate of the State of Minnesota:
1.4The permanent rules of the Senate for the 89th session of the Legislature are adopted as the
1.5temporary rules for the 90th session, to be effective until the adoption of permanent rules by a
1.6majority vote of the Senate, subject to the following conditions:
1.7A bill may not be introduced on the first day.
1.8The rules referred to above are amended as follows:
1.94.5All bills delegating rulemaking to a department or agency of state government and all
1.10bills exempting a department or agency of state government from rulemaking, when referred to
1.11and reported by any other than the Committee on State and Local Government Finance and Policy
1.12and Elections, must be referred before passage to the Committee on State and Local Government
1.13Finance and Policy and Elections.
1.144.6All bills creating a new commission, council, task force, board, or other body to which
1.15a member of the legislature will be appointed must be referred before passage both to the Committee
1.16on State and local Government Finance and Policy and Elections and to the Committee on Rules
1.17and Administration.
1.184.7All bills authorizing or increasing a sentence of imprisonment to a state correctional
1.19institution must be referred before passage to the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety Finance
1.20and Policy.
1.217.3The omnibus tax and appropriation bills are:
1.22    (1) the omnibus tax bill;
1.23(2) the agriculture appropriations bill;
2.1    (3) the E-12 education appropriations bill;
2.2(4) the commerce and consumer protection appropriations bill;
2.3(5) the energy and utilities appropriations bill;
2.4    (3) (6) the higher education and workforce development appropriations bill;
2.5    (4) (7) the health and human services appropriations bill;
2.6(5) (8) the environment, economic development and agriculture and natural resources
2.7appropriations bill;
2.8(9) the jobs and economic growth appropriations bill;
2.9(6) (10) the judiciary and public safety appropriations bill;
2.10(7) (11) the state departments and veterans government appropriations bill;
2.11    (8) (12) the transportation and public safety appropriations bill; and
2.12(13) the veterans and military affairs appropriations bill; and
2.13    (9 ) (14) the omnibus capital investment bill.
2.14    An omnibus appropriation or tax bill may not be divided.
2.159.STANDING COMMITTEES
2.16The standing committees of the Senate are as follows:
2.17Aging and Long-Term Care Policy
2.18Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Finance
2.19Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Policy
2.20Capital Investment
2.21Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy
2.22E-12 Education Finance
2.23E-12 Education Policy
2.24Environment and Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy
2.25Environment and Natural Resources Finance
2.26Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance
2.27Finance
2.28Health, and Human Services and Housing Finance and Policy
2.29Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy
3.1Human Services Reform Finance and Policy
3.2Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development and Economic Growth Finance and Policy
3.3Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy
3.4Local Government
3.5Rules and Administration
3.6State and Local Government Finance and Policy and Elections
3.7Taxes
3.8Transportation and Public Safety Finance and Policy
3.9Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy
3.1010.APPOINTMENTS TO STANDING COMMITTEES
3.1110.1The majority and minority groups must each be represented on all standing committees
3.12of the Senate substantially in proportion to their numbers in the Senate. The majority group shall
3.13assign the number of positions the minority group will hold on each committee and budget division.
3.14The minority group must be given adequate notice of its positions before the session begins.
3.1510.2Both the majority and minority groups shall appoint their own members to fill the number
3.16of positions each group will hold on each committee and budget division. The minority group shall
3.17transmit notice of its assignments to the majority group within 14 calendar days after receipt of the
3.18notice of positions available. The minority group may designate a ranking member for each
3.19committee. Nothing prohibits a member of the minority group from serving as chair or vice chair
3.20of a committee, subcommittee, division, or commission. If the minority group for any reason fails
3.21to make its appointments pursuant to this rule, the majority group may make all the committee and
3.22budget division assignments.
3.2310.3 The majority and minority committee assignments are subject to the uniform criteria
3.24governing committee assignments applicable to both the majority and minority groups. The uniform
3.25criteria must be adopted by the Committee on Rules and Administration.
3.2610.4 The Senate resolution establishing representation on all Senate standing committees
3.27must set forth committee assignments as made by the majority and minority groups.
3.2810.5 A member may not serve as the chair of the same standing committee or the same
3.29division of a standing committee, or a committee with substantially the same jurisdiction, for more
3.30than three consecutive Senate terms. This limit does not apply to the Committee on Rules and
3.31Administration.
3.3210.6 After the organization of the Senate and after consultation with and the approval of the
3.33minority leader, the Chair of the Committee on Rules and Administration may add members to or
3.34delete members from a standing committee or division.
4.112.COMMITTEE MEETINGS
4.212.1All meetings of the Senate, its committees, committee divisions, and subcommittees
4.3are open to the public. A meeting of a caucus of the members of any of those bodies from the same
4.4political party need not be open to the public. A caucus of the Hennepin county, Ramsey county,
4.5or St. Louis county delegation is open to the public. For purposes of this rule, a meeting occurs
4.6when a quorum is present and action is taken regarding a matter within the jurisdiction of the body.
4.712.2Any person may submit to the Chair of the Committee on Rules and Administration a
4.8complaint that members have violated the open meeting requirements of Minnesota Statutes, section
4.93.055. The complaint must be in writing. The Chair of the Committee on Rules and Administration
4.10shall immediately forward the complaint in writing to the Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct without
4.11disclosing the identity of the complainant. The complaint must not be further disclosed without the
4.12consent of the complainant, except to the members against whom the complaint was made, unless
4.13the complaint was made by a member of the Senate in writing under oath, in which case the
4.14investigatory procedures of Rule 55 apply.
4.1512.3To the extent practical, a committee, or subcommittee, or division shall announce each
4.16meeting to the public at least three calendar days before convening. The notice must state the name
4.17of the committee, or subcommittee, or division, the bill or bills to be considered, and the place and
4.18time of meeting. The notice must be posted on the Senate's Web site and on all Senate bulletin
4.19boards in the Capitol and the State Office Building. A notice must be sent to the House of
4.20Representatives for posting as it deems necessary. If the three-day notice requirement cannot be
4.21met, the committee, or subcommittee, or division shall give simultaneous notice to all of the known
4.22proponents and opponents of the bill as soon as practicable.
4.2312.4A Senate committee, or subcommittee, or division shall adjourn no later than midnight
4.24each day, unless two-thirds of the members present vote to suspend this requirement.
4.2512.5Committees, and subcommittees, and divisions may not meet while the Senate is in
4.26session without permission of the Senate. The names of the members excused shall be printed in
4.27the Journal.
4.2812.6A majority of its members constitutes a quorum of a committee, or subcommittee, or
4.29division.
4.3012.7Each standing committee of the Senate, including a subcommittee or division of the
4.31committee, may at any time sit and act, investigate and take testimony on any matter within its
4.32jurisdiction, report hearings held by it, and make expenditures as authorized by the Committee on
4.33Rules and Administration.
4.3412.8A standing committee, but not a subcommittee or division, may require by subpoena or
4.35otherwise the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of correspondence, books,
4.36papers, and documents, in the manner provided by Minnesota Statutes, section 3.153.
5.112.9Upon the request of a member of a committee, or subcommittee, or division to which
5.2a bill has been referred, or upon the request of the chief author of the bill, a record must be made
5.3of the vote on the bill or any amendment in the committee, or subcommittee, or division.
5.412.10Upon request of three members of the committee before the vote is taken, the record
5.5of a roll call vote in a standing committee must accompany the committee report and be printed in
5.6the Journal.
5.712.11A committee report may only be based on action taken at a regular or special meeting
5.8of the committee. A report in violation of this rule is out of order.
5.912.12No Senate committee, division, or subcommittee shall permit any appointed officer or
5.10employee of the executive branch, registered lobbyist, or lobbyist principal to be seated at the
5.11committee table with members of the Senate during an official meeting of a committee of the Senate.
5.1250.ELECTRONIC RECORDINGS
5.1350.1The Secretary shall cause to be recorded on electronic media the proceedings of the
5.14Senate, the Committee of the Whole, and each standing committee, and subcommittee, and division.
5.15Each electronic record must be clearly labeled to show the name of the body whose proceedings
5.16are recorded and the dates the proceedings occurred. Each electronic record of the proceedings of
5.17the Senate and the Committee of the Whole must be accompanied by a log showing the number of
5.18each bill considered and the places on the record where consideration of the bill occurred.
5.1950.2Within two working days after each Senate session, the Secretary shall make a copy of
5.20the electronic record and corresponding log of proceedings of the Senate and the Committee of the
5.21Whole available to the Legislative Reference Library.
5.2250.3Within one week after each meeting of a standing committee, or subcommittee, or
5.23division, the Secretary shall make the electronic record of the meeting available to the Legislative
5.24Reference Library, together with an agenda showing bills considered and any action taken on them.
5.2550.4 Upon completion and approval of the minutes of the meeting of a standing committee,
5.26or subcommittee, or division, the Secretary shall ensure that the completed minutes of the meeting
5.27are made available to the public. By October 1st of each year, the Secretary shall deliver a copy of
5.28minutes for each meeting held in that calendar year before October 1st to the Legislative Reference
5.29Library.
5.3050.5The Secretary shall keep a record of each session of the Senate and the Committee of
5.31the Whole, each meeting of a Senate standing committee, or subcommittee, or division and the date
5.32on which the electronic record of the session or meeting was made available to the Legislative
5.33Reference Library. The Library shall keep a similar record of all electronic records to which it has
5.34been given access.
6.150.6The Library shall provide committee staff with reasonable access to Senate electronic
6.2records and shall provide the public with convenient facilities to listen to them.
6.350.7The Secretary shall make copies of Senate electronic records available to the public for
6.4a fee determined by the Secretary to be adequate to cover the cost of preparing the copies. A copy
6.5must be provided free to a member of the Senate upon request for use in legislative business.
6.650.8The Secretary shall keep the original electronic record and log of each session of the
6.7Senate and the Committee of the Whole until the end of the period for which the members of the
6.8existing House of Representatives have been elected, at which time the electronic record may be
6.9preserved or disposed of as the Secretary sees fit. The Legislative Reference Library shall keep
6.10electronic records, logs, and minutes forwarded to it until two years after the end of the period for
6.11which the members of the existing Senate have been elected, at which time they may be preserved
6.12or disposed of as the Library sees fit.
6.1350.9The Senate intends that testimony and discussion preserved under this rule not be
6.14admissible in any court or administrative proceeding on an issue of legislative intent.
6.1557.2 A lobbyist shall not knowingly, either directly or through a third party, furnish false or
6.16misleading information or make a false or misleading statement that is relevant and material to a
6.17matter before the Senate or any of its committees, or subcommittees, or divisions when the lobbyist
6.18knows or should know it will influence the judgment or action of the Senate or any of its committees,
6.19or subcommittees, or divisions.

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