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S.F. No. 71 - Local Approval of Metropolitan Council Appointees
Author: Senator David J. Osmek
Prepared By: Alexis C. Stangl, Senate Counsel (651/296-4397)
Date: March 19, 2015


Section 1 modifies the process for selecting and confirming appointees to the Metropolitan Council. The bill clarifies that the Governor must consult with legislators after receiving the list of nominees from the nominating committee and before selecting a nominee. Once the Governor selects a nominee, he must notify the cities and towns in each district of his selection. The governing bodies then have 90 days to consider the nominee and pass a resolution in support of or in opposition to the nominee. If a majority of cities and towns in a district have passed resolutions in support of the nominee, the Governor must submit the nominee for advice and consent of the senate. Appointments to vacancies must follow this same process.  A council member may be removed by the majority of cities and towns in the district by submitting resolutions asking for removal within the specified timeline. The removal provision does not apply to the chair.

Section 2 specifies that local government approval is not required to confirm the chair of the Metropolitan Council.

Section 3 provides an immediate effective date. The changes in the act do not apply to members that have been appointed and confirmed prior to the effective date. For individuals appointed but not yet confirmed by the senate, the 90-day period described in section 1 starts on the effective date.


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