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S.F. No. 1560 - Task Force on Metropolitan Governance (First Engrossment)
Author: Senator D. Scott Dibble
Prepared By: Alexis C. Stangl, Senate Counsel (651/296-4397)
Date: March 23, 2015


S.F. No. 1560 establishes the Task Force on Metropolitan Governance.

Section 1, subdivision 1 establishes the task force to study and make recommendations on metropolitan governance.

Subdivision 2 provides for the 19 members of the task force.  Members must be appointed by July 31, 2015.

Subdivision 3 requires the senate appointee to convene the first meeting by August 30, 2015.  The task force must elect a chair, vice-chair, and other officers from among the members.

Subdivision 4 provides the duties of the task force. The task force must study and evaluate models of metropolitan governance to address regional planning, financing, construction or acquisition, and operation of infrastructure and services.

Subdivision 5 requires the Metropolitan Council and other state and metropolitan agencies to cooperate with the task force. The task force may create subcommittees. The task force may also invite other individuals to participate in the task force.

Subdivision 6 states that members are not compensated for serving on the task force. The task force may accept grant funds to support its work and offset its costs so long as accepting the grant does not create a conflict of interest. The Metropolitan Council administers any grant money received by the task force.

Subdivision 7 requires the Metropolitan Council to provide meeting space, administrative support, and staff support to the task force. Meetings of the task force may be held in any publicly accessible location in the metropolitan area.

Subdivision 8 states that the task force is subject to the open meeting law.

Subdivision 9 requires the task force to report its findings and recommendations to the legislature by February 1, 2016.

This act is effective the day following final enactment and expires on June 30, 2016.


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