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S.F. No. 348 - Legislative Surrogacy Commission Establishment - the First Engrossment
Author: Senator Alice M. Johnson
Prepared By: Stephanie James, Senate Counsel (651/296-0103)
Date: March 24, 2015


Section 1 [Legislative Surrogacy Commission] establishes a legislative commission to study issues raised by the use of surrogacy arrangements for conceiving children, contracts for surrogacy, and how laws relating to child placement apply to or conflict with surrogacy arrangements.

Subdivision 1 [Membership] establishes a commission having a membership of 15 members, including 12 legislators, equally representing the senate and the house of representatives, with equal membership from majority and minority parties.  Appointments must be made by June 1, 2015.

Subdivision 2 [Chair] requires the commission to elect a chair from its members.

Subdivision 3 [First meeting] requires the ranking majority member from the senate to convene the first meeting by July 1, 2015.

 Subdivision 4 [Compensation] provides for members to be compensated as they would for other legislative duties (i.e. per diem and reimbursement of expenses according to the rules of their respective bodies).

Subdivision 5 [Conflict of interest] precludes participation in or voting on a decision of the commission in which the member has a personal financial interest.  Requires a witness at a public meeting of the commission to disclose a financial conflict of interest.

Subdivision 6 [Duties] establishes duties of the commission relating to study of specified topics relating to surrogacy and to developing policy recommendations.

Subdivision 7 [Reporting] requires the commission to submit its recommendations to the committees of the legislature with primary jurisdiction over judiciary and health by December 15, 2015.  On topics where the commission fails to reach consensus, more than one report may be submitted.

Subdivision 8 [Staffing] requires the Legislative Coordinating Commission to provide staff and administrative support.

Subdivision 9 [Expiration] expires the commission after the commission delivers its report.



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