Bill Text: MN HF45 | 2011-2012 | 87th Legislature | Introduced

Bill Title: Legislative Commission for Policy Innovation and Research established.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2011-01-20 - Author added Hayden [HF45 Detail]

Download: Minnesota-2011-HF45-Introduced.html

1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to state government; establishing the Legislative Commission for Policy
1.3Innovation and Research;proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes,
1.4chapter 3.

1.8    Subdivision 1. Membership. The Legislative Commission for Policy Innovation
1.9and Research consists of:
1.10(1) three members of the senate appointed by the Subcommittee on Committees of
1.11the Committee on Rules and Administration;
1.12(2) three members of the senate appointed by the minority leader;
1.13(3) three members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the
1.14house; and
1.15(4) three members of the house of representatives appointed by the minority leader.
1.16Members shall serve until replaced, or until they are not members of the legislative
1.17body from which they were appointed. The responsible appointing authority shall fill a
1.18vacancy on the commission within 30 days after the vacancy is created.
1.19The commission shall meet in January of each odd-numbered year to elect its chair
1.20and vice-chair. The chair and vice-chair shall serve until their successors are elected.
1.21The chair and vice-chair shall alternate biennially between the senate and the house of
1.22representatives. The commission shall meet at the call of the chair. The members shall
1.23serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses as
2.1members of the legislature. The director of the Legislative Coordinating Commission
2.2shall assist the commission in administrative matters.
2.3    Subd. 2. Research topics. The commission shall periodically select policy
2.4innovation topics suitable for review and analysis by a consortium of independent
2.5organizations. Topics may include general or specific functions of state government. The
2.6commission shall give primary consideration to areas of concern where a comprehensive
2.7review and analysis of available research is likely to yield recommendations for policy
2.8changes that will provide significant efficiencies and improvements in the operation of
2.9state government. Legislators and legislative committees may provide the commission
2.10with recommendations for topics. The commission shall make the final determination
2.11regarding the selection of topics under this section.
2.12    Subd. 3. Request for proposal process. (a) After making the determination of a
2.13research topic under subdivision 2, the commission shall prepare a request for proposal
2.14relating to the topic that specifies:
2.15(1) the precise topic and scope of the research required for the report to the
2.17(2) the deadlines for the response to the request for proposal and for the subsequent
2.18report; and
2.19(3) any other restrictions or guidelines required by the commission.
2.20The commission shall make the request for proposal publicly available and must
2.21review responses from any interested party. A group of individuals or organizations
2.22may submit a response.
2.23(b) After the deadline for submission of responses has expired, the commission must
2.24hold a hearing to consider all submissions. The commission shall consider the following
2.25factors in selecting a response to the request for proposal:
2.26(1) the experience and training of individuals and organizations who will prepare the
2.27report to the commission;
2.28(2) the reliability and credibility of individuals and organizations who will prepare
2.29the report;
2.30(3) the proposed method of research; and
2.31(4) the resources available for the preparation of the report.
2.32(c) After consideration and hearing of the responses to the request for proposal, the
2.33commission may:
2.34(1) select a submission;
2.35(2) revise the original request for proposal and extend the deadline for responses; or
2.36(3) terminate the request for proposal process for the selected topic.
3.1    Subd. 4. Reports to commission. The commission shall hold a hearing to receive a
3.2report prepared under this section. The chair and vice-chair of the commission shall use
3.3their best efforts to ensure that the relevant committees in the legislature are provided with
3.4notice of the report and an opportunity to review the report, including an opportunity
3.5for additional hearings.
3.6The commission must ensure that copies of the written report are made publicly
3.7available, including an archive of all reports received by the commission on the legislative
3.8Web site.