The Library has added a new database to our set of "Historical Information About Minnesota State Government," Executive Branch Reorganization Orders. These are sometimes referred to as Governors Reorganization Orders.
Since executive branch reorganization authority was established in 1969, (Laws of Minnesota 1969, Chapter 1129, Article IX) there have been 196 orders. Under the authority of Minnesota Statutes 16B.37 the Commissioner of the Department of Administration is authorized to transfer personnel, powers, or duties from a state agency to another state agency. The very first order, effective July 1, 1970, transferred the employees, functions, and appropriations from the Track and Hopper Scale unit of the Grain Inspection Division to the Division of Weights and Measures.
Some reorganization orders deal with large transfers of agency powers, as when the Office of Strategic and Long-Range Planning was abolished, and its powers transferred to the Department of Administration. (#188, 2003) Other orders are modest in scale. The most recent one transferred firewood labeling authority from the Department of Commerce to the Departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources. (#196, 2010)
Details on reorganization authority are outlined in a House Research Department Information Brief, "Executive Branch Transfer Authority."