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October 2011

Constant Change

Regularly scheduled legislative elections take place every two years in Minnesota. When the votes are counted, membership in the Minnesota State Legislature has been established for the coming two years. Or has it? In reality, membership of the Minnesota Senate and House is not static between regularly scheduled elections. During the current 87th Legislature, four special elections have already been held with another two scheduled for 2012.

According to conventional wisdom, Republicans win special elections. Two-thirds of special elections have been won by Republicans since 1971; however, seven of the last eight elections have been won by Democrats. The Legislative Library has compiled details on special legislative elections from 1971 to the present: Results of Special Elections for the Minnesota Legislature.

Political party strength in the House and Senate may also fluctuate during legislative sessions. Special elections may alter the margin between parties. In addition, individual legislators sometimes change party mid-term. Former senators Sheila Kiscaden and Charlie Berg changed parties several times. For details about party strength in the Minnesota Legislature from 1951 to the present, see: Party Control of the Minnesota Senate and Party Control of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

New & Notable Books and Reports

Many of the items listed below are available electronically. If so, we have provided a link to the document. However, some of the documents may be very long. You can request to borrow our print copy of any of the items by selecting the check-box and clicking on the "Request Items" button.

Agriculture

Organic Farm Performance in Minnesota. Minn. Dept. of Agriculture. 2011. S605.5 .O742 2010. Minn. Publication 11-0756.
Mandated by: 1999 Minn. Laws Chap. 231 Sec. 56 (Minn. Stat. 31.94)

Arts-Economic Aspects

General Operating Grant Final Report. Minn. Humanities Center.  AZ513.M6 M582 2010/2011. Minn. Publication 11-0696.
Mandated by: 2005 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 5 Art. 2 Sec. 78 (Minn. Stat. 138.911)
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 10 Art. 1 Sec. 38

Building Codes

National Electric Code. National Fire Protection Association. 2010. 

Window Safety Program: Report to the Minnesota Legislature. Minn. Dept. of Health. September 2011. TH2275 .W56 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0802.
Mandated by: 2007 Minn. Laws Chap. 147 Art. 16 Sec. 19

Children/Youth/Families

Punelli, Danyell. Short Subjects: Child Care Assistance (Updated). House Research. September 2011. HN79.M6 S56 2011.

Aves, Lynn. Short Subjects: Child Care Licensing (Updated). House Research. September 2011. HN79.M6 S56 2011.

Crime & Corrections

Adult Inmate Profile. Minn. Dept. of Corrections. July 2011. HV9475.M6 M565 2011 July. Minn. Publication 11-0780.

Demographics & Population

Statistical Abstract of the United States (Census). Census Bureau. 2011. Ref HA202 .U5x 2012.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Disability Issues

Punelli, Danyell. Short Subjects: 2011 Corporate Foster Care Moratorium Modifications. House Research. September 2011. HN79.M6 S56 2011.

Economic Development

Friedman, Thomas L. and Michael Mandelbaum. That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2011. BF408 .F747 2011.

Education-Higher

Ong, Valerie. MnSCU: Retooling Minnesota for Recovery. Minnesota 2020. June 2011. LB2326.4 .O54 2011.

The Economic and Societal Impact of the University of Minnesota. Tripp Umbach. June 21, 2011. HD75.7 .E36 2011.

Education-K-12

Douglass, Katie. Declining Funding, Degrading Quality: 2011 Survey of Minnesota Superintendents. Minnesota 2020. August 2011. LB2826.M6 D68 2011.

Evaluation Report: K-12 Online Learning. Office of the Legislative Auditor. September 2011. LB1028.5 .K12 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0750.

Financing Education in Minnesota. Minn. House of Representatives Fiscal Analysis Dept.. September 2011. LB2826.M6 F457 2011/2012. Minn. Publication 11-0804.

Elderly

Annual Quality Improvement Report on the Nursing Home Survey Process. Minn. Dept. of Health. September 2011. RA997.5.M6 A56 2010. Minn. Publication 11-0778.
Mandated by: 2004 Minn. Laws Chap. 247 Sec. 2 (Minn. Stat. 144A.10 Subd. 17)

Elections

Huefner, Steven F. et al. From Registration to Recounts Revisited: Developments in the Election Ecosystems of Five Midwestern States. Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. 2011. KF4886 .F76 2011.

Gehring, Matt. Short Subjects: Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board Appointments (Updated). House Research. September 2011. HN79.M6 S56 2011.

Energy Issues

Minnesota Rural Electric Association Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide. Minn. Rural Electric Association.  Ref HD9688.U63 M61 2011/2012.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Nelson, Peter J. Recommendations for Promoting Affordable and Competitive Energy Rates in Minnesota. Center of the American Experiment. February 2011. HD9502.U63 N45 2011.

Ethnic Minorities

Knudson, Nicolette et al. Beginning Dakota / Tokaheya Dakota Iapi Kin: 24 Language and Grammar Lessons with Glossaries (Teacher's Edition). Minn. Historical Society Press. 2011. PM1021 .K682 2011.

Governing/Government-Federal

United States Government Manual. Office of the Federal Register. 2011. Ref JK421.A3 2011.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Stanley, Harold W. and Richard G. Niemi. Vital Statistics on American Politics. Congressional Quarterly Books. 2011. Ref JK274 .S74 2011/2012.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Governing/Government-Local

Dyson, Deborah and Pat Dalton. Legislation Relating to Local and Metropolitan Government. House Research. September 2011. KFM5858 .L45 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0755.

Dyson, Deborah A. Short Subjects: Terms Used in Local Government Legislation (Updated). House Research. September 2011. HN79.M6 S56 2011.

Governing/Government-State

Approved P/T Contract and Amendments. Minn. Dept. of Administration. Materials Management Division. 2011. Ref HD3861 .U62 M58 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0693.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 16C.08 Subd. 4(a)
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Shepard, Mark. Executive Branch Advisory Groups (Revised). House Research. August 2011. JK6149.C7 S54 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0734.

Office of the Governor - Personnel Costs Supported by Agency Appropriations. Minn. Management & Budget. August 30, 2011. JK6153 .S8 O44 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0692.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 10 Art. 1 Sec. 3

Gehring, Matt. Short Subjects: How a Constitutional Amendment is Proposed and Ratified (Updated). House Research. September 2011. HN79.M6 S56 2011.

Gehring, Matt. Short Subjects: Recall of State Elected Officials (Updated). House Research. September 2011. HN79.M6 S56 2011.

Shepard, Mark. Short Subjects: The Minnesota Sunset Act. House Research. September 2011. HN79.M6 S56 2011.

Government Finance

Budget and Economic Outlook: An Update. Congressional Budget Office. August 2011. Ref HC106.8 .E27a 2011/2021.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Impacts of FY2010/2011 General Fund Reductions on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources. September 16, 2011. HC106.M62 I57 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0774.
Mandated by: 2009 Minn. Laws Chap. 37 Art. 1 Sec. 4 Subd. 9

Marx, Bill. Issue Brief: State General Fund Budget Situation. Minn. House of Representatives Fiscal Analysis Department. August 2011. HJ2053 .M6 S736 2011 Aug.. Minn. Publication 11-0775.

Novak, Kathy and Nina Manzi. Short Subjects: Economic Forecasts, Budget Surpluses, and Budget Shortfalls (Updated). House Research. August 2011. HN79.M6 S56 2011.

State Budget Update. NCSL. 2011. Ref HJ2053.A1 S73 2011 Summer.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Health Care

Duggan, Mark and Tamara Hayford. Has the Shift to Managed Care Reduced Medicaid Expenditures? Evidence from State and Local-Level Mandates. National Bureau of Economic Research. July 2011. RA412.4 .D84 2011.

Transfers From the Health Care Access Fund to the General Fund for Reimbursement of the Costs of Health Insurance Premium Credits. Minn. Management & Budget. September 19, 2011. HG9397.5.M6 T73 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0752.
Mandated by: 2008 Minn. Laws Chap. 358 Art. 5 Sec. 6

Labor & Employment Issues

Comparing Compensation: State-Local Versus Private Sector Workers. Center for State & Local Government Excellence. September 2011. HD4975 .C66 2011.

Comparison of State Unemployment Insurance Laws. United States Dept of Labor. 2011. Ref KF3675.Z95 C65 2011.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Neumann, Anita. Home-Based Child Care: AFSCME and SEIU Organizing Activities. House Research. September 13, 2011.  Minn. Publication 11-0737.

Minnesota's Workers' Compensation Assigned Risk Plan Statutory Financial Statements. Minn. Dept. of Commerce; Olsen Thielen & Co., Ltd.. June 15, 2011. HD7103.65.U62 M58 2010. Minn. Publication 11-0779.

Legislatures

Shepard, Mark. Reports Mandated by the 2011 Legislature. House Research. August 2011. H62.M55x 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0690.

Mining Industries

Draft Scoping Decision Document: Preferred Sands Kasota Mine Le Sueur County, Minnesota. Preferred Sands of Minnesota, LLC; Barr. June 2011. TN277 .D73 2011.

Scoping Environmental Assessment Worksheet: Preferred Sands Kasota Mine Le Sueur County, Minnesota. Preferred Sands of Minnesota, LLC; Barr. June 2011. TN277 .S36 2011.

Poverty

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. September 2011. HA203 .K2 2010.

Public Employees

AFT Public Employees Compensation Survey: A Survey of Professional, Scientific and Related Jobs in State Government. American Federation of Teachers. 2011. Ref JK2474 .A38 2011.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Shepard, Mark. Short Subjects: State Elected Officials' Compensation (Updated). House Research. October 2011. HN79.M6 S56 2011.

Public Records/Data Practices Act

Receipts and Expenditures Relating to the Data Practices Act. Office of Administrative Hearings. August 23, 2011. KFM5862.6.A25 R43 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0683.
Mandated by: 2010 Minn. Laws Chap. 297 Sec. 3 Subd. 7 (Minn. Stat. 13.085)

Public Utilities

Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association Membership Directory. Minn. Municipal Utilities Association. 2011. Ref HD2767.M6 M54 2011.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Public Welfare

Punelli, Danyell. Short Subjects: Basics of Emergency General Assistance (Revised). House Research. August 2011. HN79.M6 S56 2011.

Retirement Income

Hennepin Healthcare Systems Retirement Plan Annual Report. Hennepin Healthcare Systems. 2011. JK6160.P4 H47. Minn. Publication 11-0691.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 356.20

Substance Abuse

McAlpine, Donna D. et al. Estimating the Need for Treatment for Substance Abuse Among Adults in Minnesota: Results of the 2010 Minnesota Survey on Adult Substance Use. Minn. Dept. of Human Services; Regents of the University of Minnesota. July 2011. HV4999.3.M6 M33 2011.

The Human and Economic Cost of Alcohol Use in Minnesota. Minn. Dept. of Health. April 2011. HV5106.M6 H86 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0773.

Taxation

Comparison of 2008 Individual Income Tax Burdens by State. Minn. Taxpayers Association; Center for Public Finance Research. September 2011. HJ4655 .A1 C66 2008.

Manzi, Nina and Lisa Larson. Income Tax Deductions and Credits for Public and Nonpublic Education in Minnesota (Updated). House Research. September 2011. HJ4653.C73 M36 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0751.

Manzi, Nina. Income Tax Terms: Deductions and Credits (Updated). House Research. August 2011. KFM5875.Z9 M36 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0735.

Manzi, Nina and Joel Michael. Short Subjects: Section 179 Expensing Under the Federal and Minnesota Income Tax (Updated). House Research. August 2011. HN79.M6 S56 2011.

Nelson, Peter J. Why the Anti-Competitive Impact of Minnesota Income Tax Rates is Greater Today than in the 1970s. Center of the American Experiment. July 14, 2011. HJ4655.M62 N45 2011.

Transportation

County Screening Board Data. Minn. Dept. of Transportation. October 2011. HE356.M6 M54a 2011 October. Minn. Publication 11-0757.

Municipal State Aid Street Needs Report. Minn. Dept. of Transportation. October 2011. HE356.M6 M53b 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0758.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 162.13

Northstar Corridor Development Authority Financial Report. Northstar Corridor Development Authority.  HE2771.M6 N66 2010.

Northstar Corridor Development Authority Management and Compliance Report. Office of the State Auditor.  HE2271.M6 N674 2010. Minn. Publication 11-0772.

Burress, Matt. Short Subjects: County State-Aid Highway System (Updated). House Research. August 2011. HN79.M6 S56 2011.

Burress, Matt. Short Subjects: Municipal State-Aid Street System (Updated). House Research. August 2011. HN79.M6 S56 2011.

The Fix We're In For: The State of Minnesota's Bridges. Transportation for America. 2011. TG24.M6 F59 2011.

Veterans/Military Issues

Manzi, Nina and Jim Cleary. Short Subjects: Military Pay Under Minnesota's Individual Income Tax (Updated). House Research. August 2011. HN79.M6 S56 2011.

Mandated Reports

Annual Quality Improvement Report on the Nursing Home Survey Process. Minn. Dept. of Health. September 2011. RA997.5.M6 A56 2010. Minn. Publication 11-0778.
Mandated by: 2004 Minn. Laws Chap. 247 Sec. 2 (Minn. Stat. 144A.10 Subd. 17)

Approved P/T Contract and Amendments. Minn. Dept. of Administration. Materials Management Division. 2011. Ref HD3861 .U62 M58 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0693.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 16C.08 Subd. 4(a)
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

General Operating Grant Final Report. Minn. Humanities Center.  AZ513.M6 M582 2010/2011. Minn. Publication 11-0696.
Mandated by: 2005 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 5 Art. 2 Sec. 78 (Minn. Stat. 138.911)
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 10 Art. 1 Sec. 38

Hennepin Healthcare Systems Retirement Plan Annual Report. Hennepin Healthcare Systems. 2011. JK6160.P4 H47. Minn. Publication 11-0691.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 356.20

Impacts of FY2010/2011 General Fund Reductions on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources. September 16, 2011. HC106.M62 I57 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0774.
Mandated by: 2009 Minn. Laws Chap. 37 Art. 1 Sec. 4 Subd. 9

Municipal State Aid Street Needs Report. Minn. Dept. of Transportation. October 2011. HE356.M6 M53b 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0758.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 162.13

Office of the Governor - Personnel Costs Supported by Agency Appropriations. Minn. Management & Budget. August 30, 2011. JK6153 .S8 O44 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0692.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 10 Art. 1 Sec. 3

Organic Farm Performance in Minnesota. Minn. Dept. of Agriculture. 2011. S605.5 .O742 2010. Minn. Publication 11-0756.
Mandated by: 1999 Minn. Laws Chap. 231 Sec. 56 (Minn. Stat. 31.94)

Receipts and Expenditures Relating to the Data Practices Act. Office of Administrative Hearings. August 23, 2011. KFM5862.6.A25 R43 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0683.
Mandated by: 2010 Minn. Laws Chap. 297 Sec. 3 Subd. 7 (Minn. Stat. 13.085)

Transfers From the Health Care Access Fund to the General Fund for Reimbursement of the Costs of Health Insurance Premium Credits. Minn. Management & Budget. September 19, 2011. HG9397.5.M6 T73 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0752.
Mandated by: 2008 Minn. Laws Chap. 358 Art. 5 Sec. 6

Window Safety Program: Report to the Minnesota Legislature. Minn. Dept. of Health. September 2011. TH2275 .W56 2011. Minn. Publication 11-0802.
Mandated by: 2007 Minn. Laws Chap. 147 Art. 16 Sec. 19

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