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May 2012

Fracking

The search for new energy supplies often competes with environmental concerns. Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is an economical method used to extract natural gas from shale rock but also has the potential to create environmental problems. As environmental and health concerns grow, states are looking at ways to address these issues.

In "Fracking fracas" (State Legislatures, May 2012), it is reported that “at least 137 bills in 24 states have recently been introduced that specifically address fracking”. Five states have enacted legislation this session. The National Conference of State Legislatures has also just published Natural Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing: A Policymaker’s Guide (June 2012). This guide gives an overview of the issues and detailed information on the states’ efforts to regulate the process.

According to the article "The Fracking Rules" in the May/June 2012 issue of Capitol Ideas, some of the primary ways states have addressed the use of hydraulic fracturing are chemical disclosure, moratoriums, bans, and new regulations.

For additional reports and articles on this issue, contact us at 651-296-8338, or refdesk@lrl.leg.mn.

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.

Bonds/Bonding

State of Minnesota Bond Fact Sheet. Minn. Management & Budget. 2011. HG4948.M6 S73 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0455.

Demographics & Population

State Rankings. CQ Press. 2012. Ref HA203 .U17 2012.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

What Lies Ahead: Population, Household and Employment Forecasts to 2040. Metropolitan Council. April 2012. HA730.T9 W43 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0456.

Disability Issues

Activities of the State Medical Review Team. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. February 2012. HD7105.25.U6 A28 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0404.
Mandated by: 2009 Minn. Laws Chap. 79 Art. 8 Sec. 12 (Minn. Stat. 256.01 Subd. 29)

Transfers to Centers for Independent Living. Minn. Dept. of Employment and Economic Development. March 28, 2012. HV1555.M6 F57 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0435.
Mandated by: 2007 Minn. Laws Chap. 135 Art. 1 Sec. 3 Subd. 3(f)

Economic Development

Minnesota's Emerging Green Economy: Green Jobs Report 2011. Minn. Dept. of Employment and Economic Development. November 2011. HC79.E5 L45 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0436.

Education-K-12

Dangerous Weapons and Disciplinary Incidents. Minn. Dept. of Education. February 2012. LB3013.3 .D36 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0437.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 121.207 121A.06

Getting Teacher Evaluation Right: a Background Paper for Policy Makers. American Educational Research Association; National Academy of Education. September 14, 2011. LB2838 .G48 2011.

Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP) Annual Report. Minn. Dept. of Education. May 6, 2011. LC3982.M6 S65 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0430.

Special Education Litigation Costs. Minn. Dept. of Education. 2012. LC3982.M6 S64 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0432.
Mandated by: 2007 Minn. Laws Chap. 146 Art. 3 Sec. 10 (Minn. Stat. 125A.75)

The Impact of the Four-Day School Week on Travel Among Households with Children in Minnesota. University of Minnesota. March 30, 2012. LB3033.5 .M95 2012.

Environment/Natural Resources

Annual Pollution Report to the Legislature. Minn. Pollution Control Agency. April 2012. TD181.M6 A47 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0444.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 116.011

Invasive Species of Aquatic Plants and Wild Animals in Minnesota Annual Report. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources. 2012. QH353 .E36 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0438.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 84D.02 Subd. 6

Natural Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing: A Policymaker's Guide. NCSL. June 2012. KF1870 .P54 2012.

State Forest Nursery Program Report. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources.  SD398.42.M6 S82 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0446.
Mandated by: 1997 Minn. Laws Chap. 119 Sec. 3 Subd. 1(a) (Minn. Stat. 89.36 Subd. 4)

Naidenko, Olga V. et al. Troubled Waters: Farm Pollution Threatens Drinking Water. Environmental Working Group. April 2012. TD428.A37 N35 2012.

Ethnic Minorities

Treuer, Anton. Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask. Borealis Books. 2012. E77 .T795 2012.

Health Care Needs Assessment: White Earth Nation Members and Other American Indians in the Twin Cities. Minn. Dept. of Health. February 2012. RA448.5.I5 H43 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0422.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 10 Sec. 4 Subd. 3

Treuer, David. Rez Life: An Indian's Journey through Reservation Life. Atlantic Monthly Press. 2012. E93 .T74 2012.

Governing/Government-Local

Minnesota County Directory. Association of Minnesota Counties.  Ref JS451.M65 M54 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-State

Financial Audit Division Report: Department of Human Services Federal Compliance Audit. Office of the Legislative Auditor. March 29, 2012. HJ9865.A27 no. 12-07. Minn. Publication 12-0410.

Government Finance

Budget Guide for Cities. League of Minnesota Cities. December 2011. HJ9260 .B83 2011.

Health Care

Lange, Amy. Beyond the Affordable Care Act: An Economic Analysis of a Unified System of Health Care for Minnesota. Growth & Justice. March 2012. RA395.A4 M553 2012.

Compliance review of Fairview Health Services' management contracts with Accretive Health, Inc. Office of the Attorney General. April 2012.  Minn. Publication 12-0460.

Health Care Disparities Report for Minnesota Health Care Programs: Comparing Medical Group Performance for Public and Private Purchasers Using Health Plan Data. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. 2010. RA413.5 .U62 M64 2010. Minn. Publication 12-0443.
Mandated by: 2005 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 4 Art. 8 Sec. 43 (Minn. Stat. 256b.072)

Injury Facts. National Safety Council. 2012. Ref HA217.A4 2012.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Baumgarten, Allan. Minnesota Health Market Review. . December 2011. RA413 .M56 2011 pt. 2.

Minnesota Health Statistics. Minn. Dept. of Health. November 2010. Ref RA407.4.M6 M55a 2009. Minn. Publication 12-0439.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

MinnesotaCare Program Helpline Report. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. February 2012. HG9397.5.M6 M577 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0405.
Mandated by: 2010 Minn. Laws Chap. 329 Art. 1 Sec. 21 (Minn. Stat. 256.01 Subd. 31)

Report on Management Positions at the Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center and the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. January 9, 2012. RC445.M62 R47 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0447.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 8 Sec. 10

Judicial Administration/Courts

Minnesota Rules of Court. West Publishing. 2012. Ref KFM5929 .M56 2011.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Legislatures

Required Communications Related to the Financial Statements of the Legislative Coordinating Commission. Legislative Coordinating Commission; Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP. March 22, 2012. JK6171 .L462 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0415.

Mental Health

Report on Care Coordination for Children with High-Cost Mental Health Conditions. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. March 30, 2012. RJ501.M6 R47 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0431.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 6 Sec. 89

Report on the Utilization of Community Behavioral Health Hospitals. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. March 30, 2012. RC439 .R47 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0412.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 8 Sec. 8

Minnesota History

Alanen, Arnold R. Finns in Minnesota. Minn. Historical Society Press. 2012. F615.F5 A53 2012.

Poverty

Bringing Legislators to the Table: Addressing Hunger and Nutrition in America. NCSL. 2011. TX360.U6 L397 2011.

Privacy

Compilation of State and Federal Privacy Laws. Privacy Journal. 2012. Ref KF1262.A29 C66 2012.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Public Utilities

Minnesota Public Facilities Authority Annual Fee Report. Public Facilities Authority. January 12, 2012. HD3890.M6 M57 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0073.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 446A.04 Subd. 5(b)

Rural Issues

Report on Use of Appropriations, FY2012 Projects. Center for Rural Policy and Development . March 23, 2012. HT421.F56 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0389.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws Chap. 14 Sec. 3 Subd. 5

Taxation

State Tax Actions. NCSL. February 2012. Ref HJ2385 .S83 2011.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Hinze, Steve and Nina Manzi. Targeting: A Property Tax Relief Program for Qualifying Homeowners (Updated). House Research. March 2012. HJ4121.M62 H569 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0394.

Manzi, Nina. Use Tax Collection on Income Tax Returns in Other States (Updated). House Research. April 2012. HJ5715.U6 M46 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0453.

Transportation

Minnesota River Flood Mitigation Study Final Report. Minn. Dept. of Transportation; SEH. September 28, 2011. TG24.M6 M566 2011.

Preliminary Economic Benefit Analysis of the Proposed Rochester - Twin Cities High-Speed Passenger Rail Program. Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc.; R.L. Banks & Associates, Inc.. March 21, 2012. HE2771.A2 P74 2012.

Burress, Matt. Short Subjects: County State-Aid Highway System (Updated). House Research. April 2012. HN79.M6 S56 2012.

Mandated Reports

Activities of the State Medical Review Team. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. February 2012. HD7105.25.U6 A28 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0404.
Mandated by: 2009 Minn. Laws Chap. 79 Art. 8 Sec. 12 (Minn. Stat. 256.01 Subd. 29)

Annual Pollution Report to the Legislature. Minn. Pollution Control Agency. April 2012. TD181.M6 A47 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0444.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 116.011

Dangerous Weapons and Disciplinary Incidents. Minn. Dept. of Education. February 2012. LB3013.3 .D36 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0437.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 121.207 121A.06

Health Care Disparities Report for Minnesota Health Care Programs: Comparing Medical Group Performance for Public and Private Purchasers Using Health Plan Data. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. 2010. RA413.5 .U62 M64 2010. Minn. Publication 12-0443.
Mandated by: 2005 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 4 Art. 8 Sec. 43 (Minn. Stat. 256b.072)

Health Care Needs Assessment: White Earth Nation Members and Other American Indians in the Twin Cities. Minn. Dept. of Health. February 2012. RA448.5.I5 H43 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0422.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 10 Sec. 4 Subd. 3

Invasive Species of Aquatic Plants and Wild Animals in Minnesota Annual Report. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources. 2012. QH353 .E36 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0438.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 84D.02 Subd. 6

Minnesota Public Facilities Authority Annual Fee Report. Public Facilities Authority. January 12, 2012. HD3890.M6 M57 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0073.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 446A.04 Subd. 5(b)

MinnesotaCare Program Helpline Report. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. February 2012. HG9397.5.M6 M577 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0405.
Mandated by: 2010 Minn. Laws Chap. 329 Art. 1 Sec. 21 (Minn. Stat. 256.01 Subd. 31)

Report on Care Coordination for Children with High-Cost Mental Health Conditions. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. March 30, 2012. RJ501.M6 R47 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0431.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 6 Sec. 89

Report on Management Positions at the Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center and the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. January 9, 2012. RC445.M62 R47 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0447.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 8 Sec. 10

Report on the Utilization of Community Behavioral Health Hospitals. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. March 30, 2012. RC439 .R47 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0412.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 8 Sec. 8

Report on Use of Appropriations, FY2012 Projects. Center for Rural Policy and Development . March 23, 2012. HT421.F56 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0389.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws Chap. 14 Sec. 3 Subd. 5

Special Education Litigation Costs. Minn. Dept. of Education. 2012. LC3982.M6 S64 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0432.
Mandated by: 2007 Minn. Laws Chap. 146 Art. 3 Sec. 10 (Minn. Stat. 125A.75)

State Forest Nursery Program Report. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources.  SD398.42.M6 S82 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0446.
Mandated by: 1997 Minn. Laws Chap. 119 Sec. 3 Subd. 1(a) (Minn. Stat. 89.36 Subd. 4)

Transfers to Centers for Independent Living. Minn. Dept. of Employment and Economic Development. March 28, 2012. HV1555.M6 F57 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0435.
Mandated by: 2007 Minn. Laws Chap. 135 Art. 1 Sec. 3 Subd. 3(f)

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