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July 2012

Minnesota Constitutional Amendments

A popular research topic this summer has been the history of Minnesota Constitutional Amendments. Librarians have been busy identifying information on particular amendments and adding news articles, court documents, and other bits of trivia to our constitutional amendments notebook collection.

We have also added a variety of reports and books on the topic. For example, we recently added a 1961 report from the League of Women Voters, Doorway to Change: A Study of Minnesota’s Amending Process. The report’s author, Betty Kane, was active in the League for many years, and later served on the 1971 Constitutional Study Commission recommended by Governor Wendell Anderson. The Commission’s Amendment Process Committee issued a 42 page report that offered recommendations on “whether constitutional change would be better effected through a constitutional convention or by separate amendments” and on “such changes in Article XIV as would facilitate constitutional revision by either amendment or convention”.

For more information on the amendment process and analysis of Minnesota constitutional amendments, see:

Amending Our State Constitution: Continuity Through Ordered Change. Betty Kane, Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1981.

How a Constitutional Amendment Is Proposed and Ratified. Matt Gehring, House Research, 2011.

Proposing Constitutional Amendments. (Video) Jon Brune, Senate Media Services, 2012.

The Library’s web page, State Constitutional Amendments Considered, includes links to the original ballot language.

If you would like further information on this or any other topic, contact the Legislative Library 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.

Agriculture

Herbicide Selection and Management Practices Associated with Minnesota's 2008 Corn Production. Minn. Dept. of Agriculture; United States Department of Agriculture, NASS. December 2010. SB951.4 .H47 2010. Minn. Publication 12-0468.

Metropolitan Agricultural Preserves Program Status Report: Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Metropolitan Council. May 7, 2012. KFM5639.A342 A4 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0492.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 473H.06 Subd. 5

Pesticide Drift Monitoring in Minnesota June 13, 2006 - August 13, 2009: Technical Report. Pesticide Action Network North America. May 2012. TD196.A34 P47 2012.

Banking

Upper Midwest Financial Directory. Accuity. 2012. Ref HG2441.B35 2012.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Children/Youth/Families

Punelli, Danyell. Short Subjects: Corporate Foster Care Moratorium. House Research. May 2012. HN79.M6 S56 2012.

Computers

Financial Audit Division Report: Vulnerability Management Information Technology Audit. Office of the Legislative Auditor. May 22, 2012. HJ9865 .A27 no. 12-11. Minn. Publication 12-0499.

IT Initiatives Review Report. Minn. Office of Enterprise Technology. February 15, 2011. JK6149.A8 I532 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0487.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 16E.03 Subd. 5
Mandated by: 2008 Minn. Laws Chap. 318 Art. 1 Sec. 8 (Minn. Stat. 16E.01 Subd. 3)

The Technology Accessibility Implementation Project Report to the Legislature. Advisory Committee for Technology Standards for Accessibility and Usability. January 17, 2012. JK6149.A8 T43 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0486.
Mandated by: 2009 Minn. Laws Chap. 131 Sec. 12 Subd. 2 (Minn. Stat. 16E.0475)

Crime & Corrections

Criminal Forfeitures in Minnesota. Office of the State Auditor. May 30, 2012. KFM5965.F6 C75 2010. Minn. Publication 12-0546.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 609.5315 Subd. 6

Gang Criteria Recommendation to the Commissioner of Public Safety. Violent Crime Coordinating Council. June 13, 2012. HV6439.U7 M62 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0536.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 299A.642 Subd. 3(8)

Key Elements of a Statewide Strategic Framework. Violent Crime Coordinating Council. June 13, 2012. HV6793.M6 M567 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0537.

Disability Issues

Punelli, Danyell. Overview of Programs for People with Disabilities (Updated). House Research. May 2012. HV1555.M6 P86 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0508.

Economic Development

Michael, Joel. Short Subjects: Property Tax Abatements for Economic Development (Updated). House Research. June 2012. HN79.M6 S56 2012.

Education-K-12

Minnesota District/Charter K-12 Enrollment Trends. Center for School Change. June 2012. LB2806.36 .M566 2012.

Reichgott Junge, Ember. Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story. Beaver's Pond Press. 2012. LB2806.36 .J864 2012.

Elections

Combined Federal / State Disclosure and Election Directory. Federal Election Commission. March 2012. Ref JK1991.C645 2012.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Impact of Proposed Constitutional Amendment Relating to Voting Rights. Ramsey County. June 12, 2012. JF1001 .I47 2012.

Energy Issues

Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Prairie Island Indian Community as a Cooperating Agency. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Prairie Island Indian Community. June 14, 2008. TD899.A8 M46 2008.

PBEEEP Report: Public Buildings Enhanced Energy Efficiency Program. Minn. Dept. of Administration. January 2012. TJ163.5.B84 M562 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0538.
Mandated by: 2008 Minn. Laws Chap. 356 Sec. 2 Subd. 8 (Minn. Stat. 16B.322)
Mandated by: 2009 Minn. Laws Chap. 138 Art. 2 Sec. 8(e)

Environment/Natural Resources

Minnesota Superfund Report (Use of the Remediation Fund for Emergency Response, Superfund, and Voluntary Cleanup Activities). Minn. Pollution Control Agency; Minn. Dept. of Agriculture. April 2012. TD1042.M6 S87 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0519.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 115B.20 Subd. 6

Right To Know Chemical Information Report: Summary of Toxic Release Inventory and Pollution Prevention Reports. Minn. Dept. of Public Safety. December 2011. TD897.75.M6 T695 2010. Minn. Publication 12-0543.

Wasting Our Waterways 2012: Toxic Industrial Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act. Environment America. May 2012. TD424.3 .K47 2012.

Ethnic Minorities

Council on Black Minnesotans Fiscal Year 2011 Report. Council on Black Minnesotans. January 19, 2012. E185.93.M55 C686 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0483.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 10 Art. 1 Sec. 38

Minnesota American Indian Child Welfare Program Plan: Transferring Child Welfare Responsibilities from Hennepin County to the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. January 2012. HV742.M6 M576 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0512.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 9 Sec. 1 (Minn. Stat. 256.01 Subd. 14b (i))

Fishing

A Family Guide to Eating Fish: Safe Eating Guidelines for Fish from Minnesota Lakes and Rivers, and for Fish Bought in Restaurants and Stores. Minn. Dept. of Health. March 2009. RA602.F5 F36 2009. Minn. Publication 12-0407.

Eat Fish Often?: A Minnesota Guide to Eating Fish. Minn. Dept. of Health. March 2009. RA602.F5 E28 2009. Minn. Publication 12-0406.

Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Issues

Stone, Amy L. Gay Rights at the Ballot Box. University of Minnesota Press. 2012. HQ76.8.U5 S76 2012.

Governing/Government-State

Financial Audit Division Report: Department of Labor and Industry Construction Codes and Licensing Division: Internal Controls and Compliance Audit. Office of the Legislative Auditor. June 14, 2012. HJ9865 .A27 no. 12-13. Minn. Publication 12-0527.

Financial Audit Division Report: State Government Shutdown Internal Controls and Compliance Audit. Office of the Legislative Auditor. June 14, 2012. HJ9865 .A27 no. 12-12. Minn. Publication 12-0528.

Shepard, Mark. Short Subjects: Rulemaking: Expedited Process and Exemptions (Updated). House Research. June 2012. HN79.M6 S56 2012.

Shepard, Mark. Short Subjects: Rulemaking: Process for Adopting Rules (Updated). House Research. June 2012. HN79.M6 S56 2012.

Shepard, Mark. Short Subjects: Rulemaking: Review of Adopted Rules (Updated). House Research. June 2012. HN79.M6 S56 2012.

Shepard, Mark and Lynn Aves. Short Subjects: The Minnesota Sunset Act (Updated). House Research. June 2012. HN79.M6 S56 2012.

Government Finance

Fiscal Survey of States. National Association of State Budget Officers. Spring 2012. Ref HJ275 .N32a 2012 Spring.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Health Care

Medical Assistance Reform Report. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. January 2012. RA412.45.M6 M435 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0510.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 7 Sec. 53 Subd. 3 (Minn. Stat. 256B.021 Subd. 3)

Nursing Home Assisted Living Pilot Project: A Report to the Minnesota Legislature. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. March 5, 2012. RA997.5.M6 N876 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0509.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 7 Sec. 50 Subd. 1

Punelli, Danyell A. Personal Care Assistance (Updated). House Research. May 2012. RA645.36.M6 P86 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0490.

Report on the Status of Obtaining a Federal Waiver. Minn. Dept. of Health. February 7, 2012. RA997.5.M6 R47 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0473.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 2 Sec. 19 (Minn. Stat. 144A.102)

Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System. Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. June 2012. RA412.3 .R47 2012 June.

Housing & Real Estate

Guidelines for Priority Funding for Housing Performance. Metropolitan Council. March 2012. HD7304.T9 G855 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0496.

Minnesota Families Affordable Rental Investment Fund: Annual Report to the Minnesota Legislature. Minn. Housing Finance Agency. May 2012. HD7288.83 .M56 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0513.
Mandated by: 2000 Minn. Laws Chap. 488 Art. 8 Sec. 2

Judicial Administration/Courts

Annual Report: Board on Judicial Standards. Minn. Board on Judicial Standards. 2012. KFM5925.5.D5 M56x 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0554.

Recommendations of the Minnesota Supreme Court Civil Justice Reform Task Force: Supplemental Report. Minn. State Supreme Court. May 22, 2012. KFM5930 .M576 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0511.

Libraries

Law Library Service to Prisoners Annual Report. Minn. State Law Library. 2012. Z675 .L2 L3 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0534.

Minnesota State Law Library Annual Report. Minn. State Law Library.  Z675.L2 M56 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0532.

Liquor

McCormack, Patrick. Short Subjects: Minnesota's Laws on Tastings and Samples of Alcohol (Updated). House Research. June 2012. HN79.M6 S56 2012.

Minnesota History

Nichols, David A. Lincoln and the Indians: Civil War Policy and Politics. MInnesota Historical Society Press. 2012. E457.2.N6 N53 2012.

Natural Disasters/Emergency Management

Emergency Communication Networks Overview. Minn. Dept. of Public Safety. January 2012. HV551.4.M6 E547 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0535.

Political Parties

Spannaus, Roy T. A Trust Misplaced: The Dark Side of Minnesota's DFL Party. Ballista Books. 1990. KF9365 .S62 1990.

Report of the Republican Party of Minnesota Budget, Financial Controls and Oversight Committee. Republican Party of Minnesota. May 7, 2012. JK2358.M6 R47 2012.

Politics/Public Policy

Mann, Thomas E. and Norman J. Ornstein. It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism. . 2012. JK275 .M27 2012.

Public Employees

Shepard, Mark. Short Subjects: State Agency Head Salaries (Updated). House Research. June 2012. HN79.M6 S56 2012.

Public Welfare

Redesigning Service Delivery: Planning for an Integrated Services Delivery System (Revised). Minn. Dept. of Human Services. May 2012. HV98.M6 R436 2012a. Minn. Publication 12-0491.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 9 Sec. 17

Regional Governance

Metropolitan Mosquito Control District: 2011 Operational Review and Plans for 2012. Metropolitan Mosquito Control District. 2012. RA640 .M574 2011/2012. Minn. Publication 12-0523.

Retirement Income

Actuarial Review of the Retirement Systems Under the Minnesota Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement. Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement; Milliman, Inc.. June 8, 2012. JK6160.P4 M66lx 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0530.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 356.215 Subd. 3

Replication of the Actuarial Valuation of the Teachers Retirement Association Fund. Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement; Milliman, Inc.. June 8, 2012. JK6160.P4 R477 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0531.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 356.214 Subd. 4

Sports Teams/Stadiums

Batter Up: Public Sector Support for Professional Sports Facilities. UBS Financial Services Inc.. April 5, 2012. GV716 .M35 2012.

Substance Abuse

Falkowski, Carol. Drug Abuse Trends: Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. June 2012. HV5831.M6 D77 2012 June. Minn. Publication 12-0545.

Taxation

Michael, Joel. Short Subjects: Alcoholic Beverage Taxes (Updated). House Research. June 2012. HN79.M6 S56 2012.

Transportation

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Metropolitan Airports Commission. Metropolitan Airports Commission.  HE9813.M6 M563 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0548.

Urban Issues

Annual Livable Communities Fund Distribution Plan. Metropolitan Council. April 2012. HT168.T9 M49 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0529.
Mandated by: 1995 Minn. Laws Chap. 255 Art. 1 Sec. 1 (Minn. Stat. 473.25)

Veterans/Military Issues

Minnesota Veterans Home Pre-Design & Renovation Study for Building #13. Minn. Dept. of Administration; RJ Johnson Architects & Interiors, Ltd.. March 30, 2012. UB384.M6 M564 2012.

Mandated Reports

Actuarial Review of the Retirement Systems Under the Minnesota Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement. Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement; Milliman, Inc.. June 8, 2012. JK6160.P4 M66lx 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0530.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 356.215 Subd. 3

Annual Livable Communities Fund Distribution Plan. Metropolitan Council. April 2012. HT168.T9 M49 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0529.
Mandated by: 1995 Minn. Laws Chap. 255 Art. 1 Sec. 1 (Minn. Stat. 473.25)

Council on Black Minnesotans Fiscal Year 2011 Report. Council on Black Minnesotans. January 19, 2012. E185.93.M55 C686 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0483.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 10 Art. 1 Sec. 38

Criminal Forfeitures in Minnesota. Office of the State Auditor. May 30, 2012. KFM5965.F6 C75 2010. Minn. Publication 12-0546.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 609.5315 Subd. 6

Gang Criteria Recommendation to the Commissioner of Public Safety. Violent Crime Coordinating Council. June 13, 2012. HV6439.U7 M62 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0536.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 299A.642 Subd. 3(8)

IT Initiatives Review Report. Minn. Office of Enterprise Technology. February 15, 2011. JK6149.A8 I532 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0487.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 16E.03 Subd. 5
Mandated by: 2008 Minn. Laws Chap. 318 Art. 1 Sec. 8 (Minn. Stat. 16E.01 Subd. 3)

Medical Assistance Reform Report. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. January 2012. RA412.45.M6 M435 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0510.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 7 Sec. 53 Subd. 3 (Minn. Stat. 256B.021 Subd. 3)

Metropolitan Agricultural Preserves Program Status Report: Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Metropolitan Council. May 7, 2012. KFM5639.A342 A4 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0492.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 473H.06 Subd. 5

Minnesota American Indian Child Welfare Program Plan: Transferring Child Welfare Responsibilities from Hennepin County to the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. January 2012. HV742.M6 M576 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0512.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 9 Sec. 1 (Minn. Stat. 256.01 Subd. 14b (i))

Minnesota Families Affordable Rental Investment Fund: Annual Report to the Minnesota Legislature. Minn. Housing Finance Agency. May 2012. HD7288.83 .M56 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0513.
Mandated by: 2000 Minn. Laws Chap. 488 Art. 8 Sec. 2

Minnesota Superfund Report (Use of the Remediation Fund for Emergency Response, Superfund, and Voluntary Cleanup Activities). Minn. Pollution Control Agency; Minn. Dept. of Agriculture. April 2012. TD1042.M6 S87 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0519.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 115B.20 Subd. 6

Nursing Home Assisted Living Pilot Project: A Report to the Minnesota Legislature. Minn. Dept. of Human Services. March 5, 2012. RA997.5.M6 N876 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0509.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 7 Sec. 50 Subd. 1

PBEEEP Report: Public Buildings Enhanced Energy Efficiency Program. Minn. Dept. of Administration. January 2012. TJ163.5.B84 M562 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0538.
Mandated by: 2008 Minn. Laws Chap. 356 Sec. 2 Subd. 8 (Minn. Stat. 16B.322)
Mandated by: 2009 Minn. Laws Chap. 138 Art. 2 Sec. 8(e)

Redesigning Service Delivery: Planning for an Integrated Services Delivery System (Revised). Minn. Dept. of Human Services. May 2012. HV98.M6 R436 2012a. Minn. Publication 12-0491.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 9 Sec. 17

Replication of the Actuarial Valuation of the Teachers Retirement Association Fund. Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement; Milliman, Inc.. June 8, 2012. JK6160.P4 R477 2011. Minn. Publication 12-0531.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 356.214 Subd. 4

Report on the Status of Obtaining a Federal Waiver. Minn. Dept. of Health. February 7, 2012. RA997.5.M6 R47 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0473.
Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 9 Art. 2 Sec. 19 (Minn. Stat. 144A.102)

The Technology Accessibility Implementation Project Report to the Legislature. Advisory Committee for Technology Standards for Accessibility and Usability. January 17, 2012. JK6149.A8 T43 2012. Minn. Publication 12-0486.
Mandated by: 2009 Minn. Laws Chap. 131 Sec. 12 Subd. 2 (Minn. Stat. 16E.0475)

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