Commission on Minnesota's Future
Function: The duties of the commission shall be: to prepare, for consideration by the governor and the legislature, a proposed state growth and development strategy; to prepare reports assembling relevant information regarding the state's future; to examine the long range plans of state departments and agencies, including the university of Minnesota, state colleges and junior colleges, and to assess their possible impact on state growth and development; and to report to the governor and the legislature at regular intervals on the development implications of major state decisions.
A report of the commission shall be submitted to the governor not later than November 30 of each even numbered year.
The Commission, composed of citizens from across the state, was established in 1973 as a result of growing concern for the future during the 1960s and early 1970s. Many of the factors affecting Minnesota's economy and lifestyle were identified and discussed in a seminar on Minnesota's future sponsored by Governor Anderson and the State Planning Agency on February 10, 1973. Largely as a result of that seminar, a bill establishing the Commission on Minnesota's Future was passed by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor on May 24, 1973.
To carry out its responsibility to the legislature and its decision to work closely with citizens of the state, the Commission conducted a series of public meetings in April and May of 1976. One meeting was held in each of twelve of the state's thirteen development regions, in cooperation with regional development commissions and other interested local organizations. The major purpose of these meetings was to stimulate public discussion on major issues affecting the state. A secondary purpose was to gather useful ideas to aid the Commission's work.
[Note: paragraphs above were taken from the Commission's "Report of the Commission on Minnesota’s Future", January, 1977. Full report is linked to below.]
Chapter 741 of 1973 Minn. Laws also called for a joint legislative committee to be established by the legislature to review the Commission's reports, evaluate the alternatives, identify legislative priorities and develop a planning capability consistent with the task of this commission.
The commission shall be composed of 40 members appointed by the governor. The membership of the commission shall be apportioned among the development regions, established by executive order, according to relative population shares, except that no region shall have less than two representatives.
The members of the commission shall serve a term ending June 30, 1977.
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