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Intergovernmental Relations Advisory Commission

Also known as:
ACIR
Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
Active dates:1991- 1995
Function: Recommend new formula to distribute state aid to local governments in Minnesota.
(a) By February 1 of each year, the commission shall submit to the speaker of the house and president of the senate recommendations for a formula or formulas to allocate the receipts of the local government trust fund to cities, counties, special taxing districts, and towns
for the fiscal year beginning in the next calendar year. A recommendation of the commission must be approved by a
three-fourths majority vote of the commission. Recommendations may be adopted, modified, or rejected by a bill enacted into law.
History: A March/April, 2011 article in Public Administration Review titled "The Current Status and Roles of State Advisory Commissions on Intergovernmental Relations in the U.S. Federal System" gives the dates for Minnesota's ACIR as 1985-1995. They say: "During the 1970s and 1980s, a number of states created entities commonly termed advisory commissions on intergovernmental relations (ACIRs). These commissions were created in response to the increasing complexity of the U.S. federal system and to the perception of a growing need for greater cooperation and dialogue between and among the various units of state and local government, and between state and local governments and the federal government" (p.190)
Membership: 20 (2 senators, 2 representatives, 10 members appointed by governor); 4-year terms

For July 1, 1991, through June 30, 1992, the commission consists of 20 members as follows:
(1) Five members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker. At least two of the members must represent
districts located outside of the metropolitan area;
(2) Five members of the senate, appointed by the subcommittee on committees of the committee on rules. At least
two of the members must represent districts located outside of the metropolitan area;
(3) Four city officials, appointed by the governor from a slate of at least eight city officials submitted by the League
of Minnesota Cities. At least four of the officials on the slate must reside outside the metropolitan area; at least two of
the officials appointed must reside outside of the metropolitan area;
(4) Three county officials, appointed by the governor from a slate of at least six county officials submitted by the
Association of Minnesota Counties. At least two of the officials on the slate must reside outside the metropolitan
area; at least one of the officials appointed must be from a county located outside of the metropolitan area;
(5) One town official, appointed by the governor from a slate of at least two submitted by the Minnesota Association of
Township Officers; and
(6) Two representatives of the executive branch of state government, appointed by the governor.
(b) Beginning July 1, 1992, the membership of the commission is reduced to 14 members. The legislative membership
is reduced to two members of the house of representatives and two members of the senate. At least two of these members, one from each house, must represent a district located outside of the metropolitan area. In appointing members of the commission in 1991, the speaker and the subcommittee on committees shall each designate three of the members as 1991 appointments. The terms of these members expire on June 30, 1992.
Record last updated: 04/01/2011
 

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