State and Local Government Committee, Minnesota State Senate

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The State and Local Government Committee is a standing committee of the Minnesota State Senate.

Per Rule 10 of the Senate Rules, committees in the Minnesota State Senate are appointed by the party caucuses every two years. The majority caucus is to assign the number of positions for minority caucus members with adequate notice before the legislative session. Partisan balance of a committee is to match the partisan balance of the chamber at-large as closely as possible.[1] The caucuses then appoint their own members.[2] Chairs are selected by an organizational committee of the majority caucus. The two exceptions to this rule are the Rules and Administration Committee, which is chaired by the Majority Leader, and the Taxes Committee, which has its chair elected by the entire majority caucus.[3] With the exception of the Rules Committee, a member of a committee may not serve as the chair of the same division of a committee, or a substantially similar committee for more than three consecutive terms.[4] The Majority Leader, in his or her capacity as chair of the Rules Committee, may add or remove members after the start of the session with the approval of the Minority Leader.[5]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: 2013 Permanent Rules of the Senate


The State and Local Government Committee has jurisdiction over all bills creating a new state agency, substantially changing the organization of a current state agency, or transferring duties from one state agency to another. The committee also has jurisdiction over bills relating to state administrative services, state administrative rulemaking procedures, state employee compensation, public employee labor relations, pensions and retirement, gambling, lotteries, pari-mutuel waging, the structure of the Legislature, veterans, and military affairs. The committee also has jurisdiction over all bills relating to the powers of local and metropolitan governmental units.[6][7]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

State and Local Government Members, 2015
Democratic members (8)Republican members (5)
Patricia Torres Ray, ChairDan Hall, Ranking Minority Member
Chris Eaton, Vice chairBruce Anderson
Kevin DahleKarin Housley
Jeff HaydenBranden Petersen
Alice M. JohnsonDave Thompson
Bev Scalze
Sandra Pappas
Melissa Halvorson Wiklund


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

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