Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Minnesota State Senate

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House Committees

The Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development 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

Function

The Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development has jurisdiction over all bills relating to employment, economic growth, fair labor standards, minimum wage, workers’ compensation, occupational safety and health, unemployment compensation, and telecommunications. The committee also has jurisdiction over bills relating to agriculture, rural development, and pet animals.[6][7]

Membership

2013-2014

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

Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Members, 2013
Democratic members (6)Republican members (4)
Dan Sparks, ChairGary Dahms
Matt Schmit, Vice-chairCarla Nelson
Terri BonoffCarrie Ruud
Kent EkenBill Weber
Foung Hawj
Lyle Koenen

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