In 2006, the commission was reorganized into the LCCMR in order to include citizen membership and input more directly in the decision-making process. However, the origins of the commission goes back to 1963. It started as the Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Resources Commission (MORRC), Laws of Minnesota 1963, chapter 790, article 2, section 1. The commission changed to the Minnesota Resources Commission (MRC) in Laws of Minn. 1967, chap. 867, sec. 2. Became the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCMR) by Laws of Minn. 1975, chap. 271, sec. 3 (26), 6. It then changed to the Minnesota Future Resources Commission (MFRC) by Laws of Minn. 1988, chap. 690, art. 1, sec. 9, 19-21. It reverted back to the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCMR) through Laws of Minn. 1989, chap. 335, art. 1, sec. 269. It became the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) after the passage of Laws of Minn. 2006, chap. 243, sec. 5.
Laws of Minn. 2022, chap. 94, sec. 4 requires the Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources to consider whether statutorily requiring additional information to accompany proposals for capital projects would help the commission better evaluate those proposals. By October 15, 2022, the commission must submit its report and recommendations, along with any proposed statutory changes, to the chairs and ranking minority members of the house of representatives and senate committees and divisions with jurisdiction over environment and natural resources.
Laws of Minn. 2023 Chap.60, Art. 2, Sec. 3 requires one of the governor's appointments to the commission must be a member recommended by the Tribal governmetn representatives of the Indian Affairs Council. The law also states a citizen member may serve no more than eight years, except as necessary to fill a vacancy. A citizen member may not serve more than ten years if serving additional time to fill a vacancy. Effective July 1, 2023.