The creation of the commission was championed by Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, who held a long-term interest in the issues surrounding data practices and privacy. The Commission held its first meeting on July 8, 2014.
Laws of Minnesota 2017, chapter 4, article 2, section 2 amended the Commission's sunset date, changing it from June 30, 2017 to June 30, 2019.
The commission's expiration date was not extended in the 2019 session. However, the Legislative Coordinating Commission (LCC) passed a resolution in June 2019 to establish an LCC Subcommittee on Data Practices. The LCC Subcommittee on Data Practices continued the work of the commission from June 19, 2019 to January 1, 2021.
In 2021 the Legislature re-established the Legislative Commission on Data Practices as a fully funded and independent legislative panel. On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, the commission had its first meeting since 2019. The commission intends to meet as often as possible before the start of the 2022 legislative session.