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MNLARS Steering Committee

Also known as:
Minnesota Licensing and Registration System Steering Committee
Active dates:2018-2019

The committee must review the proposed timeline, including deadlines and performance measures, and the proposed plans submitted by the commissioner of public safety and the state chief information officer. The committee may request that the commissioner of public safety and the state chief information officer make changes to the timeline and plans. Prior to reviewing the July 1 quarterly allotment, the committee must approve a timeline and plans. The co-chairs must transmit copies of the timeline and plans to the information technology auditor. The committee must review progress reports, reports from the information technology auditor, and quarterly appropriations.


Emergency funding for MNLARS was appropriated early in the 2018 legislative session. The law making that appropriation also created this steering committee.

The enabling legislation for this steering committee indicated that the senate chair of the committee with jurisdiction over transportation finance was to convene the initial meeting of the committee by May 1, 2018. The committee is required to meet at least once each quarter. 

This committee expires upon full implementation of MNLARS; this committee must determine when MNLARS is fully implemented.

May 2019 report from the Governor's Blue Ribbon Council on Information Technology recommended that the MNLARS system be decommissioned and replaced with an off-the-shelf software package. The legislature responded to that recommendation by creating the new VTRS system, MNLARS' replacement, to be launched by the end of 2020. It will be fully implemented, and MNLARS fully decommissioned, by the fall of 2021. As such, the MNLARS Steering Committee was replaced by the Driver and Vehicle Systems Oversight Committee.


The committee is made up of the following members: the chair of the senate Finance Committee, or a senator appointed by the chair; the chair and ranking minority member of the senate committee with jurisdiction over transportation finance; the chair of the house of representatives Ways and Means Committee, or a member appointed by the chair; and the chair and ranking minority member of the house of representatives committee with jurisdiction over transportation finance.

The following legislators serve on the committee: Representatives Paul Torkelson (co-chair), Dave Baker, and Frank Hornstein; Senators Scott Newman (co-chair), Scott Dibble, and John Jasinski.

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News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 2018-2019.
Record last updated: 03/09/2021

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