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Human Rights Advisory Committee

Active dates:1977-1983
Function: The Committee was intended to be an advisory body to the Human Rights Department. The committee was from time to time to recommend programs and policies to the commissioner.
Preceded by:
History: In 1967 the legislature created a Human Rights Board. At that time the board had 24 members, at least 3 of whom had to be attorneys. In 1977, the board was redesignated an advisory committee (Human Rights Advisory Committee), and its substantive powers to hear appeals were eliminated. At that time the size of the group was reduced from 24 to 15. In a series of meetings, Governor Perpich agreed the main purpose of the Committee for the next three to four months was to study itself and define its role in the total human rights statewide picture. The Committee was also to determine recommendations to the 1978 Legislature concerning human rights legislation.

In 1983 the group was renamed a task force, its existence was made permissive, and language relating to qualifications of members was stricken. (1983 Minn. Laws Chap. 280 Sec. 60).
Membership: 14 members; appointed by commissioner of human rights; terms governed by Minn. Stat. 15.059; compensation governed by Minn. Stat. 15.059.

Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report: 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978.

Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.

Notes: Clipping, Tribune 15 November 1977: 1977 legislation reduced membership and changed name effective 1 July 1977.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1977-1982.
Record last updated: 02/22/2012

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