Information on Minnesota State Agencies, Boards, Task Forces, and Commissions
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Legislative Buildings Commission
Also known as:
Legislative Building Commission
Active dates:April 29, 1957 - 1973
To study requirements for new state buildings in Minnesota, for maintenance of existing buildings, and for remodeling of old buildings; and to explore methods of financing a building program.
Reports and recommendations to legislature: the commission shall report to the legislature from time to time setting forth its findings as a result of its investigations and studies, and shall make such recommendations as it deems proper to assist the legislature in formulating legislation.
Because of difficulties the legislative and executive branches experienced putting together a capital budget in 1955, an interim building commission was created to study the state's building needs. The group returned to the Legislature in 1957 and recommended it create a permanent body to carry on the work, and the Legislative Buildings Commission (LBC) was born.
From its creation until it was abolished in 1973, the LBC was the main player in the state's capital budgeting process.
The commission made a list of all proposed state building projects and spent the interim between the biennial sessions traveling the state and making site visits to all of them.
The LBC submitted its recommendations to the Legislature and through the Department of Administration, to the Governor. The Governor would approve or modify the recommendations and they became his capital bonding bill. With very few exceptions, governors incorporated the LBC recommendations intact into their bill.
The LBC was abolished in 1973 and its responsibilities were transferred to the chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees. A variety of reasons have been given for its demise such as a decreasing need to build state buildings because of lower population growth and declining enrollments, and the displeasure of some with specific projects which received LBC approval.
[Paragraphs above are excerpted from a memo dated November 18, 1988 from Jill M. Schultz, Senate Counsel and Research. For entire memo, see Reports section below or Agency notebooks.]
5 members from the senate, appointed by the senate committee on committees, and 5 members from the house appointed by the speaker.
The Library has the "Report of the Legislative Building Commission to the ... Legislature of the State of Minnesota" for the years 1959-1973.
Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1967-1988.
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