Legislative Task Force on Minerals
Also known as:
Joint Legislative Task Force on Minerals
Function: Examine issues related to Minnesota's mineral resources and the role of the state in fostering development of those mineral resources.
"The task force examined the history of mineral development in Minnesota, studied the mineral potential of the state, held statewide hearings to obtain public input on developing that potential, and visited mining operations in Minnesota and elsewhere. In its January 1993 report, it recommended legislative action in the following areas: focus of state government on the mineral industry, leasing of state-owned and administered mineral rights, environmental review and permitting, taxation, and research, all with the objective to further the environmentally responsible development of Minnesota's vast mineral potential, provide direct jobs in rural Minnesota and indirect jobs throughout the state, increase the tax base for state and local governments, and increase funding for local communities and the state educational system from royalties for state-administered lands."
(Paragraph from: "Legislative Task Force on Mining". Minnesota State Archives. Minnesota Historical Society, May 2003. Web. 9 May 2014.)
1991 Minn. Laws Chap. 253 mandated: "The legislative task force on minerals must submit its final report to the legislature by January 15, 1993. Upon submission of the report, the task force expires."
The legislative task force on minerals consists of five members of the senate, and five members of the house of representatives.
Members included Senators Ronald R. Dicklich (chair), Dennis Poppenhagen, Dennis R. Frederickson, Jim Gustafson, and Bob Lessard, and Representatives David P. Battaglia, Richard H. Jefferson, Sidney Pauly, Roger Cooper, and Marcus Marsh. The task force's coordinator was Zora Radosevich.
The January 1993 Report to the Legislature is available in the Legislative Reference Library collection.
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