Statutory standing committees-include federal review.



AN ACT relating to the legislature; requiring the legislature to establish standing committees; creating the standing committee on federal review; establishing powers and duties of the federal review committee; and providing for an effective date.

Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Minnesota:

Section <<1>> is created to read:





<<location>> Standing committees established by the legislature.

(a) The legislature shall establish the following standing committees in both the senate and the house of representatives:

(i) Judiciary;

(ii) Appropriations;

(iii) Revenue;

(iv) Education;

(v) Agriculture, state and public lands and water resources;

(vi) Travel, recreation, wildlife and cultural resources;

(vii) Corporations, elections and political subdivisions;

(viii) Transportation, highways and military affairs;

(ix) Minerals, business and economic development;

(x) Labor, health and social services;

(xi) Journal;

(xii) Rules and procedure;

(xiii) Federal review.

(b) All standing committees except those created by paragraphs (xi) and (xii) of subsection (a) of this section shall function as joint interim committees as provided by <<legislation related to committees>>

<<Section 2.>>

(a) The federal review standing committee of the senate and house of representatives created by this act shall:

(i) Review all federal action to determine if the sovereignty of the state of Minnesota and the powers, rights and liberties of its citizens, as legally defined during the ratification debates of the several states in ratifying the federal constitution of 1787, are being infringed upon or diminished;

(ii) Determine and make findings as to which federal actions are not consistent with the enumerated roles, responsibilities and powers in the United States constitution. This duty shall be exercised without regard for any United States supreme court or other judicial decisions that attempt to interpret federal actions;

(iii) Sponsor legislation, report to the legislature and advise the legislature consistent with any determinations and findings concerning the constitutionality of federal actions.

(b) For purposes of this section, “federal action” means all new and existing federal laws, resolutions, rules, regulations, decrees, orders, mandates, executive orders and any other federal dictate having the force and effect of law.

<<<<Section 3. >>>>This act is effective immediately upon completion of all acts necessary for a bill to become law as provided by <<reference>> of the Minnesota Constitution.