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Comparing Plans for Ethnic Councils

by Bruce Corrie, PhD

Senator Sandy Pappas and Senator Torres Ray have put together two very thoughtful proposals for reshaping the ethnic councils. The table may help you understand their differences and help in the formulation of an agreement how the Councils should be shaped to serve Minnesota more effectively. ( Sen. Pappas Bill SF 1419, HF 1353: Sen Torres Ray Bill, SF 1823).

Existing Councils Sen. Pappas Plan Sen. Torres Ray Plan
Structure Four Councils 3 Councils except Indian Affairs Department of Ethnic Affairs with 3 Executive Directors. Governor’s Cabinet
Duties  Each Council slightly different Legislative role more clearly defined Legislative role more clearly defined. Roles with state departments more clearly defined. Role of community in setting priorities. Integrating role of ombudsman. Interagency coordination among departments. Explicit focus on equity and elimination of disparity. More of an operational structure.
Board Appointed by Governor 15 members. Roles and Training defined. Allocation by major population groups with equal representation, Majority and minority party appointments. Term limits. Apppointed by Governor. 4 Legislators. 1 cabinet No board. Commission to appoint Executive Directors
Executive Director Appointed by Board Appointed by Legislative Coordination Commission Appointed by ED Commission
Accountability November 15 to Governor and Legislature Annual Report to Legislature on specific objectives and outcomes Preliminary Policy Report Nov 15. Session Report – February 1. Results Report September 15. All reports to Governor and Legislature
Admin Support Department of Admin Department of Admin
Annual Budget

2 Comments on Comparing Plans for Ethnic Councils

  1. david zander // March 14, 2015 at 3:17 am //

    It is very unclear how the councils do in fact advise the governor and legislators. This needs to be clearly structured. For example, each council to have a meeting every quarter with the governor and with the senate and house leading legislators. Also the role of board memebrs needs to be looked at so that they are required to bring issues from their communities and to report back to their communities. Too many of the board members are inactive in this regard.

  2. Annani P. // March 15, 2015 at 10:35 pm //

    I’d like to see some real changes. The Council on Asian Pacific MN needs to reflect our diverse communities including leadership and staff. The current state of it does little to improve relations and policies.

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