The Clean-up Committee: Lawmakers who may eye the Vikings stadium problem

Gov. Mark Dayton yesterday made reference to the appointment of a legislative committee that may grapple with the Vikings stadium’s ongoing issues. He dropped a few names, but here’s the official list of the members of the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Sports Facilities.

Here’s the Senate side:

And the House membership:

For the record, Dayton didn’t appoint them: the leadership in the Senate and House are charged with naming the members. The commission was authorized in last year’s stadium bill (you can see the enabling language below).

For the record, legislative folks say these members were appointed earlier this year — they insist this isn’t a response to the electronic pulltab revenue disappointment, and this was planned all along. But Senate spokesman Amos Briggs also notes that they haven’t actually met yet.

And you can bet that stadium funding issue will probably be at the top of their legislative agenda when they actually convene.

Section 1. [3.8842] LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION ON MINNESOTA SPORTS FACILITIES.

Subdivision 1. Purpose. The Legislative Commission on Minnesota Sports Facilities is established by and under the authority of the Legislative Coordinating Commission to oversee the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority’s operating and capital budgets.The legislature finds that continuous legislative review of the financial management of the authority is necessary to promote fiscal responsibility and good management, and strengthen the accountability of the authority. The commission is charged with: (1) providing financial oversight of the authority as described in subdivision 8; (2) adoption of a statewide authority structure for the operation and management of sports facilities and entertainment venues under the jurisdiction of the authority. The authority membership shall represent the interests of both the metropolitan area and greater Minnesota; and (3) creating a comprehensive management plan that alleviates booking and scheduling concerns regarding the sports facilities and entertainment venues under the jurisdiction of the authority.

Subd. 2. Membership. The commission consists of three senators appointed by the senate majority leader, three senators appointed by the senate minority leader, three state representatives appointed by the speaker of the house, and three state representatives appointed by the house minority leader. The appointing authorities must ensure balanced geographic representation. Each appointing authority must make appointments as soon as possible after the opening of the next regular session of the legislature in each odd-numbered year.

Subd. 3. Terms; vacancies. Members of the commission serve for a two-year term beginning upon appointment and expiring upon appointment of a successor after the opening of the next regular session of the legislature in the odd-numbered year. A vacancy in the membership of the commission must be filled for the unexpired term in a manner that will preserve the representation established by this section.

Subd. 4. Chair. The commission must meet as soon as practicable after members are appointed in each odd-numbered year to elect its chair and other officers as it may determine necessary. A chair serves a two-year term, expiring in the odd-numbered year after a successor is elected. The chair must alternate biennially between the senate and the house of representatives

Subd. 5. Compensation. Members serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses as members of the legislature.

Subd. 6. Staff. Legislative staff must provide administrative and research assistance to the commission.

Subd. 7. Meetings; procedures. The commission meets at least semiannually. If there is a quorum, the commission may take action by a simple majority vote of commission members present.

Subd. 8. Powers; duties; Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, budget oversight. The commission must monitor, review, and make recommendations to the authority and to the legislature for the following calendar year on:

  1. any proposed increases in the rate or dollar amount of tax;
  2. any proposed increases in the debt of the authority;
  3. the overall work and role of the authority;
  4. the authority’s proposed operating and capital budgets;
  5. the authority’s implementation of the operating and capital budgets;
  6. and any other topics as deemed necessary by the commission to fulfill the purpose described in subdivision 1.

Subd. 9. Report. The commission shall report on January 15 of the even-numbered year on the effectiveness and future prospects of the commission.

  • A Sports Fan

    Lets see what happens AFTER all Manufacturers have been approved, after ALL distributors have the products and ALL bars are then up and running. THEN lets see how this works. AS of NOW, how does anyone know anything? No other state has this, so you can’t prognosticate the results.

    • There is some indication these games can hit the MN marks. One distributor told me their games in Virginia are hitting $220 a day — although they are “cash in” machines, and I think they take money directly. That in-person transaction seems to have added some friction to the games, as I reported on Tuesday. That said, it’ll be interesting to see what International Gamco can do, now that they’re approved, and if they can hit that 50/week installation goal. I seem to recall Scott Henneman telling me they had, like 28 or 29 percent of the existing paper pulltab market here in MN.

  • A Sports Fan

    Lets see what happens AFTER all Manufacturers have been approved, after ALL distributors have the products and ALL bars are then up and running. THEN lets see how this works. AS of NOW, how does anyone know anything? No other state has this, so you can’t prognosticate the results.

    • There is some indication these games can hit the MN marks. One distributor told me their games in Virginia are hitting $220 a day — although they are “cash in” machines, and I think they take money directly. That in-person transaction seems to have added some friction to the games, as I reported on Tuesday. That said, it’ll be interesting to see what International Gamco can do, now that they’re approved, and if they can hit that 50/week installation goal. I seem to recall Scott Henneman telling me they had, like 28 or 29 percent of the existing paper pulltab market here in MN.

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  • Gary F

    The list should be fluid, as species come back, they get taken off. That doesn’t mean they can be hunted as I’ve read many over the top comments on other sites.

    This is a huge new list. Does this mean the DNR and the government can stop private land owners from developing because a jumping spider was found on their property?
    If so, this is another huge power grab for the government.

  • PaulJ

    It looks like the experts are doing their job. And the gopher on the list looks more like a football player than those we’ve seen around here for the past 45 years (talk about your endangered species).

  • JQP

    its names of the things that are threatened because of all the general environmental things we choose to degrade through self-serving human efficiency, pleasure, ease and preference. we built a mode of behavior that accepts that we are here to kill everything else for our benefit. We only keep them around at our benevolence and current needs – but we will crush and kill them as needed in the future.

    Especially if it tastes like chicken.

  • Disqusted

    Sad. Part of me can’t wait for humans to be listed on it.

    • Paul

      Humans are just a bubble on a foamy sea of bacteria. It could burst anytime, cheer up.

  • Jim G

    I’m not surprised that we have added to the list of threaten species here in Minnesota. When I visited the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History this spring I learned something new. I learned we are currently in the midst of the 6th Great Extinction that Earth’s biosphere has experienced. There have been five other great extinctions. Some causes for the previous extinctions that have been postulated are meteor strikes, volcanism, and climate change. The Sixth, however, may be the most catastrophic in history. This extinction is the first to occur during the existence of our species, homo sapiens, and it simultaneously began 100,000 years ago, a date that corresponds with the beginnings of our diaspora from Africa. In fact, this extinction is almost exclusively human driven. Human behavior has consequences for the myriad of creatures we temporarily share Mother Earth with. We cannot live here on this planet alone… without other living organisms … and a healthy biosphere.

  • Guest

    It’s great to see the wolf and bald eagle delisted, but the list of endangered and threatened species is long and represents the continuing degradation and fragmentation of our natural landscape.

    Ultimately, we will continue to lose more and more of our natural heritage across Minnesota until there is a comprehensive plan, here and nation-wide, to address the issues of population growth, land-use, and rapid climate change.

    52 years ago when I was born, the population of Minnesota was 2.9 million people. Now, it is 5.6 million. The USA had less than 200 million back then, and today we are pushing 320 million. It’s really a no-brainer to realize that the days of large-scale immigration should be brought to an end and that national policy should place an emphasis on zero-population growth and tax laws that discourage couples from having more than two children…unless we want America to become another Europe.

    • Gordon near Two Harbors

      For full disclosure “Guest” is me.

  • Gary F

    Is it now OK for windmills to kill bald eagles?

  • lindblomeagles

    I’m uneasy about the wolf being de-listed because wolves generally eat moose, and if the moose are shrinking, we should expect some shrinkage in the wolf population as moose meat feeds more mouths than the standard deer carcass. That said, animals face challenges on two fronts, loss of habitat and the changing climate. The changing climate has been responsible for creating virulent diseases and pests, such as ticks, while people have cut up the wilderness to a degree that specialized animals, like the Lynx, really can’t survive. It’s very sad, but I’m not sure how to stop either, the needs of real estate developers, the desire of sprawlers, or the warming of the earth.