The Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission (aka the School Trust Lands Commission) met on Monday, May 27. During the meeting, the Commission addressed a letter — received from MSBA Director Government of Relations Grace Keliher and Audubon Minnesota Executive Director Matt Anderson — that requested the Commission to take action on two items.
First item: Keliher and Anderson urged the Commission to work with Gov. Mark Dayton to ensure a School Trust Lands Director is appointed. In 2012, the Legislature passed a bipartisan bill that required the governor to appoint a School Trust Lands Director. This appointment has not been carried out in the three years since the bill’s passage.
Second item: Keliher and Anderson urged the Commission to support legislation that has been introduced this session that will enable the Department of Natural Resources to compensate the trust for certain lands that are classified as unsuitable for income generating purposes. MSBA has testified in support of this proposal, yet the bills seem to have stalled. The law says that the state should purchase lands classified as sensitive lands from the trust by 2018. If we are to honor this law, we need to start the process now.
The Commission agreed to send a letter to the attorney general’s office and call the governor’s office to request a timeline. MSBA encourages board members to contact the Gov. Dayton’s office and ask him: “When will a School Trust Lands Director be appointed?” Again, we have waited three years for this appointment.
Visit http://mn.gov/governor/contact-us to contact Gov. Dayton.
This is a rare opportunity for MSBA and Audubon Minnesota to work together to benefit the children’s trust fund and the environment. We appreciate the collaborative effort.
Visit http://www.lcc.leg.mn/lpsfc/Audio/04272015.MP3 to listen to audio from Monday’s meeting.