Minnesota  State Archives

Recent State Archives Acquisitions: February 2021

Background Information

Important functions of the State of Minnesota government are represented in records added this month to the State Archives. Staff of the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) transferred project files dated 1993-2018, meeting minutes and agenda packets dated 2013-2018, and related records. The project files inter-file with, and continue, the existing set of project files dating from 1972, and the meeting minutes and agenda packets continue the existing set dating from 1963. The function of the Commission is to make funding recommendations to the legislature for special environment and natural resource projects, primarily from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. These projects help maintain and enhance Minnesota's environment and natural resources. The Commission developed from a program initiated in 1963, and since then, approximately $1.0 billion has been appropriated to more than 2,300 projects to protect and enhance Minnesota's environment and natural resources.

Received from the Olmstead Implementation Office are Olmstead Plan records dated 2012-2020. Preserving records about under documented persons and communities is a collecting priority of the State Archives, and this important collection helps fulfill that goal. In response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Olmstead v. L.C., and when the State of Minnesota was sued, Governor Dayton in 2011 directed several state government agencies to write and implement the Minnesota Olmstead Plan. The Minnesota Olmstead Plan includes promoting and implementing the following for disabled persons: living close to their family and friends, living more independently, engaging in productive employment, and participating in community life. Included in the transfer are agendas, meeting minutes and meeting files of the Olmstead Planning Committee and the Governor's Olmstead Subcabinet, executive orders, Olmstead Plan drafts and public comments, annual and periodic reports to the court, and related records. The Olmstead Implementation Office (OIO) works with the Olmstead Subcabinet to track the state's progress on the Olmstead Plan goals and reports results to the Olmstead Subcabinet and the public. Also, the OIO helps people with disabilities, their families, and supporters to give ideas about how to make the Olmstead Plan better.

The Office of the Secretary of State transferred House and Senate Bills (also known as Engrossed Laws), dated 2004-2006, 2008-2009, 2011-2020; and Session Laws (also known as Enrolled Laws) dated 2011-2020. The Engrossed Laws inter- file with, and continue the existing set dating from 1858, and the Enrolled Laws continue the existing set dating from 1858. An engrossed law is a bill which has been amended, and a bill may be engrossed many times. An enrolled law, which may or may not have been engrossed, is a bill that has passed both houses of the legislature in identical form and has been converted into an act for presentation to the governor. See "Making Laws" by the Minnesota House of Representative Research Department: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hrd/pubs/makinglaws.pdf. In our Library catalog the Engrossed Laws are cataloged as House and Senate Bills (Legislative Set), and the Enrolled Laws are cataloged as Session Laws. Starting in 1858, and well through the 20th century the Session Laws were in large bound volumes, but are now printed on archival quality paper and are unbound. The Session Laws are signed by legislative and executive officers, including the governor and secretary of state. See this 2012 podcast showing the initial transfer of the earliest Session Laws: http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?s=session+laws


Acquisitions

1. Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. Project files dated 1993-2018, meeting minutes and agenda packets dated 2013-2018, and related records (undated, 1971-2007). 27 boxes.

2. Olmstead Implementation Office. Olmstead Plan records dated 2012-2020. 5 boxes.

3. Secretary of State. House and Senate Bills (also known as Engrossed Laws), dated 2004-2006, 2008-2009, 2011-2020; Session Laws (also known as Enrolled Laws) dated 2011-2020. 38 boxes.

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