Unfortunately, legislative leaders and Governor Dayton were not able to reach a budget compromise on time and there will be a special session. Currently, legislative leaders Daudt and Bakk are meeting with the Governor to negotiate a final agreement. I am extremely disappointed that the legislature did not finish on time. I am hopeful that a bipartisan agreement is struck soon so that a brief special session may take place to resolve any unfinished business.
During the special session, I will not be taking per diem and I will urge my colleagues to follow suit. The people of Minnesota expect the legislature to finish its work on time and with a $2 billion surplus, there is little reason to need a special session.
Vacancies in State Boards, Councils & Committees
I want to pass along information on vacancies in State Boards, Councils & Committees that I recently received from the Secretary of State’s office. These are great avenues for citizen involvement in our government and I encourage you to get involved!
The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State today released the June 2015 notice of vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications, due June 23, 2015. Minnesotans are encouraged to apply and serve in demonstration of public service. The full list of vacancies is listed below and online.
Additionally, Minnesotans will now be able to find information and updates on new vacancies on Secretary of State Steve Simon’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. You can find those here:
Application forms are available online and must be submitted by June 23, 2015, to assured of full consideration by the appointing authority. Appointing authorities may choose to review applications received by the Secretary of State after June 23.
Below is a list of agencies with vacancies. Please
visit our website for complete descriptions.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON HERITABLE AND CONGENITAL DISORDERS
Vacancies: One vacancy for other expert as needed representing related fields such as emerging technologies and health insurance (M.S. 144.1255)
BOARD OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND THERAPY
Vacancies: One vacancy for a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
BOARD OF DIETETICS AND NUTRITION PRACTICE
Vacancies: Two vacancies including:
One Public Member; and,
One Dietitian Member
DENTAL SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Vacancies: Three vacancies including:
One Health Researcher; and.
Two general dentists.
ELECTIONS EMERGENCY PLANNING TASK FORCE
Vacancies: One Member to be appointed by the Minnesota State Council on Disability
MINNESOTA e-HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Vacancies: Twenty-One vacancies including:
One representative of academics, informatics training, and education in health professional schools;
One representative of clinical researchers;
One representative of Health Plans-2;
One representative of Health Plans (B);
One representative of hospitals (large);
One representative of hospitals (small);
One representative of local public health;
One representative of nurses;
One representative of physicians;
One representative of community clinics / federally qualified health centers;
One representative of long term care;
One representative of clinic managers;
One representative of laboratories;
One representative of pharmacists;
One representative of health care purchasers and employers;
One expert in clinical guideline development;
One representative of a quality improvement organization;
One representative of health system chief information officers;
One representative of health information technology vendors;
One professional with expert knowledge in health information technology; and,
One representative of consumers
All applicants should have an interest and expertise in health information technology.
MN COMMISSION ON NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE (ServeMinnesota)
Vacancies: Six Members
MN ZOOLOGICAL BOARD
Vacancies: One Zoo Board Appointment
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL
Vacancies: One Labor Member
SUBCOMMITTEE ON CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH
Vacancies: One representative of educators currently working with children who have emotional disturbances.
TASK FORCE ON HEALTH CARE FINANCING
Vacancies: Twenty-Nine seats including:
Eleven members appointed by the Governor, to include public and private health care experts and consumer representatives. The consumer representatives must include on member from a nonprofit organization with legal expertise representing low-income consumers, at least one member from a broad-based nonprofit consumer advocacy organization, and at least one member from an organization representing consumers of color.
Seven members appointed by the Senate, to include four members appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate, one of whom must be a legislator, and three members appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate, one of whom must be a legislator; and
Seven members appointed by the House of Representatives, to include four members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, one of whom must be a legislator; and three members appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, one of whom must be a legislator
HOW TO APPLY
Submit an Application
Complete the application form.
Applicants should include the following documents:
• Open Appointments Application Form (completed, signed and dated)
• Letter of Interest
• Resume or Biography
Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
180 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155-1299
Please contact me anytime with your input. I appreciate hearing from you! I can be reached by phone at (651) 296-3964 or by email at email@example.com. And, as always, thank you for the honor of representing you at the Capitol.