The legislative advisory commission has authority to review and grant requests by state departments and state agencies for funding from contingent appropriations or spending of federal funds. This review and authorization is generally used when the full legislature is not in session, or if urgent items or emergencies arise.
The commission has four permanent members: the majority leader of the Senate; the chair of the Senate Finance Committee; the speaker of the House; and the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. One additional member from each the House of Representatives and the Senate sit on the commission - determined by the funding request(s) being considered.
The commission meets at the call of the governor or two or more members of the commission. The commissioner of management and budget acts as secretary and keeps a permanent record and minutes of its proceedings, which are public records. Minnesota Statutes, section 3.30 and 3.3005 governs the commission’s duties. MMB provides instructions for state agencies for preparing LAC requests.