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Rulemaking: Commemorative Works on the Minnesota Capitol Grounds

On March 14, 2022, the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board (CAAPB) held a public hearing on proposed amendments to rules governing commemorative works on the Capitol grounds. Administrative Law Judge Ann O'Reilly presided over the hearing. 

The proposed rule amendments would update Minnesota Rules Chapter 2400 governing the process and standards by which the CAAPB reviews requests for the addition, modification, or removal of memorials, monuments, and other artworks on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds. The rule amendments are briefly explained here and are detailed in the SONAR (Statement of Need and Reasonableness) with additional information in the SONAR Exhibits.

The public comment period on the proposed rule amendments remains open until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4th. Read here for how to submit a comment.

CAAPB staff have reviewed and replied to all public comments received through March 30th. Read here for public comments and replies. As new comments come in, we will update this document. Based on the public input, CAAPB staff prepared potential revisions to the proposed rules, which will be reviewed by the CAAP Board on April 4th, 2022.

A public comment period for "rebuttal" comments will open on April 5th and close on April 11th at 4:30 p.m. Rebuttal comments must address specific public or agency comments made during the public hearing period though April 4th, or on any of the potential revisions to the proposed rules.

When the rebuttal period ends, the CAAPB will submit a Response to Comments letter to the Administrative Law Judge, and the judge will begin her review and report on the proposed rules. When the judge's report is complete, the CAAP Board will review the judge's report recommendations and vote on proposed rule amendments. 

The CAAPB began evaluating its rules for commemorative works in June 2020. Read here about activities that preceded the rulemaking.

Information on Rulemaking

The rulemaking process can be confusing to people who are not familiar with it. Below is information on rulemaking, the rules being considered, and directions for providing input:

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