Citizen leaders in Minnesota’s open government and civic technology movement are working with chief authors Rep. Steve Simon (t) and Sen. Foung Hawj on legislation to create the statewide Open Minnesota educational outreach initiative.
Co-authors include the President of the Senate, Senate Finance Committee Chair, Senate Higher Education Committee Chair and the House Ethics Committee Chair. House co-authors are Winkler (t), Dorholt (t), Radinovich (t) and Davnie (t). In the Senate, they are Schmit (t), Cohen (t), Bonoff (t), and Pappas (t).
1.1 A bill for an act
1.2 relating to state government; appropriating money for a grant for open
1.3 government, civic technology, and open data.
1.4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
1.5 Section 1. GRANT; OPEN GOVERNMENT, CIVIC TECHNOLOGY, AND
1.6 OPEN DATA.
1.7 $ ……. is appropriated from the general fund for the fiscal year beginning June
1.8 30, 2014, to the commissioner of administration for a grant to Minnesota E-Democracy
1.9 to implement and coordinate an Open Minnesota educational outreach initiative to
1.10 promote statewide adoption of open government strategies, the use of technology for civic
1.11 innovation, and the wide use of public data sets in the public and private sector. The
1.12 commissioner of administration may retain up to three percent of the grant amount for
1.13 costs associated with administering this grant, including obtaining advice from interested
1.14 government units on the grant terms and objectives.
The amount allocated will be determined by the legislature.
Minnesota’s $1.2 billion dollar budget surplus makes this a once in a generation opportunity to invest this new idea. It is expected that a portion of the tax increases adopted last session will be repealed and state rainy day fund bolstered post-recession.