Below are links to the Senate and House files (introduced bills) through Friday, February 15, 2013. Ther are some highlighted items that individuals might want to consider looking into.e
Legislative Session Updates
2009 Legislative Session
The 2009 Legislative Session began on January 8, 2009.
A summary of the House and Senate files through May 13, 2009 can be found by clicking on the following links. The summary is a list of files that may affect soil scientists.
House 2009 summary for MAPSS
Senate 2009 summary for MAPSS
For lists of all the house and senate files this session thus far (not in a super pretty format - this was copied off of the MN Legislature website), click on the following.
House 2009 - entire list of bills
Senate 2009 - entire list of bills
From past sessions, there have been proposed changes to Minnesota Rules Chapter 7080. The ISTS committee has been given the responsibility to track and comment on proposed changes to this rule. Please contact the chair of the ISTS committee if you have any questions or comments, or if you want to become involved. The Senate File SF3385 (omnibus bill) in which the ISTS legislation was included passed the Senate on April 30.
The Board of AELSLAGID meets on a monthly basis. The meetings are held in Suite 295 of the Golden Rule Building in Downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. The engineering, land surveying, geoscience (ELSGEO) section meetings run from 8:00 am - 10:00 am. The full Board meetings run from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. These meetings are open to the public. The current Soil Scientist Board Member is Mary West, PSS. The dates of the meetings are on the MAPSS event calendar. The website for the Board. Currently, the Board of AELSLAGID is reviewing the model law for soil scientists in Minnesota. Minnesota has very well written model law (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 326). In fact, it is so well written that many other states refer to our statutes. One item that is under consideration is adding and defining the term "work under direct supervision." When geoscientists were added to the Board of AELSLAGID, there was no provision for having a geoscientist-in-training work under the supervision of a licensed person because there weren't any at that time.
The Joint Professional Committee (JPC)
The JPC is a group of representatives of the groups involved with the Board of AELSLAGID who get together to discuss topics of interest (primarily legislative) that affects our members. The meetings are held in the AIA Minnesota boardroom inside the International Market Square in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 11:45 am - 1:30 pm on every third or fourth Wednesday of the month. Bring your own bag lunch or there is a lovely salad/pasta bar in the building (a bit spendy but really good). The dates of the JPC meetings are on the MAPSS event calendar.