Proposed Legislation would lead to IRRRB Shakeup

By KBJR News 1

February 6, 2013 Updated Feb 6, 2013 at 11:17 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Proposed legislation in St. Paul could change the makeup of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.

Representative Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing) has introduced legislation giving any lawmaker with a third of their district in the Taconite Assistant Area a seat on the board.

Current law says to be an IRRRB member, legislators must have 50 percent or more of their population in the taconite area, but because of recent census date and district changes - that statue can't be met.

Representative Melin is also proposing to repeal a 1999 statute that allowed non-elected members on the board.

"This is a way to keep politics off the IRRRB board, cause all we're saying is if you represent the Iron Range in the legislature then you have a seat on the IRRRB. This is a fair way to do it."

The proposed law would have the IRRRB made up of five House Members and three Senators.

For the time being, because of the new census numbers, the board has been put on hold and can't take any action.

New legislation would change that.

Kevin Jacobsen
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