Sen. Roger Reinert has been appointed to serve on the Legislative Audit Commission. At the first meeting of the newly appointed Commission on Friday, Sen. Reinert was elected to serve as the Commission’s vice-chairman.
Sen. Reinert’s appointment was made by DFL Caucus Leader Sen. Tom Bakk.
“I welcome the opportunity to work in a non-partisan way with my legislative colleagues to thoughtfully examine Minnesota’s key policies and programs.” Sen. Reinert said. “And it is an honor to be chosen to serve as the Vice-Chair by my fellow Commission members.”
Sen. Bakk said that choosing Sen. Reinert, who in November was elected to his first Senate term, was an easy choice:
“Sen. Reinert has a unique understanding of state and local government and has expertise in the workings of state agencies and departments. I trust that his expertise will help us make appropriate legislative decisions on the topics studied by the Legislative Auditor.”
The Legislative Audit Commission is a bipartisan commission with six members from the House of Representatives and six from the Senate, equally divided between the majority and minority parties. The commission appoints the Legislative Auditor and selects topics for the Program Evaluation Division to review. It also periodically holds hearings to review audit and evaluation reports.
At its first meeting of 2011, the Commission heard a Legislative Auditor’s report on the Twin Cities area transit. Soon to be released reports include: non-emergency medical transportation services, environmental review and planning and civil commitment of sex offenders.
Topics to be studied for 2011 will be reviewed and chosen by the Selection Subcommittee.