was going to be different with the addition of 3/8 of 1 cent sales
Legislators found that each of the four Legacy funds has a constituency of
organizations and interest groups eager to offer advice on how the Legislature
should allocate Legacy money from “their” fund. To obtain specific
Each Legacy fund recommendations on how money in the Outdoor Heritage Fund should be
has a constituency appropriated, the 2008 Legislature created the Lessard Outdoor Heritage
eager to offer the Council.9 For specific advice and recommendations on the other three funds, the
Legislature advice Legislature decided to rely on existing state organizations. We discuss the
on how “their” composition and responsibilities of several Legacy-related advisory groups in
fund should be Chapter 2.
After numerous legislative hearings and lengthy floor debates, the Legislature
passed the first Legacy appropriations bill on May 21, 2009, and the Governor
signed it into law the following day. It authorized the use of $397 million of
Legacy money from the four Legacy funds.10 The 2009 and subsequent Legacy
appropriations laws will be discussed in Chapter 2.
In addition to appropriating money, the 2009 Legacy appropriations law
contained several provisions that mandated and funded further planning and
accountability measures. For example, the law:
Mandated the development of 10-year plans and 25-year frameworks to
help guide the use of money from the four Legacy funds.11
Established “Accomplishment Plans” as a mechanism of control and
accountability for money allocated from the Outdoor Heritage Fund.12
Required the Outdoor Heritage Council to have a “fair, equitable, and
thorough process for reviewing requests for funding and a clear and
easily understood process for ranking projects.”13
Required grant agreements to ensure that funds are used to supplement
and not substitute for traditional sources of funding.14
Representative Mary Murphy, Chair, Cultural and Outdoor Resources Finance Division,
Minnesota House of Representatives, at a meeting of the division on January 12, 2009.
The council was created in anticipation that the Legacy Amendment would be approved by
voters; see Laws of Minnesota 2008, chapter 368, art. 2, sec. 14. In 2009, the Legislature changed
the name of the council to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council; see Laws of Minnesota
2009, chapter 172, art. 1, sec 8.
Laws of Minnesota 2009, chapter 172.
Laws of Minnesota 2009, chapter 172, art. 1, sec. 4(i); art. 2, sec. 30; art. 3, sec. 2(e); and art. 4,
Laws of Minnesota 2009, chapter 172, art. 1, sec. 2, subd. 9.
Laws of Minnesota 2009, chapter 172, art. 1, sec. 4(g).
This requirement was inserted in numerous places; for example, see Laws of Minnesota 2009,
chapter 172, art. 3, sec. 3(c); and art. 4, sec. 2, subds. 2(a), 4(a), and 5(b).