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Tourism council may expand

Published (3/30/2012)
By Nick Busse
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Twelve new members could be added to a state council charged with improving the state’s tourism and travel industries.

Rep. Larry Howes (R-Walker) sponsors HF1629 that would expand the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council from

28 members to 40. Council members are not compensated and there would be no cost to the state.

The House passed the bill 112-19 March 27. It now goes to the Senate, where Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) is the sponsor.

Under the provisions, the 12 new members would be representatives of “natural resources, history, the arts, transportation, health, tourism, and related areas from public or private organizations and businesses.”

John Edman, director of Explore Minnesota Tourism, said at a March 7 committee hearing that the change would enable the council to provide more advice and consultation.

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