The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries shall create such advisory agencies and intergroup-relations councils as the commissioner believes necessary to aid in effectuating the purposes of this chapter. The commissioner may empower advisory agencies and councils:
To study the problems of discrimination in all or specific fields of human relationships or in specific instances of discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, disability, familial status or source of income.
To foster, through community effort or otherwise, goodwill, cooperation and conciliation among the groups and elements of the population of the state.
To make recommendations to the commissioner for the development of policies and procedures in general and in specific instances, and for programs of formal and informal education.
The advisory agencies and councils shall be composed of representative citizens, serving without pay, but with reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses in accordance with laws and regulations governing state officers.
The commissioner may make provision for technical and clerical assistance to the advisory agencies and councils and for the expenses of the assistance. [Formerly 659.115; 2007 c.100 §11]