Local Laws May Need Local Approval

If your city secured special legislation, you may have to take action to make the law effective.
(Published Jul 22, 2013)

During the 2013 legislative session, a number of bills were enacted into law that included local provisions that require approval by the local unit of government. If your city sought and secured special legislation, remember that you may have to take action to make the law effective.

Last week, the Office of the Revisor of Statutes of the Minnesota Legislature posted a document that summarizes these 2013 local laws. If a local approval certificate has already been filed with the Office of Secretary of State in compliance with Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021 by June 28, the approval and filing dates are indicated. Where a local approval certificate has not yet been filed, the table includes a blank.

For any special law enacted in 2013 (and for any local law enacted in the upcoming 2014 session) that requires local approval, state law requires that the certificate of approval must be filed with the Secretary of State before the first day of the legislative session in 2015 or, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021, subdivision 3, the law is deemed to be disapproved by the local government unit unless otherwise provided in the special law.

In some instances—especially for tax increment financing (TIF) district special laws that extend the duration of a TIF district, Minnestoa Statutes, section 469.1782 may require the county and school district to provide local approval. Given that these laws may have been initiated by the city, the county and school district may not be aware of the law, and the city may need to inform the county and the school district of this local approval requirement.

If you have questions, please contact Gary Carlson or Patrick Hynes at the League (see right).

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