Find out how laws passed during the regular 2016 legislative session will affect cities.
(Published Jun 27, 2016)
The League of Minnesota Cities annually prepares a summary of new laws that impact city operations. This publication is intended to highlight relevant new laws, but is not intended to be comprehensive legal advice.
Given the amount of unfinished business at the end of the 2016 session, as well as the uncertainty over whether or when a special session might occur, the League has published a preliminary edition of the 2016 Law Summaries. This document will help city officials understand new laws that may impact city operations.
This year’s legislative session was short and focused on contentious issues such as taxes, transportation, and bonding. In the end, relatively few new chapters of law were enacted, and major goals of the session have not yet been met. The Legislature failed to pass both a bonding bill and a transportation funding package. It did manage to pass an omnibus tax bill, but that bill was ultimately vetoed by Gov. Dayton. However, there were some positive outcomes for cities, including new laws providing body camera guidance, funds for broadband development, and changes to election laws.
At this time, we are still waiting to see whether Gov. Dayton will call a special session to work on the tax bill, bonding bill, and transportation funding package. A complete edition of the 2016 Law Summaries, which will include a “Vetoed” section and a “Did Not Become Law” section, will be published after the conclusion of the first special session, if there is one, or after Gov. Dayton announces there will be no special session.
If you have any questions about new laws or legislation summarized in the preliminary edition of the 2016 Law Summaries, please contact a member of the League’s Intergovernmental Relations Department. The initials of the best staff member to contact for a particular law are listed at the end of each summary. You can find a key for the initials on page 3 of the law summaries document.