Final 2016 Law Summaries Now Available

The updated publication includes summaries of bills that did not become law and those that were vetoed during the 2016 legislative session.
(Published Sep 19, 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. The 2016 Law Summaries will help city officials understand new laws that may impact city operations as well as provide information on proposed legislation that didn’t survive the legislative process.

The League published a preliminary version of the law summaries in June because Gov. Dayton said he might call a special session to revisit the bonding bill and transportation funding package, which were unfinished at the close of the regular session, as well as the tax bill, which was vetoed because of a costly error. At this time, though, it appears unlikely that he will call a special session. The final version of the 2016 Law Summaries includes new laws (all of which were included in the Preliminary 2016 Law Summaries), bills that did not become law, and the two bills that were vetoed by the governor.

The 2016 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 were not met.

More information on laws relating to elections, the broadband grant program, veterans preference, body cameras, temporary family health care dwellings, partition fence viewing, and donating surplus equipment are available in “Focus on New Laws” articles.

If you have any questions about new laws or legislation summarized in 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 2016 Law Summaries.

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