Show your support for local decision-making authority

The League of Minnesota Cities has drafted a model resolution for city councils concerned about legislative initiatives aimed at restricting local decision-making authority. This legislation undermines Minnesota’s robust city-state partnership.

What is ‘preemption’ legislation?

Past preemption legislation has been introduced in several policy areas and can take many forms. For example, bills introduced in the 2017-2018 session would have:

  • Constrained local law enforcement authority.
  • Restricted a city’s ability to set local ordinances.
  • Allowed certain businesses unfettered access to public rights of way while eliminating a city’s ability to manage them.
  • Restricted a city’s ability to use allowed fee structures.
  • Reduced local government aid (LGA) based on factors with no relation to the statutory LGA formula.
  • Restricted a city’s ability to study a light rail transit project.

What can I as a city official do to help?

PASS a resolution and send it to your legislators.

Please also send a copy of the resolution to the League at advocacy@lmc.org so we can keep track of how many cities have passed the resolution.

—Download the sample local authority resolution (doc)

The resolution supports local decision-making authority and opposes legislation that removes the ability for local elected officials to respond to the needs of their businesses and constituents. It can be customized for individual cities and should be shared with local legislators upon adoption.

Please contact the League at advocacy@lmc.org to let us know that you’ve passed a resolution or talked to your legislator (or if we can help you with your advocacy efforts).

What are cities doing?

The League knows of 137 cities that have passed a resolution in support of local authority.